Venue hire

Venue hire - national parks

The national parks and reserves of NSW have many unique and beautiful venues for hire. They range from islands in the middle of Sydney Harbour to old pastoral homesteads.

There are venues around the centre of Sydney, in Sydney Harbour National Park and Botany Bay National Park. Parks on the city's fringe also offer venues - including Cattai and Scheyville National Parks, Western Sydney and Rouse Hill Regional Parks and Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Some parks in regional NSW also have venues for hire. Each offer a range of different settings and experiences.

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Venues for weddings

 

The following venues in NSW are suitable for  both a wedding ceremony and reception.

Arakoon National Park

 

Trial Bay Gaol - 3km east of South West Rocks
Trial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.

Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Bents Basin Hall - Wolstenholme Avenue, Greendale

Botany Bay National Park

Bare Island - Anzac Parade, La Perouse
You can explore some of Sydney's military history at Bare Island Fort. Built in 1885, it was designed to protect Botany Bay, the 'back door' of Sydney, from attack. On a guided tour of the fort, you'll cross a 100-year old wooden bridge into a world of scandal, military pride, secret tunnels and fine engineering.

Watchtower Lawn - Anzac Parade, La Perouse
This 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 adjacent lawn, overlooking Botany Bay, is available for hire.

Jervis Bay National Park

Chinamans Beach - adjoins Hyams and Greenfield beaches
This peaceful beach, with the renowned white sands of Jervis Bay, is relatively isolated and unpatrolled. Walk-in access is from Hyams Beach or via the White Sands walking track from Greenfield Beach, Vincentia.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Beechwood Cottage - Western shore of Pittwater, near West Head - see location map (PDF - 177KB).
Beechwood Cottage was originally built in 1882 when sailors, convicts and even pirates survived in these parts! Today this beautifully restored cottage can be hired out for conferences, functions and other special occasions.

Royal National Park

Audley Room Function Centre
The Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park. The wheelchair accessible Audley Room Function Centre is on the banks of picturesque Hacking River, and is the perfect spot for weddings, corporate functions, and elegant high teas.

Rouse Hill Regional Park

Crebra Pavilion
Rouse Hill Regional Park lies adjacent to the Windsor Road at Rouse Hill. In recent years, the park's landscape has been gradually transformed from paddock to parkland, designed around existing features such as Second Ponds Creek, farm dams and remnant woodland. Two pavilion areas are available, each with an iron roof, electric barbecue, fixed bench seating and tables. Both have views across Rouse Hill Regional Park.

Fibrosa Pavilion
Rouse Hill Regional Park lies adjacent to the Windsor Road at Rouse Hill. In recent years, the park's landscape has been gradually transformed from paddock to parkland, designed around existing features such as Second Ponds Creek, farm dams and remnant woodland. Two pavilion areas are available, each with an iron roof, electric barbecue, fixed bench seating and tables. Both have views across Rouse Hill Regional Park.

Sydney Harbour National Park

Bottle and Glass Point, Nielsen Park
Vaucluse Point near Shark Beach, Nielsen Park. Bottle and Glass Point is a flat area offering views over Sydney Harbour.

Bradleys Head Amphitheatre - Ashton Park, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
Located in the Ashton Park area of Sydney Harbour National Park, this site is extremely popular thanks to its magnificent amphitheatre and breathtaking views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison.

Clark Island - off Darling Point.
In 1789, Lieutenant Ralph Clark, a marine on the First Fleet, tried to cultivate a vegetable garden on this one hectare island. He abandoned the idea when his crops were repeatedly stolen, but the island has been known by his name ever since. Today, the island boasts views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Collins Beach - off Collins Beach Road, Manly
A picturesque private beach ideal for intimate wedding ceremonies.

Green Point Reserve - off Pacific Street, Watsons Bay
This picturesque location overlooking Sydney Harbour and Camp Cove Beach is an ideal site for a wedding ceremony.

Greycliffe Gardens, Nielsen Park - to the left hand side of Greycliffe House, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse

Halbert Pavilion, Nielsen Park - within Nielsen Park
The Halbert Pavilion is situated just metres away from the foreshore of Sydney Harbour and surrounded by acres of parkland. With its polished wooden floors, beamed ceiling and windows all around, looking out to the Moreton Bay fig trees, the pavilion provides a creative atmosphere for any workshop or seminar. This venue is managed by Nielsen Park Kiosk.

Marquee, Fort Denison
The marquee is a clear removable structure located on the forecourt of Fort Denison. The forecourt is the main open area on the island. Completed in 1837, featuring warm sandstone finishes, this historic venue is set in Sydney's glittering harbour. Fort Denison features unobstructed views of Sydney's iconic Opera House and famous Harbour Bridge.

