Ditch the big city smoke and take your delegates to the fresh air of the Blue Mountains. From the warmest hospitality to a variety of extraordinary venues and accommodations amidst breathtaking surrounds, this World-Heritage listed destination has loads to offer, and all within an easy 90-minute drive from Sydney.
Historic charm meets timeless elegance
Katoomba’s historic Palais Royale oozes old world charm at every turn, evoking a sense of sweet nostalgia with welcoming hospitality and cosy interiors. This heritage-listed boutique hotel offers 40 guestrooms, homely lounge areas, sauna, café, and the newly reopened Gazelles Restaurant. This spacious 140-seat dining room has retained much of its original character and serves up French-European cuisine that heroes the fresh produce of the region. With its ornate ceilings and chandeliers, the Grand Ballroom makes for a show-stopping venue and can be configured to your requirements, hosting up to 80 banquet and 150 cocktail with a dedicated conference coordinator to help with everything from tailored menus to team building.
Hotel Mountain Heritage
Set amongst manicured gardens with spectacular views across Jamison Valley, Hotel Mountain Heritage provides a peaceful retreat just minutes from Katoomba and Leura town centres. Ideal for small- to medium-sized events of up to 200, the property has five well-appointed spaces for meetings and conferences. Part of the original property, which is believed to date back to 1908, the turret-shaped Tower Room (30 pax) is one of the hotel’s most historic meeting spaces, while the pillarless Main Conference Room (210 pax) has its own bar, cloakroom, bathrooms, plenty of natural light and windows that open to fresh mountain air. Full buyout is also available, with 41 rooms, suites and villas (several with fireplaces and balconies), alongside outdoor pool, restaurant and bar, day spa, on-site parking with electric car charging stations, and a nearby outdoor training centre for team building activities.
Immersed in nature
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Host an event in the highest botanic garden in the southern hemisphere – the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah. As well as its impressive showcase of cool climate plants and alpine rainforest, the Garden is great for corporate day trips and team activities. Ideally suited to small conferences, workshops and training days, the Waratah Room can accommodate up to 35 and has a kitchenette, private bathroom, screen and projector and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens. With onsite barbecue and picnic facilities, you can treat the team to a barbecue lunch or host a cocktail soiree in one of the many beautiful open spaces.
Scenic Spaces at Scenic World
While it’s best known for its thrilling rides, Scenic World also boasts a number of aptly named Scenic Spaces for memorable events set against the backdrop of Blue Mountains National Park. Offering uninterrupted views of the famous Three Sisters, The Restaurant, with its own private balcony, is perfect for gala dinners for up to 200 guests, or for more informal events, there’s indoor/outdoor space, The Terrace. Give your guests a thrill by having them arrive via the Cableway or Railway to the Rainforest Room – a unique undercover outdoor space nestled within the rainforest – or, treat them to a happy hour they’ll never forget with sunset cocktails onboard the Scenic Skyway, 270 metres above ground.
What was once a 1970s motel Kyah Hotel has been carefully refurbished to strike the perfect balance between old school nostalgia and modern sophistication. Located in Blackheath, Kyah offers 46 well-appointed rooms, including one- and two-bedroom suites, and can be booked out exclusively. Delegates will love the onsite tennis court, wood-fired hot tub, sauna, e-bikes, and Blaq restaurant which can host private dining (160 pax) and cocktail events (250 pax). Flexible meeting spaces include The Brightlands room and The Evans room, which are separated by a moveable wall partition so the two can be combined to host 120 seated or 140 standing. Natural light, brand new AV capabilities, kitchen facilities, breakout zones and tailored menus make hosting events here a breeze.
Wide open spaces
Katoomba Christian Convention
The vast amount of outdoor space and variety of venue and accommodation options at Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC) make it ideal for large scale events and conferences. It boasts the largest event space in the region, with an auditorium and outdoor plaza that can host up to 2,000 people. There’s also a huge oval for easy car and coach bus parking and 25 acres of bushland for outdoor team activities like camping and archery. Accommodations include private cabins, dorm-style rooms, and self-contained lodges with kitchen and bathroom facilities, shared lounge and dining areas, and meeting spaces. Catering can also be provided, or you can provide your own with commercial kitchens on-site. KCC is highly flexible in hosting just about any type of event, however, there are alcohol policies in place, so run this by their events team first.
Modern and upscale
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
The multi award-winning Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, an MGallery by Sofitel property, has all the state-of-the-art capabilities to make your event exceptional. Whether you’re hosting a glitzy gala dinner, intimate cocktail event, or company-wide conference, there’s a space for it. There are 23 flexible spaces, including 12 naturally lit meeting rooms overlooking the bushland, a 128-tiered-seating auditorium, pillarless Grand Ballroom for up to 850 cocktail, and sprawling outdoor areas for alfresco events and marquee dinners. An excellent option for full resort buyouts, the property offers upscale accommodations, a luxurious day spa, a variety of dining options including multi-course fine dining, excellent leisure facilities including a new ice-skating rink, speakeasy bar and much more, offering endless opportunities for teams to connect.
Luxury, indulgence and all the views
Renowned for its stunning collection of distinguished properties, Escarpment Group has four properties in the Blue Mountains, each one unique in its own right.
Steeped in history, the iconic Hydro Majestic brings the glamour to any event. There are six versatile meeting room spaces, all with excellent facilities, natural light and sprawling views, while the function venues can host anything from cocktails in The Casino Lobby to galas in The Majestic Ballroom, a magnificent domed ballroom with open fireplace and courtyard garden.
Ideal for corporate retreats, Lillianfels Resort and Spa is an award-winning 5-star luxury resort with four function spaces for up to 120 guests and additional outdoor spaces for special events. With a luxury day spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and exquisite dining, it’s the ultimate incentive destination.
Just next door, Echoes Hotel and Restaurant offers an additional 14 rooms and suites and fine dining restaurant with sweeping views.
In Blackheath, Parklands’ spacious Garden Suites and Loft Rooms are the epitome of comfortable luxury with fireplaces, plush furnishings and generously sized bathrooms, providing a tranquil retreat.
Blue Mountains Stargazing
Embark on a captivating 90-min guided stargazing experience and learn about the wonders of night sky. This rewarding and awe-inspiring team bonding experience is led by an astrophysicist can host groups of up to 10. Add a wine tasting to make it extra special.
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Located in Katoomba, the Centre encompasses the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba Library and Into the Blue – a fascinating interactive exhibition that explores the history and natural landscape of the region. You can also host an event here and take in the panorama from the viewing platform.
Megalong Creek Estate
Whisk away the team for an afternoon of wine tasting in the spectacular surrounds of Megalong Valley. Overlooking sprawling valley views this boutique vineyard specialises in ‘single vineyard’ wines including viognier, pinot grigio, pinot and shiraz.
On the ground:
First point of contact – Blue Mountains Tourism
Transfers – Rob Spitz at Blue Mountains Limousines
Tours – Fantastic Aussie Tours
Event planner – Agnes Zalan at Blue Mountains Events & Conferences