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It’s the truly unique offerings that can transform your next incentive from ordinary to extraordinary

It’s the truly unique offerings that can transform your next incentive from ordinary to extraordinary

Australia’s beautiful beaches and sweeping landscapes are well-known. State-of-the-art venues and world-class accommodation can be found in the cosmopolitan cities and paradise landscapes. This infrastructure is complemented by unique wildlife, top food and wine and countless experiences that deliver the ‘wow factor’.

It’s Australia’s diversity that will enable you to meet the demand for more innovative events and create the perfect programme, unrestricted by ‘one size fits all’ experiences.

Australia’s business events industry is equipped to deliver customised programmes that will boast once-in-a-lifetime incentive activities that will leave groups inspired.

As a popular destination for businesses and associations, many organisations are reporting real results from an event in Australia. It’s not just a destination of sandy beaches and outback adventures but a place that stimulates creative thinking, a fresh approach and business results.

Add the wow factor: think, a private recital at Sydney Opera House or a traditional feast in the outback prepared by a famous indigenous chef, exclusive dining under the stars at Uluru (one of Australia’s most famed landmarks) with a local astronomer.

Food and wine: think, foraging for delectable truffles before a private cooking demonstration by a renowned Australian chef; an exclusive wine tasting at the likes of Penfolds vineyard in the Barossa Valley; catching abalone off the coast of Kangaroo Island before enjoying a freshly caught feast on the island’s shores.

Major events: for a big bang, include a major Australian sporting event or festival. Consider the Australian Open tennis championships or Melbourne Racing Carnival, Vivid Sydney festival of music, light and ideas.

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Contact

Simon Gidman
Simon Gidman Business Events Manager UK/Europe
  • Tourism Australia
  • Australia Centre
  • Australia House 6th Floor
  • Melbourne Place, Strand
  • London
  • WC2B 4LG
  • UK
  • National Languages: English
  • Time Zone: GMT +8 (West), +9.5 (Central), +10 (East)

Information

Transport

Travellers from the UK can depart from a number of ports including London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, via a number of hubs in the Middle East and Asia, to Australia. Australia has international airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. Other major domestic airports include Gold Coast, Canberra, Alice Springs, Uluru and Hobart. Australian airports are modern and well-organised, so it's easy to find your way around. Transferring from an international flight to a domestic flight is fast and simple, providing easy access to your final destination. Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar are the largest domestic carriers. Driving Australia's vast network of well-maintained roads is a great way to see some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Coach and train travel are also convenient, affordable and scenic ways to discover Australia.

Climate & Weather

Australia’s temperate climate makes it an ideal destination year round. The northern states typically experience tropical climates, while the southern states experience cooler winters. As one of the driest continents, some destinations boast more than 300 days of sunshine annually. Seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Unusual Venues

Australia’s original venues help meet an increasing demand for more innovative ways to host a corporate event. Examples include:

  • Brisbane Powerhouse, an innovative and lively arts centre, is the home of Brisbane’s creativity and boasts two theatres for between 45 and 800 delegates, and conference and rehearsal rooms in a former power station.
  • Luna Park is an entertainment precinct located right on Sydney Harbour and offers a wide range of venues which can cater for exhibitions, gala dinners, conferences, team building and private parties in a restored 1930s amusement park.
  • Located on South Stradbroke Island off the Gold Coast, Mclarens Landing is a tropical island escape with its own private beach. This is an ideal spot for a gala dinner where guests can dance beneath the stars.
  • Dine under a glittering canopy of stars overlooking the iconic wonder of Uluru while a resident ‘star-talker’ takes the team on a journey through the southern night sky.
  • Dine alfresco on Perth’s famous Cottesloe beach, where white sands meet the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Visa Requirements

Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas at your nearest Australian Consulate, and certain types of visas online. For more detailed information visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

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Transfers

All of Australia’s international airports have regular bus, train and taxi connections along with private transfers to and from the city centres. Add the wow factor with bespoke transfer options including Harley Davidsons, helicopters, jet boats, seaplanes and more.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Australia offers all sorts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunities. Plant trees with a note from the company in a rainforest restoration area, support local wildlife conservation projects or take part in a dot painting workshop and commission a company artwork, giving proceeds back to the local Indigenous community.

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Activities

Australia’s wide range of experiences is helping planners meet the increasing demand for more innovative events, transforming programmes and delivering the wow factor.

  • Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge and have a team photograph taken 134 metres above the harbour
  • Enjoy a Champagne reception and catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or scuba dive among the coral and tropical fish
  • Ride camels around the base of Uluru at dawn or dusk to watch the landmark change colour from ochre to burning red
  • Join a local conservationist on Kangaroo Island to meet local wildlife before a lavish stay at the multi award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge
  • Take a private helicopter tour over the Twelve Apostles: iconic stack formations on the Great Ocean Road
  • Charter a private yacht and sail the Whitsunday Islands, 74 tropical islands that boast one of the whitest beaches in the world and access to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Experience glass forming at Canberra Glassworks and shape molten glass to create your own unique design.
  • Cycle around Rottnest Island, 20km off the coast of Perth, to discover pretty bays and search for unique wildlife including the quokka.
  • Eat breakfast by the side of the pool at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast as you watch dolphins play, then get into the water for an opportunity to swim with a dolphin.
  • On the Sunshine Coast, get up close and personal with native and exotic animals at Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.
  • Take a Pennicott Journeys Seafood Seduction Tour in Tasmania and feast on a smorgasbord of seafood caught fresh off the boat by your guide.
  • Cuddle a koala, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Australian wildlife at Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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Team Building Events

An overseas business event packed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences is a popular way to motivate employees and increase sales.

Australia has a range of specialist team building companies with expertise in inspiring employees and building team spirit to support a business’s objectives, strategy and culture. To maximise a business event in Australia, consider a team building experience such as sailing yachts on Sydney Harbour, taking a dot painting workshop with an Aboriginal community in the Australian outback or experiencing a bush survival challenge.

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Programmes

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Pitching Australia to your clients has never been easier. Business Events Australia’s has a range of resources online including destination fact sheets, images, videos, a map of Australia, and case studies to help you start planning and learn why there is nothing like Australia for business events. 

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Testimonials

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An incredible destination crammed full of money-can't-buy adventures and experiences.

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Superb programme in a sensational destination - Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef make a pretty unbeatable combination.

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Despite reservations about being able to experience Australia within a week, bearing in mind the travel time, it is a very 'do-able' destination!

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Going to Australia was like winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip. I had a fantastic experience getting to do things I could have only dreamed of.

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Every day I ticked something new off my bucket list! Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, holding a koala, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge... Australia seems to be a country full of incredible places just waiting to be explored.

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