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Mice Net : February 2010
134 mice.net melbourne Melbourne Aquarium and Etihad Stadium... but then there's always a Melbourne tram right outside. RACV is motoring Quintessential Melbourne club, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, now operates a range of properties that have challenged the traditional corporate meeting in a hotel. RACV city club boasts rooms and facilities better than many CBD hotels, but the organisation has recently been focused on regional facilities - Mornington Peninsula, Gippsland, Gold Coast and Yarra Valley where it has spent more than $80 million since 2006 to upgrade its Healesville Country Club, an hour's drive from Melbourne. It launched in November with 80 brand new accommodation rooms offering balcony or terrace views. From small executive gatherings through to elaborate areas designed for up to 300 delegates, Healesville offers 13 conference and meeting rooms, including a 54-seat theatrette and integrated A/V with onsite technician. Venue design was an important consideration to ensure the broadest range of event options, including a ballroom that allows vehicles to enter from ground level. Decking and outdoor areas can hold up to 500 cocktail party guests overlooking the re-developed 18 hole golf course, plus a new four hole course for the time-poor. Sebel spoils with choice Within the St Kilda Road business precinct, yet sufficiently isolated from the congested CBD, The Sebel Albert Park Melbourne Conference and Events Centre has one of Melbourne's largest and most comprehensive conference, convention and meeting venues. Planners are given a choice of 28 meeting and convention areas over 2600 square metres with natural light and seating capacity for up to 1400 guests. Sebel has a pillar-less grand ballroom with 6.2 metre ceilings and retractable walls for flexibility, all overlooking Albert Park Lake and the F1 GP track. And for planners who hold a meeting at the Sebel Albert Park, or any one of 400 Mirvac properties in Australia and New Zealand, before April 30, there's the chance to win a 70+ Night Room Spree. The winner walks away with two nights' accommodation at most Mirvac hotels and resorts -- that's more than 70 room nights. Epicure's night at the museum Epicure Catering at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has announced the introduction of catering inside the National Sports Museum, showcasing more than 2500 objects from the greatest moments in Australian sporting history. The venue, with capacity for 150 cocktail style, provides an enthralling setting for high-end functions without the need to provide elaborate theming and staging. Experience, trust and eco-friendly catering are the hallmarks of Epicure which has catering rights to a number of different venues including: Lindsay Fox Car Museum with its $15 million collection of prestige vehicles, Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne with art exhibited over three levels, or the ultra modern Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in South Melbourne with dinner and cocktail options for 40 or 400. Rydges Urban Sophistication Midway between the airport and the city, Rydges Bell City has established a niche for conferencing without the inner city traffic hassle. An oasis in the city's inner north set in resort-styled landscaping and with complimentary secure parking for 400 cars, no wonder it is popular with meeting planners. It offers 15 conference rooms, all with daylight, a purpose-built 100 seat tiered theatrette and exhibition space. At full capacity it can accommodate up to 500 delegates with multiple breakout options, including outdoor spaces. Its 4.5 star accommodation includes 382 New York-style one and two bedroom self contained apartments, featuring high speed cable and wireless internet in each room. In addition there's a retail precinct with 40 outlets and Chill, their signature restaurant and bar. LEFT: Rialto Observation Deck And Melbourne Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Ken Stepnell, Tourism Victoria. BELOW: Etihad Stadium. Photo courtesy of Peter Dunphy, Tourism Victoria.