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o the south Geelong and the
Bellarine are growing in reputation
for business events, while to the
north east, Marysville is emerging
Phoenix-like from Australia’s most deadly
bushfire on Black Saturday in 2009.
Greater Geelong, a city and a region that
seems to have revitalised itself, despite the
loss of jobs at Ford and Alcoa over the past
couple of years, features a vibrant food, wine
and business events scene to rival some of
Melbourne’s better known establishments.
Business Events Geelong covers quite a
diverse a piece of geography stretching from
Werribee, home to the Open Range Zoo
where the Meerkat Bistro make good coffee
(and where the meerkats themselves
provide engaging entertainment), down
through Geelong and onto the Bellarine
Peninsula that wraps around the Greater
Geelong city boundary.
Occupying an old textile mill in Geelong,
Little Creatures is a Fremantle-based business
that has decided to base itself on the East
Coast. They made the decision because they
would be as close as possible to their malt
barley - it is about little green steps in their
supply chain and reducing the carbon
footprint. They even capture bulk carbon
dioxide from the brewing process into a huge
rubber bladder for using in gassing the beer,
rather than release it to the atmosphere.
Geelong & The Bellarine...
Making Business Events Happen
Visit: BEgeelong.com.au or connect with us:
...a refreshing place to meet
Proximity Capacity Excitement Breathability
Geelong and The Bellarine has all it takes to make great things happen.
Geelong’s largest residential conference hotel,
offering 138 spacious accommodation rooms,
has recently undergone a full refurbishment of
its Function Centre; greatly enhancing both the
interior and exterior of the venue to deliver a
revitalised stylish event space for small
intimate cocktail parties to large trade displays.
Geelong Conference Centre
Located in Eastern Park Gardens, Geelong
Conference Centre provides a tranquil
environment ideal for conferences, meetings or
staff retreats. The centre offers hotel and suite
accommodation and a cafe; all within walking
distance to Geelong’s waterfront.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
See lions, hippos, gorillas, meerkats...at your
next corporate event, conference, team building
activity or corporate family day. Our unique
indoor and outdoor spaces offer flexible
functions and beautiful catering tailored to
your needs by our Compass Group Team at
Werribee Zoo Events.
Deakin Management Centre
A retreat style conference venue, with floor to
ceiling windows and views from all eight
conference spaces. With 57 accommodation
rooms, dining room and bar, heated spa and
pool, Deakin Management Centre is the
perfect venue for a multiple day conference as
well as large scale or intimate corporate events.
For a conference venue with spectacular bay
views and a vineyard setting, visit The
Bellarine’s most beautiful Terindah Estate.
Offering architecturally designed event spaces
accommodating 20 to 400 guests, this
impressive venue dishes up delectable food and
award winning wine.
Vue Grand Queenscliff
Queenscliff’s iconic Vue Grand Hotel offers
32 boutique hotel rooms, bar and restaurant
dining, three meeting spaces, an opulent Grand
Dining Room which caters for up to 150 and a
Rooftop bar which is the perfect place to clear
the mind after a day of meetings.
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The move to Geelong was also aided by the fact that the building itself could physically house
the brewery, even allowing a second brand from Lion to occupy the site: White Rabbit used to
be in Healesville.
There’s a certain organic style about Little Creatures with its multiple brews, its simple menu,
its eclectic recycled décor, its environmental stewardship and its determination to maintain a
Despite demand for corporate events in the numerous large spaces available, until the
dedicated meeting and event spaces open shortly in White Rabbit, they have been restricted to
hosting private functions outside normal business hours (after 5pm) on Mondays and Tuesdays.
But that is about to change as the brewery’s Brand Ambassador, Matthew Burns explained.
And as part of the offering for corporate events there’s a back-of-house tour of the brewery,
which your correspondent found fascinating (and the beer at the end was good too.)
Only 15km away, Wallington is an area that has a maritime climate and a longer growing
season. It is the home of Oakdene Winery, which was first planted with chardonnay pinot noir
and shiraz in 2001 by former merchant banker Bernard Hooley. It boasts an award-winning
restaurant, dedicated private rooms and behind a copse of birches there’s a revelation – an
indoor/outdoor event space licensed for up to 550.
Oakdene has a quirky cellar door that looks like an upside down building with stumps jutting
into the air. There’s a quality Aboriginal art collection inside the main building where Bernard’s
wife, Elizabeth, lends a deft touch to the colourful interior design. The property includes a three
bedroom B&B, and with other accommodation close by would suit a board retreat or a team
As a function space just a few minutes away in Wallington, Flying Brick Cider House is one of
the fastest growing boutique cider makers in Australia. The unusual name is explained by
general manager Ross Ebbels who says the local name for the yellow tailed black cockatoo is
“flying brick” because despite their chunky appearance they can actually fly well.
Ross describes the ethos of Flying Brick as the production of a beverage made from eating
apples and pears such as you would find in the greengrocer, not the traditional cider apples.
The taste has proved especially popular with people who might not ordinarily try cider. And he
readily offers a guided tour of the onsite cider making process.
He explains that some ciders are made from imported fruit concentrate, “but not ours...it is 100
per cent fresh fruit with no added sugars, colours or concentrates”. House cider is made onsite
Oakdene’s unique cellar door.
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