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The stunning new facade of the Cairns Convention Centre

Already one of Australia’s most popular dedicated event spaces, Cairns Convention Centre will definitely be top of mind for EAs looking to book space for their corporate events, when its expansion completes. Brad Foster writes.

Expanded venue will inspire and delight

Cairns Convention Centre’s $176 million expansion will be revealed this year… And it is going to be spectacular! Now is the time to plan your event in Cairns to experience the tropical north and host your program using the incredible new facilities in the convention centre. 

The centre will be more flexible than ever for its clients with the option to comfortably accommodate an extra 2500 delegates (an extra 500 compared to before). There are also now 23 meeting and event rooms on-site and a new exhibition space capable of holding up to 30 standard-size exhibition booths. This space leads to a flat floor plenary area that can seat up to 410 theatre-style but you’ll find it is divisible by two if needed – perfect for a more intimate event. Also on this level are three new meeting rooms that can each seat 118 people in a theatre-style configuration. Fancy using it as one large space? You’ll fit 370 delegates in there!

If you’re keen to impress your exec’s clients with the best outlook in Cairns, head for the aptly-named Trinity Room – and, in particular, the outdoor Trinity Terrace – to swoon over the Trinity inlet. Inside, you can comfortably seat up to 500 people and the tropical outdoor terrace can accommodate just the same. What a place to enjoy cocktails on a tropical evening before strolling inside for your gala dinner or awards night!

The Cairns Convention Centre’s long-term clients are excited about the expansion, and so are the team. General manager Janet Hamilton can’t wait to reveal the new-look venue: “Now is an ideal time for event organisers to rediscover Cairns as we open our new centre,” she said.

“The city has a broad range of accommodation options with the premium Crystalbrook Collection opening and other hotels completing refurbishments in recent years. There are also a number of new attractions, like the Experience Co Great Barrier Reef Pontoon, the incredible food trails in the Atherton Tablelands, and the new dining precinct along the Esplanade.”

The new venue has more than 35 conferences confirmed for 2023 and new business enquiries continue to arrive on a daily basis.


Brad Foster has been a journalist covering the events sector for many years. He now works as a communications specialist with ICMA, a writer, and just recently, a radio reporter