Four new venues in Australia to check into for 2023

Sydney and Melbourne are upping the MICE stakes with new hotels and event spaces.

A former prison and military facility, the heritage-listed Fort Denison island in the Sydney Harbour will offer dining experiences in an unusual setting.
A former prison and military facility, the heritage-listed Fort Denison island in the Sydney Harbour will offer dining experiences in an unusual setting. Photo Credit: Adobe/FiledIMAGE

Fort Denison

Also in Sydney, the heritage-listed Fort Denison island in the harbour will offer restaurant facilities in late 2023. The fort, a former prison and military facility, will offer dining experiences in an unusual setting, with dishes championing Australian produce, designed and prepared under the watchful eye of chef Joel Bickford – former executive chef of Aria Sydney, one of Australia’s finest restaurants.

W Sydney

Expected to open in October next year, the hotel, located in Darling Harbour, is looking to make a stunning first impression, with a glass-clad exterior and undulating ribbon-like form inspired by the spirit of the Australian ‘larrikin’. The 585-room property will offer 1,300 sqm of event space and delegates can also network at the two-storey rooftop bar or check out the many restaurants nearby. Bigger groups will benefit from the hotel’s proximity to Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne

Australia’s garden city is set to welcome a new luxury hotel, when the The Ritz-Carlton brand, part of Marriott Bonvoy, makes its debut in March 2023. Centrally-located, the hotel will offer 257 rooms and suites housed in an 80-storey building with a creative theme, featuring works by local artists to encourage guests to connect with Melbourne’s creativity, diversity and culture. With check-in on the 80th floor, guests can start their stay with views over the city, while the hotel will also feature signature dining experiences and holistic wellness facilities.

Melbourne Skyfarm

Set to open in early 2023, in a former rooftop car park, Melbourne Skyfarm, owned by Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will offer groups a sustainable urban oasis featuring gardens, event spaces and a café. Groups can tour the working farm and orchard, sample honey from the rooftop beehives and improve their understanding of sustainability with bespoke sessions in the environmental education centre. For those wanting an event space with a view, drinks can be enjoyed on the deck in spaces overlooking the Yarra River.



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