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Rathborne Lodge

Rathborne Lodge is a beautifully restored sandstone building in a lush garden setting. Originally built in 1856 as a residence for the Governor’s gardener, Rathborne Lodge has since become an exclusive meeting, conference and wedding venue, conveniently located moments from Sydney’s CBD. 

If you're looking for an inspiring garden venue for your next business meeting, team building workshop,  conference or intimate wedding, Rathborne Lodge is sure to please.

To view the Rathborne Lodge Event and Wedding kit, click here.

To arrange a site inspection or make a booking for the Rathborne Lodge, please contact Trippas White Group. 

Trippas White Group Events Team Ph: 02 9241 2419
Email: events@botanicrestaurant.com.au


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
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Up to 50 guests


For booking please contact

Transport Info

Public transport recommended. Limited parking available

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

Ideal for:

  • Business Meetings
  • Private parties / social events
  • Small Conferences
  • Intimate weddings
  • Team Building Workshops
  • Seated Lunches and Dinners
  • Seminars & Presentations
  • Cocktails events

Client Access:
Approved vehicles (for deliveries only) may access the Lodge via Access Road (parallel to Cahill Expressway), 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 Trippas White Group.
Guest Access:
Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road provides direct access to Rathborne Lodge. A map can be provided by Trippas White Group.

Downstairs: Conference room, lounge room and kitchen.
Outdoor: Courtyard and terrace areas and non-exclusive use of toilets.

50 Cocktail
30 Theatre-style
22 Boardroom

Cleaning is required post-event, costings can be found within the ‘Fees’ section. The venue must be left clean and tidy with all furniture and equipment left in the same condition as it is found.

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

Duration Cost
8 am - 5 pm $550
6 pm - Midnight $1,500
  • Fees valid 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018.
Miscellaneous Charges Rate
Service Fee $450
Cleaning $150
Audio visual Costs provided on requests
Subsequent hours, or part thereof (per hour) $245

Please note, vehicle access is not permitted between 10am – 4pm, Monday to Sunday.
Security is required for all events commencing after 4pm.
Security Guard, $50 per hour (4 hours minimum)


All fees quoted are GST inclusive. Additional miscellaneous charges may apply.
Duration of Function Hire is to include set up and pack up of venue.
Fees valid 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018.
  • Conference room with seating
  • Data projector and screen (by request)
  • Wifi (by request)
  • Audio visual equipment (by request)
  • Large outdoor terrace areas
  • Garden setting
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen
  • Non-exclusive toilet facilities
  • Phone line service (by request)
  • Furnished lounge room with couch, chairs, coffee tables, fireplace
  • Upstairs breakout room/newlywed suite, kitchenette and powder room
  • Audio visual requirements

All furniture must remain in the existing rooms. It is the Hirer’s responsibility to arrange any additional furniture for their requirements. Please discuss with Trippas White Group.

Marquee structures may be installed on the outdoor courtyard and terrace and must be weighted, not pegged and must not impose on any garden bed or touch any trees. Marquee structures are at the hirers cost; approval is on application.

Parking is available in metered parking bays on Mrs Macquaries Road and Art Gallery Road. The Domain Carpark is located closeby at 2 St Mary’s Road.

Indoor: Power points available as per floor plan.
Outdoor: One external power point available. 
Train: The closest train stations are Martin Place Station and St James Station.
Bus: Bus #441 to the Art Gallery of NSW.
There is permanent signage throughout the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with directions to the  venue.
There is strictly no smoking inside the venue. Smoking is permitted in designated areas. 
To make a booking or to arrange a site inspection of Rathborne Lodge, please contact Trippas White Group. 

Trippas White Group Events Team
Ph: 02 9241 2419
Email: events@botanicrestaurant.com.au