Must do outdoor experiences for your next incentive visit to Melbourne
December 31, 2023
A city surrounded by nature, there is no shortage of unique outdoor group activities across Melbourne and regional Victoria. To help get you started, we chatted to the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and rounded up nine exciting outdoor experiences!
If you are looking for an authentic Australian wildlife experience, Zoos Victoria Healesville Sanctuary is one of the best! Immerse yourself in the stunning bushland with expert rangers on field to share stories and fun facts about Australia’s unique and native wildlife like koalas and kangaroos. Take a fully guided tour of the Sanctuary topped off with VIP seating at the renowned Spirits of the Sky free-flight bird show.
Image: Healesville Sanctuary Credit: Tourism Australia
Pick fresh fruit at an orchardVisit an orchard in Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula and experience a real working farm or orchard. Pick your own tree-ripened fruit, take a guided tractor tour of a farm, or engage in exciting workshops like fruit bottling, fruit pickling and making fruit jams. Enjoy fresh produce-based meals at cafes and restaurants on the farm. MCB can craft a bespoke itinerary and connect you with the best these regions offer.
Werribee ZooHost your next incentive group with the captivating backdrop of nature and wildlife of The Werribee Zoo - another exciting offering by Zoos Victoria, just a 30 minute drive from Melbourne. The Sunset Safari is ideal for small groups for an immersive and intimate business event. The large grassy surrounds are an inviting place for guests to relax, and the variety of dining venues are great to host lunches and dinners.
Top off the day with the infamous Phillip Island Nature Parks’ penguin parade by observing from an exclusive skybox, the nightly penguin count of Australia’s largest penguin colony in Australia, waddle back home at sunset before heading to the Underground viewing area for up-close views of the penguins. The penguin parade is one of Victoria’s most unique phenomena.
Seal watch cruiseEnjoy an up-close encounter with one of Australia’s largest colonies of fur seals on a two hour boat ride along Phillip Island’s spectacular coastline. Phillip Island Nature Park has partnered with Wildlife Coast Cruises to visit one of Australia's largest colony of Fur Seals, at Seal Rocks off Phillip Island. Pull into a protected inlet to see the naturally curious and playful seals and their antics. Conclude your tour in time to make it to the sunset viewing at the Penguin Parade.
Snow experiences at Mt Buller
With 21 lifts, Mt Buller has the largest lift network in Victoria. Experience everything from skiing and snowboarding, fine dining, snowshoeing to spa treatments and so much more. A popular destination for international visitors, Mt Buller is the home to the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.
Aboriginal Heritage WalkGain insight into the rich history and thriving culture of the First Peoples of Australia through a journey of identifying significant native plants within the Royal Botanical Gardens during this 90 minute experience. Learn about Aboriginal plant uses, customs and ongoing connection to country.
Paddle along the Yarra River on a Melbourne City Kayak TourExplore the banks of the Yarra from a unique vantage point and book your group into a Melbourne City Kayak Tour. Suitable for even the least experienced seafarers, guests will be able to marvel at an array of sights along the way including the former Customs House, turning basin, historical ships and former waterfall.
Wellness retreats at Peninsula Hot SpringsRejuvenate in style at Victoria’s first geothermal thermal mineral springs and day spa where you can enhance your experience with wellness activities. Multiple award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs offers more than 20 bathing experiences set in a beautiful natural environment. Experiences include thermal mineral pools, a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish Hamam, hilltop pool with 360-degree views and spa treatments.
Looking for planning support for your next incentive program? Contact the team at [email protected]!