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Melbourne Gift Fair

Melbourne Convention Centre
Melbourne Convention Centre

The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) runs their Home & Giving fair together with Reed Gifts Fairs who jointly present the August Melbourne gift fairs simultaneously in two Melbourne venues, the Melbourne Showgrounds and also at the the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in the heart of the city is just 8 kilometres from the exhibitors at the Melbourne Showgrounds venue. Continuous FREE shuttle buses will operate between the two venues during the fair days to ensure buyers can easily visit all exhibitors.

Location & Dates

The next August Melbourne Gift Fairs of GHA’s (Gifts and Homewares Australia) Home and Giving Fair and Reed Gift Fairs will be held simultaneously from Saturday 2nd to Wednesday 5th August 2014 at Both at two locations:-

  • Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale with extra exhibitors for both
  • also at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre , Southbank,

Getting Around it all

The Melbourne gifts and homewares fair is a big event and you wont get around it all in one day. Some people wont get it all done in the 4 days. So come prepared with your map of exhibitors that you need to see and plan to spend at least 3 days if you are serious about finding new products at this Fair.

 Melbourne Showgrounds Layout Map

Directions. How to get to the showgrounds.

The Melbourne Showgrounds boasts excellent transport access from the city.

For full details of this and other events staged at the Melbourne Showgrounds, see the Melbourne Showgrounds site.

Directions to the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

The superb, central location of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre means it is easily accessed by the city’s roadways, freeways, public transport and on foot. The City Link automated tollway connects the MCEC to the airport in just 20 minutes. The Centre is also serviced by six parking areas suitable for public, and bus parking and now with Major new South Walk parking at what used to be the back entry to the MEC. The MCEC now has two main entrances for the Gift fair, (At Bay 1 and at the other end at Bay 20 coming off the new South Walk Carpark)

Tram routes for the Melbourne Exhibition Centre:

  • Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
  • Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
  • Route 112 – West Preston to St Kilda

Trains : Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations are both a short stroll from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Taxis: Taxi ranks are right on the doorstep:
Airport transfers: Skybus Super Shuttle is the official transit link between Melbourne Airport and the central business district. It departs every 15 minutes from Southern Cross station, a five-minute walk from the Centre.

To take easy maps with you, see the new MEC Parking Map, or for the showgrounds venue, see the street map of the suburbs around Ascot Vale, also the street map of the close Vicinity around the Melbourne Showgrounds and the map of the Showgrounds showing the exhibition halls for the Melbourne Gift Fair.

The Sydney Gift Fairs – February

Sydney Gift Fair location, the Dome and Exhibition Halls Sydney Showgrounds
Exhibition hall Sydney Showgrounds

Sydney Gift Fairs

The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) and Reed Gifts Fairs jointly present the Sydney Gift Fairs simultaneously in two Sydney venues each February.

Locations

  • The Dome and Exhibition Halls at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olypic Park Homebush Bay NSW, and
  • the Sydney Exhibition Centre just minutes from the Sydney Showgrounds venue by continuous FREE shuttle buses and ferry services which operate between the two venues during the fair days.

Dates

The next Sydney Gift Fairs of GHA (Gifts & Homewares Australia) and Reed Gift Fairs, will both be held simultaneously as follows:-

  • Sat 21st February to Tuesday 24th February 2014

Where to Start

The Dome and Exhibition Halls, The Howie Pavillion, and other buildings at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park. The Dome and Exhibition Hall here is right opposite its own railway station and surrounded by easy and some free parking for the early birds. Also accommodation in the area is cheaper and there are free continuous shuttle services between the venues, so the entrance at the Dome to the Main Exhibition Halls at the Sydney Showgrounds Sydney Olympic Park should be the best place for retailers to start their busy schedule.

Directions. How to get there.

Sydney Showground is conveniently serviced by bus, train, ferry and taxi services. The transport services to the venue are also designed to cope effortlessly with numerous visitors.

Sydney Buses operates two daily full-time bus services to and from Sydney Olympic Park to the following locations:

  • Burwood Westfields
  • Strathfield Station
  • Newington
  • Rydalmere
  • University of Western Sydney (UWS), Nepean Campus Rydalmere
  • Parramatta Station
  • Lidcombe Station
  • Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf

Route 525 – Parramatta Station to Burwood Station via Olympic Park Station, Rydalmere, UWS Nepean Campus and Newington. Daily full-time service.

Route 401 – Lidcombe Station to Olympic Park Station via Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf and Newington. Daily full-time service

To take easy maps with you, see the street map of the suburbs around Sydney Olympic Park showing parking and driving approaches, also the map of the Sydney Showgrounds showing the exhibition halls for the Sydney Gift Fair.

