Conference Venue Spotlight – Nelson Bay Golf Club

Nelson Bay Golf Club has an impressive 27 hole golf course on 175 acres of challenging tree lined fairways; is an idyllic setting and home to kangaroos, wallabies, native birds and the occasional goanna. Located 5 minutes walk from the CBD of Nelson Bay and stunning waterways of Port Stephens.  This highly ranked and award winning venue boasts a brand new function centre with state of the art facilities, members club, Blue Water Grill restaurant, fully stocked pro shop and more.

Nelson Bay Golf Club caters for any type of business event from small boardroom meetings to annual conferences of 120 people. Our professional events team will assign a nominated contact to assist you every step of the way leading up  to your time here and during your event.

Conference features:

  • 2 function/seminar rooms and boardroom
  • Flexible conference room configurations
  • Natural light and fully air conditioned facility with easy access to outdoor terraces and dining options
  • Professional conference support team
  •  FREE Broadband and wifi internet access
  • Installed, state of the art AV equipment and PA system
  • A variety of break out spaces with natural bush settings or formal rooms
  • Private landscaped courtyard with dedicated bar
  • Impressive food and service tailored to your requirements Blue Water Grill our in house caterers can do anything from small intimate a la carte dinners to group and themed menus – buffet, cocktail, table banquets or 3 course meals
  • Private dining rooms available on request
  • On-site team building options
  •  Corporate golf opportunities and play times
  • Golf clinics and lessons

Conference Capacity:

  COMBINED
21 x 11m
TOMAREE
13 x 11m
YACAABA
8 x 11m
BOARDROOM
5.5 x 4m
THEATRE 200 144 90
U-SHAPE 54 40 32  
BANQUET 180 90 60  
CABARET 192 120 72  
OPEN ROUNDS 136 56 40  
BOARDROOM       8

Accommodation:
Located right next door and in walking distance with The Landmark Resort and Mantra Aqua

The Landmark
10 x Studio suites
72 x One bedroom apartments
22 x Two bedroom apartments
15 x Two bedroom executive apartments

Mantra Aqua
110 self-contained apartments in a mix of two bedrooms, two bedroom superior, three bedroom and three bedroom penthouse

Testimonial:
“On behalf of the Reef Life Survey Foundation, I would like to thank Natalie, Mandy and the team at Nelson Bay Golf Club whole-heartedly for hosting our 10-year birthday celebrations for our volunteers. The support and professionalism shown throughout the entire process was outstanding. The facilities were of the highest level, the food was great and every detail accounted for. I cannot speak more highly of the Nelson Bay Golf Club after our great experience.”

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Kieran

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:
I think about 5 years now!

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
If I can’t be the fugitive, then Sand Castles all the way!

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Decided to sit down to lunch at a nice outdoor cafe as my Fugitive position. I thought I was very cool until I realised I’d left my wallet in the Pinnacle van and had to call Mitch and be rescued because I couldn’t pay my bill. Not so cool.

My favourite hobbies are:
Playing guitar and photography

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

What was the last book you read?:
A biography on Van Morrison

Favourite holiday?:
My Yearly winter escape to Tilba with my friends

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Kizza

I am frightened by _____ :
Aggression

Favourite movie of all time:
Too hard!

First concert I went to:
I think it was Big Day Out 2005?

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I’m still looking for my perfect place

What makes you angry:
Corruption

What makes you laugh the most:
The Simpsons

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Hound Dog

Creativity in the Workplace

creativity int he workplace

When it comes to work, ‘the office’ doesn’t always seem like the most creative of spaces where inspiration & new ideas are both nurtured & encouraged. This can be due to a number of reasons including:

Stress & Workload: Who has time to come up with new ways of completing tasks when the task list itself is overwhelming? Most people would rather stick with the way it’s always been done than dedicate additional time & energy to coming up with a new method.

Taking Risks: Fear of the unknown and (even more so) fear of failure is a powerful thing. If an employee doesn’t feel totally secure within their job, they will be unlikely to trial new ideas.

