Venue Spotlight – Pullman Magenta Shores

Each month for our Conference Venue Spotlight we will be giving venues the opportunity to detail a recent event held at their hotel or resort. This will help showcase the variety of ways their conference venue can be utilised for corporate events including spacing for conferencing, indoor & outdoor dinner options and of course, team building! This month we hear from the events team at Pullman Magenta Shores.

From Trivia Nights to the Amazing Race, Pullman Magenta Shores can cater for a multitude of different event & team building styles. With indoor meeting rooms showcasing floor to ceiling windows & golf course views, to large outdoor grassed areas & an 18 hole golf course, the opportunities are endless.

A memorable event that took place in early 2019, with a client from the surveying industry, consisted of 70 delegates. The aim for their event was to kick start 2019, get the teams together from interstate & have some fun to reward everyone after 2018.

The Conference was run over 2 & a half days in our Magenta 2 room & was a fair split between meetings & activities. The group enjoyed a fresh & healthy outdoor lunch at our BBQ Recreation area on their arrival followed by some casual rounds of tennis & a friendly game of soccer.

They then held a trivia night run by Mitch from Pinnacle Team Events after their buffet dinner on our lakeside lawn for the final evening of their event. 70 delegates attended the evening with the focus being a bit of friendly competition & fun.

Feedback received from the client was a huge thank you to Team Magenta & Pinnacle:

“A personal thank you to you and all the staff at Magenta as everyone was so friendly and helpful that it made my job a lot easier.”

To book your next conference at Pullman Magenta Shores contact:

02 4352 8100

[email protected]

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Andy

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:
I love that most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work! I’m usually having as much fun as the clients while I’m running around on the beach during an Amazing Race or dealing blackjack at a Casino Night.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
I had my first gig with Pinnacle in January last year.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
I love doing the Amazing Race events because you’re usually outside in a beautiful location and the challenges are heaps of fun.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
There have been a few but I’d have to say the time I spent a good five minutes explaining the rules of a challenge to a group only to discover that they weren’t actually participating in the event. To be fair, they could’ve stopped me at any time.

My favourite hobbies are:
I love reading, running, playing guitar and drinking beer (not necessarily in that order).

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I’ve been revisiting Kings of Leon lately. Also getting very into a podcast recommended to me by a friend called ‘S-Town’.

What was the last book you read?:
‘The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy’ by Greg Miller.

Favourite holiday?:
Road tripping across America in an RV with some good friends a few years back.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Nothing too interesting – I sometimes get Woody.

I am frightened by _____ :
Sharks, snakes and awkward silences.

Favourite movie of all time:
Forrest Gump (can quote a good 90% of it I reckon).

First concert I went to:
Grinspoon at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in 2003.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
So many places. I’d love to give New York a crack one day.

What makes you angry:
Slow walkers in shopping centres and not getting my sauce at the McDonald’s drive thru.

What makes you laugh the most: 
My friends and early Adam Sandler movies.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
My go-to jams are Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus and Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind.

Benefits of a Conference Offsite

Any person tasked with the job of organising their company conference will generally be seeking the same outcome; regardless of where the conference is held you want to ensure you get the most out of your time. Which brings us to one of the first hurdles you will face when organising a conference: deciding whether to hold the conference in-house or head offsite to a conference venue. Perhaps the biggest argument against hosting a conference offsite is the higher expenditure involved, both in the booking of an external venue & the fact that you’re taking your employees out of the office for a day.

You may find yourself wondering, is a conference offsite worth the time & money?

Team high five outdoors

Change of Scenery = Stimulating Creativity

Meeting in the same office space time & time again can starve the brain of creative stimulation. According to Forbes, 51% of workers said they weren’t engaged with 17% saying they were actively disengaged with their office environment. If you want to get your staff thinking out of the box, you need to get them out of the office box! A change of scenery may seem like such a small alteration to your delegates day-to-day, however it can have a significant impact on how your colleagues think & the way they brainstorm new ideas. Being in a new environment can encourage bolder ideas & a fresh perspective on old problems.

Increased Productivity & Focus

Offsite meetings are great for revitalising & re-energising your staff. For starters, your staff will feel important & valued by the investment your company has made. And because everyone has made a commitment to leave normal work behind for a day, they will be much more likely to fully engage with the conference content.

