5 best kept secrets
We unravel Sydney’s most magical hidden gems
While Luna Park has been in operation for more than 14 years, the attraction has been a destination for blossoming romances since the 1930s, when it first opened. The unique harbourside setting provides a vintage vibe with hints of modern sophistication. It also offers exclusive photographic opportunities called Brides on Rides for couples seeking something special and extraordinary on their wedding day. Award-winning chef Mark Taylor and his team create exceptional menus and offer seasonal selections, which include local and high-quality produce. Luna Park’s wedding and celebrations manager also works alongside the bride and groom and offers a variety of packages to help turn your dream wedding into a reality.
1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point NSW 2061
P: 02 9033 7582
Grand Pacific Tea Room QVB
The Tea Room
Situated in what was once the original Grand Ballroom of the landmark Queen Victoria Building, The Tea Room epitomises style and quality and is the perfect romantic setting for your big day. A refurbishment in 2014 has introduced custom-designed Baccarat crystal chandeliers to celebrate the ballroom’s beautiful Victorian ceiling. With capacity for 200 guests seated and 300 cocktail, a customised food and wine menu is available for couples. Packages also include additional supplier items to enhance the setting of your wedding. Weddings are operated by the Grand Pacific Group, which offers a dedicated wedding coordinator, who works closely with each couple, ensuring the reception and all the finer details are meticulously planned.
Level 3, North End, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
P: 02 9283 7279
This charming historic treasure found in the Sydney suburb of Mosman is sure to take your breath away. If grand architecture and manicured gardens are what you’re after, this Heritage-listed circa-1885 building should be topping your venue wish list. Combining timeless elegance with leafy surrounds, the mansion is home to Mosman Catering. It’s available for exclusive venue hire for weddings where you’ll enjoy the secret garden hideaway, perfect for civil ceremonies. Managing the site since 2015, Mosman Catering is a boutique high-end catering company that offers a highly personalised service to all couples. Executive chef Emmanuel Herrera boasts decades of experience in providing high-quality banquet fares and offers an extensive menu to select from. Delicious, mouth-watering and jaw-dropping are just some of the words that spring to mind to describe the dishes on the dessert list, expertly created by pastry chef Remi Bataille. The catering company also offers a fine selection of vino wine from Tyrrell’s Wines. With drink, food and the venue sorted, Mosman Catering offers couples a celebration to remember.
624 Military Road, Mosman NSW 2088
P: 02 9188 5021
Beta Bar and Gallery Sydney
Set in the heart of the Sydney CBD, Beta Bar and Gallery Sydney pairs modern meze with Greek-inspired cocktails for a chic inner-city bar and venue experience. Elegant and contemporary, it is situated above Alpha Restaurant and boasts historic Victorian-era architecture. This hidden gem is perfect for couples who want an intimate and secluded wedding yet still want to be immersed in city life. The bar is licensed to accommodate 200 people with exclusive use, 170 people without a dance floor and 150 people with a dance floor. Meanwhile, renowned chef Peter Conistis has designed a Greek-inspired menu to complement each event hosted at the venue.
Level 1, 238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000
P: 02 8599 8970
Studio Sydney Tower
Studio, Sydney Tower
Why you’ll love this place? Well, it’s the highest event space in the city, offering astonishing views of Sydney. The newly refurbished New York-inspired venue can hold up to 200 guests, with water, cityscape, Opera House and Harbour Bridge views. Come rain, hail or shine, your wedding guests will enjoy all that Sydney has to offer from high above the clouds. The enthusiastic team at Studio believe that pairing food and wine is just as important as the match between love and marriage, which is why they have appointed the talented Elton Inglis as their head chef. Menus and packages can be tailored to your needs, and no venue hire fee will be applied provided that the minimum spend is met. The only problem is you may never want to leave!
Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets, Sydney NSW 2000
P: 02 8001 6760