Venue Guide

Host An Event at the Cairns Convention Centre

The Cairns Convention Centre was selected as the World’s Best Congress Centre in 2004 and 2014, and boasts 31,000 square metres of floor space on a 2.2 hectare site in the central business district of Cairns, in the heart of local life. With over 30 spaces to choose from ranging from the 1,470 sq feet arena to the humble meeting rooms, there is something to bring any and every event to life.


Cairns Convention Centre - Key Info

Are you thinking about holding your event at Cairns Convention Centre? If so, we’ve compiled all of the key information you’ll need so you don’t have to!

Venue Address

Sheridan St & Wharf St, Cairns City QLD 4870

Venue Website




Cairns Convention Centre Capacity

The Cairns Convention Centre has space to host events for thousands of people. Here are some sample rooms from the venue and their capacities.





Plenary 1


Auditorium C


City Terrace

1,200 (cocktail)

Cairns Convention Centre Facilities

In House Catering Available


In House Audio & Visual Facilities


Wifi Provisions

Wifi Available


The Cairns Convention Centre is wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators. There are 7 identified disabled car parking bays in the car park.

Event Security


Getting to the Cairns Convention Centre

Air Travel

Cairns airport is less than 10 minutes away by car/taxi, with taxi ranks outside the airport for delegates.

Train Travel

Cairns train station is a less than 15-minute walk from the venue.

Local Travel

Local bus routes: 110, 110N, 111, 113, 120, 120N, 121, 123, 130, 130N, 133, 140, 140N, 141, 142, 143, 143W, 150, 150E

Nearby Parking

The Cairns Convention Centre has 239 undercover parking spaces including 7 identified disabled car parking bays. The entrance to our car park is via Sheridan Street and the cost is $7.00 per exit.

Car parking for basketball games is contracted by the Cairns Taipans and therefore not available to the general public (disabled access is still available).

The car park is open 7.00 am – 6.00 pm Monday to Friday.

No overnight parking is permitted.

There are several free car parks within walking distance that may be utilised by guests.

Hotels and Accommodation near the Cairns Convention Centre

There is an extensive choice of world-class accommodation in the heart of the City within minutes walking distance of the Cairns Convention Centre. You can choose from over 8,000 hotel rooms in Cairns city from luxury, deluxe, budget and apartment accommodation to suit every budget and expectation.

These include the Park Regis City Quays Hotel, a 4-star hotel with prices around $160, Jack & Newell Apartments, a 4-star hotel with prices around $680, and the IL Centro Apartment Hotel, a 4-star hotel with prices around $178.

Bars & Restaurants around the Cairns Convention Centre

There are a few restaurants within walking distance including:

  • Thi Thi Vietnamese food bar
  • Kee Kong Chinese
  • 7Spices Indian restaurant
  • Helga’s Pancake House
  • Hemingway’s Brewery

There are many other options for food in the centre of Cairns’ Central Business District, just a short taxi ride from the Convention Centre.

Past Events Held at the Cairns Convention Centre

Having been around for over two decades, the Cairns Convention Centre has been home to many different events in the past, such as:

  • The Australian Tourism Exchange conference
  • The International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
  • The Professional Bull Riding Cairns Invitational
  • The 25th Meeting of the International Society for Neurochemistry
  • The World Congress on Larynx Cancer
  • The Australasian Hydrographic Symposium
  • The 2019 Commonwealth Games basketball heats

It has also played host to multiple graduation ceremonies and countless more scientific conferences and arts events.

The Cairns Convention Centre Reviews

421 reviewers gave the Cairns Convention Centre 4.4 out of 5 stars on Google.

How To Hold An Event At The Cairns Convention Centre

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

Phone: 07 4042 4200

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

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