22 Aughtie Drive, ALBERT PARK LAKE, Victoria 3205


22 Aughtie Drive, ALBERT PARK LAKE, Victoria 3205

This iconic building on Albert Park Lake, once Rob's Carousel, began in 1963 as a family restaurant. The rotating carousel in it's centre created happy childhood memories while enjoying sundae delights garnished with colourful umbrellas. After Rob's Restaurants closed across Melbourne, Carousel became a night club for many years, before closing and becoming derelict - unused and unloved, until the opportunity presented for redevelopment.

Renowned caterers food&desire were granted a permit to redevelop the site in 2004, the design approach, to unite the original building, drawing on the detailing from the 1950s and 60s. Sophisticated tones and textures creating a contemporary event space and cafe. In November 2005 the new building was complete, the new Carousel relaunched as an iconic waterfront venue, now appealing to a wide range of corporate and social events.

On the banks of Albert Park Lake with uninterrupted views of Melbourne's city skyline, Carousel offers abundant natural light and stylish furniture (both indoor and outdoor balcony seating). Remarkably designed operable walls create flexible configurations to accommodate events of varying sizes and set-ups.

Arrive via a white stone courtyard complete with Bel Air palms. Cross over turquoise tiled ponds to enter a beautiful open event space with soaring windows. Glass sliding doors open onto a wooden balcony where pre-dinner drinks or ceremonies can be held.

546sqm of versatile floor space adapts to seminars, conferences, luncheons, product launches, fashion shows, dinners for up to 500 guests set banquet style or 440 with a dance floor, and up to 1,000 guests cocktail style. Ample on site ticketed parking is available (charges apply).


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Carousel (Belvue and Madison spaces) 645 400 96 440 500 1000

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22 Aughtie Drive, ALBERT PARK LAKE, Victoria 3205

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

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Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

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What a professional events team...

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Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

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I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

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Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

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The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

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Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

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