Eight Sydney venues you didn't know existed
Take a tour of our favourite hidden gems – plus some iconic Sydney spots you never knew you could hire
Sydney’s sprawling metropolis has thousands of unique venues – each with its own personality and offerings. Here’s a rundown of eight of our top off-the-beaten-track picks to help make your next meeting truly memorable, plus a few local favourites that are now available for exclusive events.
1. Hipster Hollywood Glam
Located in the original Paramount House building in the heart of hipster Surry Hills, Golden Age Cinema is an intimate homage to the world of old Hollywood glamour. High ceilings, a full-service bar with custom cocktails and tasty finger food, and the original Paramount Pictures screening room all serve to make this venue absolutely unforgettable.
2. Set sail on Sydney Harbour
There’s nothing quite like Sydney Harbour, but instead of searching for a luxurious venue with views, why not opt for a state-of-the-art ship that skims the waves at sunset? Captain Cook Cruises offers fully customisable options for business event organisers looking to make an impression, plus a flotilla of activities that will set your next face-to-face meeting apart.
3. Heritage on the waterfront
Recently restored to its former glory by a multi-million-dollar remediation and restoration effort, Campbell’s Stores is a stunning heritage dining and entertaining hub in The Rocks. Perfectly placed between The Park Hyatt and The Overseas Passenger Terminal, the three-storey, gable-fronted sandstone precinct offers panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. Home to seven world-class restaurants and bars, this one-of-a-kind waterfront venue will not disappoint.
4. Intimate industrial chic
Situated inside a former working mechanic’s shop, Riley Street Garage is a 150-seat restaurant informed by 1930’s New York glamour. With a décor scheme inspired by the Big Apple’s famous meatpacking district, and original mullioned warehouse-style windows overlooking the street, your next event will be the height of urban cool. Featuring a signature raw food menu and world-class oyster bar anchored around an extensive brass beverage-serving area, this Sydney venue is sure to impress.
5. Exclusive gala gold
Situated off the shores of beautiful Balmain, Goat Island is a hidden oasis awash with majestic sandstone buildings, secluded hiking trails, important Indigenous sites and recent convict and maritime history. With breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and harbour foreshore from all sides and no unauthorised moorings permitted, it’s ideal for your own private inner-city island business event.
6. Contemporary and connected
Concealed on the top floor of Here Coworking’s landmark Sydney space, The Viewing Deck is one of the local event industry’s best-kept secrets. Offering stunning wall-to-window views of Pyrmont Bay and just a stone’s throw from other attractions such as The Star, Sydney Fish Market and the Powerhouse Museum, the inner-city hideaway is the perfect place for events of up to 150 people. And with state-of-the-art connectivity options and custom catering on offer, it’s ideal for those looking for an event space that offers face-to-face and digital conferencing options.
7. Events of all sizes
Escape the hustle and bustle of inner-city life with the Blue Mountains’ premier eco-resort. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is set on a carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve taking up over 7000 acres of prime land, with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and luxurious facilities. Business event organisers will love the easy 2.5-hour drive from Sydney, walk-in wine cellar with over 150 different labels, elegantly appointed villas for delegates wishing to turn the trip into a weekender, and kitted-out private function areas suitable for everything from business retreats to team-building days and full-scale conferences.