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Mice Net : October 2008
regional victoria simple story By brad foster pleasures P robably the hardest part of choosing to host an event in regional Victoria is deciding on where to go. So many options for planners makes choosing somewhere to meet may be the toughest decision you’ve had all year. From the Mornington Peninsula with its quaint wineries and inviting boutique resorts to the mountains and the aptly named “spa country”, regional Victoria is brimming over with great options for groups of any size or shape. Are your delegates keen golfers? Or would they prefer some spa treatments combined with great food and wine? Or maybe a combination of both? Fear not, regional Victoria has got the lot. On a recent familiarization with the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau I was fortunate enough to head down to the Mornington Peninsula and enjoy a stunning lunch at the serene Lindenderry at Red Hill, a boutique-style property that is tailor-made for the meetings and events market. Just over one hour from the Melbourne central business district, Lindenderry at Red Hill has grown with its clientele in terms of accommodation rooms and meetings space to a point now where it sits comfortably in the small to medium conference space. All accommodation rooms include private bathroom, heating and air conditioning, climate control facilities, electric blanket, TV, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, study area, tea/coffee making facilities, fully stocked mini bar , direct dial ISD/STD and in dial modem points. On-site are two tennis courts, a heated indoor pool and spa, the Endota retreat spa, Swedish sauna, mountain bikes, bushwalking and cellar door. Recreation rooms feature a pool table, table tennis, carpet bowls and a selection of popular indoor games while the award-winning restaurant, The Linden Tree, offers modern Australian cuisine featuring regional produce and wines. The owners have gone to great lengths to ensure the comfort of 104 mice.net Leaving the city behind for corporate meetings and boutique- style incentives is simple in regional victoria. guests, especially conference delegates, offering ergonomic chairs and plenty of creature comforts. It is often used on a sole-use basis, meaning that one group has the run of the entire property. The group also offers Lancemore Hill, a country-style retreat located one hour north of Melbourne. Situated on 274 serene and picturesque acres, it also offers extensive recreational facilities, and conference spaces. Its other property is Lindenwarra located in Victoria’s ski field area. For details visit www.lindenderry.com.au. Novotel Forest Regional Victoria is not only blessed with stunning scenery but some well-designed and thought-out meetings and accommodation venues that are proving popular with Melbourne corporates and indeed, a growing number of interstate visitors. In terms of size, the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick is one of regional Victoria’s largest venues, offering 144 accommodation rooms. Nestled on the northern aspect of the Great Dividing Range in the Hepburn Shire – the so-called “spa capital” – it is a leisurely 80 minute drive from Melbourne's CBD. Forest Resort is surrounded by iconic attractions, boutique restaurants, and a thriving local wine and produce industry. The Hepburn Shire is home to 80 per cent of Australia’s natural mineral springs and has a reputation for its indulgent and balanced lifestyle as well as its contribution to the natural health and wellness industry. Surrounded by more than 140,000 trees, Forest Resort is located among precious natural resources. The project master plan was designed with the philosophy of living lightly on the land. Re-vegetation to attract koalas back to the forest ties in with construction which Portsea, Mornington Peninsula. Photo courtesy of Peter Dunphy. Tourism Victoria.