Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Narrm, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and to Elders of all First Nations communities that visit MCEC.

Gala and cocktail

Explore the possibility of hosting a spectacular gala event in any of our well-appointed function rooms.

From intimate cocktail functions to grand gala events, immerse yourself in the magic of MCEC. Our meticulous planning, diverse menus, and stunning function rooms accommodate 100 to 2,000 guests. With a curated list of exciting performers, we connect all the elements to deliver truly unforgettable experiences.

Explore our floor plans and space capacities guide

Food and wine


Meet in Melbourne

Let Melbourne's vibrant nightlife infuse an extra layer of magic into your cocktail reception or gala. Experience a city that comes alive after dark with culture, creativity, exciting sports, and entertainment. A place of unmatched energy and unforgettable moments. Known globally for its festivals and beloved by locals as a foodie paradise and Australia's coffee capital.

Our iconic venue in the bustling South Wharf precinct is surrounded by outlet shopping, trendy bars and eateries, historic sites, and exclusive partner hotels. Melbourne's lively city centre is just a short walk or tram ride away with convenient public transport options at our doorstep.

Melbourne's year-round events calendar promises endless entertainment and cultural experiences. Beyond the city, Victoria's treasures await, from the Great Ocean Road to charming wineries.

Discover why Melbourne is the perfect place for your next cocktail reception or gala
Experience Melbourne: Cityscape view, two people stroll along Yarra River's wooden walkway under a clear blue sky.