A unique wedding destination that is spread across 1000 acre, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Sydney, is a naturalistic and yet surreal locale. With its mesmerising visuals and stunningly gorgeous gardens, this outdoor location is perfect for rustic weddings in a lakeside and garden view as it is the largest botanical garden in Australia. Perfect for ceremonies, photoshoots, and receptions, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan wedding venue is located adjacent to the town of Camden. The venue is merely 45 minutes away from the CBD and offers couples to spend their big day among rolling hills, water views, expansive grasslands, beautiful gardens, and lush green forests.
Facilities and Capacity
Given how this is one of Australia’s most important botanical gardens, there is plenty to appreciate about this wedding venue. In addition to that, there are multiple event spaces, for hosting wedding ceremonies, receptions, or both, at this fantastic venue.
● The Fruit Loop
Located at the central part of the garden, The Fruit Loop can accommodate between 50 to 100 guests. With its immaculately manicured lawns, breathtaking greenery and tranquil lakeside locations, the Fruit Loop makes for an exclusive event space that is perfect for hosting beautiful wedding ceremonies. The space is exceptionally photogenic and is ideally located between the Bowden Centre and the Visitor Centre. Guests can host a lovely ceremony at the Fruit Loop, and afterwards, a sweet reception can be hosted at the Bowden Centre. The layout of this event space is quite unique, as the ground is a little tilted, giving the space an organic look of an amphitheatre. This allows every seat to get a proper glimpse of the couple, taking their vows.
● Lakeside Lawn
The serenity and natural harmony of Lakeside Lawn make it conducive as a beautiful wedding ceremonial event venue. The sweeping rolling hills and the magnificent gumtrees make for a perfect backdrop, as the couple take their wedding vows by the tranquil lakeside. Particularly suited for bigger weddings, Lakeside Lawn offers ample shade of trees in the summer, providing an abundant fit-for-sitting area for the guests. With a total capacity of 400 guests, this venue is situated between Lake Sedgwick and the Connections Garden. Even though the event space is not exclusive, and visitors can enter the space, still, the staff will place signs, informing casual visitors about the function or event taking place.
● Sundial Hill
The panoramic view from this venue is absolutely stunning. Overlooking the entire skyline of the city in the north-east direction, along with the breathtaking sight of the Blue Mountains towards the west, the venue provides an idyllic ceremonial sitting atop the Sundial Hill. The striking imagery of the naturally appealing surroundings, combined with the vivid views of the lovely gardens and nearby countryside, is what makes this venue unique. Perfect for wedding photography, this venue is filled with pictorial spots. Accommodating up to 50 guests in a standing setting, the sundial at the venue also helps in keeping track of the event schedule.
● Buffalo Lawn
Buffalo Lawn is another venue overflowing with natural vegetation and a tropical backdrop. The immaculately maintained lawns present a beautiful and welcoming space. Situated right in the middle of the Banksia Garden, on the southern road loop of Caley Drive, Buffalo Lawn is a multifaceted space that varies in capacity and can be utilised in several different ways. Be it boho bridal or chic garden soiree, conventional to the country, regardless of the styling or theme of the event, this space can pull it off.
● The Bowden Centre
Surrounded by sprawling forest and wilderness, this graceful event space comes with kitchen facilities, a covered outdoor recreational space, and other amenities. This is a dry venue unless the catering is being arranged through one of the suppliers recommended by the venue. The venue has a seating capacity of 120 guests, while in a standing setting, the venue can accommodate 200 guests.
● Lakeside Pavilion
A more laid-back reception space, Lakeside Pavilion is ideal for a casual, more intimate reception. This space can accommodate 46 guests and comes with a picnic/BBQ. The casual vibe of the space, the splendid, expansive view of the Lakeside Lawn, and the slant, greenly foothills make this venue unique.
● Woodland Picnic Area
This is another casual event space, that can accommodate up to 380 guests. The Woodland Picnic Area is a superb option for laidback reception events. With a marquee, food truck or delectable picnic, and beautiful outdoor setting, there is everything in this venue that one can possibly want in a versatile reception area. The venue grants access to areas for the wedding ceremony, reception, and wedding photography. Use of the space also provides access to its picnic shelter, BBQs and toilet facilities.
Both ceremonial and reception spaces:
● Connections Garden
This area is appropriate for hosting an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. It is among the few areas within this venue, that can be booked exclusively, and provides absolute privacy to the guests. Regardless of the time of the year, the Connections Garden is a great venue, where up to 60 seated guests and 130 standing guests, can be comfortably accommodated.
● Marquee Lawn
Lawn weddings are quite a sight to behold, which is why this wedding ceremony and reception venue is so popular among all the event spaces within Mount Annan Botanic Garden. The sleek-looking soiree, lovely lake and mesmerising views make for a great wedding backdrop. Food trucks and picnics are just some of the many fun activities that can be planned here. In the less conventional set-up, the event space can easily accommodate up to 600 guests, without losing the intimacy of a marquee event.
● Wattle Garden
Especially during the months of August and September, this idyllic location becomes a centre of attraction, as the legendary wattles envelop the garden in bright hues of sunshine yellow. However, despite what time of the year it is, this is one of the venues that remain marvellous and evergreen, throughout the year. The Wattle Garden provides the following spaces that suit different wedding styles or themes.
● Wattle Island
This beautifully secluded spot is situated at the backside of the garden with a fantastic water backdrop. Enveloped in trees, this space can be used for a picnic-style ceremony and even reception.
● Wattle Arbour
Situated right in front of the entrance to the main Wattle Garden area, this arbour can accommodate 40 guests and is perfect for smaller, more intimate wedding celebrations.
● Exclusive Wattle Garden Hire
With a cumulative capacity of 200 guests, this entire area can be exclusively booked, and used for a lovely picnic reception. Complete privacy is assured.
● The Australian Botanic garden, Mount Annan, provides multiple choices of event spaces and locations, both for ceremonial events and reception or dinner, for guests to choose from.
● There are different catering arrangements for guests to pick from.
● The event spaces can be customised and adapted to fit specific themes of the event or any particular requests by the clients.
● Attention is paid to every little detail so that the event is executed exactly the way clients have envisioned.
● There are parking facilities.
● The venue is wheelchair accessible.
The venue provides decoration facilities including 20 white gladiator folding chairs, a signing table and two chairs, and a black carpet runner. The entire setup included in the package booked by the clients is arranged before the ceremony.
● Catering packages by their partner supplier- The Chef and I
● BYO catering
● BYO alcohol
With a marvellously picturesque location and a legacy to its name, the Australian Botanical Garden, Mount Annan, makes for a cinematic wedding venue. There are numerous idyllic locations within the venue that clients can pick to be the sweet spot for their wedding ceremony and celebration. Depending upon the picked area, there are different catering arrangements as well. More could be learned about this naturally serene wedding venue, along with its pricing details, by filling the brief form below.