Located in the heart of Brisbane and just a 15-minute stroll from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane City Hall is one of the city’s most significant historical and architectural icons. The Main Auditorium, which has a circular design decorated with fluted pilasters, can accommodate 800 guests for a seated event, or up to 2,000 for a cocktail function. The large stage, semicircular balcony and 1890s grand organ are framed by an ornate frieze sculpted by world-renowned Australian artist Daphne Mayo. Outside the building, King George Square can be transformed into a giant dinner party, barbecue or cocktail reception, with more than 3,000 square metres of useable space.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading galleries, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) celebrates the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. This premium venue has hosted significant international events such as the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit reception. Up to 1,500 guests can walk through the Long Gallery and River Room during a cocktail event, interacting with each other and the surrounding artworks. The River Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer striking views of the city and Brisbane River. Catering comes courtesy of GOMA’s award-winning chef, Josue Lopez, who showcases top-quality produce from Queensland, including seafood, meats and Australian native ingredients. It takes just five minutes to walk to GOMA from the nearby Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Connect with Melbourne’s maritime history at Showtime Events Centre, a meticulously restored heritage-listed building that once serviced cargo vessels bringing supplies to the rapidly growing city. Located on the doorstep of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre alongside the Yarra River, this ‘industrial glam’ venue offers a pillarless and unobstructed function space that can host a stand-up cocktail function for up to 1,000 guests. Design details such as original wooden roof trusses and a bar featuring overhead chandeliers come together to make this repurposed venue truly unique. On-site event coordinators can organise everything from theming to inspirational speakers, musical entertainment and fireworks.
Just a 10-minute drive from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria is within easy reach of the centre of town. Australian artist Leonard French’s kaleidoscopic stained-glass ceiling inside the Great Hall provides a memorable backdrop for cocktail functions for up to 1,400 guests. The symbolist painter, who had previously never worked with glass, decided he wanted to “paint with light” when he accepted the commission to create “a ceiling that is a work of art in itself”.
It took him five years to complete and now attracts over 1 million visitors each year. The Great Hall and Federation Court can together host banquets for up to 1,000 people or cocktail functions for up to 2,500 where guests can enjoy exclusive access to current exhibitions.
Situated in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum is a 10-minute walk from the International Convention Centre Sydney and has views over Pyrmont Bay. The museum’s distinctive architecture, multiple nautical-themed galleries and outdoor spaces create a one-of-a-kind precinct that can cater for over 2,500 people across 12 unique and adaptable venues. Guests can even dine on the deck of the HMAS Vampire, one of the largest destroyers built in Australia. The Waterfront Pavilion includes interactive displays that commemorate more than 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy.
Located inside Sydney Town Hall, Centennial Hall was completed in 1889. This versatile venue can accommodate 800 guests for a seated event, or up to 1,500 for a cocktail function. The hall has an ornate 20-metre-high ceiling to enhance the acoustics when the Fazioli grand piano or 25-metre-wide grand organ is played. Stained-glass windows depicting Australian flora surround the space, while an extensive sound and lighting system makes this venue ideal for large-scale events. Centennial Hall is only a 10-minute walk from the International Convention Centre Sydney.