By Darwin Convention Centre, 3 August, 2017


The Darwin Convention Centre has successfully started the year hosting a diverse range of local and regional conferences, business meetings and public events. With the dry season in full swing, we are busy welcoming many national and international conferences and their delegates to our beautiful Centre over the forthcoming conference season.

Noteworthy events being hosted by the Centre include ANZ Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting 2017, Nuffield National Conference, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australian 2017 National Biennial Conference and the Australasian Remote Renewable Energy Conference.

Our Business Development Team recently travelled to Sydney and Melbourne. Please contact Kellie Robertson, Business Development Manager to organise an appointment when we are next in your state.

Finally, I would like to welcome Fernando Spensieri to the team, Fernando is our new Food & Beverage Manager.

Please enjoy reading the latest news from the Darwin Convention Centre.


Enjoying warm tropical weather, friendly hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere were all part of the experience of the recent ‘Meet Darwin 2017’ familiarisation program. Australian event planners had the opportunity to discover our tropical capital city and explore the Darwin Convention Centre.

‘Meet Darwin’ is an annual familiarisation program hosted by the Darwin Convention Centre and the Northern Territory Convention Bureau that showcases the unique and impressive strengths of Darwin as a leading Australasian business events destination to key decision makers. Darwin’s close proximity to Asia, its fast growing economy and innovative business environment, along with unique Top End experiences for delegates and first class hospitality provided by the Darwin Convention Centre are all featured throughout the four day program.

Representing a diverse array of industries including medical, education, technology, research, corporate, science, and property sector, the national delegates were encouraged to discover, experience, learn and savour the delights of Darwin.

The action packed ‘Meet Darwin 2017’ program included:

  • A welcome reception at the Crocosaurus Cove with up close and personal encounters with Australian saltwater crocodiles and reptiles
  • The sights, flavours and entertainment at the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
  • A helicopter tour of the city
  • A visit to the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Warehouse
  • An exclusive Indigenous themed fine dining experience at the Darwin Convention Centre featuring a Northern Territory specialty menu, with entertainment by an Indigenous didgeridoo player and an inspiring contemporary dance by the Gary Lang NT Dance Company

As stated by Educate Plus CEO, Neil McWhannell, “What we’ve seen is the most incredible city—a modern city with wonderful facilities and resources, great things to do and strong government support for tourism and infrastructure. You’ve got a hidden secret here that the rest of Australia needs to see. It’s all genuine and very attractive and more people need to hear about it.

Possibly the best convention centre in the country. They’ve picked the best out of every other convention centre and put it all into this one in Darwin.”


American rock royalty recently graced the Darwin Convention Centre stage. Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA) performed to nearly 3,000 fans on July 16. The 18 song set was full of classics like ‘No One Knows’ and ‘Make it Wit Chu’, with ‘I Sat by the Ocean’ and ‘A Song for the Dead’ as their encore.

The Lonely Boys, from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land, warmed up the crowd in the style only bush bands know how and set the stage for an amazing night of music.

QOTSA visit to Darwin was part of their Australian Tour, including headlining Splendour in the Grass. Darwin was an opportunity for the rock legends to up close with our local wildlife, with frontman, Josh Homme, keen to hold a saltwater crocodile.


The second half of 2017 is shaping up to be a busy six months at the Darwin Convention Centre. We have an exciting array of events coming up for locals and visitors alike.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 August

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is unique in that it provides a genuine opportunity to purchase artwork directly from over sixty Indigenous owned community Art Centres, whilst being immersed in an exciting program of traditional dance, workshops, film, fashion and music! Experience the rich diversity of these beautiful, unique works that have been inspired by the country’s most remote desert and coastal regions, to rural and urban communities.

