With every passing year, Victoria increases its popularity and presence as one of the most important tourist destinations in Australia. According to the National Visitor Survey results for the year ending June 2017, domestically, they welcomed 23.2 million overnight visitors (an increase of 9.2%) while international guests were responsible for a $7.5 billion cash injection into the state economy, showing growth in both markets is strong. Critically, Victoria is also growing at a rate which exceeds that of its rivals New South Wales and Queensland, thus cementing its status as the state to visit, whether for business or pleasure. It’s also why so many companies choose this great state as the ideal location for conferences. Boasting 11 beautiful tourism regions, here’s 5 reasons why Victoria is the perfect place to put on an event.
FOOD AND WINE
Let’s be honest, when people think of Melbourne, it’s always closely linked with the astounding variety of cuisine on offer. But it’s wise to also venture further afield from the city – to the Geelong and Bellarine region in fact – which now slated as one of the most desirable dining destinations in regional Australia. Wine lovers will also rejoice at what is on offer in this stunning part of the country. Set amongst luscious landscapes, you’ll find Clyde Park Vineyard and Bistro, Lethbridge Wines, Moorabool Ridge Vineyard and Austins & Co. Don’t despair if your staff are more into beer – in a nod to the city’s Industrial past, former woollen mills are home to the popular Little Creatures Brewery and White Rabbit Brewery & Barrel Hall.
There’s a reason why Melbourne is regarded as the cultural capital of Australia. With over 100 offerings, including the iconic Melbourne Museum, this is a city sure to inspire staff. Showcasing a vast array of Australian history, from indigenous times through to today’s environment, Melbourne Museum highlights the colourful characters who helped shape Melbourne into the city it is today as well as being home to Australia’s most legendary (and much loved) horse, Phar Lap. If you think staff would enjoy more of a theatrical treat, take in a show at Her Majesty’s Theatre or explore the eclectic Arts Precinct along the Yarra’s south bank.
FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION AND CONFERENCE FACILITIES
Of course, you can’t host a successful event without access to first class conference accommodation venues in Victoria. Expect to be spoilt for choice, both inside the city of Melbourne and further afield. Why not escape the CBD for the picturesque Macedon Ranges of central Victoria, which is only a 35 minute drive from Melbourne Airport and 50 minutes from the city centre. Here you’ll find Glen Erin, where 4.5 star luxury facilities, infused with old-world country hospitality, awaits. There’s ample room for your staff to stay on site in one of our 24 plush suites or book the Glen Erin Homestead, complete with 6 ensuited bedrooms and lounge for accommodation with a difference. What’s more, we can tailor comprehensive conference facilities and packages to meet every business’s unique needs.
It’s safe to say Victoria is home to some of the most stunning natural landmarks in all of Australia. From the grand scenery along the Great Ocean Road, though to the rugged beauty of The Grampians National Park and down to the majestic coastline of Porstea, every kind of landscape imaginable is on offer in Victoria. You’ll find majestic waterfalls in the Gippsland Region, home to Toorongo and Amphitheatre Falls, 10 of the 11 highest mountains in the state in the Alpine National Park (set out over a sprawling over 646,000ha) in High Country or discover the famous Phillip Island Nature Parks. Your staff will no doubt welcome a break from conferencing in order to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade and other popular wildlife attractions on offer. Whatever your choice, you’ll be assured of a stunning setting to complement your conference in Victoria.
RELAXATION AND FUN
What is a staff retreat or conference if it doesn’t include an element of fun? Reward your hard-working team with one of the many leisure activities on offer in our great state. Why not take on the rides of the legendary Luna Park Melbourne, or gather everyone aboard the famous Puffing Billy, the century old steam train which traverses the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges. If cave dwelling is more in line with what your staff want to do in their conference downtime, the Gippsland region is home to spectacular limestone formations at the 400-million-year-old Buchan Caves. Or, if you are in the vicinity of the Daylesford & Macedon Ranges take the team to visit the iconic Hanging Rock, rising 105m from the flat terrain and home to former bushrangers and the setting of the famous Aussie movie, Picnic at Hanging Rock.
If the Macedon Ranges does indeed beckon for your next work conference, be sure to contact the experts at Glen Erin. Able to tailor a package to meet your individual needs, you’ll enjoy a seamless and successful event nestled in stunning surrounds.