Elite Retreat 24

Elite Retreat: A world-class leadership event in a five star resort

Join us on Hayman Island August 11-14, 2024 for an exclusive luxury retreat designed for real estate leaders. Experience unparalleled networking opportunities, gain insights from industry experts, and indulge in the finest accommodations.

Discover the power of 'genius' moves and elevate your real estate leadership skills at Elite Retreat '24

You’re invited to the only real estate event where you’ll leave with a shorter and more strategic to-do list than when you arrived

Why one genius move might be all you need...

In the fast-paced world of real estate, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and strategies available. Many events bombard you with content, leaving you with more questions than answers. At the Elite Retreat 2024, we believe that making one or two genius moves can be the key to a transformational year for your business – and our goal is to have you know exactly what that is by the time you leave the event.


What past attendees say about Elite Retreat

Taking half of the team to Elite Retreat 2023 in Bali was a fantastic business decision! It created a deep learning experience for us as a team, and embedded the information to bring home and put into practice.

Alison Hatch

Director, Best Nest Property

What an amazing few days it’s been! Samantha McLean and her Elite Agent team have put on a mind boggling few days of learning and networking. Bring on next year!

Tristian McCormick

Sales Leader, Trademe Property

Thanks so much for having me at Elite Retreat! I loved the content, the people, the style of the conference and the venue and location proved to me amazing! I have come back feeling inspired!

Kelly Tatlow

Ray White Head of Concierge

What an amazing few days it’s been! Samantha McLean and her Elite Agent team have put on a mind boggling few days of learning and networking. Bring on next year!

Matt Lahood

CEO Real Estate, The Agency


Define your trajectory

At Elite Retreat ’24 you’ll engage with industry experts and thought leaders who will share cutting-edge strategies and insights. Discover how to foresee opportunities, make pivotal decisions, and execute game-changing moves.

Network with
the best
Refine your strategies
Recharge and Relax


So... what makes a 'genius' move?

In an era marked by disruptive technologies like AI, it’s important to identify and capitalise on “genius moves”—those one or two decisions that set the course for significant success. In the context of the Elite Retreat, the types of ‘genius’ moves our program will focus on in 2024 are:

Recognising opportunity

The true hallmark of a genius move is the ability to see opportunities before they become apparent to everyone else. 

This foresight allows you to position yourself advantageously, ensuring you’re always one step ahead of the competition.

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Effective decision making

Often, success hinges on one critical decision. This could be a strategic investment, a partnership, or a market shift that you capitalise on early. 

For instance, Amazon’s decision to shift from an online bookstore to a comprehensive marketplace was a game-changer, as was Disney’s acquisition of Pixar.

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Finding the right moment to exit

Understanding the right moment to exit a strategy, market, or even a business is crucial. 

For example, Afterpay’s founders cashed in at the peak of their company’s valuation, showcasing the importance of timing in maximising returns.

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Why attend Elite Retreat?

Designed for real estate professionals who want something different, Elite Retreat is more than an event—it’s an experience. Attendees are proven industry leaders who are innovators who like to challenge industry norms and the status quo. Here are a couple of big differences between elite retreat and other events:

Connected sessions with a defined outcome

Our approach is different to most real estate industry events. Instead of overwhelming you with disconnected speakers and sessions we focus on providing deep, strategic insights that enable you to make impactful decisions. By honing in on a few high-leverage strategies, you can drive significant growth and innovation in your business.

No egos. Just good people.

Today's real estate leaders usually themselves constantly seeking ways to stay ahead of market trends and make strategic decisions that elevate their businesses. Despite their efforts, they often struggle with finding the right insights and connections to achieve a breakthrough. Elite retreat is designed to provide strategic content and networking opportunities with top industry experts, helping you to innovate and lead effectively in the real estate market

What genius moves will you leverage?

At Elite Retreat 2024 we will be focusing on five types of genius moves, as well as providing you the tools to decide which ones are right for you.

