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Best Team Activities in Sydney

Posted on September 3, 2019 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Best group activities in SYdney - Holiday Inn Potts Point guide

A successful business needs much more than just individual grit. It needs a perfectly coordinated team that can work together to accomplish a common goal.

Team-based activities after gruelling sessions of work, or even after a meeting or conference can be a great way to relax, improve coordination, develop relationships and boost the overall morale among team members.

This holds especially true for businesses and corporations in an increasingly challenging work environment of today. If you’re from the inner cities of Sydney or organising a business conference in Sydney, then these six team-building activities may just be what your team needs!

  1. Putt Away at Holey Moley

Holey Moley Darlinghurst, Sydney

Putt away your stressful work documents with a round of mini-golf at Holey Moley. The mini-golf course has nine epic pop-culture holes that will keep you busy and entertained. The round of mini-golf also comes with cocktails for visitors on arrival but the good times don’t end here. After you’ve worked up an appetite tallying the scores, stone-baked pizzas will be waiting for you on the side. It’s a great way to blow off some steam and bond with your team. We also have a special Day Conference package offer for our Business customers. Please click here to find out more.

Highlights:

  •     A uniquely themed nice hole circuit to putt your way around
  •     Delicious cocktails and stone-baked pizzas
  •     Nine holes of golf at Holey Moley Darlinghurst, located opposite the Holiday Inn Potts Point
  1. Solve Puzzles in an Escape Room

Virtual Reality Rooms - Sydney

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Escape rooms are infamous for their intriguing puzzle-solving and team-work experiences. Not only does it test your wits but it also tests your skills as a team. Analyze your team’s coordination while solving exhilarating puzzles before time runs out.

If you’re not up for the traditional escape rooms then the Virtual Reality Escape Room may be what you’re looking for. The VR escape room features even more epic games and puzzles from shooting enemies and flying through space to solving advanced puzzles in a single mind-blowing virtual reality experience. Work together with your teammates to completes all tasks in under 60 minutes.

Highlights:

  •     Solve intriguing puzzles within a time limit
  •     Play a variety of puzzle-solving and team-based games in VR
  •     Test your wits and teamwork skills to the max

 

  1. Attend a Wine Tasting Event

Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney group wine tasting

Every team deserves a good reward for their efforts and a fun wine tasting class with a casual dinner vibe would be a great way to do just that. Taste a variety of delicious European wine and cheese in the tasting masterclass facilitated by wine experts. The venue is taken care of so all you’ll need to do is bring your team along and relish the experience. Learn about fine wine while bonding with your mates over a glass of some of the finest wine.

Try Dolton House at Australian Technology Park. Explore Italian + Aussie-Italian wines region by delicious region, discover your favourite new Prosecco, Barolo, Amarone or Chianti. 

Highlights:

  •     Wine and cheese tasting masterclass 
  •     Meet winemakers + importers, learn all about the grape varieties

 

  1. Take a Private Paint and Sip Classes

Paint and Sip at Cork & Canvas - Sydney

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Looking for a unique and fun night out with your team? Get a bottle of your favourite wine and join a session of painting with your friends. A talented artist will guide you every step of the way as you create your very own masterpiece. Bring out your inner artist, no experience required! You’ll definitely be surprised what you’re capable of. One of the most popular spots located in the nearby North Sydney suburb Crows Nest is ‘Cork & Canvas’. Being the first studio in Australia to pair bubbles and brushes, it is a well known workshop led by professional artist Ben Walsh.

Highlights:

  •     Explore your creativity with a painting class
  •     BYO drinks and nibbles
  •     Perfect for team building

 

  1. Cook a Meal for the Homeless

If you’re looking for an activity to build your team, why not do it while giving back to the community?

‘Our Big Kitchen’ gives you the opportunity to cook a meal for disadvantaged people across Sydney. This community-run kitchen turns rescued food into wholesome meals for those that are in need. All you’ll need to do is pop on an apron and help out in a variety of kitchen duties. From preparations and cleaning to cooking and packaging, the opportunity to serve the community is a great way to bond with your team. This fun, hands-on experience is rewarding in itself as you’ll also get to improve your culinary skills while helping others.

