A delaide Convention Centre: Your Partner in Delivering Winning Events

The Adelaide Convention Centre was Australia’s first purpose built convention centre with the original Plenary Building opening in June 1987. Since then the Adelaide Convention Centre has continued to evolve and grow with new additions including the current AUS$400 million two-stage expansion. The first stage of the expansion, the new West Building, opened in March, 2015 making the Adelaide Convention Centre one of the most modern, flexible and technologically advanced convention and events spaces in the world. The second stage, the East Building, is on the site of the original Plenary which has now been demolished to make way for the new building.

The Centre is located at the heart of Adelaide’s burgeoning Riverbank precinct and the views are captivating with sweeping vistas of the River Torrens and beyond. The Adelaide Convention Centre makes for easy conferencing being just a 20 minute taxi ride to Adelaide Airport and backing onto North Terrace with its five star hotels and cultural attractions.

Special characteristic of the venue

The Adelaide Convention Centre has many unique characteristics. As well as boasting the world's newest conference and event spaces with the recent opening West Building, the Centre is also one of the most flexible in the world. Following completion of the new East Building, the Centre will comprise three unique buildings that integrate seamlessly to open up the entire Centre for a large international conference or offer self-contained conferences within individual buildings.

The Centre features an automated plenary facility, the largest of its kind in Australia, which can seat up to 1,000 and can be located in various locations within the West Building’s Halls (LMNO). The Halls also provide a multi-functional space which can be sub-divided into six different configurations and Australia’s largest retractable lighting grids allow ceiling heights to be adjusted and shaped for each event. Finally, its location overlooking Adelaide’s River Torrens provides for a unique vista as well as being within close proximity to the Airport, local hotels and amenities.

Sectors known for hosting events

The Adelaide Convention Centre attracts a wide range of conferences and events across a broad range of business and industry sectors. Historically, the Centre has attracted a major number of conferences and events from the health and medical sector. This has been further boosted by the creation of the largest health and medical research precinct in the southern hemisphere to the Centre’s west. The Centre has a particular focus on attracting events that align to the strategic and economic priorities of South Australia, and where the local industry can value add to the experience for conference and event delegates. These include Defence, Education, Mining, Agriculture and Health.

Most favourable time of the year for doing events in the venue

There’s not a particular time of the year that’s more favourable thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate in South Australia. With standard temperature between 15 and 35 depending on the season, the experience for delegates is sublime no matter what, partly because of the magnificent seasonal South Australian regional produce showcased by the Adelaide Convention Centre.

No of events hosted annually

Over 700 and growing

Renovation/Expansion plans

The Adelaide Convention Centre is currently undergoing a $400 million, two-stage expansion with the first stage, the new West Building, officially opened in March 2015. The Panorama Ballroom with its river frontage is the jewel in the crown of the West Building and can cater for 600 for a gala dinner and 1,000 for a meeting or conference. New Halls (LMNO) provide a multi-functional space can be sub-divided into six different configurations and Australia’s largest retractable lighting grids allow ceiling heights to be adjusted and shaped for each event.

A movable automated plenary facility, also the largest of its kind in Australia, can seat up to 1,000 and can be located in various locations within the Halls. Concerts for up to 3,500 can also be hosted in the space. The Centre’s new East Building is being constructed on the site of the Centre’s original plenary and link seamlessly into the current Central and new West Building via an internal Sky Walk. The new East Building will house a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility, which reaches out over the Riverbank Promenade and capitalises on the expansive views over the River Torrens towards Adelaide Oval. The East Building will be able to be subdivided and configured within minutes as pre-function space, ballroom, exhibition or plenary with capacity of up to 3,500 seats. The building will feature a new auditorium with hinged seating stored in the roof space of the new auditorium, which can be lowered in minutes to convert from exhibition space to lecture theatre style space. Two, 18 metre diameter rotating seating