PwC and Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites wind up Australia’s biggest MICE event of 2022

Sperry tents, food trucks and fire pits – business events get a festive face lift


SYDNEY, 4 July 2022 - Business events are back in a big way, with PwC Australia wrapping up one of Australia’s biggest events of 2022 this week at the spectacular Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort and Elysia Wellness Retreat in the Hunter Valley.

The PwC Academy Signature Experience Program ‘The Outside’ – the purpose-built five-week program hosted approximately 3,000 of PwC Australia’s upcoming leaders and high performers in an all-inclusive professional development program exploring four themes: Country, Self, Future and Community.

“We are thrilled to have finally returned to face-to-face events in such an impactful way,” said PwC Australia Partner Lawrence Goldstone. “It was incredibly rewarding to bring together Senior Associates and Managers from around the country for an immersive learning program. The outstanding team and facilities across Oaks and Elysia provided an ideal hub for participants to connect and collaborate, alongside a purpose-built festival site, to deliver an immersive daytime experience and night-time entertainment with live performances, food trucks and fire pits.”

The event has been extremely well received with overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants saying they would recommend the event to others, a result which has well and truly exceeded the PwC Signature Experience planning team’s expectations. 

Designed as a rolling program over a five-week period with over 600 delegates attending each week, the event’s centrepiece was the largest Sperry Tent ever produced, a sweeping Hamptons-style canopy which housed the main plenary stage, as well as communal tables for social mealtimes.

Oaks Cypress Lakes General Manager Shaun O’Bryan said: “It was an absolute honour to host ‘The Outside’ for the PwC team, and to work side-by-side to deliver health, nutrition and wellness sessions as part of their holistic approach to professional development".

“From a health and nutrition immersion delivered by Elysia’s Chef Corryne Parkhill to sunrise yoga, Tai chi and boxing sessions led by our facilitators, to a menu influenced by local producers and Indigenous ingredients to preparing daily lunch boxes for 600 people, the scale of this event was a fantastic opportunity to work with a client with vision and to showcase our event capabilities, accommodation and wellness offering,” O’Bryan added.

The Outside event featured 35+ diverse speakers; the longest speaker line-up ever organised for a corporate event.




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