Things have changed in our world during the last 12 months. And likely, the most notable in many people’s lives is the newfound acceptance and normality found in working from home.
At first, working from home is great. There’s no painful commute and you can idly take Zoom calls fresh out of bed. However, fast forward a smidge and after a while the shine begins to fade on WFH. You inevitably miss putting on nice clothes and washing your face.
Lucky for you, cowork spaces have slowly been creeping into the Gold Coast in recent years. Couple this with the increased number of people no longer required to come in for the weekly watercooler meeting and you have a ripening scene of freelancers and creatives crafting their work from uber-cool spaces now. After all, sitting in the corner of a café nursing a 2-hour old long black and dodging the dirty looks of staff only has a certain shelf life.
These spaces are hubs to bring people together, to share ideas and bask in the general ambience of being around other people throughout the working day. Our list of cowork venues is sure to set fire to those innovative juices — and help you refrain from watching the clock scratch its way to 5pm.
Karma Collab Hub
Creative spice and deep productive Zen is pouring out of the walls at this Miami coworking spot. What was once an engineering workshop has become a haven for digital nomads and people who crave great coffee and a reliable internet connection: all in the name of getting sh*t done. Karma accepts drop-ins, has regular desks, showering facilities, a podcast room, and even a weekly Pizza Friday encouraging workers to come together over carbs and discuss their next big project or exciting collaboration.
Where: 47 Lemana Lane, Miami
CoSPACES – Old Station Co. Southport
The biggest name in local coworking spaces, CoSPACES have a number of sites around the suburb of Southport. Their original space, however, is the Old Station Co. which is home to everything from private rooms to communal areas and is complete with outdoor areas and a coffee shop for when it’s time to step away from that blue light. Located on Nerang Street, Southport (and directly in front of G:Link Southport station) the space is next door to epic rooftop bar and deli, Mr PP’s. CoSPACES also has a photography studio and perfect little event space so you can host or get involved in anything your heart desires. Should you be the social type, you’ll be pleased to hear there is a sizeable contingent of local legends hanging out — sorry, working — here too.
Where: 45 Nerang Street, Southport
The Productive GC
The Productive GC is the handiwork of mother/daughter duo Ashley and Angelique, and hats off to them: we can’t help but notice the place is teeming with good vibes. You can expect an all-white space and hanging plants and lolly jars scattered everywhere, ohh and the very best part is, you can BYO pets. That’s right, there are numerous dogs in residence on any given day, and you can take as many pat and stroke breaks as you need. The space lives on Upton Street, and there’s parking for days, which is nothing short of super convenient. Then throw in the fact you are central to everyone and everything in our city, and you’re onto a winner.
Where: Unit 5/21-23 Upton Street, Bundall
Flockd is the daydream you once had of an idyllic office somewhere mashed with the upbeat and cosmopolitan vibes of Burleigh Heads. The result is dreamy, minimalistic style furnishings with airy and light surrounds, creating a mini utopia of productive behaviour and inspired work. You have the option of two slightly different buildings right next to each other where long-termers and hot-deskers converge as one. There’s even an adjoining café and craft store thrown in there for good measure, and all of the dogs are made most welcome — hopefully, they don’t distract you too much, though.
Where: 4 Starling Street, Burleigh Heads
This Miami favourite (right next door to Karma Collab Hub) is just the most fun and quirkiest place you can pull out your laptop. Neon signs, velvet couches in bright hues of pink and blue and stacks of art help 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, all while work on their various businesses and create a fun little Miami-based community. Least to say they have nailed it. Get down there for some next-level banter, STAT.
Where: 1/49 Lemana Lane, Miami
Anywhere with a ping pong table that actively encourages you to rally with your co-workers between emails and proofreading documents will find its way onto this list. Of course, there are also meeting rooms with funky wallpaper and leafy green views, the highest speed Internet we’ve ever experienced, 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, combining a rich culture of work provoking energy and offering full 24/7 access and all of the other perks to its permanent members.
Where: Level 2, 194 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
The Communal House
Towards the Southern end of the Gold Coast, The Communal House is the spot to check-in and put yourself into serious work mode. A bright and airy space, filled with greenery and comfy couches, an event and studio space and hot desks upstairs on the mezzanine level. The chic warehouse space has a little kitchen area and pairs up nicely with its mighty fine neighbour, Refinery Café, just next door. Also, the ever-gorgeous Currumbin Beach is just a quick bolt down the road for when you need saltwater to reinvigorate your creativity.
Where: 3/37 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters
Words by Alex Mitcheson.