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Trusted by many of Australian and New Zealand’s largest and most discerning businesses, we deliver Conference, meeting and Function events flawlessly across all of our venues.

Karstens Conference & Meeting Venues offers premier spaces for corporate events across Australia and New Zealand. Established in 2006, Karstens focuses on delivering exceptional ambiance, state-of-the-art facilities, and unparalleled service for meetings, conferences, and functions.

Located in the heart of major cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and Auckland, Karstens provides large pillar-less rooms, natural light-filled breakout areas adorned with local artwork, and ergonomic furniture to ensure comfort.

With the latest audiovisual equipment, in-house catering offering a variety of healthy and delicious options, and dedicated support teams, Karstens is committed to understanding and meticulously catering to the individual needs of every patron, ensuring the success of your event.

About Us


Our story

In 2006, Hendrik Karsten, leveraging two decades of in depth experience in the hospitality sector across Amsterdam and Melbourne, established Karstens. His extensive background, spanning roles with a major European caterer to elite dining and event spaces in Melbourne, granted him a distinct perspective on corporate hospitality nuances.

Observing the often hectic and non-conducive business environment of hotels and multipurpose venues, Hendrik aimed to revolutionize the market. He identified a niche for delivering superior hospitality services within a dedicated corporate setting, thus inaugurating Karstens at Melbourne’s 123 Queen Street with a singular floor operation.

This initial Melbourne site rapidly expanded with a second location in 2008 at 118 Queen Street and was complemented by a Sydney branch in 2010, nestled within the iconic The Rocks area.

To offer a comprehensive national service, Karstens widened its footprint in 2012, incorporating affiliate venues in Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart, and Adelaide, catering to the diverse conference, function, and meeting needs of its clientele.

Karstens Brisbane was unveiled in October 2014, marking the brand’s foray into New Zealand with an Auckland venue in April 2017, followed by partnerships in Wellington and Christchurch.

In October 2019, Karstens further solidified its presence with the opening of Karstens Perth, strategically situated at the intersection of William Street and St. Georges Terrace in Perth’s bustling CBD.


Our vision

To create homely spaces that inspire collaboration with a hospitality touch.


Our mission

To be Asia-Pacific’s #1 conference, function and meeting venue.


Our values

1. Going above and beyond

We’re committed to exceeding expectations for every client, every time.

2. Doing the right thing

We always act openly, honestly and ethically.

3. Putting customers first

We continuously improve based on the feedback of our loyal customers.

4. Teamwork

Our people are our business. We’re passionate about training and empowering our team to deliver excellence for our clients.


Our clients

Since Karstens’ inception, many businesses have trusted us to host their most important conferences, functions and events. Our clients cover a wide range of industries, including accounting, law, government, energy, education, financial services, insurance, engineering and more.

Client Testimonial

Experience the Karstens difference.

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