SPOTLIGHT ON: United Places Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

An alternative to formulaic big city hotels, United Places Botanic Gardens sits in the centre of South Yarra, opposite the parklands of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and describes itself as ‘a place of connection and rest in the vast and sprawling city that is Melbourne.’

“There’s been raft of recent hotel openings that are changing the way corporate and leisure travellers stay in Australian cities,” says Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

“From The Calile and The Fantauzzo in Brisbane, to United Places Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and many more in between, exciting things are happening. Our clients love the distinctive guest experiences these places serve up. We look forward to more hotels with personality opening this year.”

Sarah Bush


This all-suite property offers 12 spacious rooms each of which boasts a private terrace, a well-equipped kitchen and a minibar stocked with local produce and Sullivans Cove malt whisky.

Suites are offered in the following configurations:

  • Urban Suite (One Bedroom)
  • Urban Penthouse (One Bedroom)
  • Garden Suite (One & Two Bedroom)
  • Garden Penthouse (One & Two Bedroom)


At street level, Matilda is a wood-fired restaurant created by leading chef Scott Pickett—Saint Crispin, Estelle and ESP—serves up contemporary Australian food cooked over open fire and hot coals.

United Places Botanic Gardens guests experience a specially curated breakfast delivered, complimentary, to their suite. Guests also receive priority bookings in the restaurant or may select in-room dining.


The hotel spruiks its sustainability credentials which are built into the property from the ground up. Here’s an excerpt from the United Places sustainability statement:

During construction low VOC (Volatile organic compounds) were used to improve air purity and destroy pollutant. Within the Hotel itself, harvested rainwater is used for toilets, whilst solar power is used to generate electricity. And In suite, complimentary tote bags are used to eliminate single-use plastic and packaging, together with biodegradable toothbrushes and unlimited provision of filtered drinking water.

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WE KNOW: How to Take the Team Away

The entire Travel Authority Group gathered in Brisbane in May to plan, share insights, learn and celebrate 15 years of success.

The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper, opening the conference.

“Our weekend conference is an annual affair, and this one was brilliantly organised by the team at The Events Authority. Sharon Levingston and her events team did an incredible job”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Sharon Levingston (right) overseeing a planning session at the TTA Group conference.

Staff from across The Travel Authority Group flew in from Sydney, Canberra and Perth, and stayed at one of Brisbane’s hottest properties, The Calile Hotel.

The theme for the weekend was TTA TLC.

“That’s TLC for our clients, for our suppliers and, of course, for each other. After another amazing year we wanted to explore our opportunities to build on our ongoing success and refine what we do and how we do it”, explained Hosper.

The Travel Authority Group engaged the team from InteractIF to design their interactive planning sessions.

“The InteractIF guys are known for their ‘make learning sticky’ mantra. It wasn’t easy cracking 15-year-old processes and practices apart to examine them, but our sessions were spot-on, informative and great fun. Importantly, the outcomes will bring great improvement to how we operate, and how we connect with each other, our clients and our suppliers”, says Hosper.

But the weekend wasn’t all about conferencing, with the team heading out to Australia Zoo for an afternoon of team building, as well as plenty of opportunity to celebrate 15 great years of operation for The Travel Authority Group and acknowledge the efforts of the team.

Having the entire Group together was a rare treat, and we’re grateful to a number of valued sponsors who helped make it happen:

  • helloworld business travel
  • Amadeus
  • Virgin Australia
  • Air New Zealand
  • Tramada
  • Centrix
  • Crown Perth

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