Australia’s top co-working spaces for creatives
I like the way you work it
Corporate offices are often a maze of soulless cubicles, corridors and partitions - and they sure as hell don't inspire you to roll up your sleeves and carpe diem.
With the latest stats showing that 4.1 million Australians freelanced in 2015, the proliferation of creative co-working spaces is hardly surprising.
While freelancing allows you to go all 'Carrie Bradshaw' and take your MacBook wherever your heart desires - whether that be the local coffee shop or the kitchen bench - there's something magic about working amongst like-minded creatives that propels your imagination into unchartered territory.
Even for those relatively new up-starters who are watching their overheads, the lure of the Co-Working space is pretty hard to resist. Desks go for as little as $40 per day, including WIFI, printing, a fully equipped kitchen, meeting rooms - plus a host of seductive extras from cheap car hire and yoga & mediation by donation to live music.
Let's not forget the ability to network and socialise - AKA hang out on sundrenched rooftops with that cute photographer or laneway beers with a Swedish app designer. Because, no (wo)man is an island, right?
After seeing huge success in cities such as New York, London and Paris, WeWork has opened its first Australian outposts in Sydney, in an old woolstore building in Pyrmont, in the 1916 "Money Box Building in Martin Place and the soon to be opened George Street premises.
Key features: Dedicated community manager, spacious, ultra-modern common areas, weekly events and unlimited micro-roasted coffee.
Starts from $450 per month
A co-working space based in the heart of Melbourne's creative and fashion district on Chapel Street in Prahran, Depo8 is a light filled warehouse space with a mix of large businesses, freelancers, creatives and start-ups.
Key Features: Flexible pricing plans, 24 hour access, unlimited tea and coffee, ample meeting rooms.
$6 per hour, $30 per day, $500 per month
The Tree House, Sun Studios
The Tree House is a co-working space for 'visual storytellers' (aka videographers, photographers or designers) within Sydney's Sun Studios, the largest photographic hub in the Southern Hemisphere.
Key features: Access to a lush, plant filled office space, as well as meeting rooms and editing desks.
Eligible to Flexi or Resident Members of Sun Studios
Located in the heart of Fitzroy, arguably one of the hipster hotspots of the world, Royspace is an intimate co-working community with only 15 desks. Founded by creatives for creatives, naturally, Royspace is filled with artwork, a wall mural and more plant life than an aviary.
Key features: 24 hour access, table tennis, meeting rooms, plus the fact you are a stone's throw from Melbourne's best cafes.
$450 per month
With whispers of artists and creatives leaving Melbourne and Sydney for the cheaper rents and open spaces of Tassie, co-working spaces are becoming more popular in the capital. Parliament is located on the water, just near the MONA ferry terminal and complete with exposed beams, vintage furniture and plenty of communal spaces.
Key features: Free financial planning consult, 24 hour access, bean bags and invites to events and training sessions.
$365 per month
Located across two uber cool warehouse spaces in Sydney's inner west, The Commune is tight-knit community of creative freelancers, entrepreneurs and small businesses with flexible membership options. Of late, they've become a pretty hot destination for brand launches, art fairs and gigs taking place, and members get free or discounted access.
Key features: Yoga and meditation by donation, per day or per month payment options, access to a shared library of information and a car sharing system.
$44 per day, $100 per week part time, $155 per week full time
Little City Studio
Described as 'a city within a city', Little City is the creation of Dave and Leah Menner, small business owners and Prospect locals who are bringing a distinctly Berlin vibe to their vibrant inner city suburb. They offer a unique collaborative working space with plenty of natural light, raw timber and bright pops of colour.
Key features: A shared entrance with Komodo coffee shop (dangerous for coffee lovers), priority use of our flexi-space for workshops, events or exhibitions.
Flexi desk $280 per month, Permanent $250 per month
Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
A boutique members' workspace with refined interiors that ooze luxury and sophistication, Gravity is located in the central business districts of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. A mix of corporates, creatives and start-ups makes for dynamic networking opportunities across industries.
Key features: Access to the Gravity Space Concierge, fully equipped kitchen, ample board rooms and meeting facilities.
FLUX powered by Spacecubed is Perth's latest co-working and office space. Located in the heart of Perth's CBD, FLUX is dedicated to fostering innovation and creativity through a mix of co-working, resident desks, offices, event space and meeting rooms.
Key Features: Access to a network of over 800 entrepreneurs and freelancers, 3D printers, a virtual reality lab and Perth's first outdoor co-working space overlooking St Georges Terrace.
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