Meeting Newz March / April 2021

AUSTRAL I A ] WRAP YOUR VISIT AROUND OUR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS W ith pent up travel demand expected once trans-Tasman flights resume, New Zealand-based event planners seeking new horizons and fresh ideas need look no further than Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Savvy planners will already know that staging their function around existing festivals and events will make their budget stretch further, and on the Sunshine Coast, there’s an exciting and diverse calendar of more than 50 major events being held this year alone. Visit Sunshine Coast business events manager Maureen Brennan explains. “From the Queensland Golf Championship to the Cycle Sunshine Coast Festival there is an event to suit all tastes and special interests,” she says. “The Mooloolaba Tri and Australian Open Water Swimming Championships at Coolum confirm our status as one of Australia’s leading water sports destinations, and Noosa Eat & Drink Festival shows our strength in hosting culinary events.” Queensland might be known as the ‘state of endurance’, however it’s the Sunshine Coast that’s leading the way in attracting adrenaline pumping events. Adventure sports such as the Spartan Race, Maximum Adventure Race Series and the gruelling Blackall 100 are all held in the region, making it hardly surprising that the Sunshine Coast Hinterland was selected and recently featured in The Amazing Race television series. CREATE AN EVENT IN CALOUNDRA The Sunshine Coast’s southernmost region – Caloundra – is an easy 90-minute drive from Brisbane’s city centre or a 30-minute transfer from Sunshine Coast Airport. This is a region renowned for hosting music and arts festivals – the spectacular coastline and lush Hinterland providing the perfect backdrop. Multi-purpose venue The Events Centre, Caloundra is the largest performing arts and conference venue on the Sunshine Coast. It’s perfect for sole- use conferences and events which require a creative theatrical venue with flexible, personalised event management. The centre offers multiple conference and plenary areas, meeting rooms and versatile open spaces to accommodate everything from small meetings through to large gala dinners seating up to 1,000 guests. The expansive flat floor space of the venue is perfect for trade shows and exhibitions as well as being ideal for conferences with trade components. Luxe accommodation The nearby Rumba Beach Resort – enviably positioned right on Caloundra’s Bulcock Beach – offers uninterrupted views over the Pumicestone Passage and the ancient volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains. Here you’ll find a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments and suites, as well as two pools and a giant jacuzzi that can provide the backdrop to on-site events. The resort’s 26° Bar on the elevated pool deck has undergone an amazing transformation resulting in a stylish new bar and event space. Australia’s aviation history For off-site events, the Queensland Air Museum is located just five minutes from the centre of Caloundra. This is an exclusive use evening venue with more than 100 aircraft on display for attendees to view prior to dinner, there’s even an option for delegates to have a photo taken from the cockpit of a F111. Sponsored content Horizon Festival Dawn Awakening. Photo: Ben Vos Photography Rumba Beach Resort Caloundra Queensland Air Museum Caloundra meeting newz [march april] 2021 [39]