Destination Guide: Australia

Australia's Gold Coast: venue update

A waterside meeting space and an outdoor terrace are part of the new spaces on offer for event planners on Australia's Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre: An AUS $14m redevelopment of the facility was undertaken to host the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, which runs from 21 to 24 August 2014. In addition to state-of-the-art, international standard competition facilities, the upgraded Gold Coast Aquatic Centre houses two indoor multi-purpose spaces suitable for meetings, seminars and functions for between 60 to 80 persons. Located alongside the Gold Coast Broadwater in Southport, outdoor podium areas also provide a waterside venue for larger functions and events.

Sharks Event Centre: The venue is undergoing major refurbishment, with the whole facility given an AUS $1m face lift including brand new tiles, a fresh paint job, an upgrade of audio visual equipment, plus new furniture, lighting, carpets, curtains, a new bar and catering equipment. The first stage of the renovation will be unveiled early next year. 

Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa: A flexible boutique space called Pandanus has opened, catering for up to 200 delegates. Formerly the Rolls Nightclub, the space offers 350sqm of internal space, high speed internet, built-in AV systems and an outdoor terrace suited to welcome gatherings and working lunches. The venue underwent an £18m refurbishment in 2012.

RACV Royal Pines: Renovations are underway at RACV Royal Pines for the complete overhaul of the conference centre, which caters for 1,800 people. Among the changes will be a new grand staircase and a glass frontage to the 1500msq Royal Benowa Ballroom, which will expand the ballroom and pre-function space, connecting it with the landscape of the golf course beyond. 

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