Melbourne, the Events Capital of Australia
Welcome to Melbourne, Australia, our home.
Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city is laid out in a large rectangular grid on the northern banks of the Yarra River and is renowned for its lovely gardens, wide boulevards, performing arts, museums and galleries, festival and events.
Melbourne’s expertise in staging major events was highlighted recently through its hosting of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For 12 days in March, Melbourne’s infrastructure and event venues were at full capacity. The games attracted 90,000 international and interstate visitors, as well as 4500 athletes from 71 nations and 1500 team officials. The Games, and other major events held regularly in Melbourne such as the Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Formula 1 Foster’s Australian Grand Prix and Australian International Airshow, help place Melbourne on the global stage as a major events city.
5,000 Seat Six-star Rated Convention Centre Opening In 2009
A new six-star energy rated Convention Centre will be constructed by the end of 2008 adjacent to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Designed to seat 5,000 delegates, the centre will allow Melbourne to host larger, international and national conventions.
The $1 billion dollar development will also include a five star Hilton Hotel, an office and residential tower, a riverfront promenade of retail shops, a premium brand homemaker retail complex and an investment in public spaces including a partnership with the National Trust for the revitalization of the Maritime Museum. The combined venue will be the largest exhibition and convention centre in Australia.
The Convention Centre will also feature:
- A ball room
- An 18 metre high glass wall facade fronting the Yarra
- A gala seating system in the Plenary Hall to allow flexible seating configurations
- 32 meeting rooms
- A ground foyer for 11,000 guests
Construction is scheduled to start after the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the centre will be operational in 2009.
Melbourne - an Exciting City to Explore
Visitors will find that Melbourne is an exciting city to explore. Modern architecture and design is juxtaposed with heritage buildings reflecting Australia’s cultural history. But beneath the city’s impressive façade, lies the true heart and soul of the city; laneways which snake the city grid to reveal cafes and bars, fashion houses, boutiques, innovative cuisine, galleries, theatres and museums. Within an hour’s drive of the city visitors can enjoy some of Australia’s most spectacular coastlines, wildlife reserves, wineries, temperate rainforests, surf beaches and historic townships.