Picturesque Historical Wedding Venues

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From patchy pasts to careful restorations, these are Sydney's most historic, interesting and picturesque venues.


Dunbar House

Named after a shipwreck and former homet o both a zoo and council chambers, Dunbar House isn't your usual wedding venue. But a rather colourful history hasn't prevented it from being elegant and fashionable in the present.

Located just 30 metres from the shores of Watsons Bay, it is one of Australia's oldest standing buildings. Built in 1837, it was reopened in Feb 2011 after a major refurbishment. It has been a popular wedding reception location ever since.

Wedding parties need to do very little decoration for their event as there are already touches of luxury around every corner; downstairs William Morris wallpaper and Missoni furniture and the ceilings are decorated with chandeliers throughout. However, the venue can cater to opulent decorations if needed.

Dunbar House is available for exlusive hire for breakfast, lunch or evening events and cater for 110 people seated. They promise you will be looked after with a high ratio of staff to guests. Their wedding menu is extensive, with all food being made on-site.

Fort Denison 

Fort Denison is on an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour. It was completed in 1857 from 8000 tonnes of local sandstone. It has been used a defence structure, fishing spot, navigational guide and weather station and is now a restaurant, events place and historic museum.

The island can be hired exclusivelt for a private event with its unbeatable backdrop of Sydney Opera House and the sparkling harbour.

Australian Museum

Founded in 1827, the Australian Museum is a leading cultural attraction in Sydney. Reception rooms range from dining under the skeleton of a sperm whale in The Foyer, to The Terrace, with stunning views overlooking Hyde Park and St. Mary's Cathedral.

Elizabeth Bay House

A magnificent example of colonial architecture, the house boasts 19th century furnishings and sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. They key space is the saloon, a loft entrance hall with an exquisite staircase naturally lit by a glass dome above, making it one of Sydney's finest historic venues.

This striking space caters for about 40 sit-down guests, or a cocktail part or wedding ceremony of up to 100 guests. There are noise restrictions, so your event will be best accompanied by a string quartet.

The house's classical style speaks for itself, and the interior is kept minimal and surprisingly modern. Wedding parties can either keep the simple approach or add their own colours and themes. 

Customs House

For over 150 years, Customs House has been the trade gateway for goods and people into Sydney. Now run by the City of Sydney, the building makes the most of its CBD location with a library and both casual and high end dining venues.

The Barnet Long Room is the premier function space at Customs Hous, and can accomodate 120 guests for dinner, or up to 450 for a cocktail party. The impressive heritage style, high ceilings and a large balcony create a feeling of large space and grandeur.

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