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Five exciting experiences for groups

Discover five new experiences in Australia, including a penguin conservation project on Phillip Island, Indigenous food experiences in Uluru, and an easier way to see the Great Barrier Reef.

Published 6 November, 2017

Eco-minded activities on Phillip Island

For a team-building experience that gives back to the environment, sign up for the Penguin Protection Program. Head to Phillip Island, a two-hour drive from Melbourne to help build shelters for the Little Penguins that call Phillip Island Nature Park home. Under the guidance of local rangers, your team will construct timber boxes, which you’ll then position on the Summerland Peninsula to provide protection for world’s smallest penguins. Plus, you’ll enjoy free access to the Koala Conservation Centre and have a front-row seat for the Penguin Parade that night. The program runs for two hours, and groups of up to 500 people can be accommodated. For more feel-good activities in Australia, discover four ways to include corporate social responsibility in your incentive program. 

Rock and Roll Team Building © Kate Pope

Rock and roll workshop in Sydney and beyond

To create a unique reminder of your time in Australia, book an interactive music workshop with Rock and Roll Team Building. The Sydney-based organisation offers a range of musical experiences across Australia for groups of 10 or more (they recently held a workshop for 1700 participants). A popular option for team-building is the Rock with the Culture of Indigenous Australia program. With the help of Grammy-nominated Ciaran Gribbin (the most recent singer of INXS) and Apakatjah duo Dion Forrester and Jonathan Lindsay-Tjapaltjarri Hermawan, groups learn about Indigenous music and culture while creating and performing an original song. To take Rock and Roll Team Building to the next level, book the Rock the Bridge package in Sydney. After crafting their original song, your team will join Gribbin on a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, singing rock anthems on the way up, then performing their signature tune at the summit. Celebrate with canapes and drinks in the Shangri-La Hotel’s Blu Bar once you’ve completed the climb.

Discover the world’s largest coral reef

A Great Barrier Reef adventure is now easier to arrange, thanks to the new Arlington Reef Pontoon Half-Day Tour from Sunlover Reef Cruises. The first of its kind for visitors to Cairns, this morning tour departs from Cairns Marina at 8am for a 1 hour and 15 minute catamaran cruise to Arlington Reef on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Groups of up to 340 people can spend three hours on the pontoon snorkelling and taking in the sights from the underwater observatory. Optional extras include scuba diving, guided snorkel tours, glass-bottom boat rides and helicopter flights. Finish with a light lunch, before returning to Cairns by 1.30pm, leaving you free to explore more of the Cairns region in the afternoon. 

Mayu Wiru Dining Experience, Ayers Rock Resort, NT © Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

Indigenous food experiences at Ayers Rock Resort

For an authentic taste of Australia, treat your team to a premium indigenous food experience at Ayers Rock Resort. Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has launched Mayu Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful flavour’ in the local Pitjantjatjara language, an intimate dinner for up to 16 people. Begin with bush tucker-inspired canapes and Champagne at Sails in the Desert, before sitting down to a three-course menu of Indigenous flavours in a private dining room. After dinner, you’ll be transported to a dune overlooking Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ installation. This incredible display of 50,000 lights covers an area the size of seven football fields. Your evening will conclude with a nightcap and a 30-minute guided walk through the exhibition. Mayu Wiru will run until 24 March 2018. Additional gourmet offerings from Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia include a daily bush tucker journey, which is free to guests, and cooking classes showcasing native ingredients for groups of 80-100.

Solve a cold-case mystery in Queensland

Put your detective skills to the test with Directors of the Extraordinary’s Train Heist program. Teams of five to 12 people will race against the clock to solve one of Queensland’s oldest cold cases: the Cloncurry Train Heist of 1938. Using original evidence taken from the scene, this simulation calls for creative problem solving, team work and communication as you delve into one of the state’s greatest unsolved mysteries. It can be held in a location of your choice in Australia, and runs for two to three hours.