Take 5 with Pinnacle – Peter

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 do you love about hosting Murder Mystery events?
The laughter. Hearing a group or team laughing together over the course of a night is “the best medicine”. I love helping groups “let their hair down” after a long day’s, week’s or even year’s hard work. 

Favourite moment as a corporate Murder Mystery facilitator:
At one of the first corporate functions I hosted, a female executive told me to my face that she hated these sort of nights. At the end of the night, she led the conga line and told me what a great night she’d had. It’s always nice to win people over. 

Do you have a favourite Murder Mystery theme?
I’m pretty fond of our 1930s Chicago Ganster theme. 

Most embarrassing moment as a facilitator:
I always make a “dramatic exit” at the end of a night. One night I thought I was running out of the room but ran into a glass door and gashed my head. One of the waitresses was studying to be a nurse and patched me up. 

My favourite hobbies are:
Running and song writing. 

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Queen/Fizzics Ed podcast 

What was the last book you read?:
Running Like a Girl

Favourite holiday?:
My honeymoon in Bali

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Shermie (Inspector Sherman Jones)

I am frightened by:
Angry people.

Favourite movie of all time:
Back to the Future

First concert I went to:
Status Quo

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
Ireland. My ancestor’s are from there

What makes you angry:
Injustice

What makes you laugh the most:
Presently, John Oliver

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
American Pie

Conference Venue Spotlight – Australian Turf Club

Events by ATC at the heart of Sydney Racing, Royal Randwick, and the recently refurbished Rosehill Gardens offer Sydney’s most versatile venues for Indoor and Outdoor team building activities.

Winners at the last four consecutive Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence NSW, our world-class team and multi-purpose venues are at the forefront of the Sydney events and functions industry.

With award winning catering, complimentary high density Wi-Fi throughout and free onsite parking, our exclusive venues are a winning combination for your next event.

Conference Capacity – Theatre style up to 2000pax

Testimonials: 

The Royal Randwick facility is fantastic. We have held events at all the major convention centres in the country and I can honestly say the facilities and the staff are exceptional. The level of professionalism and customer service at Randwick is light years ahead of other venues. We look forward to returning there for our next event.

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 The whole team at the Australian Turf Club provided excellent service from start to finish. The venue is really well suited to host both grand and intimate events and the production crew, catering and support staff really looked after us for our flagship summit. I’d like to thank everyone at ATC for an outstanding job.
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Huawei ICT Roadshow

Contact:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1300 729 668

Top 10 team building ideas for your work Christmas party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it is fast approaching! Have you been given the mammoth task of organising your end of year work celebrations? Are you stuck for ideas and yet to lock anything in? Now is the time to start planning and securing your preferred Christmas party date as we are already starting to book out on some dates in December! To get you into the Christmas Spirit and to help with your planning, we have put together a list of our top 10 team building ideas for your work Christmas party.

ginger bread man with candy cane and christmas presents

Amazing Race

Bring on that end of year feeling with a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt! Just like an end of year muck up day without the chance of being arrested, our Amazing Race is the perfect way to see out the work year.

Amazing Race teams running

Tikes on Bikes

The gift of giving! Christmas is a time for giving and also a time to remember others who may not be as fortunate as ourselves. So why not make a difference and get your team together to build & donate some bikes to underprivileged kids.

Mini/Beach Olympics

What says ‘Australian Christmas’ more than spending the day at the beach with your buddies!

Grape to Glass

Drink and be Merry! Delicious wine is a crucial part of the holidays and in this activity each of your delegates will receive their very own bottle of wine to take home!

a glass of white wine next to some wine grapes and a glass of red wine next to a bunch of red grapes

Laser Clay Shooting

After something little more lowkey & social? Our Laser Clay shooting can even be enjoyed with a drink in hand if desired!

Person aiming laser clay gun

Trivia

Whether you’re thinking of having a themed party for your Christmas event or simply wanting some entertainment over dinner, our Trivia Night can be tailored to suit your event!

Casino Night

Our Casino Night is perfectly suited to a classier or canapes style Christmas event.

Minute to Win It

Did someone say silly season? This series of ridiculous 60-second challenges will have your delegates in hysterics!

