5 reasons why Canberra should be your next conference destination

Posted 14 Dec 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Are you in pre-planning mode and wondering where to hold your 2018 conference, but are struggling to find the perfect destination? Well, look no further, because Canberra is it!

As a planned city, Canberra has been designed perfectly to make meeting easy. The past two months alone have seen almost 4,000 delegates meet in the capital, making it one of Australia’s premier conference locations. From dentists and researchers to linguists and criminologists, we’re geared to host all types of gatherings.

While we could go on and on about why Canberra is your top pick for a conference location, we’ll keep it short and stick to the top five:

  1. Old meets new—and everything in between

First and foremost, Canberra offers a range of diverse conference centres ready to suit any format.

If you’re after something traditional, the National Convention Centre is award-winning. The venue boasts a variety of spaces on any scale, able to cater for any function—no matter the size.

If you’re looking for an overnight option so your guests can roll out of bed and straight into the function, why not check out Canberra’s range of dynamic hotels. All close to the CBD, QT, Hotel Kurrajong and Hotel Realm offer various onsite conference packages with breakfast included.

For something steeped in history, Old Parliament House is sure to impress. Located 10 minutes from the CBD, the original Parliament House of Australia features beautiful 1920’s architecture and gorgeous courtyards. With in-house catering and guided tours, this venue is sure to set your conference apart from the others and make it one to remember.

  1. Unbeatable access to the experts

Often regarded the ‘smart capital’, Canberra has some of the best and brightest minds in the country.

Being home to some of the top universities in the world, including the ,including the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC), Canberra has an abundance of experts and working professionals to include in your agenda as a guest speaker.

If that’s not enough, Canberra is also the centre of Australian Parliament, giving you access to range of politicians and government departments.

  1. Getting from A to B

Whether you’re expecting people from interstate or overseas, driving yourself, or using public transport, Canberra is easy to get around.

As a smaller city, rush hour is almost obsolete, so you and your guests won’t have to stress about traffic impacting your agenda.

The modern airport will allow your guests to be welcomed in style, and with the recent addition of an international terminal, guests coming from some overseas gateways can touch down directly in Canberra.

The city also has an extensive bus system, that includes a free city loop perfect for those looking to get out and do a bit of exploring.

  1. There’s plenty to do and see

Don’t be concerned about keeping your delegates entertained. Canberra is packed with activities to suit a variety of different interests.

Discover the history of Australia and explore the countless exhibits at the National Museum, marvel over the beautiful artworks at one of Canberra’s galleries or catch a show at the Canberra Theatre.

Learn about Australia’s defence force history at the iconic Australian War Memorial, meet a cheetah at the National Zoo and Aquarium or visit the Arboretum and wander around one of the many forests featuring endangered and rare trees.

During Springtime, Canberra’s famous flower show, Floriade takes centre stage, showcasing thousands of beautiful blooms in a range of designs. In March dozens of hot air balloons fly through the sky in the unmissable Balloon Spectacular.

For the shopaholics, Canberra has premiere brands and its fair share of markets, including the Old Bus Depot Markets and the Handmade Markets, where you’re sure to find something unique.

  1. Award-winning food and drink

When it comes to food and drink, there’s no denying Canberra has an option for every tastebud.

If you’re after a casual bite to eat, Lonsdale Street in Braddon offers a wide variety of choices from American style burgers at Grease Monkey’s to locally roasted coffee at Lonsdale Street Roasters.

For something more upscale to impress your delegates, why not try Onred which offers panoramic views of Canberra or the award winning menu at Courgette.

Canberra’s wineries are some of the best in business and places like Pialligo Estate or Lake George will allow your delegates to spend their evenings wine tasting and soaking up the beautiful surrounding country side.

If wine isn’t your drink of choice, Canberra has several breweries and distilleries including Capital Brewing Co. and Underground Spirits, where you can pick up a locally brewed beverage.

For more reasons on why Canberra is the ultimate conference destination, check out our latest video.

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