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5 Corporate Team Building Ideas in Australia

Team building activities can drastically improve communication and productivity back in the workplace. They can also just be a great way to treat your employees for a job well done, allowing them to unwind and bond away from the office. In Australia, where workers are increasingly becoming interested in experiencing meaning in their work life, conscious team building activities are a great way to boost employee engagement.

For Australian employers looking to get the maximum impact out of team building activities, an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the team should be carried out. The results should inform the kind of activity that you choose to do. It is also important that you ensure that any activity you do is designed in a way that does not induce conflict and actually encourages positive communication. This can be a difficult balance to achieve but we’ve come up with some ideas around Australia to help you out.

1. Discover Sydney’s Chinatown

Take the team to Chinatown in Sydney! There are plenty of excellent hotels around the area, and when it comes to food, you really are spoilt for choice. Through Visit.org’s tour of Chinatown, your team will be exposed to the mouth-watering delicacies, while also learning the history of the neighborhood. Plus, revenue will be invested in providing training, employment opportunities, and empowerment to the disadvantaged, including refugees and the youth!

Here, you can put together a treasure hunt which explores the Chinese culture you learned about on the tour. You could even organize an event in one of the many Chinese restaurants and have your team work together to throw a banquet which they can then enjoy together, with family, or for the benefit of a cause you support — further building on those connections.

2. Broken Hill

Broken Hill is becoming one of the most popular spots for team-building exercises in the country. This outback city in New South Wales is the perfect location for your event, thanks to its lakes and public parks, as well as its historic buildings. You can take the team hiking on the Heritage Trail or even try an outback adventure tour! Broken Hill has everything you need to get your team to enjoy the great outdoors. There’s also a lively culture in the city, with lots of great restaurants and cafes to sample as well as plenty of accommodations to choose from.

3. Kangaroo Island

If you are looking to give your team a treat, then whisk them away for a weekend retreat to the paradise of Kangaroo Island. With pristine white sands and an abundance of wildlife to enjoy, it makes for an idyllic getaway. It also makes for a great road trip (and if you’re not a local, be sure you know how to drive on the left side in Australia). If you have a physically fit team, you can even have them take on the Kangaroo Island Eco-Challenge, which sees teams swimming, kayaking, cycling, running and sandboarding around the island’s coastline.

4. Get creative!

If you are looking to build creativity within your team, there are organizations and opportunities throughout Australia that can place your team in a creative mindset. You could, for instance, set them to work making their own commercial advertisement for your business. This is great for bonding and can help to reinforce company values and understanding of what makes your brand amazing. Alternately, you could do something out-of-the-box, such turn your team into a dance flash mob. They will enjoy learning choreography, and the performance could even turn viral!

5. Uluru

If you are really looking to push your team’s limits, the Survivors Challenge in Uluru could be just the thing you need. This is a great way to support bonding within a team as they spend a couple of days camping together in the wilderness. They’ll really experience adventure as they travel together on off-roading vehicles, a ride a hot air balloon, and cook meals together under the stars. All this, with the spectacular views wherever they go.