Journey Beyond Cruise, Sydney
An afternoon or evening spent cruising around the world’s most beautiful harbour is pretty hard to beat and Journey Beyond Cruises’ 78-foot luxury cruiser, Spirit of Migloo, provides a magnificent floating events space. Sturdy, spacious and with modern amenities, the vessel features three expansive decks, two separate interior spaces, and an outdoor bow and rooftop sundeck from which to take in all the sparkling Sydney sights.
You can charter the vessel exclusively for up to 120 guests cocktail, or hire either the main deck (50 seated, 80 cocktail) or the upper deck (30 seated, 40 cocktail) aboard a scheduled cruise. There’s a variety of food and beverage options available, with everything from canapés to three-course sit down meals featuring local, seasonal produce accompanied by sommelier-selected New South Wales wines.
HYDE Hacienda Bar + Lounge, Sydney
Whether it’s for hosting a corporate function, product launch or work drinks, HYDE Hacienda Bar + Lounge is one of those places that’s sure to impress. Overlooking Circular Quay, this contemporary lounge-style cocktail bar lends a relaxed and playful vibe with its pastel-coloured furnishings and foliage hanging down from the ceiling.
On the menu you’ll find fresh and vibrant share dishes that take on the bold flavours of the Americas alongside tropical-inspired cocktails and French and Australian wines. The space can host from 30 to 200 guests and there’s a dedicated events team on hand to ensure a seamless and highly enjoyable experience.
Odyssea City Beach, Perth
Even though it’s just a 15-minute drive from Perth CBD, Odyssea City Beach will make you feel as though you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Overlooking the majestic Indian Ocean, the sun-drenched outdoor ‘SSEA DECK’ is the place to be when you want to bask in the glow of those famous Western Australia sunsets.
The deck can accommodate up to 170 cocktail style, while the coastal-inspired indoor restaurant can host up to 120 seated or 200 cocktail, or you can have the full venue for larger events of up to 200 seated or 300 cocktail. Whether it’s an end-of-year cocktail function with canapés and live cooking stations, or a seated dining event, this spectacular seaside location is simply perfect for summer entertaining.
Iris Rooftop, Brisbane
Perched atop Hotel X in Brisbane’s hip and happening Fortitude Valley, Iris Rooftop oozes luxe Mediterranean vibes at every turn. With its 360-degree city views, sprawling lap pool and chic cabanas, this gorgeous venue is guaranteed to bring the wow-factor to summertime events. There are many function spaces on offer to suit whatever type of mood your event is after.
Sip champagne while taking in the atmosphere from the Iris Cabanas, host a dinner party against a glittering backdrop of the city skyline and Story Bridge, or have the whole venue for up to 250 guests and party the night away. More intimate events will be perfectly catered to in the Private Dining Room (10 seated) or The Sunset Lounge (50 cocktail).
Stokehouse St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne
With its striking design, enviable beachfront location and award-winning food and wine, it’s hardly surprising Stokehouse is a highly coveted events venue. Overlooking St. Kilda Beach, this stunning restaurant boasts uninterrupted sea views and several elegant spaces that can be booked exclusively for events of up to 250 guests cocktail or 150 seated.
More intimate dining events will be perfectly catered to in the privacy of the Palm Room which accommodates up to 40 guests, or the Cellar Room which is secluded away from the main restaurant and offers a semi-private dining experience for up to 14 guests. Top tip – start your event with welcome drinks and the fresh sea breeze on the STOKEBAR terrace.