Melbourne, Australia Meeting Planning Overview
Alive and buzzing, Melbourne presents visitors with only one problem - an overwhelming reluctance to go back home. Melbourne captivates both visitors who come to work and those who come to play, and has hosted numerous international events including the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the 2006 G20 Summit.
Visitors to Melbourne can fly into Melbourne Airport or Avalon Airport and from there easily access the city via public transportation. Once within the city, visitors can hop on Melbourne's expansive tram system (the largest in the world), or utilize its public bus and rail systems.
Melbourne's main conference facility, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is located in the heart the city on the banks of the River Yarra, and well connected to public transportation. A frequent host of meetings, conventions, exhibitions, concerts, and trade shows, the center features pillarless floor space of nearly 323,000 square feet, making it the largest pillarless floor space in the southern hemisphere. Its Convention Centre features a 5,541-seat Plenary Hall, as well as dozens of meeting rooms of various sizes and a grand banquet room. The center is currently undergoing an expansion project that will bring its total space to more than 754,000 square feet.
Looking for a really special venue? Melbourne is home to over 40 museums, performing arts facilities, and other unique venues available for private functions. As Australia's garden state, Melbourne has many outdoor venues as well. Guests will be delighted as they wander the lawns and ornamental fountains of Fitzroy Gardens or the Royal Botanic Gardens. Melbourne also features a variety of celebrated restaurants featuring private dining space.