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Four Iconic Melbourne Venues For Your Next School Or Club Awards Night

Hosting an awards night for your school or sporting club is an incredible way to reward your guests, boost team morale and celebrate the year’s achievements. Events like these not only allow your club members to relish in their wins alongside their teammates, but offer friends and family a chance to celebrate their success as well. All in all, it’s a rewarding and engaging evening that’s sure to remain with attendees for years to come. 

If you’re starting to organise your own awards night, one of the most essential elements is venue. Factors like proximity, capacity, setup and aesthetic are all important factors when deciding on the scope and feel of the event.

Here at Showtime Event Group, our passion is bringing your unique vision to life. With a host of stunning venues across South Wharf and a range of customisable menu packages that start at as little as $56 per person, it’s never been easier to plan. In fact, not only do you get the expertise of a dedicated Event Producer with your booking, but a special offer on groups of 200 or more.

As an added bonus, if you book for 200 or more attendees, we’ll provide a free DJ and free security guards. This not only adds to the overall experience but ensures that your event is safe and well-organised, leaving you free to enjoy the evening.

We have four beautiful venues across the South Wharf precinct, including the iconic SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Showtime Event Centre, Cargo Hall and Aerial. Keep reading to find out which one suits you. 

1. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Arguably one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues,  there’s no grander stage for your next club or school occasion than the newly revamped SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Following the Oceanarium’s breathtaking $9 million renovation, you’re set to host an event that will leave guests wowed beyond words.

The aquarium’s versatile space can be customised to your unique vision, with options for themed decor, signage and lighting integrations. Catering, entertainment and security weave seamlessly into the occasion, relieving you of any stress. Guests are also guaranteed quick and easy venue access with a central riverside location, secure 24-hour parking and public transport nearby.

2. Showtime Events Centre

Our very own Showtime Events Centre, once a disused docking shed, is now a luxe converted warehouse-style space that’s sure to leave guests wowed. Its industrial design seamlessly blends original hardwood floors and soaring windows with modern elements like a custom chandelier bar and laser-cut LED-lit walls.

The riverside location provides stunning city views and a marquee area that’s perfect for pre-dinner drinks. Fully equipped with lighting, sound and A/V capabilities, Showtime Events Centre offers a unique blend of historical charm and contemporary comfort. 

3. Cargo Hall 

We adore Cargo Hall, and we think you will too. 

Formerly a docking shed, Cargo Hall has been reimagined into a bright modern venue that still pays homage to its maritime past. Upon entry, guests are greeted by a glass conservatory overlooking the Yarra River and city skyline – perfect for arrival drinks. The venue’s recycled wood walls and backlit bar nod to its industrial roots, while an internal balcony offers a prime vantage point for speeches.

Fully equipped with A/V capabilities, Cargo Hall effortlessly adapts to any event style. From intimate gatherings to large parties, it seamlessly transforms to suit your unique vision.

4. Aerial 

Located right by the Yarra River, Aerial boasts a modern and elegant aesthetic complemented by marble floors and gold accents. It features a generous capacity for 400 seated or 600 cocktail guests and showcases breathtaking panoramic views of Melbourne’s skyline.

It’s perfect for larger events, instantly transforming to suit the evening with custom lighting and A/V capabilities. Guests will be wowed by the VIP entrance and designated cocktail area. 

And there you have it, four stunning South Wharf venues for your next school or team event. Chat with us today about your event needs and let us transform your dream into a reality. But be quick, our free DJ and security offer is for a limited time only! We can’t wait to hear from you.