Travel Tips – Fiji

BULA! Well… Fiji was on my wife’s bucket list – not mine. But our recent trip there left me a touch more than pleasantly surprised. We decided on travel in October out of school holiday time to be more cost effective. After an obscenely early Sydney departure to Nadi with connecting mini bus then catamaran – we arrived at Plantation Island Resort.

With mixed reviews prior to booking here, we were blown away with the idyllic destination perfect for our young family. We splurged on a Beachfront Bure and it was worth every cent to walk out the front door onto the unbearably white sand, with two perfectly aligned palm trees and a swinging hammock. Two more steps and you were in the warm, clear blue water with fabulous snorkelling only metres from the shore. Our children were often found collecting coconuts, chasing hermit crabs and feeding the tropical fish.

We hired bright yellow retro Bula Bikes which were a fun family activity and easy transportation around the island. The children attended Kids Club when the activities suited their interest – tie dye tshirts and coconut boat making were a hit. They also loved the inflatable water park while we enjoyed the sailboats, kayaks and paddle boarding on offer. We had a breakfast and dinner buffet  package and all loved trying new cultured food and island inspired delicacies. The Coco Hut also provided us with a delectable coffee each morning while the kids slurped up fresh coconut water.

We had a day trip to Cloud 9 which is an adults only floating pontoon with snorkelling, sunbathing, music, bar and wood fire pizza on offer. All in all – this holiday represented tropical bliss with a fabulous mix of relaxation and adventure. I highly recommend it! Thank you (or should I say VINAKA?)

What’s on in April

After a long and sweaty Summer, the cooler months of Autumn are a welcome relief. However, it is also a good time to get out and enjoy the outdoors before the chill of Winter sets in and we all become homebodies. These events that will make you realise April is a great time of year for activities.

Newcastle

WHAT: Newcastle Beer Fest
WHEN: Saturday 7 April 2018
WHERE: Camp Shortland near Nobby’s Beach
INFO: Click here

Hunter Valley

WHAT: A little bit of Italy in Broke
WHEN: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April 2018
WHERE: Broke
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Cessnock STOMP Festival
WHEN: Sunday 8 April 2018
WHERE: Cessnock
INFO: Click here

Sydney

WHAT: Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 23 April – 20 May 2018
WHERE: Different venues throughout Sydney
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Sydney Racing Carnival
WHEN: Saturday 7th, 14th & 21st April 2018
WHERE: Randwick Racecourse
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Classic & Wooden Boat Festival
WHEN: Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April 2018
WHERE: Australian National Maritime Museum
INFO: Click here

South Coast/Southern Highlands

WHAT: Grapest 5K Run
WHEN: Saturday 7 April 2018
WHERE: Crooked River Wines Gerringong
INFO: Click here

WHAT: Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival
WHEN: Friday 6, SAturady 7 & Sunday 8 April 2018
WHERE: Station Street Thirroul
INFO: Click here

WHAT: KISS Arts Festival
WHEN: Friday 17 – Sunday 29 April 2018
WHERE: Kiama Harbour
INFO: Click here

Venue Spotlight – The Retreat Wisemans Ferry

The Retreat is a tranquil haven, nestled on 50 acres of the banks of the Hawkesbury River in the Rustic Village of Wisemans Ferry.

The Retreat is situated approximately 60km North-West of Sydney CBD which is easily accessible, yet sufficiently far away from the office. 54 well appointed rooms with King or Queen size beds. All rooms are available in single or twin share occupancy and we can accommodation up to 110 guests.

The Retreat offers a highly personalised service with the flexibility to meet your individual requirements.

Conference Capacity: 5 Conference Rooms for 2 to 80 Guests

Number of Accommodation Rooms: 54

Contact the Conference Team to discuss your next conference:
Website
Email
Phone: 02 4566 4422

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Tony

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.

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Seeing different beautiful locations

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Trivia nights

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
A 50+ year old lactating mother fill a glass with her own breast milk and then drink it in front of the entire group during a games night

My favourite hobbies are:
Windsurfing, Mountain biking, playing guitar
What I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Joe Rogan Experience

What was the last book you read?:
Tribe (non-fiction) by Sebastian Junger
Favourite holiday?:
NZ Mountain biking

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Fanny – (Antony- Anthony-Anfany-Fanny)

I am frightened by _____:
Regrets

Favourite movie of all time:
ATM –  Man on Fire but Donny Darko is up there all time

First concert I went to:
Spy versus Spy at Penrith Leagues Club

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I love where I live but if I had to move probably Bay of Islands in NZ

What makes you angry:
Laziness (often my own), lack of consideration of others, lack of empathy towards others

What makes you laugh the most:
Life, Bill Burr

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Faith No More – Midlife Crisis