Middle Head
This is a great lookout spot. To the left lies North Head, to the right South Head. Between them, the Pacific Ocean stretches off to the horizon. This lookout can be hired as a venue and is ideal for wedding ceremonies and photography shoots.

North Head - North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Sydney Harbour, North Head is ideal for wedding ceremonies and photography shoots.

Rodd Island - Iron Cove
This half-hectare island in Iron Cove near Birkenhead Point offers summer houses (dating back to the 1920s) which shelter up to 25 people and contain picnic tables. Palm trees dot the flat grassy area near the shore and there's a colonial style hall that was built in 1889. Facilities include drinking water and toilets.

Shakespeares Point, Nielsen Park - Steel Point near Shark Beach, Nielsen Park

Shark Island - off Rose Bay
The island received its name because of its shape - not its wildlife! Lying just off Rose Bay, the 1.5-hectare island has spectacular views down the harbour to the Bridge and the Opera House. The gazebo on the island can accommodate up to 30 people. Picnic tables are dotted across the large grassy area that is surrounded by shady trees. Facilities include drinking water and toilets.

South Head - near Camp Cove Beach

Store Beach - North Head, Manly
Accessible only by water, this beautiful beach is ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony.

Tea Room, Fort Denison
The Tea Room is an intimate private room located inside the main building on the island, and features sandstone walls with several windows commanding views of the Sydney's famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Willandra National Park

Willandra Cottage - The homestead complex, of which the cottage forms part, is visible on entering the park.
Willandra Station was once famous for its wool, and these days it offers an insight into the pastoral history of the region. The homestead and associated buildings, surrounded by gardens and overlooking peaceful Willandra Creek, have been restored to their former glory and are now available for accommodation and functions.

Willandra Men's Quarters
Willandra Station's corrugated iron Men's Quarters can accommodate up to 24 guests. Built in 1965, it comprises six bedrooms opening onto a gauzed verandah.

 

Complete list of venues

 

Arakoon State Conservation Area

 

Trial Bay Gaol - 3km east of South West Rocks
Trial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.- 3km east of South West RocksTrial Bay Gaol was established as a public works prison in the 1870s. Today, the gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin with an atmosphere of timelessness and mystery and can be hired for a range of events.

Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Bents Basin Hall - Wolstenholme Avenue, Greendale

Botany Bay National Park

Bare Island - Anzac Parade, La Perouse
You can explore some of Sydney's military history at Bare Island Fort. Built in 1885, it was designed to protect Botany Bay, the 'back door' of Sydney, from attack. On a guided tour of the fort, you'll cross a 100-year old wooden bridge into a world of scandal, military pride, secret tunnels and fine engineering.

Watchtower Lawn - Anzac Parade, La Perouse
This 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 adjacent lawn, overlooking Botany Bay, is available for hire.

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Various locations within the reserve
There are popular places suitable for ceremonies and events in the reserve. They include include the Lighthouse Precinct, Palm Valley and the beautiful beaches fringing the Cape at The Pass, Wategos and Tallow Beach.

Jervis Bay National Park

Chinamans Beach - adjoins Hyams and Greenfield beaches
This peaceful beach, with the renowned white sands of Jervis Bay, is relatively isolated and unpatrolled. Walk-in access is possible from Hyams Beach, or via the White Sands walking track from Greenfield Beach, Vincentia.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Beechwood Cottage - Western shore of Pittwater, near West Head - see location map (PDF - 177KB).
Beechwood Cottage was originally built in 1882 when sailors, convicts and even pirates survived in these parts! Today this beautifully restored cottage can be hired out for conferences, functions and other special occasions.

Royal National Park

Audley Room Function Centre
The Royal National Park is the world's second oldest national park. The wheelchair accessible Audley Room Function Centre is on the banks of picturesque Hacking River, and is the perfect spot for weddings, corporate functions, and elegant high teas.

Rouse Hill Regional Park

Crebra Pavilion
Rouse Hill Regional Park lies adjacent to the Windsor Road at Rouse Hill. In recent years, the park's landscape has been gradually transformed from paddock to parkland, designed around existing features such as Second Ponds Creek, farm dams and remnant woodland. Two pavilion areas are available, each with an iron roof, electric barbecue, fixed bench seating and tables. Both have views across Rouse Hill Regional Park.

Fibrosa Pavilion
Rouse Hill Regional Park lies adjacent to the Windsor Road at Rouse Hill. In recent years, the park's landscape has been gradually transformed from paddock to parkland, designed around existing features such as Second Ponds Creek, farm dams and remnant woodland. Two pavilion areas are available, each with an iron roof, electric barbecue, fixed bench seating and tables. Both have views across Rouse Hill Regional Park.