Genius Move

How you might use it

🟢 Innovative strategies

Introducing a new business model or marketing strategy that differentiates you from competitors and attracts new clients.

🔵 A new partnership or collaboration

Forming a strategic alliance or partnership that opens up new opportunities and markets.

🟠 Technology adoption

Adopting or integrating cutting-edge technology that streamlines operations and improves efficiency.

🟡 Apply consumer and market insights

Leveraging unique market insights or demographic data to make informed decisions that lead to significant business growth.

🟣 Leadership development

Making decisions that improve team dynamics, enhances leadership capabilities, and drives organisational performance

Elite Retreat '24: Meet the keynotes

Be challenged and inspired by a diverse group of presenters with a future focus

Dom Thurbon

Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Dominic Thurbon is a leading authority in organisational transformation and innovation. As a dynamic speaker and strategist, he has advised top companies on adapting to market shifts and technological advancements. With a background in behavioural science, Dominic co-authored several influential works, including "Matter: How to Become the Obvious Choice."

Samantha McLean

Co-founder Elite agent

Samantha McLean is a highly respected figure in the Australian real estate industry. Before founding Elite Agent, Samantha had a successful career with leading corporations such as PwC, Optus, Cisco, and British Telecom, where she honed her skills in corporate strategy and marketing. Samantha is also known for her contributions as a speaker and consultant, helping real estate businesses navigate the new age of AI.

Matt Hall

Red Bull Air Race World Champion

Matt is the reigning Red Bull Air Race world champion and former Royal Australian Air Force top gun fighter pilot. Matt placed third in his world championship racing debut in 2009 and has since accumulated seven wins and 25 podiums, making him the most successful race pilot in the modern era.

Fiona Blayney

CEO and Founder, Real+

Fiona Blayney is CEO & Founder of the highly successful consultancy, training, accredited education and outsourced Trust Accounting business Real+, together with her team of 17, specialising in estate agency services in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K and the U.S. Over more than two decades she has developed a reputation for being one of the best business strategy, talent and growth specialists in the industry.

Paul McGee

The Sumo Guy

International speaker and bestselling author on change, resilience, motivation and inspiring leadership. An expert in human behaviour and performance and a visiting Professor at the University of Chester

Gavin Rubinstein

Founder, TRG (The Rubinstein Group)

Awarded Ray White’s number 1 salesperson across the state of New South Wales for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2018 and 2019, that extended to the Ray White Group globally. As his first year as a principal in 2020, Gavin ranked number 1 across the entire Ray White group. Forever one step ahead, Gavin is uncompromising in his dedication to continually be better than yesterday.

Scott Bateman

CEO, Kolmeo

Scott is the CEO of Kolmeo, property management software for the next generation of property managers. Scott has more than 20 years of experience leading strategy and growth at some of Australia’s biggest companies, including four years, leading growth and transformation at Australia’s biggest property manager, Little Real Estate. Scott holds multiple masters degrees covering strategy and globalisation and is a graduate of the world’s most elite business leadership program – the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Steve Carroll

Chief Engagement Officer

Steve Carroll is a respected real estate executive who is passionate about innovation and technology. He served as Director of Industry Relations at REA Group for over a decade and founded Digital Live, a consultancy that helps businesses enhance their operations and customer engagement through digital technology. Digital Live is a big supporter of Hands Across the Water, a non-profit that supports underprivileged children in Thailand. He is currently consulting in the UK.

Mark McLeod

Chief Strategy Officer The Ray White Group

When Mark McLeod speaks, real estate agents listen. One of the industry’s true thought-leaders, Mark’s expertise and honest, down-to-earth approach to business and real estate make him a highly sought and respected trainer.


Elite Retreat: Where industry leaders turn challenges into opportunities

Elite Retreat offers a unique environment to immerse yourself in focused learning and strategic thinking. Engage with industry experts, gain actionable insights, and network with like-minded professionals. Transform challenges into opportunities and elevate your business to new heights.


