How to Plan Your Next Conference Retreat
March 19, 2020

Start the New Year on the right foot by organising your next conference or business retreat at Jonah’s.

Located just one hour from Sydney’s CBD the convenient location, peaceful atmosphere and professional service provides the perfect balance of work and relaxation. We invite you to experience the natural light, fresh air and inspirational views for your executive retreats, client negotiations and corporate gatherings.

Here are our top tips to take into consideration when planning a successful conference. All package details including accommodation, venue spaces, dining, spa treatments, leisure activities and transfers are designed to your specific needs. Our events team will take care of every detail to ensure your executive retreat is seamless.

1. Save The Date

The earlier you set the date and give your employees or colleagues notice the better. Consider when the business needs to reflect and review, brainstorm and plan, or team build and bond. Ideal times for this can be at the beginning of a new calendar year when people have come back from a summer break, or at the end of a financial year. Venue availability can be very limited during peak season so it’s essential to secure a private space a few months out.

2. Choose the Space

At Jonah’s we have two different private meeting spaces that can cater for numbers up to 30 people. Consider what table configuration would best suit your needs. Caberet style seating works perfectly for group work and collaboration, boardroom style is great for conversation, U shape is recommended for collaborative brainstorming combined with visual aids, while theatre style caters well to guest speakers and presentations. Our meeting spaces both have direct access to balconies overlooking Whale Beach.

3. Facilities

It can be the finer details that make a meeting run smoothly and professionally. Jonah’s provides stationary, white boards, pens, flip charts, TV screens, speakers and more to help facilitate your conference. Consider what else you may need to assist with your activities and our events team can help make arrangements.

4. Working Style Dining

Your meeting time is valuable. At Jonah’s we offer options for working style dining which allows you to continue working while you enjoy a delicious menu created by our Executive Chef Matteo Zamboni. Think gourmet sandwiches, salads, share platters and flat breads. Alternatively our Delegates Lunch consists of a more substantial menu.

A more formal dinner in our hatted restaurant could be the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day. Our menu is inspired by Zamboni’s Italian background featuring house made pastas, Australia’s finest seafood and more. Enjoy a two or three course meal with perfect paired wines selected by our Head Sommelier Riccardo Molfetta. Spanning over 80 pages, the award-wining list consists of more than 1,600 vintage Australian and international wines curated by Food & Beverage Director Niels Sluiman. This provides an opportunity for your guests to gather around the table, catch up, and indulge in a delicious meal.

5. Land, Sea or Air?

Provide your guests with transport options. This ensures that the day goes seamlessly with no late arrivals or no-shows. Our unique location in Whale Beach allows guests to arrive by car independently or in a private transfer arranged with one of our partners including a luxury tesla with Revel Drive, or a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead with Royale Limousines. There is also the opportunity to arrive by ferry, 30 minutes from the Central Coast, or even by Seaplane, just 20 minutes from Rose Bay. Our friendly and professional team can assist you in arranging transportation options for you and your guests.

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For more tips, information or assistance in planning your conference at Jonah’s, don’t hesitate to contact us at or give us a call on +612 9974 5599