Melbourne, the coastal capital of Victoria, is full of squares, bars and restaurants, many of which are idyllic by the Yarra River. In fact, with its calm seaside setting, enticing entertainment spots, and array of cultural venues, it’s hardly surprising that anyone in Melbourne gets any work at all.
In keeping with its typical relaxed coastal vibe and laid-back pace of life, Melbourne has a vibrant coworking community, with freelancers and startups optimising collaboration, communication and socialising in a laid-back workspace. If you’re planning to spend time in Melbourne and want to use co-working spaces during your stay, we’ve picked the best of the 12 cities.
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With three separate locations across Melbourne, The Commons is one of the best known co-working options in Melbourne. All members will have free access to an open desk area in any of the three city spaces, as well as the opportunity to book meeting rooms and attend on-site social events such as yoga, meditation and stretching classes. The flexible monthly membership is ideal for casual visitors who just want to use it on an irregular basis. Prices start at A$410 per month for open desk use. Recreational facilities in the three spaces include a golf simulator, record room, arcade, ping pong table, quiet area and outdoor terrace. In addition, the hotel offers fitness programs and regular events, from wine tastings to TedTalk-style presentations.
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YBF Ventures (formerly York Butter Factory) is synonymous with Australian technology. Founded in 2011, the company is one of Australia’s first technology innovation hubs and continues to be a leader in helping startups grow, scale up to succeed and innovate as a business. Members tend to come from cutting-edge technology fields, including AI, machine learning, fintech, fintech, legal tech, prop tech, Web 3.0, big data, etc. The company’s pricing starts at $585 per month for a dedicated desk, plus private offices and parts of the floor, as well as free open collaboration days each month. On-site services and facilities include desks and ergonomic chairs, superfast WiFi, free community breakfast, fair trade coffee and deluxe tea, and regular learning events such as coding classes, blockchain workshops, pitch night and pitch coaching sessions.
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, The Cluster is a bright, inspiring and professional office space with beautiful views of the city and the Yarra River, and the staff at the front desk make guests feel at home. The venue offers all types of membership services, from flexible plans starting at A$45/week, to permanent desks and private offices, ensuring there is something to suit every need. They also have serviced meeting rooms, a business lounge and some event space.
Located in Melbourne’s CBD, Nous House is a boutique coworking community with private offices, desks and public spaces, all designed to inspire an interactive, collaborative working atmosphere in a productive environment. All-inclusive memberships are very flexible, with no lock-in contracts, and are available on a monthly basis. Prices start at $200 for a desk that can be used up to 4 times a month, and includes conference room reservations and printing privileges within the membership. Amenities and services in the clubhouse include high-speed WiFi, 24/7 access to the building, lockers, communal kitchen, tea and coffee, snacks and regular community events.
Located in the heart of South Melbourne, near the famous South Melbourne Market and in the same building as the well-equipped health club, CreativeCubes.Co is a popular collaborative community for freelancers and startups. The venue offers a range of hot desks and private offices and can accommodate up to 350 people. Shared Space memberships start at A$350 per month and are also available for A$39 per day for a day pass. There is also a dedicated wellbeing team here to ensure that all the needs of the members are met.
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Located in a refurbished warehouse in the heart of South Melbourne Village, South Hive Coworking offers private studios, partitioned team areas, open workstations and meeting rooms for individual freelancers, start-ups and SMEs. The cheapest membership is a part-time desk, where you can use the shared space 3 days a week between 8:30am and 5:30pm for A$350 per month. Amenities include a private phone booth, kitchen and shower facilities, fruit bowl and tea/coffee maker.
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Located in Melbourne’s central business district, Altitude bills itself as combining a local community atmosphere with quality service, equipped with the latest technology and aims to provide a productive working environment for freelancers and small businesses. Desks can be booked by the day, by the week or by the month, with fixed or hot desk prices starting at A$475 per month with lockable storage facilities. All utilities are included, as well as high-speed internet, on-site concierge services and other amenities, including a public lounge space that gives members the opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded friends.
Founded in 2012, depo8 is a large warehouse space spread over two floors that welcomes freelancers, small businesses and startups with flexible shared or private workspace options. Full-time dedicated desks are priced at A$99 per week and include 24/7 access to meeting rooms, quiet rooms and lounge areas, high-speed WIFI and ample drawer space.Hourly desk hire is also available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm for up to 6 hours per day for A$5 per hour. There is also a kitchen, lounge area and dining room that can accommodate up to 10 people.
Framework is an office space made up of designers, developers, video editors, copywriters, marketers and Melbourne creatives of all types. There are flexible options that allow you to work the way you want, allowing you to have your own desk or use the space as you see fit, as well as part-time and leisure options. Permanent desks start at A$600/month (including conference room access), part-time starts at A$170/month, and casual day passes are A$75/day.
Located in the heart of the highly regarded Collins Street in the RBS Chambers Building, Work Club’s Melbourne outpost is conveniently located near transport, shops, cafes and restaurants. The space is divided into two levels and offers a range of options for all professional needs, including open and private spaces. Premium memberships offer dedicated desks with unlimited access to any space on the premises 24/7; for those who prefer flexibility, affiliate memberships are available two days a week, and all areas and services are at your disposal. On-site services and facilities include printing and copying, meeting rooms, concierge services, library, club bar, tea and coffee and regular events.
Dimension 5 aims to promote creativity, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovative thinking between individuals and small teams or organizations. Its creative co-working spaces promote “positive interpersonal collisions” that collide the sparks of innovation and entrepreneurship between technology, startups, business and social enterprises. The 1,100 square metre space is located opposite the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, just a few minutes walk or tram ride from the heart of the city’s central business district. The Catalyst membership is priced at A$420 per month and offers unlimited desk and meeting room access 24 hours a day for 7 days, as well as printing services, tea and coffee, mentoring opportunities and regular community events. There is also a day pass for $35 AUD.
Located in South Melbourne, Thrive Network’s premium co-working and shared workspace invites solopreneurs, startups, small businesses and teams to work in a welcoming environment. The space itself is well lit and beautifully designed and decorated, all of which add to the ambiance of the place. You can choose from full, flexible and part-time packages starting at A$350 per month or a day room for A$40. Amenities include printers, bike storage, showers, kitchen and lockers. All members also have access to training seminars, workshops, mentor services and monthly social events.