Valley of Plenty

Wildlife watching, gin tasting and hot-air ballooning. Discover the conference agenda of RACV Healesville Country Club in the Yarra Valley.

Why the Yarra Valley should be your next conference destination

Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, the Yarra Valley is known as a weekend playground popular with nature lovers, golfers and fans of fine wine. But the region that’s home to green pastures and small townships filled with restaurants, cafes and gourmet produce stores is also a top place for a residential conference. Its close proximity to the city means it’s a win-win conference destination as delegates won’t have to travel far to find themselves surrounded by bucolic bliss.

Big on country charm, the sprawling RACV Healesville Country Club has all the right elements needed for a successful conference or event. Flexible event spaces, genuinely fun activities, resident native wildlife, luxe accommodation options, inventive in-house dining choices and proximity to some of the Yarra Valley’s most famous foodie hotspots – there are plenty of reasons to book RACV Healesville Country Club for your next conference or event.

Spaces to suit events of all shapes and sizes

Whether you’re organising an intimate group getaway for a small team or a larger event for the whole company, the good news is that you don’t need to be a member to book a conference or event at RACV Healesville Country Club. From ballrooms to breakout rooms – there are spaces to suit all types of conferences and meetings. Equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, the theatrette is perfect for training sessions, workshops and other presentations, while the ballroom with incredible views of Mt Riddell is ideal for cocktail parties, product launches and other signature events. Outdoor spaces such as the gazebo and terraces offer open-air options that take advantage of the stunning landscapes that surround the venue.

Gazebo dining at Healesville Country Club
Colleagues playing a game of lawn bowls at Healesville Country Club

Golf, croquet, table tennis, barefoot bowls and beyond

We all know that keeping conference delegates locked in a room all day isn’t a winning strategy. Breaking up a residential conference with energetic activities will not only keep attendees happy, it will work wonders in bringing everyone together to bond and share stories. At RACV Healesville Country Club, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to team building activities. From teeing off on the 18-hole golf course, to enjoying a relaxed barefoot bowls session on the green, taking part in a round-robin tennis competition or hitting one of the walking tracks for a mindful walking session, RACV Healesville Country Club’s team building activities make the most of the fresh air, natural light and green spaces that bring visitors from near and far to the region.

World famous gin on your doorstep

A small distillery that punches way above its weight, Four Pillars Gin led the craft gin boom that has recently swept through Victoria. With a trophy cabinet full of prestigious international awards, Four Pillars Gin is undoubtedly one of the Yarra Valley’s biggest drawcards. Located within walking distance of RACV Healesville Country Club, the distillery’s tasting room and bar serve gin and tonic paddles, build-your-own negronis and other signature cocktails, while masterclasses and tours offer visitors the chance to delve into the fascinating world of distilling.  

Four Pillars gin

Roos, wombats, echidnas and more

One of the greatest highlights of a country break is the chance to see native wildlife. Home to a 100-strong mob of kangaroos, a resident echidna called Harry and a wombat named Pomelo, RACV Healesville Country Club provides guests with plenty of opportunities to see native wildlife without having to leave the grounds. Further afield, the bushland setting of Healesville Sanctuary offers visitors the rare opportunity to experience close-up encounters with koalas, echidnas and even python snakes.

People feeding a kangaroo at Healesville wildlife sanctuary
Koala at Healesville wildlife sanctuary
People holding a python snake at Healesville wildlife sanctuary
Hot air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley

Cellar doors, farm gates and blue sky adventures

Beyond the team building activities held on site, exploring the surrounding areas is a wise way to reward conference delegates. Wine tasting is always a favourite activity with conference goers, and popular cellar doors like Coldstream, Domaine Chandon, Giant Steps Winery and TarraWarra Estate are all excellent options for a group wine tasting session. Visiting local farm gates is also a winner, with plenty of berry farms, orchards, dairies and gourmet stores scattered throughout the region. For something special, taking to the skies on an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride is a blockbuster experience that will give delegates a bird’s eye view of the beautiful landscapes that make the Yarra Valley one of Australia’s most popular getaway destinations.