Did you know that Melbourne Convention Centre has won some of Australia’s most prestigious awards? It opened in 1996 and has been a spot for events, business meetings and various parties through the year. As a tourist, especially if on a gap year and interested in buildings, you’ll appreciate the stunning architectural brilliance. The centre itself has 52 meeting rooms, a plenary and 30,000 square miles of exhibition space. The best bit? MCEC is the first centre in the world to be awarded a 6-star green star environment rating and you can’t get better than that!
Food and wine is very central when it comes to the experience you get with Melbourne Convention Centre. Events are always highly catered when required and the dishes themselves are award-winning. Anyone visiting the convention centre attending an event can expect high quality food, with products from local suppliers and winemakers.
The Melbourne Convention Centre is set right on the Yarra River. The views themselves are simply stunning and the centre itself is a building of metropolitan existence. It is a 20 minutes’ drive from Melbourne Airport and close by to the tram links in the city that are free. Nearby are shops, bars and pubs and if you’re looking for Melbourne Convention Centre accommodation, Apartments of Melbourne Northbank is the closest 4 star establishment nearby.
Literally on the doorstep the apartments are only 6 minutes’ walk and is ideal for conference delegates and hosts as well as those visiting the area who want to explore. Guests always find the walk across Batman Park one of leisure and most apartments can see the conference centre from the windows. If you find it fully booked, just 3 blocks away are the new Collins Street apartments and the trams run directly between the two locations.
From 2012-2015 the convention centre has been recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meeting and Conference Centre by the World Travel Awards. The spaces, technology, food and drink and staff have the skills and experience to bring the whole exhibition together. Events of all sizes are run here and the actual space is so impressive that the some 5500 chairs in the Plenary Hall can actually fold down into the floor. This creates the space for a large party or event, or a huge dance floor!
The windows are floor to ceiling to allow in tons of natural light and allow the guests to see the city of Melbourne in all its morning glory. Given the 6-Star rating for the impact on the environment, the fact so much natural light comes into the convention centre means that energy costs are kept down as much as possible. The air heating and cooling system are also placed only four feet off the floor so that it can hit people rather than trying to fill the massive space from above. The Melbourne Convention Centre isn’t just a huge meeting place, it’s an environmentally cautious one too.