Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Cairns Convention Centre expansion project shares design highlights

Cairns Convention Centre expansion project shares design highlights
July 16, 2020

The Cairns Convention Centre’s $176 million expansion and refurbishment project will deliver an extra 10,000 metres2 of meeting, banquet and exhibition space when completed, setting
a new benchmark for international and national conferences and events.

The renewed Centre will be delivered in two stages. The first stage is a refurbishment of the existing Centre, including the Auditorium, Arena and existing meeting rooms. The refurbished Centre will be complete in February 2021, with events beginning in March 2021. 

The expansion to the Centre will see impressive new spaces available to event planners opening in early 2022.

The new Cairns Convention Centre façade is inspired by the regions oldest living rainforest, the Wet Tropics Rainforest, bringing the building to life.

The new expansion provides more flexibility for clients. The Centre can host a conference in the new expansion for 500 delegates or the entire Centre can comfortably host 2,500 delegates.  The refurbished Arena can host events up to 5,000 capacity.

Highlights of the expanded Cairns Convention Centre interior include a new exhibition space that will hold 30 exhibition booths.

The new Exhibition space leads to a flat floor Plenary that holds 410 people theatre style and can be divided into two equal rooms. The space is ideal for conferences and large seminars.

Also, on this level are three new meeting rooms that can hold over 118 delegates each in theatre style and can be combined to host 370 theatre style as one large space.

The new Trinity level brings the region’s beautiful tropical environment inside and gives delegates an opportunity to enjoy the destination while inside the Centre.

With beautiful views, the Trinity Room is ideal for gala dinners and large cocktail functions.

The room is able to host up to 500 people. The large pre-function space and the outdoor Trinity Terrace has stunning views over the Trinity Inlet. The tropical outdoor area is ideal for cocktail functions, lunches or unique events wanting to enjoy Cairns’ beautiful tropical weather.

Along with the new spaces, the Centre is also launching a new brand to reflect the beauty of the destination and the spirit of the people. The new logo, incorporates both the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest representing the only destination in the world where the rainforest meets the reef.

Cairns Convention Centre General Manager, Janet Hamilton notes “with our enviable location near two World Heritage sites of the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, we wanted to highlight these amazing World Heritage listed sites in our new Cairns Convention Centre logo.

“The colour palette reflects the colours of the region that are seen as the sun shines through the rainforest and across the reef.”

The new tagline, Passion is in our Nature represents not only the Cairns Convention Centre team, but the spirit of the people of Cairns.  

Hamilton adds “everyone you come across in Cairns has a strong passion for what they do. From the Marine Biologists who are working on the reef, to the local farmers growing amazing fresh produce to our own dedicated team at the Cairns Convention Centre, everyone wants every event planner, every delegate and every visiting family member to enjoy their Cairns experience.”

The new brand campaign will roll out across the next 18 months across a variety of platforms, highlighting the best of the region.

Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones advised that the Cairns Convention Centre Expansion was one of the largest tourism infrastructure projects in Queensland and added “once complete the expanded centre will bring around 20,000 extra visitors to the region and inject up to $50 million into the local economy annually. This will be a major boost for the Cairns tourism industry, with the additional visitors staying in local hotels, eating at restaurants and touring around the region.”

ASM Global Asia-Pacific Chairman and Chief Executive, Harvey Lister adds “we are extremely proud of the success that our team has had with the Cairns Convention Centre including twice being awarded AIPC’s World’s Best Congress Centre. 

“Reopening planning is proceeding with the added focus on the health and safety of all guests and staff with ASM Global’s VenueShield Operational Readiness program, developed in-house across our network of more than 300 venues around the world.”

Related Articles

13th June 2020 - Cairns Convention Centre redevelopment completion delayed by three months

9th August 2019 - Harvey Lister: Cairns Convention Centre expansion great news for north Queensland

8th August 2019 - Queensland Government confirms $176 million Cairns Convention Centre expansion

20th February 2019 - New manager appointed at Cairns Convention Centre

27th June 2020 - ASM Global releases operational plans for the reopening of its arenas, stadia, theatres and convention centres

10th July 2020 - VenueShield protocols drive reopening of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play


Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology


Pico Play

Pico Play is a global leader in the planning, design, development and construction of world-class themed attractions and entertainment that deliver extraordinary and memorable experiences to millions…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Tourism



iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design



Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation



About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology



Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business