Venue hire common questions

Frequently asked questions about Venue Hire and bookings Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Common questions include:


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How do I make a booking?

You can make a booking by contacting us.


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What does my booking allow me to do?

You are able to:
  • celebrate your wedding in the Geelong Botanic Gardens
  • choose your exact location from 8 different gardens. No other bookings will be taken for the area you have reserved at the same time.
  • carry out professional wedding photography anywhere in the Botanic Gardens (that has not been booked by another client).

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Can I book for special occasion photography?

Yes - you can! Learn more about Photography at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.


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Can I take my wedding photos in the Botanic Gardens if my ceremony was held elsewhere and what are the fees and booking period?

Yes - you can! Learn more about photography in the Geelong Botanic Gardens.


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Do the Gardens provide any chairs or equipment for the wedding ceremony?

No - you will need to bring with you what you need. We do not make recommendations for private suppliers.


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Can I bring in red carpet, an archway or things to tie to the trees?

You can bring in a red carpet provided it has no rubber backing.

We do not permit archways as they can be a hazard on a windy day.

Please do not attach anything to any structures or trees in the Botanic Gardens.


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Can I use a marquee?

Marquees are not permitted


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Can we bring in free standing umbrellas in case of forecast rain?

No, they are a considerable hazard in the wind. Handheld umbrellas are permitted.


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What happens if it rains?

As the Gardens do not have a large undercover area you will need to have an alternative venue arranged. If you are concerned about rain then you should consider booking the Bunya Lawn as it has a Cabman’s Shelter which could shelter the bridal party.

Some function centres have suitable areas that can be used for the service. No refund will be given if you cancel your wedding due to rain.

Storms or emergencies - In case of major storm events or other emergencies, we may close the Gardens for safety reasons. We will endeavour to notify you of the situation. Booked events will not be permitted on site during closures.


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What facilities are available?

Toilet facilities are provided (refer to map for locations). The Tea House is open from 10:00am to 3:00pm for light refreshments.


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What are the opening and closing times of the Geelong Botanic Gardens?

Event bookings will only be approved during normal operating hours.

Gates are locked promptly and bookings need to finish ½ hour before closing time.


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What are some alternate venues for weddings?

If the Botanic Gardens are already booked on the date/time of your event then you may like to consider other venues.

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Page last updated: Monday, 31 December 2018

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