Water Taxi Treasure Hunt

Wanting to really spoil your team for the end of year function? Spend the day checking out all the sites on Sydney Harbour whilst solving clues & competing in challenges in our Water Taxi Treasure Hunt.

Sydney Harbour city visa with bridge and boats

Corporate Drumming

Finish the end of the work year with a bang and lift the spirits of everyone in your office with the beat of a drum.

Group of people playing with different coloured musical tubes

What can chickens tell us about the success of teams in the workplace?

THE EXPERIMENT

In the 1990’s professor William M Muir conducted an experiment to determine how he could increase the egg-laying productivity of hens. To do this, he began with one flock of average hens. Muir then selectively bred the best egg-producing hens for six generations to create a flock of ‘superchickens’. In addition, Muir also kept another group of average chickens whom simply bred normally. At the end of the six generations, Muir found that the group of average chickens were healthy and egg production had increased. Sadly on the other hand, the productivity of the superchickens had decreased and all but three chickens had pecked each other to death.

Does this sound familiar or have you worked in an environment like this?

infographic with questions asking whether you are a superchicken

WHAT DOES THIS TELL US ABOUT TEAMS?

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen we recently shared a link to a TED Radio Hour, The Meaning of Work. In this episode, serial entrepreneur and “management thinker” Margaret Heffernan discusses how this superchicken method of building teams, where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others, has been extensively used by companies over the last 50 years. And by only selecting the superstars and giving them all the resources and power, the result has been much the same as William Muir’s experiment: aggression, dysfunction and waste. She argues that “if the only way the most productive can be successful is by suppressing the productivity of the rest, then we badly need to find a better way to work and a richer way to live.” Margaret Heffernan.

SO, WHAT MAKES A TEAM MORE PRODUCTIVE OR SUCCESSFUL THAN ANOTHER?

According to Heffernan, collaboration is key! Working together & alongside other brilliant people towards a mutual goal is the way forward in the modern workforce. Heffernan sites a MIT study that found the groups that worked best together exhibited the following three things:

  1. Social sensitivity (empathy) towards each other
  2. Everyone had and gave equal time and contribution
  3. There were more women in the successful groups than in the groups that failed

Heffernan goes on to explain that the best way to manage and motivate people is through social capital: the reliance and interdependency that builds trust. Trust takes time, but trust also compounds over time. Teams that work together for longer get better because it takes time to develop the trust you need for real candour and openness. She sites a company that implemented something as simple as synchronising coffee breaks so that people would have more time to talk to each other. The results were that profits went up 15 million dollars and employee satisfaction went up 10 percent.

Social capital turns good ideas into great ones because teams push and challenge each other through honest discussion and collaboration.

Lego man inside chicken suit

Most popular team activities for 2017/2018

We have collated all the data for the 2017/2018 financial year and the results for the most popular team activities are in!

infographic with graphs revealing the Amazing Race, Grape to Glass and Trivia Night as the most popular activities

Most popular team activity overall/Most popular outdoor activity

The Amazing Race

Amazing Race teams running

The Amazing Race TV show first graced our TV screens back in 2001 and our team building version is still just as popular as ever! The Amazing Race is great for groups of all sizes and physical abilities. Unlike the show, the winner of the Amazing Race is not the first team to reach the finish line. Instead, teams make their way to various road block activity sites where they compete in points-based challenges. The team with the most points at the end is the winner! The activity hones in on a teams’ ability to communicate, problem solve and work together.

Most popular outdoor team activities

  1. Amazing Race
  2. Survivor
  3. Mini Olympics
  4. Carnivale
  5. Wine Olympics

Most Popular indoor team activity

Grape to Glass

a glass of white wine next to some wine grapes and a glass of red wine next to a bunch of red grapes

A team building activity & wine tasting all rolled into one? Yes please! It is no surprise that our Grape to Glass was the most popular team activity for indoor events. In this activity your group will be split into teams of approximately 8 people. On each table will be either three bottles of Red (Tempranillo, Cabernet & Shiraz) OR 3 bottles of White (Chardonnay, Semillon & Verdelho). Lead by your very own Hunter Valley winemaker, your group will be taken through a brief wine tasting & lesson on what goes into making a delicious blend of wine. Teams will then be given the task of not only blending the 3 wines in front of them to create the most ideal balance, but also designing their very own unique wine label and putting together a sales pitch which they will present in front of the group. The more original and entertaining the better! A bottle of the winning blend complete with winning label design will be distributed to every member of the group to drink as they wish post-event. A great team activity for groups wanting to show off their sales skills or creative side!

