Your typical work party will usually be held in a nice bar or restaurant, or even at a plush venue where you bring in your own catering.

However, if you find you have always planned similar types of events, it could be time to mix it up a bit . For something a little different that employees will look forward to just as much, why not plan your next work function somewhere quirky? Try organising an event for your staff that will create a real buzz and they will talk about for years to come.

Sydney is a bustling city with plenty of choices when it comes to surprising your hard-working staff with an off-beat party, so here are seven ideas to inspire you.

Ghost tours

Historic Sydney is the perfect place for a spooky ghost tour for a unique work party.

Enjoy a tour of The Rocks in the central city with a knowledgeable guide teaching you about the creepy history of the area as you meander through the streets at night-time. Some of these tours include a drink, but if you’re looking to enjoy a meal as well, you may wish to book a reservation at a nearby restaurant so you can all calm down after the outing.

Go karting

Get your adrenalin pumping and see if you can outstrip the boss on a go-kart track such as the one at Ultimate Karting.

As a work event, there will be meals, snacks and drinks on offer, as well as prizes for the winners and souvenirs from the event for everyone involved.

Trampoline parks

If you’ve got a particularly energetic and outgoing workplace, book in a party at a trampoline park for something truly different.

Locations such as Boing Central offer corporate event packages that will let your employees loose on the dodgeball area, the central trampoline section, or the massive foam pits for jumping in.

Cooking classes

It’s hard to find an employee who doesn’t love a great meal, but instead of just eating one, take them to a cooking class at VictorsFood and we’ll not just teach you how to make a mouth-watering meal, we’ll let you enjoy eating it as well.

These classes double as parties, making for the perfect laid-back foodie event.

Taronga Zoo

A visit to Taronga Zoo is always a special occasion, and it has a way of bringing out the child in everyone – even the boss.

A work party here lets you tailor the visit to your preferences, such as including an educational talk about the animals or interactive meet and greets with some of your favourite creatures.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is usually known as an iconic tourist attraction, with venues in major cities all over the world, which is what makes it the perfect quirky work party venue.

You can book the entire place and enjoy a sit-down meal or simply use it as a fun cocktail venue. With more than 70 wax celebrities in attendance, it will add a real talking point to your function.

SEA LIFE Aquarium


Sydney’s SEA LIFE Aquarium in Darling Harbour is well located, classy and completely different.


You can host your event in the main Great Barrier Reef oceanarium, which is home to hundreds of tropical fish, as well as a handful of sharks and sawfish swimming in 2 million litres of water. Alternatively, you can hold the party at Dugong Island, which is the world’s only display of a pair of dugongs.