Australia certainly boasts some fantastic destinations to explore and experience. And while many travellers head to various locations purely for pleasure, there are places that provide the perfect opportunity for organisations to host conferences and at the same time offer their delegates the chance to also enjoy the surroundings.
Here at Flight Centre, we have dedicated experts who specialise in business travel. We asked our Flight Centre Business Travel Team for their recommendations on the perfect spots around Australia to mix business and pleasure. Here are their suggestions away from the metropolitan capitals.
The Hunter Valley, New South Wales
One of Australia's great wine growing regions, the Hunter Valley welcomes visitors with a warm cellar door hospitality. Aside from the vineyards, the region is extremely scenic and also offers such adventure activities as hot air ballooning, skydiving and helicopter trips. For the conference organiser, there's a great selection of properties to choose from including the Cypress Lakes Resort, which boasts an Events Centre that can hold up to 620 guests, Peppers Guest House, which can cater for up to 120 delegates and the charming Spicers Vineyards Estate, which is perfect for small board meetings, conferences and events.
The Gold Coast, Queensland
The Gold Coast is the place for fun – where holiday-makers enjoy the glorious Queensland sun, experience the thrill of the theme parks and enjoy the fantastic night life. This coastline also features the tallest building in Australia – Q1 – where travellers can enjoy a drink from the bar and climb to the base of the spire with the unique SkyPoint Climb. When selecting a great property to host your next conference, consider the Hilton Surfers Paradise, Jupiters Hotel and Casino or the Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort, which has a Grand Ballroom that comes complete with an impressive chandelier and can hold 800 people in a theatre-style meeting.
The Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
With impressive cliffs, lush farmlands and picturesque beaches, the Mornington Peninsula is a great destination to escape the buzz of metropolitan living. After the formalities, conference delegates could tee off from the magnificent golf course, admire manicured gardens or enjoy horse riding through the terrain. Hotels that have meeting facilities include the Mercure Portsea Resort, Woodman Estate and the Peppers Moonah Links Resort, which has seven state-of-the-art meeting spaces.
The Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Inland from Sydney lies the Blue Mountains – where the glorious mountain air is sure to inspire profitable brainstorming sessions. While the outlook to the Three Sisters at Katoomba is the most famous vista, it's worth hiking along the cliff line or down into the valley to appreciate the true beauty of the region. There's a good selection of properties in the Blue Mountains that have the facilities to host conferences including the sublime Lilianfels Resort and Spa, the Fairmont Resort in Leura and the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, which can accommodate up to 90 guests in the conference room.
The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
Situated amongst the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the 74 islands within the Whitsunday archipelago epitomise the glorious scenery in Tropical North Queensland. Snorkeling and diving are among the most popular activities, next to relaxing on the beautiful beaches and savouring the delicious cuisine. The resort on Hayman Island, which is aptly named Hayman, welcomes companies to their beautiful surrounds with a selection of venues that can hold from 10 to 450 delegates. Alternatively the Daydream Island Resort and Spa features a conference centre that caters effortlessly to 300 people.
Contact the Flight Centre Business Travel Experts to arrange your next corporate getaway by calling 1300 797 826.