Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Outdoor Public Event Venues

The Royal Botanic Garden and Domain, Sydney are managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. The Trust has a long history of providing places for public enjoyment.

The Royal Botanic Garden is a place of passive recreation offering users quiet reflection time and the enjoyment of the botanic surrounds. A true heritage area of great cultural significance, the Domain is a living link with the beginnings of European settlement in Australia. It is known as 'the People’s Domain; the park where the gates never close and extends around the Royal Botanic Garden from Mrs Macquaries Point to Tarpeian Way, just south of the Opera House'.

Areas of the Domain are available for outdoor public events and host a diverse range of events for public enjoyment including outdoor cinema, music concerts, dance parties and sports events. The Domain has four main precincts - the Phillip Precinct, Yurong Precinct, Tarpeian Precinct and Crescent Precinct.

If you are interested in hosting a outdoor public event in one of these precincts, please download the proposal guidelines to gain an understanding of the event approval process. Event proposal guidelines and site maps can be downloaded from the respective outdoor venue pages. Hire fees are determined on submission of a detailed written event proposal. The Trust encourages you to visit the Domain precincts to assist you in deciding on the best location for your proposed event.

If you are considering an outdoor public event with amplified sound the Trust would recommend reviewing the Noise Management Plan.

Please contact the Events Office Venue Coordinator once you have reviewed the guidelines and selected a site on 02 9231 8111 or to discuss the suitability of your event prior to submitting a written proposal. 

Phillip Precinct

Phillip Precinct

The Phillip Precinct commonly referred to as the Domain, is the largest open space in the central business district. This historic site is suitable for large concerts, festivals, sporting events and community-related activities.


Yurong Precinct

The Yurong Precinct includes areas such as Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point and Mrs Macquaries Road. The Yurong precinct offers unsurpassed panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Garden, Farm Cove and the city’s central business district skyline. The Yurong precinct is ideal for outdoor public events and incorporates the world renowned backdrop of Sydney’s favourite icons.


Tarpeian Precinct

The Tarpeian Precinct is an elongated open space adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden and Macquarie Street, Sydney. The precinct offers stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.The Tarpeian Precinct is ideal for smaller passive outdoor public event activities that do not require amplified sound and that may benefit from close proximity to Sydney’s central business district.


Crescent Precinct

The Crescent Precinct consists of expansive lawns from the eastern side of Art Gallery Road to the top of the Domain Car Park. The precinct is centrally located to Sydney’s central business district and public transport options.The Crescent Precinct is most suitable for sporting events.

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For further information contact the Venue Management Office Venue Coordinator:
Ph: 02 9231 8111
Fax: 02 9231 8054

For private corporate sport team building days, please contact the Events Department Functions Coordinator on 02 9231 8111.