It’s Time To Get Festive

Friday October 27th, 2017

If you have not booked a venue for your end of year work party then you should get fired up about it right now. As workloads and attention spans slowly begin to ebb away, employees are looking toward the finish line of 2017 so they can let their hair down.

Some people, however, prefer to dodge the annual End of Year/Christmas party but like me, many use it as a way to celebrate a successful year with fellow workmates.

But what makes an office party enjoyable?

Free booze and a photo booth may cut it for some but if you want to add a real exclamation point we suggest adding a few extras into the mix including:

  • A specific but fun theme to follow
  • Roaming photographers to distribute free photos
  • Custom frames for smartphone pictures
  • Carnival type games like Sumo-suite wrestling
  • Offer quirky awards for employees
  • Slow-Mo video station

Down at South Wharf Melbourne, you have a variety of options available, all with their own unique flair and appeal.

Sail into Boaties for drinks

If you are looking for an award-winning outdoor venue then escape to The Boatbuilders Yard. As the sun warms and sparkles across the Yarra there’s no better place to be than enjoying a chilled drink in the venue’s beautiful beer garden.

The versatile space is perfect for either a formal or casual engagement and the staff can even set up a few games of giant Jenga and Connect 4 if you are keen.

You can order yourself a Canape or BBQ Buffet for 20 to 1,400 people if you like, so there is no business they can’t handle. Visit the Boaties site to make a booking here.

Old-world industrial charm meets modern chic

Another option is Cargo Hall, a riverside purpose-built function space that holds up to 600 guests. The ultra-cool industrial space features a suspended stage, outside terrace and a charming balance of modern and historic elements.

The Cargo Hall offers uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s wonderful city skyline and is a stone’s throw from the CBD. You can browse the venue’s all-inclusive Christmas packages via their official site here.

To make a booking you can contact their event producers on (03) 9682 8333 or email

Need a large-scale function space?

Larger companies should consider Showtime Events Centre which boasts a stunning custom designed chandelier bar and riverside terrace. Showtime caters for events up to 1,000 people alone, and between 3,000 – 5,000 in collaboration with other South Wharf Promenade spaces.

You can select from three event packages and a range of innovative menus with award winning caterers.

Contact Showtime today to discuss the unique options on offer. Make a booking by calling (03) 9682 1777 or email

After a smaller spot? 

South Wharf’s selection of restaurants and watering holes also caters to smaller businesses. Even if your office consists of half a dozen people we have a place for you to share your experiences from the year gone by over an amazing meal.

Whichever way you decide to celebrate the end of 2017, we hope it is fun and safe.