Published 25 November 2019

Make the Yarra Valley the next place you hold your conference or event. The Yarra Valley is overflowing with choice with inspired food and wine, incredible landscapes and a diverse range of activities and incentives to keep things interesting. Generous at heart, the genuine hospitality will impress the team and help you set the course for a brilliant year ahead.

Here are 5 reasons why the Yarra Valley should be your next conference destination:

1. Just one hour’s drive from Melbourne for an easy getaway

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Photo: Balgownie Estate

One hour’s drive from the city bustle, but a world away with picturesque landscapes across valleys and mountains. Always green, the Yarra Valley is a restful place where distractions are purely natural. Wildlife, open pastures, vineyards, bushwalks in the forest and never-ending green, every day of the year makes for a pleasant change from city scapes. And fresh air accompanies every easy-to-access view of the valley.

2. Accommodation options for every size and type of conference 

Photo: Yarra Valley Lodge

From small intimate groups in boutique accommodation to larger groups of up to 100 people for multi-night accommodation, there are plenty of options to choose from in the Yarra Valley. Professional conference services and accommodation can be found here:


3. One-stop facilities

Photo: Holmeslgen at Eildon

No need to leave. Arrive, check in and have every need met without needing to ask.  Streamline your conference planning with a Yarra Valley destination conference venue.  Country Place, Bunjil Place, Canterbury International Hotel and Eildon at Holmesglen provide restful accommodation, state-of-the-art facilities, incredible senses of place and a total conference experience that will be appreciated by your entire team – especially your organisers.


4. Direct access to premium produce and hatted restaurants 

When it’s time to set the bar for quality, Melbourne’s Yarra Valley food bowl is a great case study.  With more than 90 wineries to explore, artisanal makers and farmgates, and fresh produce in abundance there’s much to discover and savour. Learn from the best at Rayner’s Orchards, or wander the edible forest at Yarra Valley Estate.

Photo: Levantine Hill

The worth of a great team is priceless and that’s the luxe feel that permeates a dining or conference experience at Levantine Hill and Oakridge Wines. Proudly Hatted restaurants, the example of excellence will not be lost on your people.

And it’s easy to move people with tour operators such as Yarra Valley A2B and Wine Compass who can put together tailor made itineraries for you.

5. Diversity of experiences 

There is so much diversity in the one compact destination – from Rochford Wines to  Gumbuya World to Puffing Billy, there’s always an activity that will engage your people beyond the business meeting.  Visit world-class galleries, the Healesville Sanctuary, or Rayner’s Orchard for some ‘off-the agenda’ activities where a little fun can bring new vigour to working relationships. The RACV Country Club, with its world class golf course and facilities, is a luxe getaway worthy of your star performers.

Photo: Healesville Sanctuary




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