So, Canberra is the national capital of Australia but why else would you consider holding your conference or your business event here?
Canberra is a buzzing hub for innovative and inspiring business, research, education, culture and everything in-between. There are hundreds of conference options and in Canberra you can treat your attendees to amazing experiences they will be talking about for years to come.
Here are our eight top reasons why Canberra should be first choice for your next conference or business event.
Canberra is the home to world-ranking universities and institutes providing the best in education. These innovative and enriching knowledge hubs have allowed Canberra to lead the way as Australia’s most educated city. Full of great minds, these institutes include cutting-edge researchers and Nobel Prize winners. Holding an event in Canberra provides the perfect opportunity for a world expert or industry influencer to enhance your event and excite your delegates!
- Arts and Culture
Canberra is unique in that we house the Australian story within our city’s walls. Canberra’s art scene allows for Canberra to share the living story of Australia with the world. The Australian War Memorial, National Library, Museum, Gallery, Portrait Gallery are a must-see for delegates.
Creative and visual arts don’t stop there. Cultural attractions including Beaver Galleries, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the National Film and Sound Archive and the Canberra Glassworks provide enriching experiences for every art lover. With a full calendar of festivals, markets and other events check out what’s on in Canberra and tailor your event around these vibrant occasions.
Canberra is home to big decisions. Canberra, as the political centre, means that Australia’s most influential people, federal ministers and international diplomats frequently call Canberra home. What better way to add prestige and stature to an event then to engage a federal minister or international diplomat? Canberra provides the location to facilitate these enriching experiences with Australia’s most influential people.
Canberra is an international city with a cosmopolitan vibe. With a diverse multicultural population, Canberra offers conference attendees a range of international experiences. Regular direct flights between Canberra to Asia also provide an important base to extend the international capacity of your event.
Canberra is situated inland between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne, a unique location accessible by plane, car, train or coach. By car, Canberra is three hours from Sydney and eight from Melbourne and under two hours flying time from eastern state capitals including Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Another two hours from Canberra and you can explore the prestige beaches of the South Coast or the seasonal Snow of the Australian Alps. Once you’re in Canberra you’ll experience firsthand the advantage of a planned city, nowhere is more than 25 minutes from anywhere else.
Many of Canberra’s attractions are within walking distance of one another, and if they are further the bike friendly city design and efficient public transport make accessibility easy. Canberra’s logical and easily accessible layout will impress interstate or international visitors and allow for smooth and efficient events or functions.
- Food and Wine
Canberra’s local produce and picturesque location is at the forefront of the city’s culinary offerings. The evolving dining scene includes over 300 restaurants and cafes reflecting a multicultural population.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s 2016 Good Food Guide showcased Canberra restaurants including Aubergine, Temporada, Monster Kitchen and Bar, Waters Edge, Eightysix, Malamay, Courgette, Ottoman, Pialligo Estate Farmhouse, Lilotang and Lanterne Room.
The growing food and wine scene is prominent in the Canberra precincts of Braddon, the city centre, Kingston, Manuka and New Acton. Canberra’s rural location also allows access to over 30 cellar doors within a 30-minute drive of the capital. With trendsetting chefs and hatted restaurants, Canberra’s food, wine and catering for events should not be overlooked.
- Uniqueness – Destination Experience
Canberra is unique for many reasons, but when you’re planning an event consider a couple of these. With Canberra’s rich culture it can make the point of difference for your event and deliver the wow factor. Events including Enlighten, Floriade and Fashfest are all unique events allowing you to experience the vibrant, fun and forward-looking elements of Canberra. If you’re looking to hold an event that your delegates will remember Canberra provides unique venues, accommodation and destination ranging from Jamala Wildlife Lodge to the boutique QT Canberra.
- Canberra as a Network
Canberra is a city of networking. From its credibility as the nation’s capital, world class educational facilities and abundance of industry leaders, politicians and researchers to its quirky and cool accommodation and culture, Canberra is a destination experience. Canberra may be on the smaller scale of cities, but it provides a playground of sophisticated and intricate resources allowing for a unique, exciting and enriching event.
If you are considering hosting a conference or organising a business event in Canberra and need some guidance, then contact Canberra Convention Bureau for their free bid support and event planning services.
Or if you still need persuading, take a look at the Canberra Convention Bureau’s video about the brilliant possibilities our city offers.