If your group enjoys:
Active groups can enjoy outdoor activities such as horseback riding, laser clay target shooting or raft building at Holmesglen. At Rochford Estate, groups can pair up an off-site lunch and with Segway tours and archery – a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the Yarra Valley.
Groups can experience kayaking and cycling to get the adrenaline and creative juices going along the Yarra River in Warburton.
The region is also home to Puffing Billy. This historic steam train is popular with family groups but also makes for a unique venue for functions too. Private carriages are available for events with a first-class dining experience. Onsite, there’s also the historic museum and beautifully restored historic Nobelius Packing Shed, located within the grounds of Emerald Lake Park. Each makes for a unique venue and a great day out.
Alternatively, motivate and inspire your group with Global Ballooning by taking them on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of hot air ballooning over the Yarra Valley vineyards. It’s a popular incentive and group experience they won’t soon forget.
Photo: De Bortoli Wine
Food and wine
The Yarra Valley region is known for its award-winning vineyards, cellar doors and wineries and the region’s packed with incredible ones to choose from. In fact, there’s so many, you’d never get through all of them all in a week! Add in an abundance of fresh, local produce and gourmet small goods, award-winning restaurants, and farm gate tours and planners are spoilt for choice.
Spend a day with Wine Compass and take in a variety of locations with the ease of seamless transport between wine tastings or organise a group outing with Rayner’s Orchard where fresh fruit picking can be one tasty teambuilding idea.
Looking to get more hands-on? Groups can have a go at blending their own varietals at De Bortoli winery. There are also grape stomping, group cooking classes, learning about wine and cheese pairings, cocktail making and more. Get in touch for suggestions that are perfect for your group.
Photo: Healesville Sanctuary
Got a group that adores the outdoors? You’ll find the perfect space here for corporate or charity golf days all the way to guided bushwalking and hikes among giant mountain ash in the Yarra State Forest.
Marysville Vibe offers accommodation for groups, event spaces for getting down to business as well as group activities such as horse riding, fishing and bushwalking. It’s the perfect way for your group to clear their mind after a full day of conferencing.
Alternatively, Healesville Sanctuary offers a variety of Australian native wildlife encounters where groups can wander through the sanctuary meeting over 200 species of Australian animals, including the koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats and emus in their natural surrounds. They’ll learn about the incredible work the sanctuary is doing saving endangered Australian species at the Australian Wildlife Center, treating more than 2000 sick and injured native animals annually.
Groups can go behind the scenes with an up-close experience, chat with the keepers and even get up close to a koala, echidna and kangaroo.
Photo: TarraWarra Museum of Art
Wellness and art
Got a stressed-out group needing a corporate retreat that allows them to disconnect, recharge and focus? Perhaps they’ve worked really hard on a big project and deserve a bit of downtime? You’re in the right place.
Alternatively, groups can explore the Indigenous art collection at TarraWarra Museum of Art and perhaps try their hand at creating their own artwork?
Photo: One Hour Out
Keen to refocus and unwind? One Hour Out hosts 3-hour guided meditational walks through the Yarra Ranges National Park specifically designed to rejuvenate and relax the mind among the rich forest air Groups learn about the ecological and geological story of the region and its connection to our wellbeing. It’s all about moving slow and mindfully over the 3km walk as your facilitator guides you through mindfulness-based practices and share stories of the landscape.
Whatever you’re looking for, the team at Business Events Yarra Valley can work with you to create the perfect itinerary for your next business event. Get in touch today with your specifics.
This is the first out of a series of blogs for team building and incentive activities available in the Yarra Valley.