Avoid Interruptions

Taking the team offsite means they won’t be as easily distracted by their usual work surroundings. Think about the amount of time that is wasted by staff arriving late, checking their emails or answering phone calls. Heading offsite means your team will have less interruptions from the usual office riffraff = greater productivity!

Team Camaraderie

An off-site conference without the constraints of the normal working environment can make employees feel more relaxed leading to improved workplace relationships. Team members see each other in a different light and abilities emerge that may not be apparent in day-to-day office meetings. Ultimately the better your team know & trust each other, the more effective they will be as a team.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a conference offsite without a team building activity thrown in the mix! Regardless of how full your agenda is we have an activity that can be tailored to suit your plans & outcomes. After all, it can’t be all work & no play!

If you’re after some conference offsite inspiration we would suggest checking out our VENUES page!

How to Choose a Night Activity

Whether you’re flat out conferencing & don’t have the time for a day team activity or you’re simply wanting to add a bit of fun & laughter to your team dinner, we have a night activity for you! But how to choose the night activity that is best suited to your team?

Some questions to consider:

    • What style of meal are you planning for the dinner? Sit-down or cocktail style?
    • What kind of feel are you going for? Formal, casual or in between?
    • Does everyone in your group know each other well? Are they happy to be a bit silly in front of one another?

 

TRIVIA NIGHT

Our most popular night activity! Suited to groups wanting to have a casual activity to get everyone mingling at the end of the day or will compliment a formal awards dinner, our Trivia Night is so versatile! Our Trivia Night is not your average Pub trivia. General knowledge, themed topics, music trivia, movie and TV sound tracks, IQ/Brainteasers, team challenges, games and even skits make up our hilarious trivia challenge night activity.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal, whether it be a 3-course or buffet style
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time

CASINO NIGHT

Another one of our most versatile night activities! Our Casino Night can be tailored to suit a sit-down or cocktail style event & has been hosted for groups wanting a casual, fun night together as well as for groups wanting a more formal affair. You will have the option to include challenges throughout the evening for your delegates to earn additional chips for gambling. Once the meal service has concluded we will open the Casino tables – Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Horse Racing and Race of the Aces. Here the teams have the chance to improve on their earnings in an effort to have the most money at the end of the night.

Quick Tips:

  • Suited to groups having a sit-down meal OR cocktail style event
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time

GAMES NIGHT

Table groups compete against each other in a series of entertaining challenges that require group participation. The games will be a mixture of all-in team challenges & individual challenges, see below for some examples:

Example Team Challenges:

Foil Towers – Teams race against the clock to build the tallest tower using only foil

Balloon Mascots – Teams are given modelling balloons and asked to design a mascot that best reflects their team. Points are given based on imagination and reasoning

Example Individual Challenges:

Bottle Flick – Flick a ping-pong ball off the top of the bottle. Sounds easy, however most struggle…

Putt Putt – Delegates put their golfing skills to the test with a little twist. Sink the putt and score the points!

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal
  • Better suited to a more casual style dinner
  • Better suited to groups who know each other well or who don’t mind getting up in front of a group

CSI NIGHT

There has been a murder & teams must piece together the clues to determine what really happened, and then re-enact their own version of events to the remaining crowd. Our CSI Night is a hilarious “skit night” activity designed to coincide with your evening meal with teams performing after the main course. Groups are allocated time alone to gather their story and prepare to re-enact their own version of events to the remaining crowd of fellow investigators. The re-enactment must use the props, characters and also any key words that appear at the scene. However, the rest is left up to the interpretation of each team. You will be amazed at how many clever (usually extremely comical) versions of the murder will unfold before your eyes.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal
  • Better suited to a more casual style dinner
  • Better suited to groups who know each other well or who don’t mind getting up in front of a group

NIGHT AT THE RACES

Ladies & Gentlemen, get dressed in your best because we are off to the Races! Whether you are a punting enthusiast or a complete novice this is a great night of entertainment! Best suited to groups having an indoor, sit-down meal however can be tailored to suit a cocktail style event. All we require is a microphone, data projector & screen to recreate the hysteria of a day at the races.

Each delegate will receive play money and a form guide. With these in hand and the next race beckoning, punters will have to madly check the form and decide who their money will be on. Once all the bets are placed the race will be played on the big screen to the cheering of the crowd. In between each race, tables will compete against each other in team challenges, fashions on the field and various other outrageous games in which teams can win more money.