Plus - even more genius moves....

Discover the insights and strategies that can transform your business. Our spotlight guests bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to share the genius moves that have propelled them to success. Join us to learn, network, and get inspired by these industry leaders.


Rik Rushton

Evening Events MC


Mel Thomas

The KYUP! Project


Cara Atchison

Director - 1st City Real Estate Group, placed 4th in Survivor Australia


George Mladenov

Survivor Australia, The Amazing Race Australia


Dave Skow

Chief Operating Officer Ray White Macarthur Group


Andy Reid

Coach, Auctioneer, Speaker


Josh Horner

The Horner Agency


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"Elite Retreat really does live up to its name - it is an absolutely unique and Elite experience when it comes to the property industry and conferences available. Every detail has been thought through, I'd highly recommend it..."

- Hannah Gill, The Property Collective

How to secure your all inclusive

conference and accomodation pass

Elite Retreat is now in it’s third year – there is nothing else quite like it!

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Choose your room type

You can choose between a premium king or twin share room (~54sqm) for 11, 12, 13 August. You can also optionally upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite (~90 sqm)


Book your flights to Hamilton Island

You can fly to Hamilton Island (HTI) via virgin, Qantas or Jetstar from the main capital cities. You'll want to arrive on the morning of the 11th August and depart on the 14th August.

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Leave the rest to us

Once you've chosen your room package and booked your flights, everything else is included. You'll be met at Hamilton Island by a Luxury Launch, and that is precisely when your Hayman Island experience begins.



Escape to Hayman - Limited room release

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$ 5097


Additional Ticket Options Available at Checkout

Yes, life and business partners are welcome! First, purchase a single ticket, then add a full conference partner ticket for $2,497. This includes everything from transfers and the conference to meals and entertainment. Your partner will share your room

No problem! Purchase a single ticket, then add a partner, no conference ticket for $1,497. This allows your partner to join the dinners and other activities.

That’s fine too. Purchase a single ticket, then add an adult guest ticket for $497 to cover transfers and breakfasts.

Yes, children aged 5-12 years are welcome. Just note that King and 1 BR suites have a maximum occupancy of three guests. The cost for transfers and breakfast for a child is $297. Please be aware that the conference evening functions are not suitable for children.

We offer a limited number of multi-room suites, which include full conference tickets. These suites have individual ensuite bathrooms and large living areas:

  • 2 Bedroom Suite: (1 king, 2 single beds ~160sqm) for up to 4 guests – $8,497
  • 3 Bedroom Suite: (2 king, 2 single beds ~190sqm) for up to 6 guests – $12,497

Contact us via text below if you would like more information on suite upgrades.

Beachfront Activities - Complimentary (1)

"Man, for me it's a 10 out of 10. I want to go back to New Zealand and tell no one because I don't want anyone to learn what I've learned."

- Paul Neshausen, Barfoot & Thompson

With thanks to our
Elite Retreat 2024 partners




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Discover the Paradise of Hayman Island

Step into the newly reimagined Hayman Island, where luxury meets innovation. 

Following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, this iconic destination now boasts state-of-the-art facilities, sophisticated accommodations, and an unparalleled level of service. Experience the perfect blend of contemporary elegance and natural beauty, making every moment on the island truly unforgettable.


Hayman: The private playground of VIPs and celebrities

Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of waves gently lapping against the shore, with a day of exploration and indulgence ahead. Hayman Island is a haven of luxury, where top-notch amenities blend effortlessly with the island’s stunning natural beauty. Enjoy exquisite dishes crafted by top chefs, relax in luxurious accommodations, and explore the vibrant underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.

Hayman Island has always attracted celebrities and dignitaries looking for a private escape. Walk in the footsteps of stars like Elton John and Mariah Carey, who have enjoyed the island’s charm. Experience the exclusivity and glamour that make Hayman Island a favourite among the elite.

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