The Boat House

(34 reviews)
Grevillea Park, Menindee Dr, Barton, Australian Capital Territory  View Map
Business Hours
9-5 Monday- Friday
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For couples looking for more than just a function venue... A reputation built on an award winning kitchen and service, with restaurant food and service. Canberra's premier lakeside wedding venue and restaurant.


The Boat House by the Lake offers a unique opportunity for you and your guests to experience a truly first class reception on Canberra’s premier location, Lake Burley Griffin. The same kitchen and service team that run our multi award winning fine dining restaurant will also look after your event

The Location
Minutes from the city yet set in its own gardens on the absolute lakefront of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House is Canberra’s ultimate wedding venue. With a reputation built on its award winning kitchen and unsurpassed service, a wedding reception held here will be one to remember.
Whether you are after a lakeside garden wedding, a relaxed reception with sumptuous canapes, or a more formal dining affair, the Boat House’s stunning water views and sophisticated atmosphere make it a unique setting for family and friends to celebrate your special day.

Our three rooms are superbly presented with crisp white linen, crystal glassware and direct access to a lakeside deck and gardens. The atmosphere is further enhanced by floor to ceiling windows and a crackling open fire in the West End Room during the winter months.

The Boat House is equipped to handle both small and large weddings of up to 140-160 seated or 250-300 cocktail, with ample free parking on the doorstep.

Minutes from the city, but miles from the world.

The Service

Owner James Souter will work personally with you to design a day that reflects you and the memorable experience you would like to provide for your loved ones. On the day, you and your guests will enjoy our tradition of outstanding service, and the warmth and professionalism of our team. We love the joy of weddings, and your happiness is our benchmark of success.

The Food

Perfectly executed excellence. Our sophisticated cuisine draws on the best available seasonal produce to create sumptuous and interesting dishes. Your menu will reflect the creativity and class of our award winning fine dining restaurant. Head Chef John Leverink and his team promise to inspire and delight your guests with exciting aesthetics and flavours.

With a restaurant style experience at the core of our offering uur recent accolades include:

  • 2 chefs hats in the AGFG awards 2021
  • 3 wine glasses from the Australian Wine List of the Year awards for 4 years running (hosted by Gourmet Traveller Wine) 2020
  • Winner of the “Best Listing of a Regions Wines” in the Australian Wine list of the Year awards 2020


Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 10 / Max 250

Price per head

Low $170 / High $ 210


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 10 / Max 90

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

6.00 hours


(34 reviews)
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26 Mar 2021

We are so glad we chose The Boat House for our wedding venue! From the very beginning the entire process was well-organised, even with managing a postponement thanks to COVID. We went with a cocktail reception and this certainly did not disappoint! We received so many compliments from our guests on the night about the incredible food, the venue, and the attentive and generous staff. Everything went smoothly which meant we could focus on enjoying our night, and we had the best time. Highly recommend The Boat House as an amazing wedding venue in Canberra!

The Boat House  

Thanks Tanya. What a wild ride to get to the date but I'm so glad that we all were able to have a fantastic day!

22 Nov 2020

An excellent venue. Fantastic views over Lake Burley Griffin, highly professional and experienced staff and a very friendly and accessible owner who was on hand to answer all our questions and go over all the details with us lead up to the event. All our guests raved about the food.

14 Mar 2019

The perfect venue for the perfect day. We had both the ceremony and reception at The Boat House. The garden is a beautiful location for the ceremony - gorgeous views of the lake and lots of trees to ensure guests are comfortable. There is also a lovely indoor option if the weather is bad. The reception venue has spectacular views over the lake. My guests said The Boat House dinner was the best wedding food they'd ever tasted. The service was impeccable. James is extremely knowledgeable and can help with everything from planning the schedule for the day to finding providers. There are also lovely areas surrounding the Boat House for photos. It has everything you need for a spectacular day!

23 Oct 2023

I can not thank James enough, his team where amazing, Our wedding was amazing, every need was looked after. Our Guests loved the venue and the food. Well worth getting married here

13 Mar 2021

We are so glad we chose The Boat House for our wedding reception venue - we cannot fault our experience! From the outset, James was incredibly experienced and professional, guiding us through options, set ups, schedules and even alternative arrangements depending on changing Covid-19 restrictions. He made us feel like valued customers from the beginning, even though The Boat House is a venue that is in high-demand regardless. The reception itself went off without a hitch - the food was exceptional, the service was perfect, everything went according to our planned schedule and the staff were flexible during our pack up. Our guests are still raving about The Boat House and how it never disappoints. In addition to all of the above, the location of this venue is just beautiful, even on a rainy day! We highly recommend The Boat House to future couples considering it as an option.

12 Jul 2019

It was beautiful here, and they supplied all our decorations as well which was also so helpful!

10 Mar 2019

They were absolutely superb!! 100% absolutely amazing, people were raving about the venue to us, the food was amazing, the chef was lovely as well and the venue is just beautiful! We had a early evening reception, and it had beautiful lighting. I dropped all my table arrangements and place cards and they just set everything up for me! I couldn't speak highly enough of them, it was a really good atmosphere I'd do it all over again.

15 Jan 2019

They were fantastic with their service. We could choose our own meals and they tasted wonderful! They set us up in a beautiful spot as well!

2 Nov 2018

As we were out of state, The Boat house proved to be the perfect venue. Not only does James take the time to explain everything to you, his staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. The chefs are magnificent and we were given such a fantastic and memorable experience being taken through the menu at our tasting and on our special day. The venue will do almost everything for you making it a truly stress free event. Thank-you to James and staff for your absolutely excellent presentation and kindness! Would highly recommend!

19 Oct 2018

Really good, easy and straight forward! I was amazed at how much food there was and they even assisted with setting everything up. Highly recommend!

8 Jul 2018

We were over the moon with the whole experience - from the first chat with the manager over a cup of coffee to the way how they cut the wedding cake. These people are real professionals and very attentive to all the little details you never think of. Fireplace, spacious venue, view of the lake, incredible food and exceptional service. They know how to accommodate a dream wedding.

2 Mar 2018

We have been there many times before and it is a beautiful venue. We loved it! Our guests loved the venue and they are still talking about it.

26 Jan 2018

What a venue! We had the absolute best day thanks to Julia and the team at the Boathouse Palm Beach! Right from the initial consultation to the day, the team were so attentive and made the whole organisation seamless. The styling, food and location are all to die for and we had nothing but fantastic feedback from all our guests!

11 Jan 2018

We chose The Boat House for it's amazing lake views and it didn't disappoint. The staff were knowledgeable and attentive and the food was absolutely amazing. Through the process we found them easy to communicate with and very professional.

22 Oct 2017

Outstanding, they are just fabulous! Owner, staff were all great, beautiful experience.


Grevillea Park, Menindee Dr, Barton, Australian Capital Territory

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