Maroochy Arts and Ecology

Type of space: Makerspace (Shared open space for making), Art Gallery, Cinema, Co-Working Space, Community Hall, Dance Studio, Design Studio, Film Editing Suite, Hot Desk, Markets, Multi-use Space, Music Performance Venue, Music Rehearsal Space, Non Traditional, Office Space, Open-air space , Park and Bushland, Performance venue, Photography and Film Location, Photography Studio, Pop-up Space, Rehearsal Space, Residency, Retail Space, Theatre, Visual Art Studio


    The Arts & Ecology Centre is a unique workshop and exhibition venue set in the beautiful Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens on the Sunshine Coast. A workshop, exhibition, meting place close to creeks, lagoons, bush walks and of course, a myriad of native plants and wildlife. The centre is also home to the renowned Sculpture Garden, offering a unique experience of world-class art works in a natural setting.

    This space would particularly suit eco, sustainable and environmental practices. The Centre design includes informal outdoor spaces, integrating the venue with the surrounding gardens and eucalypt forest, and spaces can be furnished or unfurnished allowing for workshops and events that bring the “outside in”. The Centre features polished concrete flooring throughout.

    Multipurpose Room:

    This tranquil and contemporary venue offers a multipurpose room capable of seating up to 80 people theatre style. The Multipurpose Room is the larger of the two spaces available to hire directly adjacent to an undercover area & scenic courtyard along one side of the room. The alternate side of the room offers access to an adjoining timber deck.

    Wet & Dry Workshop:

    The venue also offers another space for hire, the Wet & Dry Workshop capable of accomodating up to 20 people. The space offers large movable walls which provides open integration with outdoor workshop space.


    General Bookings

    Due to school holiday programming the spaces are only available to hire outside of school holiday periods. The venue availability is within the gardening opening hours of:

    - 7:00am to 5:00pm (April to October)

    - 7:00am to 6:00pm (November to March)

    Later bookings may be available upon request.

    The venue is a 'self-service' model which means the hirer is responsible for the set-up and pack down/cleaning of the venue. Hirers must supply their own cloths and teatowels

    Furniture and Equiptment.

    Directly adjacent to the Wet & Dry Workshop is the store room with chairs and tables avaialble for use in the rooms. A mobile whiteboard with mounted projector is avaialble for use in either of the rooms (hirer can move to desired location).  


    A kitchenette for hirer use is available in the Wet & Dry Workshop room, also available for hirers booking the Multipurpose Room. The kitchenette has the following facilities avaialble:

    - 20L urn + kettle

    - Domestic top mount fridge/freezer

    - Crockery; plates, bowls, side plates, cups, saucers & cutlery to cater for up to 70 people.

    - Microwave

    Unfortunately no oven or stove top available


    At the main entrance of the Arts & Ecology Centre is a cafe operated by Compass Institute. The cafe is open 9:30am - 2:30pm Monday - Friday. Hirers may engage Compass to provide catering for their events by contacting Compass Institute directly.

    Venue Hire Costs:

    The venue is available to hire for community groups, meetings, small seminars, training rooms or low physical activities like Yoga or Pilates and private functions. Cost is dependent on the type of group booking the facility. Please contact us for rates and bond information. 

    For more information:

    The booking office for this venue is located at VENUE 114 (formerly Lake Kawana Community Centre) 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina. Booking enquiries; including availability, requests for forms, please contact the booking office on 5413 1400 or email

    Pricing Terms


    For audience
    • Accessible toilet

    • Wheelchair accessible