What’s new in Melbourne and Regional Victoria
W Melbourne - located in the heart of Melbourne W Melbourne is where exceptional design and contemporary luxury set the stage for exclusive and extraordinary experiences. From the moment of arrival, guests are invited into the sensory environment, with amplified entertainment, vibrant bars and innovative cocktails and cuisine creating a luxury lifestyle destination. 294 stylish guestrooms with custom furnishings and interiors, including 29 stunning suites, WET Deck and pool with panoramic city views, FIT Gym and over 700 square metres of events space and meeting rooms with fully adaptable conference equipment and world-class audio-visual facilities, combine to set the stage for spectacular events.
Quincy Hotel Melbourne The first ever Quincy hotel to launch outside of Singapore. Quincy Hotel Melbourne brings the zing of Southeast Asia to Australia. Retreat to one of 241 guestrooms with soothing surrounds and maximise work-play mode at the rooftop pool and exclusive Club Lounge and Terrace Bar. Located less than 600 metres from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre it’s the hotel a perfect accommodation option for the corporate traveller, conventions delegates and incentive groups visiting Melbourne.
Movenpick - this 172-room boutique luxury hotel surprises and delights guests with its contemporary design and sleek interiors. A dedicated cafe serves signature Mövenpick ice cream, an exotic blend of modern south-east Asian cuisine at the show-stopping Miss Mi restaurant and bar, a daily Chocolate Hour and an assortment of other Mövenpick brand signatures. Guests can also take a dip in the 25-metre swimming pool, sauna and well-equipped gymnasium.
Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands – this 5-star resort facility is home to 200 guestrooms, a 15th floor infinity pool, bar and dining area. State-of-the-art meeting rooms with adjoining terraces are available to book for meetings and events with bespoke dining options on offer to incorporate hyper local produce and wines and craft beers from Regional VIC. Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands places you steps from The District Docklands and within a 15-minute stroll of Marvel Stadium.
Next Hotel - this business meets boutique new-build hotel promises to redefine the traditional five-star hospitality experience thanks to a design with new era travellers in mind. A discreet Little Collins Street entrance, sophisticated spaces to drink and dine along with an exclusive Club offering set the scene for a stylish city retreat. Each of the 255 elegantly understated rooms and suites provides a residential feel, while an Australian first in-hotel barrel ageing program for spirits and cocktails bring a new dimension to the classic mini-bar offering.
Oakwood Premier Melbourne - Australia’s first Oakwood Premier hotel in Australia and the first five-star ‘hybrid’ hotel and designed with rooms 392 rooms for both transient guests on short stays as well as studios or one and two-bedroom apartments designed for extended stays. This 40 storey debut hotel for Oakwood Premier in Australia is set to inspire guests. Four function spaces of various sizes are available to host business events and celebrate special occasions in a quiet and private pocket of Southbank. For end of the day networking with unbeatable views, head to the rooftop bar, Sky Bar Melbourne. Guests are within walking distance to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne’s incredible dining scene and the Yarra River is at the doorstep.
New Accommodation in 2022 & Beyond
Hyatt Centric by Hyatt – Due to open mid-2022, the hotel will feature 277 guestrooms, a premium restaurant, a rooftop bar, 210 square meters of stylish space, plus a beautiful 248 square meter alfresco terrace all within minutes from the city’s Docklands and Southbank precincts.
The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne - Opening mid-2022 this will be the tallest hotel in Australia, upon arrival guests will take a direct elevator straight to the hotel’s sky check-in on level 80, offering uninterrupted views across Melbourne’s CBD and beyond. The hotel will feature257 guest rooms and meeting and event spaces total 2,781sqm and include The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom, inspired by the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria.
InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula - set to open April 2022, guests will enjoy blends of rich history with contemporary design to create a luxurious ocean side retreat. Venue space will be available for meetings and conferences making it the perfect destination for a day trip from Melbourne or longer stays.
1 Hotel Melbourne – Due to open in 2022, 5-star hotel featuring 277 rooms, premium event space, restaurants and a wellness centre.
388 William – opening 2022, 5-star hotel featuring 288 rooms, pool, gymnasium, business club, bar, all day dining services and a host of function spaces.
Meriton Suites Melbourne – opening July 2023. Situated between Bourke Street and Little Collins Street, Meriton Suites Melbourne will feature 298 luxury apartment-style hotel suites, including 2 exclusive top floor Penthouse Collection Suites offering unrivalled views and impeccable luxury.
Le Meridien Melbourne – opening March 2023, featuring 235-rooms the hotel will rise 12 storeys above what was once one of Melbourne's premier live entertainment venues, the Palais Theatre.