Lack of Motivation: If an employee doesn’t feel as if their strengths and talents are being utilised or if there’s little opportunity for career advancement, they are far less likely to put in the time & effort into being creative. Creativity is fuelled by passion, and employees who are disengaged or feel undervalued will be too bored & unmotivated to put the time into being creative.

Why is it so important to harness creativity in the workplace?

Thinking outside the box and collaborating to come up with new ideas generates excitement, passion & creativity amongst employees. Benefits of harnessing creativity in the workplace include: 

  • Better teamwork and team bonding
  • Increased workplace engagement and interaction
  • Improved ability to attract and retain quality employees
  • Increased staff morale, fun and happiness
  • Increased workplace problem solving and productivity

Generally, research has shown that the more someone engages in creative thinking, the better they become. Developing a creative culture takes time and it begins with management, being more open-minded and less judgemental to the suggestions of their team. If you’re keen to motivate your team to be more creative, we have put together a list of our top activities for generating creativity:

The Pitch

Teams of delegates compete in a team building challenge that replicates the famous TV show Shark Tank / The Dragons Den. The challenge will see teams creating a product or service they will pitch to a judge (Shark / Dragon). The aim of the teams is to convince the judge that their business is a sound investment and for the judge to contribute financially to their start up business.

Stage 1 – 15 minute briefing

Briefing to all teams. Teams issued with a container of pads, pens, craft supplies, novelty accessories and alike to provide teams with motivation and inspiration for their product / service. Judges introduced in the briefing with a motivational exert on each judge.

Stage 2 – 60 minute business idea creation and planning session

Teams can base themselves at their table or head outdoors if they like. Teams will design a product (prototypes allowed with craft supplies) or service business idea. They will prepare the following:

  • Business Name
  • Target Market
  • Gross Profit margin (expected)
  • Investment of $X will buy the Shark X% share of the business
  • Future plans for growth and distribution
  • Remarkable Consumer Experience

Stage 3 – 45 minutes of Presentations and Judging

Each team is provided 5 minutes to “pitch” their idea to the judge & the group. The judge is allowed 2-5 minutes Q&A with each team & then nominates the amount they will invest in each idea from their $1,000,000 overall budget.

Grape to Glass

Discover the sommelier within! Pinnacle can provide you with your very own Hunter Valley Winemaker who is willing to divulge the secret ingredients and methods required to get the perfect wine from “Grape to Glass”. This unique and hands on activity will have you smelling, swirling and spitting as teams learn to create their very own winning blend. However, the taste alone won’t make you a winner…how often have you bought a bottle of wine based on the sexy label? Teams will also compete to create the greatest label that best reflects their fabulous drop.

Design and flavour are of paramount importance if you want to be the days “Grape to Glass” winning team… But of course, the competition wouldn’t be complete without the perfect sales pitch to your thirsty audience. 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.

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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.

Escape

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.

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Survivor

Upon arriving delegates will be separated into their tribes. Each tribe will be issued with a blank team flag and their first task is to decide upon a team name and paint their Team’s flag. Then the competition begins!

The tribes will compete against each other at a series of “Survivor Style” team challenges. Each challenge requires the tribe to outwit, outplay and hopefully outlast their rival teams. Points are awarded for the winning tribe at each challenge. The tribe with the highest score at the conclusion of the event will be hailed the winners. Challenges focus more on lateral thinking /problem solving / teamwork than strength. Unlike the TV Show Tribes will not vote members out of their team! Instead, at the end of the activity we will hold Tribal Council. Here, teams will get the opportunity to take points from each other! All is fair in love and war.

Team Masterpiece

Art is one of the world’s most powerful forms of communication. Art lets people communicate in a way that words never can. Many people feel they don’t have a creative bone in their body – yet up to the age of 9 or 10 we all loved to create!!

Working with a professional artist, teams discover the tricks of the trade as they smash through negative barriers and mindsets and discover their creative potential. How? By turning ideas and thoughts into a masterpiece that they never thought possible!

