From the focused conference to the exciting incentive getaway, these are some of the best corporate-minded retreats around Australia.
Elements of Byron, Byron Bay NSW
This resort in beautiful Byron Bay is purpose-built to hold a range of conference and team getaway events, from large-scale pavilions and beachfront gardens to private rooms fitted with the latest tech support. Accommodation-wise, there are 193 free-standing villas dotted across the grounds’ 20 hectares of grasslands, natural waterways and forest.
Grange Bellinzona, Hepburn Springs Vic
Grange Bellinzona offers a hidden oasis nestled between historic towns Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, at the heart of Victoria’s spa country, around 115 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. An experience in five-star luxury, the retreat specialises in creating individual corporate getaways. Purpose-built as a conference and team-building centre, it houses five meeting rooms that hold up to 180 people and look out to Wombat Forest.
Freycinet Lodge, Freycinet National Park Tas
At the heart of the world-renowned Freycinet National Park, you’ll find this cosy winter escape. Imagine panoramic coastal views of Great Oyster Bay and a log fire crackling in your homely cabin. An outstanding destination for foodies, the retreat serves up premium Tasmanian produce and local seafood at The Bay restaurant. Versatile conference facilities cater for anywhere between 10 and 110 delegates year-round, while the lodge’s special winter conference package – available between June 1 and August 31 – is reserved for smaller corporate groups looking to get down to business with hot chocolates in hand and wintry menus to look forward to.
Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills SA
Originally built in 1852 as a summer residence overlooking Piccadilly Valley, Mount Lofty House has an interesting history of hosting Adelaide’s high society. An iconic manor home just 15 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, the residence takes pride in hosting opulent corporate getaways and is equipped with meeting and presentation rooms able to accommodate up to 1000 delegates. Signature experiences include hiking the Heysen Trail around Mount Lofty Summit, team building within the estate gardens, and group masterclasses. The residence is an exciting destination for epicureans, home to a 170-year-old cellar, the multi-award-winning Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, and five-star accommodation.
Q Station, Manly NSW
With its exceptional and eerie history that dates back to the 1830s, and its sweeping views across Sydney Harbour, today’s restoration of the original North Head Quarantine Station makes for a memorable visit. Set within 12 hectares of Sydney Harbour National Park, Q Station is home to 11 Heritage-listed meeting rooms with harbour views, a grand ballroom and a private beach and wharf precinct able to accommodate up to 500 guests. For a unique team-building experience, brave a night-time ghost tour – but beware: the site is one of Australia’s most haunted.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW
Located just one minute from the International Convention Centre, Sydney’s newly refurbished exhibition and entertainment precinct, the new-ish Sofitel is both perfectly located and equipped with competent facilities for professional meetings and events. The luxury hotel boasts nine flexible meeting and conference spaces, including an elegant ballroom with capacity for 450 guests. For extra-curricular activities, there’s the French-inspired Atelier restaurant, an infinity pool and the Champagne bar overlooking the Sydney skyline.
Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman Gorge Qld
Perched above the banks of the Mossman River, this boutique accommodation is surrounded by the lush Daintree Rainforest. Set on 32 private hectares of the world’s oldest living rainforest, Silky Oaks provides an especial conference environment. The resort houses two well-equipped meeting rooms set against a tropical backdrop and flooded with natural light, the largest catering up to 100 delegates. For an even more immersive experience, guests may conference and dine in a long table setting right upon the sands of the river.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River Wetlands NT
A Top End escape at the edge of Kakadu National Park, Wildman Wilderness Lodge is an experience in bush luxury. Ideal for smaller corporate groups, the resort offers meeting rooms, private dining spaces and a theatre seating up to 40 people. Its 25 rustic cabins and luxury safari tents can be booked out exclusively for individual corporate events. For extra adventure, the lodge offers outstanding group tours of Kakadu National Park, airboat safaris across the thriving Mary River Wetlands and sweeping helicopter tours above this breathtaking corner of the outback.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome WA
Expect brilliant sunsets over the turquoise Indian Ocean at this award-winning resort in the Kimberley. Tailor-made conference packages are its speciality, ensuring each company achieves what they set out to experience. The garden and pool areas provide private welcoming spaces, while formal dining and adaptable conference venues – which accommodate between 10 and 200 delegates – overlook the world-famous Cable Beach.