Watchtower Lawn and Cable Station Lawn
Wheelchair access: medium
Disabled parking and toilets are available.
The Cable Station was the end-point of an underwater telegraph cable between Australia and New Zealand. Designed by colonial architect James Barnet and built in 1882, the Cable Station used to be Australia's only link to the outside world. It now houses the Laperouse Museum. The lawn area outside the Cable Station is available for hire outside Museum opening hours only. The adjacent Watchtower lawn, overlooking Botany Bay, is available for hire from 8am - 8pm seven days a week.
Getting there: Bus services stop near this venue. Contact the Transport Info Line on 131 500 for more information.
Parking: Parking is only permitted in marked spaces on Anzac Parade and spaces cannot be reserved for guests. Visitors will be fined for parking or driving in non-designated areas.
When this venue is available
This venue is not available for exclusive use. The Watchtower Lawn is available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. The Cable Station Lawn is only available for hire outside Museum operating hours. Please check with Cadmans Cottage on ph 0292475033 at time of booking. Neither venue is available for exclusive hire.
Events this venue is suitable for
- Wedding ceremonies (max 120 people)
General facilities: venue
Venue facilities: toilets, carpark
Venue fees: Consent fee for wedding ceremony (up to 3 hours): $550
- Alcohol for toasting.
- Non-amplified music.
- Personal public address system (for celebrant).
- Chairs. Maximum of 15 and they must have continuous or rail type legs to avoid piercing the turf.
- Table for signing the wedding certificate.
Not permitted here:
- Amplified/loud music and/or public address systems.
- Candles or other open flames.
- Confetti, rice, petals or similar.
- Water balloons and paintball equipment.
- Vines and other exotic plant material.
- Roping off areas or signs re exclusive event.
- Pegging or staking items into the ground.
- Depositing ice or iced water on grassed areas.
- Butterfly releases.
All rubbish must be removed at the conclusion of the event or penalties will be imposed.
Tickets must NOT be sold for any event, regardless of whether it is for profit, cost-recovery or charity purposes.
The Area Manager reserves the right to assign a NPWS supervisor to any event at any time. If supervision is required an additional charge will apply.
All corporate or commercial clients must provide Public Liability Insurance of not less than $10 000 000 indemnifying NPWS. Evidence of this policy must be provided with the return of the signed consent.
When in force, total fire bans apply to events.
Bookings, payments and refunds
Booking is essential. A completed application form and payment of the consent fee is required within 14 days of booking otherwise the booking will be automatically cancelled. A consent requiring the signature of the Hirer will be issued. A signed copy of this document is required no later than six weeks prior to the date of the wedding ceremony.
In lieu of a security deposit NPWS (OEH) reserves the right to charge post event fees for any damages, or failure to comply with all conditions as specified in the consent.
Refunds only apply in the event of cancellation due to wet weather. A refund of 50% of the consent fee will be given providing wet weather cancellation is received as follows:
for bookings commencing before 1pm, cancellation must be received no later than 4pm the day prior to the event
for bookings commencing after 1pm, cancellation must be received between 10am and 11am on the day of the event.
It is the responsibility of the HIRER to advise of cancellation. The HIRER is required to telephone Cadmans Cottage.
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Sydney Harbour, Phone: 02 9253 0888