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The Boatbuilders Yard

5  ( 2 reviews ) · 23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Victoria (View Map)
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Situated next to Melbourne’s iconic Polly Woodside sailing ship sits The Boatbuilders Yard; an award-winning waterfront wedding venue in the heart of Melbourne’s hospitality and convention precinct. Beautifully-designed and boasting plenty of natural light, this relaxed venue offers stunning city views, wide-ranging catering options - including BBQ menus, and space for 200 guests cocktail-style.

Enjoy a relaxed, laidback wedding at The Boatbuilders Yard; a stunning Melbourne waterfront wedding venue in the city’s vibrant South Wharf dining scene. Ideally perched on the water’s edge, The Boatbuilders Yard offers a lovely mix of breathtaking city views, exquisite fare, and stunning architecture, with this popular establishment having been designed by renowned hospitality team, Six Degrees.

Weddings at The Boatbuilders Yard are absolutely divine, with this award-winning venue bringing out all the stops for their couples. This includes tasty, culinary treats crafted by a professional chef, served with your choice of refreshing beverages - prosecco, cider, shiraz, the enviable choice is yours. 

Well-presented and chock-full of unique flavours, the Boatbuilders Yard's impressive menu is exquisite, so there are no wrong choices when it comes to deciding on your wedding menu: From finger food and platters to grazers and BBQ packages, your guests will be thrilled with any of these delectable options.

Nestled beside Melbourne’s iconic Polly Woodside sailing ship, The Boatbuilders Yard offers many gorgeous wedding photo locations, too, with supreme Yarra River views to boot. Might we suggest a stunning group photo with Australia’s coffee capital in the background?

“Was such a lovely event, the location was fantastic, a really nice view of the river and a great spot to people watch. Was so impressed with the quality and quantity of food and drinks and the staff were all so lovely.” Jamie

What you can expect when working with The Boatbuilders Yard for your Melbourne wedding:

  • Award-winning venue in the heart of Melbourne. The Boatbuilders Yard is a breathtaking, award-winning venue overlooking Melbourne’s Yarra River, and is the perfect place to enjoy this stunning city in a relaxed manner.
  • Beautifully-designed building. Light-filled and modern, The Boatbuilders Yard is an architectural treasure, with sought-after hospitality team, Six Degrees, having designed this popular establishment. 
  • Delicious range of wedding menus. At The Boatbuilders Yard, there are a number of inviting wedding menus to choose from, each offering tasty fare that’s presented beautifully. Our pick? The lamb, honey, and rosemary chipolatas on the BBQ menu - yum!

Highlights of working with The Boatbuilders Yard:

  • Relaxed waterfront wedding venue with city and Yarra River views
  • Designed by renowned ‘hospitality gurus’, Six Degrees
  • Flexible function spaces with standing room for 250 guests
  • Central location in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD
  • Wide variety of tasty catering options
  • Award-winning venue situated at South Wharf

“This place was awesome, the view was amazing, the food incredible but most of all the staff great. would recommend this venue to anyone looking to hold a function.” Ben


Hey lovebirds! My name is Steph & I take care of Weddings at Riverland Group. I've been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years, with experience in front of house, event coordination and sales. I'm a hopeless romantic with a passion for people & creating moments that will be remembered forever. I also became a Celebrant during last year's lockdown! My other loves include my 8 year old labradoodle, Indiana Joan, live music & relaxing with a good book.

Stephanie Hosking

Wedding Planner

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 20 / Max 200 Reception guests

Price per head: Low $60 / High $ 150

Min 20 / Max 200 Ceremony Guests

In-house catering

Music must end by 12:00 AM


23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Victoria

South Wharf | Melbourne | CBD
South Wharf | Melbourne | CBD

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In order to secure bookings, we require a signed confirmation form and payment of a 25% deposit, which is based on the minimum spend. You will receive this from your Experience Planner when placing a tentative booking.

Venue hire is complimentary for all Wedding Receptions! If you wanted to have your ceremony at the venue, you’d just be looking at a $750 Venue Hire fee.

The Decks is fully enclosed, so you are protected from the rain & cold weather, whilst still having un-interrupted views of the Yarra river and city skyline.
We also have overhead heaters and fans throughout the space for added comfort 

We have 20 x bentwood chairs that we can provide for your Wedding Ceremony, in addition to the cocktail furniture & stools on the Upper Decks. 

Our canape packages are served on trays and are roamed through your space. If requested we can place these trays on a table for your guests. If you have organised a BBQ, this will be set up on a buffet for your guests to help themselves.

We recommend that you select a variety of vegetarian/gluten/dairy-friendly items when selecting your menu, as all of our menus have these options available. Alternatively, you can add a tray of dietary specific items to your package (minimum order is 20).

For any severe dietary requirements, please provide us with the person’s name and we will contact them on the day so that we can arrange a separate meal for them.

For seated events please let your Experience Planner know in advance so that we can cater a specific meal for them. In the instance where the guest has more than five items they are allergic to, it is better to supply us with a list of menu items they can eat so our chefs can confidently accommodate.

We accept deliveries up to 24 hours prior to your event date, based on how many items are being delivered and how much room we have in our storage area. Please arrange this with your Experience Planner as certain restrictions apply with our loading docks.

Certain dessert items such as cupcakes or donut walls can be accepted as long as they are made from a commercial kitchen and we are provided with a food safety certificate. Please note some items may incur a cakeage charge. For savoury items, we have bar mix and chips available at the bar for purchase.

As we are fully licenced, other external food and beverages are not permitted. However, if there is something specific you are after we are happy to discuss your requirements and tailor a package to suit your needs. Kosher meals can also be organised through our preferred suppliers list.

Of course! We have a preferred suppliers list to give you some inspo, but are happy to work with your personal suppliers to ensure delivery and set up is seamless. 

Absolutely! You are welcome to organise a Spotify playlist, DJ or live music. Please note we require them to bring their own equipment and plug into our internal system, so that we are be able to monitor and adjust the volume level in accordance with our regulations. Noise levels can be assessed against EPA Victoria’s State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Noise from public premises, No. N-2)

See our preferred suppliers list for our music recommendations

Our venues are all non-smoking, however we have dedicated smoking areas for your guests to go to, which are not too far from your allocated space.

2 reviews 5 Write a Review

May 2021

Sarah and I had our “Surprise” Wedding in the Decks function room. The venue it self is in a perfect location, it’s very spacious & minimal decorations are needed to dress it up. The food was amazing & we have heard nothing but great things about the staff from our guests. Stephanie was a pleasure to deal with & was very accommodating as we planned our special day. If you are planning a wedding or an event definitely get in contact with them.

Amy C.

November 2014

The Boatbuilders Yard was amazing for our reception. It was the perfect atmosphere, looked absolutely stunning and the staff were so helpful. We had always wanted to have our reception there because of the relaxed feel but our expectations were blown away!

Angela L.

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