With many of Impact’s clients based in Sydney and Melbourne, sometimes it can be easy to overlook the seaside city gem so close to home. That’s Hobart – named by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s Top 10 destinations. Known for its historic markets, stunning natural vistas, world-famous arts scene and food culture – this is a city that packs a cultural punch.
For organisations considering a conference, incentive trip or team event, Hobart is a choice unlike any other Australian capital city. The pretty former penal colony, just a short flight from the mainland, offers delegates a truly memorable experience.
The ideal base
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation across Hobart. With choices by the harbour waterfront or within short walking distance to the Salamanca Markets, you’ll find options to suit your organisation’s needs.
The Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is a favourite for conference organisers and delegates alike. It combines excellent conference facilities with fabulous views and a perfect locale. The central waterfront location is ideal for strolling the pier or grabbing a coffee in between conference activities.
A compact township, Hobart is comfortably walkable for most visitors’ needs. Just 10 minutes walking at a relaxed pace can take you from the waterfront to some of the city’s best conference destinations.
Conference and event venues
Macq2 situated on the historic Hunter Island is a modern warehouse with sleek industrial style that provides an exceptional space for a large gala dinner.
On the other side of the waterfront is Princess Wharf One. This venue is home to the famous Dark Mofo festival and the Taste of Tasmania. Princess Wharf One backs directly onto the iconic Salamanca Place. These venues are a blank canvas for events – meaning you’re only limited by your imagination.
For something more intimate, Hobart offers countless small venues that are perfect for a dinner or welcome function. In the same vicinity as the harbour is the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery with its unique exhibitions and displays of Tasmanian history and culture in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere.
Then there’s MONA. Having single-handedly set Tasmania on the art world map, MONA continues to be a leading attraction for both international and mainland visitors to Tasmania. This stunning precinct and gallery is known for its subversive exhibitions and unique art experiences.
It’s an ideal venue for delegates to enjoy a bespoke dinner or welcome function they won’t forget. The MONA ferry leaves from Hobart’s water front just 5 minutes’ walk from the Grand Chancellor. The ferry journey is sure to make for a memorable start to any event.
An island of natural bounty
When most people think of Tasmania, they might think of the world-class seafood, fresh produce, fine wine and craft beer. But don’t forget the scenic natural beauties: breathtaking seascapes, mountains, forests and lush vegetation. Why not combine all these sensory delights, get out of the city and visit Frogmore Creek or Cole Valley Vineyard?
Formerly the best-kept secret of Hobart locals, the Tasmanian craft breweries, whiskey, vodka and gin distilleries are now famous worldwide.
Microbreweries and new distilleries are popping up across Tasmania and provide a fabulous and informative side trip. These venues provide a great option for an offsite activity all of your delegates are sure to enjoy. Sullivan’s Cove Whiskey and Sheep’s Whey Vodka have taken pride of place on the world stage after winning International Awards. Put them at the top of your list for an off-site visit.
The apple isle’s adventurous side
For a conference activity or team building experience that’s a little more adventurous, there are plenty of Tasmanian options.
Check out Aardvark Adventures – a local adventure tour company offering activities as broad as abseiling to ‘Amazing Race’ style outdoor team building exercises. Set in the stunning Tassie wilderness, your delegates will leave inspired and exhilarated.
Another brilliant option is a tour with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. With almost 3000 kms of coastline and a fifth of the state protected as Wilderness World Heritage sites, experiencing Tasmania’s natural beauty is an experience like no other.
No matter what your conference theme or team building goal, you can be assured that Hobart is a wise destination choice. You’ll find something to delight every delegate – all just a short flight or cruise from the mainland.
If you’d like to discuss how a Hobart based incentive, conference or team program could be designed for your organisation, get in touch with one of our experienced consultants on 03 9535 3600. We’ll turn your dream into a reality.