Australia Meeting & Event Planning City Guide

Meeting and event planning in Australia can boast one of the world’s most iconic structures: The Sydney Opera House. And this is only one example of the caliber of meeting and event planning in this far-flung continent; stellar sports venues and stadia – and their associated clubs and bars – abound, with Sydney and Melbourne having the most. Groups will want to sample grape and grain and see kangaroos and koalas. Vineyards and animal sanctuaries, of which there are many, should be on every program list.

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Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, capital of South Australia, is the gateway to the Barossa Wine Valley and Coorong National Park; meeting and event planning includes National Wine Center.

Hotels177
Total Sleeping Rooms5,529
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
374
Convention Ctr Space-

Albury, Australia

Albury, Australia

When MICE planning in Albury, take time to savor the vineyards, the horse track at Wodonga & District Turf Club and more.

Hotels22
Total Sleeping Rooms980
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs, Australia

MICE planning in Alice Springs offers a surprising American element, thanks to a USAF contingent. Even so, the main event here is Ayers Rock.

Hotels12
Total Sleeping Rooms1,174
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Ballarat, Australia

Ballarat, Australia

MICE planning in Ballarat takes on gold rush flavour, thanks to the Victorian architecture of venues like Craig's Royal Hotel and Alexandra on Lydiard.

Hotels23
Total Sleeping Rooms800
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Bendigo, Australia

Bendigo, Australia

MICE planning in Bendingo? Groups can savour the heady time of the Victoria Gold Rush thorough venues like The Capital and Bendigo Town Hall.

Hotels21
Total Sleeping Rooms540
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, served as the HQ of General Douglas MacArthur during WWII; meeting and event planning includes the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Hotels130
Total Sleeping Rooms25,000
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Broome, Australia

Broome, Australia

MICE planning in Broome can be very exciting; this exotic city is the furthest from all other Australian cities and was a center for pearl diving.

Hotels13
Total Sleeping Rooms764
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Cairns, Australia

Cairns, Australia

MICE planning in Cairns? Be sure to arrange for a group visit to the Great Barrier Reef, or take in a show at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Hotels70
Total Sleeping Rooms5,605
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Canberra, Australia

Canberra, Australia

MICE Planning in Canberra may often involve a single industry (government), but most groups would be happy to see this beautiful inland city, stuffed with national treasures like Parliament, Belconnen Arts Centre and more.

Hotels42
Total Sleeping Rooms4,577
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Coffs Harbour, Australia

Coffs Harbour, Australia

MICE planning in Coffs Harbour? Enjoy its pristine beauty and cache of elusive muttonbirds in this far-away pocket of Australian paradise.

Hotels19
Total Sleeping Rooms890
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Darwin, Australia

Darwin, Australia

MICE planning in Darwin usually comprises government, mining or incentive groups, but with draws like Australian Aviation Heritage Centre and the Bamurru Plains, might be a best-kept secret.

Hotels29
Total Sleeping Rooms3,133
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Dubbo, Australia

Dubbo, Australia

Planning meetings and events in Dubbo? Don’t miss the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, which - besides being world-renowned - have several facilities for MICE groups.

Hotels20
Total Sleeping Rooms950
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast, Australia

Planning MICE events in the Gold Coast presents no end of MICE venues – although groups will have to vie with holiday-makers.

Hotels89
Total Sleeping Rooms9,921
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Hobart, Australia

Hobart, Australia

MICE planning in Hobart can highlight Hobart history, like the Old Woolstore Building Apartment Hotel; the culinary treasures of the Barilla Bay Oyster Farm or adventure on Mount Wellington.

Hotels45
Total Sleeping Rooms-
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
3,100
Convention Ctr Space-

Mackay, Australia

Mackay, Australia

MICE planning in Mackay has the added benefit of hearing groups ooh and aah over this beautiful part of Queensland (and Australia).

Hotels22
Total Sleeping Rooms761
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne has played host to the Olympics and G20 Summit, so it’s well-equipped for meeting and event planning, and as Australia’s garden state, it offers an attractive backdrop and outdoor venues.

Hotels296
Total Sleeping Rooms25,828
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
1,604
Convention Ctr Space-

Newcastle, Australia

Newcastle, Australia

MICE planning in Newcastle can feature a theme of seafaring along its coastline and incorporate venues in its Victorian downtown for further appeal.

Hotels63
Total Sleeping Rooms-
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
4,400
Convention Ctr Space-

Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia

Here comes the sun! Perth event and meeting planning benefits from multiple venues in the “sunniest city in Australia,” including the world-renowned Perth Concert Hall.

Hotels91
Total Sleeping Rooms8,474
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
486
Convention Ctr Space-

Pokolbin, Australia

Pokolbin, Australia

MICE planning in Pokolbin centers around the grape. Groups should not miss a vineyard outing in the Hunter Valley, since Australian wine is now such a giant industry.

Hotels47
Total Sleeping Rooms1,900
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia

MICE planning in Port Douglas is enhanced by the natural beauty of the Pacific and Pacific Island-themed MICE venues like Bali Hai. Groups will enjoy the resorts and the nightlife.

Hotels23
Total Sleeping Rooms1,358
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Port Macquarie, Australia

Port Macquarie, Australia

MICE planning in Port Macquarie offers groups a blend waterfront and country club lifestyle, with venues like Port Macquarie Golf Club and Sails Resort Port Macquarie by Rydges.

Hotels15
Total Sleeping Rooms633
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Rockhampton, Australia

Rockhampton, Australia

MICE planning in Rockhampton? Choose from a variety of MICE venues, including the Frenchville Sports Club, the Dreamtime Cultural Centre and more.

Hotels20
Total Sleeping Rooms703
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Sunshine Coast, Australia

Sunshine Coast, Australia

MICE planning in the Sunshine Coast means plenty of natural beauty, fine resorts and, of course, sunshine. For adventurous groups, the Tree Houses of Montville will delight and awe.

Hotels66
Total Sleeping Rooms2,746
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise, Australia

MICE planning in Surfers Paradise? The name may say it all, but the venues range from modest to ultra-posh. Large groups choose Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre; adventurers, O'Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Hotels3
Total Sleeping Rooms369
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

A multicultural haven with beautiful weather, Sydney offers meeting and event planning locations like the spacious Bicentennial Park, the world-class Allphones Arena, or the famous Australian Museum.

Hotels281
Total Sleeping Rooms29,476
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
683
Convention Ctr Space30,000 Sq. Mtr.

Tamworth, Australia

Tamworth, Australia

Meeting and event planning in Tamworth? Groups who enjoy country-western will find it a fantastic destination.

Hotels12
Total Sleeping Rooms469
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Toowoomba, Australia

Toowoomba, Australia

MICE planning in Toowoomba gets a boost from its rare, four-season climate and its big-city amenities. From Rumours International Convention Centre to the Toowoomba Turf Club, groups will be charmed.

Hotels20
Total Sleeping Rooms732
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

Townsville, Australia

Townsville, Australia

MICE planning in Townsville offers such unusual venues as Museum of Tropical Queensland and Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Supporters Club.

Hotels26
Total Sleeping Rooms-
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
1,333
Convention Ctr Space-

Wollongong, Australia

Wollongong, Australia

Meeting and event planning in Wollongong can offer an alternative coastal experience from Sydney, but with access to that city as well as a taste of the Outback.

Hotels30
Total Sleeping Rooms1,300
Sleeping Rooms
(Single Hotel)
-
Convention Ctr Space-

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