Most popular indoor team activities

  1. Grape to Glass
  2. Corporate Drumming
  3. Tikes on Bikes
  4. Escape
  5. Bridge to Unity

Most popular night team activity

Trivia Night

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

Not the average pub trivia you’re probably used to! In between each round of questions (which can include general knowledge, themed questions or music trivia) each team volunteers a member to participate in crazy challenge activities which makes the evening super fun & very interactive. Example challenges include:

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!

Balloon Burst – Blow up a balloon, tie a knot in the end and burst the balloon between the knees.

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

Eddy the Egg – Teams construct a space capsule device out of straws and tape to catch a raw egg dropped from 2 metres

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

Most popular Night team activities

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

Take 5 with Pinnacle – Matt

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.

Matthew Slee Tulloch wine maker

How long have you worked at Tulloch Wines:
6 Years

What do you think is special about the Hunter Valley wine region:
Beautiful scenery matched with world class wines

What do you love about working at Tulloch:
Getting to meet so many great new people every day

What do you love about partnering with Pinnacle on corporate team events:
I get to travel to some beautiful parts of NSW and then present a fun activity

Favourite moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Watching nearly 300 participants in the Grape to Glass activity successfully producing a blend

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Having to tell some of those very proud producers of a blend that Tulloch wines probably wasn’t going to start making their blend full time

My favourite hobbies are:
I am always thinking about my next overseas trip / Wine tasting of course!

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Stereolab / Stuff you should know

What was the last book you read?:
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Favourite holiday?:
New York City

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Yes, Tammy,  I wore my name badge upside down once!

I am frightened by _____ :
Heights

Favourite movie of all time:
Ghostbusters

First concert I went to:
Beastie Boys

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

What makes you angry:
Not enough Hunter Valley wines on Sydney restaurant lists

What makes you laugh the most:
Puns (I know it’s a terrible habit)

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
If you could get me on stage, Sympathy for the Devil

Conference Venue Spotlight – InterContinental Double Bay

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is an exclusive address offering luxury and privacy at its finest, located in the leafy Eastern Suburbs village of Double Bay. Retreat to this boutique 5-star Sydney hotel reminiscent of a private residence, and relax in one of 140 light-filled guest rooms and suites or range of unique meeting spaces and experiences.

Photo of the Intercon Double Bay

Meet in luxury; with various spaces sure to impress such as the grand pillarless ballroom, French provincial courtyard or multiple meeting rooms complete with built in audio-visual and all conveniently located on the same floor. Add a twist to your itinerary with a gin masterclass in award winning Stillery bar, lunch on the rooftop with spectacular views of the bay or relish in an unforgettable dining experience in Stockroom restaurant.

Conference Capacity:

7 function rooms which can accommodate from 10 – 450 pax

Number of Accommodation Rooms:

140 accommodation rooms

Testimonials:

“Thanks for the follow up, all went really well over the weekend. I must say your staff were brilliant all weekend and any request or help we needed, they went above and beyond to assist with so that was very much appreciated. Everyone was very complimentary of the hotel, the facilities etc. and we are already putting plans in place for the same camp to be held back there again next year once dates are locked in. The ability to have the entire conference floor and those overflow rooms on the same floor worked so well and made everything so much easier with the schedule and timings etc.”

“We want to thank you and all the team for a thoroughly enjoyable experience before and during our recent event at the Intercontinental Double Bay. To pull off a conference of this size takes a large group of dedicated people and I thank you for bringing your group to our party.

