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Built in 1878, Lion Gate Lodge is a stunning Victorian sandstone building boasting a private landscaped cottage garden, large permanent awning and paved courtyard. This unique venue is hired unfurnished, offering the flexibility to create your own theme and select your own caterer.

The Lodge is conveniently located on Mrs Macquaries Road, with private entry for your guests. The lawn and marquee offer an alternative venue set up, with the possibility of adding a marquee.

Contact our Events and Venue team to discuss booking your garden wedding, team building or corporate launch.


Lion Gate Lodge Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
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Up to 160 guests

Covid Safe Capacity
2 sqm capacity = 25 inside, 125 outside
4 sqm capacity = 12 inside, 62 outside


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Access Info

Closest gate: Pedestrian gate at Lion Gate Lodge
Public transport recommended.
Limited parking available.


For more detailed location, please visit Site Map and for the layout within Lion Gate Lodge, please visit Venue Layout.

Lion Gate Lodge is hired dry (empty venue with no furniture). This means that you are responsible for providing all event services and infrastructure required to run your event, such as staging, audio, lighting, catering, security, fencing, décor etc.

Ideal for: 

  • Cocktail Functions
  • Product & Media Launches
  • Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions 
  • Seated Lunch or Dinner
  • Christmas & Birthday Parties
  • Wakes

Client access
Approved vehicles (for suppliers only) may access the Lodge through Stoneyard Gate off Mrs Macquaries Road.
Rangers will be responsible for opening and closing the venue as required. Prior to the booking, a schedule of your access requirements will need to be provided to the Events & Venues Officer.

Guest access
Direct access through the pedestrian gate on Mrs Macquaries Road. Please refer to Site Map for further information.

Main function room, additional preparation room and kitchen.

There is one toilet and a shower.
There are two unfurnished rooms. One further meeting room may be made available by prior arrangement with the Events and Venues Officer. Fees may apply.

Courtyard with large covered awning, private garden and toilet. 

Section Style Recommended Capacity
Indoor & Outdoor Cocktail up to 160
Indoor Only Cocktail 50
Outdoor Only Cocktail 80 - 100
Indoor & Outdoor Banquet 80
Indoor Only Banquet 20
Outdoor Only Banquet 60

* Please note that the above capacities are outside Covid-19 regulations

Detailed floor plan can be found here

The Trust will clean your site immediately prior to your event. The site must be left clean and tidy with all furniture, equipment and rubbish removed. It is the Hirer’s responsibility to tidy and remove any waste from site, including bottle tops and cigarette butts. 

Electronic check-in is mandatory

The garden has Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in  QR codes placed at all bookable venue hire spaces.
You as the event organiser and venue hirer are the responsible person and must ensure that you and all your guests, suppliers and contractors check in.

To streamline the check-in process we recommend that all guests and suppliers download the Service NSW application on your phone prior to arriving on site.

 COVID-19 Safety Plans and registration are mandatory for all functions
Under the NSW Public Health Orders all function bookings must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All functions must register as COVID Safe.

Prepare and complete the plan in consultation with your Events and Venues Officer, and provide them with a copy.
Who must develop the COVID-19 Safety Plan

The responsible person is the person organising the event i.e. wedding/reception, memorial, corporate event, picnic or other venue hire.  

The responsible person must develop and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the safety measures in the checklist. 

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and orders change.
It is your responsibility to have an up-to-date plan at all times and to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Cut flowers and foliage are permitted on site with the exception of listed weeds. 
Any plant item containing soil content is not permitted on site.

Open flames, balloons, confetti, and glitter are not permitted.
The use of flameless candles is encouraged.

All event decorations need to be planned and installed as free-standing items. Attachment of items to internal or external walls, trees, buildings, heritage features or other fixed structures is not permitted.

Duration Cost
8 am - Midnight $3,450
8 am - 5 pm $1,750
6 pm - Midnight $2,000
Miscellaneous Charges Rate
Bond - All Functions $1,000
Access to venue outside the hire period - first hour or part thereof $105
Subsequent hours, or part thereof (per hour) $275

Ranger escort through Garden (vehicle access suppliers only). Fee per vehicle (inc. entry and exit). Max. 2 ranger escorts per booking

Static ranger, per hour (4 hours minimum) $55
Mobile ranger, per hour (4 hours minimum)  $65
Ranger, public holidays, per hour (4 hour minimum) $75


  1. 20% discount applies for bookings Monday - Thursday 8.00 am - 5.00 pm.
  2. All fees quoted are GST inclusive. Additional miscellaneous charges may apply.
  3. Duration of Function Hire is to include set up and pack up of venue.
  4. Bookings outside of the Garden opening times will incur an additional security fee.
  5. Fees valid 1 October 2020 - 30 June 2021.
  • Large covered outdoor area
  • Private garden
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen
  • Internal bathroom with shower
  • Rubbish and recycling bins

There is no furniture in Lion Gate Lodge. It is the hirer’s responsibility to arrange all necessary furniture for their requirements. 

8:00 am – Midnight 

  • Two commercial ovens
  • One cook top
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Dishwasher

Full specifications available upon request.

Indoor: The main function room is lit with down lights on a dimmer switch.

Outdoor: The awning, courtyard and garden are lit with spotlights.

Marquee structures may be installed on the Lion Gate Lodge Lawn at an additional fee. 

Maximum marquee size is 6m x 9m. 

The installation of any marquee or temporary structure must be approved in advance with your Events and Venues Officer. All temporary structures must abide by our terms and conditions. 

Guest parking is available in metered parking bays on Mrs Macquaries Road.

Parking for one vehicle will be reserved near Stoneyard Gate adjacent to Lion Gate Lodge. Please refer to site map

Power points available as per floor plan. External power is available. Hirer to provide all extension leads. 

Train: The closest train stations are Martin Place and Circular Quay station.

Bus: #441 runs from Circular Quay to the Art Gallery of NSW.

Taxi: Taxi pick up from Macquarie Street. Hirer to organise if required. 

Security is optional while the Royal Botanic Garden is open but is required for all events that extend beyond Gardens opening hours.

Please refer to the fees section.

Portable signage will be placed on Mrs Macquaries Road near the pedestrian gate and on the pathway outside the lion statues on the day of your event. There is also permanent signage throughout the Royal Botanic Garden giving directions to the venue.

There is strictly no smoking inside the venue. All cigarette butts must be placed in the receptacles outside. 

External toilet block with disabled facilities.

All rubbish must be placed in the garbage and recycling bins located outside the toilets. Recycling procedures are mandatory. All additional rubbish not placed in the bins must be removed from the site. 

Water is available in the kitchen, there are no external taps.

To arrange a site inspection, gain further information or obtain a quote, please contact the Venue Services team on events@botanicgardens.nsw.gov.au
Ph: 02 9231 8111