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2023  Australian Tea
Cultural Seminar

Committed to Culture & Community 

Image: Courtesy of City Melbourne

AUSTCS welcomes you to

The final seminar of the 2023 Tri-City series is Melbourne.

Venue for the 2018 Australian Tea Cultural Seminar, Melbourne certainly proved itself as a perfect host back then and the city's AUSTCS TEAm members are so excited to welcome you back again in 2023.

Each Tri-City Seminar has the same core content, with an additional unique local segment to add

individuality to its seminar.

WHEN    |   WHERE    |    VENUE


Sunday 5th November 2023

Seminar 10.00am until 3.00pm

Emporium 3.00pm until 4.30pm

Open from 9.30am until 4.30pm full day


Melbourne Seminar 

Community Hub at the Dock

Level 1

912 Collins Street


VIC   3000


The Community Hub At The Dock


The Community Hub at the Dock sits in Melbourne's unique Docklands environment.

Nestled between the Library at the Dock  Victor Harbour and Buluk Park -

on the corner of Collins and Bourke streets in Docklands,

this robust, heritage building is home to an eclectic collection of boating clubs and operates a range of family services for the local community. 

The first level of the building is home to the Multipurpose Room, a natural light-filled modern community hall which has million dollar views over Victor Harbour and the Docklands precinct. 


Please do not get this venue confused with The Hub at Docklands,

which is located not too far from the Community Hub at the Dock. 

How To Get There?

  • Tram: route 48 and route 11 (stop D18).

       This stop is within the 'Free tram zone' connecting Southern Cross           Station and the city. It is also the final stop on the line and just short         walk through Buluk Park to the venue.

  • Train: Southern Cross Station is approximately 500 metres' walk to the Community Hub.

  • Car: There are a limited number of metered parking spaces in the area, primarily along Bourke and Collins streets. There is no parking within the immediate vicinity of the Community Hub.

The AUSTCS TEAm strongly recommends ​the tram!


  • 9.30: Doors Open

  • 10.00: Seminar commences and opening address

  • 10.15: The Ceramic Cup Presentation by the 2023 winning potter, opening of the cups followed by the first Welcome by Tea

  • 10.45: AUSTCS update followed by second Welcome by Tea

  • 12.00 noon: 30-minute break for lunch

  • 12.30: International Presentation by CCCFNA with Live Q&A from China

  • 1.15: Third Welcome by Tea (final session)

  • 1.35: Tea & tisane blending workshop

  • 2.40: Closing address

  • 3.00: Volunteer Tea Brewers' Emporium opens

  • 4.30: Volunteer Tea Brewers' Emporium closes

  • 4.30: 2023 Melbourne Seminar ends


The Melbourne Seminar will be hosting tea & tisane blending workshops as its unique local segment.

You will be able to choose one of the three blending workshops: Tisane, Flavoured Tea, and Masala Chai.

Plus! You also get to take home the tea or tisane you create in your chosen workshops.

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Kristy Moorcroft 

Kristy, a tea enthusiast, recently closed her much-loved tea venture, The London Drum Tea Co., in 2023 to pursue further studies in Learning Design and Education Management.

With a strong background as a hospitality management educator in Melbourne, she is renowned for her passion in teaching sensory evaluation and exploring intricate flavour pairings with her students. 

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Julie Brennan

Julie has been a practising naturopath since 2012.

Her areas of passion include metabolic health and realistic, achievable and sustainable weight loss for optimal health.

Julie has also been lecturing at Torrens University across the Herbal Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Medicine degrees since 2014, as well as tutoring and supervising final year student practitioners at The Practice student clinic in Melbourne.

David Lyons 

David has over 25 years of experience in the Australian tea industry.

Today he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience, through his students and at presentations around Australia.

David's knowledge of masala chai stems back to the 1990’s but his first trip to India in 2013 really enhanced his passion for this immensely popular brew.

Become a Volunteer
Tea Brewer 

'Welcome by Tea' has been a ritual showcased at the Australian Tea Cultural Seminar since its very beginnings at the Canberra Seminar in 2017. For many the ritual has certainly become a favourite part of the seminar program. It gives those partaking a chance to sip, listen and learn about a beautiful tea,

while getting to know fellow delegates.


This much-loved ritual would however not be possible without the Volunteer Tea Brewers. The brewers choose, brew and share a tea which reflects them in some way. Maybe their business, their heritage, a favourite brew,

- the choice is up to the them.


At the Welcome by Tea sessions, the volunteer hosts brew their tea and share it with those around their table, while at the same time explaining why they chose the tea, how they are brewing the tea and how to best enjoy the tea.

The brewers bring along their own tea enough for three Welcome by Tea sessions,- and their preferred brewing equipment and accessories. AUSTCS will arrange hot water, which is delivered to the table in sealed thermos jugs for safety. The water used by AUSTCS will be filtered and heated. No cups are required, as the delegates will use their own 2023 AUSTCS ceramic cup, which will have been presented to them earlier. Prepare for six or seven delegates at each table per session. Delegates can change tables at various times.

Which is why we arrange three separate Welcome by Tea sessions.


Consider being one of the 2023 Volunteer Tea Brewers!


This year we are also offering our brewers a new opportunity in the form of an Emporium, which will give each host the chance to sell teas and some simple accessories at the end of the day in

a mini market stall experience.

To find out more about this unique opportunity, contact David Lyons at



Full Seminar Package - cost $90

This package includes:

  • All day access to the Melbourne seminar 

  • Handmade AUSTCS 2023 cup

  • Participate in the 'Welcome by Tea' ritual 

  • Official 2023 seminar program

  • Participate in a blending workshops of your choice

  • AUSTCS membership

  • 2023/24 voting rights at the AGM, including participation in the TEAm.

If you are a current AUSTCS member/donor who is eligible for a member’s discount; please contact us if you have not already received your offer via email.

2023 Sponsor & Supporters

2023 Melbourne Supporter

If you or your company would like to find out more about becoming 

a 2023 Sponsor of this event or you would like to assist AUSTCS by supporting us in presenting this event.

Please contact David Lyons - 

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