Highlights:

  •     Learn to cook wholesome balanced meals
  •     100% of all proceeds from this experience go back to ‘Our Big Kitchen’ to help run the charity 
  1. Group Spa Day

Day Spa Group Packages - Zen Day Spa

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What could be more relaxing than a hot oil massage or facial at a 5-star spa? A fun spa day with professional therapists is the ultimate day out to rejuvenate your team! The massages and treatments are tailored to one’s needs so there’s no doubt that the day will leave everyone relaxed and recharged. A great addition to the treatment is the option to arrange pregnancy massages, for members who are expecting, and champagne and cupcakes if you’re willing to pay that little extra.

Highlights:

  •     Choose between a hot oil massage or rejuvenating facial with a shoulder massage
  •     5-star spa with experienced therapists
  •     Pregnancy massages available upon request
  •     Champagne and cupcakes are available for your team at an additional cost

 

Best Meetings and Conferences – Holiday Inn Potts Point Sydney

Are you planning a meeting or event? Take advantage of one of our special offers including a fun team building or social activity at Holey Moley or receive a plan to win with our special 5% reduction off your teams bill with our ‘Discount or Dontate’ offer, when you make a group booking of 10 or more.

 

Special Holey Moley Day Conference Package Offer

Special Offers and Promotions for Business/Conference group bookings

Good Food & Wine Show

Posted on June 13, 2019 by Sydney-Attractions, Uncategorized

Photographer - Joseph Byford, Good Food & Wine show

 

Sydney is about to be graced with critically acclaimed chefs once again for the Good Food & Wine Show, at the International Convention Centre. Don’t miss out on a fantastic culinary experience between Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2019.

Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS

This year will play host to more than 250 exhibitors, 800 wine varieties, celebrity masterclasses, plus food and wine matching boutique classes.Book in your Sydney accommodation today and be apart of the experience.

 

How to plan out your visit!

The Balvenie: Learn To Pair Whisky And Cheese

Sample three classic Balvenie Whiskies, The Balvenie 12 Double Wood, The Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask and The Balvenie 17 Double Wood.  In addition these will be matched with, for instance the delicious Bruny Island Cheeses. Founded by Nick Haddow in 2003, these cheeses are all made and matured using traditional techniques. These are highlight regarded as some of the finest artisan cheese made in Australia. Another popular cheese will be the Adelaide Hills Double Cream Brie. Expect a smooth buttery texture that ozzes that luscious Brie style cheese.

Where: Glenfiddich Whisky Wanderer
When: Friday 21 June (11:45am – 12:15pm, 1:00pm – 1:30pm); Saturday 22 June 11:45am – 12:15pm, 1:00pm – 1:30pm); Sunday 23 June (11:45am – 12:15pm, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
Cost: $25

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Matt Moran & Maggie Beer Chef Lunch

What’s not to love about this! Dine with two of the industry most high profile names. Matt Moran brings an extensive amount of experience, whilst sharing his enthusiasm for food with thousands around the country. Some of his most well recognaised restaurants in Sydney include Barangeroo House, Aria, Chiwick Woollahra, Chiwick At The Gallery as well as North Bondi Fish. With a rural upbringing, Moran grew accustomed to life on a traditional aussie dairy farm. His family still runs the property in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, and because of this, continues to supply beef and lamb to his restaurants.

2019 marks 40 years in the industry for Maggie Beer.  Beer similarly grew up on a farm and starting a farmshop in the beautiful Barossa Valley. After that she loved experimenting to make the most of everything that was farmed.  

Where: Let’s Eat, Citi Dining Pop Up
When: Sunday 23 June (12:00pm – 1:30pm)
Cost: $80

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Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS


Miguel Maestre Chef Lunch

Visitors planning out a visit to the International Convention Centre on Saturday will look to a three course lunch with matching wines from talented spanish chef Miguel Maestre. Maestre has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles, in other words a delicious lunch is on the cards. He has also worked alongside Australia’s leading French Chef Manu Feilde and is the author of two best selling Spanish books “Miguel’s Tapas” and “Spanish Cooking”, which shares equal importance to him.

