The Gold Coast is synonymous with being outside – it has great year-round weather and plenty of venues that take advantage of that. But it also has venues that think outside the square. Here are 10 places to hold your event that do things a little differently.
1 The new HOTA, Home of the Arts is a surprisingly versatile space that lends itself to a myriad of options. The terraced outdoor area is great for setting up some food trucks or festival style eating options, while the state-of-the-art stage can be used for performances, presentations, award ceremonies, gala dinners, or simply as a cool place to set up dessert stations.
2 For al fresco sit down lunches or dinners utilise the hectares of outdoor space at RACV Royal Pines Resort. It’s pillarless Royal Benowa Ballroom and Foyer are great for conferences and trade shows, but the resort’s catering team can set up mobile kitchens including wood burning pizza ovens in its expansive grounds and produce an Italian themed feast straight out of the Godfather movies. Why not cap it off with the Singing Chef, a soprano who belts out songs that belie his youthful looks and top off a Bellissimo theme perfectly.
3 The Collective Palm Beach offers a beach-inspired indoor/outdoor space for 300 diners. This collaboration of hospo experts and owner operator chefs, delivers a market style concept offering five kitchens serving up American, Italian, Mexican, Asian and contemporary Australian. It is also a great place to indulge in a cocktail making class under the eye of one of their quirky mixologists. Want to know how to make an espresso martini served in a waffle cone? The best part is you get to drink your work!
4 Another very outside the box venue is Miami Marketta. This laneway style venue is part streetfood precinct and part performance space, and it comes with its own Gin Parlour. It can do 1500 pax concerts, but the shape of the venue means it can be expanded or reduced to fit the size of the event from 650 gala dinners to intimate sit down affairs – and choose from 25 food vendors of all nationalities in the one space.
5 Get events pumping with some aerobics, and with the Sharks Events Centre in Southport you can expect to be given a thorough work out – this is home to the local AFL team after all. The multi-purpose facility can do banquets for 650 and you can stay onsite at the 120-room Mantra at Sharks if you need to rest.
6 Themeparks are tailor made for events that think out of the square, with Village Roadshow Themeparks covering all the bases. The Sea World Conference Centre has a capacity for 1000, while the resort’s hotel offers 400 rooms and suites. Take advantage of the properties exhilarating rides, exciting shows, beautiful animals, and spectacular theming across its six properties including The Outback Experience which can take up to 1000 on a journey to the iconic Australian bush while indulging in a three-course dinner. Dreamworld also mixes it up with venues that have a built-in wow factor of thrilling rides and attractions. They also have tigers. Grrrrr.
7 Shopping centres might not be the first venue that comes to mind for large events, but the Pacific Fair wants to change that. With over 400 stores and 75 food and beverage outlets with 25 casual and upmarket restaurants and afterhours exclusive shopping you are limited only by your imagination. And if you use the F&B outlets the space comes for free – really.
8 You’re never far from the water on the Gold Coast, but how about being on the water? Yot Club is one of the newest event spaces on the Gold Coast. This purpose-built events boat has all weather decking, an 8m stage that can be viewed from both decks, an on board kitchen with catering by Daniel Ridgeway and is licensed for 400. It also has a floating heli-pad for those that like a grand entrance.
9 Another new venue is Hyde Paradiso, which has brought a touch of Los Angeles to the Gold Coast. A partnership between Accor and sbe Entertainment Group, the Sunset Strip inspired space on Level 2 within Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise is available for exclusive use.
10 It’s a safe bet to say anything is possible at The Star Gold Coast. Billions of dollars are transforming the Broadbeach resort into a small city in its own right. New luxury hotel brands, new world class dining precincts, new indoor and outdoor event space opportunities are all on the menu. The long and short, if you want your event to be a star, hold it at The Star.