Melbourne – an NKBA guide

April 11th, 2019

We can’t wait for Melbourne – the destination for our 2019 NKBA Conference and the NKBA Excellence in Design Awards. To help you in your prep for one the biggest events in the NKBA calendar, we have put together answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

When is the NKBA Conference?
The NKBA Conference is being held on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July in Melbourne. On Saturday 20 July the NKBA Excellence in Design Awards will be held at a gala awards ceremony in the evening. Get your glad rags on, as we party into the night.

What speakers are in the line-up?
New Zealander Ben Shewry from Attica is just one of the incredible speakers we have arranged for the 2019 Conference. As a top chef, and owner of one of the best restaurants globally, he is an inspiration to anyone with a passion for food and business.
We know many of you cannot wait to find out who else will be headlining at this year’s conference! Whilst we are still in the process of finalising a few more details, we can say we will be showcasing some of Melbourne’s hottest talent – in design, in the kitchen and in business. We just know this year’s speakers will blow your mind. More to come.

What is the difference between the Crown Metropol and the Crown Promenade?
They are both beautiful hotels and part of the same complex, whichever hotel you choose you will have an incredible stay and it is all very accessible.
The conference is being held in the Crown Promenade and the awards show is in the Aviary which is on the top of the Crown Towers. The Aviary is separate to the Crown Promenade.
We have been told the Crown Metropol is just a touch higher-end. If you decide to go for this option, you can be assured it is only a five-minute leisurely walk from the conference facility at the Crown Promenade.
You can book your hotel here.

What facilities are there at the Crown Hotels?
A casino, bars and nightclubs, a day spa, restaurants and more. It is amazing and all the facilities will make your stay perfect!
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
It is 20-30 minutes from the airport to the Crown Hotels. You can catch a taxi, a skybus or a shuttle. Depending on your mode of transport the price can vary from $20-$70.

Where is the Décor and Design Show being held?
Décor and Design is Australia’s No.1 Interiors Trade Event. It is being held from 18-21 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Running alongside Décor and Design is the Australian International Furniture Fair (AIFF). It is Australia’s longest running and largest furniture buying and networking destination.
The location for Décor and Design and AIFF is directly across the road from the NKBA conference and is in walking distance. Many attendees are planning to go to the Décor and Design Show on the Thursday and/or Sunday, so they can attend the NKBA Conference on the Friday and Saturday.
It is free to attend Décor and Design, but you will need to register here.

Where to eat and drink in Melbourne?
There are some incredible restaurants and bars in Melbourne. If you would like to stay near the hotel, the Crown have some amazing restaurants you can visit including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Nobu.
If you want to explore outside of the hotel, we recommend Flinders Lane which is one of the city’s best eat streets. Check out Chin Chin or one of the Lane’s other fabulous restaurants and cocktail bars.

I would like to visit some of Melbourne’s best attractions – where should I go?
Melbourne is a city full to the brim of culture and art. Why not visit the Melbourne Museum, the Old Melbourne Gaol or visit Melbourne Zoo. You could also shop until you drop at some of Australia’s best shopping districts.
If you are big on sports, check out the MCG to see what’s on. Even if you just go to experience the stadium – it is worth it.

We can’t wait to see you all at the 2019 NKBA Conference. Here are some useful links to help with your planning: