The Bowden Centre

Sitting amongst native Australian bushland, the Bowden Centre is a unique, warm and inspiring space.

The Bowden Centre in full surrounded by trees

The Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan


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Hire capacity

Up to 120 guests


Wheelchair accessible

Garden accessibility
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Where nature's splendour meets contemporary elegance.

Surrounded by the serene beauty of the Cumberland Plain Woodland, this stunning venue provides the backdrop for a truly unforgettable experience.

The Bowden Centre was architecturally designed with ecological sustainability in mind. The building is lined with timber inside and out, and comprises of a 345m2 structure which houses one large 105m2 space with kitchen facilities, a 50m2 covered entertaining area or outdoor 'classroom' and a 30m long veranda that faces onto the adjoining open green.

The open green space immediately in front of the venue offers endless possibilities for outdoor activities and photo opportunities. The kitchen has a domestic stove, oven, dishwasher, and commercial fridge.

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  • 14m x 8m function room
  • 7m x 7m alfresco area
  • Large lawn spaces immediately in front of the venue
  • Kitchen with domestic stove, oven and dishwasher, as well as a commercial fridge
  • Furniture available - 6 bar tables, 24 stools, 2 wine barrels, 15 trestle tables and 120 white chairs (if opting for venue hire only, furniture must be set up and packed down by the hirer)
  • A/C
  • Vehicle escorts can be added to allow for a smooth set up and pack down of the event 

Perfect for:

  • Weddings
  • Engagement parties
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Cocktail events
  • Christmas parties
  • Conferences
  • School groups
Inside of the Bowden Centre looking towards the woodland outside

The soaring roof and 'windoors' fill the interior with beautiful sunlight

Rate card

July 2024 to June 2025

Venue hire

DescriptionStandard fee
8-hour hire$1,805

16-hour hire (8am – midnight)

  • An Event Ranger must be added to the booking for all hours outside of Garden opening hours

Event Package

  • 16-hour hire (8am – midnight)
  • After-hours Event Ranger
  • Photography permit
  • Furniture set up and pack down

Reception Package

  • Furniture set-up choosing from: 15 trestle tables, 120 white folding chairs, 6 high tables, 24 stools and 3 wine barrels
  • Event ranger for 7 hour period
  • Cleaning and waste removal
Additional hours$175 per hour


Security, cleaning and other fees

DescriptionStandard fee

Event Ranger (4 hour minimum)

  • Event Rangers can be added to your booking to manage RSA and conduct vehicle escorts
  • Event Rangers are mandatory for all after-hours events
  • Ratio is 1 Ranger to every 100 guests
$67 per hour

Vehicle Escort 

  • The Duty Ranger can escort >2 supplier vehicles at one time from P3 directly to the site to unload, and back to P3. The fee is applicable per escort.

$90 per escort 



  • All fees are quoted GST inclusive
  • Ranger fees are subject to a minimum of four hours
  • Bookings outside of Garden opening hours will incur an additional Ranger fee
  • Duration of event booking includes set up and pack down of the event
  • Additional miscellaneous charges may apply
  • Fees valid 1 July 2024 – 30 June 2025

Get in touch

Please contact us to discuss your wedding reception or for questions not covered on this page. Instant bookings are available for picnic, ceremony, photography and other venue hire requests.

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