More information: www.darwinaboriginalartfair.com.au

Darwin Symphony Orchestra – Wolf Totem

Saturday 26 August, 7.30pm

Best known for his music score to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tan Dun is a composer of great versatility and imagination, equally at home writing for the cinema, concert hall or opera house. The world’s great orchestras have been lining up to perform his music, and now, for the first time, Darwin Symphony Orchestra has the honour. Wolf Totem is an extraordinary piece for solo double bass and orchestra, featuring one of Australia’s leading instrumentalists Stuart Thomson

More information: www.dso.org.au

2017 Skills Employment & Careers Expo

Wednesday 30 – Thursday 31 August

The Skills, Employment and Careers Expo offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting, changing, re-skilling or upgrading their career to meet the needs of a diverse range of organisations that are both locally-based and from around Australia. The expo is a free community events managed by the Northern Territory Government, providing the opportunity for attendees to engage with leading training providers, higher education institutions, employment agencies, group training companies and employers.

More information: www.ywnt.com.au

Rotary Zone 8 Institute

1-3 September

Each year, past, present, and incoming district and senior leaders attend the Rotary Institutes to share information, build connections, and exchange ideas about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. The conference will include, local, national and international guest speakers.

More information: www.rotaryinstitue.org.au

Nuffield Australia National Conference

19 -21 September

The National Conference is the highlight of the Nuffield calendar. It’s a flagship event, offering a meeting point for Scholars, Investors and the broader agriculture industry. The 2017 program will provide in-depth insights into agriculture and production in Northern Australia. Highlights of the conference will include presentations from previous Nuffield Scholars, providing the latest global agricultural research undertaken during their global scholarship travels, and knowledge and information exchange between industry leaders highlighting new, emerging and cutting-edge innovation and technologies.

More information: http://nuffield.com.au/2017-nuffield-australia-national-conference/


Saturday 30 September – Sunday 1 October

GeeCon is visiting Darwin for the first time and will showcase Japanese animation (anime), comics (manga) and the video game industry; featuring a unique mix of interactive events, panels and live performances for all ages. The two day event will take over the Darwin Convention Centre and turn the waterfront precinct into a pop culture destination.

More information: www.geecon.org.au


It’s never too early to start planning your Christmas party and the Darwin Convention Centre is offering two great Christmas menu packages to help you celebrate with sparkle and style this festive season.

Guests will enjoy a special and memorable Christmas celebration with red carpet arrival, welcome drinks, stunning views of the Darwin Harbour, outstanding food and exceptional service.

Two great Christmas packages are available. Select from the Deluxe Christmas Buffet or the sit-down three-course Premium Christmas Dinner with beverage packages available. Simply relax and enjoy the sparkling Christmas celebrations.

Christmas packages are available for day and evening functions for 60 to 260 guests. They are ideal for corporate, social groups and business associations’ end of year / Christmas celebrations.

In addition to our extensive menu options, our Executive Chef, Toby Beaton is happy to work with event organisers to design an innovative and tailor-made menu to match any occasion or dietary requirements.

A ‘tasting platter’ can also be arranged beforehand so you can sample the menu, as we are committed to providing an outstanding dining experience every time.

So, treat your guests to a special Christmas celebration like no other.

Visit the website for details and bookings.


Fernando Spensieri has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, spanning over 25 years.

Having started his hospitality career in Toowoomba as a Kitchenhand/Cook for Big Al’s Restaurant, he moved to the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove. Fernando held other positions at Dreamworld, managing corporate special events, catering for over 3,000 and at the Sheraton Resort, Jupiters Casino, overseeing the business events team and banquet and operations.

Since moving over to WA, he continued his career working in major hotels, his first Food and Beverage Manager position was opening the Joondalup Resort and Country Club, also spending over six years at Greyhounds WA in an operational sales and marketing role, overseeing special events for over 6,000 patrons, he then progressed to pre-opening of Hotel Rottnest as General Manager on Rottnest Island. He also held management positions in large iconic pubs, with nightclubs and beer gardens catering to over 3,000 people at Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Ocean Beach Hotel and then pre-opening the boutique Scarborough Beach Bar.

Fernando has taken over the overall responsibility for the progression and smooth operations of the Food and Beverage Department at Darwin Convention Centre and ensures that his focus is on customer service and the sustainable profitable growth of the department.

For further information on any of these stories or to organise a site inspection, please contact the Darwin Convention Centre on: T: (08) 8923 9000, E: [email protected]ion.com.au

Source: Darwin Convention Centre