  • Teams dispel negative thoughts that hinder creative thinking
  • Team members learn how to draw out ideas and develop ‘big picture’ thinking
  • Every team member paints
  • Team members are involved in every step of the art building process – brainstorming, drawing and abstracting ideas, designing the image and painting the masterpiece!
  • The Team Masterpiece facilitator is a professional artist who works in both the creative and corporate world
  • Art team building is completely mess free for the venue and the participants
  • Art team building works with all levels of perceived artistic ability

CSI Night

This is your chance to be just like the investigative gurus that make up the CSI teams on the popular TV show. A hilarious evening activity designed to coincide with your evening meal.

At the commencement of the evening the delegates are informed that there has been a vicious crime committed. Alicia, the guest speaker, has been murdered! They must investigate the crime scene and the forensic information that surrounds the murder victim, such as a gun, a knife, drugs, a hair dryer plus more twisted clues.

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. Teams are awarded points in reference to their interpretation of the story, the effort that they put into their re-enactment and audience response.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events

Corporate Social Responsibility Events are now more popular than ever for corporate team activities. But what exactly does it mean and what are the benefits for a company that invests in CSR initiatives?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is generally understood to mean that corporations have a level of responsibility not only for the economic consequences of their operations, but also for the social and environmental implications. In layman’s terms, CSR refers to a company’s efforts to improve society in some way. These efforts can range from donating money to a charity to introducing environmentally-friendly policies in the workplace.  

What are the benefits of engaging in CSR?

There are many benefits for a company demonstrating commitment to CSR including improving public image & reputation, attracting & retaining investors, not to mention the benefit to not-for-profit organisations and of course, boosting employee engagement.

Boosting employee engagement through CSR events

CSR activities can help forge a stronger bond between employee and corporation; they can boost morale and can help both employees and employers feel more connected with the world around them. CSR activities help employees to feel proud of the company they work for and increases job satisfaction and productivity. Happy employees = better output.

We’ve put a list together of our top CSR team building events for your next conference:

Tikes on Bikes

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.

Race to Make a Difference

The Race to Make a Difference is a fast paced, action packed CSR event that culminates in the team giving back to a charity organisation. The goal for the participants is to be the team that raises the most money for charity.

The challenges are designed to be fun, hands on and require the team to think strategically and work together to achieve success. Teams will be issued $ based on their performance at each challenge site. Ultimately the teams converge on the final location where the winners are announced and the donation to charity formalised.

Solar Buddy – Contact us for more information

The SolarBuddy Corporate Program provides solar lights to schools, children and families living in remote areas of the world.We give companies, like yours, the opportunity to illuminate children’s lives. The lights take about 30 mins to put together and instructions are supplied with your resources kit. Your team will be educated about the importance of renewable energy and the ever-growing negative effect of energy poverty. 

The program allows your team to engage and really make a difference.  They will be able to write personal messages to the children and families who will receive their light. They will know that their light will illuminate the life of a child in a remote area of the world and they will know that they have made a difference.

Helping Hampers

Give back to the community in this amazing working bee style of event. Delegates are given the task of turning a room full of boxed toys, dry goods and gifts into hampers for needy families. Pinnacle provides everything from the contents to the hampers to the wrapping and individualised cards written by your delegates to the family receiving that hamper. An overwhelming sense of pride and achievement will fill the room as the charity partner presents a thank you speech on behalf of the families.

Challenge for Charity – Contact us for more information

Challenge for Charity is a fun, high energy fundraising event where teams compete to raise the most for their chosen charity. Each team would be required to sit at round tables set in cabaret style, with the aim being to earn as much money as possible. Each table is issued with a Charity Challenge activity booklet. There are 45 challenges within the booklet, 15 easy, 15 medium and 15 hard. Teams work frantically to complete each page of the booklet, ripping them out and handing in to the Pinnacle staff as soon as possible. A correct page will see the delegates earn money for the charity e.g.

Easy = $2

Medium = $5

Hard = $10

At the conclusion of the activity we will introduce the charity representative to say a few words of gratitude and announce the total amount that has been donated on behalf of your client. The amounts can be adjusted to fit with your budget. Once the desired donation amount has been decided the challenge amounts will be worked back accordingly.

