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Built in 1876, The Palm House 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
4 sqm capacity = 32 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 the Palm House, please visit Venue Layout.

The Palm House 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 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
  • Wakes

Client Access
Approved vehicles (for suppliers 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 Events & Venues Officer.

Guest Access
Through the Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road. Please refer to Site Map for further information.

Indoor: Palm House only, the small building at the rear is not available for hire.

Outdoor: The lawn area directly in front of the Palm House is included in your booking. 

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.

 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 $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
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.
  • 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 are no kitchen facilities at this venue. The hirer may apply for permission to erect a small 3m x 3m marquee at the back of the venue for their caterer.

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

Marquee structures may be installed at the rear of the Palm House at an additional fee. 

Maximum marquee size is 3m x 3m.

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.

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

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

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

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 outside the Palm House on the day of your event indicating the reservation of your venue. 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. 

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

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 rear of the building.

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