From the company’s inception, Karstens Centres are designed to deliver superior conference and meeting services. Through countless guest experiences, our tailored focus has proven to deliver a distinct level of service excellence that goes beyond attendee satisfaction and contributes to the productivity and success of our clients.

What we do
Karstens Centres close the gap between internal event spaces and hotel conference centres by serving you an event tailored service in professional conference and meeting environments. Our services are fully dedicated to serving businesses and their absolute requirement for professional offsite conference and meeting space. Our singular focus has earned us the loyalty of many of the most discerning corporate meeting planners who entrust us to seamlessly deliver their most critical events. Karstens venues have served a large number of top 200 ASX listed companies and is also the preferred conference and meeting solution of many small to medium-sized businesses, law firms and associations.

Our History

Hendrik Karsten, founded Karstens in October 2006, after working in the hospitality industry for most of his career. Hendrik’s career started with Eurest Catering in Amsterdam (largest commercial caterer in Europe) as a start-up manager for new sites before coming to Australia in 1988 on a working holiday. Hendrik fell in love with Melbourne (the girl came later) and progressed to different roles within the Melbourne hospitality industry. His last role before karstens was General Manager of 2 Melbourne based CBD restaurants and a function centre. Having gained the experience and seeing how hospitality businesses can run more efficiently, hendrik looked at a model where corporate clients can experience true hospitality when attending corporate events. Hendrik’s understanding of what the customer wants, ability to create cohesive teams with a customer focus has made karstens the leading provider of conference and training rooms in Australia.

Karstens Centres are a relatively recent development, that is shaping the future of corporate hospitality. We opened Karstens at 123 Queen Street, Melbourne in October 2006 as a dedicated service to accommodate offsite meetings in a highly professional, productivity-driven environment. Expansion quickly followed with the addition of our second Melbourne centre in 2008 at 118 Queen Street and our Sydney centre in late 2010 at, 111 Harrington Street, The Rocks. In early 2012 we added our affiliate centres in Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide to offer our clients a national solution. In October 2014, Karstens opened its Brisbane centre at 215 Adelaide Street and in 2017, Karstens opened its new centre in Auckland and sourced affiliate venues in Wellington and Christchurch.

Our Team
People are Karstens greatest strength. We’re proud to operate with a select roster of consummate professionals who go beyond to deliver excellence. Our team is inspired to deliver seamless events and is empowered to anticipate your needs and quickly react should any aspect of your time with us fall short of perfection.

Our Future
How and where Karstens grows will be determined by closely listening to and accommodating our clients changing requirements for corporate hospitality and event services. Our immediate plans call for expanding our capacity to serve meetings by adding more executive conference centre properties across major metropolitan markets. Suggest our next site! Karstens is immediately seeking conference centre leases, management contracts and joint venture projects in other urban cores. We would love to hear from you if you know of suitable spaces. Please email us at [email protected]

Our Venues

123 Queen Street, Melbourne
Offers one of the most impressive executive conference and meeting spaces in the country, offering five floors of executive facilities that provide privacy, luxurious comfort, and advanced conferencing technology. The facility’s unique atmosphere and understated elegance allow groups large and small to imprint their brand and culture for the duration of their meeting or program, leading to increased focus and reduced overall costs.

111 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Offers one of the best locations in the CBD of Sydney, located in the iconic Quay West building; formerly the head quarters of Barclay’s Bank. Karstens transformed the space into a truly executive training centre delivering 1,640 square meters of conference and meeting space over one floor. The facility offers views of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay Ferry Wharf and has a multitude of comfortable break out areas to unwind and relax during event breaks.

215 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Right in the heart of Brisbane’s financial and shopping district and a 2 minute walk from central station; Karstens Brisbane is truly in the heart of the city. Located on Level 24, Karstens Brisbane offers breath taking views of Brisbane and surrounds, fully renovated in September 2014 Karstens Brisbane offers the latest in audio visual equipment and comfort.

205 Queen Street, Auckland
Karstens Auckland is centrally located in the CBD, close to all major shops. We are a 5 minute walk from Auckland’s busy waterfront, Britomart Transport Centre and Aotea Arts & Events Centre. Karstens Auckland is located at 205 Queen Street, Level 5 in Tower 1. Our mezzanine level can be accessed from the foyer by stairs and offers an expansive space with large windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of Queen Street. There is ample car parking in the immediate vicinity of our venue.

Karstens Affiliate Venues , Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Wellington and Christchurch
Our Affiliate Venues are handpicked and tested by our loyal regular clients ensuring that the venues and service are of a similar standard as our own venues. We regularly visit our affiliates to discuss feedback and to cement a mutual partnership benefiting our clients. If you know of a venue or would like to become an affiliate, we would love to hear from you, please email us at [email protected]

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