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People cheering at an Amazing Race event at Sydney Harbour
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Booze-free team building activities

Because you don’t need alcohol to bond with your colleagues

Written by
Rebecca Zhuang
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Regret over sharing at a work function? Tired of nursing a hangover while trying to meet a deadline? We know the feeling, which is why we’ve found ten alcohol-free team-bonding activities that’ll give you quality, out-of-office time with your co-workers – without the stinking headache.

Enter a paint-filled warzone

Your ammunition is paint and your battlefield is Sydney. Shoot at rival office members in colourful combat. Suit up in camouflage gear and run around the course, hiding or attacking – depending on how popular you are in the office.  

Group size: 16+.
Cost: $89-$259.
Booking time: No need to book in advance.

Just like the TV show, Sydney’s Amazing Race includes challenges like detours, yields and roadblocks and comes with famous sealed yellow envelopes of clues. You’ll feel like a TV celebrity as you make your way through checkpoints across the city, especially knowing that the course is custom designed especially for your race.

Group size: 5+.
Cost: From $65.
Booking time: 2 weeks in advance. 

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Hurl some axes!
  • Things to do
  • St Peters

Try something new and round up the office staff to throw some axes at wooden targets. Each session comes with individual coaching and target practice, followed by a tournament to determine who will be crowned the champion axe thrower.

Group size: 8-45.
Cost: $50pp.
Booking time: 1 week in advance.

Carve up the field with Bubble Football – and yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. Shoot goals and dribble past opponents in a giant inflatable bubble. Have no fear if you’re a soccer newbie, there’s loads of cushioning to soften your fall.

Group size: 8-40.
Cost: From $30.
Booking time: 2 months in advance for weekends, 1 week in advance for weekdays.

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Ready, steady, PIZZA!

Earn ingredients by winning food challenges, then craft an entrée, pizza and dessert in My Pizza Rules! The season finale is a spectacular feast of all the teams’ creations. Packages come with cooking utensils, pizza oven and ingredients.

Group size: 25-300.
Cost: $100-$110pp, plus expenses.
Booking time: 1 month in advance.

Sydney Trapeze School
  • Sport and fitness
  • St Peters

Have the ultimate circus experience by learning skills straight from the Big Top. Choose from plate spinning, juggling, stilt walking, tight rope walking or flying trapeze. Smaller groups may opt for a flying trapeze only experience where you can learn basic positions and attempt a mid-air catch.

Group size: 12+.

Cost: From $65pp.
Booking time: 1 week in advance.

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Solve secrets, crack clues and escape captivity
  • Things to do
  • Sydney

Imagine being locked in a room with your colleagues and the only way out is through the magic of brainpower. Test your intellect with six game rooms that offer three different adventures – but don’t let the clock tick down to zero; you might be trapped with your workmates forever. 

Group size: 12-72.
Cost: $40-$75.
Booking time: 1 week in advance.

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Soar among the treetops

Test yourself in this ultimate high ropes adventure park. Choose from five courses, four flying foxes and over 50 aerial activities and you’ll find yourself swinging, leaping and flying in no time at all.

Group size: 15-200.
Cost: From $35pp.
Booking time: 1 week in advance.

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