I think all the staff are wonderful and world class but, like in all things, there were a few that stood out and shined among the high standard of quality employed by the hotel. I had the privilege of personally witnessing the proactive extra effort of Abbie, Jean Kevin ( banquet manager), Kewal, Astrid, Anna, Sally, and Nathalie over the course of the three days I spent as your guest.  Please let them know that they impressed some pretty jaded and experienced individuals on my team.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge Holly’s contribution to the success of our event. In the months leading up to our show as well as on the day, Holly calmly listened and reacted, and from our point of view, it sometimes seemed that Holly was a member of our team.  What was promised was delivered, even some of the crazy requests. I can’t remember ever in my career working with anyone from a hotel or convention facility who engenders a more collegial spirit while expertly navigating the tricky waters inherent in all client- venue relationships. Her manner and positive attitude in all aspects of this endeavour was noticed not only by myself but also by my boss. Holly, like many of the staff assigned to us over the course of our time in the hotel, made my job easier and that is pretty special.  

We really appreciate all the efforts, flexibility and the smiles that greeted us at every turn. Thank you!”

 

For all enquiries and more information contact the Conference & Events team on:
E: [email protected]
PH: 02 8388 8388

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of our most frequently asked questions to help in your organising for your next team event!

pinnacle team events infographic on frequently asked questions

Where are your team building programs delivered?

Pinnacle Team Events is a mobile service based in NSW that operates all over Australia. Our events take place wherever you are planning your next team gathering be it a conference venue, office building, restaurant, park or beach – we will have an event to suit your needs.

Who are your facilitators?

Pinnacle Team Events is a tight-knit team of corporate facilitators and event organisers who share a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. We do this through facilitating corporate programs and arranging events that are thought provoking, educational and motivating. We genuinely love what we do and have an endless amount of energy to share with our clients. To get to know us a little more head to our About Us page.

How long do your team building programs go for?

The event times vary depending on the client’s agenda from 30 minutes to a full day. Most events run for 2-4 hours.

How much notice do you need for an event booking?

All our events require pre-planning to ensure a successful program on the day so usually 2-3 weeks’ notice. The larger the event the more lead time is required up to 2-3 months; however that said we have come to the rescue for many groups and hosted an event with 24 hours’ notice on several occasions!

How much do your team building programs cost?

Each of the events has its own pricing based on the time frame, number of people and location. Therefore, please contact us to receive a quote based on your specific requirements.

What if we book an outdoor event and it is raining on my event day?

For all our outdoor events we supply a wet weather back up event in case of rain on the day. This wet weather event is included within the price; we simply need an indoor location to host this event. Usually the indoor location is the clients conference room or their office. Please call us to discuss the specifics of your event to determine the best option.

When will you arrive onsite for my event?

Generally, for most events your host facilitator will be onsite 30 mins – 1 hour before start time.

Can we incorporate our conference theme, company values or a specific message into the event?

Absolutely! No two events are ever the same and we are happy to tailor the activity to suit your desired outcomes for the day. We will work with you to creatively incorporate your conference theme, new product, core values or any other ideas you have into the challenges or overall activity.

How do you choose charities for your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events?

We’re happy to work with the charitable organisation of your choice. If you don’t have one, we’ll contact charities that we’ve worked with in the past or that are local to you and recommend a good fit.

How do I know which team building activity will best suit my team?

Most clients have some idea of what they would like to get out of an activity e.g. work on communication, work as one team, focus on leadership or just have fun. However, most clients are unsure as to which programs will best suit their desired outcomes. Don’t worry! We are here to help. We will work closely with you to understand your needs and objectives and suggest the activities that will suit you best.

What group sizes can you work with?

We’ve delivered programs for groups ranging in size from 8 – 1,000 participants, and are happy to work with you to design an activity to suit your group if your numbers exceed 1,000.

10 Affordable Team Building Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

In the initial stages of planning an event you should always determine all the major details such as number of participants, date/time, location and of course, budget. And just because you don’t have a huge budget doesn’t mean you can’t host an affordable team building event.

The many benefits of regular team building range from increased productivity and better communication to more team support and less conflicts within the workplace. According to CEO of O2E brands, Brian Scudamore, “…team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.” (Read more here)

But for a lot of businesses, we understand that budget can be an issue and it can be hard to make team building a priority without breaking the bank. First of all, there are plenty of affordable team building programs out there and second, instead of viewing team building as something that is only splurged on, companies should be looking at team building as an investment for the future. Friday night drinks or a team afternoon at lawn bowls are examples of more affordable team building options and great fun however tend to miss the mark in getting teams cohesively working together.

