Venue Guide

Host An Event at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is a group of three buildings beside the Yarra River on South Wharf, spanning 70,000sq.m and consisting of 63 event spaces, outdoor courtyard spaces, a Plenary that can divide into 3 separate theatres, the Goldfields Theatre, and more space on top of this.


Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre—Key Info

Venue Address

1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

Venue Website




Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Capacity

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre has a multitude of spaces for a whole host of events, from large-scale concerts and conventions to smaller conferences and meetings. Here are some sample rooms from the venue and their capacities.



Plenaries 1, 2 & 3


Melbourne Room 1 & 2


Level 2 Foyer 1

757 (cocktail arrangement, standing)

Goldfields Theatre


Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Facilities

In House Catering Available


In House Audio & Visual Facilities


Wifi Provisions

Wifi Available


Accessible toilets, ramps and lifts are available throughout the venue, including lift access from the car parks. Wheelchair hire is available for guests who need it, and can be hired by calling the customer service team on +61 3 9235 8000 or emailing

Braille is provided on all room door signage and fixed directional signage throughout the venue. MCEC is guide dog friendly and welcomes any registered assistance dogs into all areas of the building.

Most meeting rooms within the Convention Centre are equipped with TTA Hearing Assisted telephones, and other hearing assisted devices are available to hire.

Event Security


Getting to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Air Travel

MCEC is about a 20-minute car journey from Melbourne International Airport via the M2.

Train Travel

MCEC has its own tram stop around a 10 minute walk away from the centre on Clarendon St. Nearby there are also tram stops such as Clarendon St/Whiteman St tram stop and Port Junction/79 Whiteman St tram stop which are around 13 minutes away to walk via South Wharf Promenade.

The following transport lines have routes that pass near Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre:
Tram: 109, 12, 75, 96

Southern Cross train station is also around a 16 minute walk from the centre via Collins St and Docklands Highway/State Route 55.

Local Travel

The following bus routes pass near Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre:
232, 234, 235, 251

Nearby Parking

MCEC has a car park located within the Exhibition Centre, with additional secure car parks located in and around South Wharf including South Wharf Retail Car Park, Siddeley Street Car Park, Freeway Car Park and Montague Street Car Park.

Hotels & Accommodation near the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

There is no shortage of varied accommodation to choose from in the area of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The closest hotels within walking distance are the two 5 star hotels Pan Pacific Melbourne, with price at around $310, and the Novotel Melbourne South Wharf, which has prices starting at around $200. These are around a 6 minute walk from MCEC and off a range of amenities to guests.

Bars & Restaurants around the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Due to MCEC’s stunning location on the Yarra River, there is a host of bars and restaurants within reach for delegates to enjoy, including Thai restaurant BangPop, waterside pub The General Assembly and BBQ restaurant Meat Market South Wharf.

Past Events Held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

A whole range of events are held at MCEC, from conferences and expos to interactive and immersive experiences for the whole family. These events include:

  • SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY—The Tunes Vs Goons Experience
  • Jurassic World by The Brickman
  • Melbourne Bridal & Wedding Expo
  • Victoria Summit 2021

MCEC is also home to THE LUME, which is a digital art gallery located inside MCEC and hosts a range of events and exhibitions such as the world-famous Van Gogh Experience.

Reviews for the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

361 reviewers gave the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 4 out of 5 stars on Tripadvisor.

How to Hold an Event at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

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

Phone: +61 3 9235 8000

Opening hours for MCEC may vary and are based on the events being held that day. The venue will always be open a minimum of one hour before the start of any event.

If you are Deaf or have a hearing/speech impediment, you can contact MCEC through the National Relay Service (NRS):

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 03 9235 8000
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 9235 8000
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS on then ask for 03 9235 8000

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