As the host destination for Tourism Australia’s 2019 Dreamtime showcase, Perth proved itself a stunning destination for incentives and events.
Planners are spoilt for choice in Perth, where natural beauty collides with leading event facilities. Here are our top picks for hosting an incentive or event in the Western Australian capital:
Crown Towers Perth continues to draw in business events with its luxury rooms, stylish event spaces and premium restaurants. Located in a prime position on the Swan River, Crown Towers features 500 guest rooms and a variety of event spaces, including the Crown Ballroom, which was added in 2017 to host events of up to 2400 guests. Dreamtime delegates were treated to a lavish event in The Enclave, Crown Towers’ resort-style poolside venue.
Get your groups out on the water with a tailored sailing experience with Swan River Sailing. Groups of up to 11 guests per vessel can sail along the Swan River on 36-foot yachts with an experienced sailor. The journey can be tailored depending on your group’s interests and skill level, while structured team-building activities can also be arranged. Swan River Sailing is located a 10-minute drive from Perth’s city centre.
Treat your group to a special dining experience at Wildflower at Como The Treasury. The contemporary restaurant is a celebration of WA produce and the six seasons of the indigenous Noongar calendar. Head chef Matthew Sartori highlights native ingredients such as pepperberry, lemon myrtle and Davidson plum. The space itself is as considered as the menu, with elegant marble, a neutral colour palette and plenty of natural light.
Beneath Perth’s skyscrapers lies the sacred sites and ancient campgrounds of the first people of the South West region of WA, the Noongar people. Husband and wife duo Walter and Meg McGuire at Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences assist groups in acknowledging indigenous culture and incorporating it into events. Go Cultural can take groups on walking tours, perform smoking ceremonies or a Welcome to Country, and host cultural workshops.
Optus Stadium sits pretty on the banks of the Swan River, so pretty in fact, it was named the Most Beautiful Sports Facility in the World in the Prix Versailles 2019 awards. Inside this stunning stadium, event planners can find a variety of spaces suitable for conferences, exhibitions, cocktail events and galas. The venue can host up to 2000 guests, or for even larger groups, the hallowed field of play can even be utilised.
Bringing a renewed sense of luxury to the CBD, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth opened its doors in November 2019. Inside the hotel, 10,000 pieces of Kimberley sandstone adorn the walls, making for an authentic WA welcome. The hotel boasts 205 rooms, including 19 suites, two dining outlets and The Ritz-Carlton Club. For events, the Elizabeth Quay Ballroom is the stand-out, featuring natural light and views over the Perth city skyline.
Out of town
Escape the city and explore some of Western Australia’s hidden gems.
Located 74 kilometres south of Perth, Mandurah offers a touch of cosmopolitan set against the backdrop of stunning beaches and national parks. With waterfront dining, lush greenery and a wide range of activities on offer, Mandurah is an ideal destination for business events.
A three-hour drive south of Perth, Margaret River is one of Western Australia’s must-visit destinations. With more than 95 cellar doors within reach, the premium wine region offers a sophisticated yet relaxed experience for visitors.
Perth’s trendy port city has a lot to offer event and incentive groups. With waterfront venues like Coast Port Beach, quality accommodation and casual, cool breweries like Little Creatures, your delegates will discover there’s so much to love about Fremantle.
Travel in style
Capitalise on Perth’s stunning waterways with a river cruise on board Captain Cook Cruises, part of the SeaLink group. Host pre-dinner drinks on board MV Lady De Vine while transporting guests to their event location.
Take to skies with Corsaire Aviation and treat your delegates to a scenic flight in a private helicopter. The fleet comprises eight aircraft types with the largest helicopter holding up to six passengers.
This article originally appeared in the Autumn issue of Spice Magazine. Read the full issue here: