End of Year Event

We deliver experiences.

With the end of the year around the corner – it’s time to start thinking of planning your end of year events. 

Dedicated Event Producers have all the tools to plan and execute perfect events on your behalf. Allow them to use existing relationships with Australia’s best suppliers to arrange for your catering, entertainment, audio visual equipment and styling. We guarantee that you will enjoy your event experience as much as your guests.

STEP BACK IN TIME: OLD MELBOURNE GAOL

Completed in the mid 1800s and located in central Melbourne, the Old Melbourne Gaol is constructed in blue stone and still contains the original cells and historic features. In these cells some of Australia’s most notorious criminals were held, including the infamous bush ranger Ned Kelly.

One of Australia’s most fascinating and unique spaces. Add to the experience with some entertainment or an educational feature, including guest appearances from Ned Kelly to duty sergeants and gaol governors; or bands DJs and roving performers.

The precinct also includes the Former City Watchhouse and Old Magistrates Court available for private events. The Old Melbourne Gaol is a venue that will stir the senses and get your guests talking.

Group Sizes: 20 – 350
Pricing from $77 per person

Night Tours

This gaol can be a grim place. It has a long history and many dark corners! Stories abound of an unexplainable presence. Over many years, these stories come from visitors and staff alike. None have been proved. All are compelling.

Supplement your dinner event with a night tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol — if you dare.

The City Watch House

Experience is a 40 minute interactive experience like no other. With a Charge Sergeant as guide, visitors are ‘arrested’ and encounter what it is like to be locked up.

Pose for your WANTED poster and explore the cells while enjoying catering by Showtime Event Group.

WHISKY TOURS

Craft beers and spirits are on the rise in Australia. Enjoy a walking tour through some of Melbourne’s boutique distilleries and breweries and meet the makers.

Complete the tour with a meal in a modern urban distillery and sample a beautiful single malt, or classic cocktails from some of Melbourne’s leading bar tenders.

Group Sizes: 20-350
Pricing from: $120 per person

MASTERS OF WINE

The Australian wine industry is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international export market.

Wine is produced in every state, with more than 60 designated wine regions totalling approximately 160,000 hectares; however Australia’s wine regions are mainly in the southern, cooler parts of the country, such as Victoria.

From the lean, clean Chablis to the rich and seductive Margaret River, these are educational tastings not to be missed. Tasting and cocktail making also include a cheese and charcuterie platter to nibble on while you study.

Group Sizes: 20 – 50
Pricing from: $65 per person

Pricing is determined by the beverages selected for your class. Your Event Producer will work with you to select the perfect menu for the group.

Chardonnay Masterclass

The demise and rise of Chardonnay. Like Phoenix from the ashes, Chardonnay has dusted off the soot and is now again Australia’s leading white grape variety. Why is Australian Chardonnay so darn good? We aim to taste through a bracket of delicious Chardonnay and pointing our wines against the home of Chardonnay, Burgundy and other iconic regions.

Cocktail Making

Enjoy a session with our experienced mixologists. Learn how to balance flavour, and deliver perfect presentation and consistency in each and every glass.

Showtime’s bartenders will teach your group about the origins of their favourite tipples and the main cocktail preparation methods; before enjoying the fruits of your hard work on the riverside terrace.

GALA DINNERS

Showtime’s food philosophy is to consistently deliver exceptional food experiences. Our award winning catering team will customise menus to suit the guest demographic while providing modern and innovative menus. Every event is unique.

The diversity of properties available and combined experience of this impressive team provide a convenient solution for any gala dinner, product activation, cocktail celebration or conference.

Styling, entertainment, and audiovisual equipment are all part of the service, allowing planners to rediscover the joy in creative collaboration.

Group Sizes: 20 –
Catering Pricing from: $107 per person
Venue Hire  and Styling: $POA

PROGRESSIVE DINING

South Wharf Restaurants offer a wide range of cuisines across a single riverside location. Can’t decide on a style of cuisine? No problem – why not try them all?

Take a tour of the precinct with a course at each venue. Taste dishes carefully created by each Head Chef in restaurants from Japanese to Thai, Spanish and of course Australian; all matched with wine or sake and a glass of champagne on arrival.

Each restaurant is within five minutes’ walk from the previous. Your Showtime Event Group host will explain the historic significance of the area and the development of the precinct throughout your tour around the wharf and the culinary world.

Group Sizes: 20-250
Pricing from: $125 per person

THE LONGEST LUNCH

Melbournians are social creatures. The city is filled with engaging laneways, parks and promenades where people meet in the open air to share a meal and a conversation.

Every year in the autumn, 1,500 of Melbourne’s residents sit down at a single table to share an al fresco lunch in one of the city’s public spaces.

Showtime Event Group will recreate this experience for your guests, working with you to select the perfect venue for the event. Complimented with delicious food and perfect service, this is an experience which you will not find elsewhere.

Group Sizes: 50 – 1,500
Pricing from: $POA dependent on availability

DINING UNDER THE STARS

Retire from a day’s activity with a degustation dinner in a custom built glass structure underneath the city skyline and on the banks of the iconic Yarra river. World class entertainment and beautiful lighting will make this a magical night for all lucky enough to attend.

Including your very own red carpet entry and access to the Showtime Event Centre river landing for a VIP arrival with a difference. Upon conclusion of the formalities, guests will be invited into the adjoining heritage warehouse space for dancing and dessert.

Group Sizes: 200 – 450
Catering Pricing from: $107 per person
Marquee and Styling: $POA

PRIVATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCES

Located in the Melbourne CBD and next to the Docklands, DFO South Wharf has more than 180 stores with up to 70% off including Calvin Klein, Nike, Converse, Peter Alexander, Kate Spade, Burberry and much more!

To make this even better, Australia offers a scheme which refunds sales tax to visitors on certain purchases at the airport.

Would you like to enjoy exclusive deals and access for your groups? Speak with us about private access to the centre including catered events and extended opening hours.

LANEWAYS OF MELBOURNE: YOUR OWN PRIVATE FESTIVAL

Experience our famous hospitality as the star of your own exclusive urban festival in the heart of the city. Combining several unique and interconnected venues allows guests to explore the site at their leisure, discovering a new activation in every space.

Join us at the doorstep of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and on the banks of the iconic Yarra River, enjoying breathtaking views over the city skyline. South Wharf venues are combined around a central courtyard to create an interactive festival atmosphere for up to 5,500 guests.

You are instantly taken into a cosmopolitan streetscape, unaware of the journey on which you are about to embark. Enjoy exclusive catering including live interactive food stations and roving delicacies; and sampling the best in the local and global beverage markets. Our Executive Head Chef will design a menu around the individual interiors of the uniquely styled spaces and allowing guests to taste all that Melbourne has to offer in a single night.

Recreate the Melbourne laneways, Carnivale, or work with your Event Producer to design your own pop up activations. With minimal theming and styling required, the space is transformed into a promenade celebration full of life and action. Let the fun begin!

Group sizes: 200 – 5,500
Pricing from: $100 per person

DOWN ON THE BEACH

There is nothing more typically Australian than a good beach barbecue.

This country is home to some of the finest beaches in the world, and Victoria offers an abundance of fresh seafood.

Showtime Event Group will host group for a special night in Elwood’s exclusive Sailing Club overlooking Port Phillip Bay.

Alternatively, allow us take your dining right down to the water’s edge with a barbecue or cocktail reception on the sand.

Group Sizes: 50 – 1,500
Pricing from: $65 per person

OUTDOOR CINEMA

Melbourne comes alive in the summertime with sports. The city hosts Test Cricket, One Day Internationals, The Australian Open, Racing Cup Carnival, the Grand Prix, National Rugby League Grand Finals and International Soccer championships to name but a few.

These unique experiences are one of the major attractions drawing visitors to the city each year.

Enjoy some time away from the stadium, but don’t miss any of the action with a private riverside event featuring your own screening.

Not a sports fan? The screen is available for movies, presentations and Video DJs.

Group Sizes: 100 – 450
Pricing from: $POA dependent on availability