2008 Venue & Social Events

Venue: Darwin Convention Centre

In mid 2008 Darwin, the Northern Territory’s capital city, proudly opened the doors to its first world class, purpose built and architecturally spectacular convention centre. With confirmed bookings to 2011, the Centre is already making its mark in the international and national convention scene.

From its waterfront location on the edge of Australia’s largest harbour, the Darwin Convention Centre is the jewel in the crown of the Northern Territory’s AU$1 billion waterfront development that will see 25 hectares of land transformed into restaurants, hotels, apartments, wave lagoon, marina, gardens and public art.

With a 1500 seat plenary capacity, to a total of 12 meeting rooms and 4000 square metres of exhibition space the multipurpose convention centre will feature flexible spaces to cater for banquets, conventions and exhibitions as well as concerts and indoor sporting events.

On the edge of the Arafura sea, Australia’s most northern capital city, Darwin, is as close to Singapore as it is to Sydney with both reached just as easily. Darwin’s International Airport offers direct flights from Asia and all major cities in Australia.

Darwin’s colour vibrancy and energy exude from its people, with over 50 nationalities represented in a population of 100,000. The city is progressive and booming with a rich Aboriginal and European history. It boasts first class restaurants, a wide range of accommodation and distinctive attractions such as the Mindil Beach night markets and the Outdoor Deckchair Cinema. Other top attractions are the Aboriginal art and culture, Aviation Heritage Museum, fishing safaris, pearling history, pristine waterfalls and National Parks, sunset harbour cruises, wildlife parks, World Heritage Kakadu National Park and World War II Tunnels.

Home to the Larrakia people, Darwin is the gateway to the outback, the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, the spectacular waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. All this adds up to a truly inique and memorable experience for national and international convention delegates.

Social Functions

Monday, Welcome Function

The Welcome Function will be held on the evening of Monday 18th August, commencing at 6pm at the Darwin Convention Centre. You can register at this event and will need your ticket for entry. The evening will commence with a performance by the Berrimah Indigenous dancers.

Tuesday, Crocs & Sarongs

Tuesday night will be a Crocs & Sarongs cocktail function at the new Crocosaurus Cove on Mitchell Street. Our function will be one of the first functions at this new and exciting tourist attraction in the middle of Darwin city. This evening will also be the launch of the Australian Coastal Society by Prof. Bruce Thom. So, swap your southern suits for tropical attire, your winter Guinness and rum for some ice cold beer and cocktails and enjoy this unique evening of crocodiles and fun!

Wednesday, Gala Conference Dinner

Wednesday evening is the Gala Conference Dinner, included in registration costs, at the Darwin Convention Centre. Extra tickets are available for purchase via the registration process or by emailing.

Thursday, You Choose

Sunset Dinner Cruise (select on your registration form)
Seeking Dolphins at Sunset tour (select on your registration form)
Casual evening at Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

Tour numbers are limited, and tickets are issued on a ‘first to book’ basis.

A Sunset Cruise on Darwin Harbour is one of the Top End’s ‘must do’. Cruise Darwin Harbour while enjoying a local seafood (reef) and beef meal with free red and white wine (BYO also welcome), from the comfort of a modern, fully equipped catamaran. The catamaran offers exceptional stability and 360-degree views, and most sightseeing is done under sail – no smelly fumes, no noise, just you and the harbour!

Demand from conference delegates has expanded the booking to also include 40 places on the Tumlaren, a beautifully restored 20-metre schooner.

Both vessels depart from the Stokes Hill Wharf, near the Convention Centre, at 5:30pm.

Seeking Dolphins at Sunset. Indulge your senses. Feel the warm wind in your face as you unwind, relax and enjoy. Seek out the dolphins in the harbour and find out about the Coastal Dolphin Research Project. Be part of a tropical sunset over the Arafura Sea, sip champagne and experience the sights and sounds of night fish feeding. An ideal ending for the perfect tropical day. Complimentary drink and nibbles included. Additional drinks available at bar prices. Duration: 2 hours: Departs Stokes Hill Wharf 5:30pm.

Some say that Mindil Markets are a ‘must do’ event for all Territory visitors! With a choice of cuisine from over 20 countries, a plethora of entertainment including live bands, street performers and buskers and of course the usual Mindil Merchandise, there is something for everyone.

A suggestion for Friday evening after the conference is to sit back and relax at the Deck Chair cinema.

For ideas of Territory tours you can choose, check our Pre and Post Tours page.