The Best Places in Australia to Host a Business Conference
Australia is a country like no other. Vast in size, hot, sparsely populated away from the coast and a powerhouse in the economic and business world.
With over 20 years of stunning economic growth to it’s name; even after COVID19, the economy is in great shape and business conferences are regular events.
With major corporate event venues based in each of the major cities in Australia there is a fine selection of event and conference venues to choose from.
Here, we list a selection of our favourites for outstanding awards night and conference photography as voted by our professional corporate event photographers in Melbourne.
Melbourne bursts with activities all year-round, and plays host to different large sporting and cultural events and featuring a selection of outdoor, entertainment, and cultural options.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
The MCEC has a total of fifty-two meeting rooms and about 30000 sq meters of uninterrupted exhibition space. However, the most special thing about this place is its environmental credentials. It is the first centre of the world to be awarded the six star Green Star rating by Australia’s Green Building Council. It has also achieved another award in 2016 and it is Gold EarthCheck Certification. Expect that this culinary capital of Australia will not just provide you good food, but the best views of the city that all event attendees will never forget.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Melbourne’s MCG is not only a sporting venue icon, but is also hosts social and corporate events, including awards nights, conferences, social dinners and general corporate entertainment. With all the event spaces looking out on to the turf of the MCG, the theme of sport is never far away from the event, even the sound that is used to call delegates back to the room after the break is sport related – they use the AFL klaxon sound, which always amuses guests and event hosts alike.
When overseas visitors think of Australia, they think of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Sydney. And for good reason, as it’s a magnificent city. Harbour views, the Opera House, surf beaches, nearby mountains, fine dining, world class art galleries. Sydney really does have it all! Nearly all of it at least – we still prefer Melbourne for it’s laid back attitude, great coffee and European style.
Sydney’s warm Mediterranean-style climate compliments the art galleries, museums and architectural heritage.
Royal Randwick Racecourse
Royal Randwick is more commonly known for it’s horse racing events and meetings, but it’s large spaces work well for conferences and business events.
First class catering is one of the features this Australian venue prides itself on and having photographed several conferences at the racecourse we are pleased to confirm that the food lives up to the hype.
The ICC is the biggest exhibition and ballroom space in Australia. Designed to accomodate up to 30,000 people, and costing $1.5B to build, it includes 3-tiered theatre, large trade show spaces, concert halls and over 70 meeting rooms.
It’s very new but has already found it’s place in the conference and event calendar for many events. It’s design alone is worth seeing if you’re in the Darling Harbour area.
Post conference events such as hopping on a boat for a harbour cruise are easy as the water is just outside the door so guests can be in a plenary session at 4pm and then sipping cocktails on the harbour at 4.30pm if you really want to impress them!
Canberra is often seen as the boring city in Australia, housing the seat of the Australian Parliament, but contrary to expectations provides some of the best galleries, museums and outdoor activities that Australia has. Guests will certainly enjoy their time off in this small but perfectly formed city. We have a soft spot for it too.
National Gallery of Australia
Impress your delegates by dining at the Sculpture Garden Restaurant. Gandel Hall can accommodate up to 350 people, and guests will love the prestige of National Gallery of Australia which houses some of the world’s most valuable art.
Situated in Exhibition Park and just ten minutes from the CBD, Budawang Pavilion is a popular venue in the area and suitable for seminars, exhibitions, and most business functions.
QT Hotel also hosts regular conferences and is known for it’s excellent catering so often we can be found providing photography for awards nights and corporate dinners are often hosted here.