Business events to experience in Canberra

Posted 11 Jan 2017

Story by Visit Canberra

There are many great reasons to host or attend a business event in Canberra. The case studies provide real examples of successful event outcomes achieved in Canberra. Canberra will meet the unique needs of delegates attending for different business events, whether they be corporate, the incentives market or associations.


Canberra delivers record number of delegates to 7th Annual PCO Conference

The National Convention Centre welcomed back the Professional Conference Organisers Conference hosting more than 380 delegates over three jam-packed days in Canberra.

Australia and NZ’s leading meetings, incentives, conference and events experts engaged in a range of keynote speaker sessions, participated in networking events and met suppliers as part of the trade show. More than 150 PCOs who arrange and manage over 3,000 conferences and events each year attended.

Canberra delivers for the Associations Forum

Canberra played host city for the Associations Forum event, offering delegates a plethora of unique and inspiring attractions, food and wine experiences and outstanding accommodation options.

John Peacock, General Manager Associations Forum was thrilled with the event and commended the National Convention Centre’s effective layout and versatility. “With a large exhibition area, many breakout rooms and auditoriums ranging in size, we had all options covered in terms of our event arrangements. The layout was flexible and practical, and it was a great bonus to have an abundance of natural light in the exhibition area.”

Read more case studies on the Canberra Convention Bureau and National Convention Centre websites.


Inspiring the wow-factor

Canberra can provide the unique point of difference you are looking for by incorporating one of our amazing seasonal events into your itinerary. To whet your appetite, start with some of our major events including: Enlighten, National Folk Festival, Fashfest, Floriade NightFest and blockbuster exhibitions. Check out our events calendar to see what is happening at the time of your conference and consider branding your event uniquely Canberra.

Accommodation options to suit your needs

From the heritage listed Hyatt Hotel Canberra set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens to the contrasting chic of Hotel Realm, Canberra has a range of stunning 4 and 5 star accommodation that will make your business trip one to remember. Here you’ll find Canberra’s most comprehensive accommodation guide to help you find the ideal place to stay to suit your needs.

Venue options

Canberra has a diverse range of venue options that can cater to all your business event needs. Whether you require an intimate meeting room or a formal evening cocktail event, Canberra’s venues facilitate your networking opportunities. Here you will find all the information you require on venues in Canberra.

Destination experience

Canberra’s diversity of experiences within close proximity offers the business tourist a unique travel experience.  This allows plenty of time to get out and explore the many attractions, world class food and wine and enjoy wide open spaces of our numerous parks.


Conscious conferencing  

Attending a conference in Canberra offers a high level of credibility due in part to its location and its role as our nation’s capital, home to our politicians and policy makers. It’s also Canberra’s ability to deliver successful outcomes, plus we have the press gallery right at your doorstep should you wish to gain a little media exposure.


With so many of Australia’s research and cultural institutions based in Canberra, it is no wonder the city has a reputation as Australia’s intellectual and cultural hub. With an impressive level of influence in the world of research, innovation and industry leadership, Canberra is home to some of the world’s best minds and expertise in virtually every field and discipline.

Canberra Convention Bureau’s Research and Learning Institutes Group (RALIG) have established THINK CANBERRA to foster relationships between your business event and Canberra’s knowledge industry.

This group of 19 institutes share a common pursuit to strive for and to share knowledge. There has never been a better time to take advantage of Canberra’s rich variety of intellectual and cultural assets to benefit your event. Contact the Canberra Convention Bureau for more information on THINK CANBERRA. Knowledge.Culture.Influence.

Stay connected for free

Canberra has one of Australia’s largest free Wi-Fi network, CBRfree, covering 12 business districts. This means your delegates can enjoy free uninterrupted internet access during their conference and as they move around the city.


Canberra is the perfect destination to network with peers and industry leaders offering unique access to Australia’s politicians, research and cultural centres and universities. Contact the Canberra Convention Bureau to see how you may tap into Canberra’s intellectual and cultural networks.


From affordable apartment style accommodation options through to high-end luxury hotels, Canberra has a range of award winning accommodation to suit any budget. Browse our comprehensive accommodation guide to find the exact accommodation options to meet your needs.

Venue options

Whether you’re looking for a venue that inspires productivity and promotes easy networking or a large venue that can offer a complete array of services with value for money options, Canberra can meet these venue needs. Search the Convention Bureau’s comprehensive venue guide to find one that ticks all your business event requirements.


Team building is arguably one of the best ways to help your staff get to know each other better. It offers the ability to identify and motivate individual employees to form a team that stays together, works together, and achieves together. Canberra has a wide range of team building options available year round, from guided or hosted team building activities, to fun pursuits you can tackle on your own.

Hosted team building at unique locations

Love your sport? The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) gives your team a unique adventure at the world-class sporting facility located close to the city. Several challenges will promote teamwork, communication and leadership all within the centre known for producing winning teams.

The giant swing, abseiling, rope challenges, a flying fox. Who’s up for the challenge? Awesome team building activities to be had in the wondrous natural setting at Birrigai within the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Plus there’s bushwalking and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities for those after a more relaxed experience.

Professionally led sessions at Canberra’s best attractions

Fancy grabbing your work mates for The Amazing Canberra Race where small teams race each other around a series of locations with quirky challenges? How about the Corporate Eco-Challenge with mountain biking, paddling and orienteering? Or perhaps you’re keen to tackle the National Treasure Hunt that takes you around Australia’s best attractions? Outdoor Insights provides a range of novel and challenging outdoor and indoor sessions.

All of your employees could be ‘Survivors’ for the day by participating in a race around Canberra’s best attractions that includes Old Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia and Mount Ainslie. Corporate Challenge Events has some awesome team building experiences on offer.

Fun team building activities

Delta Force Paintball in Canberra lets you experience paintball with high quality equipment and movie-set scenarios which ensure an action-packed day out for all.

Go karting with Power Kart Raceway provides the platform to race your work mates around the world-class track. It’s safe and loads of fun, and there are great corporate packages available that include race time, food and drinks.

Get your team together at the crack of dawn, help inflate the balloon and drift high into the sky above Canberra with Balloon Aloft. Enjoy a bird’s eye view and then touch down for a traditional champagne celebration at Canberra’s five star Hyatt Hotel Canberra.


Read more and discover how to boost your event using social media in part 6 of the Canberra Business Events Delegate Boosting Kit.

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