Geelong…masters of events
Geelong, which has hosted its fair share of national and international sporting events, is about to play host to the 14th Australian Masters Games for the over-30s. For eight days in October a broad range of facilities will be used to stage 52 different sports with more than 8000 competitors and 2000 local volunteers. Apart from the sports, the city will stage a full schedule of entertainment.
Demonstrating the diversity of the region, Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay was honoured to welcome 120 clergy from the Archdiocese of Melbourne to their annual clergy conference; Salmat Australia brought 80 delegates to Four Points By Sheraton Geelong; a two-day event for 30 delegates from food retailers Sushi Sushi was held at Cumberland Lorne Resort; plus ‘Having A Say conference’, an annual conference for 1200 that aims to empower people with a disability, was held at Deakin University Waterfront campus, Geelong.
In another new regional infrastructure development, motoring club RACV opened the doors in June on its $115 million Torquay Resort on the Surf Coast, 80 minutes south of the CBD. It is the eighth of RACV’s clubs and resorts across Victoria and Queensland.
Designated “number one great ocean road”, the new resort was uniquely built as a rammed earth construction and enjoys panoramic views and the latest facilities for conferences and events. The five level property has 92 rooms and suites with coastal views over an 18-hole course designed by Ogilvy Clayton. Conference and events facilities are spacious and can cater for 270 (banquet) and 340 (theatre). There’s an indoor 25m pool, two tennis courts and fitness and wellbeing facilities.
Terry Hickey, convention bureau manager at Business Events Geelong, said the resort offers a stunning example of why the region is fast becoming a favorite for business events. “Torquay is an easily accessible location that combines premium facilities at RACV Torquay Resort, and also Wyndham Resort and Peppers The Sands Resort,” he said.
Lure of Lorne
“It is an iconic destination where it’s easy to organise a group surf lesson for a fun team-building exercise, visit the biggest surf museum on the planet, or de-stress from a long day on the Surf Coast Walk.”
Lorne has lured visitors to its ocean waters for more than a century and its café culture is renowned. One of the best known and most awarded restaurants from Daylesford in central Victoria has opened up in Lorne – ‘Frangos & Frangos @ Lorne’ has set up at the popular 4.5 star Cumberland Resort, offering breakfast lunch and dinner overlooking the bay.
Cumberland, a long-established name in local hospitality, has 89 accommodation rooms (one and two bedrooms plus two-storey penthouse apartments). Its recently refurbished conference centre is now back under the direct control of the resort. There are nine meeting room options, but uniquely for a regional centre, Cumberland boasts a comfortable 350-seat tiered auditorium. Three other rooms can be opened up to accommodate 300 (theatre), 160 (classroom), 300 (cocktail), and 250 (banquet).
Mantra Lorne has partnered with one of Australia’s most successful long distance runners, Steve ‘Mona’ Monaghetti, to provide delegates with the ‘Mona Experience’. It comprises a 45 minute presentation from Mona, aligned to the conference theme, followed by an 8km group run in the Otway Forest on the famous mountain or surf trail.