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Design your own! Contact us for more info

We can turn almost any of our team activities into a CSR event. How to include the Charity? We have two suggested formats –

  • Teams choose a charity that appeals to them to compete on behalf of. The winning team get to donate a cheque from your company to their nominated charity. i.e. First = $1000, 2nd = $500, 3rd = $250.
  • The company chooses the charity and all teams are competing to see what team can earn the most for that charity. Ultimately the winning team would present a cheque onto a representative of that company who is present at the finale of the event.

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Steven

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.

Photo of Steven Pawson

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
The excitement and enthusiasm at each event. Our teams camaraderie!

How long I have been working for Pinnacle: 
12 years.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Casino Night / Carnivale (a close game gets me so enthralled….)

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
Misjudging a storm cell on the radar as moving away from the activity at Magenta….need I say more.

My favourite hobbies are:
Swimming, scuba, working on old cars, surfing, kite-surfing, learning french, repairing cigarette lighters, yachting, wine.

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
Dave Matthews band

What was the last book you read?:
Don’t forget to sing in the lifeboats.

Favourite holiday?:
Stockton.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Pawso.

I am frightened by _____ :
Lightning / bluebottles with long tentacles.

Favourite movie of all time:
Dumb and dumber.

First concert I went to:
Daryl Braithwaite.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
On a boat.

What makes you angry:
Irresponsible dog owners/ getting stung by bluebottles with long tentacles 

What makes you laugh the most:
A good, solid, well placed dad joke.

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’.

Top Team Building Ideas for the Blue Mountains

Located just 90 minutes west from Sydney, the World-Heritage-listed Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most breathtaking natural attractions.

Panorama towards Grand Canyon from Echo point and three sisters rocks formation to central plato above eucalyptus trees on sunny morning.

The temperature during the Winter months is quite cool, averaging at around 5C. During this time, groups tend to opt for indoor activities or if they do decide to venture outside, do so during the day whilst the sun is high in the sky. Summer days can be quite mild at around 18C; however, we would still recommend rugging up at night. Outdoor activities work well during this time and regardless of the time of year – with the right attitude and the appropriate clothing (layers!) there’s no reason why groups wouldn’t love an explore around the local sights!

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

Blue Mountains Explorer

The Explorer is an Amazing Race / Treasure Hunt style of program based around the local area surrounding your conference venue. The event is an action-packed 2 – 4-hour adventure that takes in all the sites of the Blue Mountains (including the Three Sisters) where each team is driven around the area in a minibus undertaking team challenges. Speed is not always the deciding factor with a strong emphasis on route selection, problem-solving skills and team effectiveness at each of the activities.

Teams of delegates will aim to find various ‘roadblocks’ hidden around the local area. Each team has a mini bus and driver who follow clues to find the roadblock activity sites. Awaiting the groups at each station are team-based activities that range from Laser Clay Shooting & Archery to Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

Upon completing each station, teams are given the next clue to their next destination. This event usually starts at the conference venue and finishes either at an off-site dinner location or back at the conference venue.

Scenic World Challenge

The Scenic World Challenge is an event designed specifically for groups conferencing in the beautiful Blue Mountains. The event takes place within Scenic World – a popular tourist destination that is home to the famous: Skyway, Cableway + Railway rides.

Delegates will be divided into teams that compete to outscore their opponents at various challenges spread around Scenic World. Teams will aim to score points at 4 Roadblock Activity sites strategically positioned around Scenic World so that the teams must ride Skyway, Cableway + Railway to reach these destinations.

Delegates will be given a daily pass to use all Scenic World experiences: Skyway, Cableway, Railway and Walkway to transport the teams between the various challenges. The event will be tailored to suit your outcomes, time frame and the venue to ensure the Scenic World Challenge exceeds all expectations. We will work in conjunction with Scenic World to ensure the event is appropriate for the logistics of time and numbers moving through the “rides”.

