Built June 1997, the Cairns Convention Centre was designed to accommodate a range of events, including trade shows, sporting events, exhibitions and even large conferences that were to take place within the Cairns region. As Australia’s first international standard convention facility to not be located within a capital city, the centre is capable of a capacity of 5000 attendants in its largest room, the Great Hall.
Standing as the largest indoor venue in Cairns, it is not uncommon to see major international, national and local acts performing at the centre, with such performances as comic opera, dance performances, comedy, boxing matches, martial arts exhibitions, dancing horses and probably the most popular of all, basketball.
Home to the NBL basketball team Cairns Taipans, Cairns Convention centre is often frequented by locals and guests to the region to watch the Taipans play, drawing large crowds and an even bigger community spirit. When the Taipans games are on, the centre is often referred to as “The Snakepit” and you will usually see the crowd in a sea of orange and white, reflecting the colour of the Taipans team.
With regards to facilities, the Cairns Convention Centre is wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators. Guests are also provided underground parking, which really makes a difference when it comes to larger events. Yet it is the location of Cairns Convention centre that makes it so desirable.
Located in the heart of the Cairns CBD, visitors staying within the city will often have a short walk to the centre, making it ideal if you are holidaying or living in town. So the next time you’re in town or looking for things to do in Cairns, be sure to check out the Cairns Convention Centre, the hub for entertainment and events within the region.