GO Conference & Incentive

GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive
GO Conference & Incentive

Destinations

The (Mayfair) was one of the new kids on the block. A boutique alt hotel, that was very centrally located, within easy walking distance to shops and eateries.

Having arrived on a Sunday, the famous Central Markets were closed,…. I was gutted, but being typically female, I bee-lined it to Rundle Mall where I was able to satisfy my retail fix and take advantage of the air conditioning.

Adelaide’s transport system is very accessible & easy to understand. I hopped on a tram and took in the scenic 20 minute tram ride to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. Being a weekend, it was buzzing with people enjoying the foreshore parks, cafes and live entertainment.

Adelaide is very much a food and wine region. I had the lovely opportunity to visit a few of their great vineyards: Penfolds, Chateau Tanunda & Jacobs Creek. These establishments were all very different in alt, but of course all produce fabulous wines. It was a delight (to me anyway) to stand at the “creek” of Jacobs Creek……albeit it was completely dry at the time, and a bit of a buzz to feel I’d actually been there, given that the name is so famously associated with Australia.

Adelaide food and produce were beyond expectations. One of my special treats was a street breakfast, where all the stalls had been set up in what I assume was an old factory. The factory had been converted into an apartment complex on the upper levels, with cafes & retail on the ground level. The food was local, the vendors local, and it was a fun and different way to start the day by wandering about and eating whatever you wanted from each stall.

2KW was one of the new rooftop bar & restaurants situated in town. You had to be in the know, as its doorway access resembles your typical office building. Once you are on the roof, the views and restaurant layout is pretty impressive. A place for the hip, trendy and beautiful.

My time in Adelaide was short, but I did manage to gain an overall very positive feel for the place. I do look forward to returning again, to further explore the many things I missed this time around.

Onward to Melbourne. Normally I visit for business, running from one appointment to the next, so it was a nice change to be introduced to a “different” side of Melbourne.

I’ve never really appreciated the “graffiti” that litters the alleyways of Melbourne, but it is a completely different world when you have an actual graffiti artist “talk” you through the laneways, describing the various works and their meanings. We ended up at their studio where I was able to get my hands on spray cans and create my own masterpiece on canvas. I have to admit it is a lot harder than you might think to create art by spray paint, however my art creation was a lovely momento to take home.

Food in Melbourne goes without saying, Melbournians are great foodies, and they are spoilt for choice with the wide selection on offer.

I was taken to a “hidden bar” with no signage, it was tucked away in an alleyway. As the secret door opened I entered another world. It was packed and I have never seen such a large collection of whiskies in one establishment. Me being a whiskey lover, I had died and gone to heaven. My party of 8 must of looked the part, as the doorman moved us up to the front of the queue of expectant people and we were seated straight away. It was a great little find, but be prepared to wait.

How’s this for a Rockstar experience for those who just want that bit more from life. Start with a helicopter flight over the Great Ocean Road area to land at a private retreat. It’s not a house, I add, it’s a monstrous bloomin mansion, with your personal chef and his crew waiting to cook you lunch. Don’t worry, If you tire of watching the chefs cook, you simply slip away for a shoulder and back massage in the pool house where the team of masseuses are in waiting. This venue is very impressive, almost over the top in fact, but hey, you only live once and to do something this remarkable is a once-in-a- lifetime buzz.

Melbourne as always, never fails on charm, great food, wines and shopping. It has a welcoming feel about it, hence I’ll never tire of visiting to discover new experiences.

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