A city surrounded by nature, there is no shortage of unique group activities across Melbourne and regional Victoria. While the days are still long, and the weather is warm, making it the ideal time to start planning your next group incentive experience. To help get you started, we have rounded up our favourite outdoor experiences.
Aboriginal Heritage Walk
At the edge of the city centre, yet what feels like a world away from the city buzz, you’ll find the Royal Botanical Gardens a significant cultural site for the local Kulin Nation and home to a number of Indigenous experiences that journey into their ancestral lands and explore their rich culture.
The Gardens offers a number of experiences throughout the year, including an Aboriginal Heritage Walk that takes visitors on a journey through a traditional meeting place and ancestral lands.
Gain insight into the rich history and thriving culture of the First Peoples of Australia through a journey of identifying significant native plants within the Gardens during this 90 minute experience. Learn about Aboriginal plant uses, customs and ongoing connection to country.
Skull Rock up close
Discover the mysterious yet magical beauty of Skull Rock on a 2.5-hour expedition with Wilsons Promontory Cruises.
The tour witnesses iconic South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and discovers a rugged and raw coast like no other. Guests will marvel at the prehistoric boulders of Mount Oberon situated behind the white quartz sands of Norman Beach before uncovering the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock.
Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock's eerie facade becomes even more mysterious as more and more skull shapes reveal themselves the closer it gets. With thousands of fur seals protecting the large granite formation, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close to them, as well as little penguins, dolphins and whales.
Image credit: Tourism Australia
Paddle along the Yarra River on a Melbourne City Kayak Tour
Explore 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. This is the centre of Melbourne so there is lots of vibrant activity. A historical commentary on the old docks area is provided along the way.
Phillip Island Nature Park’s CSR team building
Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island Nature Park embarks on a coastal wildlife life journey. Book a VIP tour to have a private ranger guide share conservation stories while participating in a hands-on making experience where your team builds much needed artificial burrows that act as a box for wildlife in the area. Top off the day with the infamous Phillip Island's 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.
Mornington Peninsular wellness retreats in thermal hot springs
Rejuvenate in style at Victoria’s geothermal thermal mineral springs and day spas, where you can enhance your experience with wellness activities.
Choose from multiple award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs that 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.
Or consider Alba Thermal Springs & Spa, where delegates can enjoy the deep restorative powers of geothermal springs - whether it be their invigorating rain pool or herbal-infused botanical pools, luxurious spa treatments or dining at Thyme, that offers a menu focused on locally-sourced, seasonal produce created by well-known Melbourne chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television presenter, Karen Martini.
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