Simon Coxhead, Chris McLean, Adair Cameron, Mark Ferguson, Adam Leslie enjoying water activities out on Great Barrier Reef Simon Coxhead, Chris McLean, Adair Cameron, Mark Ferguson, Adam Leslie enjoying water activities out on Great Barrier Reef

Hello, Hamilton Island

A group of Kiwi PCOs and incentive planners have landed in Australia this week, for an exclusive educational programme on Hamilton Island, courtesy of Business Events Australia in partnership with Air New Zealand and Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays.

Since 2004, more than A$450 million dollars has been invested into upgrading the island’s infrastructure, services and amenities.

Additions to the island include the luxury resort qualia, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club incorporating the development of the marina, and the 18-hole championship Hamilton Island Golf Club.

After arriving on the island on Tuesday afternoon, the group, escorted by Julie Ford, director business events sales, Hamilton Island Enterprises, made their way to the Reef View Hotel on their very own golf buggies to freshen up before enjoying a sunset cruise aboard Alani, complete with nibbles and bubbly.

Wednesday saw the group head out to the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Cruise Whitsundays, and, after arriving at the Pontoon, the group took part in a range of activities including snorkelling, introductory dives, certified dives, Seabob experience, and the glass-bottom boat and underwater viewing chamber.

Jenny Aitken, Business Events Australia country manager for New Zealand, says the Great Barrier Reef activity was a perfect option to show groups, as it offered something for everyone. 

‘Whether you have certified divers, or people who just love snorkelling, or people who don’t necessarily enjoy getting in the water but don’t want to miss out - there’s something for everyone with this activity.’

After a full day out on the reef, the group headed back to the island and were treated to a beautiful dinner at Coca Chu restaurant, where one of the group was treated to his very own surprise birthday dessert.