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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Published June 11th 2017
Australia’s most versatile convention & exhibition space

Melbourne has a thriving events scene. Every year, hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors gather for design, craft, art, photography, food, hobby, adventure, travel, wellness, ethnic, cultural and home improvement fairs. While there are many popular and specialty venues around Melbourne including the Royal Exhibition Building, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Grounds, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the cultural precinct of Federation Square, nothing comes close in terms of size and capacity to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.


The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was developed and constructed by international builder Multiplex as the most versatile convention and exhibition facility in Australia. It was the first convention centre in the world to received a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating.

The building actually consists of two sections, the Melbourne Convention Centre and Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The convention section boasts a long entry foyer, a grand banquet room and 52 meeting rooms spread over 70,000 square metres. There is also a 5,550 seat state-of-the-art plenary area that can be divided into three self-contained, acoustically separate theatres.

An internal link provides access to the exhibition section featuring meeting rooms, a 466-seat auditorium and 30,000 square metres of purpose-built and pillarless exhibition space. Also known as "Jeff's Shed" after a former premier of Victoria, it is the largest pillarless floor space in the southern hemisphere. Cafes with seating are located within both sections for easy grab and go meals and coffee.

This award-winning project was also designed as a centrepiece of Melbourne's South Wharf. It serves as a lifestyle hub on the banks of Yarra River with accommodations, art, entertainment, culture, food and wine. A 15-level tower houses the 5-star Hilton Hotel which offers 396 rooms, suites and apartments as well as amenities like an executive lounge, bar and restaurant.


Located on the banks of the Yarra River, the building enjoys a picturesque promenade, lawns and river views while being in close proximity to the Melbourne CBD. The venue is serviced by all forms of pubic transport including trams, buses and taxis making it easily accessible at all hours of the day.

Being part of South Wharf offers direct access to wide range of ethnic, casual and fine dining options and outlet shopping.

A short stroll from the South Wharf promenade places visitors in Southbank with the Crown Entertainment Complex, retail shops, cinema, accommodations, bars, cafes and award-winning restaurants.


The right spaces combined with event planning experts, quality catering, professional service and satisfied customers make the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre the star venue for the largest expos, consumer fairs, trade shows, gala dinners and even concerts in Melbourne. It host over 1,000 events that make up the city's vibrant calendar of top festivals and world-class exhibitions.

You can enjoy many popular free and ticketed events at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre including the Good Food and Wine Show, Oz Comic-Con, MindBodySpirit Festival, DENFAIR, k.d. lang concert, Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov Opera, Melbourne Wedding and Bride Expo, Melbourne Food & Wine Fest, Melbourne Career Expo, Cake Bake & Sweets Show, Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair, PAX Australia, Regional Victoria Living Expo, Melbourne Bridal & Honeymoon Expo, Melbourne Tea Festival, HIA Home Show, Running Man from Korea and many more.
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Why? A popular venue for large-scale exhibitions, conferences and events in Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9235 8000
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: Free entry & ticketed events
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