Mildura Mulls Mungo Man

Australia’s oldest human remains were uncovered near Mildura. Known as ‘Mungo Man’ they were carbon dated to 42,000 years old. Next year marks 40 years since Melbourne University Professor Jim Bowler found Mungo Man, which will feature as a highlight of the Australian Quaternary Association’s biennial meeting to be held in Mildura next June.

Another important win, scheduled for November 2014, is the 7th International Table Grape Symposium, a reflection of Mildura’s significence as the producer of 70 per cent of Australia’s table grapes and as the first irrigation colony in Australia with the arrival of the Chaffey brothers and their first planting of table grapes in 1888.
Closer to CBD, but not too close. It is no wonder Melbourne Business School (MBS) Mt Eliza is popular with conference organisers and attendees… as you sweep through its impressive stone gateway a vista opens up to reveal a unique waterfront location overlooking Port Philip Bay – just a very comfortable one hour drive from the CBD and its ever-present distractions.

MBS offers residential conferences for 94 delegates in an historic setting with the latest technology, full dining options and comfortable accommodation.
Flexibility is a key offering with a range of 16 syndicate rooms and seven naturally lit meeting rooms (the largest fits 130), each with ergonomic seating. Then there’s the garden setting, plus a private beach, which can provide outdoor breakout options or a perfect setting for recreational or team-building sessions. The executive chef tailors menus to suit individual requirements, from gourmet barbecue to formal dinners, with private dining available.

Bendigo’s new goal for old gaol

Bendigo will soon be home to a $26 million theatre complex built from the famous old 1863 gaol (or jail), including a tiered 1000-seat theatre. The meetings sector will benefit from the state-of-the-art space which features a fully-equipped fly tower, music, dance and drama studios, learning kitchens, and an outdoor alfresco area.
Construction is underway and the complex is set to open in late 2014. There is already interest from performing arts companies, producers and performers around Australia, but the venue means the city will be able to stage large plenary meetings in a central city location. m

Great Ocean Road meetings

The Great Ocean Road is recognised as one of the world’s most scenic drives.
There is an abundance of quality conferencing venues and unique attractions offered in this region – Geelong features the region’s largest conference centre; not far from Geelong is the Bellarine peninsula, a popular conference destination offering incredible views over the bay as well as the region’s famous abalone, muscles and the delicious Bellarine taste trail. Torquay, Australia’s surf capital, boasts two international standard conference resorts and further down the coast, Lorne, is home to Cumberland Lorne Resort and Mantra Erskine Beach Resort.

The region is easily accessible from Melbourne, and Avalon, Victoria’s second airport, is only 15 minutes from Geelong with Melbourne airport only an hour away. Both have regular regional shuttle services that make access for interstate guests a breeze.

Choosing to hold your conference at a venue in the Great Ocean Road region opens up a vast array of leisure opportunities – enjoy a bird’s eye view from a helicopter over the majestic Twelve Apostles or experience an exhilarating car rally along the twists and turns of the Great Ocean Road.

A spot of whale-watching off the coast of Warrnambool will thrill even the most jaded corporate warrior and a stroll along the Otway Fly Treetop Walk will allow your delegates to experience the natural wonders and delights of this beautiful part of Victoria. Not to mention the world-standard golf courses, award-winning wineries, beautiful bays and beaches, tranquil bush and lush rainforests, plus much more.

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