Attractions and Venues
CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park - a new event centre in the heart of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks sporting and entertainment precinct. Quintessentially Melbourne, with sweeping views of the Melbourne city skyline, CENTREPIECE is surrounded by open green spaces, Australian gum trees and championship tennis courts which are part of the precinct’s rich sporting history. A dynamic and flexible venue, it offers a complete conference centre at the home of the Australian Open tennis grand slam. Inviting the outside in, the venue is flooded in natural light via the expansive windows and atrium skylight. Made up of 3 levels; CENTREPIECE is the complete one stop shop for your event.
Melbourne Skydeck - formerly the Eureka Skydeck, is the highest observation platform in the Southern Hemisphere. Now home to the largest virtual reality theatre of its kind in the world and the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, its best way to discover Melbourne from a dizzying height. The Melbourne Skydeck Voyager Theatre has 24 Positron chairs showing a bespoke film that takes guests through 16 iconic Melbourne and Victorian experiences. The new attractions make it the perfect place to take a deep dive into what makes Melbourne such an exciting city — whether it’s via group activities, adrenaline-pumping adventure, immersive “mixed reality” tech experiences, a glass of champagne or cocktails and premium snacks or all of the above.
Grazeland - Spotswood furthered its culinary credentials last month with the launch of Grazeland, a playground for foodies and families that brings tantalising food from all around the globe together with entertainment. Easily accessed by car, train or ferry, visitors can indulge their tastebuds with everything from authentic Turkish gozleme, Sri Lankan Street food, Japanese gyoza and tempura or even kilted haggis – a traditional Scottish staple. 20 Booker St, Spotswood, Victoria, 3015.
Q Train - Welcome your team aboard The Q Train. MCB is proudly partnering for the first time with this award winning restaurant that travels along the historic Bellarine Railway between Drysdale and Queenscliff. During a lunch experience that showcases the best of the Bellarine, guests can enjoy views of Swan Bay and local scenery. Packages are available for your team to sail directly from Docklands to Portarlington on board Port Phillip Ferries where your group will be met and transported to The Q Train. It’s never been easier to depart Melbourne and take a business meeting or networking event offsite. Marking for a memorable day on the Bellarine, every minute of the journey is as much a part of the adventure, as the destination itself.
SkyFarm (mid 2022) - Take your next work teambuilding experience to new heights with incredible views at Melbourne’s SkyFarm. The results of a collaboration between three Melbourne-based sustainability companies, SkyFarm is the transformation of a 2000-square metre rooftop car park into an urban farm and environmental oasis in the heart of the city. Located in Melbourne's emerging Seafarer's precinct, it directly overlooks the Yarra River and Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. Visitors can tour the working farm, visit the orchard, dine at the sustainable café, have a drink on the deck, hire unique event spaces, attend classes at the environmental education centre.
Lakeside Visitor Centre - Puffing Billy Railway, has recently opened a $24.8 million Visitor Centre. Nestled amongst the towering rainforests, cool fern gullies and native flowers of the Emerald Lake Park precinct, the Lakeside Visitor Centre combines its natural surroundings with the authentic sights, smells, and sounds of Puffing Billy Railway to offer guests a cultural hub with world-class facilities. Delivering premium facilities and attractions, visitors can experience the rich history of the century-old heritage steam railway through a collection of steam-era artefacts and an immersive multimedia experience. Located 40 kilometres east of Melbourne, Lakeside Visitor Centre is an easy one hour drive from the CBD.
THE LUME Melbourne - an epic immersive adventure into art. THE LUME Melbourne located at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre is the first permanent digital gallery in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere and transforms the world’s finest art into fully immersive all sensory encounters which reach four storeys tall. Be immersed amongst Vincent Van Gogh artwork while hosting a networking event, gala dinner, product launch or post-conference drinks. Within the 3,000 square metres, 11 metre high digital art gallery, THE LUME Melbourne is ideal for pre-function, exclusive full venue takeover or non-exclusive events during gallery hours.
Grampians Peaks Trail - The Grampians Peaks Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime incentive experience for delegates where over 13 days participants will hike through the backbone of a mountain range famed for its dramatic scenery and Aboriginal heritage. The 160-kilometre trail, located three hours west of Melbourne, will stretch the length of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and feature dramatic mountain peaks, rugged rocky outcrops, unforgettable panoramas and the ancient Aboriginal heritage of Gariwerd. Stage one is already open with a 36-kilometre, 3 days/2nights, hike through the rugged interior of the national park, beginning and ending in Halls Gap.