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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. Contact our venues team to discuss booking your garden wedding, team building or corporate launch here.


Lion Gate Lodge Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
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Up to 180 guests
Covid Safe Capacity - 150 guests (125 outside & 25 inside)


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Access Info

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.

BGCP indoor venues are hired dry (empty room with no furniture). This means that you are responsible for providing all event services and infrastructure required to run your event, such as marquees, staging, audio, lighting, catering, security, fencing, toilets, décor etc.

Ideal for: 

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

Client access
Approved vehicles (for deliveries 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 Functions Coordinator.

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 1 toilet and a shower.
The 3 upstairs meeting rooms do not form part of the hire agreement. One upstairs room may be made available as a dressing and preparation area by prior arrangement with the Venue Management Office. Fees may apply.

Courtyard with large covered awning, private garden and toilets. 

Section Style Recommended Capacity
Indoor & Outdoor Cocktail 150 - 180
Indoor Only Cocktail 50
Outdoor Only Cocktail 80 - 100
Indoor & Outdoor Banquet 80
Indoor Only Banquet 20
Outdoor Only Banquet 60

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. 

No items can be attached to internal walls, trees, buildings, heritage features or other fixed structures.

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
Data projector


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
  • Outside toilet block with disabled facilities
  • Internal bathroom with shower
  • Rubbish and recycling bins

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

8:00 am – Midnight 

Kitchen Facilities:

  • 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.

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. 

The phone number for Lion Gate Lodge if required during your function is (02) 9231 8070. Dial ‘0’ for outside line.
The phone is located in the main function room. 

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. 

A security guard can be provided for the duration of your event. Security is optional while the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is open but mandatory once it is closed.

Please refer to the fees section.

On the day of your event a portable sign directing guests to the Lodge will be placed on Mrs Macquaries Road near the pedestrian gate and on the pathway outside the lion statues. There is also permanent signage throughout the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney giving directions to the Lodge. 

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

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. 

To arrange a site inspection or make a booking for the Lion Gate Lodge, please contact the Venue Management Office.
Functions Coordinator
Ph: 02 9231 8111
Email: events@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au