Roadblock Activities options include: Number Triangle, Nailed it, Eddy the Egg + Shape Shifter

Mini Olympics

The Mini Olympics is a fun activity that provokes competitiveness and plenty of laughter and doesn’t intimidate participants who may be lacking in sporting or physical prowess.

The event involves teams rotating around various sports such as Volleyball, Frisbee, Catapult Firing, T-Ball, Team Tennis, Dodge Ball, Kick Tennis, Sand Scrabble and many more. The options are endless and only dependent on the venue and the size of the group. Activities will be tailored to suit the location.

Each team participates in all of the activities and team scores are tallied to provide an overall winner. In a ceremony at the conclusion of the activity the winning team is presented with Olympic style gold medal medallions.

Laser Clay

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.

Escape

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.

Grape to Glass

Discover the sommelier within! Pinnacle can provide you with your very own Hunter Valley Winemaker who is willing to divulge the secret ingredients and methods required to get the perfect wine from “Grape to Glass”. This unique and hands on activity will have you smelling, swirling and spitting as teams learn to create their very own winning blend. However, the taste alone won’t make you a winner…how often have you bought a bottle of wine based on the sexy label? Teams will also compete to create the greatest label that best reflects their fabulous drop.

Design and flavour are of paramount importance if you want to be the days “Grape to Glass” winning team… But of course, the competition wouldn’t be complete without the perfect sales pitch to your thirsty audience. 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.

Helping Hampers

Give back to the community in this amazing working bee event. Delegates are given the task of turning a room full of boxed toys, dry goods and gifts into hampers for needy families. Pinnacle provides everything from the contents to the hampers to the wrapping and individualised cards to be written by your delegates to the family receiving that hamper. An overwhelming sense of pride and achievement will fill the room as the charity partner presents a thankyou speech on behalf of the families.
Pinnacle will liaise with you to ensure that the event is tailored to your company. We can include your products and we can partner with your preferred charity group to ensure that the event has maximum impact. Often companies like to include the delegates beforehand by holding a charity drive within the workplace to include more toys and alike ….. the options are endless.

Team Activities that Boost Communication

For a team to be successful, strong and effective communication is paramount. When employees understand the goals of the company and feel like their opinions matter, they are far more likely to reach their potential which means an increase in productivity.

Communication also refers to more than just talking. It’s about connecting with people. How can you encourage effective communication in your workplace?

  • Have an open-door policy. People need to feel comfortable with approaching management when they have a question or concern.
  • Encourage questions & curiosity. Employees need to feel safe and comfortable that they can ask questions without feeling any kind of embarrassment or criticism.
  • Avoid time wasting. No one enjoys attending the weekly work meeting going over a topic that does not relate to their role. Ensure that meetings and one-on-one catchups are utilised efficiently.
  • Don’t overuse email. Sometimes a question is better answered with a quick face-to-face chat.
  • Provide opportunities for employees to connect. Pinnacle has a range of Team Activities specially designed to help boost communication in teams. See below for our top picks:

Outdoor Activities:

Amazing Race

Teams with the best communication will thrive in this challenge! The Amazing Race is an action-packed adventure where teams navigate their way around the conference resort or local area undertaking team-based challenges.

Once teams have collectively decided on their route selection they will make their way to the activity sites, where they will be further challenged in a series of lateral thinking, problem solving tasks including:

Number Triangle – Nine numbered tiles are laid out in a triangle shape. The team moves the tiles so that the addition of the numbers is equal on each side

Pyramids – Teams are racing to rebuild a pyramid that can only be structured from bottom to top.

Shape Shifter – Using memory and instinct teams must recreate a series of original shapes

Skyscraper – Teams must work together to build a lofty skyscraper using all seven building blocks without the structure toppling over.

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

Survivor

A great activity for seeing how your team communicates under pressure! This fun and competitive team event is based on the hit TV show Survivor. To begin, delegates will be separated into their teams known as tribes. Then the competition begins! The tribes will compete against each other at a series of “Survivor Style” team challenges. These challenges focus more on lateral thinking/problem solving/teamwork than strength.

