Located on Townsville's Waterfront, the centre was constructed in 1993 to meet the growing demand for a convention venue in the tropics. The Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre is jointly owned by the Townsville City Council, Thuringowa City Council and Breakwater Island Trust and has been managed by Breakwater Island Trust since its opening in February 1993. Such has been the success of the Centre, in 1997 its capacity was increased by 1,100 seats and all function areas refurbished to what is now a facility of truly international standard.
The Centre is well known for its flexibility: hosting a Davis Cup Tie one week and an international convention the next. Any event whether for 50 or 5,000, has access to state of the art technical facilities, creative catering and a range of support services to satisfy the most discerning organiser. The Centre's interior whilst stylish maintains a warm tropical character.
The Centre is by far the most popular meeting place for North Queenslanders and Visitors alike with 217,208 people attended events at the Centre in 1999. NBL team Townsville Crocodiles previously called the venue home but moved to the Townsville RSL Stadium ahead of the 2014/15 season.