Celebrate By the Beach

Whether you’re planning a birthday bash, baby shower, engagement or a beachside wedding, Northerlies is an event venue with a difference. Choose from our famous Beach Hut with its thatched roof, hard sandy floor and chilled island vibes, the inside Brasserie for a sit-down soirée, or the Beer Garden for casual drinks with friends. For something a little less casual, check out our onsite resort, Freedom Shores – the perfect place to tie the knot on your own private beach.



  • Ideal for smaller groups, intimate dining, and wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 30 seated
  • High top & standard seating
  • Deck seating subject to weather
  • Non-exclusive use only = no fee!



  • Ideal for larger, casual cocktail-style events
  • Capacity: 130 seated | 200 standing
  • Outside bar and beach kitchen access (Fri – Sun)*
  • No venue hire fee for non-exclusive use



  • Ideal for casual group bookings
  • Capacity: 170 seated
  • Outside bar and beach kitchen access (Fri – Sun)
  • Non-exclusive use only = no fee!
  • Can be subject to weather


Frequently Asked Questions

Are there venue hire fees?

There are no venue hire fees for non-exclusive events in the Beach Hut. This means you will only hold a section of the Hut. Venue fees apply if you require exclusive use of the Beach Hut or the Resort Beach Shack & Freedom Shores Lawn

Do you offer food and drink packages?

We currently offer the following options for function catering and beverages:

  1. Order on arrival from our standard menus (food and drinks tabs available)
  2. Pre order catering and/or beverages from our events menus (must be paid 2 weeks in advance)
Is there wheelchair access?

Yes, the inside Brasserie is accessible via a ramp

Can I bring a cake?

You are welcome to bring a cake with you. We can store your cake on arrival and provide plates, cutlery, and a knife on request (no cakeage charge)

Can I bring decorations?

You’re welcome to bring decorations onsite or use an external supplier to decorate your area. Ask our events team for recommended suppliers. Please also advise our team of your plans. Biodegradable glitter or confetti only

How do I book the bus?

To book our free courtesy bus, call 0491 203 807 or book online. Booking in advance is best. For larger groups, we recommend pre-booking a private bus through Heart of Reef Shuttles or calling local taxis.

Check out the updated bus availability below:

Midweek Mon – Thu | from 3:30pm – close (dinner only)

Weekend Fri – Sun | from 11:30am – close (lunch & dinner)

Public & School Holidays | from 11:30am – close (lunch & dinner)

Where is the Moon Bar?

Our outside Moon Bar is located directly across from the Beach Hut. Just a few steps from your next drink!

Can I book my own entertainment?

Depending on the day and time of the year, live entertainment is already booked in the venue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you wish to book your own live entertainment, please make a request, and once approved it can be booked by you, at your own expense. Please be aware that unfortunately, guests cannot use the PA system for speeches during any event at Northerlies. Stopping the music for speeches can disturb the experience of our other patrons

What time do you close?

We usually stay open until around 10pm on weekends. However, it is up to the manager’s discretion to decide when we close the venue. Closing times largely depend on the number of the guests still in the venue at any given time. Staff will endeavour to let you know an expected venue closure time on the day of your function as soon as possible, to ensure everyone has enough time to pack up and catch the courtesy bus home

What are the booking terms & conditions?

View our event terms and conditions – click here

“What a day! Wanted to say a big thank you for helping organise our daughter’s 21st birthday. Everything was seamless from my first enquiry email, to decorating and catering on the day. You made us feel right at home and everyone loved the band at the end of the night!” – Deb.

“Thank you so much for having us. I hope the boys weren’t too rowdy. They all had a great time and really enjoyed it at Northerlies. Thanks again for working with us to organise those extra requests and for answering all my questions. It was definitely extra work, and we really appreciate the time and effort you spent making it all happen.” – Meg.

“Thank you for your help organising our event at Northerlies. Your team was very easy to deal with and very professional. Really enjoyed the Beach Hut space. Everyone had a great afternoon!!” – Mark.

'A big thank you to Louise and the team for helping us organise my husband’s 40th birthday! Catering was awesome and everything was so simple – just a bar tab on the day. We all had the best time in the Beach Hut area and the musician was an absolute legend. We hardly left the dance floor! Cheers guys!' – Natalie

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