Embarking on a business trip to Brisbane? Discover strategic accommodation tips near the vibrant Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and other major event venues. Dive into our guide where we unveil the best stay options for business professionals in Bowen Hills and Woolloongabba.
Along the way, explore key business venues and upcoming events in 2024 that align seamlessly with your corporate travel plans. Nothing planned yet? You might just be inspired to book a professional development trip centred around these exciting events throughout the year.
Let’s take a look at some of Brisbane’s biggest and most popular business venues (all of which are conveniently located close to our serviced apartments – what a coincidence), and key events that you can start planning for.
Accommodation Close to the Brisbane Convention Centre
With so many exciting events, conferences, and expos scheduled in 2024, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is a prime destination for professionals nationwide. Set in the heart of South Brisbane, this major venue serves as your gateway to Brisbane's bustling business district.
But where to stay? What event to attend? Let's take a look at this venue, its key upcoming events, and the best accommodation near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to set you up for a successful work trip to Brisbane.
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)
Where: Glenelg St, South Brisbane
Renowned as one of Australia's most flexible meeting and event venues, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is an iconic establishment hosting a diverse range of conferences, trade shows, and conventions.
Uncover cutting-edge facilities, adaptable event spaces, and a commitment to hosting world-class events. BCEC stands as a hub for innovation and collaboration in the heart of Brisbane.
If you’re looking for accommodation near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Rambla @ Perry House is the perfect home away from home. Staying in our modern serviced apartments in the heart of Bowen Hills ensures you’re well-connected to the pulse of Brisbane's major conferences and exhibitions.
Getting to the BCEC from Perry House is easy. Opt for a short 10-minute car ride, or catch one of three trains from Bowen Hills station to South Brisbane station. From there, the Convention Centre is a quick three-minute walk.
What’s On at the BCEC: 2024 Events
When it comes to events at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, there’s no shortage of things to look forward to! Here’s a rundown of some of Brisbane’s biggest events and corporate functions for 2024 to get your planning underway:
- The Home Show: 23rd February 2024
- Brisbane Disability Connection Expo: 1st – 2nd March 2024
- Brisbane Careers & Employment Expo: 24th – 25th May 2024
- Brisbane’s Annual Wedding Expo August: 25th August 2024
- Teach Queensland Career Fair: 6th – 7th September 2024
The Brisbane Showgrounds
Where: 600 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills
As a hub of cultural and business events, the historic Brisbane Showgrounds is a dynamic precinct hosting a diverse range of exhibitions, trade shows, and conferences. This iconic venue hosts upwards of 250 events every year, so it’s safe to say the extensive team knows a thing or two about running successful (and jam-packed) events.
Immerse yourself in a venue designed for versatility, with modern facilities conducive to both large-scale exhibitions and intimate corporate functions. The Brisbane Showgrounds offers a dynamic backdrop for memorable events.
For ultimate convenience, the Brisbane Showgrounds are perfectly positioned close to Perry House. Hop in an Uber and be there in 5 minutes, catch the 393 bus from Abbotsford Road at Bowen Hills, or simply enjoy the 20-minute walk via Mayne Road.
The Royal International Convention Centre (RICC)
Where: 600 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills
Situated inside the Brisbane Showgrounds, the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) stands as one of Brisbane's leading convention venues, boasting state-of-the-art facilities for conferences, exhibitions, and corporate gatherings.
Explore versatile event spaces, cutting-edge technology, and an unparalleled commitment to hosting world-class events. The RICC sets the stage for impactful business engagements and networking opportunities.
Rambla @ Perry House's strategic location places you within a short distance from the Royal International Convention Centre, allowing you to seamlessly attend events and retreat to the comfort of your accommodation. Simply follow the same transport tips above for the Brisbane Showgrounds.
