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Set in the heart of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, The Calyx boasts stunning architecture and the largest vertical floral display in the Southern Hemisphere.  

Considered one of Sydney’s most unique and show-stopping venues, The Calyx offers spaces for all event types. Whether you’re looking for an intimate setting or space to hold a large function, The Calyx has the flexibility that allows you to create an intimate event experience. This premium venue is the perfect setting for something truly spectacular and bound to enchant all guests. 

Contact us today to start planning your next event.  

Note: Bookings available from December 2021 onwards.


The Calyx
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
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Up to 400 guests (currently 200 under covid restrictions)


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Access Info

Public transport recommended. Limited parking available

Further Info

For more detailed location instructions, please see Site Map and for the layout within The Calyx, please see Venue Plan

Client access
During event occupation, approved vehicles can access The Calyx via Access Road off Mrs Macquaries Road for deliveries only. View Calyx vehicle restriction information here.
Calyx staff will be responsible for opening and closing the venue as required. Prior to occupation, a schedule of your access requirements will need to be provided to the Events and Venues Officer.

Guest access
Direct access is via the Morshead Fountain gate on Macquarie Street. Please refer to Site Map for further information.

For details of the accessible facilities and path access to The Calyx see RBG Accessibility Map.

Drivers with a Mobility Parking Scheme permit may park for free for the duration of their stay at any metered parking space on Mrs Macquaries Road. The closest accessible parking to The Calyx (two spaces) are located at the entrance to Access Road, outside Woolloomooloo Gate


  • 2 x 9 panel screens in Function Space
  • 1 x 65" TV on portable stand
  • Full specifications available upon request.
  • Full connectivity to multi purpose media player


  • Wireless hand-held microphone system suitable for speeches
  • Wall mounted Speakers throughout venue
  • WIFI control of Audio equipment

Early Morning
Full venue or Function spaces
7am -10am

Function spaces

9am - 4pm

Full venue, exclusive use

4pm - midnight

Full Closure
Full venue, exclusive use

7am - midnight
upon application

Section Style Recommended Capacity
Full Venue Cocktail 400
Full Venue Conference 200
Full Venue Seated Banquet 180
Function Space Cocktail 180
Function Space Conference 150
Function Space Seated Banquet 140
Function Room (3) Cocktail 60 per room
Function Room (3) Conference 50 per room
Function Room (3)    Seated Banquet 40 per room
Function Room (3) Workshop 30 per room
Terrace Cocktail 120
Terrace Seated Banquet 70

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

Detailed site plan can be found here.

All catering must be supplied by the exclusive venue caterer.

The Trust will clean the venue prior to your event. The site must be left clean and tidy with all hired furniture, equipment and rubbish removed.

Electronic check-in upon arrival at The Calyx is mandatory for all guests, suppliers, and contractors.
The Calyx has Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in QR codes placed at entry points.

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

The event hirer must comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan developed and implemented by The Calyx.

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, untethered 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 including the white framework on the Terrace is not permitted.
Rigging points may only be used for static displays and are subject to approval.

Ideal for: 

  • Cocktail Functions
  • Commercial Filming
  • Commercial Photography
  • Conferences
  • Presentations
  • Product or Media Launches
  • Seminars
  • Seated Lunch or Dinner
  • Team Building Events
  • Ticketed Events
  • Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions
  • Workshops
Male, female & accessible amenities
EVENT Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Function Spaces Only
7.00am – 10.00am
$1,650 $1,650 $2,200 $2,200
4.00pm – 12.00am
$6,050 $8,250 $8,250 $6,050
Full Day – Venue closed to the Public
Venue Exclusive Use
7.00am – 12.00am
$11,000 $13,200 $13,200 $13,200
Full Day Function Room Hire
price per function room
9.30am – 4.30pm
Miscellaneous Charges Rate
Full venue closure additional hours, per hour. By application only.
(available 10am to 4pm for a maximum of 3 hours)
AV Operator $700
Static ranger, per hour (4 hours minimum) $57


  1. A minimum of two guards are required for up to 100 patrons with a further one guard required for each additional 100 patrons.
  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. Fees valid 1 October 2021 - 30 June 2022.

There is minimal furniture supplied at The Calyx. It is the hirer’s responsibility to arrange all necessary furniture for their requirements. 

Indoor: All areas are lit with dimmable down lights and track lighting.

Outdoor: The Terrace, Island and Calyx surrounds are lit with spotlights and coloured up lighting.

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

There is no vehicle access to The Calyx Loading Area for event clients, patrons &/or guests.

Vehicle access to the Calyx Loading area is available for approved suppliers of equipment for loading and unloading purposes only. All vehicle must park on Mrs Macquaries Road.

The phone numbers for The Calyx if required during your function are (02) 9231 8188 and (02) 9231 8104.

Refer to power plan here.

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 is required for the duration of your event.

A minimum of two guards are required for up to 100 patrons with a further one guard required for each additional 100 patrons.

Please refer to the fees section.

 There is permanent signage throughout the Royal Botanic Garden giving directions to The Calyx. 

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

Guest WIFI is available at The Calyx for use during your event.
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