Sydney Harbour National Park

Arabanoo Lookout - off Dobroyd Scenic Drive
Arabanoo Lookout offers sweeping views of Manly in a picturesque setting.

Bottle and Glass Point, Nielsen Park - Vaucluse Point near Shark Beach, Nielsen Park.
Bottle and Glass Point is a flat area offering views over Sydney Harbour.

Bradleys Head Amphitheatre - Ashton Park, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
Located in the Ashton Park area of Sydney Harbour National Park, this site is extremely popular thanks to its magnificent amphitheatre and breathtaking views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison.

Clark Island - off Darling Point
In 1789, Lieutenant Ralph Clark, a marine on the First Fleet, tried to cultivate a vegetable garden on this one hectare island. He abandoned the idea when his crops were repeatedly stolen, but the island has been known by his name ever since. Today, the island boasts views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Collins Beach - off Collins Beach Road, Manly
A picturesque private beach ideal for intimate wedding ceremonies.

Green Point Reserve - off Pacific Street, Watsons Bay
This picturesque location overlooking Sydney Harbour and Camp Cove Beach is an ideal site for a wedding ceremony.

Greycliffe Gardens, Nielsen Park - to the left hand side of Greycliffe House, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse

Halbert Pavilion, Nielsen Park - within Nielsen Park
The Halbert Pavilion is situated just metres away from the foreshore of Sydney Harbour and surrounded by acres of parkland. With its polished wooden floors, beamed ceiling and windows all around, looking out to the Moreton Bay fig trees, the pavilion provides a creative atmosphere for any workshop or seminar. This venue is managed by Nielsen Park Kiosk.

Marquee, Fort Denison
The marquee is a clear removable structure located on the forecourt of Fort Denison. The forecourt is the main open area on the island.
Completed in 1837, featuring warm sandstone finishes, this historic venue is set in Sydney's glittering harbour. Fort Denison features unobstructed views of Sydney's iconic Opera House and famous Harbour Bridge.

Middle Head
This is a great lookout spot. To the left lies North Head, to the right South Head. Between them, the Pacific Ocean stretches off to the horizon. This lookout can be hired as a venue and is ideal for wedding ceremonies and photography shoots.

North Head - North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Sydney Harbour, North Head is ideal for wedding ceremonies and photography shoots.

Rodd Island - Iron Cove
This half-hectare island in Iron Cove near Birkenhead Point offers summer houses (dating back to the 1920s) which shelter up to 25 people and contain picnic tables. Palm trees dot the flat grassy area near the shore and there's a colonial style hall that was built in 1889. Facilities include drinking water and toilets.

Shakespeares Point, Nielsen Park - Steel Point near Shark Beach, Nielsen Park

Shark Island - off Rose Bay
The island received its name because of its shape - not its wildlife! Lying just off Rose Bay, the 1.5-hectare island has spectacular views down the harbour to the Bridge and the Opera House. The gazebo on the island can accommodate up to 30 people. Picnic tables are dotted across the large grassy area that is surrounded by shady trees. Facilities include drinking water and toilets.

South Head - near Camp Cove Beach

Store Beach - North Head, Manly
Accessible only by water, this beautiful beach is ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony.

Tea Room, Fort Denison
The Tea Room is an intimate private room located inside the main building on the island, and features sandstone walls with several windows commanding views of the Sydney's famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Blue Mountains National Park

Theatrette, Blue Mountains Heritage Centre - Blackheath
The theatrette is within the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, which also houses a visitor centre, exhibition and shop. It serves primarily as a space for visitor information, but it can be used for meetings/functions and exhibitions. The space is 10m x 10m.

Hartley Historic Site

Hartley Courthouse - Hartley Historic Site On the right hand side of the road as you enter the village opposite St. Bernards Catholic Church
The famous Greek classical revival courthouse was built in the 1837 and was in operation for over 50 years. Absconding convicts, petty thieves, highway robbers, and the drunk and disorderly all came before the Hartley magistracy.

St Bernards Church - Hartley Historic Site - Near the site entrance
The well-preserved nineteenth-century village of Hartley sits on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Hartley includes St Bernards Church which was built in 1842 of local sandstone and is a consecrated Catholic church.

Willandra National Park

Willandra Cottage - The homestead complex, of which the cottage forms part, is visible on entering the park.
Willandra Station was once famous for its wool, and these days it offers an insight into the pastoral history of the region. The homestead and associated buildings, surrounded by gardens and overlooking peaceful Willandra Creek, have been restored to their former glory and are now available for accommodation and functions.

Willandra Men's Quarters
Willandra Station's corrugated iron Men's Quarters can accommodate up to 24 guests. Built in 1965, it comprises six bedrooms opening onto a gauzed verandah.

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