3 Reasons to Host your Next Event Harbourside

Date Posted: 13/02/2019 3:08:36 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez


Tired of the same old boardroom or facility? Host your next corporate event in style right on the harbour. Take advantage of Sydney’s natural beauty and the stunning harbour view as you host your guests at your next corporate outing. The Australian National Maritime Museum is a natural match for corporate events of all types.

Popular Corporate Events Celebrated at the Harbour

Laizzez-faire Catering has hosted many events at the stunning harbourside venue at the Australian National Maritime Museum. A few of our most recent corporate events and occasions include:

Fresh Product Launches: Introduce clients and prospects to your latest products - or show off your newest product line to your own sales team and investors. Either way, the stunning harbourside setting makes a lasting impression and ensures your new line gets a great start.  

Milestone Celebrations: An employee with years of service, your founding partners or even customers who have been with you for a number of years; any of these events is worth celebrating in style. The  Sydney Harbour  Function  Centre is the ideal location for a corporate milestone; the stunning views and delightful setting will delight your guests and truly offer a one of a kind experience for your invitees. 

Year End Celebrations: Your brand has accomplished a lot this year - now it is time to bask in your success for a bit. From the high performing salesperson to the support staff that is always there when you need them, a harbourside function is the perfect way to celebrate. 

Board Meetings: You could use the same conference room, but heading to the harbour  allows you to provide your leadership team with an outstanding experience at a stunning venue. You'll be able to relax and enjoy the view, then get down to business. Harbourside  corporate events allow you to make a lasting impression and create a memorable experience for your team. 

Conferences: Hold your next conference, training session or trade event at the harbour.  Leave the catering and planning to us -- you'll be able to focus on running your business and working with your speakers and guests -- we'll take care of the rest. 

Tips for Harbourside  Event Planning

Sydney harbour is a one of a kind destination for corporate events, so spaces book up fast. Begin planning and scheduling your event well in advance so you can secure the dates you want most. Any time you plan a corporate meeting or event, you have to focus on two things; you need to plan and execute a successful event and still run your own business at the same time. You also only plan one or two business events per year and will need to learn everything on the go. Working with a corporate caterer and event planner allows you to create a stunning harbourside event for your business, without taking time away from your other responsibilities. 

Consider taking advantage of the stunning ambience at the harbourside and plan a themed evening that your guests will never forget. Consider trying a themed gathering that matches the locale; maritime  decorations and themed drinks can elevate a simple affair to something memorable. Guests will love attending your event -- and the harbour makes the perfect backdrop for photos and shareable videos. Choose a hashtag in advance for your event and encourage guests to use it on social media. User generated content can help increase brand awareness and acts as social proof that your business is active and thriving. 

Plan a Harbourside Event Today

We make it easier than ever to plan and run a successful corporate event right beside Sydney Harbour; from the menu and drinks to themeing, decorations and more, you'll love being able  to hand the details over to our expert team. Our clients get the peace of mind that comes from knowing their event is running perfectly - -and can actually relax and enjoy their own party. Contact us to learn more about hosting a harbourside  corporate event and make the most of your next meeting or occasion. 

Want a Harbourside venue? Consider the Australian National Maritime Museum   for your next corporate event.  Contact us to make an enquiry about holding your event at this venue.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at ANMM

Date Posted: 9/05/2017 10:40:39 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Australian National Maritime Museum - The Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Be inspired. Reconnect with the wonder of nature through the magic of photography. Once a year we have the unique opportunity of working with the gallery and the exhibition to offer this artistic space as an event destination, it offers a truly wonderful and immersive opportunity to be a part of a WORLD-WIDE EXHIBIT!! See below for an exclusive offer.

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Laissez-faire will deliver perfect food and beverage solutions tailored specifically for your event - from cool cocktails to stylish dinners, you'll be impressed by the variety of menu options, willingness to collaborate and the high standards of service delivery.

Take a journey into the secret places of the world around us. Witness the extraordinary talent of photographers who travel to the ends of the earth to capture the fleeting moments that say so much about the majesty of nature - and often, our complicated place in it.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year - run by the Natural History Museum in London - is a global celebration of the world's very best nature photography.

Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. The competition is open to the world's top professionals, as well as amateurs - who sometimes create big surprises!

Our $100 pp inclusive offer this month:

Exclusive gallery access

Tailored canapé menu (12 bites per guest)

Blanc beverage package 3 hours

Professional wait staff and function supervisor

Cocktail tables

A dedicated Event Planner to coordinate and assist with the finer details of your event

Contact Us About This Offer

A Nautical Christmas Party to Remember

Date Posted: 18/02/2017 3:18:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Featured Event - Nautical Christmas Party

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Event Brief

To create a cutting-edge End of Year Celebration with the WOW factor.

Our job was to ensure the entire experience was a fresh, upbeat and memorable cocktail party for every one of the 3500 people on the guest list.

The event was also designed to be management’s opportunity to express gratitude for the dedication shown by the staff throughout the year.

