Always a popular holiday destination, the Central Coast also has plenty to offer the C&I market, as micenet AUSTRALIA’s Jenny Gill discovered. By Jenny Gill
A 90 minute car drive from Sydney was all it took to arrive in one of the most desirable regions. First stop was the picturesque Mercure Kooindah Waters, where I was feeling very much at home in my spacious, superbly appointed apartment. Surrounded by an 18-hole wetland golf course, the resort boasts exceptional facilities for conferences or business events.
It was ‘meet on the green’ for cocktails and golf lessons, made much more enjoyable by coaching from the legendary Craig Parry.
A site inspection followed where delegates learnt the resort can cater for conferences, meetings, product launches and a range of corporate events for up to 400 delegates. And, to refresh your mind, body and soul there’s the Endota day spa.
We relaxed in one of the villas and were treated to some appetising canapés and fine wines, while a local singing duo entertained us. We spent the rest of the evening enjoying a fine dining experience at the resort’s Karinya’s Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Well rested and after a beautiful buffet breakfast, the group participated in an Amazing Race-style team-building activity co-ordinated by Pinnacle Team Events that had us exploring the property’s many offerings even further.
We then hit the road with Coastal Liner Coaches for Glenworth Valley, a leading provider of outstanding outdoor adventure experiences. Located in 3000 acres of unspoilt wilderness in the hinterland region, there’s lots to do out here. While some enjoyed the leisurely pace of horse riding, the rest of the group, including myself, turned it up a few notches and took a ‘ride on the wild side’ on our very own quad bikes, riding through the open trails on a purpose-built quad bike track before enjoying a delicious BBQ lunch – what a memorable day!
It was then onto Quay West Resort Magenta Shores located in an enviable beachfront position.
A perfect venue for meetings and events, the five-star resort’s longest meeting space can host up to 400 delegates. There’s also an 18-hole golf course, ranked among the top 25 courses in Australia, and the Vie Spa, perfect for some luxurious pampering.
Faces lit up when the call for `cocktails anyone?’ went out. Group members tried their hand at making the classic ‘Sidecar’ cocktail, definitely one to put on your regular sips list.
We then continued to the poolside bar for many other favourites, before dining at the resort’s signature restaurant Barrett’s. Offering modern Australian cuisine featuring Mediterranean and French influences, there’s a strong emphasis on local produce. Our group enjoyed a glorious degustation dinner complemented by excellent matching wines – an unforgettable culinary experience.
After a morning of leisure the day was ours to explore the beautiful Central Coast. There’s a myriad of activities and attractions available. Some opted for the sand between their toes, others visited the Australian Reptile Park, while I got a thrill on the flying fox at Tree Top Adventure Park, within the beautiful Ourimbah State Forest. A fantastic place if you’re looking for a bonding activity and a great way to explore the forest.