Travel Tips – Northern Italy

Lake Como
Arguably one of the most beautiful & famous areas in Italy. Hop in a boat or take the Brunate funicular to enjoy the view of this majestic lake.

Milan
One of Italy’s largest cities renowned for it’s food, culture, architecture and (of course) shopping! The gothic Duomo is a must see!

Cinque Terre
Possibly my most favourite place in the world! The Cinque Terre has it all: delicious food, beautiful hiking trails and all the houses are a sea of colour against the backdrop of the Ligurian sea! The region is famous for being the birthplace of Pesto – so make sure you order a pesto pasta. 

Bologna
Home of the delicious Bolognese sauce, beautiful baroque/gothic architecture. Make sure you walk up the two towers of Bologna (stay anywhere close to this area) for the most amazing view of the city. And as always, eat lots of pasta!

Verona
Such a beautiful city! Made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Verona has a wonderful amount of charming piazza’s & squares to explore. Make the small hike up to Piazzale Castel San Pietro for the most beautiful view of the city.

Venice
It is nice to just walk around the canals & alleys & look in the many shops. Try & book your accommodation close to Piazza San Marco or the Rialto Bridge, it is easy to get lost but do not worry – Venice isn’t too big. Venice isn’t particularly known for its food & it is very touristy. Try not to spend more than 10/12EUR max on a pasta at a restaurant. Visit the island of Murano (famous for its glass) or Burano.


Trains in Italy do not always run on time but they are very fast & the easiest way to get from place to place. Book tickets through www.italiarail.com or www.trenitalia.com
When you’re hiring a car make sure you check out: http://www.travelsupermarket.com

What’s on in March

There are still plenty of Summery events happening throughout the first month of Autumn, from St Patrick’s Day & Easter celebrations to the Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney. Make the most out of the last month of daylight savings with these fun filled events:


Newcastle

WHAT: Beaumont Street Carnivale
WHEN: Sunday 11 March 2018
WHERE: Beaumont Street
INFO: Click here

Hunter Valley

WHAT: Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
WHEN: Fri 23 – Sun 25 March 2018
WHERE: 199 Lang St Kurri Kurri
INFO: Click here

WHAT: St Patrick’s Day at Harrigan’s
WHEN: Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 March 2018
WHERE: Harrigan’s Irish Pub
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Picnic in the Vines
WHEN: Saturday 24 March 2018
WHERE: Tallavera Grove
INFO: Click here

Sydney

WHAT: Sydney Royal Easter Show
WHEN: Friday 23 – Saturday 31 March 2018
WHERE: Sydney Showground
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Mardi Gras Parade
WHEN: Saturday 3 March 2018
WHERE: Sydney CBD
INFO: Click here

WHAT: St Patrick’s Day
WHEN: Sunday 18 March 2018
WHERE: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
INFO: Click here

Southern Highlands

WHAT: Burrawang Easter Market
WHEN: Saturday 31 March 2018
WHERE: Burrawang
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Thirlmere Festival of Steam
WHEN: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March 2018
WHERE: Thirlmere
INFO: Click here

 Canberra

WHAT: Balloon Spectacular
WHEN: Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 March
WHERE: Old Parliament House
INFO: Click here

Venue Spotlight – Crowne Plaza Terrigal

An award-winning hotel in a beautiful beachside location just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney, Crowne Plaza Terrigal is the ultimate venue for your next meeting, conference or event.

Leave the boardroom behind and achieve more productive meeting outcomes as delegates draw inspiration from the relaxed coastal setting.

Our highly experienced and professional team thinks outside the square to create a unique event that will ‘wow’ your guests. We offer a variety of modern and versatile spaces (all with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment and technical support), including our 350-guest capacity Grand Ballroom and chic Lord Ashley Lounge.

And should you or your delegates choose to stay overnight with us, you won’t be disappointed. Your room is an inviting, tranquil haven with all the creature comforts – just the way you like it. Plus, you’ll have your own private balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon drinks while you soak up the captivating ocean views and sea breezes.

A beautiful coastal setting with all the expertise and experience you need to make your next event a success, Crowne Plaza Terrigal is the ultimate venue for your meeting or conference.

Conference Capacity: 600 guests

Number of Accommodation Rooms: 199

Special/Unique Venue Features

The Haven Terrace – Two of the Central Coast’s well-known attractions, The Haven and The Skillion, provide an inspiring setting for our Haven Terrace. Enjoy the open air and the fresh sea breeze out on this private courtyard

-Lord Ashley Fireplace – Exuding refined elegance and offering views across Terrigal Beach and The Haven, Lord Ashley is perfect for hosting small to medium sized events.

The Pool Deck – The row of stately Norfolk Island pines that line the esplanade and Terrigal Beach provide a stunning backdrop for our Pool Deck.

Seaside Street Food Markets – For a unique experience in a unique space, you can’t go past our Seaside Street Food Markets. Based on our tremendously popular Greedy Guts Street Food Markets held once a month, this fun festival set-up creates a gourmet experience for your delegates without even having to leave the hotel

Private Use – Change the nature of spaces when you book the entire hotel for your own private use, the possibilities are endless.

Testimonials:

“Thanks again for the whole conference. The hotel including all staff have been outstanding, from Graeme downstairs, Jaylee, Julie, Adelie, Tim and David from Avestar and Alvaro and the team from Wednesday night and of course all the banquet staff – I can’t speak highly enough of them. Chef went above and beyond preparing our ceviche for afternoon tea from the mornings catch yesterday – it seems nothing is a problem! The group have had a great stay – mostly thanks to a fantastic hotel with exceptional staff. Thank you again. It further instils our confidence in this great hotel and hope we get to work and recommend the hotel again very soon to clients!”

Melisa | CTM Sales Conference

 “Our time away as a team was a great success because of the great work from you and your team. The venue was amazing. The service we received from first contact until now has been first class. The food was exceptional.”

Marc Romano | San Clemente High School

 

Contact the Conference Team to discuss your next conference:
Website
Email
Phone: 02 4384 9111

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Dan

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.

Facilitator – Dan Beck

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
I enjoy generally working outdoors as a facilitator and never doing the same job twice as all groups are different.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
My favourite event is Archery as I am a bit of a closet Robin Hood

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Sometimes getting lost is a bit embarrassing 

My favourite hobbies are:
Canoeing and kayaking are my favourite hobbies along with most outdoor pursuits

What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I love listening to a BBC podcast called fighting talk which looks at premier League soccer from the UK.

What was the last book you read?:
The last book I read was My Friend Leonard by James Frey.

Favourite holiday?:
Favourite holiday is visiting family and friends back in Wales 

Have you ever had a nickname?:
No nickname sorry!
(However he is known by those in the Pinnacle Team as ‘Dangerous Dan’)

I am frightened by _____ :
Frightened by large needles.

Favourite movie of all time:
Favourite movie is probably The Good the bad and the ugly.

First concert I went to:
First concert was Iron Maiden circa 1990!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I really love living in Newcastle NSW 2nd choice may be Norway! 

What makes you angry:
What makes me angry is People who chuck cigarettes out of cars or on the Footpaths

What makes you laugh the most:
I always laugh at old Monty Python films

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Karaoke song always Wild Thing.