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Insider hints and tips from destination experts

Searching for those too-good-to-miss Australian incentive experiences, but in need of some inspiration? Three experts share their knowledge on the top products and activities in their destinations that offer something truly creative and unique.  


ADELAIDE

Hear it from Nic Mercer, director, sales and marketing, Adelaide Convention Bureau:

Dine-out at a block party

“Shutting down a street in the city centre for an exclusive dining experience is one of my favourite experiences to recommend to clients. From long table lunches for 40 people, to cocktail-style receptions for up to 150, entire streets in the heart of the city can be taken over by groups for a variety of private events. We also like to invite traders down from around the region to share their fresh South Australian produce with our international guests.”

Taste your own birth year, Seppeltsfield Winery, SA

Taste your year of birth vintage

“There aren’t many venues in the world where groups can taste a vintage port from the year they were born and directly from the barrel, too. Located just an hour outside the city, Seppeltsfield winery has been creating barrels of vintage port from every year, dating all the way back to 1878.

Groups can follow in the footsteps of royalty including Prince William of Wales and celebrities from around the world on a guided tour through the cellar, where an incredible collection is on show, before taking part in this unique tasting experience. Afterwards, delegates can purchase a bottle of wine from their birth year, which will be packaged in a specially inscribed box, ready to take home and show off to their friends and family.” 

Take in the view

“A visit to the Adelaide Oval isn’t just something we recommend to sports fans, it’s where groups can enjoy one of the best views of the city, too.

The RoofClimb at the Adelaide Oval is a top experience for incentives, taking groups along the curved roofline of the stadium’s Western Stand for an uninterrupted view of the Adelaide skyline. Groups can even book a seat at the summit to catch a couple of innings at a cricket match.”


HAMILTON ISLAND

Julie Ford, business events manager, Hamilton Island and qualia shares some tips:

Koala at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island,
Hamilton Island, Qld

Cuddle a Koala

“A really nice surprise for delegates staying at the qualia resort on Hamilton Island is to have a couple of koala handlers waiting for them in the lobby upon their arrival. The WILD LIFE Hamilton Island sanctuary is a great experience for guests wanting to get up close and personal with a variety of Australian animals, but getting to see them in a luxury setting like Qualia makes for a really high-end experience.”

Discover a secluded beach paradise

qualia can also organise a beach drop-off to Whitsunday Island, where a great selection of secluded beaches can be discovered, offering the group total privacy. A secluded picnic complete with baskets and Australian sprarkling wine makes for a pleasant group experience.

Traverse tropical bushland

“Not many people know that Hamilton Island is home to a lot of native bushland, which is great for guided walks and wildlife spotting. One activity we like to recommend is our All Terrain Vehicle Tours, where we take groups out in convoy on specially-built tracks to parts of the island that regular visitors don’t usually go to. 

We surprise groups with a visit to a pristine beach called Coral Cove where guests have time for a quick dip in the ocean, before driving to the island’s peak, which is the only place on Hamilton Island they can enjoy 360-degree views of the Whitsunday islands from high up. qualia can also arrange for a gourmet picnic at the top.”


TASMANIA

Read on for tips from Claire Harrington, director of sales, Business Events Tasmania:

Josef Chromy Wines, Relbia, TAS

Taste Award-winning wines

A must-do for corporate clients is Josef Chromy winery’s Go Behind the Label tour. Groups begin with an introduction to the the Pinots and Chardonnays grown on-site from the head winemaker, before heading into the vineyard for a unique behind-the-scenes look at how the grapes are grown, as well as getting a rare taste of a selection of unfinished wines. The experience culminates with lunch at its award-winning Cellar Door, a beautifully converted old farmhouse, and, of course, with wine pairings.

The winery also offers to take groups fly fishing at Josef Chromy’s private lake alongside an experienced guide, as well as segway tours through the vineyard, both of which make for great afternoon activities after a fantastic food and wine experience.

Feast on fresh seafood

A must-do activity for groups staying in Hobart is Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, an experience where guests can eat lobster, abalone, sea urchins, and other Tasmanian produce, fished straight from the ocean.

A private vessel sets off from the centre of Hobart, making its way along the southern tip of the island, where dolphins and sea lions are often spotted. As the boat comes to a stop, handfuls of seafood are cooked and prepared on the boat to each liking and enjoyed with local cheese and wine.