Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, is a dynamic business hub that boasts stunning natural landscapes, a cosmopolitan culture and a year-round temperate climate. The Harbour City offers world-class meetings infrastructure, making it a favourite destination for event planners and tourists alike. Sydney is also constantly upgrading its offering to ensure even those who return time and time again will find something new to engage their delegates.
In fact, the city is a proven success story for organisations looking for a host destination to partner with – it consistently ranks as a leading global and Asia Pacific hub and is Australia’s number one destination for global meetings, according to the latest annual International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Country and City Rankings.
Organisers can choose from over 1,000 unique venues, ranging from boardrooms and exclusive dining rooms to social venues. From internationally renowned, five-star luxury suites and spacious apartments to boutique and budget hotels, Sydney has more than 42,000 hotel/motel rooms to suit every style and budget. And most are within easy walking distance or a short taxi ride to major attractions and venues.
ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier global meeting venue. This state-of-the-art convention, exhibition and entertainment venue has been purpose-built to respond to the future demands of the industry with the capability and flexibility to meet a comprehensive range of event requirements.
One of the city's most renowned event destinations is the Sydney Olympic Park, which is an all-encompassing business precinct that includes 22,000 square metres of exhibition space and over 100 different function spaces. The Star in Sydney is a luxury casino that offers new premium dining, shopping, entertainment and accommodation options, and its dedicated events space, The Event Centre, boasts 2,200 square metres and the capacity to host up to 3,000 people. Hyatt Regency Sydney is another popular Sydney hotel with 892 guest rooms and 3,700 square meters of event space, including two ballrooms and 21 meeting rooms. Those looking for a custom-designed event venue can opt for Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour that offers an event space of 1,470 square metres and can accommodate up to 2,000 guests.
The bustling city also has an abundance of cultural attractions, such as the sandstone heritage buildings of Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building. Other famous attractions include the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Observatory. Visitors to the city can also wander through Paddington, Newtown or Surry Hills at night to see the amazing range of international restaurants, colourful locals, and pumping nightlife. Or, if they're looking for a more low-key venue, they can enjoy serene waterfront dining at one of the many restaurants lining the harbour such as the Catalina in Rose Bay.