The Northern Territory continues to deliver an array of meaningful and multi-sensory experiences for business events which enable delegates to feel connected to the land, its ancient culture and people. Reconnecting to what matters has never been more relevant in today’s world, whether for a conference or an incentive.
Distinctive NT connections
At Uluru, the Gallery of Central Australia (GoCa) has recently been renovated and is available for cocktail functions for up to 100 guests. It provides an opportunity to mix and mingle while viewing authentic Aboriginal artwork sourced exclusively from Central Australian artists. Business event delegates can learn about the significance of the artworks on display, observe artists at work and also purchase items from the Gallery.
In Darwin, Aboriginal Bush Traders, which now includes a retail store, gallery and café, is offering a Bush Food Tasting Platter and Gallery Tour. Platters feature traditional bush flavours such as native finger lime, wattle-seed and bush tomato. Guests are invited to take a curated journey through the Aboriginal Bush Traders gallery and current exhibits.
Other new incentive experiences include those recently launched by Kakadu Tourism. At 20,000 square kilometres, the World-Heritage listed Kakadu is Australia’s largest National Park and is a three-hour drive from Darwin, with air transfers just under an hour.
Kakadu Tourism’s new incentive experiences include scenic flights over waterfalls, a Yellow Water Billabong cruise, art classes with Aboriginal painters, and bush food discovery cooking classes with traditional owners. ‘Kakadu under the Stars’ provides a unique dinner option for up to 100 guests at the Warradjan Cultural Centre in Cooinda.
2023 an international year for the NT
A busy and impressive international conference calendar approaches for the NT in 2023. Coming events include the 2023 International BioIron Society Congress, WaterMicro 2023, the 2023 World Conference on Ecological Restoration, the 2023 World Aquaculture Conference and the 2023 World Community Development Conference. Further ahead, the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses Quadrennial Congress will be staged in Darwin in 2025.
Retreat to the NT
Across the NT, eco-lodges and retreats provide unique wilderness stays for small incentive groups. New accommodation offerings amongst these include ten premium eco-tents called ‘The Drovers Dream’ at Kings Creek Station, which is 36 kilometres from majestic Kings Canyon. Finniss River Lodge, located on a working cattle property approximately 90 minutes from Darwin, has also recently launched six new luxe suites.