By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
Not just one of the most iconic destinations on the planet, the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region is well-placed, well established and ready as a conference location.
As well as individual venues, the conference sector in general is supported by BMLOT, the official regional tourism organisation recognised by government and industry.
BMLOT conference committee chairman and Fairmont Resort MGallery sales and marketing director Thomas Brand said: “The Blue Mountains is an ideal conference destination given its well-established venues and supporting infrastructure, the range of team building activities and its proximity to Australia’s largest city (Sydney).’’
The Blue Mountains offers a range of spaces throughout the region for meetings, seminars and conferences, from intimate board rooms for small groups to large ballrooms for up to 800 people, with an exciting array of teambuilding activities available.
“Of course many of our conference venues have the added benefit of on-site accommodation and are close to major towns and tourist attractions where team members can relax after extensive presentations over a meal at any number of cafes and restaurants or get to know their colleagues better at enjoyable activities and attractions, ’’ Mr Brand said.
“We may not be able to guarantee the outcome of your team meeting but we can promise picturesque locations at every venue.’’
BMLOT chairman Randall Walker said: “The Blue Mountains has long been recognised as a mature tourist destination.
“However, the area is also an ideal location for conference groups, with venues suitable for business events , teambuilding activities as well as stunning attractions.
“Then of course there is the magnificent backdrop of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area with its endless vistas, spectacular natural wonders and more than 400 walking tracks.
“There’s no such thing as all work and no play at conferences in our Blue Mountains.’’
A selection of accommodation conference venues in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region includes:
Blue Mountains Manor House, Mt Victoria – (02) 4787 1369, www.bluemountainsmanorhouse.com.au
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba – (02) 4782 1111, www.thecarrington.com.au
Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, Katoomba – (02) 4782 1966, www.echoeshotel.com.au
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Wolgan Valley – (02) 6350 1800, www.wolganvalley.com
Fairmont Resort MGallery, Leura – (02) 4785 0000, www.fairmontresort.com.au
Jemby Rinjah Eco-Lodge, Blackheath – (02) 4787 7622, www.jembyrinjahlodge.com.au
Jenolan Caves House, Jenolan – (02) 6359 3911, www.jenolancaves.org.au
KCC Conference Centres, Katoomba – (02) 4782 5588, www.kcc.org.au
Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, Katoomba – (02) 4780 1200, www.lilianfels.com.au
Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat, Katoomba – (02) 4782 2155, www.mountainheritage.com.au
Old Leura Dairy, Leura – (02) 4782 0700, www.oldleuradairy.com
Redleaf Resort, Blackheath – 1800 817 011, www.redleafresort.com.au
Waldorf Leura Gardens B&B Resort – (02) 4784 4000, www.leuragardensresort.com.au