Home to some of the world’s best surf, beautiful beaches, historical landmarks, and a bustling business center, Sydney offers visitors the ideal mixture of work and play. In addition to the year-round sunshine, Sydney is regarded as the event capital in Australia since its calendar is always packed with festivals, cultural exhibitions, sporting events, and world-renowned firework shows.
Sydney is regarded as one of the world’s top meeting and event cities because it gives planners an ideal location, beautiful natural sights, innovative business facilities, and more.
Check out our planner’s guide to the best venues for meeting and event professionals in Sydney.
Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider
1. ICC Sydney
Looking for a venue that has it all? Then the ICC Sydney is for you! Located in the heart of Sydney just 4 miles from the international and domestic airports, the ICC consists of the ICC Sydney Theatre (9,000 guests), the Exhibition Centre, and the Convention Centre. In addition to 376,737 sq. ft of meeting and event space, the ICC offers planners a 590-person hotel, the world’s best technology, a waterfront location, an outdoor bar and lounge, and more. Whatever your event needs, the ICC can handle.
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2. The Calyx
Located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Calyx prides itself on being a premium event space. The Calyx offers planners indoor and outdoor space that can accommodate 100 to 400 guests and offers wine and cuisine created to reflect the surrounding garden. Whether you choose the Iris Terrace, the Lawn area, or one of the internal rooms like the Foyer or the Function Space, your guests will be surrounded by a living gallery of over 18,000 plants.
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Located in the dress district of Sydney with views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Shangri-La will add glamour to any meeting or event. The Shangri-La offers 565 guest rooms, three award-winning restaurants, a bar, Spa, and 22 event rooms. Whether you’re planning a meeting or event for 20 or 850 people, the Shangri-La will ensure its nothing short of elegant.
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Give your attendees an event with a view by hosting your next meeting or event at the Studio. Located in Sydney Tower 1,000 feet above the ground, the Studio offers planners flexible venue space for up to 200 guests. Ideal for conferences, team building, galas, parties and more, the Studio provides planners with fine dining, award-winning wine options, and more to choose from. The sky is your limit when hosting at the Studio.
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Host your next meeting or event at one of the best-known World Heritage sites, the Sydney Opera House. Home to over 2,500 performances per year, the Opera House also offers venue space to give your event a world-class feel. For large gatherings, the Opera House offers planners the renowned Concert Hall (2,679 guests) and the Studio (600 guests). For more intimate events, the Opera House provides can planners with the elegant Utzon room (200 guests) and the flexible Playhouse (398 guests). Whatever the size of your meeting or event, the Sydney Opera House is sure to strike a chord with your attendees.
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Located on the Sydney Harbor and steps away from The Rocks and the Circular Quay, this award-winning business hotel is the place to host your meeting or event in Sydney. The Four Seasons offers eleven venues totaling over 18,029 sq. ft of dedicated venue space. Perhaps most noteworthy is the New Grand Ballroom designed by award-winning architects Bates Smart and holds up to 1,000 guests. With modern venue space, 531 guest rooms, and locally inspired cuisine, who wouldn’t want to host their next meeting or event here?
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7. South Steyne
Looking for a unique and exciting waterfront Sydney venue? Then look no further! Sydney's South Steyne is the place for you. Permanently located at Darling Harbuor, this floating restaurant and function centre offers planners two decks equipped with four function rooms, a restaurant, and an outdoor waterfront area. These spaces, which all boast great views, can accommodate 24 to 250 guests. Whether you're looking to host a company party, product launch, or another type of special event, this floating venue definitely won't "sink" any expectations.
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Hold your next meeting or event at Carriage Works, one of Australia’s most renown event spaces. The largest multi-art center in all of Australia, Carriage Works offers planners 12 raw, industrial, versatile venue spaces that can accommodate 20 to 1,500 guests. In addition to the space, planners can utilize the Carriage Work's catering panel, which features six gold-licensed caterers: Harvest by Darren Taylor, ThingsXJohn, Plated, Made by Merivale, the Caterer Sydney, and Cook & Waiter. With great catering options and flexible venue space, no wonder why events like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sydney Festival, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, and more, trust Carriage Works to host their events.
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Located in Sydney’s central business district (CDB) the heritage-listed Sofitel Sydney Wentworth combines its French tradition with modern sophistication. This 5-star hotel features 436 guest rooms, two restaurants, and premier meeting and event space. The Sofitel offers planners a variety of venue space, like the Wentworth Ballroom (1,000 guests), the Hobart room (76 guests), the Executive Boardroom (16 guests), and ten other spaces. All rooms are equipped with cutting-edge technology and an on-site audio-visual team to ensure your event runs smoothly.
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Are your attendees' wine lovers? Then Sydney's Urban Winery is the place for you! Planners can host up to 250 guests in the Urban's active winery, which features wine barrels, a wine bar, and a cellar door. The Urban Winery also offers planners the option of catering, so attendees can dine while sipping on locally grown wine. Host your next event among the wine barrels of Urban Winery.
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Top 3 Things to Do in Sydney
With 150 miles of shorelines, landmarks like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, and more, the Sydney Harbor is packed with must-sees for tourists. Visitors can hop on a ferry for lunch or to travel to different parts of the Harbour and take in the scenic views.
Pro Tip: For some of the most picturesque of the Harbour, take a sunset ferry around the Harbour.
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Rated the number one thing to do in Sydney, the Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of Sydney’s best-known icons. The Sydney Harbor Bridge, which is one of the world’s largest steel arch bridges, offers tourists unique views of the Sydney Harbour. For those feeling adventurous, you can climb through the bridge with BridgeClimb, where you’ll experience truly panoramic and unique views of the skyline, Opera House, and the Harbour.
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3. Bondi Beach
Regarded as one of the top surfing destinations and most beautiful beaches in the world, Bondi Beach is a must-visit. This free beach offers visitors gnarly waves, boutiques, souvenir shops, kite flying, and of course, sunbathing.
Pro Tip: Due to this beach’s popularity, arrive early to secure your spot on the sand.
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Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Sydney venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Sydney? Let us know by commenting below!