Points are awarded for the winning tribe at each challenge with the tribe with the highest score at the conclusion of the event heading to tribal council in the best position. Unlike the TV Show, tribes will not vote members out of their team, instead, teams will vote to determine the overall winner! This is a fun and engaging team event that ensures collaboration, communication, problem solving and teamwork. Example challenges include:

Cubes – Can your team solve this 3D Rubix Cube?

Wonder Word – Using 9 letters teams must make as many words as possible with bonus points of the 9 letter word.

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

Zoom – Teams must arrange the order of the famous picture story Zoom.

Bamboo Towers – Teams build a free standing tower using bamboo sticks and display their team number at the top. The winners are the team with the highest tower

Water Pipeline – A challenge whereby teams are issued with equipment to construct a pipeline that must transport 2 litres of water from A to B. The team that successfully manages to transport the most water in the time frame will win!

Project Pipeline

Are you looking for an event that will get your WHOLE TEAM WORKING AS ONE? Project Pipeline is a team challenge that requires participants to consider their own goals, the goals of their work team and the goals of the entire company.

This is a challenging construction task that divides the company into working teams. 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 their neighbouring Country’s creating one continuous pipeline. Teams will need to work against time and conflicting objectives to achieve the whole company 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.

Indoor Activities:

Escape

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.

Bridge to Unity

An exciting collaborative construction project with teams working in unison to design and construct an impressive bridge. Each team builds the bridge to their customer expectations while overcoming limited resources, communication barriers and strict timelines. The exciting final sees each team’s individual bridge being installed to create the huge, extended Company Bridge. The final construction is tested with a remote controlled car. A fun, engaging, hands on event with very powerful metaphors – where all departments of an organisation strive towards their own goals, but also play a vital role in the bigger picture.

Option One: 60 – 90 minutes

Teams are given equal equipment to build their section of the bridge and complete the finale activity joining all sections of the bridge. The remote controlled cars are driven by the delegates around the bridge to test the overall success of the task.

Option Two: 2 – 3 hours

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

Corporate Drumming

Good communication starts with LISTENING. And along with making quite a lot of noise, corporate drumming will get your team doing just that. This whole activity is facilitated without our host actually speaking a word, it is all done via gestures and non-verbal communication.

Delegates will enter the conference room and will be greeted by the sounds of drumming from our team. They are invited to take a seat, pick up a drum (or another instrument) and join in. Our host facilitator will orchestrate the individual contributions of your group into one unified rhythm, through the use of layering and sound dynamics. Demonstrating although different teams may be working within their own separate groups, they can still be cohesively working together towards a larger, common goal.

Conference Venue Spotlight – Estate Tuscany

The award-winning, 4-star Estate Tuscany, set on 26 acres in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine County; focused on planning every detail ensuring a memorable and successful meeting, celebration or conference.

estate tuscany building and pool

With 2 function/conference spaces; The Fountain View Room which can be divided into 2 rooms and The Conservatory overlooking the swimming pool; a unique meeting or private dining room. Breakout rooms are also available.

38 boutique rooms, 26 Olive Grove; decorated in a guest house style with wooden sleigh beds, overlooking a bush land setting where you can be greeted by grazing kangaroos or 12 Vineyard View rooms with a contemporary style, undercover parking with arguably the most true “Hunter Valley View” of the vineyards.

Estate wide high-speed wireless Internet access providing

Estate Tuscany offers a variety in dining options in The Mill Complex recognised by the Yellowtail windmill, situated atop a ridge offering a Hunter view second to none; the Mill Restaurant for a fusion rustic a la carte meal, Brokenback BBQ & Tapas Bar for a casual affair and The Conservatory, for private dinners or cooking schools. Estate Tuscany is home to Andrew Thomas Wines cellar door and Binnorie Dairy cheese factory.

There is always a Conference Coordinator available for your needs; providing itemised programs containing all the finer details; let Tuscany take the administration out of your schedule. We will meet you on arrival and our conference host will attend to any of your needs throughout the stay; working with Estate Tuscany will ensure a seamless and successful event.

