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Outdoor Activities in Manly and the Northern Beaches

With 30 kilometres of coastline spanning the Northern Beaches and an abundance of National Parkland, harbour beaches and outdoor recreational space, there are so many options to host an outdoor team building activity to motivate and invigorate your delegates.

Specialising in eco-tourism adventures, Ecotreasures offers a range of experiences in Manly and the Northern Beaches. Choose a private snorkel tour in beautiful Cabbage Tree Bay or combine a snorkel with stand up paddle boarding. They also offer stand up paddle boarding sessions across the Northern Beaches including Shelly Beach, Narrabeen Lake, Sydney Harbour and Pittwater. The team are passionate about spreading the message of conservation whilst having fun!

Further up the peninsula of the Northern Beaches you will find Pittwater Ecoadventures. Sustainability is a major part of what they do and who they are as a company. They will take you on a magical journey through the threatened ecosystems whilst learning how to protect it. The tours include bushwalking activities, SUPs or kayaks and dry bags to keep everyone's gear dry and safe. This is a wonderful experience for all and a great option to include as a team building activity as part of your meeting or conference.

Beach tennis is a hybrid of tennis, volleyball and badminton. Sydney Beach Tennis offers group sessions at Collaroy and North Narrabeen. They will take you through the basics of the game, followed by play based activities run by their coaches. They also offer court and gear hire if you just want to experience it your own. There are public BBQ's available on site so you can add a casual lunch to the session. A fun and active experience!

Northern Beaches Dragon Boat Club provides 2 hour paddle tours that showcase the beautiful hidden coves and quiet beaches of Manly, travelling from Little Manly Cove over to 40 Baskets Beach. The option to arrange short races between boats perfectly fosters group cohesion and communication through fun competition. If you want to catch a glimpse of the early morning sun rising on Manly’s pristine waters, book for a sunrise session, or on offer are mid morning or afternoon sessions also. This activity is certainly unusual and fun! Dragon Boat Paddling brings individuals out of their comfort zones with a great balance of physical activity and relaxation in appreciating Manly’s nature.  

Manly Bowling Club hosts barefoot bowling sessions that focus on team building for your work group to share some laughter, have some fun and enjoy a bit of friendly competition. Enjoy a cold drink whilst letting go of any guards with colleagues as you take your shoes off to bowl away!

One of the best things about Manly is getting out on the water! Located on Sydney Harbour, Manly Kayak Centre offers a range of water-based activities suitable for all skill levels. Their kayak tours explore the secluded beaches around Manly with experienced and energetic guides and the paddle and picnic tour includes a gorgeous set up on one of the beautiful harbourside beaches.

SUPBALL is a fun and challenging activity on the water promoting fitness, strategy and team work. Located at Manly Cove, just adjacent to the wharf, SUPBALL is operated by the team at Manly Kayaks and group lessons and matches can be arranged with one of their experienced instructors. This really takes paddle boarding games to a new level!

Enhance connection across your work team through the art of healthy competition. Sydney based events company, Great Race, hosts immunity challenges inspired by Channel 10’s hit show, Survivor, where participants are challenged to outwit, outplay and outlast one another. West Park is accessible for this company to host their provided challenges that cater for groups of 6-250 people, ranging from a giant slingshot, memory flash, cryptic grid puzzle as well as construction and eating challenges. Professional actors lead activities with the humour and heart needed to break the ice between a group. Strengthened creativity and innovation, planning and strategy, problem solving and decision making are sure positive outcomes of this inclusive, entertaining and competitive activity.

Get your team together and compete to build your own boat out of unlikely materials and then race on the harbour! Be Challenged will help to inspire your group to design and build a seaworthy vessel and the participants will realise that the seemingly impossible is actually achievable, bringing out amazing ideas and leadership skills from those you would least expect. Key outcomes include project management, time management and friendly competition with a lot of fun thrown in! The location can be tailored to your program.

A board meeting with a difference! Stand up paddle boarding is an incredible team building experience and beginners will be warmly welcomed. The She SUPS team have a range of group options available from learning to paddle, to a guided tour around Sydney Harbour exploring the beautiful little beaches and waterways around Manly. Chat to Vikki about including a picnic. This is a great option for a team wellness session.

Enhance your next business event in Manly with the team from EcoWalks Tours. Your guests will love the immersive style walking tour along Manly's bushland and coastal trails. A fantastic way to discover the natural flora and fauna of the area including Sydney Harbour National Park. Their Wildlife Meanders Tours leaves from Q Station or talk to the team about a tailored experience.

Manly Sailing offers a wide range of sailing and kayaking experiences, sailing programs, corporate events and private charters. The team are dedicated to creating unique and unforgettable experiences for a range of team building activities. Their friendly and experienced team are ready to take you on a Sydney Harbour adventure!

Catch a seabreezed ferry ride from Manly Wharf to Taronga Zoo Wharf (via Circular Quay) and see over 4000 animals and catch a glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the zoo's location in Mosman. Spot some favourite aussie animals in the koala, kangaroo, blue tongue-lizard, emu and crocodile enclosures or get your colleagues' steps up while walking exploring 28 hectares of the zoo.

Add a little history and spookiness to your event program and take your team on a Ghostly Encounters Tour of Q Station after dark! Located at the historic former quarantine station at North Head, the ghost tour will take you through some of the most haunted buildings in Australia! Captivate your team with stories of ghosts and paranormal activities, even the sceptics will enjoy!

Try something new and exciting for your next team building activity and book in a group surfing lesson with Manly Surf School. Located at iconic Manly surf beach, Manly Surf School will focus on fun, fitness, surf skills and team morale building and can cater of all experience levels. Easily accessible from Manly CBD, this a fun and energising option for a range of group sizes from 10 to 250 people.

As well as providing group underwater dives (for those who are experienced), Manly Dive Centre also operate guided snorkel tours of beautiful Cabbage Tree Bay where you can explore the amazing underwater world of the marine reserve. The area is protected by the ocean swell by a reef on one side of the beach so the conditions are mostly calm and has good visibility. The tour includes mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and a flotation device. Enjoy a casual meal at The Boathouse Shelly Beach afterwards!


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