Maroochy Arts & Ecology Centre

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The Arts & Ecology Centre is a unique conference and workshop venue set in the beautiful Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens on the Sunshine Coast.Located less than 5 minutes from the Bruce Highway, the Centre is surrounded by ample car and coach parking. For visitors from further afield, the Sunshine Coast Airport is located 30 minutes away at Maroochydore, providing direct flights to all major domestic destinations within Queensland and Australia.

In addition to the building itself, clients wishing to provide “break out” time as part of their event have direct access to the Botanic Gardens which feature creeks, lagoons, bush walks and of course, a myriad of native plants and wildlife. In addition, the renowned Sculpture Garden is just a short stroll from the Centre, offering a unique experience of world-class art works in a natural setting.

Venue Information:

The Centre design includes informal outdoor spaces, integrating the venue with the surrounding gardens and eucalypt forest, and spaces can be furnished or unfurnished allowing for workshops and events that bring the “outside in”. The Centre features polished concrete flooring throughout.

Due to school holiday programming the spaces are only available to hire outside of school holiday periods. The venue availability is within the gardening opening hours of:

- 7:00am to 5:00pm (April to October)
- 7:00am to 6:00pm (November to March)

Later bookings may be available upon request.

The venue is a 'self-service' model which means the hirer is responsible for the set-up and pack down/cleaning of the venue. Hirers must supply their own cloths and teatowels

Multipurpose Room:
This tranquil and contemporary venue offers a multipurpose room capable of seating up to 80 people theatre style. The Multipurpose Room is the larger of the two spaces available to hire directly adjacent to an undercover area & scenic courtyard along one side of the room. The alternate side of the room offers access to an adjoining timber deck.

Wet & Dry Workshop:
The venue also offers another space for hire, the Wet & Dry Workshop capable of accomodating up to 20 people. The space offers large movable walls which provides open integration with outdoor workshop space.

Furniture & Equipment:
Directly adjacent to the Wet & Dry Workshop is the store room with chairs and tables avaialble for use in the rooms.
A mobile whiteboard with mounted projector is avaialble for use in either of the rooms (hirer can move to desired location).  

A kitchenette for hirer use is available in the Wet & Dry Workshop room, also available for hirers booking the Multipurpose Room. The kitchenette has the following facilities avaialble:
- 20L urn + kettle
- Domestic top mount fridge/freezer
- Crockery; plates, bowls, side plates, cups, saucers & cutlery to cater for up to 70 people.
- Microwave
Unfortunately no oven or stove top available

At the main entrance of the Arts & Ecology Centre is a cafe operated by Compass Institute. The cafe is open 9:30am - 2:30pm Monday - Friday. Hirers may engage Compass to provide catering for their events by contacting Compass Institute directly.

Venue Hire Costs:

The venue is available to hire for community groups, meetings, small seminars, training rooms or low physical activities like Yoga or Pilates and private functions. Cost is dependent on the type of group booking the facility. Please refer to the below attachments.

For more information:

The booking office for this venue is located at VENUE 114 (formerly Lake Kawana Community Centre) 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina. Booking enquiries; including availability, requests for forms, please contact the booking office on 5413 1400 or email

MAEC Venue Information Sheet

MAEC Venue Hire Fees & Charges 2018/2019

Terms & Conditions of Hire

MAEC Venue Hire Application Form 2018/2019