L'Alliance française de la Sunshine Coast is the proud supporter of

who is giving you the opportunity to take part in the largest world rugby event held in 2023 in France:

In 2023, FRANCE will be on show and ready to welcome rugby fans from all over the world. With the world's biggest rugby event hosted in France in 2023, there’s never been a better time for fans to visit. Whether you see yourself exploring the more profound France with friends or family, our range of small group tours and tailored self-guided itineraries combine the best of the countryside around the games.

Hosted by ‘Monsieur Rugby’ and founder of France at Leisure, Christian Blondeau from Biarritz in the Basque region offers a five-star experience for guests. Christian will be joined by his wife Lisa Blondeau who boasts 34 years’ experience within high leisure travel.

Starting on Friday, 17 September 2023 from the historic city of Avignon, Provence, and ending in France’s remarkable gastronomy capital, Lyon, on Friday, 24 September, passengers will be exposed to extraordinary sites and exceptional experiences.

“The cruise has been carefully curated around the much-anticipated Australian Wallabies’ games against Fiji and Wales but also involves fascinating cultural expeditions and activities for a true taste of France. “The prestige and luxury offered by Uniworld River Cruises is what separates them from the rest, and we look forward to working with them towards creating this exclusive French cruising escape,” said Monsieur Blondeau.

A journey to be as “extraordinaire” as the destination Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne on this exquisite journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you. Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures - from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon’s lively riverbanks.

Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. Visit Avignon’s majestic Palace of the Popes. Experience “Village Day” in enchanting Viviers, including a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel. And for those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, you can kayak under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard. Explore unforgettable “Burgundy & Provence” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

With over 18 years of experience, France At Leisure is your trusted travel advisor and the Australian-based experts in France tourism.

They just don’t book your holidays with reputable service providers, they offer genuine advice and tips to prepare your holiday better.

Now the match calendar has been released it is time to start the conversation among your friends and plan your trip to France in 2023.

If you’re interested in travelling to France in 2023 while enjoying your Rugby, contact Christian and Lisa, and they will make it happen.

Register your interest HERE

Our mission

The Alliance Française de la Sunshine Coast is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting French language, culture, literature and history on the Sunshine Coast of Australia and to encourage French-Australian cultural exchange and friendship.

The Alliance Française de la Sunshine Coast provides the opportunity for friends of French language and culture to come together in a very welcoming, non-political and non-religious environment.

Our Committee

The AFSC committee is composed of enthusiastic local Francophiles happy to bring their skills and experience to offer a range of services and events to the Sunshine Coast community.

We also encourage volunteers to join us in order to help out at events.

If you are interested in becoming involved with your Alliance, please contact us.

Our Community

Our members make our Alliance great. We meet twice a month to celebrate the love for all things French : 1st Saturday of the month at the Loose Goose in Twin Waters. 3rd Saturday of the month at la Maison du Pâtissier at Meridan Plains.

We bring you the French Film Festival each year (April- June) and we celebrate La Galette des Rois, Bastille Day and le Beaujolais Nouveau throughout the year.

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