Where: Let’s Eat, Citi Dining Pop Up
When: Saturday 22 June (2:00pm – 3:30pm)
Cost: $80

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Miguel Meastre chef lunch at Good Food Wine Show, Sydney.

Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS


Stop and Smell the Rosé

For those avid lovers of an afternoon Rosé, Riedal Drinks Lab is hosting a popular workshop on Friday. Attendees will learn how to distribute the wine aroma properly upon tasting. Adelaide born wine columnist Nick Ryan will run the workhops. He is a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller Wine and GQ, plus writes a weekly column musing on life for Adelaide’s Sunday Mail.

Where: Riedal Drinks Lab
When: Friday 21 June (12:00pm – 12:30pm); Saturday 22 June (4:00pm – 4:30pm)
Cost: Free

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Good Food & Wine Festival rose tasting

Photographer: Joseph Byford, GFWS


Book in a ‘Weekend Special’ package

Add a fun bonus to your weekend with a friend or loved one and book an overnight stay in art-deco Potts Point. After that sit back, relax and enjoy your winter stay with us.

Your weekend stay will include:

Vivid Sydney in 2019

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Sydney-Attractions

Keep the family entertained during the Vivid Sydney spectacular this year between (24 May – 15 June 2019). Peppered by shimmering beauty and diversity, this year’s lineup of light shows, music & cultural appeals are going to be a game changer. 

Image Credit: Destination NSW

What to expect this year!

Arguably the most diverse lineup of local and international artists, musicians and creative minds will grace their presence in Sydney for this years annual Vivid Sydney.

Expect 74 light shows, 139 music events and 86 Idea concept events shaping the style of Vivid across multiple popular locations including The Sydney Opera House, Barangaroo, Carriageworks, City Recital Hall and Darling Harbour. Watch beams dance across the night sky and enjoy the kaleidoscopic spectacle of Sydney Harbour.

Where: Various iconic Sydney locations
When: Vivid Lights on 6:00pm – 11:00pm, 24 May – 15 June 2019. 📍#HarbourLights
Cost: Subject to event listings

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Light Shows

This year will not disappoint once again as Sydney brings on board more diverse interactive shows as well as some colorful illuminations from artists all over the globe.

Crowd favourite Marri Dyin, the six-metre tall puppet returns to #vividsydney and The Sydney Opera House will be the backdrop this year for Los Angeles-based Andrew Thomas Huange who is in charge of the Lighting of the Sails. Luna Park Sydney will also see colourful projections splashed across Coney Island with some incredible dining option available surrounding the harbour.

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Image Credit: Destination NSW

Music Shows

Feel the buzz around future stars, showcasing an array of genre types this year. One of the focal points will be within Carriageworks, the contemporary multi-arts centre located in the inner Sydney suburb of Eveleigh. Since 2013 the Carriageworks precinct has doubled in size adding 5,000 square meters to its existing underground funky vibe. With 1 event in May and 5 more following in June, you will want to secure your tickets before they sell out.

If you are looking to combine your evening with some light shows in town, The Sydney Opera House will play host to British techno extraordinaires Underworld, R & B star Teyana Taylor and the highly anticipated reunion of The Middle East plus so much more. Take a closer look at the guide to the 27 featured shows.


Pre-dining

Looking to kick start your evening with some pre-show cocktails? Holiday Inn Potts Point is delivering technicolour Cocktail Specials nightly from their limited edition menu. 

Available nightly throughout Vivid, you also have the chance to take advantage of specials on both two & three course dining options.

Where: Sirocco Restaurant, Holiday Inn Potts Point
When: 25 May  – 15 June 2019. Nightly 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Price: Two course for $40 | Three course for $45

*Book online via OpenTable or by phone on (02) 9368 4000

Vivid at Sirocco | Holiday Inn Potts Point

Mini Golf and Stay Package

Add a fun bonus to your Potts Point stay this winter with overnight accommodation to two , including nine holes of mini golf at Holey Moley Darlinghurst.  

Available throughout Vivid Sydney, you will also receive two drink vouchers complimentary of this package.