SYDNEYS WOW FACTOR
stands tall among the great port cities of the world that truly excite
the senses of everyone who visits them for a meeting or a welcome
As a meeting destination, this city really works, as was so evident during
the Sydney Olympic Games of 2000. The crucial infrastructure of hotels,
convention centres, efficient transportation and a workforce that is well
attuned to the requirements of meeting and events planners, is all in
This was clearly proven in early 2005, when some 13,000 guests of Amway
flooded into the city for an intense few days of motivation, sightseeing
and shopping. This entire event, which is normally several years in the
making, was put together and delivered in a space of three months
an achievement second to none.
& meeting venues Sydney, NSW
Of course, the vast majority of meetings and events are much smaller in
delegate numbers, and planners have a superb array of venues to choose
from. Unlike some of the smaller Australian cities, Sydney has the scale
to allow for many different scenarios and isnt reliant on just a
few tried-and-tested venues.
All the hotel brands that matter are in Sydney Hyatt, Shangri-La,
Sheraton, Four Seasons, Hilton, Westin, Sofitel and Novotel. In addition,
there are many smaller, hip hotels offering meeting space for smaller,
newest attraction is the $50 million WildlifeWorld, which adjoins the
Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour. The venue, open seven days to 10pm,
gives visitors the chance to experience Australian wildlife in a variety
of habitats. Sydneys various eat streets are ideal for
casual evenings, where visitors can get a taste of Sydney life as experienced
by the locals. They range from the upmarket Woolloomooloo Bay Wharf, the
restaurants of Circular Quay to King Street Wharf, Stanley Street, Cockle
Bay and Chinatown.
There is almost as much entertainment on the harbour as around its edges,
with a wide variety of high-quality cruising options, which combined with
fireworks displays and some innovative themes, can result in nights about
which the participants will have a lifelong glow.
Off-site venues are another way to give visitors a taste of Sydney. The
Bennelong Lawns above the Sydney Opera House, the Mrs Macquaries
Chair area of the Royal Botanical Gardens, or a marquee on historic Hyde
Park, sparkle when set up for special events. Most function organisers
have set locations and will provide all services and requirements, including
the marquee for your event.
the five star hotels have excellent banqueting facilities, there are many
unique venues, such as the Australian National Maritime Museum, Customs
House, Powerhouse Museum, and Paddington Town Hall, which lend a sense
of history to a truly special occasion.
Then there are such activities as jet boating and match racing on high-performance
yachts; dinners on Fort Denison or Clark Island in the harbour; Beach
Olympics at Bondi; or a trip to the Sydney Fish Markets.
west, the managers of Sydney Olympic Park have no shortage of ideas about
how to best use its facilities to your advantage. You have arguably the
worlds best collection of sporting facilities, most of which can
be used for special events in their own right and corporate hospitality
during major sporting occasions.
The completion of the orbital road system around greater Sydney has improved
access to the Blue Mountains no end, and this area, with its one million
hectares of pristine bushland, valleys, rivers and creeks, is also well
equipped to welcome conference delegates.
Sydneys northern beaches areas, such as Whale Beach, Palm Beach,
Pittwater, Avalon and Newport, all lend themselves for beachside fine
dining, parties or casual surf carnivals.