Melbourne is home to some world class event and conference venues, including the massive Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (aka MCEC) which boasts brilliant sight lines in all the major auditoriums and superb acoustics which makes it real enjoyable listening to speakers, but also for live music.
If you’re looking for large expo venues in Melbourne, but don’t have the budget for the MCEC, Melbourne Showgrounds are expansive and more reasonably priced from what we hear.
The MCG is increasingly used as a conference and entertainment space when there isn’t any cricket or AFL being played. Sports fans always enjoy being in the building and gazing out on to the hallowed turf! Plenty of phonecalls are made during the breaks whilst sat in a green plastic stadium seat and staring off into the distance. See photos from a conference at the MCG.
The service and catering by Epicure at the MCG is always first class and clients are always complimentary about it.
Melbourne Park Function Centre (AKA Melbourne Tennis Centre)
Margaret Court Arena
The State Library of Victoria has several large spaces with the comfortable Village Roadshow Theatrette proving very popular. Breaks and lunches are often held in the older and grander parts of the building.
ZINC in Federation Square
Again in Federation Square, Deakin Edge is large and versatile space. Plenty of natural light and great architecture, makes this more than just a conference venue!
The Pullman, Albert Park
If you’re looking for something closer to the centre of Melbourne CBD the Alto event space is definitely worth a look for medium size events and corporate gatherings. It’s relaxed and stylish feel, coupled with it’s city views make it feel less ‘corporate’ and stuffy than some venues, but still has an air of professionalism.
Also in the centre of Melbourne on Bourke Street is the Myer Mural Hall which is probably better suited to corporate entertaining, dinners and events rather than conferences, but it’s an impressive room with a historic feel. The beautiful illuminated wall hangings are really impressive, but be warned that the venue usually charges an additional fee to have them illuminated!
If you’ve got the budget to create a production on a movie set scale, Docklands Studios is the place to go. Huge hangars built specifically to make movies, this venue is second to none, with state of the art facilities and the ability to lock down the venue with gated entry and security patrols. The stages are blank canvasses so can be designed to exactly suit the clients requirements.
If you’re looking to escape the city and get into the country a little for some unencumbered networking and team bonding we have some great suggestions for you, all within an hour of Melbourne CBD.
In the Yarra Valley, TarraWarra Art Galley & Winery is a good option with sensational food and epic views.
Balgownie Estate, Yarra Valley Lodge, Aitken Hill and Yarra Valley Estate are all contendors for hosting your conference, with large spaces and breakout areas for exhibitions or teamwork events.