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Five New Hotels Opening in Australia

Discover five new hotel developments opening in 2017–2018 that are conveniently located near convention centres while providing guests with access to all the city has to offer.


Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

Opening: November 2017

The new five-star Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour combines luxury and location. The 35-storey hotel is being built adjacent to the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) in Darling Harbour and will be within walking distance of many of Sydney’s restaurants, bars, shopping precincts and popular attractions, including WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. The 590-room hotel will feature meeting rooms, a ballroom, a restaurant, three bars, and an infinity pool that has spectacular panoramic views of Darling Harbour and the city.

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, Melbourne, VIC

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands

Opened: March 2017

Conveniently located a 10-minute drive from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), in the heart of Melbourne’s sporting and dining precinct, is Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands. The new 273-room hotel features over 500 square metres of versatile meeting and function space, an outdoor heated lap pool, a spa and a steam room. Explore the Docklands area and you will discover restaurants overlooking the Yarra River, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and Etihad Stadium – where you can see a sporting game or concert. Alternatively, catch the free tram that leaves just outside the hotel for a trip around the city.

W Brisbane

Opening: December 2017

W Brisbane, a stylish addition to Brisbane’s high-end accommodation sector, is being constructed in the middle of Brisbane’s business and financial hub. The five-star hotel will be within walking distance of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and many of the city’s attractions. These include the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and South Bank, where you will find 17 hectares of parklands, an inner-city man-made beach and a dining precinct. The property will feature 312 rooms –including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite, the W’s version of a presidential suite – as well as more than 960 square metres of meeting space, three restaurants and bars, and an indoor heated swimming pool.

Howard Smith Wharves,
Brisbane, QLD

Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane

Opening: early 2018

The redevelopment of Howard Smith Wharves, a pre-1940s working wharf on the banks of the Brisbane River, will create a unique riverside destination that is ideal for business events. At the heart of the development will be a five-star, 164-room Art Series hotel, which will sit underneath the heritage-listed Story Bridge. It will be the eighth Art Series hotel in Australia and will draw design inspiration from a contemporary Australian artist. The Howard Smith Wharves precinct, located just a 15-minute drive from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, will offer a range of spaces, including an exhibition and events centre that can cater for up to 1,000 people, rooftop terraces with views of the city skyline, pop-up marquees and intimate riverside venues. Surrounded by parkland, the precinct will also feature restaurants and cafés, as well as a craft brewery.

New hotel for the MCEC

Opening: mid-2018

As part of the MCEC’s expansion, a new hotel is being constructed in Melbourne’s South Wharf district, creating more capacity in one of Australia’s leading business events destinations. Located alongside the MCEC, the new 27-storey hotel will feature 331 rooms. It will also be within walking distance of an array of shops, restaurants and cafés – all alongside Melbourne’s Yarra River.