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Plenary 1 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Exhibition Centre opened in 1996 and was created by Denton Corker Marshall, a Melbourne architectural firm responsible for many of Melbourne’s larger buildings through the early 1990s, and features their characteristic “blade” entrance.

Its main entrance of metal blades tilted at an angle and supported by a pair of yellow rods has placed it on the list of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings. In 1996 the Exhibition Centre was awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for public architecture.

The Convention Centre was designed by joint architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture and opened its doors in 2009. 


1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf Victoria Australia

Phone: +61 3 9235 8000

Getting here

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is an accessible venue. 

View full accessibility features here.

Some of MCEC’s accessibility features include:

  • flat level entry to the Convention Centre, from the Exhibition Centre link and at the Convention Centre main entrance at Convention Centre Place
  • designated drop off points
  • accessibility ramps
  • accessible car park spaces
  • lift access from the car parks
  • accessible toilets
  • split-level counter service at Convention Centre customer desk, Ticket Box and Cafés
  • lifts and escalators in the Convention Centre
  • positions for wheelchairs on all levels of the Plenary
  • braille signage on room door signs and fixed directional signs
  • TTA Hearing Assisted accessible telephones with large operation buttons
  • guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome in all areas
  • Parent Rooms in the Exhibition Centre and Convention Centre
  • First Aid rooms located close to Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre Customer Service desks

MCEC is located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf. Plenary is easily found within the Convention Centre, accessed via Convention Centre Place or a short walk down the Exhibition Centre Concourse from the Clarendon Street entrance.

By tram

Catch any of the following trams and exit at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:

  • Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
  • Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
  • Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda

Alternatively, catch tram number 48 or 70 and exit at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

By train

Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Exit at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.

By bus

The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.

Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lormier Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).

For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

Construction of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) new multi-purpose building is currently underway alongside Convention Centre Place, opposite South Wharf DFO and Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.

Please note that building entrances, pedestrian footpaths, vehicle access and bicycle routes may be altered during the construction period. MCEC encourages you to follow the directional signage in place to navigate around the construction zone. Visit this page for updates.

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The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Centre stands. We acknowledge and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their Elders, past and present, as the custodians of the world’s oldest continuous living culture.