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Discover some of Australia’s unique venues

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From a banquet for up to 1,000 delegates in the grand surrounds of Sydney Town Hall, to a cocktail function in one of the world’s leading art galleries, Australia has a range of unique and diverse off-site venues that have a reputation for delivering extraordinary events that will impress your delegates.


Located in the heart of Brisbane, just a 15-minute stroll from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane City Hall is one of the city’s most significant historic and architectural icons. The Main Auditorium has a circular design decorated with fluted pilasters and can accommodate 800 for a seated event or up to 2,000 for a cocktail function. The large stage, semicircular balcony and 120-year-old grand organ are framed by an ornate frieze sculpted by world renowned Australian artist, Daphine Mayo. Outside the building, King George Square can be transformed into a giant dinner party, barbeque or cocktail reception with over 32,000 square feet of useable space.


Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading galleries, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) celebrates the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. It is also a premium events venue and hosted the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit reception. Up to 1,500 guests can walk through the Long Gallery and River Room and interact with each other and the surrounding artworks during a cocktail event. The River Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer striking Brisbane River and city views. Catering comes courtesy of Goma’s award winning chef, Josue Lopez, who showcases top-quality produce from Queensland, including seafood, meats and Australian native ingredients. It takes just 5 minutes to walk to GOMA from the nearby Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Connect with Melbourne’s maritime history at Showtime Events Centre, a meticulously restored heritage listed building that once serviced cargo vessels bringing supplies to the rapidly growing city. Located on the doorstep of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre alongside the Yarra River, this ‘industrial glam’ venue offers a pillar-less and unobstructed function space that can host a stand-up cocktail function for up to 1,000 guests. Design details such as original wooden roof trusses and a bar featuring overhead chandeliers come together to make this repurposed venue truly unique. On-site event coordinators can organise everything from theming to inspirational speakers, musical entertainment and fireworks.


Located a ten-minute drive from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria is within easy reach of the centre of town. Australian artist Leonard French’s kaleidoscopic stained glass ceiling inside The Great Hall provides a memorable backdrop for cocktail functions for up to 1,000 guests. The symbolist painter, who had previously never worked with glass, decided he wanted to “paint with light” when he accepted the commission to create “a ceiling that is a work of art in itself”. It took him five years to complete and attracts over 1 million visitors per year. Combined with the Federation Court outside, The Great Hall can also host banquets for up to 1,000 guests or cocktail functions for up to 2,500, where delegates can enjoy exclusive access to current exhibitions.


Situated at Sydney’s Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum has views over Pyrmont Bay and is a ten-minute walk from the International Convention Centre Sydney. The museum’s distinctive architecture, multiple nautical themed galleries and outdoor spaces create a one-of-a-kind precinct that has the ability to cater for over 2,500 people using 12 unique and adaptable venues which guests can explore. Delegates can even dine on the deck of the HMAS Vampire, one of the largest destroyers built in Australia. The Waterfront Pavilion includes interactive displays which commemorate over 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy.


Centennial Hall, located inside Sydney Town Hall, was completed in 1889. It is a versatile venue that can accommodate 1,000 for a seated event or up to 1,500 for a cocktail function. The hall has an ornate 65-foot-high ceiling to enhance the acoustics when the Fazioli grand piano or 80-foot-wide grand organ is played. Stained glass windows depicting Australian flora surround the space and an extensive sound and lighting system make this venue ideal for large scale events. The venue is in close proximity to the International Convention Centre Sydney, a short 10 minute walk away.

 With Australia’s proven track record of successfully delivering events, and reputation as a place offering innovative people, award winning convention and exhibition centres, unique wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and excellent cuisine and wine, it’s no wonder that the appetite for Australia as a leading business events destination continues to grow.

Contact Business Events Australia today and find out for yourself why there’s nothing like Australia for business events.

Paul M Griffin (based in Boston)

Business Events Manager, Americas

T: +1 857 210 3725



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