European delegates enjoy the best of Australia’s north

Event type Event type: Incentive
Pax Delegates: 270 delegates
Destinations Destinations: Sydney, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, Uluru and Port Douglas
Total, a leading European oil and lubricant company, rewarded the best performers in its car industry by giving them a ‘living dream’: a sea, air and land journey across Australia.

Delegates were divided into four groups and stayed at the Four Seasons, a Sydney CBD hotel with views of the Opera House. To kick off the event, delegates enjoyed an adrenalin-pumping 30 minute wake up jetboat ride followed by a private tour of the Opera House and a private lunch cruise around the harbour.

The second day began with one of Sydney’s most famous urban highlights - a walk on the Sydney Harbour Bridge - before a coastal discovery journey which finished at Bondi Beach with lunch by the beach at Nick’s Restaurant.

Guests were then flown to Australia’s red centre. Delegates were treated to a Tag Along 4WD experience which took them from Alice Springs to Uluru via the Merenie Loop Road and Kings Canyon.

Up to 20 four-wheel drive vehicles took delegates on a three day outback journey that included a sunset experience at Simpson’s Gap, where participants learnt how to play the didgeridoo, a morning walk around Kings Canyon and an excursion around Uluru.

One special evening of the outback journey featured the private Sounds of Silence dinner, held under the stars to the sounds of a local a didgeridoo player. Delegates enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and canapés while watching the sun set on Uluru, followed by dinner and astronomy lessons under the Milky Way.

Delegates then transferred to Port Douglas to stay at the Sheraton Mirage resort. They enjoyed a private catamaran charter on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, learnt to spearfish and feed from the bush during an indigenous tour of the mangroves, and celebrated their trip with a private gala dinner at Flames Of the Forest, accompanied by a local band.

Throughout the itinerary, local organisers JCM Destinations Australia focused on working with eco-friendly suppliers. Eco-friendly cruising companies were used in Sydney and Port Douglas, while in Alice Springs, guests stayed at the Crowne Plaza, which boasts the largest solar panel installation in the southern hemisphere.