Challenges! We have had enough of them this year. It’s time to unplug from Zoom, close the laptop and put on clothing that doesn’t come with an elasticated waistband.
It’s time for a reboot. And the North Coast of NSW has put fresh logs in the firepit, fresh oysters on the plate and is chilling the beers and wine as it prepares to welcome back business events of all sizes.
We have inhabited a virtual world since March, but the real world is calling and no-where is the real world so captivating than the stunning natural beauty of the North Coast.
But beyond the beautiful landscapes, the North Coast offers an abundance of meeting spaces and activities, and all within easy access.
To really immerse yourself in the possibilities on offer attend the Destination North Coast – Reboot Roadshow on December 1.
Registration is free, and there will be virtual famils, one-on-one meetings, wellness and teambuilding activities, prizes and competitions, in addition to inspiring keynotes from futurist and tech innovator Stu Atkins and wellness thought leader and CEO of GreenX7 Tim Jack Adams.
But most importantly you will learn about the incredible choice on offer, from the Barrington Coast in the south to the Tweed in the north, from Lord Howe Island in the east to the Great Dividing Range in the west.
With the major airports at the Gold Coast and Newcastle book ending the North Coast and regional airports in between at Taree, Port Macquarie, Lord Howe Island, Coffs Harbour and Byron/Ballina, getting to the North Coast couldn’t be simpler.
And expect a new level of service from the moment of arrival, with terminal upgrades for Byron/Ballina, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour airports including digital welcome boards and signage, dedicated pick up and drop off zones, streamlined security and COVID screening and new shopping and food and beverage precincts taking the delegate experience to a new level.
For those hitting the road, the Pacific Highway makes it a hassle-free journey.
That journey may begin in Port Macquarie, with a transfer by Port Bus. They know the short cuts and every driver is a storyteller to boot, so expect some insider knowledge along the way.
Port Macquarie is not short of event and meetings spaces either. For larger events, Panthers Port Macquarie has 10 function spaces catering up to 1,000 people and following a multi-million refurb is raising the bar for events to new heights.
The West Port Club’s Event Centre has also benefited from an upgrade which brings its facilities in line with its million-dollar views and is ready to host everything from conferences through to gala dinners.
South West Rocks Country Club has also undergone a major refurbishment and caters up to 300 people in the largest of its three meeting spaces.
Further up the road, Coffs Harbour Surf Club has an enviable location on the beach. Owned by event producer Nicole Donovan and her executive chef husband Matt, the Club is all about taking events to the next level. The restaurant and bar can be transformed into a stunning coastal venue with views to match, and all backed up with a fine dining philosophy the match of any big city.
Located right in the city centre, C.ex Coffs is an ex-services club with a 68-years history of giving back to the community. In addition to its two restaurants it features seven event and conference spaces and an auditorium.
Further north still we hit Ballina, which is home to Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina, possibly one of the only major hotel brands which offers dolphin watching from the balcony of your room. It has 115 rooms in total on its waterfront location and multiple purpose-built meeting spaces catering up to 140 people. But when the location is this good why stay indoors, simply pitch a marquee on The Green overlooking the river or enjoy a cocktail from the River Terrace.
We can’t talk about the North Coast without talking about Byron, because everyone else is talking about Byron. Yes, that Byron that appears to be populated entirely by A-listers and wellbeing gurus.
Instead of trying to catch a furtive glance of Chris or Zac, why not aim for a different type of star with a moonlight dinner under canvas courtesy of Sperry Tents. And given the Hollywood vibe it makes perfect sense to capture your event on film. Bakery Media are a local crew who will make sure your event has an enduring legacy that can be binge watched when everyone has returned home.
Finally, we come to Tweed, located adjacent to the Queensland border. Now borders are a bit of a divisive topic at the moment, hopefully less so now the elections are over. But if you’re looking for huge purpose-built conference and meeting facilities then Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts is the spot. It’s only a 10-minute drive from the Gold Coast Airport and walking distance to some fabulous beaches.
It also boasts a Conference & Function Centre with nine dedicated event spaces. Add to that the 4.5 star Mantra Twin Towers connected to the Centre by an undercover walkway and you have the recipe for a hassle free event experience.
Southern Cross University also has a campus in Tweed offering a myriad of venues spaces from lecture halls to small tutorial break out rooms. Go full Dead Poets Society and bring in one of the local Professors to add another layer to your conference program.
Register for Destination North Coast – Reboot Roadshow before November 13 and be in the running to win one of five accommodation packages worth over $500 each.