The Northern Territory of Australia is a land of contrasts, with two very distinct regions that combine to offer amazing experiences for incentive travel delegates.

The NT offers extraordinary meeting spaces ranging from purpose-built convention centres to remote wilderness lodges, and an abundance of experiences “beyond the ballroom” that have to be seen to be believed.

In the aptly named `Top End’ is the tropical city of Darwin which is home to the award-winning Darwin Convention Centre, high-quality accommodation options, and spectacular wilderness areas including Kakadu National Park.

Central Australia, in the heart of the country, incorporates Alice Springs and the Alice Springs Convention Centre bordered by the MacDonnell Ranges, excellent accommodation, and a range of activities that are well suited to the meetings and incentive travel market. Hot air ballooning is a popular activity, as is `boat racing’ on the dry Todd River.

Central Australia is also home to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta – one of the must see experiences for any visitor to Australia.

Activity is based around Ayers Rock Resort which in recent times has undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment and opened a stand-alone meetings venues.

A dynamic refurbishment to the resort brings the colours, textures and stories of this enigmatic cultural landscape to life in a design statement of inspired elegance. Design elements of each space reference the magnificent natural environment, the flowing continuity of an ancient landscape and the unique stories of its Indigenous people.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort’s Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 luxury five-star rooms and suites. The hotel features an expansive gumtree lined heated swimming pool, a Day Spa, art gallery and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Awaken your taste buds with Mayu’s signature à la carte dining experience, relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar.

The boardroom-style meeting rooms and a function space with a capacity of 140 delegates theatre style, located within Sails in the Desert affords delegates a comfortable and modern setting enlightened by Indigenous design elements.

For larger groups the adjacent purpose-built conference centre, the Uluru Meeting Place, features two large conference rooms with a combined capacity of 726 guests theatre-style.

Activities in and around the resort are vast and work perfectly well for the incentive travel market (see itinerary ideas on the following page). m