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


See full rate card below

Hire capacity

Up to 120 guests


Wheelchair accessible

Garden accessibility
Further info

Find answers to the top venue hire questions

Frequently asked questions

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.

Enquire about Bowden Centre


  • Free on-site parking
  • 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
  • Cocktail furniture available to hire (6 bar tables, 24 stools and 2 wine barrels) or sit-down furniture (15 trestle tables and 120 white chairs)

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 2023 to June 2024

Venue hire

DescriptionStandard fee
Day hire (8.30am - 4.30pm)$1,405
Evening after hoursPOA
Half day (4 hrs)$700

Ceremony package

  • 20 white gladiator chairs
  • Signing table and two chairs
  • Black carpet aisle runner

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
Static Ranger - per 100 people (4 hour minimum)$67 per hour
Ranger - public holidays (4 hour minimum)$87 per hour

Mobile Ranger (4 hour minimum)

Applies to commercial film/photography

$77 per hour
Waste removal$146


Note: pricing depends on the scope of your event, please email our Venues team to discuss your needs.

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.

Send an enquiry