National Convention Centre

In 2019, BSides Canberra will be held at the National Convention Centre. The NCC is Canberra's leading meetings and events venue; unrivalled in facilities, size and scope.

The Centre is located in the heart of the Central Business District. A short 7km drive from the airport, walking distance to Canberra's largest shopping precinct, restaurants and bars and a variety of accommodation.

Accessibility details can be found here.

Getting to Canberra

If you’re flying within Australia, hop on a Qantas or Virgin Australia flight. Canberra is less than an hour from Sydney and just over an hour from Melbourne. Flights take off daily to and from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. The Canberra Airport also has direct international flights from Singapore and Wellington, New Zealand.

If you’re driving from Sydney, you’ll find the trip easy, quick and straightforward. Canberra is only 3 hours along the Federal Highway, and you drive through some pretty country.

Trains, buses and coaches are easy to catch. Sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort while travelling to Canberra. Canberra’s direct rail service from Sydney runs regularly (CountryLink) as does the combined train and coach trip from Melbourne (V/Line).


Convenient, secure, underground car parking is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the National Convention Centre Canberra. There are 480 parking spots with internal lift access from the top level. More details can be found here


Hundreds of accommodation options are available, including hotels, apartments, bed and breakfasts and specialty options, at all price points. Plenty are within walking distance of the National Convention Centre Canberra.

A list of the closest hotels to the National Convention Centre Canberra can be found here.

Crowne Plaza Canberra

BSides Canberra has secured a special rate with Crown Plaza Canberra for delegates. Crowne Plaza Canberra is the closest hotel to the National Convention Centre, only 2 minutes walk away. The central city location overlooking Glebe Park is only a short stroll from shops, restaurants and bars. Parliament House is 3km from the hotel while Canberra Airport is 20 minutes drive.

Any attendee is able to book direct with the hotel. They can do so by calling 1300 662 218 during Canberra business hours or at any time on +61 2 6274 5500 and referencing the group code "BSD" to gain access to the contracted rate for room and breakfast for two. Alternatively, guests can also place bookings online by clicking here

Please be advised that the rates are available from now until 27th February 2019 unless sold out prior. Guests must provide valid credit card information to secure the booking. Payment is collected at the property during check-in. A 14 day cancellation policy applies. This means that any cancellation, reduction of room nights or no-shows will be charged in full if done within 14 days from arrival.