Conference Capacity: Banquet 140 Cocktail 200

Accommodation: 38 Rooms

Contact:
T: 02 4998 7288
E: [email protected]
W: estatetuscany.com.au

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Eamon

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:
It truly is a fun Environment, the clients have fun, the staff are fun, it’s all positive and not overly serious or stressful. Everyone’s a winner … except team 7😦. 

How long I have been working for Pinnacle:
My first assignment was … Spring of 2014. 

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Trivia Night

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
So running a “checkpoint activity” for 2hrs+ in the heart of Kings Cross can be ….interesting. I gave away a few eggs to my new friends 😬

My favourite hobbies are:
Well anything in the sea, then a good book , and I enjoy cooking..sometimes. 

Band I’m listening to at the moment/podcast recommendation:
My son keeps me current on the latest music, so a bit of “Vance Joy”. I love so many podcasts, my go-to is ABC conversations with Fiedler. Amazing stories.

What was the last book you read?:
I’m reading up on Antarctica now, I’m heading there in Feb 2020. 

Favourite holiday?:
I travel a lot overseas, So anywhere in nature with the family now.

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Not really, Eamon is weird enough. One mate called me Lama, or was it Llama?

I am frightened by _____ :
Enormous waves when I’m in the wrong spot. They look like they will swallow you. 

Favourite movie of all time:
Too many options. “O’ Brother where art though” gets a mention, as does “Fantastic Mr Fox” and other wacky Wes Anderson films.

First concert I went to:
Hoodoo Gurus , 1989 maybe ? 

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I love where I live… Sth Coast NSW.  Dream location though has, running rapid rivers into jagged coastline, with awesome surfing in spots. Also backed by great climbing cliff lines and canyons and topped by snowy mountains just asking to be climbed and skied. Oh and a quiet but culturally active town with loads of multicultural influences and good people, that’s all. 

What makes you angry:
Nnot much, ..aggressive drivers maybe? My computer. 

What makes you laugh the most:
Busy humans mostly. 

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Maybe the Spanish National Anthem… ( no words) or “La Bamba”. 

Conference Venue Spotlight – Pullman Magenta Shores

Located just 90 minutes from Sydney and only 20 minutes north of Terrigal, Pullman Magenta Shores Resort is an exceptional conference & event, golf, and spa resort offering a stunning beachfront setting.

Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake, this magnificent resort is set on 52 acres and offers beautifully appointed studio accommodation and one-, two- and three-bedroom villas.

Set amongst landscaped gardens and just a short stroll from all resort facilities and the beach, all villas include open plan living areas, fully equipped kitchens with European appliances, laundry facilities and private furnished courtyards or balconies. Every room enjoys views of the golf course , lagoon, rock  pools or landscaped gardens.

Pullman Magenta Shores Resort features six modern conference and event venues along with customised planning and catering services to ensure a successful event for you and your guests.

The Resort has excellent leisure facilities including the private Ross Watson designed 18 hole championship Golf Course, 3 swimming areas, including a 20 metre indoor heated lap pool, Rock Pools or the Lagoon Pool with seasonal pool bar.

Vie Spa consists of luxuriously treatment rooms, including a tranquil spa garden designed to deliver the ultimate relaxation.   
 
Dining facilities include Barrett’s Restaurant offering fine food and the stunning vistas of Magenta lake, and Shallows bar, with an extensive cocktail menu, Tapestry menu designed by the Famous chef Justin North as well as Wood Fired Pizza oven and Al Fresco Dining and wood fire option.

Conference Capacity: Up to 300 guests

Accommodation: Studios, 1,2 & 3 bedroom villas – 55 in total + beach houses and golf villas

Unique features: Beachfront location with extensive grounds perfect for team building and outdoor dinners, cocktail parties and events.

Specials: Click here to view their 2019 Early Bird Booking Offer

Contact:

T: (02) 4352 8106

E: [email protected]

W: PULLMANMAGENTASHORES.COM.AU