At the conclusion of the night, tables will pool together the cash they have accumulated from the races and other games. The table that makes the most amount of money will be the winning team.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal however can be tailored to a cocktail event
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time

MINUTE TO WIN IT

This hilarious and interactive evening will definitely be one to remember. Table groups compete against each other in a series of entertaining challenges that require participants to complete hilarious tasks. As the name suggests participants have the added pressure of time… with just ONE MINUTE TO WIN IT! For each challenge our host will ask for you to send one member from your team to the front of the room.

Example challenges include:

Bite the Bickie – Contestants will place an Oreo on their forehead and try to manoeuvre the biscuit down their face and into their mouth. Contestants can only use facial movements in their attempt to win.

Fish Head – Participants are given a fishing rod with a lamp shade attached to the end of the line. While blindfolded contestants must try to land the lamp shade on their head.

Elephant March – Participants must call on their inner Elephant to knock over as many items as possible using a makeshift “trunk”(a cricket ball inside a stocking)

Stack Attack – Contestants must arrange the cups into a perfect pyramid, then return them to their original stack. It’s harder than it looks!

Lolly Lift – Using a mini-elevator consisting of two pencils and string, contestants must lift three M&M’s into their mouth. The catch? The elevator is draped from ear to ear!

Bobble Head – With a pedometer strapped to their heads, contestants bounce their head up and down to register as many bobbles as possible within the minute.

Quick Tips:

  • Best suited to groups having a sit-down meal however can be tailored to a cocktail event
  • Better suited to a more casual style event
  • Suited to groups who know each other well or who don’t mind getting up in front of a group & being a bit silly

MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT

More of a shared experience than a team building activity, the aim of the game is very simple; solve a murder before the guilty party strikes again. What makes this activity truly special is that your guests play the chief murder suspects. Each member of your group will receive their very own character to play on the night. We will liaise with you in the lead-up to the event regarding who is best suited to play the major suspects (those people who are happy to perform in front of the whole group), minor suspects (those who are happy to play a minor role in the nights’ proceedings) and the rest of your attendees who are happy to play a background role, assisting in the spreading of both facts & rumours of who may have committed the crime!

From the start we encourage everyone to mingle in character and find out as much as they can. This creates atmosphere and helps your guests get into the spirit of the night. The night is divided into two 30-40 minute sets and begins when the Chief Inspector stands in the middle of the room and questions the major suspects. As the second act draws to a close everyone is given the opportunity to write down who they think is the murderer. Some of these theories are read out and finally the murderer is revealed to much applause.

Quick Tips:

  • Suited to groups having a sit-down meal OR cocktail style event
  • Can be tailored to suit a casual or formal style dinner
  • Works for groups who know each other well OR who may be meeting for the first time
  • We also totally encourage groups to get into the theme of the night & dress up!

HONKYTONK

An evening event that is sure to get the party started. HonkyTonk presents a post dinner band formed to host corporate functions and get delegates on the dance floor. The combination of called dances mixed with contemporary music is a formula that has been developed to get your delegates dancing, caught up in the atmosphere and theme of the night, away from the dinner tables, and mixing with each other as they twist and twirl the night away, resulting in a totally unique and very memorable event.

All the dances are called and taught on the night and the music alongside the dances ranges from American country and western– Dolly, Kenny and Johnny– to Australian classics done in our own style that pays homage to great Australian artists/bands such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, the Easybeats, Men at Work, AC/DC and many others.

If your group like to dress up the Country and Western theme adds a great energy to the night and ensures your delegates will look the part as they dance the night away as a whole group.

Quick Tips:

  • Suited to groups having a sit-down meal OR cocktail style event
  • Suited to a more casual or semi-casual style evening
  • Works for groups who know each other fairly well
  • Again, dressing up is definitely encouraged! Tap into your inner cowboy/cowgirl & boot-scoot the night away.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Corey

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:
Getting out and having fun facilitating awesome activities with great people at amazing locations!

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
A little over 1 month – Freshy!

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Tough choice… Maybe Survivor

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Nothing yet… I’m sure it’s not too far away though.