2024 Events at the Brisbane Showgrounds and RICC
2024 promises to be a jam-packed year of events for the Brisbane Showgrounds and Royal International Convention Centre. While the venues are yet to release events beyond March of 2024, there are a few must-attend highlights to add to your calendar:
- Your Local Wedding Guide: Royal International Convention Centre, 14th January 2024
- St Jerome’s Laneway Festival: Brisbane Showgrounds, 3rd February 2024
- Queensland Golf & Travel Expo: Brisbane Showgrounds, 17th – 18th February 2024
- Knotfest Brisbane: Brisbane Showgrounds, 24th March 2024
Business Meets Leisure in Woolloongabba
Unleash the dynamic fusion of business and leisure in Woolloongabba. This jam-packed city-fringe neighbourhood is positioned near notable venues such as QUT Gardens Point and the State Library of Queensland, as well as the Brisbane CBD and Southbank.
Beyond business, though, Woolloongabba is a vibrant hub that offers fabulous after-work and weekend leisure options so you can seamlessly blend work and fun during your trip. It’s without a doubt one of the best areas to stay when travelling to Brisbane!
Read on to explore the best accommodation in Woolloongabba and the surrounding key events coming up in 2024.
QUT Gardens Point
Where: 2 George St, Brisbane City
QUT Gardens Point is one of Brisbane's foremost academic excellence institutions, renowned for hosting conferences, symposiums, and events that bring together leading minds in various fields.
Immerse yourself in a dynamic academic environment, featuring cutting-edge facilities and spaces designed for collaboration and intellectual discourse. The QUT Gardens Point campus is a focal point for knowledge exchange, professional development, and networking.
The campus’s stunning location right next to the Brisbane River and Botanic Gardens also provides a picturesque setting for the perfect function – it’s well worth a visit!
Rambla @ South/City/SQ places you within easy reach of QUT Gardens Point. Get there in 10 minutes via car or 25 minutes via the 200 bus – hop on at Kingfisher Creek at Railway St, depart at the Mater Hill stop, and enjoy a scenic stroll over the Goodwill Bridge that crosses the Brisbane River.
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ)
Where: Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane
The State Library of Queensland serves as one of Brisbane's premier cultural and intellectual landmarks, hosting a myriad of events, lectures, and exhibitions that celebrate the richness of knowledge and creativity.
Explore a world of literature, research, and cultural exploration within the expansive State Library. Its modern facilities and commitment to fostering intellectual pursuits make it a dynamic venue for various events.
Located in the bustling Cultural Precinct of South Brisbane, the State Library is also surrounded by countless food, beverage, and entertainment options for you and your conference delegates to enjoy.
Order an Uber from Rambla @ South/City/SQ and be at the Library in under 15 minutes. Alternatively, a variety of bus routes can take you to the Cultural Centre Station, which is then a quick 4-minute walk to the SLQ.
Board a city-bound bus at either Logan Rd at Lewis Street stop 11, the Buranda busway, or Kingfisher Creek at Railway St and you’ll be at your destination in less than 20 minutes.
What’s on at the SLQ in 2024?
At the State Library of Queensland, free and paid events are abundant for all ages year-round. From kids’ workshops and teen writing courses to guided tours and collaborative talks, there’s plenty on offer at the SLQ in the first half of 2024:
- Purpose Build Exhibition Tour: 8th February & 20th February 2024
- Artists’ Books White Gloves Experience: 6th March 2024
- Making Meaning: 8th March 2024
- Digital Twins and the Future of the Built Environment: 4th April 2024
- Stories from Gallipoli: 14th April 2024
Book Direct and Save with Rambla
When business takes you to Brisbane, let us redefine your accommodation experience. Strategically positioned and thoughtfully equipped, Rambla @ Perry House and Rambla @ South/City/SQ offer more than just a place to stay – they provide a seamless blend of comfort, convenience, and connectivity for discerning business travellers.
Plus, when you book directly with us, you’ll save 5-10% on room rates advertised elsewhere! We have some fabulous offers for various stay lengths at Perry House, so check them out on our offers page to snag your deal.
Whether you’re seeking accommodation near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Brisbane Showgrounds, QUT Gardens Point, or the State Library of Queensland, Rambla has you covered for a convenient and comfortable stay. Book your room now!
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