The Gardens are a popular venue for small weddings (no more than 60 guests) and post-wedding photos, which need to be pre-booked by using this downloadable form. Garden Wedding hire is $200 payable in advance. Print out the form, fill it in and send off to the Secretary with a Cheque or Money Order for $200 – see Contact Us.
Note that during our ‘Open Days’ in October/November we may not be able to accommodate any wedding parties, due to the influx of visitors to the Gardens and the lack of available parking for wedding guests. In addition, we are unable to allow marquees to be erected in the Gardens at any time. Please contact the Secretary for more information.
The entrance to the Gardens is in Bacchante Street, Blackheath. Guests vehicles are to be parked in the inside car park area, which is fully sealed with generous parking for approximately 40 cars. Additional parking is available outside the main gate. The service road into the valley is not sealed and has restricted access.
The recommended areas are shown:
- Pryor Bridge Area – approx 20 guests
- Bob McCullough Bridge – approx 50-60 guests
- Garden Shelter and Valley Area – approx 60 guests
- Gazebo Top Garden Area – approx 12 guests
- Lakeside Lookout – Photos Only
- Below the Lake – approx 12 guests
You can choose any spot in the Gardens you would like, providing that it is a safe location for the wedding party and your guests.
The garden volunteers will groom the selected wedding area during their regular working bee on the Monday preceding the date of the wedding.
The organizers of the wedding are responsible for the removal of any rubbish generated by the occasion.
Applicants are reminded that the Gardens are open public space to pedestrians at all times. The vehicle entrance gates are opened at 9am and closed at 4pm daily, but adjustments to these times for the wedding guests is possible.
The Gardens have a series of nature walks leading to the valley floor and the lake with limited disabled access. However, it has many tranquil areas that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The most colourful months are:
April-May: spectacular autumn displays from deciduous trees followed by camellias.
September-October: spring blossoms and massed bulbs displays.
October-November: peak blooming time for rhododendrons and azaleas.
Due to its lack of facilities, The Lodge is not available for hire and would only be opened as a shelter from inclement weather.