10 delegate incentive ideas to turn up your business event in Brisbane
Take your delegate experience to the next level and give attendees a warm welcome, Brisbane-style, with these unique attractions and adventures.
With a diversity of experiences available in and around the city that can be tailored for your group, Brisbane is the perfect destination for delegates wanting the perfect mix of business and pleasure.
Here are 10 incentive ideas that will set your business event apart.
Hand-feeding wild bottlenose dolphins at dusk? Now that’s a surefire way to make your event stand out. Known as the jewel of Moreton Bay, Tangalooma Island Resort is a natural paradise that’s just over an hour away from Brisbane by catamaran.
From getting up close and personal with marine life to speeding down sand dunes, exploring shipwrecks, taking off on a quad bike safari, spotting humpback whales or just kicking back in a hammock and relaxing on pristine beaches, your delegates will always remember their signature Tangalooma experience.
Tangalooma Island Resort offers a Premium Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise, where delegates will have the opportunity to hand-feed the wild dolphins that visit the resort each evening, as well as a Classic Day Cruise, a Beach Day Cruise and – between June and October – a Whale Watching Cruise, with all packages including return transfers and lunch.
This is one incentive activity that’s guaranteed to get your delegates’ adrenaline pumping. Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane’s CBD, Riverlife Adventure Centre offers delegates a range of outdoor thrills in a fun, friendly and safe setting.
Teams can kayak the mighty Brisbane River, abseil down the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs, cycle the far reaches of the city or even suit up for some outdoor laser tag. Instructions, equipment and a safety briefing are provided for all sessions, and no prior experience is necessary.
Spirits of the Red Sand
Located in Beenleigh, less than an hour from the Brisbane CBD, Spirits of the Red Sand is an award-winning experience that gives delegates the chance to connect with Aboriginal culture through powerful storytelling, unique rituals, and a hearty char-grilled feast.
60,000 years in the making, Spirits of the Red Sand is an immersive cultural journey like no other that will open delegates’ eyes to the history, beauty and vibrancy of the Aboriginal people.
By day, the Welcome to Country Experience will invite delegates to learn the didgeridoo, paint boomerangs and taste bush tucker, while by night, the Evening Experience is a captivating live theatre and three-course dinner event that celebrates traditional song, dance, culture and community. Whichever option you choose, your delegates will enjoy a first-of-its-kind experience.
River to Bay is your delegates’ passport to explore, linking the city of Brisbane to the natural wonders of Moreton Bay and its islands. With so many amazing sights within easy cruising range, River to Bay offers a range of themed tours to cover all of the highlights, from guided nature walks to snorkelling encounters with local marine life.
If your delegates are looking to sample some of Brisbane’s famed craft beers, River to Bay have even put a unique twist on the old-fashioned pub crawl, with their fleet of jet boats ferrying passengers along the bends of the Brisbane River to renowned breweries like Brewdog and Sealegs. This is a unique way to explore what Brisbane has to offer, with day and night tours available.
Sourcing grapes from handpicked growers across Australia’s key wine regions, City Winery – the first inner-city winery to open in Brisbane since 1860 – gives delegates the opportunity to take home a truly unique memento from your event.
At City Winery’s converted warehouse space in Fortitude Valley, they won’t just taste the wine – they’ll blend it themselves, learning the techniques that expert winemakers employ to achieve the perfect taste and texture profile. Every participant in the wine blending workshop will take home a custom bottle of their very own creation, giving them a souvenir to last a lifetime – or at least until the last drop.
Everybody wants to cuddle a koala – and at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, your delegates can enjoy this bucket list experience in style.
With over 90 years of experience, Lone Pine is home to 130 koalas and over 70 species of other native Australian animals, including playful platypus and wild lorikeets. Your guests will also have the chance to hand-feed a kangaroo and tour Lone Pine’s world-class koala science facility to see the pioneering research being carried out right here in Brisbane.
Want to really roll out the red carpet for your delegates? Every Spicers retreat is an escape from the everyday into a world of luxury – and Spicers Peak Lodge and Spicers Hidden Vale elevate relaxation and luxury to new heights.
Located just one and a half hours from Brisbane, Spicers Peak Lodge is Queensland’s highest mountain lodge retreat. Set on 8,000 acres with a World Heritage-listed national park for its backdrop, this architecturally stunning lodge offers delegates the chance to enjoy an award-winning seven-course degustation menu, relax with a spa treatment, embark on a self-guided walk in stunning surrounds or just lie back and take in the view.
Meanwhile, Spicers Hidden Vale – located just one hour from the Brisbane CBD – is home to the award-winning Homage restaurant, a chef-hatted dining experience celebrating local produce. All ingredients are either grown on-site or sourced from producers who live just down the road, giving delegates a true taste of Queensland.
Spicers Hidden Vale offers delegates a range of activities, including mountain bike riding, bush walking, swimming, croquet, and the chance to visit an on-site animal farm and wildlife centre and take part in a koala safari. If they’re feeling truly adventurous, the retreat is also home to the Hidden Vale Adventure Park, featuring more than 110 kilometers of world-class mountain biking trails.
Located within the beautiful Scenic Rim, a part of the world that any visitor to South East Queensland owes it to themselves to visit, Summerland Camels offers delegates a unique animal adventure just 45 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD.
Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy operation, Summerland gives guests the opportunity to ride their camels – and we’re confident your delegates will soon fall in love with these trusted and gentle animal companions.
As well as riding, feeding and taking photos with camels that they’re sure to plaster all over their social media channels, delegates will also be able to taste delicious camel milk, camel gelato, camel cheese and even Summerland’s famous camel-cino. They’ll even learn about the anti-ageing benefits of camel skin care products, one of the beauty industry’s best-kept secrets.
Give your attendees the opportunity to see Brisbane from another perspective, joining local Aboriginal tour guides to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors through the heart of Meeanjin (Brisbane City).
Tailored tours are available to suit all ages and abilities, taking in the Aboriginal history of Brisbane through public art installations, galleries and exhibitions featuring world-renowned Aboriginal artists, including Albert Namatjira, Lilla Watson, Tony Albert, Fiona Foley, Judy Watson and Clifford Possum.
Located at Mount Cotton on Queensland’s Granite Belt, where the climate and soil combine to produce the perfect conditions for growing grapes, the famed Sirromet winery is just 30 minutes away from Brisbane’s CBD – but it feels like it could be a world away.
Surrounded by bushland, it’s a place to get back to nature and celebrate the pursuit of winemaking excellence. That same pursuit of excellence extends to Sirromet’s on-site restaurants – the Tuscan Terrace, with its fresh seasonal flavours prepared in a traditional home-cooked Tuscan style, and Restaurant Lurleen’s, open exclusively for private functions and events and boasting breathtaking balcony views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island.
Sirromet also offers a year-round calendar of live entertainment; Supa Golf, a modified and oversized form of golf that’s easier and quicker for everyone to play; and Sanctuary by Sirromet, the new accommodation option where delegates can escape the everyday and indulge their senses in luxurious tented pavilions on the grounds of the winery.
Ready to give your delegates an experience they’ll never forget?
Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s Business Events team offers a range of free, independent services to help you plan, promote and stage your incentives. It’s a one-stop shop of practical advice, helpful support and local insider knowledge.
Better yet, a subvention package of $50 per person is now available for eligible business events held in Brisbane between March 2021 and December 2022, to help you reduce costs and upgrade your event program.
Conferences and incentives for over 200 people are eligible, and events must be booked by 30 June 2021 with a Brisbane venue. Apply here or contact the Brisbane EDA Business Events team to find out everything you need to know about the warm welcome Brisbane can give your delegates.