What’s on in January

With Summer in full swing it’s time to dust off the swimmers, sunscreen and mozzie repellent! It is officially festival season!


WHAT: Surfest
WHEN: 20 January – 25 February 2018
WHERE: Newcastle
MORE INFO: http://www.surfest.com


WHAT: Sydney Festival
WHEN: 6 – 28 January 2018
WHERE: All over Sydney! Check out their website to plan your visit.
MORE INFO: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

WHAT: Yabun Festival
WHEN: 26 January 2018
WHERE: Victoria Park Camperdown
MORE INFO: http://yabun.org.au/

South Coast

WHAT: Illawarra Folk Festival
WHEN: 18 – 21 January 2018
WHERE: Bulli Showground
MORE INFO: http://www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au/
WHAT: Sunset Cinema Wollongong
WHEN: From 27 December 2017 – 10 March 2018
WHERE: Wollongong Botanic Gardens
MORE INFO: https://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/wollongong

And if you’re in the mood for a road trip we would suggest checking out the annual Parkes Elvis Festival!

WHAT: Parkes Elvis Festival
WHEN: 10 – 14 January 2018
WHERE: Parkes, NSW
MORE INFO: http://www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au/

Travel Tips – New Zealand with Will

New Zealand is an adventurers paradise. The best way to experience the amazing wilderness and spectacular landscape of New Zealand is via one of their famous Great Walks. The NZ Department of Conservation (DoC) manage and maintain New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. The “walks” are premier tracks that pass through diverse and spectacular scenery. From native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges and vast valleys…there’s a Great Walk for everyone! Great Walks tracks are well formed and easy to follow. While most people prefer to explore on their own terms, guided trips offer a bit more comfort. Great Walks are accessible from major towns that are well serviced by local operators and accommodation and transport providers.

The Great Walks are:

  • Abel Tasman Coast Track
  • Heaphy Track
  • Kepler Track
  • Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk
  • Milford Track
  • Rakiura Track
  • Routeburn Track
  • Tongariro Northern Circuit


Happy walking!

Venue Spotlight – Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Located only 2 hours drive from Sydney, with air access to all capital cities, Newcastle provides an eclectic mix of entertainment, boutique shops, art emporiums, fabulous restaurants and cafes alongside a lively working harbour surrounded by spectacular swimming beaches. With its desirable views of the harbour, Crowne Plaza Newcastle offers the ultimate in relaxation and exploration whilst meeting your every need to create productive days.

Enviably positioned on the iconic Honeysuckle harbourfront, Crowne Plaza Newcastle is a welcoming and connected hub in the midst of the foreshore promenade, acknowledged in Tourism Hunter’s Hall of Fame for meetings and business tourism, Crowne Plaza Newcastle will make you feel welcomed from the moment you arrive.

Our dedicated  and experienced staff are ready to design a uniquely tailored event that best suits your needs. We believe our perfect location, world class beaches and gourmet produce can stimulate better thinking, eliminate distraction and immerse people in inspiring experiences.

Conference Capacity: 6 Meeting Rooms, the Grand Ballroom can cater up to 240 guests in a theatre set up style.
Number of Accommodation Rooms: 175 Suites
Special Features: Harbour Terrace
Connecting delegates with the iconic and tranquil harbourside setting, the Harbour Terrace provides a unique environment for delegates to relax and interact leaving them inspired and enhancing productivity and focus throughout the day. The unique outdoor setting is ideally suited to a morning yoga session for delegates, helping to set the tone for a creative day ahead. Or take in the sights and sounds of the Harbour as your delegates connect during an evening cocktail reception. Combine this unique setting with the finest region produce for a truly unforgettable evening.
Testimonial: “I would choose Crowne Plaza Newcastle again, the day went smoothly and Crowne Plaza was even able to accommodate our team activity facilitators, the planning of the event was an easy process, phone and email response very quick and nothing was to hard or too big of a problem, a great option for short or multiple days for business meetings.”

Contact the Conference Team to discuss your next conference:
Email: Rachel Swain
Phone: 02 4907 5059

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Lincoln

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

Pinnacle Founder & Director – Lincoln Amidy

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
I love being able to challenge behaviours and impacts within teams. All in the quest to help them be the best they can be

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Project pipeline followed by a Development Debrief

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Splitting my Pants on stage in front of 150 people

My favourite hobbies are:
Fitness, Beach with kids and Dirt bike Racing

What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Lots of Meditation. Great app called Insight timer

What was the last book you read?:
The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni

Favourite holiday?:
Anything with my kids. Fiji

Have you ever had a nickname?:

I am frightened by _____ :

Favourite movie of all time:
Pulp Fiction

First concert I went to:
Hunters and Collectors

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:

What makes you angry:
People not taking responsibility for their actions

What makes you laugh the most:
My kids having fun

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Throw your arms around me- Hunters and Collectors