Looking for a hot conference destination?

Try the Gold Coast.

Seven reasons why the Gold Coast is the perfect conference destination

Warm temperatures, unlimited entertainment options and luxe accommodation with next-level conference facilities - the coast with the most ticks all the boxes for a winning residential conference.

Property experts will always tell you it’s all about ‘location, location’, and the same applies to the conference scene. Get the setting right, and watch the enthusiasm rise amongst your delegates. Get it wrong and you’ll have to work twice as hard to get people to attend.

With a long history of welcoming business travellers from Australia, Asia and beyond, there’s a multitude of reasons why the Gold Coast is a standout conference destination. Here are seven of them:

Climate control

The Gold Coast experiences an impressive average of 300 days of sunshine a year, so conference delegates are all but guaranteed to receive a warm welcome! A fun-loving city with broad appeal, the Gold Coast is the type of place that will infuse your conference with positive vibes from the get-go.

Easy access

Only 32km north of Gold Coast Airport and 80km south of Brisbane International Airport, RACV Royal Pines Resort is a convenient option for both domestic and international delegates. Close to major transport hubs but secluded enough to feel like a real retreat, the resort’s location strikes the perfect balance conference organisers always look for when hunting for the ideal conference venue.

Drone view of RACV Royal Pines Resort

Go for Golf

What better way to impress delegates than holding your conference at the home of the Australian PGA Championship? RACV Royal Pines Resort is pure heaven for golf lovers - a real drawcard for conference attendees who want to mix business with leisure. Home to three, 18-hole combination golf courses, a driving range, golf shop, clubhouse and golf coaching, simply add tailored golf packages to your conference agenda and watch the attendance rate skyrocket! 

Creative menus

The quality of catering can dramatically impact on the success of a conference. Serve up bland, tasteless fare and you’ll be left with dissatisfied, hungry attendees. Offer an abundance of delicious fresh meals served in a creative way, and you’ll be sure to receive plenty of great feedback about your event. From hot sit-down lunches, to freshly-made sushi handcrafted on-site, and picnic boxes filled with light salads, sandwiches and snacks, the varied menu options at RACV Royal Pines Resort take a contemporary approach to conference dining.

Tailored packages

Not all conferences are created equal. That’s why it makes sense to tailor packages to suit organisations with different needs. Accustomed to hosting conferences for 8 to 1800 delegates, RACV Royal Pines Resort has adaptable spaces big enough to host large groups, but also well-suited to smaller groups and intimate situations. From the grand ballroom, to light-filled meeting spaces, opulent boardrooms and outdoor event spaces such as the lawn, tennis courts and pool areas, the team at RACV Royal Pines Resort encourage conference organisers to make use of all of the versatile indoor and outdoor spaces on offer at the sprawling property. 

Colf course at RACV Royal Pines Resort
Dining experience at Arakawa Restaurant, RACV Royal Pines Resort
Set up outdoor event space with food truck at RACV Royal Pines Resort

Nature at your doorstep

Conference fatigue is a real thing. Stop people nodding off or zoning out by scheduling regular breaks in nature. Surrounded by acres of greenery, the RACV Royal Pines Resort is the ideal place for a nature-filled residential conference.    The resort’s big, beautiful fig trees were once used as markers for the nearby airstrip, but nowadays the trees provide the perfect spot for a breakout session or brainstorming activity. Nearby, the hinterland beckons with rainforest walking trails, adventure activities and natural pools.

Waterfall on the Gold Coast

Emerging cultural and culinary scenes

The Gold Coast’s surf beaches, theme parks and sky rise apartment hotels have always been a hit with visitors, but lately people are heading to the GC for different reasons. The dining scene is officially on the rise, with everything from cool, tiki bars to vegan cafes popping up in hip corners of Burleigh Beach, Nobby Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. HOTA (Home of the Arts) is a rejuvenated contemporary arts precinct where movie screenings, art exhibitions, music performances, workshops and other artist’s programs inject cultural cache into the city. Think you know the Gold Coast? Think again! 

Art gallery on the Gold Coast