The Gold Coast offers an ecosystem of collaborative workspaces – flexible areas for start-ups, creatives and even multi-nationals looking for specialised hi-tech coworking spaces.
Imagine arriving at your Burleigh Heads flexi-desk carrying a laptop and surfboard. You can head for a surf at midday with racks provided for your board and set up a boardroom meeting for a brainstorming session in the afternoon.
This is where many Gold Coast’s start-ups begin, embedded in one of our many specialist, well-serviced workspaces that can be accessed on an as-needs basis. They are entrepreneurial and creative hubs that encourage entrepreneurs to ‘have-a-go’.
The collaborative spaces boom is driving our start-up economy with an annual growth rate of 20 per cent the highest outside of any capital city. Coworking spaces can be an entry point for businesses testing the waters, or even multi-nationals looking to establish a foothold on the Gold Coast.
Among our largest collaborative spaces is the 9.5-hectare commercial cluster facility Lumina, located in the Health and Knowledge Precinct. It is being rolled out over 15 years offering commercial spaces from single-desk start-ups through to bespoke buildings.
Our coworking spaces each have their own distinctive culture and facilities where businesses can make a preliminary start before finding their own dedicated offices once their business starts flourishing.
1. Hotel Miami, Miami
Based in the heart of one of the most-loved suburbs for emerging artists and creatives, Hotel Miami is a co-working space, complete with a fully operational photo and video studio. The retro-style space features a decadent pink wall, velvet couches and neon lights to set the creative mood. The open plan warehouse setting and interior styling creates a productive workspace that can be booked on a casual day rate or long-term basis.
2. CoSPACES – Old Station Co, Southport
At the northern end of the Gold Coast is the quirky co-working space housed in Southport’s original 96-year-old ambulance station. Old Station Co offers full reception services, meeting rooms, private office suites, 32 coworking desks, an events space, an outdoor patio, a basketball court, bike racks, a cafe, deli and rooftop bar. CoSpaces are experts in coworking and community management, facility management and commercial leasing.
3. Gold Coast Creative House, Burleigh Heads
Gold Coast Creative House is a world-class co-working facility suited to those looking to make their stay a little more permanent. With six creative studios across two stylish levels, you can choose to collaborate or thrive as a lone wolf. Housing permanent desks for stability and predictability in the workplace, GC Creative House is already home to a group of impressive creatives. Did we mention four of the studios are converted shipping containers?
4. The Communal House, Currumbin
Communal House prides itself on bringing creative freelancers together and providing them with a space to engage with like-minded individuals with the necessary resources to help evolve their creative business goals. Communal House has the tunes cranked and isn’t afraid to get creative on Friday after some craft beers. The Communal House is also available for event hire – there really is something for everyone.
5. The Productive GC, Bundall
The Productive’s vision is simple: to create a thriving, collaborative community of motivated individuals who share the common goal for growth. The welcoming, pet-friendly hub is perfect for everyone from bloggers to entrepreneurs, freelance writers and professionals. There is also a meeting room and boardroom and several regular workshops on offer to inspire you. Sectioned across two single-storey industrial warehouses, The Productive GC provides enough space for you and all your big ideas.
6. Flockd, Burleigh Heads
Why grind away at home, when you can connect in the light and calm surrounds of Flockd? Just a short walk from the buzzing James Street, Flockd caters to everyone’s business needs with hot desks and private offices as well as more permanent options. There’s sparkling water on tap, an in-house bar and daily happy hour to help get your creative juices flowing. For those that get a bit peckish when creating – Flockd has you covered with a café serving up great coffee and tasty treats all day long.
7. WOTSO WorkSpace, Varsity Lakes
Fancy a change of scenery from the usual home office? WOTSO’s workspaces have soft seating and communal benches that are both quirky and practical so you can knuckle down and get the job done in style. There’s a ping pong table, meeting rooms with a funky fresh fit-out, private phone booths and the highest speed internet around. WOTSO has 11 sites across Australia, so you know you’re in good hands with these co-working specialists.
8. Cohort, Southport
Located in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, Cohort Innovation Space is a vibrant startup community dedicated to supporting existing and aspiring founders. Through a range of programs and networking opportunities, Cohort offer a collaborative space for founders to launch new products and grow their companies globally.