8 Of The Best Coworking Spaces Around Australia
Coworking spaces are all the rage right now as the workforce becomes increasingly digital and freelancers and startups embrace the benefits of collaboration and networking. Yet not all coworking spaces are created equal; some involve just a couple of desks, others are more elaborate affairs with showers, meeting rooms and the ever-popular ping pong table.
Read on for our pick of the most impressive coworking spaces in Australia.
Bad news for those who find it difficult to switch off: The Commons offers 24-hour access, 365 days a year. If the prospect of unlimited all-nighters hasn’t scared you away, this coworking provider also gives members access to its wellness program — hello free yoga, meditation and apples. If you’re looking to get some work done, they have meeting rooms with video conferencing and audio-visual equipment, unlimited printing and scanning and high-speed internet. Still not sold? How does free coffee, organic tea, and beer sound?
Melbourne and Collingwood
With a focus on startups in the tech and telecommunications industries, River City Labs offers more career support than your average coworking space. Mentorship and networking are priorities here, and the space regularly hosts a variety of events, from hackathons to talks by leading business owners. Facilities like coffee machines and free food are a little on the basic side, but the Labs are more about helping out emerging businesses than getting on the drink.
282 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Travel for work? Hub Australia has you covered, with flexible memberships allowing you to work from any one of their seriously awesome workspaces. With the high-speed internet, meeting rooms and reception services that you would expect from most good coworking spaces, Hub Australia also throws in a few extras that make it a desirable option. We’re talking showers, bike racks, ping-pong tables, meditation and napping spaces, standup desks, hammocks and coffee coffee coffee. Not to mention seriously cool design that is sure to get the creative juices flowing.
Hub Australia, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide
Situated in a former gallery, this Darwin space has retained its artistic vibe with artworks still hung upon its walls. Relatively cosy compared to other powerhouse coworking spaces, Rust 490 has around 15 desks. It offers all the basics, like fast wi-fi, printing facilities and a kitchen, as well as “more coffee than you can shake a stick at”. Soon enough 3D printing and virtual reality will be coming to Rust 490, and its CBD location isn’t too shabby, either.
4/90 Woods St, Darwin
This female-centric coworking space is all about nurturing female talent and creating an ecosystem where women at every stage of their entrepreneurial careers are supported and enriched by their experience. With targeted business support and mentoring, they give a lot of bang for your buck. This workspace also offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness activities as well as tea, coffee and snacks. We also like the hanging plants and the super-helpful talks and networking events.
77/79 City Rd, Southbank
A cafe, bar and coworking space all rolled into one, DEW (Drink Eat Work) has us considering a move to Adelaide. A wine bar and cafe downstairs, and a 11-desk workspace upstairs, DEW puts paid to Nespresso machines and office fridges everywhere. The office space has been coolly outfitted with bright artworks and sleek metal-and-wood furnishings. Come for the 9-5, stay for the Colombian coffee and Argentinian wine.
101 Hindley St, Adelaide
Get motivated at this coworking space that was created not just as a place for you to park your laptop, but also to encourage and support networking and creative ideas. While Entry 29 offers all the regular amenities – showers, Xbox, ping-pong, coffee and tea – it also provides access to mentors, like-minded geniuses and people who can help you make your big idea happen. With frequent events – think LinkedIn masterclasses and talks by successful founders – it’s a great alternative to your garage or a more traditional office space.
Level 5, 1 Moore St, Canberra
On a budget? Fishburners is a not-for-profit coworking space, which means cheaper rates thanks to the venture’s sponsors. And just because it’s easier on your wallet doesn’t mean it’s stingy on benefits. Brew yourself a (free) coffee using their barista-grade espresso machine, take your pick from their selection of wine, Red Bull, tea, juice and beer — all on the house — get pro bono advice from accountants, lawyers and UX designers, and take part in their community events, which run the gamut from sports outings to workshops and pitch meetings. These guys only accept tech startups, which we reckon is a good enough reason in itself to learn how to code.
They’ve also signed a deal to open a $5 million innovation hub in Brisbane called The Capital, and also announced today they’re expanding into Shanghai, China.
608 Harris St, Ultimo
Che-Marie Trigg is a freelance writer and full-time subeditor. Her work has appeared in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Collective Hub and GoPlaces with Toyota magazines among others, as well as on websites like Broadsheet and Junkee. Follow her on Instagram @chemariet
Lead image: DEW Adelaide