We’ve put together a list of our top 10 affordable team building ideas for those groups who have to be a little more budget conscious.

City/Resort Scramble

Photo on smart device of a team jumping

The Scramble is a modified version of our Amazing Race event for those groups tight on time and or budget. This exciting outdoor event will see teams race around the local area taking team photos, collecting scavenger items, solving IQ Tests and passing through a roadblock challenge activity site.

Teams will be issued a map of the local area showing their start, finish and roadblock location and a list of photos to take and scavenger items to collect. Teams aim to outscore their opponents with each scavenger item, team photo and correct IQ answer adding to their score. When teams arrive at the final location they submit their items, photos and answers to the Pinnacle team for marking.

Location: Outdoors – all areas around the resort or urban areas

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Team work, problem solving

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Person aiming laser clay gun

Experience the thrill and excitement of shooting clay pigeons as they fly through the air.

This dynamic and interactive activity uses authentic 12-gauge shotguns that have been converted to fire laser beams. Clays with Omni-directional tape are fired from the launcher – when the shooter scores a hit the beam is reflected back to the gun and registers a hit on the electronic scoreboard.

This activity is very popular and loads of fun for males and females of all ages, fitness levels and ability.

Location: Outdoor space approx. size of a tennis court – must be a privately-owned space (not a council park or reserve)

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Fun, friendly competition

Archery

Archery target with arrow in bullseye

This ancient form of medieval weaponry is a great event to get your team on target! In this engaging activity a structured lesson involving technique and safety are outlined and enforced. The delegates are then divided into teams that compete aiming to outscore their opponents. All delegates will have plenty of firing time and be kept entertained as teams are involved in various competitions and games that all involve shooting arrows at the target. The event can finish with a sharpest individual shooter if you like.

As this event involves delegates firing real arrows the space available to host this activity must allow for a large firing range. We are permitted to hold the event on private land such as conference venues however most councils do not allow this event on public land.

Location: Outdoor space approx. size of 2 x tennis courts – must be a privately-owned space (not a council park or reserve)

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Fun, friendly competition

Battle of the Minds

head shot of man with funny hate pulling a face

Battle of the Minds is the ultimate indoor team building event!

Designed to suit any conference, function or meeting room. Teams are each seated at their own table and issued with the Battle of the Minds booklet containing 45 challenges in total. The booklet contains 15 easy, 15 medium and 15 hard challenges with each challenge on a separate page. As members complete the challenge they submit for marking and continue with their next task.

The challenges vary to accommodate all brain types; mathematical, artistic, creative, scientific and engineering. Delegates choose the challenges they want to undertake aiming to score more points than the competing teams. The room turns to chaos with delegates constantly moving around the room completing challenges and submitting answers.

Location: Indoors, tables set cabaret style

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Outcomes: Team work, problem solving

Escape

Coded padlock with escape heading in the middle

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

Location: Indoors, 1 x room required per 8 – 12 people

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Outcomes: Collaboration, lateral thinking

Project Pipeline

long winding water pipeline

This is a challenging and entertaining activity that will bring out the best in your team. Each team will be assigned a country and the task of building a pipeline to deliver a precious resource from one side to the other. On top of managing time, resources and personnel to build their Country’s, pipeline teams will also need to negotiate and innovate to connect their pipeline to all the other Country’s creating one continuous pipeline. Teams will need to work against time and conflicting objectives to achieve the whole group goal.

Delegates will have great fun, planning, negotiating, inventing and competing against the other Country’s to create their Pipeline. By the completion of the project the whole group will have built a long and winding pipeline that is put to the test when the precious resources are sent down the line.

Location: Large cleared space, can be indoors or outdoors

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Outcomes: Work as one team, collaboration

Team Challenge

Team sitting around table solving a jigsaw puzzle

An indoor team building event where teams compete to earn points at a series of lateral thinking challenges.

All of the tasks in the team challenge require the entire team to plan, problem solve, communicate, think outside the square and then ultimately work together. Teams are either racing to be the first to complete or must solve the task within a designated times end.

