There's a lot going
(Pictured) Sydney's new convention center opened last month in the city's Darling Harbour district.
on Down Under, with the country's major cities flaunting exciting new hotels and attractions. In the luxury pipeline, Marriott International plans to open two new Ritz-Carltons, in Melbourne and Perth, in 2020.SYDNEY
The city welcomed a new convention center in December, the ICC Sydney
in Darling Harbour. The US$1.3 billion project features 378,000 square feet of exhibition space, 86,400 square feet of meeting space, a theater that can seat different configurations of up to 8,000, and a 54,000-square-foot open-air event deck.
Also in Darling Harbour, the 892-room Hyatt Regency Sydney
has opened following a US$250 million conversion. The new property is the largest upscale, full-service hotel in Australia and has more than 37,100 square feet of pillarless meeting space. Offerings include a 272-seat restaurant and two ballrooms capable of seating more than 1,000 people in total.
Designs are complete for the US$225 million transformation of the city's Lands and Education buildings,
known as the "Sandstones," into a hotel with more than 250 rooms, retail space, dining areas, gardens and rooftop lounges. Construction should begin in late 2017.BRISBANE
The 305-room W Brisbane
is set to debut on Dec. 22, 2017, at the western end of the central business district overlooking the Brisbane River. The property will offer a full-service restaurant, the Pool Bar and a W Lounge, plus more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa, a workout facility and an indoor pool. MELBOURNE
The 188-room QT Melbourne
in the city's central business district has opened with two private dining spaces. The boutique hotel features the Cake Shop and the signature restaurant Pascale Bar & Grill, as well as the alley bar Hot Sauce and the Rooftop at QT. SUNSHINE COAST
The 220-room Westin Coolum Resort & Spa
will open in 2021 on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The resort will have access to Yaroomba Beach and will feature four dining options, a Heavenly Spa by Westin, an infinity-edge pool and a WestinWorkout studio. Plans call for about 9,200 square feet of meeting space.