We’re proud to be Australia and New Zealand’s leading corporate venues.
Trusted by many of Australian and New Zealand’s largest and most discerning businesses, we deliver events flawlessly across all of our venues.
Karstens was founded by Hendrik Karsten in 2006 after 20 years spent working in the hospitality industry in both Amsterdam and Melbourne.
Hendrik’s hands-on experience working for a large commercial caterer in Europe and high-end restaurants and function venues in Melbourne gave him some unique insights into corporate hospitality.
Hotels and other multi-purpose spaces are often crowded, chaotic and not business-friendly. Hendrik was keen to disrupt the status quo. He saw an opportunity to provide corporate clients with higher-level hospitality in a professional space that was solely focused on corporate events.
In October 2006, Hendrik launched Karstens from 123 Queen Street in Melbourne, which initially had just one floor.
This foundation venue in Melbourne was quickly followed by a second Melbourne venue in 2008 at 118 Queen Street and a new Sydney venue in late 2010 located in the historic The Rocks precinct.
Additional affiliate venues in Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide were added in 2012 to provide clients with a national solution for their conference, function and meeting room requirements.
Karstens Brisbane was opened in October 2014, and Karstens’ first New Zealand venue was opened in Auckland in April 2017, with affiliate venues in Wellington and Christchurch.
In October 2019 Karstens Perth was opened, located on the corner of William Street and St. Georges Terrace, right in the heart of Perth’s CBD.
To create homely spaces that inspire collaboration with a hospitality touch.
To be Asia-Pacific’s #1 conference, function and meeting venue.
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.
Our people are our business. We’re passionate about training and empowering our team to deliver excellence for 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.