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Major events in 2018 to give your incentive a boost

From the Commonwealth Games to the return of Sydney’s award-winning festival of light, in 2018 Australia is gearing up for a jam-packed year of major events. Time your incentive program with one of the following events to create a memorable experience for your group.

Published 10 November, 2017

Australian Open, 15-28 January

Melbourne will burst into life when the biggest names from the world of tennis touch down in the city for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

As always, the Australian Open will serve up a variety of possibilities for corporate hospitality, from stylish lounges with direct access to courtside seats, to exclusive on-court gala dinners, with entertainment and appearances from legends of the game.

Get up close to the stars from the Green Room at the Rod Laver Arena, which offers groups of up to 20 people the opportunity to see the players before anyone else in the arena. Before being escorted to your premium seat, you will get to see the players enter the court via the famous Walk of Champions from your own private balcony.

World Science Festival Brisbane - 21-25 March

Explore the wonders of modern science and learn about its latest discoveries when the World Science Festival comes to Brisbane in March. Heralded as ‘a new cultural institution’ by The New York Times, immerse your group in a curated program of thought-provoking lectures, inspiring cinematic experiences, and interactive workshops led by some of the greatest thinkers from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) today.

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne VIC © Australian Grand Prix Corporation

2018 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix - 22-25 March

The eyes of the sporting world will be back on Melbourne when the Formula 1 season kicks off at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, where your group will experience the thrill of one of the fastest races on the planet from a variety of luxury settings and trackside suites.

With uninterrupted views of the Main Straight, the Pit Lane, and the Start & Finish line, the Formula 1 Paddock Club offers an exceptional race day experience from directly above the team garages. Book into a private box that can host up to 80 people, or choose to enjoy the race from the venue’s private lounge and rooftop. As a guest of The Paddock Club, you will also receive a private tour of the Pit Lane at the start of each race day.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - 23 March - 18 April

Experience a night of opera under the stars when the city’s renowned Handa Opera season returns to Sydney. A highlight in Australia’s cultural calendar, your group will get to enjoy a performance of the classic La Boheme as it’s performed on a floating stage against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

Start your evening with a private water taxi across to the Royal Botanic Gardens, before being led from the jetty to the Platinum Club to sit down to a three-course meal, with premium local wines. After watching the sunset with a glass of sparkling wine in hand from the rooftop terrace, you will be shown to your seats to enjoy the performance.

Vivid Sydney, Sydney Opera House, NSW © Destination NSW

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - 4-15 April

The Gold Coast is readying to welcome a sporting extravaganza like it has never seen before when the 21st Commonwealth Games comes to town, with more than 6,600 world-class athletes from 70 nations competing for Gold.

Corporate hospitality options for groups looking to immerse themselves in the spirit of the Games consist of a range of packages for both Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as eight sports, including Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball and Rugby 7s.

Vivid Sydney - 25 May - 16 June

Vivid Sydney, the multi-award-winning festival of light, music and ideas, will return in May to illuminate the city with its series of installations that will transform an evening on Sydney Harbour into a celebration of colour and culture.

Sydney Opera House will be the centrepiece once again when its sails are dressed in striking, multi-coloured projections, while its Concert Hall offers a line-up of contemporary music artists from around the world.

Private charter cruises are available on Sydney Harbour, in addition to a host of private rooftop venues around Circular Quay, to offer you a front-row view of the city as it comes to life.

Or alternatively, take your group to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the ultimate aerial view of the festival. While dressed in flashing LED vests, bust a move on a 70s-style dance floor as the city is lit up.