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October 15, 2023

Our Favourite Conference Venues Melbourne

Melbourne is a city short of nothing – it possesses some of the greatest art, food and conference venues in Australia. So we’re here to help you find the perfect venue for your upcoming corporate event, with ease and comfort. The city offers a diverse array of venues that cater to every need and aesthetic. From sleek urban spaces to scenic private clubs, we’ve picked out our favourite conference venues Melbourne boasts.

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1. Exclusive Hire, Metropolis Events


Discover the epitome of class, lavishness and refinement as you step into Metropolis Events – a high-end destination that sets the standard for premium gatherings. Situated on Southbank, Metropolis Events not only offers elegance but also convenience. This conference venue truly outshines the rest with its spectacular nine-metre tall windows that frame captivating views of Melbourne's skyline. This New York loft-inspired function venue not only boasts breathtaking views but also features stunning bars and stylish designer interiors. Metropolis Events crafts innovative menus that reflect the essence of each season's local offerings, elevating your function to a whole new level. With a capacity of 1100 guests standing, and 334 seated, this venue has little competition.

2. Studio 2, Zinc at Fed Square


Zinc has emerged as Melbourne's ultimate riverside event destination, sporting a unique infusion of modern charm and style. In the heart of Melbourne's cultural epicentre, Zinc is surrounded by serene gardens that overlook the Yarra River. This splendid function venue sets the stage for events like no other, where nature and sophistication seamlessly blend. For more intimate affairs of up to 200 guests, Studio 2 stands as the perfect choice. Boasting a private entrance and an outdoor deck, this conference venue offers an exclusive experience that radiates charm. Cutting-edge audio-visual equipment and contemporary furnishings are paired with an attentive team of experts ready to turn your vision into reality!

3. The Norman Brookes Room, Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club


Just a handful of minutes away from the CBD lies the historic Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. This club, deeply rooted in Australian tennis history, is not only a haven for tennis enthusiasts but also a coveted destination for hosting a range of private events. Beyond its rich tennis heritage, this conference venue boasts an array of stunning spaces perfect for private functions. Among its many function spaces, the Norman Brookes Room stands out as a smaller yet charming option. Ideal for intimate gatherings, this function venue accommodates anywhere from 60 to 120 guests. Its cosy ambience sets the stage for memorable moments, whether you're celebrating a special occasion or hosting a productive business event.

4. Market 1, Novotel Melbourne Preston


Novotel Melbourne Preston shines as a top conference venue in Melbourne. Just 20 minutes from the CBD and the airport, the hotel is easily accessible with 600 parking spaces and nearby public transport options. One of Novotel Melbourne Preston's standout features is the versatile Market 1 space, featuring a grand ballroom that can be separated into smaller rooms. The pillarless ballroom boasts stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light, a balcony, and direct lift access from the car park. Novotel Melbourne Preston promises a seamless and memorable conference experience for you and up to 200 other attendees.

5. Southbank Ballroom, Oakwood Premier Melbourne


Oakwood Premier Melbourne stands as a breathtaking venue offering an array of event spaces perfectly tailored to elevate your corporate affair. Elevated on level 3 and accessible through a private lift, the Southbank Ballroom presents a gorgeous setting. Surrounded by expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, this space is bathed in ample light, transitioning to an elegant evening ambience with stylish overhead lighting. Versatility is at the core of this function venue, accommodating a wide spectrum of events with a capacity of 200 guests. From grand dinners to theatre-style conferences, this conference venue is a must!

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Conferences have a lot of moving parts with a multitude of tasks to tick off in the lead up to your event. There are complex logistical challenges to navigate when planning a conference, including finding the perfect space, breakout room requirements, Audio Visual requirements and catering. When it comes to choosing the best conference venues Melbourne, you’ll find them all right here at HeadBox. To get started, simply submit your brief and we can help you plan your conference.

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Your guide to booking a conference in Melbourne

Planning a conference is, historically, far from a walk in the park. With industry experts and your colleagues in attendance, your professional reputation is on the line. No one wants a conference washout or boring speakers, and nobody wants a dull venue. Fortunately, Melbourne is blessed with a bewildering array of beautiful conference spaces, conference halls, exhibition centres and smaller conference rooms. Booking all of these conference venues has never been easier, and we're here to show you how.

Conference Planning Checklist

To help you plan and execute a memorable conference or corporate event, we’ve compiled a planning checklist. First off, you need to define your objective. The more specific you can be here, the better as it will help you to clarify the attendees you would like to attract and the value you want to provide them, plus it will help you understand the organisations and speakers who would make ideal partners for your conference. Next, we recommend selecting a theme and conference format, whether that’s a large scale seminar, trade show, workshop session or something else. Establishing a budget will help you to start bringing your ideas to life. When setting your budget, remember to leave some wriggle room for any incidentals. A great conference needs a great venue and we have the best conference venues Melbourne listed with us at HeadBox.

Speaking the lingo

What actually is a conference venue? It's a fair question. In short, it refers to a large space that can host a professional event that may include speakers, stalls and light refreshments. A conference room, on the other hand, will be a much smaller affair – and the price will reflect this. The largest conference-based event normally takes place in an exhibition centre (also called an expo centre or a convention centre), and these will be huge venues that cater to thousands of attendees.

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A Melbourne conference is a big deal. There are a lot of moving parts and you'll want to approach Melbourne's best conference centres with really robust criteria of everything you expect and need to make your event go off smoothly. Think about timing, capacity, catering, accessibility and who your speakers will be – this last one is vital as if they’re on your list to have at your conference they’re probably in high demand. Get all these factors worked out before you approach Melbourne’s best conference venues and you’ll make the booking process a whole lot easier for yourself and the venue.


A lot of conferences attract visitors from afar (especially the large ones in convention centres). Take this into account when booking your Melbourne conference venue. Looking for quality venues near travel hubs such as Flinders St Station or Melbourne Airport is a great way to make getting to and from your conference much easier. And less travelling = less grumpy conference attendees.

Some attendees may wish to get to your Melbourne event via car. If this is the case you’ll want to enquire with the conference venues about parking facilities.


Budgeting for a conference can be a tricky thing. Venues will often provide a base hire fee before adding on extra costs for things like staffing, audiovisual equipment and in-house catering (think of all the coffee needed to keep your attendees going!). Some venues will quote you for a price per attendee, so you know how much is being spent on each individual. It’s good to get an idea of how much you’re willing to spend before you approach the venue, this reduces any misunderstandings down the line and could be a massive time saver.

Frequently asked questions

Melbourne is a big city and has an amazing range of conference venues, centres, rooms and convention spaces. Here are a few standouts from the HeadBox team:

The Glasshouse - Go big or go home. The Glasshouse is a truly awe-inspiring space that can accommodate 900 attendees. With tiered seating, a central stage, incredible acoustics and a breathtaking view, your conference will truly stand apart from the crowd.

Fortress - Australia’s largest video game entertainment venue in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, has multiple unique spaces that will leave your guests in awe.

There is no conference without a date and venue. With that in mind, if you are prepared to be flexible with your date and location, you may find you are able to save some money on costs. When you are exploring venue options, there are a few important considerations:

· Can the venue accommodate your delegate numbers? · What is the accessibility of the venue for suppliers? · Is there sufficient accommodation close by? · Is there ample parking and access to public transport links? · Is the size suitable for the intended audience? · Does the venue have availability?

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