Australia: new options for meetings and events

New developments at Sea World and Hunter Valley and a floating venue on Sydney Harbour aim to entice meeting planners.

Sea World Convention Centre: In 2015, Sea World Resort will open the doors to a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art conference centre catering for up to 1,000 people. The 750sqm building will be divisible by three, and will be set between the Gold Coast’s Broadwater and the Pacific Ocean. The new conference centre facility will offer day or night events including breakfast with the dolphins, a chilled-out beach party during the day or a glitzy evening gala affair nestled between tropical gardens and mountain views.  

Hunter Valley events centre: The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and its largest conference and events centre is scheduled for completion in early 2015. Two hours north of Sydney, the centre will have a combined 2,012sqm of pre-function, meeting and exhibition space. Built overlooking garden spaces within the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, the conference rooms can be used as one ballroom for up to 1,000 people or a mix of rooms with flexible acoustic folding walls. The centre will offer menus highlighting award-winning produce and wines from the region. 

Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour: A pavilion set on a floating pontoon opened at the end of July in Sydney's Darling Harbour. Offering unique business event opportunities with breathtaking water views of the harbour and city skyline, the Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour will cater up to 1,440 seated guests and 2,000 standing. An impressive feature will be the six-metre wide walkway allowing guests to walk across Sydney’s harbour and enter the venue in red-carpet style. 

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