Example challenges include:

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

Eddy the Egg – Teams construct a space capsule device out of straws and tape to catch a raw egg dropped from 2 metres

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

Nailed It – It appears impossible however if you think outside the square you can balance 12 nails on just one nail head.

Location: Indoors, tables set cabaret

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Outcomes: Problem solving, team work

Musical Tubes

Group of people playing with different coloured musical tubes

Delegates enter the conference room and are greeted by the powerful sound of African drumming. Each person is invited to take a seat, pick up a musical tube and join in. At this point our facilitator orchestrates the individual contributions into one unified rhythm, through the use of layering and sound dynamics. Periodically, the group is led through warm-up stretches and light-hearted moves designed to amuse, loosen and relax. The team continues their conference, laughing, united and enthused, ready for what lies ahead, having bonded from the experience.

Musical Tubes – 20 Minutes
Visualise yourself amidst a sea of colour and rhythm! Our vibrant, colourful musical tubes are the perfect instrument when only a short setup time is available.

Location: Indoors

Duration: 20 minutes

Outcomes: Work as one team, ice breaker

Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Tasting of five wines and five chocolates

Experience the decadence of Australian made chocolate as you partner each one with the mouth-watering flavours of Tulloch Wines. This guided tasting session will take your taste buds on an amazing journey as you discover how pairing wine with chocolate can enhance two of life’s great indulgences.

This sit-down event will see participants experience 5 different wines that have been specifically paired with 5 delicious chocolates. Participants will take home knowledge of the rules of pairing so they can complement their favourite wines at home with the most appropriate chocolate.

Location: Indoors, seated at tables

Duration: 60 minutes

Outcomes: Experiential, fun

Trivia Night

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

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.

Location: Indoors, with a microphone and AUX connection

Duration: 2 hours straight Trivia or throughout your meal

Outcomes: Fun, team work

 

Top 5 Ideas for Team Building in Sydney (CBD)

We are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to conferencing and team building in Sydney. According to the latest annual ICCA country and city ratings, Sydney has once again been confirmed as Australia’s number one destination for business events. And it is no wonder with its world-class venues, glorious harbour and pristine parks and beaches. If you’re currently in the midst of planning your annual conference and lacking inspiration for team activities, we’re here to help! We’ve generously put together a list of our top 5 ideas for team building in Sydney CBD to help you on your way.

Amazing Race – The Rocks & Circular Quay

Amazing Race teams running

There is no better way to do team building in Sydney and explore the CBD than with the Amazing Race!

The Amazing Race is an action packed adventure where teams navigate their way around the local streets undertaking team based challenges. Speed is not always the deciding factor with an emphasis on teamwork, planning, problem-solving and of course having fun.

Teams will be issued with a list of cryptic clues to various locations across the local urban area. Awaiting the groups at each location are team based activities known as “roadblocks” where teams earn points towards their overall score. Teams will also be collecting scavenger items and taking team photos along the way to earn precious bonus points. All teams converge at the finale location at the same time for a final all-in team challenge before prizes are awarded to the victors!

“All of our teams had the most fantastic Afternoon. The Amazing Race was the just the best Team Activity for our diverse work group (all different ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels). Everyone is still talking about how much fun they had. The staff were all really friendly and helpful and very fair.”

  • WWRD Australia Pty Limited

“Thank you to Mitch and his team for running a very successful event. All of our staff commented on how much fun they had while doing the different activities. It really made our teams work together throughout the activities. Our group had different levels of fitness and everyone was able to be involved.”

  • Ice Box Liquor

 

City Scramble – Darling Harbour

Photo on smart device of a team jumping

Just like the Amazing Race however The Scramble is a modified version that is best suited to those groups tight on time and or budget. This exciting outdoor event will see teams race around the local area taking team photos, collecting scavenger items, solving IQ Tests and passing through a roadblock challenge activity site.

Teams will be issued a map of the local area showing their start, finish and roadblock location and a list of photos to take and scavenger items to collect. Teams aim to outscore their opponents with each scavenger item, team photo and correct IQ answer adding to their score. When teams arrive at the final location they submit their items, photos and answers to the Pinnacle team for marking.

