Cairns Convention Exhibition Centre Cairns Australia

The Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre was built in June 1997 to cater to international and national business meetings, trade shows, exhibitions and other large conferences and events being held in the Cairns city region. Only two years later, a $28.5 million extension was completed to enable Australia’s national basketball league to hold matches inside the Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Cairns Taipans Basketball Team is Cairns only national sporting team and is widely supported by the local community. This major extension turned the Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre into one of the most flexible conference centres of its size in the world and Australia's first purpose built international standard convention facility outside a major capital city that can easily cater for meetings, functions, sporting events and conferences from 12 to 5000 delegates with 4,560 sqm of exhibition space to play with.

If you are attending a major conference or exhibition at the Cairns Convention Centre ask about our Group Discounts on Conference Accommodation Rates and other delegates discounts for Cairns tours and attractions.

Call the Conference Accommodation and Convention department direct on 1300 780 806   

Cairns Convention Centre Cairns Australia

The Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre has the Ground floor Exhibition level known as level one which offers good meeting room space that is set aside as individual conference rooms numbered one to six that can accommodate twelve to sixty delegates, an executive boardroom, administration reception area, media room, Professional Conference Organizers office, a delegate registration desk and committee room.

The Great Hall on this level caters to 2330 theatre style and Hall Two holds up to 5000 delegate’s theatre style. Access to level one is via Wharf Street to the south or Grafton Street to the east. The Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre is also wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators. Underground parking is also available from the western side on Sheridan Street.

Room Type Conference Rooms Meeting Rooms Great Hall - A,B,C & D Outdoor Plaza Hall 2
Rooms 6 9 2330 Theatre Style 1200 Cocktail Style 5000 Theatre Style
Rooms 20 - 60 Theatre Style 30 - 360 Theatre Style 500 - 520 Theatre Style 900 Banquet Style 630 Classroom Style
Rooms 12 - 40 Classroom Style 32 - 184 Classroom Style 210 - 730 Classroom Style   1080 Banquet Style
Rooms   50 - 260 Banquet Style 300 - 1300 Banquet Style   108 Booths 3x2.4m

Cairns Convention Centre Mezzanine Level offers Meeting Rooms one to eight that caters for thirty two delegates to 360 delegate’s theatre style. Four rooms A, B, C, D, and the Great Hall caters to 210 classroom style to 2330 theatre

Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre is Australia's first environmentally built major public building

The Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre construction team carefully orchestrated the design, and functionality of the Convention Centre to fit in with the iconic pristine natural Cairns surrounding that the region is known for worldwide.

  • Rain water storage 50% saving
  • Flow restrictors 25% saving
  • Solar hot water 30% saving
  • Shading devices 5% saving
  • Air conditioning units are environmentally safe as they do not use chlorofluorocarbons for refrigeration
  • The Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre has won many awards for its energy and resource conservation features

From 1996 onwards the Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre has consistently been winning multiple awards year after year thus helping to keep the business worlds spotlight on Cairns. Some of these awards are for Conference Catering, Tourism Design, Building, Environmental, Architectural and Steel and more.

The most celebrated award was in 2004 when the Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre was elated to win the coveted AIPC Worlds Best Congress Centre award. The AIPC is the International Association of Congress Centres and is the premier industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre manager’s world wide. This was the year the Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre was the most talked about venue in the world as it was voted as the number one “Worlds Best” Conference facility of its generation competing against all nations.

Considering Cairns at that time had a population of around only 100,000 + people and it was located in regional northern Australia this was an award that was really sensational and still talked about today especially when you think of the other convention centres worldwide that Cairns had to compete against.

Ranked number four in 2002 and 2003 ranked as the best in 2004 and finishing as one of the worlds top three in 2005 and 2008 is such a great achievement for a regional city.

The Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre was awarded an environmental Bronze Green Globe in 2009.

Cairns is an ideal conference destination due to its central location within the Asia-Pacific supported by almost 100 weekly international flights flying directly to the Cairns International Airport. With the deregulation of the airlines opening up further opportunities in the southern connection states in the south the potential of increasing business to the Cairns region is very positive.

Centrally located in the Cairns central business district, the Cairns Convention & Exhibtion Centre is walking distance from a wide range of Cairns hotels and apartment complexes. These hotels and apartments range from the budget study group dorm style of accommodation to the luxury five star hotels with all the trimmings so you can be sure to find something to suit all conference and convention centre participants’ budgets.

Looking for the best available accommodation rates and pre - post tours from Cairns to Port Douglas for your conference group then call our Cairns Conference Planning office on 07 4059 5959

Our company Cairns Conferences Incentives and Accommodation Specialists also works with Professional Conference and Event Organizers to ensure their event runs to the high expectations of their clientele. Please give us a call to discuss how we can help you to ensure your next event or conference is a major success.

The Great Hall

Cairns Convention Centre Great Hall Dressed for Awards

The Great Hall has a maximum capacity of 2300 delegates or 1720 square meters of flat floor space. It can be divided into four individual quadrants for up to 500 delegates in each. When used as a Trade Exhibition centre, The Great Hall can hold up to 120 booths. This large space can be reconfigured to suit conferences, seminars, exhibitions, performances, dinners, sporting events and more.

The Second Hall

The 2nd Hall has a maximum capacity of 5000 delegates or 1470 square meters of flat floor space. This is an ideal place for concerts with a 5000-strong seated audience.

Meeting Rooms

There are seven individual meeting rooms that can seat between 230 and 360 delegates in theatre style.

If you'd like to know more about the meeting and functions capabilities contact the Cairns Convention Centre.

The Cairns Convention Centre is also the first environmentally designed major public building in Australia. Every aspect of its architecture is designed to minimize impact on the Tropical North Queensland environment. The roof captures tropical downpours and channels the rainwater directly into storage tanks. This water is then used to water the gardens around the Cairns Convention Centre during the dry months, reducing the use of town water by 50%. Flow restrictors on all water outlets in the building result in further water consumption savings. The expected water saving is 25% of total water needs.

Hot water in the Cairns Convention Centre is provided in part by solar hot water heaters. These heaters provide 30% of the hot water. Shading devices on the eastern side of the building follow the angle of the sun during the day, and reduce energy consumption by the air-conditioners by 5%. The air-conditioning at the Cairns Convention Centre does not use damaging chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as its refrigeration agent. This reduces the impact on the earth’s atmosphere.

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