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Event orchestration | 5 August 2015

The 30 Best Event Venues in Australia

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Australia is the country that nearly everyone wants to visit. While the country is traditionally known for it’s sunshine, exotic animals, and breathtaking landscapes, it is also home to innovative companies and successful industries, this is especially true in Sydney’s central business district.

From cocktail parties to seminars, corporate dinners to team-building workshops, check out the 30 best venues in Australia to host a meeting, conference or event.

For even more awesome event venues, check out 38 Amazing Corporate Event Venues In North American, or read our list of 15 Gorgeous European Venues Planners Should Know.

The 30 STUNNING Venues In Australia

Event Venues In Sydney

1. Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of the venues in Australia that not only offers a unique space for event attendees, but also provides visitors with an opportunity to be immersed in Australian culture. This venue can be used for various events, such as conferences, product launches, cocktail parties, and professional dinners. Event organizers can also choose to include a tour of the gallery.

2.  Australian Technology Park

This venue in Australia is gaining publicity for its creative, industrial exhibition and conference center. The Australian Technology Park, features a 598 square meter dining hall with a connected atrium. It is ideal for large conferences and workshops. Need additional seating for your event? The Australian Technology Park also consists of a theatre, which branches from the dining room, and a theatrette, which is well-suited for small-group discussions.

3.  Chinese Garden of Friendship

This peaceful venue in Australia sits outside the hustle and bustle of Sydney life. The Chinese Garden’s Blue Room is perfect for smaller daytime events and functions, seating up to 40 people. This venue in Australia, which was designed and laid out by Chinese architects, offers exotic landscapes, charming bridges, and multiple pavilions for your events.

4.  Fairground Follies

One of the more unique venues in Australia, Fairground Follies offers event attendees an escape from the everyday. Nestled within the Mechanical Music Museum, this venue boasts fair attractions, a whimsical canopy, and thousands of fairy lights. Fairground Follies offers event organizers a chance to host themed events within the 2200 square meter space.

5.  SMC Conference and Function Centre

Located in the Sydney’s central business district, the SMC Conference and Function Centre is one of the more posh venues in Australia. With 16 state-of-the-art event spaces and award-winning catering services, the SMC is a magnificent place for both corporate events and small group workshops.

6.  Sydney Showground

Located in Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Showground offers multiple event spaces, such as Spotless Stadium, the Dome, Jenko and Kelly Pavilions, the Sydney Royal Stables (pictured above), and various exhibition halls for your corporate events, concerts, and product launches. With its many connections to local farms, Sydney Showground offers your event attendees fresh, high-quality menus at this stunning venue in Australia.

7.  Taronga Centre

Overlooking the Sydney Harbour, the Taronga Centre offers multiple spaces for meetings and conferences. Many corporate events can have access to Taronga’s personal zoo and its many activities, including Sky Safari, a tour by cable car over the Taronga zoo. Catering is provided by Restaurant Associates, which is dedicated to sustainable practices.

8.  SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

What better way to make an event memorable than putting it in Sydney’s iconic aquarium? SEA LIFE offers event packages for buffets, cocktail parties, and sit-down dinners that serve a minimum of 50 people, making it well-suited for conferences and networking events. Event attendees will have the opportunity to view over 700 different species of aquatic life before and after the conference.

9.  Eden Gardens

Perfect for outdoor corporate functions or parties, Eden Gardens consists of beautiful landscapes with terraces and garden theaters. Its event facility, North Ryde Centre, is available year-round upon request. With flexible catering services, event organizers can choose menus best-suited to their event, ranging from an outdoor barbeque to a sumptuous sit-down dinner.

10. WatervieW

Located in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park, WatervieW provides flexible event packages suited for product launches or team-building workshops. Set outside of the central business district, WatervieW is a quaint, forested setting for focused thinking.

11.  Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum provides an up-close and personal view of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The Lighthouse Gallery, an event space with the stunning backdrop of both the harbor and the Sydney city lights, is ideal for various occasions both upscale and low key. Event organizers also have the option of using the HMAS Vampire, a retired Naval destroyer.

Event Venues In Melbourne

12. Centre Ivanhoe

In the heart of Melbourne’s suburbs lies the Centre Ivanhoe, one of the venues in Australia that provides your event attendees with a high-class, Art Deco experience. With spacious, dramatic function rooms, the Centre Ivanhoe is well-suited for large events such as galas, corporate dinners, and conferences.

13. Luna Park Melbourne

Full of vigor and fun, Luna Park is an ideal spot for an unforgettable event. This venue in Australia provides both exceptional event spaces and access to 18 different rides and attractions. Many events are held in the Luna Palace Function Room, which overlooks Port Phillip Bay and can seat up to 550 guests. Later this year, an unnamed event space, which hangs over the park, will be ready for use.

14.  Spirit of Melbourne

Your guests will have an opportunity to fully experience Australia’s city on a river by touring it on the Spirit of Melbourne. One of the few mobile venues in Australia, the Spirit of Melbourne cruises up the Yarra River; up to 90 guests not only get an incredible view of the city, but also can enjoy a four-course meal provided by the Spirit of Melbourne restaurant.

15.  Hawthorn Arts Centre

The Hawthorn Arts Centre is one of the venues in Australia that can accommodate a number of different event types: performance and large function spaces, meeting and medium function spaces, and intimate meeting spaces. High-quality catering is provided by EPICURE, which favors local suppliers and follows sustainable practices.