The event is tailored to suit the location; the City Scramble is the perfect activity for team building in Sydney CBD.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising an amazing team event last Friday at short notice.  Phil was fantastic, very professional and made the event really fun.  I have had a lot of positive feedback from my colleagues, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and despite a chilly breeze, the weather was perfect. I have sent a ‘Thank You’ to Phil but also wanted to thank you for organising this at such short notice.  I would have no hesitation in using Pinnacle again.”

  • Getinge

“We held a Resort Scramble Team Building exercise over 2 days – each day had as much momentum as the other, and our staff are still raving about it!

All the Pinnacle Staff were friendly and professional which made both days relaxing and totally enjoyable. We will be using Pinnacle again without a doubt!“

  • Castle Personnel

 

Water Taxi Treasure Hunt – Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour city visa with bridge and boats

Sydney Harbour is ranked the best harbour in the world and the Water Taxi Treasure Hunt is the perfect way to explore the best sights of this world famous location. Teams will be competing against each other to race to the final location and uncover their team’s treasure.

Teams must navigate their driver around Sydney Harbour to various locations where challenges await. After completing each challenge teams are awarded with a piece of the map and a part of the code that will reveal the whereabouts and combination lock that contains their hidden treasure.

The Water Taxi Treasure hunt will be tailored to suit your start / finish location and time frame. All teams experience the thrill of opening their treasure chest – The quality of the treasure depends on the order in which you find it!

“Great event, the facilitator plus each check point host was very helpful, full of energy and fun to work with.  Leading up to the event, communication with Pinnacle was amazing, they were involved at each point and answered all queries.”

  • Pacific Life Re

“The team building activity that we took part in – Water Taxi Treasure Hunt was well received by the team and everyone commented on how much fun they had… thank you to the Pinnacle team for providing another great team building event.”

  • Boral

 

Carnivale – Royal Botanic Gardens

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When we picture team building in Sydney of course the famous landmarks of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House spring to mind. In the Royal Botanic Gardens you can have a view of both! And if you are looking for some competitive fun in the sun the Carnivale event is for you. This round robin style event sees teams of 10 people per team rotate through a series of activities competing for the grand prize. We work with you to choose the activities included; usually a mixture of mild sporting challenges, team work initiative tasks and fun experience activities to ensure everyone is catered for.

“Overall a great experience, not only in dealing with Pinnacle but also the day itself. Pinnacle were very patient and flexible with all our requests. The event included the perfect level of physical activity and group work that we required, and catered for all levels. We received great feedback from the participants. The Pinnable facilitators were professional and great fun.”

  • EY

“The activity was awesome. Had lots of great feedback from our employees. The Pinnacle team staff made the event very fun and ensure everyone was included no matter their ability. Thank you for a successful team building session, where everyone came together and some healthy competition.

I would recommend Pinnacle to other companies and will be looking at using you again in the future.”

  • Green Light

 

Escape – Indoors at Your Conference Venue

padlock and code

Can your team escape? This exciting Escape the Room challenge is the ultimate team building event that will test the sharpest minds. Each team is “locked” in a room with a set time frame in which to escape before the world as we know it ceases to exist. Teams must follow the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the secrets to ESCAPE!

For teams to be successful they must communicate, think outside the box, work together, admit to their mistakes and believe they can succeed. All this under extreme time pressure as each team has only 90 minutes to uncover the 8-digit code that will ultimately allow them to escape the room.

This event can be tailored to suit any size group by adding more rooms for more teams. We recommend each team is between 8 – 12 people with each team requiring 1 room. Rooms can be conference rooms, hotel rooms, offices, boardrooms etc. Pinnacle requires 30 minutes in each room prior to the event to set up.

Our Senior Leadership Team were really impressed with this team building activity. Our CEO, Andrew McLean was amazed at how difficult and challenging the activity was, however this did not stop Sirtex from knocking the leaders off the leader board (he asked me to make sure that sheet is updated :)). Phil was incredible and I heard nothing but positive feedback from the team on his professionalism and his ability to encourage them to think outside the box.

 “Thanks Pinnacle, we are always impressed with you guys!”

  • Sirtex

“The ‘Escape’ exercise was fun and every team member contributed. Working as a team was important.”

  • Boral