Choosing your event venue: traditional versus non-traditional

In this guide, we’ll give you tips on how to book your event venue to fit your vision, with a spotlight on the Central Coast.

Attending events is inherent to both our professional and personal lives. Professionally, we are being more selective than ever about which face-to-face, online or hybrid conferences, exhibitions or corporate functions to attend.

This particularity has led to an influx in the diverse range of venues popping up to meet the demand. Non-traditional event venues and activities are becoming increasingly valued for their experiential nature and ability to be an extension of the brand behind the event. This, combined with the up-rise of traditional event spaces has left event planners spoilt for choice.

In this guide, we’ll give you tips on how to book your event venue to fit your vision.

The spotlight is on Central Coast meeting planning with incredibly unique event venue and location options to meet, learn, play and unwind that will have guests chomping at the bit to attend.

Explore venue destinations from the beach to the hinterlands, that are loaded with attractions, natural features and welcoming locals committed to making your event a success. If you want to set yourself apart from the competition, arranging your event across different traditional and non-traditional venues will prove you aren’t a one-trick pony.

Unique towns and villages

Gosford and Wyong are the region’s urban hubs while Terrigal, The Entrance and Ettalong radiate coastal charm with the facilities to meet and seaside spaces to reconnect. There’s an abundance of unique venues, outdoor spaces and fully appointed conference centres to choose from including The Entertainment Grounds, Valley Events Centre, Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, luxury resorts such as Bells at Killcare, and coastal function spaces with spectacular water views such as Pullman Magenta Shores Resort and The Beachcomber Hotel. VIPs can relax in a boutique hotel or spacious self-contained apartment, or delegates can break away with a country retreat and farmstay at Yarramalong Valley or an eco-cabin at Glenworth Valley.

Create a purposeful event and let your guests discover the Coast’s locally-run eco-friendly and certified businesses. When it comes to eats, treats and time out, delegates are spoilt for choice with wining and dining, teambuilding, leisure activities and adrenaline-fuelled fun as well as opportunities to relax and unwind. Sipping trails are an increasingly popular corporate activity. Try Central Coast Scenic Sips all award-winning artisan trail including Six String Brewing Co, Firescreek Winery, Distillery Botanica, Bar Botanica and Mr Goaty Gelato.

The Coast also caters for more traditional venues and team days with world class greens, master eighteen holes at one of the Central Coast’s golf resorts like The Springs and Kooindah Waters Golf Club. Enjoy lush rolling fairways before a championships lunch or dinner prepared with local produce.

For event planners, venue choice will continue to rise in importance, especially for events that want to portray a sense of uniqueness.

Download the Central Coast guide for inspiration.