10 unique ways to welcome guests to your business event in Brisbane - Choose Brisbane


10 unique ways to welcome guests to your business event in Brisbane

You only get one chance to make a first impression – and in Brisbane, you’ll find no shortage of amazing ways to give your guests a world-class welcome.

A modern and vibrant city that’s bursting with urban adventures and natural wonders, Brisbane offers a wide range of first-rate venues and experiences to help start your business event off on the right foot and give your attendees a greeting they’ll never forget.

Here are 10 ways you can roll out the red carpet for your guests in Brisbane.

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

Give your guests a true Brisbane experience to remember aboard the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, the iconic paddle steamers that have been cruising the Brisbane River and showcasing Brisbane’s stunning sights for over 30 years.

On your private river cruise, guests will stroll the outdoor decks, enjoy a drink on the rooftop, and see some of Brisbane’s most spectacular attractions in style, including the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the iconic Story Bridge and the popular South Bank precinct, as well as the city’s finest modern and heritage architecture.

With nine individual function spaces, a Kookaburra River Cruise is a brilliant way to welcome your event delegates.

Howard Smith Wharves

Howard Smith Wharves

Boasting dazzling views of the Story Bridge and city skyline, Howard Smith Wharves showcases the best of what Brisbane has to offer. With a relaxed atmosphere, the precinct epitomises Brisbane’s laid-back lifestyle and sets the scene for the perfect introduction.

Conveniently located within a 10 minute walk of Brisbane’s CBD, the riverfront destination offers multiple dining options and indoor and outdoor event spaces.

From the new Felons Barrell Hall – inspired by German beer halls, with a mouth-watering menu prepared by gourmet chefs – to delicious eats on the deck of Mr Percival’s, Howard Smith Wharves is the place to give your guests an experience that’s sure to get them talking.


Give your guests an extraordinary experience and hold your bespoke Brisbane welcome at QAGOMA.

If you want to give your guests a cultural welcome, you can’t go past QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art). Located in South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural precinct, QAGOMA features a collection of more than 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art, and is known around the globe for its dynamic program of local and international exhibitions.

A variety of sophisticated event spaces are available for your delegates to immerse themselves in the artwork. Better yet, the QAGOMA Catering & Events team provide exceptional service tailored to every event, including creative, modern menus designed by QAGOMA’s acclaimed Executive Chef.

Eat Street Northshore

Eat Street

Located on a historic wharf just 12 minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Eat Street Northshore is a feast for the senses.

With over 70 vendors and five themed bars spread across 180 repurposed and recycled shipping containers, Eat Street offers live entertainment and delectable dishes from around the world every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Eat Street Northshore can host a variety of gatherings with a selection of themed spaces, including their premium space located directly over the Brisbane River.

Brisbane Showgrounds

A world-class events and lifestyle precinct located just 1.5km from the CBD and 15 minutes from the airport, the Brisbane Showgrounds is home to the state-of-the-art Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) and luxurious Rydges Hotel.

The Plaza, an expansive outdoor event space that adjoins the RICC, is perfect for welcoming your attendees for pre-event cocktails.

The precinct is also home to King Street, where a number of stylish restaurants and bars are available to host your guests, including a giant beer hall, a food truck hub, a vibrant Mexican cantina, and a selection of elegant European-style dining experiences.

Fortitude Music Hall

Brisbane has a rich musical heritage, and the Fortitude Music Hall – located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s dedicated entertainment precinct – pays homage to the iconic venues of Brisbane’s past, while taking design inspiration from some of the world’s most loved live music venues.

One of the largest grand ballroom-style venues in Australia, its main auditorium is a breathtaking open floor space with boutique art-deco styling and multiple bars servicing the area. A state-of-the-art LED screen spans the width of the stage, and amazing event experiences such as customised lighting and aerial displays are available.

More intimate event spaces within the venue, with their own customisable AV setups and private bars, are also available to help you give your guests a rock star welcome.

South Bank Beer Garden

Boasting a 180-degree view of South Bank’s iconic Streets Beach, as well as views of the Brisbane River and city skyline, South Bank Beer Garden offers a scenic solution for welcoming your delegates to Brisbane.

Set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, the waterfront venue has seven function spaces to choose from, ranging from the intimate beer garden to a complete venue takeover, and can cater for your guests with craft brews, tasty tipples and gourmet eats.

Brisbane Powerhouse


Located within a historic power station on the banks of the Brisbane River, Brisbane Powerhouse has become an important Brisbane landmark in its own right. One of Brisbane’s leading contemporary multi-arts, dining and conference venues, it caters for everything from intimate get-togethers to large events, with a team that takes pride in creating bespoke events.

With rooftop, riverside and outdoor spaces available for corporate events, as well as two main-stage theatres, three additional performance venues, two restaurants and bars, gallery spaces, high quality sound systems and an award-winning catering services provider, Brisbane Powerhouse is ready to start your business event off right.

The Calile Hotel

The Calile

Want to take advantage of Brisbane’s subtropical climate and welcome your attendees with a poolside cocktail party? The Calile Hotel is ready to accommodate you.

Located within the James Street Precinct, Brisbane’s most exciting retail and dining strip, The Calile’s Instagram-worthy 27-metre pool is perfect for your luxe launch. The hotel also offers a grand ballroom (which can be divided into four smaller rooms to suit your needs), as well as two private rooms for more intimate proceedings. Resident chefs and event planners are on hand to bring your vision to life.

The Prop House

It’s clear Brisbane has no shortage of great locations for your welcome party – and with The Prop House, you can create a themed event at any of them.

Since 1995, the Prop House team have been setting the bar for event theming and prop hire in Brisbane. Known for their high level of attention to detail and precision styling, their experienced and passionate stylists will work with you to imagine the unimaginable, custom-designing a concept that turns heads and delivers that all-important ‘wow’ factor for your guests.

Ready to bring your event to life?

Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s Business Events team offers a range of free, independent services to help you plan, promote and stage your event. It’s a one-stop shop of practical advice, helpful support and local insider knowledge.

Better yet, a subvention package of $50 per person is now available for eligible business events held in Brisbane between March 2021 and December 2022, to help you reduce costs and upgrade your event program.

Conferences and incentives for over 200 people are eligible, and events must be booked by 30 June 2021 with a Brisbane venue. Apply here or contact the Brisbane EDA Business Events team to find out everything you need to know about the warm welcome Brisbane can give your delegates.