16.  Luminare

Melbourne’s Luminare is a contemporary facility surrounded by the city’s skyline. You have the opportunity to work with Luminare’s partner, The Design Depot, to create a themed layout with classic or trendy props. Event packages include cocktails parties, dinners, and wine tastings, making this venue in Australia ideal for upscale corporate events.

Event Venues In Brisbane

17. Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is the hub for this city’s art scene, and it’s home to Brisbane’s Comedy Festival. Event spaces include multiple theaters, plazas, and studios, but the Powerhouse also offers classy terraces for your outdoor events. Event spaces include up-to-date sound systems, electronic whiteboards, data projectors, and reliable wifi.

18.  Lightspace

One of the few venues in Australia with boutique-style architecture, Lightspace mixes vintage with contemporary. This venue can be booked as one large, 660 square meter space; it can also be divided into two spaces, which can be further divided to suit the needs of the event. Lightspace also provides guest with access to its Japanese-inspired outdoor terrace, complete with a bamboo hedge and a magnificent view of the city.

19.  Logan Metro

Managed by inSports, Logan Metro Sports Centre is one of the only 5-star sports venues in Australia. With three international standard courts, four function rooms, a health and fitness center, a lounge, and a café, Logan Metro has a diverse number of options for you. Although it was first designed for major sporting events, it has become a versatile center for conferences and product launches, as well. Additionally, Logan Metro catering includes numerous options crafted to best suit the atmosphere of the event, ranging from casual finger foods to a more formal dinner menu.

20.  Tattersall’s Club

What started as Brisbane’s premier thoroughbred horse race club has turned into a hotspot for commerce and networking. Tattersall’s Function Centre provides well-furnished rooms — such as the Grand Ballroom (pictured above) and the Chandelier Room — to fit every corporate or private occasion. At this venue in Australia, you can work with Tattersall’s award-winning kitchen to craft the perfect menu.

21.  Transcontinental Hotel

One of Brisbane’s icons, the Transcontinental Hotel is known for its charming style. Event spaces include bars for private and corporate events, as well as the Dining Hall, which connects to an outdoor deck that overlooks the city.

Event Venues In Perth

22.  Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Complete with ballrooms, theaters, private meeting rooms, and pavilions, this venue in Australia can suit both large and small events. One of its largest event spaces, Riverside Theatre, is a versatile space used for presentations, conferences, concerts, speeches, and awards ceremonies. Like other venues in Australia, PCEC’s catering services buys ingredients from local farmers to ensure food is fresh.

23.  Pan Pacific Perth

The Pan Pacific Perth is known for its breathtaking formal event spaces, the Golden (shown above) and the Grand River ballrooms, but it also has eleven meeting rooms for smaller functions or team-building activities. This venue offers themed coffee breaks, customizable meals, and cozy accommodations.

Event Venues In Adelaide

24.  Adelaide Convention Centre

The Adelaide Convention Centre is located on the banks of the River Torrens, offering event attendees a marvelous view as attendees network on either the Riverbank Square or Riverbank Promenade. Each event space in this award-winning venue features the latest technology to ensure the success of presentations. The center’s menus are filled with modern Australian cuisine, but they can be changed to fulfill the requirements of the event.

25.  Adelaide Festival Centre

One of the most diverse venues in Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre is a hub for cultural events, concerts, and a vast array of festivals. Event spaces can be elegant or exotic, vintage or modern. Larger events can be held in spaces such as Festival Theatre or Dunstan Playhouse. This venue also consists of multiple cafés, bars, and bistros to suit the tastes of your event attendees.

26.  Adelaide Pavilion

Adelaide Pavilion is a minimalistic glass building nestled into the Veale Gardens. This quiet venue in Australia is surrounded by both evergreen and deciduous trees, a rose garden, and multiple sculptures. Set aside from Adelaide city life, this venue’s peaceful setting is perfect for team-building exercises, but it can also be an ideal spot for fundraisers and gala dinners.

27.  Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo

The Sanctuary is not only one of the few venues in Australia that allows guests to get up close and personal with wildlife, but it’s also the only place in the southern hemisphere that hosts two giant pandas. This venue offers multiple event spaces, such as the Bamboo Forest, Sir Thomas Elder Rotunda, and the Durrell Gallery.

Event Venues In Canberra

28.  Budawang Pavilion

Located in the Exhibition Park just 10 minutes outside Canberra’s central business district, Budawang Pavilion is one of the most popular venues in Australia. Boasting 3310 sq.m. space, this pavilion is suitable for concerts, exhibitions, seminars, catered functions, and festivals.

29.  National Museum of Australia

History, social sciences, and cultural practices all lie within this beautiful building. The National Museum of Australia offers event spaces that are surrounded by its exhibits. For instance, The Hall, one of the larger spaces, includes pieces from the National Historical Collection.

30.  National Portrait Gallery

Built to rely on natural light, the National Portrait Gallery is one of the newer, more creative venues in Australia. The building itself is a work of art: angled walls and a tilted roof make it unique. The many portraits of the gallery serve as the perfect backdrop for cocktail parties or dinners.

From the cultural hub of Adelaide to the central business district of Canberra, Australia can provide the perfect setting for your event!

We’re sure that any of the events listed on our venues in Australia directory will bring a smile to your attendees face.

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