Melbourne's convention precinct

Nowhere is Melbourne's conventions and events focus more evident than along the tree-lined banks and promenades of Melbourne's picturesque Yarra River. It's a precinct that specifically allows delegates to make the most of every moment of their stay in Australia's cultural, sporting, food, fashion and business capital.

Bordered by the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and the new cultural haven of Federation Square, this precinct presents a complete events environment. It encompasses contemporary and unique venues as well as theatres, boutiques, restaurants and a range of 3,4, and 5 star hotels which contribute over 4,500 accommodation rooms, all within walking distance.

With so much being accessible by foot, tram or boat, meeting planners and event organisers can create a variety of itineraries that take-in one or more of the exciting facilities and still remain within a short distance of the convention venue and their hotels.

Delegates attending any business meeting, conference or event will be able to experience the new Melbourne Convention Centre from mid 2009. With three flexible plenary auditoriums, 32 meeting rooms and integrated with 30,000 square metres of existing exhibition space the new centre has also achieved a world first on being awarded a '6 Star Green Star' environmental rating for its innovative design and features. From here, it is just a short stroll to one of the other precinct venues, such as the Crown Entertainment Complex or Sheraton Towers for a cocktail party or gala dinner. Or perhaps a scenic boat cruise to Federation Square or the Victorian Arts Centre for an evening of opera, ballet or live theatre.

More information: mcec.com.au