What’s new 2022

As a premier destination for delegates and event planners, Melbourne is ever-changing in its offering providing an array of new reasons to host business events. As we bring in the new year we’ve collated some of the newest exciting things coming to Melbourne in 2022

Accommodation

Oakwood Premier Melbourne

Oakwood Premier Melbourne is Australia’s first Oakwood Premier hotel in Australia and the first five-star ‘hybrid’ hotel and designed with rooms 392 rooms for both transient guests on short stays as well as studios or one and two-bedroom apartments designed for extended stays. This 40 storey debut hotel for Oakwood Premier in Australia is set to inspire guests. Four function spaces of various sizes are available to host business events and celebrate special occasions in a quiet and private pocket of Southbank. For end of the day networking with unbeatable views, head to the rooftop bar, Sky Bar Melbourne.  Ideally located for business trips. Guests are within walking distance to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne’s incredible dining scene and the Yarra River is at the doorstep. 202 Normanby Street, Southbank, VIC, 3006.

InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula

A New Era of Seaside Glamour Awaits at a locally loved landmark, InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula when it opens April 2022. Guests will enjoy the harmonious blends of rich history with contemporary design to create a luxurious ocean side retreat. Wake up to the sea breeze before spending the day soaking up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula, just one hour from Melbourne. Not just an incredible stay, Intercontinental Sorrento’s venue space offers meeting and conference spaces that are ready to live the next generation of meetings of minds, moments of discovery and soulful connections. The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect destination for a day trip from Melbourne for any future corporate trips, team building activities or incentive group itineraries. 23 Constitution Hill Road, Sorrento, VIC, 3943.

The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne (mid 2022)

Destined to be an attraction in its own right as the tallest hotel in Australia, upon arrival guests will enter the hotel lobby via the porte-cochere and take a direct elevator straight to the hotel’s sky check-in on level 80, offering uninterrupted views across Melbourne’s CBD and beyond. Featuring 257 guest rooms and suites including The Ritz-Carlton Club and The Ritz-Carlton Suite (251sqm). Guests will enjoy state-of-the-art bathrooms, breathtaking views, and luxurious amenities including The Ritz-Carlton Spa, restaurants and bars, concierge services and outdoor garden terrace. Event planners will delight in the classic and sophisticated meeting and event spaces total 2,781sqm, and include The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom, inspired by the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, complete with expansive pre-function space, 7m high ceilings and impressive floor to ceiling feature-window. 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Hyatt Centric by Hyatt (mid 2022)

Hyatt Centric Melbourne features 277 guestrooms and a premium restaurant inspired by Melbourne’s local foodie scene all within minutes from the city’s Docklands and Southbank precincts. Melbourne is known for its rooftop bars and guests won’t be disappointed when they head to TOMA Restaurant and Bar located on the 25th floor to enjoy spectacular views across Melbourne’s Yarra River.  Meeting planners take note, Hyatt Centric Melbourne’s contemporary unique event spaces offer versatile solutions that are equipped with the latest audiovisual technology.  With 210 square meters of stylish space, plus a beautiful 248 square meter alfresco terrace, Hyatt Centric Melbourne provides a memorable location to hold business meetings, professional conferences, and work celebrations. 25 Downie Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Wining and Dining

Yakimono

The 80 Collins precinct has reinvigorated the Paris end of Collins St, establishing itself as a new landmark for luxury retail and dining in the heart of the CBD. Recently its newest resident Chris Lucas’s Yakimono, opened its doors to offer one of the most electrifying dining experiences in Melbourne. For the ultimate networking experience with an emphasis on fun, book The Corner Room which seats up to 14 guests to enjoy cocktails, sake and a menu focused on fire in a space slightly tucked away, but still very much a part of the action. Lucas lived in Tokyo for three years and considers Yakimono’s menu a tribute to the interplay of tradition and modernity that pervades so much of contemporary Japanese dining. 80 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Aru

Aru is one of the newest restaurants in Melbourne, by the acclaimed team behind Sunda, and with a sleek fitout. Inspired by the ancient seafaring routes between China, Indonesia and northern Australia, the menu draws on dishes from the Asian region and beyond, cooked over the large wood fire hearth and dry-aged and smoked in-house.  Consider taking your next meeting offsite to Aru’s private dining room. Ideal for connecting with colleagues, the menu is all designed to share, with lots of snacks, small plates, whole grilled fish, steak and Morton Bay Bugs. This private space opens up onto The Terrace with a wall dedicated to wines, concealed behind a mesh curtain that separates it from the dining room. Seating 30, this area can be booked in addition to the private dining room. 268 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000.

HER

Melbourne meet HER, an entire building dedicated to the things Melbourne loves – fiery dining, immersive art and a vinyl soundtrack - by the creators of Arbory Bar & Eatery and Arbory Afloat. HER is a wonderland of modern classic food, sophisticated drinks, art and music.

Four distinct venues within the building are connected by a bluestone paved stairwell, a ‘vertical laneway’, coloured by an immersive lighting installation by renowned lighting designer Hervé Descottes. Descottes, who is responsible for lighting projects such as The High Line and Boom Boom Room at The Standard Hotel in New York.

Whether it’s eating steak and pommes frites in HER BAR before settling into a leather banquette with a negroni; sitting fireside enjoying delicious Thai-style BBQ at BKK; immersing in the premier sounds of the MUSIC ROOM; or finding yourself and a new found business connection with a paloma under the stars on HER ROOFTOP, HER is a trove of new experiences to share. 270 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000.

Experiences

SkyFarm (mid 2022)

​Take your next work teambuilding experience to new heights with incredible views at Melbourne’s SkyFarm.  The results of a collaboration between three Melbourne-based sustainability companies, SkyFarm is the transformation of a 2000-square metre rooftop car park into an urban farm and environmental oasis in the heart of the city. Located in Melbourne's emerging Seafarer's precinct, it directly overlooks the Yarra River and Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. Visitors can tour the working farm, visit the orchard, dine at the sustainable café, have a drink on the deck, hire unique event spaces, attend classes at the environmental education centre. 90/120 Swanston St, Melbourne, 3004.

Grampians Peaks Trail

The Grampians Peaks Trail will be a once-in-a-lifetime incentive experience for delegates where over 13 days participants will hike through the backbone of a mountain range famed for its dramatic scenery and Aboriginal heritage. The 160-kilometre trail, located three hours west of Melbourne, will stretch the length of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and feature dramatic mountain peaks, rugged rocky outcrops, unforgettable panoramas and the ancient Aboriginal heritage of Gariwerd. Stage one is already open with a 36-kilometre, 3 days/2nights, hike through the rugged interior of the national park, beginning and ending in Halls Gap.

Q Train

Welcome your team aboard The Q Train. MCB is proudly partnering for the first time with this award winning restaurant that travels along the historic Bellarine Railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff.  During a lunch experience that showcases the best of the Bellarine, guests can enjoy views of Swan Bay and local scenery.

Packages are available for your team to sail directly from Docklands to Portarlington on board Port Phillip Ferries where your group will be met and transported to The Q Train. It’s never been easier to depart Melbourne and take a business meeting or networking event offsite. Marking for a memorable day on the Bellarine, every minute of the journey is as much a part of the adventure, as the destination itself.