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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
northern territory the real outback Wide broWn Land Day 1 Spend the day visiting Alice Springs School of the Air and the historic Telegraph Station, stopping off for lunch at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre. Overnight at the Alice Springs Resort. Day 2 Rise early to see the sun’s first rays over the MacDonnell Ranges from a hot-air balloon. Travel south to for a unique cattle station experience, before having the option to spend the night under the stars in a traditional Australian swag. Day 3 Head off on a road trip adventure. Travel the West MacDonnell Ranges, enjoying stops at gaps and gorges and a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort and unwind with the Sounds of Firelight, a group dining experience under the moonlight. Day 4 Walk the rim of the sheer red rock cliff face of Kings Canyon, soaring over 100 metres above palms and ferns. Arrive at Ayers Rock Resort and dine out under the spectacular desert night sky with a three-course dinner. Overnight at the five-star Sails In The Desert. Day 5 Watch the sunrise over Uluru – an unforgettable experience. Head to the Cultural Centre for a dot- painting workshop, before spending the afternoon on the Valley of the Winds walk through Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). For further details and ideas contact the Northern Territory Convention Bureau by visiting www.ntconventions.com.au. 64 miceAsia.net whILe some AUstrALIAn destinations may offer outback experiences, the northern territory is where your delegates can really immerse themselves in the land. return home re-energised and reinvigorated after their time in the Northern Territory. As Australia film director Baz Luhrmann describes through his epic story, the vast landscape can help you “find yourself” again. For the convention and incentive travel market there is an abundance of options to choose from, and all easily accessible from Australia’s major airport hub of Sydney. Some of the latest developments include: Alice Springs Convention Centre: the award-winning 1200-seat Alice Springs Convention Centre completed its soft refurbishment in April 2008 to the value of AU$3.1 million. Adjoining the convention centre, Lasseters Hotel Casino is undergoing redevelopment and will include new dining/event areas, all with great views of the MacDonnell Ranges, a spectacular natural feature of the Alice Springs landscape. Darwin Convention Centre: the new AU$115 million world-class, multi-purpose 1500-seat Darwin Convention Centre opened in June 2008. Located on the waterfront and close to the Darwin CBD, it features highly flexible and adaptive spaces to cater for meetings, banquets, conventions and exhibitions. Mantra Pandanas, Darwin: this property opened in April 2008 and offers spacious apartment-style accommodation with hotel services. Rising 28 levels in the heart of Darwin, the AU$130 million property has spectacular views of Darwin Harbour. Comprising 330 studio, one and two bedroom apartments and conferencing space, features include a restaurant and day spa. Dugong Beach Resort, Gulf of Carpentaria: this AU$18 million resort opened in July 2007 on Groote Eylandt which is a 30 minute W hether you take your group to Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia or north to the seaside city of Darwin, it is fair to say that your delegates will itinerary ideas