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Mice Net : August 2009
tasmania and many a tin rabbit falls victim to their uncanny accuracy with an air rifle. Aqua golf and archery were more troublesome, but Lindsay proves an excellent and patient tutor. We agreed it was unique for corporate events. Lindsay has hosted “from three to 300”, although the L-shaped meeting room suits 150 (cocktail), 110 (theatre) or 80 (banquet). Next destination: Freycinet Lodge on the east coast. Arriving at Coles Bay, the familiar pink granite of Hazards Range looms into view with Freycinet Lodge, set on 14 acres inside the national park, visible through the trees along the waterfront. For Tracey Hayward, who arranges meetings for Sumitomo Mitsui Bank in Sydney, check-in would be memorable – on opening the door to her luxury bushland cabin, a local possum scampered in ahead of her determined to stake his claim for the night. An eviction followed. Freycinet Lodge has 60 single, two-bedroom and spa cabins and caters for up to 110 delegates in three dedicated meeting rooms with informal meetings often around the fireplace under the soaring timber atrium. It is here that our sommelier takes us through the regional wines and a degustation of hors d’oeuvres before dinner is served in the lodge’s Bay Restaurant overlooking Great Oyster Bay – lobster is a popular choice. Well-rested we are promised a boat trip next morning through Schouten Passage around to the iconic Wineglass Bay. Nature has other plans and we’re in for a wet ride. But we had not counted on another unique experience, the skipper’s dog Rastus, who is a celebrity canine early-warning system for the approach of seals or A composite shot of Grand Chancellor breakfast in a lift lobby. your socks off. Tasmania will knock If you have a picture in your mind of Tasmania, think again. When we bring clients to Tasmania on a familiarisation they are amazed. They often exclaim “I had no idea what Tasmania had to off er!” You too could be blown away by Tasmania’s unique product, intimate service and phenomenal charm. Imagine unspoilt yet accessible wilderness, colonial heritage, succulent fresh food and award winning wines. Enjoy gentle outdoor pleasures, stunning dining experiences or the full adrenalin rush. From 5-star luxury in waterfront hotels to 5-star experiences with little more than a backpack – Tasmania will energise the soul and inspire the spirit. Call us today for a site inspection. visit www.knockyoursocksoff .com.au or call 03 6224 6852 Tasmanian Convention Bureau mice.net 99