Working in an office is so 1974, or so says the spate of co-working spaces popping up all over the Gold Coast of late. What is a co-working space you ask?
Well friends, it is a space where, you guessed it, you go to work with other people who also find sitting on the bed in flannelette pyjamas typing emails and scoffing UberEATS a fairly unproductive way of getting s*^t done.
The space is usually very pretty, put together painstakingly by someone creative who wanted to bring people together to share ideas, and bask in the general vibe of being around other people throughout the working week. Often spaces are home to freelancers, those who work remotely and people in need of an office escape.
Long intro but here we go with the eight best co-working spaces on the Coast if you’re keen to get involved.
The OG of local co-working spaces, CoSPACES is home to everything from private rooms to collaborative areas and comes complete with outdoor areas and a coffee shop. Located in Southport, in the old ambulance building, you’ll find epic rooftop bar and deli, Mr PP’s, right next door for bulk snack and drink breaks. CoSPACES also has a photography studio and cool little event space so you can host or get involved in anything your heart desires. Plenty of local legends hang out, sorry work, there too so you might find yourself a new friend or three.
Where: 45 Nerang Street, Southport
The Productive GC
A bit of a newbie on the co-working spaces scene, The Productive GC is the handiwork of mother/daughter duo Ashley and Angelique and it’s just bursting with good vibes. It’s all white walls and hanging plants with lolly jars scattered everywhere and the very best part is, you can BYO pets. That’s right, there are numerous doggos in residence on any given day and you can take as many pat breaks as you wish. The space lives on Upton Street and there’s parking for days, which is convenient in most life situations but definitely when you’re running late because you didn’t set your alarm because you’re a freelancer and you don’t have to.
Where: Unit 5/21-23 Upton St, Bundall
First of all, there’s a ping pong table and that’ll do us quite frankly. Of course there are also meeting rooms with funky wallpaper and leafy green views, the highest speed Internet around, lounge-style spaces, phone booths and of course, desks for the actual working. The Varsity Lakes space is part of a larger organisation, which boasts 11 sites across Australia and if you become a member you can work in other locations should combining business and travel be your thing. Yes, hi.
Where: Level 2, 194 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
The Miami fave has had a little makeover of late and isn’t she a showstopper. A bright pink wall marks the entryway and, once inside, prepare for all the good vibes. Neon signs, velvet couches in bright hues of pink and blue and stacks of art set the mood. Not to mention the resident motorbike, dartboard, photography studio and occasional blow in, Winston Smushface the cat (famous the world over). Owners Nick, Jessie and Darran, opened Hotel Miami with the idea of building somewhere to hang out with other creatives, “work” on their various businesses and create a fun little Miami community. Get down there for some next-level banter.
Where: 1/49 Lemana Lane, Miami
The Burleigh Common
This eclectic space is part a locally made homewares, fashion and art store, part food truck parking (and eating) zone, part co-working space, part coffee shop and part workshop hosting, documentary screening room. So many parts, so many good times. The Burleigh Common opened last year to bring even more of a community vibe to old Burls and what could be better than “working” while also shopping for homewares and downing copious cups of Blackboard coffee? Nothin’.
Where: 39 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads
Gold Coast Creative House
Another Burleigh beauty, Gold Coast Creative House is a beautifully appointed, industrial-style space that’s all dark wood paneling and black wrought iron walkways with views into the space below. We’re absolutely in love with the vibe here; it’s definitely a space that’ll invoke excess creativity. Four of the six premium creative studios have been constructed from shipping containers and while they all encourage creative collaboration, they can also be made private. It’s a must-see if you’re in the market for a sophisticated, next-level space.
Where: 15 Leda Drive, Burleigh Heads
The Communal House
A bright and airy space, filled with greenery and comfy couches is The Communal House in Currumbin Waters. There’s 24/7 access if you’re really into working, an event and studio space and hot desks upstairs on the mezzanine level. The warehouse space has a little kitchen area and a fun section you get to via a wooden ladder that may be for storage but we would probably use for hiding and general chilling out. The crew there are a creative bunch that you’d definitely get along with and it’s in the Currumbin Valley so there’s that.
Where: 3/37 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters
This one is a coffee spot slash co-working space found in the increasingly cool Currumbin industrial area. There’s a big old co-working table plus plenty of solo spots if you just want to nestle in and get stuff done. With sky-high ceilings, white walls and lots of greenery, it’s a super cruisy space that never feels cramped. Best of all, there’s quality coffee, acai bowls and various other tasty treats right at your fingertips for when you work up a hard earned hunger. It’s free to hang out at the communal table and if you need to host a meeting, you can hire out the upstairs space for $25 per hour with the first round of coffees free. Good times.
Where: 1/37 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin
Words by Kirra Smith