My favourite hobbies are:
Waterskiing, 4wding, Camping.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Mansionair

What was the last book you read?:
Anthony Kiedis – Scar Tissue

Favourite holiday?:
Fraser Island

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Too many to list… longest lasting has been PB (after Party Boy Corey Worthington)

I am frightened by _____ :

Early Mornings

Favourite movie of all time:
Hot Tub Time Machine

First concert I went to:
John Butler Trio

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

What makes you angry:
Nothing too much makes me angry… Maybe when your schnitzel comes out served on top of your chips – making them soggy!

What makes you laugh the most:
I spend a fair bit of time on the road and find myself laughing at the (lack of) abilities of other drivers very regularly.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
I wouldn’t make anybody suffer through my singing! But Mr. Brightside is my favourite song!

Conference Venue Spotlight – Raffertys Resort

Each month for our Conference Venue Spotlight we will be giving venues the opportunity to detail a recent event held at their hotel or resort. This will help showcase the variety of ways their conference venue can be utilised for corporate events including spacing for conferencing, indoor & outdoor dinner options and of course, team building! This month we hear from the events team at Raffertys Resort.

Education In a Resort Location

One of Raffertys Resort’s repeat clients bring with them a fresh troop of hospitality students for a TRI ATHLON OF EVENTS (how punny), or as they like to call it a “leadership conference”, throughout the year. With an emphasis on “being in a professional environment” the conference is based on development and education. With two main conference areas, two fully equipped restaurants, share style accommodation and loads of space, Raffertys is the perfect location for groups wanting to combine conferencing and team building. 

Arriving on a Friday for a morning of conferencing, the group of 65 then participated in the Escape Room Challenge. Using our Loft Villas each team was “locked” in the accommodation rooms with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. The teams got busy following clues, solving puzzles and unlocking the secrets to ESCAPE! 

On the Friday evening a private buffet dinner in our Jetty Restaurant and a night of bush dancing was held, giving the teachers and students a chance to relax, unwind and socialise.

Saturday morning started with a buffet breakfast with 180-degree water views of Lake Macquarie, followed by a morning conference in our largest conference space, The John Taaffe/Catherine Hill room.

The team then head outdoors taking advantage of our 35 acres with a game of Survivor. Separated into tribes each team competes in a range of challenges spaced around the resort grounds and foreshore. Each challenge required the tribes to outwit, outplay and outlast their rival teams.

The staff at Raffertys received great feedback from the event:

“Just want to say this was probably our ‘best ever’ leadership conference. Everything went really well and the food was excellent. Absolutely top marks to the staff involved throughout the resort. We will have to see if we can top it next term. On a serious note, the ability to be located up the top for the whole conference was a big bonus and was far more ‘business professional’ for us, which is what we are trying to portray to the students.”

To book your next conference at Raffertys Resort, contact:

Sam Cable – Conference & Events Sales Manager
02 4972 555 ext 2
0411 447 548
[email protected]

Top Team Building Activities for the Central Coast

The Central Coast is known for its pristine beaches, incredible national parks and picturesque waterways. You are also spoiled for choice when it comes to conference venues with a range of hotels & resorts available to suit any taste or requirement. Located only 1 hour from Sydney, it is the perfect location for your next conference!

We’ve put a list together of our top team building ideas for the Central Coast for your next conference offsite:

Beach Olympics

With so many beautiful beaches located throughout the Central Coast it is easy to see why the Beach Olympics is so popular in this region. If you’re heading to a seaside conference venue such as Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Pullman Magenta Shores, Bells Killcare or Wamberal SLSC we can organise a council permit for use of the beach nearby. Beaches we regularly use include Terrigal Beach, The Beach at Magenta Shores, Putty Beach, Toowoon Bay & Wamberal Beach. For the other conference venues we work with on the Central Coast including Mantra Ettalong, Mercure Kooindah Waters, Raffertys Resort & Noonaweena, we would modify the activity to suit a large grassed area & host a Mini Olympics instead.

Amazing Race

Amazing Race teams running

We have multiple versions of our Amazing Race activity that we can tailor to suit your conference venue. Venues such as Crowne Plaza Terrigal & the Mantra Ettalong are best suited to our Amazing Race Urban Search, where teams navigate their way around the local urban streets undertaking team-based challenges as well as collecting scavenger items & completing photo missions. Conference resorts such as Pullman Magenta Shores, Mercure Kooindah Waters & Raffertys Resort are better suited to our Amazing Race onsite version, where teams navigate their way around the conference venue undertaking team challenges and solving IQ tests that have been hidden in different locations around the resort.  

