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Cairns Convention Centre

Cairns Convention Centre

The Cairns Convention Centre is a 31,000 square metre venue consisting of five halls on a 2.2 hectare site in the Cairns CBD.

The centre received the 2004 and 2014 APEX Award for the world’s best congress centre by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC). It regularly hosts national and international conferences ranging from ten attendees to thousands. Following the games, the centre will undergo a renovation and expansion, valued at $176 million.

For over a decade the centre has been home to the National Basketball League team the Cairns Taipans, who have labelled their home court 'The Snakepit'. The venue has a seating capacity of approximately 5,000 and will showcase the locals’ love of basketball during the Games.

During the Games, the centre will host 14 preliminary matches in the men’s and women's basketball tournaments.

Key venue stats

Opened in June 1996

Total floor space area is 31,000m2

Maximum capacity of 5,300

Home to the Cairns Taipans National Basketball League team

The centre received the 2004 and 2014 International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) APEX Award for world’s best congress centre

Stakeholder Partners

Events held during Commonwealth Games

The following event was held at this venue:




Cairns Convention Centre

Corner Sheridan Street and Wharf Street,
Cairns QLD 4870

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The following sport is held at this venue:

Fast facts

The centre is one of regional Australia’s largest convention centres

After the Games, the centre will undergo an expansion and redevelopment, valued at $176 million

Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts

The average height for a male basketball player is 2.01m and 1.83m for women

Men’s and women’s basketballs are different sizes, 75cm and 72.4cm respectively


The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this project will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state.

  • GC2018 supports jobs growth over 10 years
  • Queensland businesses experience significant economic uplift
  • GC2018 creates opportunities for permanent legacy benefits from infrastructure improvements, including the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2
  • GC2018 is leveraged to support the sport and recreation industry to better cater for active communities from grass roots to high performance

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