The Venue

The Royal Exhibition Building

9 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053

An Iconic Melbourne Venue

We're excited to announce that Melbourne Retail Festival 2021 will be held in Melbourne's iconic Royal Exhibition Building, just north of the CBD.

This magnificent venue is Australia's first Heritage Listed building, with a 135 year history of hosting exhibitions, trade shows, fashion shows, gala dinners, and more!

Standing strong in Carlton Gardens, the Royal Exhibition Building is beautiful inside and out—a true landmark of Melbourne.

How to get there

The venue is located just north of Melbourne’s CBD, next to the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens. It is easily accessible by car, tram, bus and train.

Public Transport

Visit the PTV Journey Planner for up-to-date information on transport options available during the event.

Options include:


Local bicycle facilities include bike lanes on Rathdowne St and Canning St. There is also a shared pedestrian/bike path on Nicholson St. Bicycle racks on the Plaza provide ample bike parking just outside the front door.


Located under Melbourne Museum, the venue car park is open 7 days a week from 5.30am to midnight. Enter via Rathdowne Street or Nicholson Street.

To view rates, click here. Book online and save up to 40%.

Disabled Access

Designated disabled parking is available on level P2 adjacent to the lifts within the undercover Melbourne Museum car park. There is wheelchair access to the venue.