Scramble

Photo on smart device of a team jumping

The Scramble activity is a modified version of our Amazing Race suited to teams that might be tight on time or budget. Similar to the Amazing Race, the Scramble can be tailored to suit a Resort or City/Urban area.

Morning Exercise Sessions

What better way to kick off the day than with a morning exercise session! Whether it’s a bootcamp on the beach, an indoor yoga or simply a morning walk – we have an exercise session to suit your team. Exercise sessions include:

Yoga: No longer the back-breaking moves of old, Modern Yoga is surprisingly effective as a form of exercise, flexibility training, and relaxation.

Pilates: A challenging workout for a fitter and stronger individual, Pilates promotes balance, flexibility, strength, and conscious muscle control.

Zumba: As soon as your delegates hear the music they will want to shake and shimmy their way through this morning session – lots of laughs!

Gym Circuit: Utilising the resort or hotel gym, Pinnacle will design a program to suit numbers and ability levels. Loads of fun and a good way to do some weight training.

Tai Chi: This ancient martial art used in modern times is the most peaceful way to exercise. Promoting improved joint range of motion, breathing, circulation, muscle tone and focusing of the mind.

Morning Walk: This session involves a long or short walk and can also include some stretching techniques. The walk explores the surrounds of the conference venue.

Boot Camp: An outdoor cardio circuit with plenty of variety suitable for all fitness levels. Designed to get your heart-rate up with simple movements.

Boxercise: Wake your delegates up with the fast pace of Boxercise. Designed to be a high heart rate session that encompasses fitness, boxing technique and lots of movement. No contact occurs.

Sandcastle Competition – Contact us for more info!

A traditional team building event where teams will be competing against each other in a Sandcastle Competition on the beach. The group will be given advice on how to create the best sandcastle and achieve impressive results with East Coast Australian sand.

Each team will be issued with equipment to build their castle that includes:

  • Buckets of various sizes
  • Etching tools
  • Paint brushes
  • Craft supplies: Flags & Dagwood dog sticks

Prize Categories Include:

  • Tallest Tower – The tallest overall sand castle measured from ground to the top tip.
  • Longest Bridge Span – The longest self-supported bridge span.
  • Deepest Moat – The deepest moat with water will win this prize.
  • Best Detailing – The sandcastle using the most detail and effect.
  • Best on Show – The overall best Sandcastle of them all!

Cocktail Master Class

What could be more relaxing than finishing off a day of conferencing with a Cocktail Master Class? The Cocktail Master Class will give your team the chance to get behind the bar and mix up a storm in an exciting and interactive environment! This fantastic event is hosted by our team of professional bottle spinners who will start the evening with a bells and whistles demonstration of cocktail making followed by a master class in the art of mixing drinks. Your group will make four delicious cocktails throughout the duration of the class, with the first three cocktails being preselected from our list of 13 cocktails. Think of all the classics; Cosmopolitan, Martini, Mojito and many more!

For the fourth and final cocktail the competition begins! Your delegates will get shaking and stirring to design their very own unique cocktail. All ingredients and equipment will be readily available to get the creative juices mixing & flowing! Teams will be judged by our Cocktail Master on taste, the enticing name of their cocktail and a sales pitch which they must present in front of the group.

Blimp My Ride

Teams must design and build their very own blimp that will fly across the conference room. This fun and colourful challenge sees teams using enormous helium balloons and a variety of resources to create a blimp. Teams have the chance to gain extra resources by solving team based challenges. The more successful your team is at the challenges the more resources you will attain.

The scrap heap includes cardboard, tape, string, weights, propellers, balloons, fans, paper clips, pens, paper and much more. It is up to the team to attach their resources aiming to transport their blimp from one side of the conference room to the other. This event is fun, interactive and engaging for all. It requires design, creativity, construction, ingenuity and will finish with a sky of colour.

Option One: 60 – 90 minutes

Teams are given equal equipment to build their Blimps, and the final flying challenge will test the overall success of the task.

Option Two: 2 – 3 hours

Teams must earn the pieces of their Blimp by successfully completing a series of team based tasks.

Tikes on Bikes

The Concept

Tikes on Bikes is a unique activity that provides delegates with an immense sense of achievement, unity and pride in their company.

