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Mice Net : August 2009
venue update Bamurru Plains Wrotham Park Lodge Aussie incentive experiences Story by ElizabEth Rich Industry talk about a lack of innovative quality incentive product in Australia contrasts with at least two examples of high-end Aussie outback experiences perfect for an exclusive incentive group. both have big brag cred for domestic and international corporates. bamurru Plains is a top End safari style lodge opened in the last couple of years on the floodplains near Kakadu. An innovative tourism pioneer has created an open Aussie feel with the cabins which still manage to provide top quality comfort in the middle of nowhere. thousands of nesting Magie Geese make for an impressive site as you skim over the floodplains in the specially designed boat. buffaloes, crocs, and surreal paperback swamps surrounded by water lilies complete the picture. the place to be if your corporates want to escape the city, chill out, and see top End nature at its best. A spectacular helicopter transfer into the lodge is an option, with a light plane back to Darwin. Visit www.bamurruplains.com/ Voyages Wrotham Park Lodge is another, complete with lotus-eating brumbies. these wild horses were spotted contentedly chomping on water lilies in the big dam near the station’s entrance. the sunset says it all, viewed from your luxury cabin perched on the banks of the Mitchell river. outback and laid back on this sprawling working station - over half a million hectares, 70,000 handsome white brahman cattle, and plenty of wildlife - all mixed with fine F&b and five-star comfort in a unique Australian landscape. the ultimate incentive would be a couple of days on Lizard Island, then a light plane transfer to Wrotham Park, around five hours’ drive inland from Cairns but certainly a million miles from care. Visit www.wrothampark.com.au. MArinA MAndArin singApore A five-star luxury hotel, Marina Mandarin Singapore is strategically located next to Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre with direct access to the Marina Square shopping mall. the hotel is 20 minutes away from the Singapore Expo and Singapore Changi Airport. the hotel also enjoys a prime location on the Singapore F1 track on raffles boulevard where the cars are expected to hit their maximum speed of 300kph. Voted best business Events Facility and Service Hotel during the travelWeekly Asia Industry Awards 2008 and an Expedia Insiders Select Hotel, Marina Mandarin boasts 575 luxurious rooms and suites, a variety of dining options, comprehensive spa and 24-hour fitness and mineral water pool facilities. the 24-hour Executive Centre offers a range of services, including high-speed wireless or broadband internet access, making it easier working away from home. For the savvy business traveller, look forward to an extensive range of meeting, conference and banquet facilities. Visit www.meritus-hotels.com to learn more. Sounds of Silence, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort 118 mice.net voyAges Ayers rock resort there is no better time to visit Australia’s backyard - the awe-inspiring red centre of Uluru and Kata tjuta. this outstanding desert location will inspire and energise delegates who will be dazzled by the ever-changing colours and moods of Uluru and Kata tjuta. treat your delegates to a night under the stars at the awardwinning Sounds of Silence dining experience, and reward tired limbs and stressed minds with a massage at the newly-opened red ochre Spa. Located amongst magnificent desert oaks and ghost gums, Ayers rock resort is ideally suited for conferences and incentives, providing four meeting rooms, with the largest room catering for up to 280 guests. the range of accommodation at Ayers rock resort suits all budgets, from self-catered apartments and two-star lodge accommodation through to four-and-a-half star and five-star luxury. there is a wide choice of dining from traditional Aussie outback bbQs to the modern Australian Kuniya restaurant at Sails in the Desert Hotel. During the day keep your guests active with more than 65 tours to choose from, including Harley Davidson rides around Uluru, camel tours and Anangu Aboriginal Cultural tours. the experience your guests will take away from Uluru and Ayers rock resort is second to none. Visit www.ayersrockresort.com.au for further details.