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ONE ICONIC CITY. TWO ICONIC HOTELS.
PULLMAN MELBOURNE ON THE PARK
Opposite the MCG, with 11 contemporary & spacious
function rooms & onsite AV specialists
PULLMAN MELBOURNE ALBERT PARK
One of the largest function venues in Melbourne, accommodating
up to 1,600 delegates. Enjoy a parkside location.
So many reasons
pans, with all-new menus being launched
In news that had wine-loving Melburnians
rejoicing, April saw the opening of Marnong
Estate, a winery and function centre located in
Mickleham. The best bit about Marnong is that
it’s located 35 minutes from the CBD and
less than 15 minutes from Melbourne Airport,
but provides all the benefits of a true regional
experience (open space, delicious produce
and wine). The estate can provide delegate
transfer services to ensure seamless arrival,
and has a dedicated events team to assist with
catering, agenda planning and team-building.
In terms of its capacity, you’re looking at 400
max, including 250 seated banquet-style.
Flemington – The Event Centre
The home of the Victoria Racing Cup has
made a very bold claim: that its swanky new
editions will offer experiences unrivalled by
any venue in the world. Luckily, it’s got the goods to back it up, with a $128 Club Stand in the
works (spanning five levels, with 13 food and beverage spaces, outdoor seating decks and a
rooftop garden), a bespoke range of hospitality programs for race and non-race days and a
bevy of event spaces that can cater for groups with between 80 and 2500 guests.
The Savoy Hotel in Little Collins
This month will also see The Grand Hotel at the corner of Spencer and Little Collins street return
to its glamorous heyday with a multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Guests will feel like they’re
stepping back into the Art Deco era with 163 plushly-furnished rooms, a 10-storey, naturally lit
atrium and five dedicated event spaces with a capacity of up to 320 people. The hotel is also
replete with many a chandelier, to satisfy your ‘ooh-shiny!’ sensibilities.
Pullman Melbourne on the Park
Okay, okay. Just one more mention of Pullman. Promise! It’s just that a lot of exciting things are
going on where Wellington Parade meets Claredon Street. Last month, Pullman Melbourne on
the Park revealed a multi-million-dollar renovation of its 350-pax restaurant, The Cliveden Bar &
Dining, which now has a cosmopolitan vibe and serves a moreish menu of contemporary
Mediterranean, fresh seafood and gin-focused cocktails, including its flagship ‘The Cliveden Gin’.
The curtain was also raised last month on a refurbed lobby, and a makeover of the guest
elevators is currently underway. There’s also a brand new pre-function area featuring floor-to-
ceiling views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was completed in August this year. Up to
200 guests can sip on a Cliveden Gin in the space, perhaps catching a glimpse of the Hawks
while they’re at it. m
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When I hopped off the plane for this year’s
Darwin Showcase, the first thing I did was
take off my cardigan. Darwin winters are
vastly different from Sydney winters, and the
beginnings of a much-needed thaw provided
the perfect welcome reception.
When I boarded the bus to my first hotel
with the NT Convention Bureau team, I
realised a $10 Cotton On garment wasn’t the
only thing I’d be shrugging off that day. My
impression of Darwin as a desolate
wasteland – interrupted by the occasional
tumbleweed – began to fall away as quickly
as the sweat from my forehead.
After fifteen minutes of winding through
high-rise buildings and modern dining
precincts, my fellow delegates and I
disembarked at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Esplanade for some pool-side sharing
platters. The nervous smiles typical of a famil’s early stages quickly swelled to any easy Darwin-
chatter, as we toured through the hotel’s newly-refurbished facilities. The 410-pax Grand
Ballroom, 197 accommodation rooms and assortment of other event spaces re-opened in April
with freshly-laid carpet and a lick of neutral paint.
Before we could say “crikey”, the group was whisked away to one of the Top End’s
quintessential experiences, a croc encounter at Crocosaurus Cove. First stop was the Theatre
Room for a bevvy and quick hold of three-year-old croc Fluffy, before clutching said bevvies
tightly to our chests as we toured through reptile enclosures. The terminus of our tour was the
sweat-inducing ‘Cage of Death’, which involved a particularly brave (read: insane) visitor being
lowered into a croc enclosure. Company CEOs have been known to give the Cage of Death a
whirl at corporate events, often donning the colours of event sponsors.
With some bitten-to-the-quick-fingernails, our group moved on to perennial NT attraction, the
Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Gifted with $20 in ‘Mindil Money’ we were free to roam the 100+
food stalls and 70 craft stalls to snap up some souvenirs. The market can organise the same
event for groups with between 300 and 1500 delegates.
After a quick stop at the beach to take in a signature Darwin sunset, the group transferred to
Pee Wee’s at the Point for our inaugural group dinner. Following a look at its shiny new 350-pax
deck, we settled in for some succulent pork belly at a set-up that can only be described as a
fairy tale come true. The dangling lights, tiffany chairs and floral arrangements (courtesy of
Enchanted Moments) had a few delegates wanting to renew their vows. Having been fed and
micenet’s digital content editor was expecting cattle farms and
Russell Coight doppelgangers when she flew to Darwin this August.
What she found were world-class conferencing facilities and
activities that give Sydney a run for its money.
DARWIN SHOWCASE | LAURA BRADLEY
Ready, set, pose! Delegates and some
Darwin suppliers huddled together for a
snap at the Darwin Trailer Boat Club.
AN EVENT IN
THE TOP END?
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