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Conference venues for the culturally minded

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Tasmania is an easily accessible conference destination, just a short flight away from most of Australia’s mainland capital cities.

With the Tasmanian Government’s Meet in Tasmania Incentive scheme providing financial support to conventions, winter is an ideal time to hold a conference in Tasmania.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Seeped in art and history, The Henry Jones Art Hotel is a conference venue with a difference.

The hotel has won more than 30 major accolades, including ‘Best Overall Hotel in Australia’ from the Australian Hotels Association, 2006 ‘Winner of Unique Accommodation’ from Australian Tourism and was named one of the ‘Best hotels in the world for ambience and design’ in 2007.

The Henry Jones stands on Hobart’s waterfront where Governor Collins first settled Hobart. Designed by award-winning architects, the hotel itself is composed of a row of historic warehouses dating from the 1820s and boasts many distinctive features that reflect the influences of its colonial past and early trading history with India and China.

Once the commercial hub of H. Jones & Co – an industrial empire with interests across five continents – the hotel has a variety of meeting spaces that reflect the rich history of the building, including a majestic function room for up to 140 guests.

Adding to the boutique conference experience, The Henry Jones is Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, and features more than 250 contemporary artworks by leading and emerging Tasmanian artists.

For more intimate gatherings, the Art Installation Suite has its own private art gallery, which doubles as an intimate private dining, meeting or function room.

Conferences take on a particularly personal experience with the hotel’s local historian. Delegates can explore the city’s early days and even their own colonial and convict past with historic walking tours and workshops on ‘how to trace your family history’.

The Cradle Mountain Chateau

The Cradle Mountain Chateau, is situated in the alpine woodland in Tasmania’s World Heritage listed National Park.

Designed with the mission to encourage conference delegates to be more active in appreciating the wilderness, the chateau includes the spectacular Wilderness Gallery among its function rooms, one of the largest privately owned photographic galleries in Australia that showcases exhibitions from world-renowned nature photographers.

Offering delegates a change to ‘reconnect with wilderness’, Cradle Mountain also has onsite qualified nature guides who can coordinate unique experiences in the surrounding Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, including guided walks, fishing tours and canoeing tours on Dove Lake.

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