Venue Guide

Host An Event at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has a global reputation for excellence and is the largest venue of its kind in Brisbane. In 2020, the Centre welcomed 60,000 guests attending 165 events following its reopening in August, and in 2021 successfully played host to 59 conferences, making it a popular and trusted venue no matter what the event. With 44 multi-functional meeting rooms and event spaces ranging from 20,000 square metres of air-conditioned, pillarless exhibition hall, to the Sky Room on the highest floor and a multitude of simple board rooms, there is something for any and every event at this venue.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre—Key Info

Are you thinking of holding your events at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre? If so, we’ve compiled all of the key information you may need so you don’t have to worry about going to the trouble!

Venue Address

Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Venue Website

https://www.bcec.com.au/

Capacity

14–4,000

 

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Capacity

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has space to host events for thousands of visitors.

Here are some sample rooms from the venue and their capacities:

Room

Capacity

Great Hall

4,000

Plaza Ballroom

2000

Boulevard Room

600

Sky Room & Terrace

300

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Facilities

In House Catering Available

Yes—contemporary dining at Olio is available in the Centre, as well as Merivales Cafe+Bar+Restaurant where special event dining is also catered for with pre-concert drinks and dining.

In House Audio & Visual Facilities

Yes

Wifi Provisions

Wifi Available

Accessibility

Lifts and escalators connect all levels of the building and are fitted with audio information and braille buttons. The main entrances are all accessible with a ramp or a lift.

There are a number of wheelchair and companion seating locations in our Great Hall and other Auditoria.
To request accessible seating, you need to call the Box Office Special Needs Booking Line on (07)3308 3492 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

BCEC employees can provide an appropriate level of assistance but are not permitted to physically assist patrons.

Accessible unisex toilets are located throughout the Centre and are located adjacent to major restroom blocks. All accessible toilets have handrails and a monitored emergency duress system installed. Accessible toilets are also located in the parenting rooms, change rooms, medical centres, VIP and Hospitality Suites.

Guide dogs and registered assistance animals are welcome in all areas of the venue. Attendees must have a certificate for service animals and the animal must be wearing a vest that identifies them as such. Attendees assume complete responsibility for their animals for the duration of their visit.

BCEC has 2 fully-equipped first aid rooms, and security personnel is trained as first responders in fire/safety and first aid emergencies, including the use of on-site defibrillators.

BCEC can cater to special dietary requirements by prior arrangement with your event organiser.

Hearing loops are installed in all meeting rooms. Larger rooms, such as the Plaza Terrace Room, Plaza Ballroom, Great Hall and all exhibition halls are fitted with loops in required areas and are activated on request.

Wheelchairs are available for loan from the information desks for patrons attending events. These are available on a first-come first served basis, and can only be used within the Centre. They are located at our information desks at the Merivale and Grey Street foyers.

All foyers and corridors are sufficiently wide and are kept clear for easy wheelchair and pedestrian access, and resting spots with lounge seating are available in all concourses and foyer areas.

Each car park has designated accessible parking bays.

Temporary ramps are available to access staging and portable lifts may be hired to access higher stages. These can be organised through Event Planning Managers.

All stairs and escalators have handrails and slip-resistant surfaces.

Directional signage is clear and easy to read, and the main signage has braille tactile indicators.

Event Security

Yes

Getting to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Air Travel

Both Brisbane domestic and international airports are a 30 minute drive from the Centre, so no matter where you're coming from you'll have an easy time arriving.

The AirTrain connects South Brisbane station to Brisbane's international and domestic airports with stops in the Brisbane Central Business District and Fortitude Valley. Tickets and a timetable for this service can be found at the Information Desk or you can pre-book on the AirTrain Website.

Train Travel

South Brisbane Railway Station is adjacent to the Convention Centre on Grey Street and is a 2-minute walk away. South Bank Railway Station on Grey Street is also very close at a 9-minute walk from the Centre.

Travel by Car

Taxi ranks are located outside the main entrance to the Centre on Merivale Street and a taxi drop-off is located at the Convention Centre Grey Street entrance.

Nearby Parking

Undercover parking with onsite security is provided for up to 1500 vehicles across 3 car parks. Each car park has direct lift access to the Centre's multiple convention floors and exhibition facilities. Car park 1 is best for Merivale Street rooms, Car Park 2 & 3 are best for Exhibition Halls and Grey Street rooms via Russell Street Walkway.

Car Parks are all cashless and payment can only be made with a credit or debit card. Payment can be made at a pay station before exit, or through fast pay on exit.
The max daily rate is $35, while 1–2 hours costs $15, or a monthly car & motorcycle pass is available for $320.

The car park is accessible 24/7 with unlimited entry and exits permitted in a day.

Each car park has designated accessible parking bays for disabled users. There are 4 in car park 1, 13 in car park 2 and 12 in car park 3.

Hotels and Accommodation near the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

There is a range of high-quality hotels within walking distance to Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, thanks to BCEC’s prime location near Brisbane’s Central Business District. There are multiple 4-star hotels surrounding the Centre, such as the Novotel Brisbane South Bank with stays around $200, Parkview Apartments with stays around $120, and Morgan Suites Hotel Apartments with stays from under $100.

Bars & Restaurants around the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

BCEC is a short stroll across from the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) connected by Victoria Bridge. There are countless restaurants and bars, as well as South Bank beach and its parklands, all within walking distance of BCEC.

This includes restaurants such as Taro's Ramen, Guzman y Gomez and Zeus Street Greek South Bank, and The Charming Squire brewery which is right outside the Centre on Grey Street, serving craft beers and ciders. Inside the BCEC there is the OIio restaurant and the Merivale Cafe + Restaurant + Bar, so there is no need for delegates to walk far.

Past Events Held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre regularly hosts a plethora of events, from comic conventions, fairs, conferences and concerts. Some previous events held here include:

  • Prada Clutch’s All-Drag Revue
  • Supanova Comic Con & Gaming
  • Lifeline Book and Gift Fair
  • The Care Expo Brisbane
  • Brisbane Spring Home Show
  • Brisbane’s Annual Wedding Expo

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Reviews

275 reviewers gave Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 4.5 out of 5 stars on Tripadvisor.

How To Hold An Event At Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


You can find out more about hosting an event at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre by contacting the venue directly here:

Website: https://www.bcec.com.au/lets-talk/
Phone: (07) 3308 3000

Opening times: 8:30am–5pm, Monday to Friday.

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