Why Gippsland should be your next conference destination

When planning a conference, one of the most common questions you’ll undoubtedly be asked is where the conference will be held. The pressure to find the perfect venue often weighs heavily on organisers tasked with putting together an annual conference or corporate retreat.

A top venue is the foundation of a successful conference, yet it can be tricky to find a venue in a prime location that also has all the facilities, activities and accommodation styles to suit your group’s needs.

A two-hour drive from Melbourne, the coastal area of Inverloch is one of Gippsland’s premier destinations for conferences. Offering the perfect location for teams to connect in a peaceful setting surrounding by nature and wildlife, RACV Inverloch Resort has all the ingredients for a conference to remember.

Bird on tree branch
Animal in grass

Animal Therapy

With native wildlife right on your doorstep, a stay at RACV Inverloch Resort is a world away from the traffic-clogged chaos of the city. The resort receives regular visits from koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and even a resident crane who strolls past Radius Restaurant each morning.

In the surrounding areas of Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory National Park, it’s also possible to catch a glimpse of penguins, whales, dolphins and seals.

Location, location

Just under two hour’s drive from Melbourne, Inverloch is located in a sweet spot ideal for a conference. Far away enough from Melbourne to feel like a real getaway, but close enough to minimise driving time, Inverloch provides the change of scenery needed for a conference, without the arduous travel time.

Aerial view of Inverloch and coastline

Modern Menus

Conference food is usually a big talking point for delegates. Serve a winning combination of fresh fare and moreish snacks and attendees will be raving. Offer a table of uninspiring sandwiches and it’ll be hard to get everyone on board for the next session. The resort’s handy location in the food-producing hub of Gippsland means that their conference food is made using fresh ingredients sourced from surrounding farms and producers.

From artisan cheese to prime cuts of beef, meals at RACV Inverloch Resort prove why the region is emerging as a popular culinary destination.

Snack board at RACV Inverloch Resort

Unique Team Building options

Team building activities can make or break the conference experience. More often than not, team building sessions fall flat because they just aren’t enjoyable or interesting enough to engage conference attendees. Instead of being trapped inside roleplaying impossible scenarios, at RACV Inverloch Resort team building activities are focused on nature and wellness.

From recharging during a group yoga session in the outdoors, to embarking on a guided birdwatching session, the resort’s team building activities offer a genuinely enjoyable break from the conference schedule.  

Yoga at RACV Inverloch Resort

Custom-designed conference spaces

There’s no point booking a property if it’s not equipped to deliver all the crucial elements that make up a great conference venue. Having adequate spaces and breakout areas for learning and brainstorming sessions, accommodation and facilities suitable for business travellers, and a customisable program of team building and leisure activities is essential.

Accustomed to hosting team workshops, corporate retreats and conferences, RACV Inverloch Resort is a conference venue of choice with organisations of all sizes. The resort’s three-bedroom, premium villas are especially popular with small groups, while the conference centre’s floor-to-ceiling windows treat delegates to natural light and ocean views.

Cape Liptrap Conference room at RACV Inverloch Resort
Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory
Wilsons Promontory coastline on a sunny day
Sun setting over the Gippsland coast

Bonus activities

Obviously a conference shouldn’t be all about speeches, brainstorms and strategy sessions – it’s important to allocate time for fun, exploration and team bonding away from the more formal activities.

Gippsland’s wealth of national parks, beaches, lakes and wide open spaces offer conference delegates limitless opportunities to recharge in nature away from the boardroom. Swimming and snorkelling in Bunurong Marine National Park, visiting farm gates in West Gippsland, exploring the historic State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi and walking the epic trails of Wilsons Promontory, in Gippsland you can really get away from it all.


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