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Your guide to Canberra Venue Hire

As the capital city of Australia, Canberra is a wonderful place to host an event. Ranked amongst the world’s best cities to live and visit, Canberra is easily accessible and has plenty of great and iconic spots to see while in town including the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and plenty of museums and galleries. The good news is there is no shortage of fantastic venues in Canberra suitable for a range of events. Whether you are planning a wedding, engagement party, birthday, corporate dinner or something else, we can help you find the best venue hire Canberra wide to suit your needs and budget.

Decide on your Canberra event type

The vital first step in booking your Canberra venue hire is to work out what kind of event you’re looking to put on. Venues can often accommodate a real variety of roles: some restaurants will happily cater to both all-night birthday parties and daytime corporate meetings. Setting out the type of occasion is important as it qualifies out the wrong venues (baby shower at an axe-throwing bar, anyone?) and lets the right ones know what you’re after.

If you know exactly what kind of party or space hire you are after in Canberra then even better. At HeadBox we encourage you to [let us know](https://brief builder.headbox.com/) everything you need to make your dream event come true - Karaoke bar local to you? Natural light? Breakout rooms with coffee that doesn’t taste like dirt? We can make it happen.

Tips for choosing the perfect venue

When you’re planning an event, there is a lot to consider. When it comes to choosing the perfect venue, you should make a list of your event’s key requirements and your budget as this will help you narrow down the choices. You should also consider the location of the venue as this will set the tone for your event. Is your event formal or corporate or are you looking for a more relaxed space with an intimate atmosphere? You should also consider practicalities such as accessibility, parking, amenities and proximity to accommodation and transport. You’ll also want to factor in the food and beverages on offer as well as the experience and reliability of the venue and their team. All of these elements combined will help you make a decision when searching for the most suitable venue hire Canberra wide and will go a long way towards ensuring your guests have a memorable and rewarding experience. If you have any questions or would like help from the experts at HeadBox to plan your next event in Canberra, get in touch with us.

Top Tip: For unique, more versatile spaces you’d be better checking out Canberra Central. This area is a cultural precinct with historic buildings on every corner. This popular area in Canberra offers plenty of opportunities for hosting all kinds of events such as conferences and Birthday Celebrations.

Know your event budget

There are Canberra venues for any and every event budget. From hiring a small, local space to booking out the National Museum of Australia, it’s vital to establish a spending limit before you approach a venue. There are two ways of establishing a budget. The first is to work out a price per person: this is often best for private dining and cocktail parties as you can control how the overall cost breaks down to an individual level. The alternative is to hire the space, either by the hour or day – meeting rooms and non-catered venues will often charge this (sometimes referred to as a ‘dry-hire - a flat fee that does not include extras such as drinks and food).

Get familiar with the space

This is especially true for any large scale events you might be putting on (think conferences, banquets and MTV sweet 16’s). To throw a really successful big event you’ll want to make sure that you’ve thought through the logistics of the floor plan. Traditionally this would be done through a site visit - an informal tour of the venue where you can walk through the event space and make sure every detail is in place for the ultimate Canberra party.

This, however, isn’t always possible – for those outside Canberra, or with limited time, devoting a whole day to a site visit just isn’t an option. Thankfully technology is here to lend a hand. Lots of Canberra venues now offer a 3D virtual tour of their premises. From the comfort of your home, you can virtually tour the event space and view a range of different setups, allowing you to visualise your own event without losing a whole day

Event budgeting is always a difficult process to master. It’s important to find out how the venue prices its hiring early on. Is there a ‘dry hire’ price (industry speak for the venue space without any extras)? Does the venue offer a minimum spend option - this will mean there is no hire fee, but you are expected to spend a certain amount on food and drink.

The best way to budget for a Canberra venue hire is to be proactive. Work out your guest list and set a per-head budget. This way you can be sure you’ve catered to everyone and can control the overall cost by spreading across each attendee. We’ve made it super easy for you to do this – just check out our brief builder where you can set a budget per head and watch the venues reach out to you. This way you control what you spend on your event.

Being the capital of Australia, frequented by many business travellers, Canberra has fantastic transport. We recommend keeping it green and making use of the excellent public transport links. For speed and comfort catch a bus into the city centre which has regular services including their new rapid buses that come every 15 minutes. If you’re travelling on a budget then the bus might just be for you - It might take a little longer but your bank account will thank you. Be sure to get a prepaid MyWay card at the local newsagency, convenience store or ticket machine.

Booking a venue can be a painful experience. Scrolling through endless lists of bars, clubs and restaurants. Calling up and finding out the day you want is booked. More scrolling. More calling. It shouldn’t be this way and that’s where we come in. Simply tell us exactly what you’re looking for and we’ll get the venues to reach out to you – when you see an offer you like, book it right away with no stress. It’s how it should be.

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