Australia: four new openings

The cities of Cairns, Adelaide and Sydney have unveiled developments to entice event planners.

Ochre Restaurant and Catering: Located in Cairns, the restaurant is now offering a new offsite venue at the city’s Botanic Gardens, just ten minutes from the city centre. With exclusive use of the gardens on offer, the extensive lawn area, surrounded by tropical plants and trees, can accommodate 50 to 500 guests for welcome functions and dinners. Ochre Restaurant and Catering is famed for using fresh seafood, native game, bush foods and premium local produce.

Adelaide Convention Centre: The expansion of the Adelaide Convention Centre is nearing completion, with the handover of the first phase of the new West Building, which hosted its first event this January. To introduce event organisers to the new space, the centre has released a behind the scenes tour . Included in the first handover was the Panorama Ballroom, which can cater for up to 1,000 delegates for dinners and conferences, as well as the new Riverbank meeting rooms. Further handovers will take place over the next few months providing even more space for large business events. 

Lizard Island: The island in the Great Barrier Reef is reopening after damage from a cyclone in early 2014 and can be hired on an exclusive basis for business events. Surrounded by 24 powdery beaches and 1,000 hectares of national park, it can cater for up to 80 guests and offers 40 luxury rooms and suites, accessed via a private airstrip. The island offers conferencing and meeting facilities, fine dining options, marine activities and spa treatments. 

Langham Sydney: The property has reopened after undergoing a AUS$30 million refurbishment providing 96 brand new luxurious rooms and new amenities, as well as new event and meeting spaces, including a 232 msq ballroom space catering for up to 200.

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