Most people have dreamt of a tropical holiday getaway to a luxury resort island in Queensland’s Whitsundays. So maybe your excuse could be organising your next corporate conference or business event in the Whitsundays, with a bit of “me-time” to unwind afterwards?

While the Whitsundays is most widely known as the ultimate holiday destination, it is somewhat more of a secret that it’s an exceptional business event destination. Most people don’t realise the Whitsundays can cater for conference groups up to 1000 people, or that companies can book out an entire island resort and have it all to themselves.
The Whitsundays is certainly a location that lets event organisers think outside the square… and into the heart.

Centrally located on the Queensland coast in the heart of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the 74 islands of the Whitsundays are the perfect place to combine business with pleasure.
Blessed with one of the world’s top eco-friendly beaches, Whitehaven Beach, the Whitsundays is a naturally enticing destination to do business. The warm tropical climate, unspoilt natural environment, easy access, and with a variety of activities, the Whitsundays combines luxury and affordability with a diverse range of unique and ‘outside the square’ ideas that will make your conference stand out as the best in years.
The five-star accommodation options are designed to indulge the senses and relax the seasoned business traveller. However, the beauty of the area allows luxury on any budget with world-class beaches, island resorts and fringing coral reefs wherever you stay.
Of the eight islands in the region with resorts, there are a range of conference facilities from five star luxury to affordable, fun and interactive. Alternatively, conferences can be based on the Whitsunday Coast with an array of options for accommodation, on-water touring, team-building or conferencing.The extensive range of water sports available includes sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, wakeboarding, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing and fishing, while off the water activities include a round of golf at the architect-designed Hamilton Island Golf Club with its 18-hole championship course, a luxury rejuvenation treatment in a day spa, or an unforgettable flight by helicopter or seaplane over the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef and Hill Inlet on Whitehaven Beach.
Treat your team to a once-in-a-lifetime experience and dive or snorkel among the colourful corals and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, or sink your toes into the soft white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach for a conference lunch.
The Whitsundays region boasts many international award-winning chefs and a variety of cuisines, with dining options ranging from dinners on a private beach or in a secluded tropical rainforest to a 10-course chef-hosted degustation menu.

Whitsundays Business Events, the official convention bureau for the region is able to assist with everything from sourcing quotes for you to providing advice on the best snorkelling spots in the Whitsundays. To enquire about hosting a conference or incentive group in the Whitsundays, contact business events manager, Leanne Zeid, on 0439 545 339, email business@wmdl.com.au, or visit www.whitsundaysbusinessevents.com.au


Think outside the square

There are plenty of great options for conferencing in the Whitsundays. Here are just a few…

Conferences of up to 300 people can be hosted on a permanently moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef – talk about a conference room with a view!
Keynote conference presentations can be made at the outdoor cinema on Daydream Island, overlooking the Coral Sea.
Have your CEO arrive on the first day like a rockstar – in a helicopter landing on the beach right outside your conference room.
Small or VIP meetings can be held on a luxury power boat cruising between island resorts, overlooking Whitehaven Beach, or just in the marina amongst a fleet of sailing yachts, old-style tall ships, maxi racing yachts and multi-million dollar superyachts.
Book out an entire island resort and theme the island however you like.
Host a conference breakfast/lunch/dinner/gala event to be remembered – tables and chairs in the sand, waiters dressed as scuba divers, fresh local seafood and overlooking the sunset over the islands and Coral Sea.
Work team-building activities into your conference schedule – sailing races, buggy rallies around an island, master chef cook offs on the beach, pirate’s treasure hunts, beach Olympics are just some ideas.
Options for a ‘social’ day in the conference schedule are endless – golf on an island golf course, snorkelling coral reefs, world famous Whitehaven Beach, island hopping, scenic helicopter or seaplane flights, sailing through the islands, pampering in award-winning day spas.

AT A GLANCE

Whitsunday Islands

Daydream Island Resort & Spa
Meeting rooms: 5
Largest capacity: 150 (theatre); 150 (banquet)
Total accommodation rooms: 296
Star rating: 4.5

Hamilton Island
Meeting rooms: 13
Largest capacity: 1000 (theatre); 800 (banquet)
Total accommodation rooms: 640
Star rating: 3.5-5

Hayman
Meeting rooms: 4
Largest capacity: 300 (theatre); 280 (banquet)
Total accommodation rooms: 210
Star rating: 5

Whitsunday Coast

Airlie Beach at Blue Horizon Resort
Meeting rooms: 1
Largest capacity: 65 (theatre); 45 (banquet)
Total accommodation rooms: 54
Star rating: 4.5

Airlie Beach at Marina Shores
Meeting rooms: 1
Largest capacity: 40 (theatre); 30 (banquet)
Total accommodation rooms: 29
Star rating: 5

Coral Sea Resort
Meeting rooms: 1
Largest capacity: 200 (theatre); 130 (banquet)
Total accommodation rooms: 72
Star rating: 4.5

Peppers Coral Coast
Meeting rooms: 2
Largest capacity: 110 (theatre); 100 (banquet)
Total accommodation rooms: 102
Star rating: 5

Whitsunday PCYC
Meeting rooms: 3
Largest room capacity: 200 (theatre); 200 (banquet)

Proserpine

Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Largest room capacity: 465 (theatre); 220 (banquet)

Bowen

Bowen PCYC
Meeting rooms: 2
Largest room capacity: 200 (theatre); 125 (banquet)

On the water

Cruise Whitsundays – Reef Pontoon
Sole charters available for 320 people
Conferencing is possible on the vessel, or on the pontoon itself

Cruise Indigo – On the Edge Catamaran
Sole charters available for up to 55 people

Sunsail
Corporate hospitality, sole charters and team-building for up to 150 people