Exhibition Bays
  • Expo space (2 Bays):
    3,028 sqm
  • Theatre (2 Bays):
    2,024 people
  • Cocktail (2 Bays):
    2,523 people
  • Banquet (2 Bays):
    1,520 people
  • Cabaret (2 Bays):
    1,216 people
There’s room for thousands in our exhibition bays. The pillarless space has been intuitively designed across one floor to improve accessibility for both your visitors and your suppliers. Our bays offer complete flexibility, with acoustically-discreet partitions available throughout the space.
Plenary 1 or 3
Plenary 1 or 3
  • Theatre:
    1,482 people
  • Theatre exclude balcony:
    977 people
  • Theatre sub-divided:
    527 people
  • Classroom:
    126 people
  • Cocktail:
    333 people
  • Banquet:
    170 people
  • Cabaret:
    136 people
  • Foyer space:
    469 - 1069 sqm
Home to some of the world's greatest minds, Plenary is an architectural marvel and the center piece of our venue. Its world-renowned design gives you the versatility to shape the space exactly to your liking, with fully automated retractable seats and adjustable soundproof walls.
Plenary 2
Plenary 2
  • Theatre:
    2,468 people
  • Theatre sub-divided:
    1,222 people
  • Theatre exclude balcony:
    1,806 people
  • Classroom:
    348 people
  • Cocktail:
    833 people
  • Banquet:
    510 people
  • Cabaret:
    408 people
  • Foyer space:
    898 sqm
Home to some of the world’s greatest minds, Plenary is an architectural marvel and the centrepiece of our venue. Its world-renowned design gives you the versatility to shape the space exactly to your liking, with fully automated retractable seats and adjustable soundproof walls.
Entire Plenary
Entire Plenary
  • Theatre:
    5,564 people
  • Theatre sub-divided:
    2,409 people
  • Theatre exclude balcony:
    3,892 people
  • Classroom:
    846 people
  • Cocktail:
    1,500 people
  • Banquet:
    1,270 people
  • Cabaret:
    1,016 people
  • Foyer space:
    2,655 sqm
Plenary is without doubt the centrepiece of MCEC. Its unparalleled versatility means it can accommodate events from single-speaker presentations to full-scale stage productions. Its ingenious design means that blinds can be lowered at the rear to create a more intimate setting in an acoustically self-contained space.

Shining the spotlight on your event

Event planning

A member of our event planning team will partner with you from start to finish, they will be your main point of contact to provide ideas, answer questions and keep things moving – so you can relax knowing your event is in safe hands.

Technology to amplify your show

We partner with some of the best minds in the entertainment industry to deliver electrifying experiences for both the people on stage and in the crowd. Our in-house technology team can provide creative solutions or work directly with your suppliers to increase opportunities – including sourcing the latest technical innovations for merchandising and promotional activities.

Onsite accommodation, dining and parking

Overlooking the Yarra River in the centre of Melbourne’s vibrant South Wharf, MCEC provides the perfect destination for every type of event from school concerts to sporting events and international music performances. With onsite accommodation, dining, ample parking, public transport and drop off points around the venue, getting to and from your event is absolutely effortless.

Promotional support

We want you to fill the house, and can assist with pre-event promotion through our onsite and digital channels.

Merchandise stands, VIP Areas and Box Office

Your event is shaped by you every step of the way, which includes the set up of your merchandise stand, VIP breakout areas and box office. The space is only limited by your imagination, and unlike other venues we don’t take any commissions on merchandise or ticket sales. You’re also able to choose your own ticketing provider.

Floor plans and space capacities

Our Floor Plans and Space Capacities Guide provides an overview of all spaces within the venue. Your Account Manager will help you to find the right spaces for the main event.

Start planning your event with us now: