List of function areas

There are several areas you can reserve for holding function at the gardens.

See information on how to hold a function at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Map of function areas

The function areas listed below are numbered to correspond with the numbers on this map.

This area features an attractive circle of large golden canes in the central area and a border of colourful evergreen shrubs, ground cover and palms.

Holtze lawn area 


Holtze Lawn (11 on map)
Area use Small to medium size events
Capacity Up to 200 people
Electricity Yes - 2x3 phase and 6x15 amp
Lighting Partial - you need to organise extra lighting
Toilets Located in the Orientation Centre
Water Located in the Orientation Centre
Site fees From $350, non-refundable for individuals
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access Via Geranium Street entrance off the Stuart Highway
You must get a key to get through bollards and onto the lawn
The only vehicles allowed to enter are for bridal cars, caterers and decorators
Car parking Via Geranium Street entrance off of the Stuart Highway
Special instructions

Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site. Where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used.

Secret moonlight garden


Secret Moonlight Garden (8 on map)

Area use

Small events

Capacity

150 people standing

Electricity

Yes

Lighting

Minimal street lighting only from dusk till dawn.
Floodlight option for area – you may need to organise additional lighting

Toilets

Located in the Orientation Centre

Water

Located in the Orientation Centre

Site fees

From $350, non-refundable for individuals

Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access

Via Geranium Street

Car parking

Geranium Street car park

Special instructions

Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used

This is a large grass area surrounded by a creek bed, gardens and a boab tree.

This area suits large functions and has catered for corporate events and wedding receptions.

Heritage lawn area


Heritage Lawn (7 on map)
Area use Small to large events
Capacity 700 - 800 people
Electricity Yes - a large power box is at the left of the garden area - 6 x 15 amp
2 x general outlets are on each light pole, available after 7.00pm
Lighting Yes
Toilets

Option 1 - in the Orientation Centre up the hill, closes at 4pm, get a key from the events coordinator
Option 2 - behind Eva's Cafe - the former Wesleyan Church

You will need to check with the events coordinator about the best option for your booking

Water - not drinking water On site, get a water riser from the events coordinator
There is also water in the Orientation Centre
Site fees From $350, non-refundable for individuals
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access Geranium Street entrance off the Stuart Highway: get a key to remove bollards to enter the lawn
Gardens Road entrance: get a bollard-puller to remove bollards to enter the lawn
Vehicles allowed to enter are bridal cars, caterers and decorators only
Parking for vehicles is short-term only - they are not allowed on the grass
Discuss your plans with the events coordinator
Car parking

Either Geranium Street or Gardens Road car parks
Discuss this with the events coordinator

Special instructions Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used

This secluded and peaceful area is at the north side between the rain forest and the open woodlands.

A large stand of tropical trees provides a cool shady atmosphere.

The entrance to this area is via a bridge and boardwalk.

This site provides an ideal venue for small wedding ceremonies, small plays and poetry reading.

Shade Garden


Shade Garden (4 on map)
Area use Small to medium events
Capacity 50 people standing
Electricity No
Lighting No
Toilets

At the Orientation Centre up the hill – key required after 4pm, or behind Eva’s Cafe - former Wesleyan Church

Water

None onsite - at the Orientation Centre

Site fees From $350, non-refundable for individuals
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access

Via main path towards the rain forest, Geranium Street or Gardens Road entrance
Geranium Street entrance off the Stuart Highway: get a key to remove bollards to enter the lawn
Gardens Road entrance: get a bollard-puller to remove bollards to enter the lawn
Vehicles allowed to enter are bridal cars, caterers and decorators only
Parking for these vehicle is short-term only - they are not allowed on the grass
Discuss your plans with the events coordinator

Car parking

Via either Geranium Street or Gardens Road entrances
Discuss this with the events coordinator

Special instructions Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used

Borassus Lawn


Borassus Lawn (20 on map)

Area use

Small to large events

Capacity

500 people depending on the area you use

Electricity

Yes, depending on the area you use

Lighting

Minimal street lighting only from dusk till dawn – you will need to organise additional lighting

Toilets

Behind Eva's Cafe - former Wesleyan Church

Water

None onsite

Site fees

From $350, non-refundable for individuals

Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access

Via Gardens Road

Car parking

Gardens Road car park

Special instructions

Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used

The fountain is a popular area in the Gardens.

A beautiful manicured lawn and paved area are in front and many trees and palms grow behind the fountain.

Bridges at each end of the large pond are perfect for 'fairy tale' wedding photos.

The fountain can be loud so consider holding your ceremony when the fountain is off - times are below.

Fountain area


Fountain area (24 on map)
Area use Small to medium events
Capacity Up to 100 people, standing room only
Electricity There is no electricity onsite but discuss what is possible with the events coordinator
Lighting Yes, minimal street lighting only from dusk till dawn
Toilets

Behind Eva's Cafe - former Wesleyan Church

Water - not drinking water Near Eva’s Cafè - former Wesleyan Church
At the BBQ area, you will need a tap key
Site fees From $350, non-refundable for individuals
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access Via Gardens Road
Car parking

Gardens Road car parks

Special instructions The fountain operates at different times of the day in the Wet Season than in the Dry Season
Operating times are on a plaque near the fountain or get them from the events coordinator
Fountain operating times can not be changed
Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used
1 May – 31 October
Fountain is turned on
Fountain is turned off
9.00am
9.30am
10.15am
11.00am
11.45am
12.30pm
1.15pm
2.00pm
2.45pm
3.30pm
4.15pm
5.00pm
5.45pm
6.30pm
7.15pm 8.00pm
1 November – 30 April
Fountain is turned on
Fountain is turned off
9.00am
9.45am
10.45am
11.30am
12.30pm
1.15pm
2.15pm
3.00pm
4.00pm
4.45pm
This large, sunny, level lawn area is on the left side of the Gardens Road entrance and the central car park.

This site is ideal for large gatherings and corporate balls or functions.

Coconut Grove


Coconut Grove (27 on map)
Area use Large events
Capacity 500 - 1000 people banquet style
Electricity Yes 12 x 15 amp general power outlets on light poles
4 x 3 phase power is available, a C-form plug is available
Lighting Yes, minimal street lighting and lights on ground only from dusk till dawn
Toilets

Behind Eva's Cafe - former Wesleyan Church

Water - not drinking water Various points on site – ask the events coordinator for a tap key
Site fees From $350, non-refundable for individuals
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access Via Gardens Road
Car parking

Via Gardens Road car park

Special instructions Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used

This area is for the light-hearted and fun-seeking and is popular for weddings and parties.

It is partially covered by rain trees and is extremely open, so privacy is not assured.

Central Green 


Central Green - car park (25 on map)
Area use Small to medium events
Capacity 80 people+
Electricity Yes, 3 x 15 amp general power outlets
Lighting Yes, minimal street lighting only from dusk till dawn
Toilets

Behind Eva's Cafè - former Wesleyan Church

Water - not drinking water Near Eva’s Cafè - former Wesleyan Church
At the BBQ area
On the Coconut Grove lawn, you will need a tap key
Site fees From $350, non-refundable for individual
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access Via Gardens Road
Car parking

Gardens Road car park

Special instructions Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used

Once heritage listed, the former Wesleyan church is near the west entrance to the gardens.

Its vintage and rustic interior provides the perfect environment for private functions.

Offering its own catering for both internal or external events, this site is ideally suited for wedding receptions after ceremonies in the gardens, birthday celebrations, corporate functions and more.

It features an exterior wooden deck under a shade sail, an internal area and front and side outdoor space with shading, all for hire individually or together.

To make a booking at Eva's Cafe contact functions@botanicgardenscafe.com.au

Evas Cafe - interior


Eva's Cafe (26 on map)
Area use Medium to large events
Capacity 50-250 people for a standing event
Approximate maximum 80 people seated for dinner on the decking, depending on table layouts
Electricity On the decking, interior and side lawn
Lighting Yes
Toilets

Next to the venue

Water Yes
Site fees Different minimum spends apply for weekdays and weekends
See menus and contact details
Also available for hire without catering and staff
Bond $1,000 deposit to secure booking
Opening hours Monday to Sunday 7am - 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 7am - 3pm
Wet Season Monday to Friday 8am - 2pm

Saturday and Sunday 7am - 3pm
Private functions are available outside these hours
Access Via Gardens Road
Car parking

Gardens Road car park

Special instructions

Ensure dance floors, marquees, extra lighting, etc. are compliant - discuss this with Eva’s Cafe’s function manager: functions@botanicgardenscafe.com.au
A liquor licence requires special permission

This is a true two storey Darwin house complete with ceiling fans, full louvres, kitchen and bathroom facilities with a lovely under-house area.

Near the Geranium Street car park in the Snakebeaners Community Gardens area.

Perfect for exhibitions - all rooms with picture hanging rails - community group meetings, training groups and workshops.

Eco House 


Eco House (16 on map)
Area use Small events
Capacity Up to 20 people seated in lounge room
Electricity Yes
Lighting Yes, minimal
Toilets

Internal

Water Internal
Site fees $100 per day non-refundable, $600 per seven days non-refundable for individuals
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access Geranium Street entrance off the Stuart Highway
Car parking

Geranium Street car park off the Stuart Highway

Special instructions Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no
stakes or star pickets may be used

This unusual private area features several large and small intimate spots with surprising views and shade.

It’s easily accessible and is quite different from other function areas if you want to create something special.

The area boasts a complete collection of NT cycads.

Cycad Garden


Cycad Garden (23 on map)
Area use Small to large events
Capacity Up to 500 people depending on the are
Electricity Yes – 2 x 10 amp general power outlets
2 x 3 phase power
Lighting Minimal street lighting only from dusk till dawn – you will need to organise additional lighting
Toilets

In the Orientation Centre down the hill, closes at 4pm, get a key from the events coordinator

Water - not drinking water On site, get a water riser from the events coordinator
There is also water in the Orientation Centre
Site fees From $350, non-refundable for individuals
Bond

$450 signed bond authority invoked only if the area is not returned in good order

Access Geranium Street entrance off the Stuart Highway
Car parking

Geranium Street car park off the Stuart Highway

Special instructions Contact the events coordinator if you need a dance floor, marquee, cool room, extra lighting, or you want to inspect the site - where possible no stakes or star pickets may be used

Other function areas

There are other sites in the gardens that may be used for functions.

Most of these don’t have ready access to power or water.

Ask the events coordinator if one of these or any other area or venue may suit your event.

The Triangle

A compact area close to Heritage Lawn.

Frangipani Hill

A large, flat area rising sharply to the right of the main path from Gardens Road car park and opposite Borassus Lawn.

Sensory Immersion Garden

A compact area near the boardwalk.

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Last updated: 13 October 2017