2 December 2008 EIBTM – Tourism Australia Stand E500 AUSTRALIA THE MOVIE – RECREATE A CONFERENCE OR INCENTIVE INSPIRED ITINERARY The upcoming release of the epic film Australia – directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman – will make the country the hot destination for 2009. The movie portrays the country’s dramatic landscape in a way that has never been seen before and will inspire travellers from all over the globe to visit the country. A corporate or incentive group can experience the themes from the movie for themselves in any Australian State and Territory, with each region offering its own unique blend of outback, adventure, journeys, Aboriginal experiences and historical Australia. If you’re keen to design a conference or incentive itinerary based on the inspiration of the film, here are just a few ideas to get you started: Experience the outback Let your incentive group dine under the stars in a Robinson-Crusoe like setting at Faraway Bay, a remote bushcamp in the Kimberley region where you can enjoy outback luxury and great hospitality. Spectacularly isolated, the film crew stayed here twice to shoot footage of the twin falls on the nearby King George River. Located in the north-west corner of Australia, this is a place so remote you won’t find it on any map. www.farawaybay.com.au Become an Australian Jackaroo or Jillaroo Home Valley Station, set at the base of the Cockburn Ranges in Western Australia, is a working cattle station that offers up to 90 delegates an authentic outback experience with a range of accommodation options; from lavish outback lodges to safari style eco tents. Guests at the station are invited to muster cattle or ride a horse along Home Valley’s Pentecost River, the very river that the characters cross in the movie. www.homevalley.com.au Sleep under the stars Apparently Baz Luhrmann camped in the outback whilst filming Australia the movie. If you too want to experience a night under the stars you can do so within a 90 minute drive of Sydney. For small, exclusive incentive groups, Blue Mountain Private Safaris offer wild bush luxury in a private camp on the banks of the Wollondilly River. www.bluemountainsprivatesafaris.com Experience Aboriginal culture in Kakadu National Park Australia’s Aboriginal culture is a strong theme of the film. The Top End’s Kakadu National Park is largely owned by Aboriginal people and is home to an abundance of wildlife and significant rock art sites. Apparently cast members visited Kakadu, reportedly flying in by helicopter to experience the renowned Yellow Water Billabong cruise – an ideal experience for an incentive group or a fabulous add-on for a Darwin-based conference. www.yellowwatercruises.com Adrenalin junkies The film is full of action-packed adventure, and if your incentive or conference group is really keen to get the adrenalin pumping, Port Lincoln in South Australia is an option. Calypso Star Charters operate cage diving tours for the Great White Shark, to get really up close and personal with the ultimate ocean predator. http://www.calypsostarcharter.com.au Adventure Bay Charters also conducts tuna tours where guests will swim and interact and feed tuna fish as well as an amazing sea lion experience. http://www.adventurebaycharters.com.au Contrast the outback with the beach If you’re putting a conference or incentive itinerary together and want to contrast the outback with an Australian beach experience, consider an exclusive island in Queensland. Lying just 10 minutes off Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland is Double Island, which offers an enticing combination of five-star luxury and absolute seclusion. The island is available for private hire for meetings, conferences or incentive programmes. www.doubleisland.com.au Experience Australian adventure Australia’s backyard is showcased in Luhrmann’s new film and will undoubtedly inspire corporate travellers to look for outdoor adventure in their next Aussie visit. For unspoilt adventure for your group, visit Tasmania where you can mountain bike on Mt Wellington www.hobartcity.com.au. Let your group unwind and relax after all that excitement at Freycinet Lodge www.freycinetlodge.com.au on Tasmania’s east-coast and take a stroll at beautiful Wineglass Bay. City Slicking Of course a trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without a city experience. For a cosmopolitan destination for your incentive group, consider sophisticated Melbourne. With top-notch restaurants and markets, chic inner-city villages and an eclectic mix of galleries, cafes and open spaces, Melbourne is a fantastic location to conduct business. Within a stone’s-throw of Melbourne, there are some wonderful regions including Phillip Island (to witness the famous penguin parade) and the Yarra Valley (to taste some of Australia’s best wines) www.visitvictoria.com Ends For more information or images please contact: Lene Corgan on +44 7795657288 email@example.com or Annabel Handley, Tourism Australia, on +44 20 7438 4633 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to editors: · For Australia images, register at www.picselect.com · For Tourism Australia destination images, visit www.images.australia.com Australia official synopsis: Australia is a sweeping romantic adventure event film created by internationally acclaimed and award winning writer, producer and director, Baz Luhrmann. AUSTRALIA is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (NICOLE KIDMAN) travels to the faraway continent where she meets a rough-hewn local (HUGH JACKMAN) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor. With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle. Baz Luhrmann, the man who reignited the Hollywood musical with Moulin Rouge, has spent two years creating the biggest movie ever made about Australia – a big movie that tells a big story about a big country. Filmed throughout the Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, the land of Australia plays a pivotal role in this captivating work. Catherine Martin, the double Academy Award winning Production and Costume Designer, will again inspire with her visual expertise, recreating outback Australia and Darwin of the 1930s. Joining Kidman and Jackman is a who's who of Australian acting talent including Australian acting legends Ray Barrett, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson and Bill Hunter. They star alongside David Wenham, Ben Mendelsohn, John Jarrett, Kerry Walker, Barry Otto, David Gulpilil and David Ngoombujarra. Other key cast members include Matthew Whittet, Arthur Dignam, Bruce Spence, Tony Barry, Sean Hall, Essie Davis, Eddie Baroo, Nathin Butler, Jacek Koman, Sandy Gore, and Yuen Wah from China. Indigenous cast members include Lillian Crombie, Ursula Yovich, Angus Pilauki, Crusoe Kurrdal, Jamie Gulpilil, and 11-year-old Broome boy Brandon Walters, in his feature film debut.