Delegates will assemble a brand new bike out of the box under the assumption someone from within the team will race their newly built bike. However the twist occurs in the tail of the event when the delegates donate the brand new bikes to underprivileged kids from a local charity group.

How It Works

Delegates will be divided into teams and participate in a lead in activity. As part of the final challenge, teams are presented with a box containing parts to build a bike. They will be lead to believe that each team will need to nominate a champion cyclist to compete in the BMX race. The team who wins the BMX race will win the activity.

Just before the bikes are taken outside for the race delegates will be informed that they are actually donating the bikes they have built to underprivileged children. Each child will be specifically matched up with a bike of the right size and given a helmet so they can begin riding immediately.

Delegates will have the opportunity to personally give the bikes to the children and get photos of the unique experience.

Most Popular Team Building Activities for 2018/2019

The results are in! We have collated all the data & we have the results for our most popular team building activities for the 2018/2019 financial year!

most popular team activities for this financial year

And the award for most popular team building activity goes to…

THE AMAZING RACE

For the second year in a row, teams just can’t seem to get enough of our Amazing Race activity. A versatile activity that can be hosted anywhere, whether it’s onsite at your conference resort or in the local area surrounding your office, and is suited to any group with a range of fitness levels & skill-sets.

The Amazing Race is an action-packed adventure where teams navigate their way around the local area undertaking team-based challenges. Speed is not always the deciding factor with an emphasis on teamwork, planning, problem-solving and of course having fun. Even though it is called a ‘race’, it is not the first team back who are crowned the winners. Instead, the winners are determined by how many points each of the teams earn at the roadblock activity sites.

“Our top sales performers participated in The Amazing Race, wine tasting, beer tasting and archery. The team building activity was a highlight of our conference, super fun and very well organised. Thank you to Phil for facilitating this impactful activity.”
Randstad, 2019

“On behalf of the Mirvac Residential Business Operations and Finance teams, I would like to say a HUGE thank you for yesterday! From initial consultation right through to implementation, dealing with yourselves and your team has been a delight. The activity was a huge success and was executed perfectly. We cannot thank you enough.”
Mirvac, 2019

Most popular outdoor team activities

  1. Amazing Race
  2. Survivor
  3. Mini Olympics
  4. Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting
  5. Wine Olympics

And the award for the most popular Indoor team building activity goes to…

TIKES ON BIKES

The past year has been the year for charity style team building activities, with our Corporate Social Responsibility style events in high demand. Our Tikes on Bikes activity is another oldie but a goodie, and has stood the test of time in terms of delivering an emotionally charged event that leaves delegates with an immense sense of achievement, unity and pride in their company.

We lead your delegates to believe that they are participating in a regular team building challenge that culminates in a bike race. Delegates will be divided into teams and participate in a lead activity made up of competitive, problem-solving challenges. As part of the final challenge, teams are presented with a box containing parts to build a bike. They will be lead to believe that each team will need to nominate a champion cyclist to compete in the BMX race. The team who wins the BMX race will win the activity.

Just before the bikes are taken outside for the race delegates will be informed that they are actually donating the bikes they have built to underprivileged children. Each child will be specifically matched up with a bike of the right size and given a helmet so they can begin riding immediately.

Delegates will have the opportunity to personally give the bikes to the children and get photos of the unique experience.

“Always hard to choose the ‘right’ team building activity. Well this one nailed it! They all thought they were building the bikes to race each other on, only to find, as you said, the much bigger picture when those kids walked in. It was a truly magic moment!”
Atlas Copco, 2019

“Just wanted to thank you and your team for what can only be described as an A1 event! Beautifully executed, the team had so much fun doing it – and actually felt like it had been worthwhile on a deeper level, which is incredibly humbling and not something you generally get from these types of activities! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone who asked!”
Charter Hall, 2019

Most popular indoor team activities

  1. Tikes on Bikes
  2. Grape to Glass
  3. Corporate Drumming
  4. Project Pipeline
  5. Escape

And the award for the most popular Night team building activity goes to…

TRIVIA NIGHT

A mass of colourful question marks piled on top of one another

Again, for the second year in a row the Trivia Night has proved to be our most popular night team building activity. Great as a ‘getting to know you’ activity or for any group simply wanting to add some light entertainment to their dinner event – the Pinnacle Trivia Night never disappoints.

