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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
6 Meet multicultural Melbourne at the market Multicultural Melbourne comes to life through a celebration of fresh food and great wine at the Queen VictoriaMarket. Take the “Foodies Dream” tour, sampling your way through the largest market in the Southern hemisphere, and learning how locals like to eat and drink. 7 Celebrate in style on the Observation Wheel Enjoy an intimate cocktail party with 20 guests in a private capsule on the Southern Star – the highest observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere. Reaching heights of 120 metres, the Southern Star opened in November, making it one of Melbourne’s most exciting new attractions. 8 Drive the stunning surf coast in a sports car Voted the best coastal drive on the planet by Condé Nast Traveller, the Great Ocean Road is yours to explore. Hire one of the world’s most exotic sports cars, such as an Aston Martin or a Lamborghini, to make the most of the journey, as you snake yourway past cliffs, rainforests, sunken ships, whale watching points and some of Australia’s best surfi ng spots, stopping at coastal towns to sample local life along the way. 9 Strike gold at Sovereign Hill Step back in time and experience gold-rush fever as you seek your fortunes at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill. A perfectly re-created 1850s goldmining settlement, Sovereign Hill gives you the opportunity to pan for gold, travel by horse and carriage, gain a glimpse into the life of Australian, English and Chinese miners and experience life as it was 150 years ago. 10 ‘Grape Graze’ the day away in the Yarra Valley Where better to ‘Grape Graze’ the day away than at Domaine Chandon’s Green Point vineyard? The jewel in the crown of the Yarra Valley, Domaine Chandon at Green Point was established in 1986 by Moët & Chandon, literally capturing a taste of France in regional Victoria. Some 20 years later, it’s not hard to see why Domaine Chandon has been inducted into the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame. Spoiling the senses with stunning vistas, world-celebrated sparkling wine, and gourmet platters fi lled with fresh, local produce, sit back, relax and savour this special moment. MELBOURNE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE A ‘6 Star Green Star’ convention centre isn’t just any ‘green’ convention centre. To achieve that status it must represent world leadership in best practice, innovation and sustainability, and the design of the new Melbourne Convention Centre has accomplished just that. The centre is also raising standards to new heights in innovation, technology, imaginative catering and service options. Thirty-two meeting rooms of various sizes, a grand ballroom, an entry level foyer for 8400 guests, and a state-of-the-art 5000 seat plenary hall that can be divided into three self- contained, acoustically separate theatres and 30,000 sqm of clearspan exhibition space, offer clients unlimited options in event planning. The fi rst and only convention centre in the world to be awarded a ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmental rating. The newest, most sophisticated but simple to use audio visual, communications and information technology available is built into every meeting room, offering event organisers and guest speakers unprecedented self- manageable capabilities. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) chief executive Leigh Harry says, ‘This will be a truly fantastic building. We’ve incorporated a balanced mix of leading edge design and functionality with a highly skilled operations team to ensure our clients will walk away feeling they have experienced something really special. It’s also important to note that there are no hidden costs. What you see is what you get. We have managed to build one of the most visually striking innovative convention centres in the world, with the end to end service the MCEC is renowned for, at no extra cost to our clients.’ Open for business in 2009, the new Melbourne Convention Centre will be the fi nal piece in Melbourne’s dedicated convention district. Sitting right in the heart of Melbourne with a stunning 18-metre tall glass façade fronting the Yarra River, the centre is easily accessible from every direction by foot, car or public transport and is surrounded by cafes, bars, shopping and fi ne restaurants. For further information, please email the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau at: email@example.com www.mcvb.com.au For further information on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, please visit: www.mcec.com.au