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Mice Net : February 2009
regional nsw The Haven Cafe, Terrigal. Photo by Hamilton Lund. private conservation and wildlife reserve. Spread out at the foot of high sandstone cliffs, the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will occupy just two per cent of the 4000 acres of the property. Accommodation will consist of 40 free-standing suites, each with their own outside decks and private swimming pool. As well as a spa, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will also have a fully- equipped gym, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool, and offer pursuits and experiences including Aboriginal interpretive tours, nature walks, wildlife spotting and horse riding trips. A range of dining options offers both outstanding local and international cuisine in casual and more intimate, formal settings to compliment an extensive wine cellar. The resort will place a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability, and as such is committed to protecting endangered Australian wildlife and plant life through its conservation program. This includes the regeneration of the Wolgan Valley through the planting of thousands of native trees indigenous to the area, including one of the world’s rarest trees, the Wollemi Pine. The Pine belongs to a 200 million year plant family and has been dubbed the botanical find of the century since it was thought to be extinct until discovered again by chance in the Blue Mountains region in 1994. Stay tuned for updates in mice.net on the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. Less off the beaten track, but still with all the heart and soul of the Blue Mountains, the York Fairmont Resort is 90 minutes from Sydney and offers plenty of accommodation for medium to large groups. With 210 deluxe accommodation rooms York Fairmont Resort is a great destination for corporate meetings, product launches, think- tanks and strategy get-togethers. York Fairmont Resort features onsite activities including an indoor and outdoor heated pool and spa, games room, three tennis courts, a squash court, massage 128 mice.net and beauty rooms, and one of the largest high ropes courses in the southern hemisphere. Its central location is such that it is near to some of the Blue Mountains’ most popular attractions including the Edge Cinema, the Zig Zag Railway, golf courses, and naturally plenty of bushwalking tracks. With its own on-site audio-visual team, and conference rooms that can cater for groups of between four and 800, the venue is well placed to welcome groups of almost all shapes and sizes. The property has 12 conference rooms in total and five break-out rooms, and has an on-site staging and theming company that can add the wow factor to any event. To learn more visit www.fairmontresort.com.au. Central Coast The Central Coast of NSW, which starts about one hour north of Sydney, is one of the state’s most popular regional conferencing destinations, blending a relaxed ambience with convenience, exceptional venues and a superb range of accommodation offerings. The Central Coast is now home to many Sydney commuters who not only prefer the more affordable housing but the seaside location, less traffic, and generally more laid-back atmosphere. Not to mention the fishing. The commercial hub of the region is the city of Gosford while further north is The Entrance, surrounded by picturesque lakes and golden beaches. The Entrance is a mecca for southern holidaymakers, particularly those who enjoy throwing in a line. For the more adventurous, a wide range of activities are available – from sailing regattas, abseiling, guided kayaking tours, deep sea fishing charters, horse riding, Harley Davidson motorcycle rides, canoeing and bushwalking tours, all of which can be organised for groups. Away from the beach, the Central Coast has a lovely hinterland