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.


We Have Your Summer Activities Sorted

By Bree Pagliuso|

Love Melbourne vibes? Forget about leaving town because staying in the city is where it's at, especially when the sun's out.

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Here are our top picks. Whether you're in town for a festive Christmas, family friendly adventures, some me-time, or an inner-city staycation, consider your summer sorted. When the heat turns up, step into our perfectly tempered venue and choose an experience that suits you.

BBC Earth Experience

First on the agenda is a dreamy summer escapade that parents and kids alike will love – The BBC Earth Experience . Dive into an unforgettable journey through the natural world right here in Melbourne. Immerse yourself in scenes from the BBC Series Seven Worlds, One Planet, with the delightful narration of David Attenborough. An experience not to be missed and the best part you can book online and miss the queues. 

THE LUME Melbourne

If you're into art from every angle, including lying flat on the floor, welcome to THE LUME Melbourne—an immersive digital art gallery. Currently showcasing Connection, this display beautifully showcases First Peoples' art, music, and culture. Experience Connection before it closes on 4 February 2024. Then look forward to the upcoming exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci in 500 Years of Genius, presented by Webuild, opening in March 2024.

Events at MCEC 

Brace yourself because our What's on at MCEC doesn't take a holiday break; it gets even more Melbourne over the warmer months. We've got a fantastic array of events for you to attend. Starting with Melbourne Bridal and Wedding Expo , the Gift & Lifestyle Fair , The Lion King in Concert and Black Label Automotive Display 2024 plus so much more!

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So much around us

Beyond MCEC , there's a world of adventure waiting for you. Take the 109 tram to the beach, hop on the number 12 or 96 tram for South Melbourne Market, explore our diverse city with any tram heading downtown, catch a spectacular sports game at the nearby stadiums, dine at the eclectic restaurants surrounding us, or take a stroll along the Yarra.

Or plan your perfect staycation

If you're coming from afar or planning a staycation, consider Shadow Play by Peppers , just a 7-minute walk away. Experience bespoke serviced apartments with an outdoor heated pool and the onsite restaurant, Edwin Wine Bar. Shadow Play is a must-stay for its incredible city views. Whether from your room or the rooftop bar, the view is unmatched, making your stay both luxurious and memorable.

Your summer adventure in Melbourne is just a step away – join the fun!