Our Top 10 Favourite Event Venues in Sydney
Throughout the years we have been privileged to photograph some of Sydney’s premium and unique event spaces. We’re often asked by our clients where we would recommend. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, however, we managed to choose our top 10 favourites for you below. We hope you enjoy the tour as much as we enjoyed capturing the occasions.
Fox Studios – Stage 7
This is the perfect space for larger events. McGrath‘s Annual Awards night comfortably held over 950 people. Here are some tips from the event organiser herself, Nic Byrne:
“When looking for a venue to host our McGrath Awards Night each year, there are certain factors that we must meet, which can make the search for the perfect space a little difficult.
The hidden gem that is Stage 7 at Fox Studios Australia though was the perfect spot for this year’s event. The history, the grandeur, the central location and most importantly the complete blank canvas that it is, meant we could make the space work to a floor plan we dictated. And, it didn’t disappoint!
We will definitely be back for another year. With every event we do though, we’ve learnt and realised what we need to change or do differently. Such as for next year we will investigate adding more bathroom amenities, after all, the space is a working stage sound, not a dedicated event space. So we were limited to the fixed, outside space where the amenities were.
It’s also a venue where you have to do EVERYTHING. Essentially, Fox Studios give you a safety induction and then hand over the keys, so you need to have a strong team to manage the complete Bump in and Bump out schedule. There is nothing available onsite too, so checklists become very important! If you forget something, or need extra, it can be near impossible to get forgotten items at the last minute.
All these points considered though, it was perfect for our event, and we will be back!”
Art Gallery NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Boasting a vast array of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Making it a perfect central location for any event. We had the pleasure of capturing the 30th Anniversary event for RESIMAC in the Entrance Court and a Sisely Paris product launch in the Function Room.
The State Theatre has long been at the forefront of Sydney’s artistic and cultural life. They are totally committed to providing the highest level of service, style and entertainment. Since 2010 they have hosted large corporate events for some of Australia’s largest and well-known brands. We were lucky enough to shoot the Honda Dealer Awards for 2017 here and it was a spectacular event to say the least.
The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria opened in April 2012, the site which spans approximately an acre within the inner west city fringe suburb of Alexandria, hosts a coffee research and education facility, artisan bakery and a permaculture garden of heirloom vegetables, fragrant herbs, fresh fruit and flowers along with a small animal farm. We loved shooting such a unique event for Macquarie Telcom, who held their conference in the Garden Space.
Ovolo Woolloomooloo offers Sydney’s most gorgeous private spaces. Boasting versatile floor plans and fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, you’ll find something to suit every imaginable occasion and guest list. With 10 stunning event spaces, Google Partners and Mint Design held their half day conference in the multipurpose Lo Lounge area.
Meet Sydney’s swankiest spot. A luxurious rooftop oasis overlooking Pool Club, Ivy Penthouse is one of Sydney’s most exquisite event spaces. A spa, custom built bar and a balcony surrounded by lush tropical planting are key features of this private party venue. It was the perfect setting for BCA Logic‘s 20th Anniversary, and was certainly a lot of fun to shoot.
Want to add ‘wild side’ to your next staff meeting or event? With 180 degree, uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo provides a picturesque backdrop and unique setting that is guaranteed to make any event truly memorable, and it definitely was for the EML Awards Night that were held in the Harbour Room.
The Star, Sydney’s premier conference and event destination offers three luxury hotel towers and a multi-purpose Event Centre, which is where Backdrops Fantastic enjoyed their annual awards night. With it’s grandiose capacity, it was certainly an impressive occasion.
Early last century, the electricity for Sydney’s tram system was generated in the Turbine Hall. One hundred years later, this vast space with its suspended aircraft provides a dramatic setting for a dinner of up to 200 guests or cocktail reception for up to 500 guests. What an amazing night it was when we had the pleasure of shooting Tech Sydney‘s event in such a sensational venue.
Australian National Maritime Museum
Hire a venue at the Australian National Maritime Museum and enjoy harbour views, a glittering city skyline and a totally unique event experience. Make a statement by booking one of 12 stunning venues all poised on the edge of famous Darling Harbour, Sydney. The Terrace Room was the backdrop for the HRI Event that we were thrilled to capture.