The Conference Shop

Conference Venues You’ll Fall In Love With!

 The Conference Shop finds conference venues to suit every event and organisation from thousands of destinations across Australia and overseas. Our free venue finding service will match your companies objectives, theme and preferred locations with a list of suitable conference venues from the many we regularly review and have first-hand experience of.

We are well known for delivering practical, objective and honest advice when it comes to finding you a venue for your next event as we are not affiliated with any hotel chain or destination. 

How We Source Conference Venues

Our key strength lies in our relationships with our clients and our ability to listen to their needs.  Communicating every step of the way to deliver on their brief and providing the best outcome at all times is what we pride ourselves on, and what has made us Australia’s premier conference venue finder.  

If you are a large organisation seeking a venue for a launch, conference or Christmas party or a small business retreat, we work in partnership to ensure our clients are supported during this process and all of your needs are met.  

We understand events.  Our team boasts a diverse range of experience in the events arena – between us we have 40 years’ experience in the industry including in hotels, event management and travel agencies – enabling us to provide the best solution for our clients.  

Meet our team

About The Conference Shop

The Conference Shop have assisted tech2 with numerous conferences, from negotiating venues to recommending offsite team activities.

Their services have resulted in, not only successfully run company events, but also in significant savings to our business.

I have no hesitation in recommending Carla and her team to any organisation seeking assistance with sourcing conference venues.

Joanne Smythe

EA to MD, Tech2

Trusted Professionals

Our Mission

We love helping people.
We want to help you find the perfect venue so your event is a success.

Our Knowledge

We are venue and
destination experts.
Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, we can help.  With over 40 years of experience in the MICE industry between us, we understand your needs.

Our Service

We believe in good old fashioned service.
We take the time to get to know you and your event needs so that we achieve 100% customer satisfaction.

Meet the team


Carla Offord

Carla Offord

CEO & Founder

With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Carla Offord knows venues. She has worked in hotels across multiple departments including Business Development, ran her own destination management company; Southern Highlands Corporate Events, which was then rebranded into The Conference Shop in 2014.

For the past twelve years, Carla and her team have been connecting corporate clients with the perfect venues for everything from incentive trips to conferences, board meetings, executive retreats and seasonal parties. What started out with a focus on regional Australia has now expanded into an international venue-sourcing business.

 Considered a thought leader in the industry, she leads from the front and this, combined with her work in the events services industry, Carla is often invited to share her wealth of knowledge and experience at MICE industry events. A former Telstra Australia Business Woman of the Year nominee, Carla is absolutely passionate about building economic viability and prosperity in regional destinations, through business and collaboration.

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Susan Crosse

Susan Crosse


Susan believes that a successful event starts with the right venue.  She has a passion for pairing the perfect venue to the event based on each individual client’s requirements. Having produced conferences, product launches, tradeshow exhibits and gala award dinners from start to finish over the past 15 years, her knowledge of the industry ensures this match.

Every event is unique and Susan’s established contacts and collected knowledge assist her to go straight to the best possible options. 

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Chris Offord

Chris Offord


Following more than 25 years as a business owner in the sales industry, Chris decided it was time for a change.  Having had experience in Southern Highlands Corporate Events for five years and being involved in the change over to The Conference Shop, it made sense that Chris should become a permanent fixture of the team.

Chris is responsible for researching new venues that come onto the market, and ensuring that all of The Conference Shop’s venue information is up-to-date. Chris is passionate about the growth and development of such a user friendly resource for conference organisers and looks forward to expanding The Conference Shop’s national and global network of outstanding venues.

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Aimee Broderick

Aimee Broderick


Aimee is our social media and marketing extraordinaire with over 8 years of experience in branding and online marketing.

Originally from the Southern Highlands, Aimee started working for The Conference Shop way back in 2015 before she decided to make the big move to Melbourne! Now back part of our team virtually, Aimee also spends her time pursuing her passion for music events by working at a live music venue as well as managing local artists.

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