Too big to be a regional destination, and too small for a city, the Sunshine Coast meets in the middle for the perfect balance.
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of a city is all a little too much, but the distance and simplicity of a regional destination isn’t quite enough. The Sunshine Coast seems to sit perfectly between the two. With seductive sunsets, 150 kilometres of pristine coastline, verdant rainforest, and a wide array of venues, accommodation and activities, the Sunshine Coast really does offer so much for an event planner to choose from.
With such balance, groups can attend an event here without the stress of frantic traffic and inflated prices, nor the worry of limited venue choice or tricky access. And it’s for this reason that it’s the perfect place to breathe, relax and focus.
While the region prides itself on having ‘solar-powered motivation that nurtures innovation’ it also has a bushy hinterland that characterises it just as much as the sandy shores.
There are more than 30 venues with such a diversity of facilities and prices for an event planner to choose from, yet all of them offering that light, breezy and relaxed essence that the Sunshine Coast embodies. Venues here make the most of their natural surroundings with Spicers sitting in tropical rainforest, Palmer Coolum Resort sitting at the base of Mount Coolum, and Ramada Marcoola Beach Resort that sits right on the sandy shores of Marcoola Beach – any closer and you’d need your bathers.
Delegates can make the most of this with the Ramada’s perfect position on that golden 150 kilometre stretch of land with its residential conference package that makes the coming summer season even more attractive. The package includes overnight accommodation in a twin-share hotel room, full buffet breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and venue hire with a choice of six rooms for up to 240 delegates. Prices start at $119 per person, per night. Ramada is giving a free night’s accommodation for every $2000 spent, or a DeLonghi fully automated espresso coffee maker for the office valued at $899 for conference spends over $13,000. The cherry on top is that the resort’s restaurant Drifts on Marcoola has seen recent refurbishment with new menus to match, making for a refreshing dining experience for delegates, right by the beach.