SongDivision and Studios 301, Sydney
SongDivision, one of Australia’s leading music-themed team-building experiences providers has joined forces with Sydney professional recording Studios 301 to offer a VIP experience for groups of up to 40 people. Teams write and record an original song together, with help and encouragement from the pros along the way. To get their creative juices flowing, arrange a tour of the studios – which have been graced by Katy Perry and other international artists – before the experience.
Dialogue in the Dark, Melbourne
Dialogue in the Dark, located in Melbourne, helps you see the world in a different light. Delivered by people who live with blindness, Dialogue in the Dark involves working individually and in teams to solve common tasks – in complete darkness. In navigating unpredictable situations, groups will learn that communication and cooperation are essential tools for success. Groups of up to 32 people (larger groups can be accommodated upon discussion with the team) can re-evaluate their communication methods and styles in this half-day workshop.
Next level escape, Sydney
The team at Next Level Escape have launched two new literature-themed escape rooms in the heart of Sydney, perfect for a spirited team building adventure with a difference. Groups of up to 14 people work together to solve puzzles and clues that allow them to progress through the game and ultimately escape the room. The two new rooms can be hired together, enabling two teams to race against each other.
SolarBuddy, Australian wide
SolarBuddy is an Australian charity on a mission to improve the lives of millions of children around the world living without adequate access to electricity and lights. The aim of SolarBuddy is to provide children with solar-powered lights so they can keep studying at night and improve their ability to access education. The experience involves assembling solar lights while hearing about renewable energy and how it can help mitigate energy poverty amongst disadvantaged families. Groups can also include a personal message to the families who will receive the lights made during the experience.
Charcoal Lane, Melbourne
Looking for a unique way to give back to the community? Look no further than Charcoal Lane, a Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant giving guidance and training opportunities to young Aboriginal people looking for a career in hospitality. The restaurant is passionate about using native Australian ingredients and features a private dining space that can accommodate up to 18 people. Larger groups – up to 60 seated or 100 for cocktail events – can hire the whole venue exclusively. As well as delicious, seasonal food, the team can create a bespoke experience for groups – as it did for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who recently enjoyed a ‘touch, taste, smell’ experience at Charcoal Lane.
d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale
d’Arenberg, located 45 minutes from Adelaide, is a family owned winery renowned for its reds and its architecture. Groups can take a helicopter or scenic flight tour over the vineyard before checking out d’Arenberg’s new attraction, the giant Cube structure set among the vines. The Cube is a cellar door and event space that will leave groups a little puzzled (excuse the pun, we just had to go there). On offer are five levels of wonder, all designed to play with perceptions and expectations. Head to the top floor for a private tasting in the all-glass tasting room, visit the Alternative Realities Museum, or discover the journey from grape to glass in the sensory room, virtual fermenter and 360-degree video room. After all that you’re bound to be hungry so make your way to lunch in the Cube’s restaurant – the only one in Australia creating desserts with a 3D printer.
Samantha Gowing Cooking school, Byron Bay
If you could bottle Sam Gowing’s energy and passion for health and wellness you’d have one mega-smoothie of goodness. An award-winning chef turned clinical nutritionist, her Byron Bay Cooking School is the perfect blend of learning and fun. Private cooking workshops can involve everything from ‘cook-offs’ between teams judged by local food legends to more active pursuits like foraging for indigenous ingredients to use in the dishes. The school can also combine activities like horseriding, surfing lessons and even pottery with the cooking experience to create a truly immersive masterclass in wellness in this beautiful coastal area of northern New South Wales.
Truffle hunting, Canberra
Did you know Australia is one of the few countries outside Europe to successfully grow Perigord truffles? Autumn is hunting season and from June to September groups can enjoy (and devour) these delicacies at The Truffle Farm in Canberra. Accommodating up to 60 people, (larger groups can be accommodated upon discussion with the team) for a truffle hunt, the experience includes meeting some of the Farm’s best workers – the beautiful and friendly truffle dogs who will help find the little gems. After the hunt, head back for a six-course truffle degustation menu, complete with specially paired wines. Executive Chef Damian Brabender will prepare the group’s meal and share his tips for choosing, storing and using truffles at home.