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  • Writer's pictureChanel Belej

The Most Exclusive Private Members’ Clubs in Sydney


A historic city with tight underground speakeasies and monuments centuries-old, Sydney’s private clubs for the most affluent and elite encompass both aspects. You could have already (unknowingly) strolled past such locations inherently oblivious to the negotiations that exist behind those doors. Each club conforms to a certain brand identity; typically ranging from strictly-business chats amongst entrepreneurs, to a more relaxed framework where members are encouraged to leave work at the door and resort to off-duty escapades. 

Expectedly; celebrities, supermodels and the mega-rich are all privy to this entitled social scene. However–with the right lead—you could also score one of these coveted titles. Read on to discover these hidden establishments and how to gain exclusive access.

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1) Club of United Business (CUB) Club

It's quite obvious, CUB caters to the workaholics who struggle to put their brains to bed. As a united driving force, this inconspicuous clubhouse lends a private co-working space where worthy connections are formed and revolutionary ideas may flourish. So if you mean business, and you’re seeking some camaraderie to fast-track your goals, the CUB Club might just be the hub for you.  

Estimated Price: Disclosed upon application

Application Details: Invitation Only - via website


Address: Level 7, 70 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000  | Website: | Phone: +61 2 7251 9488 | Email: | Instagram: @clubofunitedbusiness | Facebook: CUB Club of United Business

Photo: Courtesy of Vault House Group

2) Clarence Vault House

Opening only in October last year–the Vault House Group has curated a space comprising luxury brands that set the tone for the space; premium audio brand Sonos has crowned their own speakeasy ‘listening bar’ where are rotation of DJs will frequently hit the decks. Paradoxically, the Rooms currently occupy a former electrical substation that powered Sydney’s CBD, with original machinery being preserved to add to the space’s bucolic and ornate interior. It’s fresh and can foster the connections you need for your luxury brand or soon-to-be. 

Estimated Price: Disclosed upon application

Application Details: Invitation Only - via website


Address: 185 Clarence Street Sydney, 2000  | Website: | Phone: 0422 678 854 | Email: | Instagram: @clarencevaultrooms

Photo: Courtesy of The Royal Exchange of Sydney

3) The Royal Exchange of Sydney

When ‘Royal’ is in the name, you know it will be special. Well, it’s just that; founded in 1851, the Club has marked its territory as one of Sydney’s most historic. With an annual membership of only $220 AUD–there’s room for everyone on the directory to revel in several benefits–including over 50 clubs around the world. Just like the venue itself, those that come with all sorts of credentials, having The Royal Exchange on your dial won’t go unnoticed. 

Estimated Price: $220 AUD inc. GST

Application Details: In person, via phone or website 

Address: 1 Gresham Street Sydney NSW 2000  | Website: | Phone: 02 9247 4374 | Email: | Instagram: @theroyalexchangesydney | Facebook: The Royal Exchange

Photo: Courtesy of Queen's Club

4) The Queen's Club (Women Only)

Another club that insists on remaining ‘hush-hush’, is that of a female alliance; The Sydney Queen’s Club. For over 100 years, the Club has served as a community for women from all walks of life to unite away from the men in their lives. Much to your relief, this sentiment still holds true today–only conversations have advanced to the more professional and career-centric kind. Meanwhile, the girls just wanted to have fun (they still do), so elegant dinners and a cozy room to retreat to after your formalities, are a portion of your benefits as a Club member.  With a ‘Queen’s dress code’ in place, there is much appeal in mingling with Queens alike-for in this world of possibilities you never know who you may stumble across to help kickstart your next venture. 

Estimated Price: Disclosed upon application

Application Details: Referral only

Address: 137 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW 2000  | Website: | Phone: +61 2 9264 1171 | 

Photo: Courtesy of Daily Telegraph

5) Sydney's Australian Club (Men Only)

Home to some of Australia’s most notable gentlemen, with names including former Prime Minister John Howard and Cardinal George Pell, The Australia Club holds the title as the longest-standing private gentlemen’s club in all of the southern hemisphere. While new and up and coming clubs foster an enigma that intends to cultivate a nondescript persona, this Club is not afraid to boast of its many premium offerings which members share the luxury for; I’m talking a private library, state-of-the-art gymnasium, and elaborate dining hall with the ability t0 hold up to 80 guests-there is zero sign of a modest approach to the social club scene. To conform with modern times, ladies are welcome to accompany their partners in the Clubhouse and utilise the facilities provided. To top it off, as a first-adopter, there has been no need to contend with contenders for the prime position at which the Club is located; city central with unparalleled views of Sydney’s North Shore and Royal Botanic Gardens. If I could figure out a way to apply in disguise- I’d say, sign me up. 

Estimated Price: Enquire via email

Application Details: Via email 

Address: 165 Macquarie Street Sydney, NSW, 2000  | Website: | Phone: +612 9229 0400 | 


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