This isn’t your average pub trivia. Pinnacle is ingenious at tailoring this interactive trivia challenge to any group. It will prove to be unlike any other trivia night you have ever attended. The games we play throughout the night are hysterical and we can guarantee that your delegates will be laughing from start to finish.

Between each round of questions, the tables volunteer delegates to participate in crazy challenge activities (which makes the evening very interactive). Music trivia, movie, and TV sound tracks are on the menu as well as IQ/Brainteasers.

We will fit in with the agenda of the evening and usually fill the space between the entree and the main, the main and the dessert. At the completion of the event the results are tallied up and prizes are presented to the winning team.

“The feedback I received around this event was great. The team enjoyed the activity and a lot of the attendees actually requested that this feedback be sent. Great interaction with our guys, and the lead up organisation was easy.  Great people to deal with.”
MSD, 2019

“As always the Pinnacle staff are amazing. Ruth & Mitch have been accommodating with our date change and making it a fun and memorable night for all the staff.”
Harvey Norman, 2018

Most popular Night team activities

  1. Trivia Challenge Night
  2. Casino Night
  3. CSI Night

Conference Venue Spotlight – Noonaweena

Some conference venues offer outstanding facilities. Others, a quiet setting so you can get down to business. But what other unique conference venue gives you both at the same time? Noonaweena offers you the best of both worlds – and much more.

From Day-Only Conferences for larger groups to unique tailor-made Conference Packages that include overnight stays, Noonaweena offers exclusive private use of the venue for the duration of your stay. We can now accommodate up to 30 delegates on-site.

Audio-visual equipment can be easily booked and ranges from professional quality overhead projectors and screens to videos, DVD’s, lecterns and microphones. In fact, you name it, and we’ll either have it – or specifically obtain it for your conference!

And after you’ve worked hard, where else but Noonaweena offers such a wide range of activities? You’ll find horse riding, paintball, bush walking and golf all within easy driving distance. Closer to home, you can also enjoy team building activities, our undercover BBQ area and of course, our inviting pool that overlooks the stunning Yengo National Park.

Conference capacity overnight: 32

Day conference capacity: 50

Rooms: 16

Testimonials:

“Loved the balance between professional service and friendly informality. It is a beautiful facility staffed by fantastic people.”
– Jeff Mann

“Last week we held a small conference at Noonaweena and I have to say that our staff loved the “Noonaweena” experience. Many thanks for making their time out of the office so enjoyable.”
– SANITARIUM

Contact:

P. 02 4376 1290
E. [email protected]

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Amanda

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.

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
3 months and counting.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
The Amazing Race was the first event I did with Pinnacle so it’s the closest to my heart.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
When a participant drew me as a stick figure with spaghetti hair and told me it was a spitting image of me! Ummm no haha!

My favourite hobbies are:
Dancing, going for long drives, hikes and just being outdoors in amongst nature but also hanging out with friends.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
I really enjoy most genres of music so it’s hard to pick just 1 band, but Boyce Avenue are a good one.

What was the last book you read?:
I’ve often got more than 1 book going at the same time and they’re all very different…at the moment it’s Spiral Dynamics Integral, Barefoot Investor and The Real Christ.

Favourite holiday?:
My trip to the USA a few years back when I got to see many places that I often see in the movies I watch. 

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Sooo many!! Manda, Mandy, Mandoo, Zak, A-man-dahh, Amanda-hug-n-kiss, Dudie, Dude, Alien and the list goes on…

I am frightened by _____ :
The seagulls in Sydney!!! They’re crazy and they have no fear!! 

Favourite movie of all time:
The Lion King…gets me every time! But also, Cool Runnings! Can still quote the whole movie.

First concert I went to:
There’s been so many I can’t remember the first one I went to. 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m still on the hunt to find my forever home but at this stage I’m pretty happy in Sydney. It has the best of everything, beaches, bush, suburbia, city, snow or mountain ranges only a few hours away…it’s got it all!!

What makes you angry:
When the people I love get treated badly by others. 

What makes you laugh the most:
Dad jokes! Or veryyy lame jokes.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Can’t go wrong with the old 90’s and 00’s boy bands…e.g. Backstreet boys, Hanson, Nsync, Boyz II Men etc.