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RQYS Comference Centre Hire

If you really want to make an impression at your next important business meeting, look no further than the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s Conference and Events Centre.

RQYS offers modern facilities in four different rooms allowing you to host any event, whether it’s a networking function, a five star Awards Dinner, a refreshing day in the bay with team building activities or a meeting in our tiered auditorium. Our professional and very efficient staff will be with you all the way during your event to ensure you are taken care of.

Presentation equipment is included in our package pricing and may consist of a lectern, data projector, screens and audio-visual systems to suit your needs. If required, there will be a whiteboard with pens close at hand and tables set up with water and mints to keep your guests refreshed.

Our catering is superb; Our function manager and chef will work with you to custom design a menu.

Also on-site we have the Manly Marina Cove Motel, providing 4 star accommodation for you and your guests. Alternatively, for an additional fee we can arrange bus transportation for your guests, from any location to the RQYS and back to the city or destination of your choice.


RQYS Christmas Parties

The versatility of our Girdis Room allows you to host a formal dinner with crystal chandeliers or a bright and cheerful Fiesta with coloured lanterns suspended from the ceiling. Our special events industry partners are highly experienced and can create any look or style you desire.


Our auditorium is ideal for meetings and presentation events up to 97 people. Included in the Auditorium package is a complete range of audio visual equipment.  The room set up provides your speaker with plenty of space around the podium, while ensuring all delegates have a clear and comfortable view of the screen.

RQYS Conferences & Corporate Events


The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron offers a unique setting for team building, strategic planning and leadership development. Room options include an auditorium or boardroom; supervised sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboard available.

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, far away from the commotion of Brisbane at beautiful Manly on Moreton Bay, provides your team with a safe, supportive environment to challenge themselves, improve their work performance, and enhance teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

Off Water: Facilitator has access to fully AV equipped Auditorium, Board Room or larger Function Room for meetings and presentations.

On Water: Discover Sailing. Work collaboratively as a team to gain essential skills in sailing, windsurfing or stand up paddle boarding; includes boat or board handling safety.

Discover Racing: Is competition important? An RQYS Instructor will coach teams to battle it out on a race course; choice of sailing, windsurfing or stand up paddle boarding.


Discover Sailing Experience

  • Learn the basics of sailing a small yacht as a groupRQYS Team Building Events
  • Trim sails and learn to steer the boat
  • Team building occurs by passing on new skills in the various roles on board to other team members
  • Enjoy a pleasant sail under the supervision of a Yachting Australia accredited Instructor
  • Enjoy a passage sail out toward Green Island and back


Discover Racing Experience

  • Have a Queensland or Australian Level skipper take the helm
  • Engage in Americas Cup style Match Racing against other teams from your work
  • Learn to trim the sails to go faster than your opponents
  • Race around the marks and feel the boat lean into the water as you maneuver to get ahead of the other boats


RQYS’s fleet of Elliot 6m Sailing yachts are designed for close Match Racing and teaching the fundamentals of Keelboat Sailing. The Elliot 6m is the optimal boat for this and is used by clubs all around the world. At the 2012 London Olympics the Elliot 6m was selected as the preferred boat for the Women’s Match Racing Sailing event. Our Elliot 6m’s have been used to run the Oceania Qualifier for the 2015 Nations Cup, one of the major Match Racing events held in Australia, and the 2015 Queensland Match Racing Championship. They are used by the Squadron for Youth and Adult courses and are maintained and sailed by the Squadron’s Youth Match Racing Team.


RQYS Networking 

The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is perfect for networking functions, whether you are hosting an early bird event or an evening cocktail function. In the mornings your guests will enjoy the fresh air and the cool bay breezes, while evenings will charm your guests with the stunning Marina as a backdrop. We have great catering options available and the Functions Manager will work closely with you to create the perfect menu.

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Micropower – Chris Gory, National Business Solutions Manager
Dear Shawn
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for excellence in service and the high standards of conference facilities availed to Micropower during our recent conference at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.
Your Conference & Events Manager, Belinda Annan ensured our conference requirements were fully catered for and delivered well beyond expectation. The Commodore’s room was perfect for our presenter’s needs and prior to the event Belinda even sent me photos of the room set up to ensure our presenter was comfortable.
The transition to our lunch breaks in your restaurant was also commendable with all our meals ready upon our arrival. Furthermore; all conference attendees were overwhelmed with the quality of your food & beverage and friendly staff.
Congratulations Shawn a very positive experience!

Good Start Early Learning
Thank you very much for hosting our event over the last 2 days. The service you provided was excellent and we really loved the venue.  A special thanks to Belinda for all of your assistance.  Looking forward to having our next event with you.
Regards Janell Saverin

Lionel Hendy – Chartered Accountant
Belinda, we had an excellent night, thank you. Please thanks Simon and the rest of the team involved

Caroline Cox – Brisbane City Club Inc.
Dear Belinda,
I want to thank you and your team for making our day such a warm and enjoyable experience.
Our Woman of The Year function on the 13th was a celebration and thanks to you and your team for making it very enjoyable day. In my job I spend a lot of time organising conferences and events and I would have to say that your team were wonderful.  They were friendly, responsive and efficient.  Having just returned from a conference in New Zealand, I can tell you your team was fantastic. You left nothing for us to do but relax and enjoy the day…. and that we did.

Denise Neville – Corporate & Institutional Bank
Hi Belinda
I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you once again for making our event yesterday a resounding success.
Your professionalism and assistance throughout the entire day was very much appreciated by both myself and our Executive Team.
I have had nothing but positive feedback from our team around the venue, service, food quality and friendliness of the entire RQYS staff (please pass on our congratulations to everyone).
Hopefully we will be able to make this an annual event and utilise your venue once again.

Chris Gorry – Business Development Manager – Yacht Clubs and Marinas, Australia & New Zealand
Just wanted to say a big thank you for our very positive experience at our second conference at the Squadron.
Functions Manager, Belinda Annan gave us the 5 star treatment again and all attendees complimented RQYS on the service, food and sailing experience.

Sue Mazur – National Director – Coffee News Australia    
Hi Belinda
Can you please pass on my thanks to everyone – we absolutely loved it at RQYS and loved everyone – a very,very special bunch of people.
Thank you for all that you did for us as well – you’re exceptional!
Thank you!

Chris Gorry – Business Development Manager – Yacht Clubs and Marinas, Australia & New Zealand
Hi Shawn
Just wanted to say a big thank you for our very positive experience at our second conference at the Squadron.
Belinda Annan gave us the 5 star treatment again and all attendees complimented on the service, food and sailing experience (I’ve forgotten the name of our skipper but please pass on our thanks).
Best Regards

Jenny – Dawn’s Light
Hi Belinda,
Thank you very much for organising our Christmas Party last night. The food and decorations were all excellent and we had lots of positive feedback. All in all it was a great night.
Many thanks to you and the staff.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.