We’ve found the coolest coworking spaces on the Gold Coast
There’s no doubt the Gold Coast has become an entrepreneurial and creative hub, with 20% of the local workforce now owning their own businesses.
As any freelancer would know, the freedom and flexibility associated with doing it for yourself definitely beats being chained to a desk. However, working solo can get lonely without colleagues to bounce ideas off and, let’s face it, home can quickly turn into procrastination central when creatives are left to their own devices.
Fortunately, with flexible working quickly becoming the norm in this entrepreneurial age – there were about 1.27 million people using coworking spaces worldwide in 2017 – there are a bunch of beautifully designed coworking spaces popping up around the Gold Coast. Spaces where entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, content creators and small business owners can go to collaborate, converse and get it done surrounded by like-minded folk and creative minds.
Here are some of our favourites.
It’s fair to say the beachside suburb of Miami is having a moment.
With Miami Marketta, Greenhouse Canteen, Lost Palms Brewing Co, Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery, vegan marketplace The LC and the hidden gem Hide’n’Seek Espresso all setting up shop up in the area, 4220 is definitely one of the Gold Coast’s hippest postcodes right now.
One of the most-loved new residents for local creatives would have to be Hotel Miami, a co-working space, photo studio and gallery space tucked into a predominately industrial street.
The brainchild of affable local Nick Atkins, his wife Jessie Jones and their business partner Darran Franks, this repurposed warehouse space gives freelancers the option of renting a desk for the day for $29 which includes speedy Wi-Fi, filtered water and a collaborative and fun working environment – and air-conditioning.
A permanent rental will set you back $119 per week while five-day passes are also available for $139. If banter is not your thing – or you need a little shoosh in your working day – there are also quieter offices available upstairs.
The Hotel team holds sell-out First Friday’s art exhibitions each month to showcase the works of emerging local artists with food trucks, live music and plenty of good vibes.
Where: 1/49 Lemana Lane, Miami.
At the other end of the Gold Coast, you’ll find this unique co-working space housed in the city’s original 96-year-old ambulance station.
While the three historic buildings may have been built in 1922, these architectural beauties have had a complete revamp with the addition of 100 co-working desks, five meeting rooms, private offices, event spaces and a photo studio available for lease.
There’s also iconic street-front coffee hub Percy’s Corner Café for a caffeine fix and Mr PP’s Deli and Rooftop Bar onsite for a cheeky after-work tipple.
With the G:link station just metres from the property and access to the Broadwater Parklands and the coastal cycling route, you can ditch the car – and the parking dramas – and ride or take the tram to work.
Where: 1/45 Nerang Street, Southport.
Refinery Coffee, Currumbin
A café out front and a free coworking space out back, this warehouse conversion is one of many new creative businesses popping up in the vibrant new southern Gold Coast industrial pocket.
Located across the road from Dust Temple and Gather Store on Currumbin Creek Road, Refinery has a light and airy working space with locally roasted Blackboard coffee, healthy treats and breakfast and brunch favourites like smashed avo and Acai bowls.
Pull up a chair at the communal table or a comfy couch surrounded by a bunch of like-minded local creatives – we’ve spied The Village Markets‘ co-founders there plenty of times – coffee lovers and freelance professionals.
There’s Wi-Fi and a private meeting room upstairs, which can be booked in advance for $25 per day.
The only downside is that Refinery closes at 1:30pm so you’ll need to pack up and go somewhere else after lunch, which can be a pain when you’re in the zone.
Where: 37 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters.
The Productive GC
Those who can’t bear to leave their beloved pooches at home while they hustle will love this relative newcomer to the Gold Coast’s coworking scene.
The beautifully-designed Bundall workspace, owned by a mother/daughter duo, is a welcoming pet-friendly hub where your four-legged friends are welcome to join you in the office.
With cool artwork, plants for days and an inclusive vibe, The Productive GC attracts everyone from bloggers to tech start-ups, entrepreneurs, freelance writers and professionals.
A daily drop-in will set you back just $30, which includes a nine-hour hot desk, Wi-Fi, printing and stationery and tea and coffee while a one-month pass is $450.
There is also a meeting room and boardroom for appointments, coaching sessions and consultations and plenty of inspiring regular workshops on offer.
Where: Unit 5/21-23 Upton Street, Bundall.
A melting pot of creatives and professionals, this buzzing Varsity Lakes hot spot caters for everyone.
Whether you’re after a daily or permanent desk in a coworking space – prices start at $50 per day – or a serviced office, WOTSO offer a solution for any activity and working style. Plus, there are also soft seating spaces and communal benches when you want to mix it up a little.
But it’s not all work and no play, with a bunch of networking and social events, workshops and seminars regularly held on site so you can collaborate and meet like-minded people in a relaxed environment.
They also offer a passport program, which allows members to hot-desk for free at any other spaces in the WOTSO network – think Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Singapore – when they travel.
Where: Level 2, 194 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
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