The Australian National Maritime Museum was transformed into a multi-zoned entertainment hub, with a central stage and performances on HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow.

With something for everyone, guests were provided with opportunities to mingle amongst their friends and colleagues and celebrate the end of a busy year.

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For more information on The Australian National Maritime Museum, click here.

The Conference Centre at the ANMM

Date Posted: 17/10/2016 2:48:28 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Australian National Maritime Museum presents a new waterfront conference and event space

One of Sydney's most popular venues, the Australian National Maritime Museum, recently underwent a refurbishment. The upgrade brings The Conference Centre, a versatile series of spaces with jaw-dropping harbour views and features that make this new venue perfect for corporate events.


The Conference Centre, opening in November this year, features a dedicated entrance, 13-metre-tall glazing and an  entertainment terrace looking over Pyrmont Bay toward Barangaroo.



The venue features the capacity for up to 120 guests for day conferences or up to 200 guests for cocktail events. The available spaces make this new venue perfect for conferences, day-long meetings, evening events and corporate off-site meetings. An audio-visual suite is also available for use. Laissez-faire's award-winning menus are presented in the specially-designed servery.


If that's not enough,  The Conference Centre is also home to the Wal Gentle Boardroom. This  solid timber boardroom is in keeping with the museum's maritime heritage mission. The Boardroom offers an elegant contrast to the rest of the venue spaces.


Museum director, Kevin Sumption, said,

“We are delighted to be able to offer a previously private wing as a venue for commercial hire and cater to increasing demand for event spaces in this vibrant and growing Darling Harbour location. The Conference Centre emphasises the uniqueness of our venues spaces. We are thrilled to be able to host business events combined with visits to our galleries or evening cocktails on the helipad of an ex-naval destroyer, the HMAS Vampire. It allows us to share Australia’s maritime history and heritage in a dynamic way.”


The Conference Centre is a new and exciting venue for event organisers to experience and for guests to enjoy.  If you'd like to know more about The Conference Centre at the Australian National Maritime Museum, contact us.

You might also be interested in our canape and conference menus.

Corporate Events at The Australian National Maritime Museum

Date Posted: 12/08/2016 10:21:10 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Your Next Corporate Event: The Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum has been a number one venue choice for many of our client's corporate and cocktail events over the past few years. The venue is perfect for small and large events thanks to the many hosting areas on offer.


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Blending functionality with history, this Sydney Harbour venue could be exactly what you are looking for to complete your next corporate event.

Corporate Event Planning with ANMM

For meetings and corporate events, the ANMM offers different function rooms that can cater to all of your event needs. The Terrace Room, Yots Cafe, the HMAS Vampire, the Theatre, the Tasman Light and Deck Gallery, the Lighthouse Gallery and the Ben Lexcen Terrace offer space for cocktail events, sit down breakfast meetings, luncheon conferences and corporate soirees.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these function rooms:

The Terrace Room

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Your guests will take in the stunning views of Darling Harbour and the Sydney skyline. The Terrace Room can accommodate 300 guests for cocktail events and 190 guests for sit-down functions. The view over the water makes it a unique and inspiring venue for any company event. The Terrace also features an outdoor balcony, dance floor and lectern.

Yots Cafe


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Yots has the same capacity as the Terrace room and is great for a cocktail event at night or a coffee and sweets gathering during the day. Its charm as a venue comes from its view of the museum’s vessel collection. Yots Cafe also has a great menu, which you can find here.


HMAS Vampire 

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The HMAS Vampire can accommodate 200 guests for cocktails and 30 for sit down events. Moored at the south wharf, the vessel provides a popular photo opportunity for tourists and locals alike. The lights of the harbour really make this venue come to life during the night. A corporate event in this decommissioned naval destroyer will certainly be a conversation starter.



Theatre open

ANMM’s theatre can hold 210 guests and is perfect for conferences, presentations and launch parties. It boasts the latest audio visual equipment and plush seating. If your company is celebrating a milestone, this is the place to do it.

Tasman Light Deck 

Tasman Light Gallery

The Tasman Light Deck contains interesting museum exhibits and is often recommended to be used in conjunction with the theatre. It can host formal dinners, cocktail parties or for refreshments and canapés before entering the theatre.

Lighthouse Gallery 

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The Lighthouse Gallery can host a whopping number of guests; 400 for cocktails, 400 for theatre and 250 for sit down events. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Lighthouse Gallery allow guests to see the spectacular water view and the CBD from an exclusive angle while they feast on canapés  and refreshments.

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Ben Lexcen Terrace 


Ideal for any exclusive event, the Ben Lexcen Terrace is spacious enough to accommodate 300 guests for a sit-down meal and 400 guests for a cocktail event.


If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect venue for your next corporate event, the ANMM might be it! The many classy and functional venue spaces wouldn’t be complete without refreshing drinks, exciting canapés and carefully prepared meals brought to you by our  Laissez-faire catering team.

 For more information on the venues on offer at the Australian National Maritime Museum, click here.