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Mice Net : August 2008
regional nsw winner wollongong’s a Don’t be DeceiveD by this sleepy seaside city, Wollongong is a buzz for business events. f you’re a surfer there is no doubt that you will be familiar with Wollongong with its sandy beaches and crashing waves, but take another look and it’s actually a mass of new accommodation and unique meeting spaces. The Wollongong Convention Bureau recently organised a familiarisation to showcase the region and Johanna McKinnon tagged along to get a closer look. I DAY 1 Our minibus departed Sydney’s central station bright and early for a memorable trip to Wollongong. Stepping off the bus for our first port-of-call at Bald Hill we were greeted by a whale breaching just off the coast, and the oohing and ah-ing didn’t stop from there. Overlooking the winding Grand Pacific Drive we indulged in morning tea and a glass of champagne. To get a closer look at the scenery delegates took turns on the back of Harley Davidson bikes around the bends of this now famous stretch of road. With everyone sporting a wind-swept look, it was time to explore Wollongong University’s function facilities, which are perfect for large conference groups. It was then off to the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach for lunch followed by a mini-tradeshow of local operators. This was a great idea and well received by the group. For some of our posse it was time to see Wollongong from the sky in a magical scenic tour while others enjoyed some free time. All back together after a quick change and refresh at our hotels, the Lagoon Seafood Restaurant provided a dinner feast before the spectacular Disney on Ice show and dessert at the WIN Sports and Entertainment Centre. DAY 2 With the day dawning early for most of the group who could choose from a scenic flight or a bike ride along the coastline, we reconvened for breakfast at the City Beach Function Centre which overlooks the beach and features two spectacular function rooms. Needing to walk off our breakfast we took a trip to the recently opened Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, high above the canopy on the Illawarra escarpment. We stopped off at Jamberoo Action Park to check out the rides and venue - perfect for corporate family days – before lunch at the Bellachara boutique hotel. And what a sumptuous lunch indeed! The final day’s stop was the Grand Mercure Kiama Blue, another great local property. Wollongong has a lot of potential for corporate groups, especially associations who may be able to bring families along for the ride. The region has a lot to offer, with a range of newly opened properties and attractions. Indeed, there is much to choose from for event planners considering Wollongong. Conference Day Package per person * $67 CONFERENCE IS OUR SPECIALITY AT NOVOTEL WOLLONGONG NORTHBEACH Contact our professional Conference Sales Team on 02 4224 3111 www.novotelnorthbeach.com.au * Conference Day Package from $67 per person. Minimum 25 delegates. 102 mice.net