How to Get The Best Results Out of Your Conference


The task of collating and scheduling your event’s activities, meetings, and meals to form a coherent event agenda is certainly difficult. Saying that, we make no apologies for...

Managing the Catering Minefield of Dietary Requirements

Gone are the days when a basic ham, cheese, and tomato sandwich platter sufficed for your event’s lunch catering. That platter alone would clash with the needs of coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans, the lactose-intolerant, and those who follow...

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BIG conference SAVINGS

Save on conference and training events at CountryPlaceApplies to new residential conferences held in January 2018.Call (03) 9728 7070 or email

3 Benefits of Having a Conference Keynote Speaker

Your employees may not get very excited about keynote speakers (unless you get a big name in your industry), but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have one. In fact, keynote speakers can drastically modify the tone of the conference, which can have...

Six ways to motivate your troops.


Business View Magazine - January 2017

When it comes to running a conference or business event, it would be hard to find a more appealing location than the wonderful Dandenong Ranges just outside of Melbourne. High in the mountains, surrounded by forest, overlooking Silvan Dam and...

Improving Conference Registration With Technology

One of the most important elements of any successful conference is getting attendees registered and committed to the event. In addition to gaining a more accurate prediction of final attendee numbers, improving conference registration can help...

Don’t limit the value of your corporate event to just the attendees.

More and more these days, conference organizers want a record of their event to share with other managers and employees. Sometimes to provide details to other divisions of the corporation interstate or overseas.

At CountryPlace we have a special...

Spring. A great time for a conference in the Dandenongs.

From now,through the next few months, Spring is in the air. The daffodils emerge. Followed by the tulips. Then the rhododendrons and azaleas. The deciduous trees burst into leaf. All is well in the world. The lawns have never looked greener. Time...

Conference planning guide - THE ESSENTIAL handbook for event planners

Organising a conference can be a headache for many of us. Particularly those that have been given the task for the first time. 

10 Conferences Every Business Owner Should Consider Attending

A business owner's time is one of their most precious and valuable assets. Therefore, any time spent away from the office needs to offer a compelling return on the time (and money) invested.

Team-building Ideas for Startup Companies

One of the most critical elements of a successful startup is a team that understands and respects one another. Making a conscious effort to create a positive company culture is one of the best ways to ensure that this is the case. The earlier you...

Apps that conference organisers should be using

A lot goes into creating and running a successful conference. Whether this is your first time or your fiftieth, it's a good idea to use whatever tools and resources are available to you that can make the conference run more smoothly and...

Ask about special rates on Seglympics

Seglympics activities can be as structured or as unstructured as the client desires.

Many clients just want to reward their team with an activity that is lots of fun and can be enjoyed together.

Here's a conference activity that can hit the spot

Clients are always asking us for ideas to add interest to their business event.

Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience

Dinner show bed and breakfast

CHAOS IN THE DINING ROOM. Enter the world of the snobbish, manic Basil; his domineering wife Sybil; and their hopelessly language-challenged waiter, Manuel. Be one of the steady stream of bemused guests trying to...

How to choose speakers for your conference

The speakers that you choose to invite to your next conference can be the make or break factor that determines the success of your conference. As a result, it's important to put sufficient thought into choosing those speakers. The following are a...

CountryPlace . . . now a bird watcher's paradise.

Today, the property is around 10 acres of native forest and typical Dandenongs gardens. Camelias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Maples, Chestnuts and a whole variety of conifers abound. Around 10 years ago the owners decided to add to the gardens with...