For full details of this and other events staged at the Sydney Showgrounds exhibition halls, see the Sydney Showgrounds site.

Australian Gift Fairs Information

Sydney February trade fair stand exhibitor
Trade Fair Exhibitor

The Australian Gifts and Homewares trade fairs information site provides retailers with details of the locations and times of the Australian Trade fairs and gift fairs and home products expos for retailers. Also how to get to the exhibitions with directions, maps and parking information to enable you to get to the trade fairs easily. Also details of what to expect, where to start and which are the best venues.

Australia has two main trade fairs annually that are gift fairs or home expos exhibiting a wide range of home decor, giftware , stationary, furniture and homewares for shopkeepers and other retailers. They also present smaller, expositions, home shows, displays, and demonstrations of products to the retail trade within these events.

The Sydney Gift Fair February – Sydney Showgrounds Homebush
One of the largest Gift & Homewares trade fairs, is the Sydney Gift Fair in February. The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) and Reed Gifts Fairs conduct the Sydney trade fairs simultaneously at Sydney’s two major exhibition venues. They are the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park Homebush, in the Dome and Exhibition Halls as well as other buildings and at the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour temporarily at Glebe Island, (although a large portion at Reed gift fair is only Jewellery and handbags). For full details of theses trade fairs, see the February Sydney Gift Fair Information page.

The Melbourne Gift Fair August – Melbourne Showgrounds Ascot Vale.
The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) with the Home & Giving fair and Reed Gifts Fairs jointly present the August Melbourne fairs simultaneously in two Melbourne venues in August, the Melbourne Showgrounds with additional exhibitors at the The Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The MEC is just 8 kilometers from the Showgrounds venue. Continuous FREE shuttle buses will operate between the two venues during the fair from either end of the MEC to ensure buyers can easily visit all exhibitors. For full details of this trade only event, see our Melbourne Gift Fair Information page.

Exhibitor Information
GHA publishes a beautiful full colour trade fair catalogue titled Home & Giving for each trade fair. Home & Giving provides a brief description, product listing and contact details of all exhibitors. Home & Giving will be mailed out to buyers who attended the corresponding trade fair for the prior year, shortly before the fair commences. Reed Gift Fairs despatch a similar catalogue. Any spare Catalogues can usually be purchased at the GHA Counter near the entry on the first day or until they run out, so be early. If you miss the catalogue you can find contact details of most gift and homewares wholesalers and distributors in our Australian Wholesalers Directory

Trade Fair Registration
Trade fairs are only open to Gift & Homewares industry retailer/buyers. Proof of ID is required to register and no children are allowed access. The GHA & Reed Exhibitions issue all buyers visiting trade fairs with a Gift Industry Card, which must be retained to allow the holder access to any of their Trade Fairs. At each fair you attend, your Gift Industry Card will be scanned to check its validity and then you will be issued with a Show Card, valid for that fair only. A registered buyer may bring one guest except on the last day.

Tips for a Successful Trade Fair Event
Pre-registration can be a good time saver on the day and can be completed up until 2 weeks before each Fair. See the GHA website for full details of registration and pre-registration.
Print off the maps on the event’s page, to take with you, if you haven’t been to the venue before.
If your coming from out of town and staying overnight, stay at a motel near the venue
Start each day at the venue with the easiest access and, cheapest Car parking (Sydney Showgrounds and Melbourne Showgrounds) because there is always a free shuttle bus between venues.
Review the catalogue before the fair and map out those exhibitors you must see, before you get to the fair.
Days will be long, with lots of distance to walk, so wear a sensible pair of shoes and get an early night before every day of the fair.
There will be plenty of cafes at the event however if you have a fussy tummy then take a cut lunch.

Other Australian Fairs
The main Australian Gifts and Homewares trade fairs are listed above. These events by far outweigh all others and attract the most retailers, and as a result, by far the most exhibitors. If you are serious about finding new designs and better stock that will sell well, then you really should be attending at least one of these four major Australian gifts and homewares trade fairs every year. Other smaller local events might also suit you, as might some specialised events which are listed in the Australian Trade Fairs Directory .

Australian Trade Fair & Retailer Resources Links
In right column of our Gift Fairs category pages (Top Right) are some key links to help you find general trade fair information as well as make contact with suppliers before or after you attend a trade fair. Our Wholesalers directory includes most Australian gifts and homewares suppliers (categorised), who may not exhibit at the fair that you attend.