vintage fairground wonderland, an enchanted garden and a focus on sustainability and inclusion


The Sunshine Coast’s new cultural playground…

After some initial construction delays, NightQuarter is now set to open in early 2020. The delays have given owners Michelle Christoe and Ian Van der Woude more time to develop exciting new initiatives for the entertainment destination.

Located at 8 The Avenue, Birtinya adjacent to Stockland Birtinya, NightQuarter will feature new installations, new food concepts and new precincts.

The venue will open in early 2020 with an exclusive opening weekend with limited numbers. The early access registration is currently live on the NightQuarter website www.nightquarter.com.au.

New precincts will include ‘Wonder’ and the ‘Enchanted Garden’.  Wonder is an immersive social environment inspired by vintage fairgrounds. A collection of vintage amusements with dodgems, carnival games, arcades and interactive installations, as well as nostalgic fairy floss, caramel apples and dagwood dogs. Perfect for family fun, with adults-only sessions after 8pm.

The Enchanted Garden will be a lush and leafy space with interwoven festoon and fairy lights, a cocktail bar and a curated selection of food stallholders with a kaleidoscope of flavours. The popular Hawker Street will be returning with local Sunshine Coast stallholders creating dishes from around the world, a buzzing atmosphere of street food stallholders, hawkers and a brand new live music stage. 

NightQuarter will have five stages, including the beloved ‘NightQuarter Live’ which has previously hosted acts like Amy Shark, UB40, The Screaming Jets and more.

“We want to continue to connect people and create moments of joy. NightQuarter will be a place for the incubation of talent and creativity.

Creating a culturally inclusive environment and community is at the heart of the development of the space.

We are working closely with a number of local organisation, artists and community leaders.

Michelle Christoe

Owner, NightQuarter

Michelle Christoe has long been an advocate of sustainability having formed a Common Language Group for fisheries to define and agree across the industry, principles of sustainability and gain consensus on what ‘sustainability’ actually means to ensure a common approach

The NightQuarter RepairLab and Community Container will be launching as part of a new focus empowering the community to reduce, reuse and recycle. The space will provide opportunities for the community to meet with skilled volunteers to repair and reuse furniture, clothes, jewellery, bicycles and more. It will have regular workshops on how to make art out of plastics, gardening, composting, recycling electronics, repurposing jewellery and glass.  It will also be a space where local organisations and charities can pop up to connect with the local community.

“The NightQuarter space is created from recycled materials, from shipping containers to reclaimed timbers to artworks created from salvaged plastics. The new site will feature a series of artworks created in collaboration with artist Tracie Eaton using reclaimed bubble wrap, cans and plastics. Stallholders will use compostable packaging and containers and customers are encouraged to bring their own containers. We will be working with local charity organisation Wishlist and Envirobank to recycle bottles and cans.”

Opportunities to partner with the space for creative collaborations, community initiatives, volunteer opportunities and more are now open on their website.

Registration for early access is now live at nightquarter.com.au. A limited number of exclusive tickets (free) will be released for the opening weekend to people on the waitlist.