Exhibition Bays
  • Expo space (half of bays 21 & 22): 
    1,501 sqm
  • 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 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.
Melbourne Room 1
Melbourne Room 1
  • Theatre:
    1,116 people
  • Classroom:
    432 people
  • Cocktail:
    1,007 people
  • Banquet:
    700 people
  • Cabaret:
    560 people
True to its name, Melbourne room offers unparalleled views of the city as well as the stunning Yarra River. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, this spacious room is the ideal location for your next gala, ceremony or banquet.

We’ll make your special occasion a spectacular success

Event Planning

From the moment you set the date, we’ll be on call to offer guidance on everything from entertainment and lighting right down to entrées and canapés. So whether you’re seeking advice and inspiration or know exactly what you want, our team of experts have the skills to bring your vision to life.

Food inspired by Melbourne

Inspired by Melbourne’s dining scene, every dish on our menu provides a feast for the eyes and taste buds. But don’t just take our word for it. Come by our kitchen for a private menu tasting and our seasoned chefs will work with you to create food and beverages that are perfect for your event.

Creating the perfect atmosphere

At MCEC, we don’t just provide space, we create environments that are tailored around your event. We have access to the latest technology and our team will help you find AV, lighting and design solutions that will leave your guests in awe.

Onsite accommodation and parking

When you’re putting on a party, you want a location that’s both impressive and inviting. Overlooking the Yarra River in the centre of Melbourne’s vibrant South Wharf, MCEC provides the perfect destination for formal events. With onsite accommodation, ample parking, public transport and drop off points around the venue, getting to and from your event is absolutely effortless.

Sustainable events

By partnering with some of Australia’s leading charities across health, housing and food sustainability, we believe we can make a real impact to people in need. We work with Oz Harvest to minimise waste and redistribute quality food to people in need.

Floor plans and space capacities

Cocktails on the terrace, banquets or luncheons in one of our unique rooms overlooking the Yarra River. You name it, we can do it. 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 perfect space for your event.

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