Best co-working spaces and shared offices in Australia
Reliable Wi-Fi, coffee on tap, networking opportunities galore – if you’re part of the gig economy, these are the best shared offices around the country.
- May 2019
Working remotely is taking off in Australia with more and more people saying “no” to full-time work in favour of freelance opportunities, where they can work on their own terms – sometimes from home and other times hot-desking at offices made just for this kind of flexibility. We visit some of the innovative co-working hubs supporting these digital nomads.
Prospect Studios, Brisbane
Amid the trendy shops, bars and eateries of Fortitude Valley is an uber-cool renovated warehouse with large windows and a leafy atrium where you can work hard and play hard – your furry friend included. Yes, Prospect Studios opens in new window is a pooch-friendly co-working hub. Located just a 20-minute drive from the airport, it’s a laid-back space with plenty of opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow hot-deskers.
No, this isn’t where politicians meet (although that’s just down the road). This co-working space is actually named after the collective noun for a group of “wise” owls and is a place where freelancers, remote workers and small business operators can work together, share ideas and socialise, says co-owner Dominic Whittle. Located inside the restored 1864-built Gibson’s City Flour Mill, Parliament opens in new window overlooks the Hobart waterfront and offers membership on a monthly basis. For a more flexible option, a Servcorp opens in new window membership gives you access to hot desks in the city’s Reserve Bank Building for a minimum of 10 minutes at a time (for a tiny fee).
Worksmith Ella, Melbourne
You’re never far from a co-working space in Victoria, with more than 150 dotted across the state. But for those in Melbourne’s food and beverage scene, Worksmith opens in new window is the place to go. Co-founded by hospitality industry experts, Worksmith Ella, located in the city centre, is a new space geared towards mixologists and liquor brands as well as food industry professionals. Aside from having a friendly, buzzing vibe, the hub has a full bar set-up and high-tech drinks lab with centrifuges, dehydrators, vacuum stills and water baths. There are also private offices, communal desks and spaces for meetings and events, where members are encouraged to experiment. Its slightly older sibling, Worksmith at Collingwood, is more of a food-focused co-working space.
Get your creative juices flowing at Mâché opens in new window (rhymes with sashay). Popular with entrepreneurs, this space offers hot desks in a bright communal area, private offices and meeting rooms, a kitchen and a function room, plus members get discounts on in-house yoga and meditation classes.
Hotel Miami, Gold Coast
Housed in a two-storey refurbished warehouse, Hotel Miami opens in new window is an open-plan co-working space with a hip, urban industrial vibe that appeals to creative types. Artists, videographers and photographers will have fun turning ideas into reality in the decked-out photography and video recording studio, although there are desks to rent for people in all industries. There’s even ice-cold beer in the fridge for “after work” drinks – what’s not to love?
As Australia’s first co-working space and hotel, Kafnu opens in new window hitches on the growing bleisure trend that fuses travel, leisure and work. Located about halfway between the airport and the CBD, travellers can snooze in one of 16 hotel rooms, then head downstairs to catch up on business. Monthly passes are available for those who are not staying the night, offering access to the meeting and event spaces, media and podcast production studio and fitness room.
Cleaver St & Co, Perth
Enjoy free barista-made coffee when you hire a casual or full-time desk at this oh-so-Instagrammable converted warehouse. At the bright, unique space opens in new window on Cleaver Street, you will also have access to everything you need to get your business up and running, with fast Wi-Fi, printing, scanning and copying facilities, plus the optional use of a large studio. You’ll also be surrounded by like-minded people and it’s only a 20-minute drive from the airport.