The 16th National Rural Health Conference is being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Qld.

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is situated in the heart of South Bank, close to world class public transport and hotels.

The South Bank precinct is located in the city centre, on the banks of the Brisbane River and home to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

South Bank is the city’s green oasis and the hub for cultural and entertainment activities offering wide appeal for delegates to mix with the locals and enjoy this unique inner-city riverside precinct.


Brisbane offers a wide range of international standard accommodation.

The city has 230 hotels with more than 12,700 rooms from leading five star hotels to serviced apartments to bed and breakfast accommodation options. There are two major hotels located adjacent to the Centre.

Accommodation around the BCEC

There are over 72 hotels within four kilometres of the Centre. Click here to view the Brisbane accommodation map. 


  • 17 hectares of riverfront parkland including various green spaces and rainforest pockets
  • Australia’s only inner-city swimming beach and lagoons – complete with life guards!
  • A range of cultural entertainment venues including the Queensland Museum and Australia’s newest and largest Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
  • More than 70 sidewalk cafes, restaurants and bars
  • Weekend markets and weekly activation programs
  • Riverside walkways and cycle paths
  • Airtrain connection from Brisbane Airport to BCEC in 20 minutes
  • Free CityHopper ferry service running along the Brisbane river every 30 minutes
  • CityCat ferries, train and bus stations all adjacent to BCEC in the Parklands.


Since opening in 1995, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has showcased the talent of Australia’s leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artists.  Comprising more than 50 works including paintings, works on paper, sculptures and site-specific installations, the BCEC Art Collection tells the dynamic and diverse story of visual arts practice in Australia from the 1980s through to today.

BCEC is the only convention centre in Australia with a dedicated and permanent art gallery space.  The Plaza Gallery is home to one of the most significant collections of Central Desert Art, a legacy of Expo’88.

The Centre makes its Art Collection accessible to visitors and members of the public as part of its long term commitment to showcasing and supporting contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian Art.



With an all year round idyllic climate with an average daily temperature of 23°C, the subtropical climate brings fresh autumns, pleasant winters and hot summers.

Brisbane is one of the world’s most welcoming cities, always evolving with new offerings, vibrant entertainment, dining, cultural and recreation precincts are within close walking distance of hotels and venues. The Centre’s home city is the capital of the state of Queensland, the closest Australian eastern seaboard capital city to Asia.

Brisbane offers a quintessential Australian experience from a convenient urban base – including encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wild dolphins and migrating humpback whales – with close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and famous beach destinations.