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The Palm House was erected in 1876 and is the oldest glasshouse in New South Wales. Flooded with natural light, the Palm House sits in a beautiful garden setting and is the perfect environment in which to create a memorable and unique function.


Palm House & Lawn
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
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Up to 120 guests inside

Covid Safe Capacity
2 sqm capacity = 65 inside, 150 outside
4 sqm capacity = 32 inside, 75 outside


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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 Palm House, 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
  • Seated Lunch or Dinner
  • Christmas and Birthday Parties
  • Product & Media Launches
  • Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions 

Client Access
Approved vehicles (for deliveries only) may access the Palm House via Access Road 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
Via Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road. See Site Map for further

Indoor: Palm House only, the small building back of house is not available for hire.

Outdoor: Lawn area directly in front of Palm House inlcuded in booking. Lawn 3 adjacent to Palm House can be hired for an additional fee. 

Venue setting Style Recommended Capacity
Indoor & Outdoor Cocktail 150 - 200
Indoor Only Cocktail 120
Indoor Only Banquet 80

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.

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.  

COVID-19 Safety Plans and registration are mandatory for weddings

Under the NSW Public Health Orders all wedding services and gatherings after wedding services must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All wedding services and gatherings after wedding services must register as COVID Safe.

Prepare and complete the plan in consultation with garden staff, and provide the garden with a copy.

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.

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

Duration Cost
8 am - Midnight $1,950
8 am - 5 pm $1,650
6 pm - Midnight $1,750
Use of lawn 3 $975
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.
  • 2 Trestle tables
  • 2 chairs
  • Rubbish and recycling bins
  • Fan available upon request

There is no furniture in the Palm House. It is the Hirer’s responsibility to arrange all necessary furniture for their requirements. 

8:00 am – Midnight

There is no kitchen facility at this venue. The client may gain permission to erect a small marquee at the back of the venue for their caterer.

Fluorescent lighting with control switches at either end of the Palm House. 

Marquee structures may be installed at the back of the Palm House at the client’s cost.

Maximum marquee size is 3m x 3m for the Caterer’s marquee.

The installation of any marquee or temporary structure must be arranged in advance with the Functions Coordinator. All temporary structures must be weighted, not pegged and must not impose on any garden bed or touch any trees. 

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

One complimentary vehicle permit is provided to the Hirer for use in an unallocated metered parking bay on Mrs Macquaries Road. 

The phone number for the Palm House is (02) 9231 8092.

Dial 0 for an outside line. 

Several 10 amp power points available as per floor plan.

All extension leads are the responsibility of the hirer. 

Train: The closest train stations are Martin Place Station and St James Station.

Bus: Bus #441 to the Art Gallery of NSW.

Taxi: Taxi pick up from Mrs Macquaries Road. Client to arrange 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 booking, portable signage will be placed outside leading to the venue. There is also permanent signage throughout the Royal Botanic Garden,Sydney giving directions to the venue. 

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 venue. Recycling procedures are mandatory. All additional rubbish not placed in the bins must be removed from the site.

There is one tap located inside the Palm House and another located outside, at the back of the Palm House. 

There are no toilets at the Palm House. The closest toilets are located at the Palm Grove Centre, approximately 100 metres away. 

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