When looking for a large conference venue, Sydney is home to some of the country’s most innovative venues. From state-of-the-art event spaces to classic heritage style function rooms modernised to meet the needs of 21st century conferencing, choice is in abundance. 

To save you time with your conference venue research, we have compiled our top ten large scale conference venues in Sydney. 

Main Arena, Quaycentre

  • Venue: Quaycentre
  • Address:Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
  • Capacity: 3000
  • Event Type: Conferences, Networking, Parties, Weddings

Quaycentre is a 4500 seat multi-purpose indoor sport and entertainment venue located within Australia’s sporting capital, Sydney Olympic Park.

The Main Arena readily adapts to host a range of different events such as conferences, concerts, exhibitions and dinners. The Main Arena has loading dock access, dimmable lights, a ceiling height of 12.5m and combination of fixed and retractable seating.

Ivy Ball Room, Merivale

  • Venue: Ivy, Merivale
  • Address: Level 1/320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 100
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings, Consort

ivy Ballroom is a grand, sweeping space that rises to every occasion, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

ivy Ballroom is ready to impress. The 509-square-metre ballroom (astonishingly without any pillars) boasts a grand staircase entrance, six-metre high ceilings, abundant natural light and a huge garden terrace. ivy Ballroom is there to make your own – keep it simple and elegant with the black and white colour palette and candlelit backdrop, or go all out with the help of Merivale’s in-house styling and production team.

The Ballroom is an ideal space for meetings & conferences, breakfast seminars, cocktail parties, award nights & gala dinners, product launches, weddings and private celebrations.

The Dome, Sydney Showground

  • Venue: Sydney Showgrounds
  • Address: 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 212
  • Capacity: 3200
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

The Dome’s spectacular timber structure is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the backdrop to the largest clear span space in Sydney.

The Dome at Sydney Showground offers a fabulous setting for any occasion whether a sporting event, product launch, photo or film shoot. Featuring a dedicated kitchen, air-conditioning, excellent rigging capabilities and an easy-access loading dock, The Dome can be hired in conjunction with the Exhibition Halls 2, 3 and 4, to create a single event space of over 21,600m2.

A collection of smaller rooms is located nearby for use as break-out areas, meetings or office space. The adjacent Lounge Cafe is also available for pre-dinner drinks or networking functions.

Millennium Room, Stadium Australia

  • Venue: Stadium Australia
  • Address: Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
  • Capacity: 1500
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

A grand stage for Sydney’s major sports and entertainment events, Stadium Australia has welcomed more than 27 million fans since it was purpose-built for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Stadium Australia is conveniently located only 30 minutes from Sydney CBD & 15 mins from Parramatta.

The Millennium Room is a magnificent space for between 100 and 1500 guests. It features a custom-built dividing wall for use of all or just part of the room.

Its 6.5m ceilings and floor-to-ceilings windows allow plenty of natural light. Views overlooking Sydney Olympic Park provide a breathtaking backdrop. The room’s floor-to-ceiling automated blinds also allow for light block out during audio-visual presentations.

Roslyn Packer Theatre

  • Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre
  • Address: 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 2000
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

Located a stone’s throw away from Barangaroo and The Rocks, Roslyn Packer Theatre is a significant landmark within the Walsh Bay cultural and commerce hub.

Roslyn Packer Theatre is a purpose-built 896 seat proscenium arch theatre, designed for the presentation of high quality medium scale drama, dance and musical theatre. A truly dynamic venue, Roslyn Packer Theatre is a superb space for all forms of presentations and events.

Seating is arranged over two levels; sightlines throughout the auditorium are impressive, guaranteeing an unsurpassed experience for guests in both the stalls and the circle. Boasting the latest in theatre design and technology, including a state-of-the-art power flying system, movable proscenium and three-part forestage/ orchestra lift, a highly flexible stage environment can be created to suit any production requirement.

The Ballroom, Royal Randwick

  • Venue: Royal Randwick
  • Address: Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031
  • Capacity: 1200
  • Event Type: Conferences, Networking, Parties, Weddings

Royal Randwick Racecourse provides a historic setting with state-of-the-art facilities for energising business events, elaborate celebrations and inspiring weddings. Curate your ideal event by choosing from a combination of 15 multi-purpose indoor and outdoor spaces set in prestigious and historic surrounds.

An expansive world-class entertaining space, the Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand Ballroom at Royal Randwick Racecourse offers versatility and grandeur for your event.

It is located in the heart of the Grandstand and features floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular balcony views of the Sydney CBD. It provides space for up to 750 guests at a banquet dinner or can be easily divided into five rooms for more intimate gatherings. The contemporary ballroom also has an undercover terrace perfect for pre-dinner drinks or as conference catering space. With elegant finishes and state-of-the-art technology, The Ballroom is the perfect space for your next corporate conference.

The Venue Alexandria

  • Venue: The Venue Alexandria
  • Address: 55 Doody St, Alexandria NSW 2015
  • Capacity: 1000
  • Event Type: Conferences,Networking, Parties, Weddings

The Venue Alexandria is an adaptable space that features 7.6m high ceilings, full length projection walls, polished concrete floors and crisp white walls, making it a versatile space to style. Conveniently located in Sydney Corporate Park, The Venue Alexandria is only a 15-minute drive from Sydney CBD.

The Venue is fitted with flexible trussing and floor to ceiling draping that can easily transform the layout of the room to establish multiple spaces or reduce the footprint to create a more intimate space, ideal for smaller events.

The Venue has the capacity to accommodate 1,000 guests for any style of event. In addition, the adjoining foyer space is ideal for red carpet arrivals, product displays or multiple event activations.

The Venue is a controlled environment with all the amenities within the main space, making registration and COVID management less complex.

Foundation Hall

  • Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Address: 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 750
  • Event Type: Networking, Parties, Weddings

Located at one of the world’s most spectacular sites on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.

The venues are among the best in the world, boasting incomparable views of the harbour, Sydney Opera House and city skyline. Providing a stylish and contemporary backdrop for a range of events MCA can host weddings, product launches, cocktail functions and special occasions.

Blending 1930s Art Deco P&O style, this impressive ballroom with 7-metre high ceilings and a terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour creates a dramatic backdrop for any event.

Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La

  • Venue: Shangri- La
  • Address: 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 335
  • Event Type: ConferencesNetworking, Parties, Weddings

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney is positioned in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour, the panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge enhance the luxurious glamour of Sydney’s destination hotel.

Nestled in the historic Rocks District, the luxury hotel features elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, award-winning dining experiences, and CHI, The Spa, an urban oasis in the heart of the city.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney takes events to another level. From an elegant affair in a private dining room soaring high above the harbour, or a business function in the Grand Ballroom, each event is carefully curated by a dedicated events team with decades of experience between them.

Blackwattle Room, PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

  • Venue: PARKROYAL, Darling Harbour
  • Address: 150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 260
  • Event Type: Conferences, Networking, Parties, Weddings

The PARKROYAL Darling Harbour has modern meeting facilities and has a strong commitment to service, they aim to meet and exceed your expectations by focusing on these key areas to deliver an exceptional experience.

Host the grandest of events in this beautiful venue, and leave your guests with an unforgettable experience. With neutral lighting and a pillarless interior, this 204sqm space is well-suited for conferences and meetings, presentations, team building workshops as well as social events with up to 260 guests.

The ballroom sits adjacent to a large pre-function area overlooking the Darling Harbour precinct, making for especially scenic views.

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