Dunbar House

(108 reviews)
9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, New South Wales  View Map
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A historic mansion dating back to the 1830s, Dunbar House is the perfect setting for an elegant wedding. Located just 25 minutes outside of Sydney, this classic venue boasts harbour views, waterfront ceremony locations, excellent cuisine, and plenty of photography opportunities throughout the property. The venue has hotel affiliations, with special packages available for newlyweds.

A short walk from Watsons Bay wharf sits Dunbar House, a historic Sydney mansion with foundations dating back to the 1830s. This handsome heritage estate is one of the city’s oldest buildings and is managed by a dedicated staff who look after all of the events.

The house itself has a range of thoughtfully designed interior spaces that can accommodate up to 150 guests, which you’ll have full access to with exclusive venue hire. The second floor is a gorgeous backup ceremony space in the case of inclement weather, with pre-reception drinks and canapes served on the upper-level harbour terrace and the reception held inside the main dining room.

For ceremony locations, couples are drawn toward the waterfront. With stunning views over the harbour, the lawn area sets a tone for breathtaking wedding ceremonies. You and your partner will clasp hands beneath a towering Moreton Bay Fig Tree in Robertson Park, your loved ones gathered around you. The golden hour strikes this area and effuses the house grounds with soft, dreamy light, which is perfect for your wedding photos.

Dunbar House is owned and operated by Grand Pacific Group — of acclaimed The Tea Room QVB, Gunners’ Barracks and Sergeants’ Mess.


“Dunbar House was absolutely fantastic as our wedding reception venue! We found it so easy to deal with their wonderful team, no question was too big or too small for them to answer. The staff on the night were exceptional, so attentive and professional. Food was out of this world, we had so many compliments on the delicious dishes. A really beautiful venue and easy to work with and dress up, it's so well maintained it doesn't need a lot of extra decorations and details.” Amie L.


What you’ll love about Dunbar House Sydney:

  • Exclusive hire of the entire venue. You aren’t restricted to one area when you hold your wedding at Dunbar House; they offer exclusive hire of the whole venue. You and your guests will be able to utilise both floors of the building and the expansive grounds.
  • Hotel discounts and packages. Dunbar House is affiliated with the Hilton Sydney, offering romance accommodation packages for newlyweds (additional to packages), specially designed to complete your perfect day. Alternatively, they recommend Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, located within a short walking distance.
  • World-class dining experience. Head chef Rob Crichton creates menus using fresh seasonal produce. Dishes combine British and Asian cuisine elements, and the catering team strives for innovation in every menu they create.


Highlights of Dunbar House Sydney:

  • World-class dining and elegant decor
  • Stunning wedding settings 
  • Fantastic accommodation packages 
  • Heritage Sydney mansion
  • Waterfront ceremony location
  • 25 minutes from Sydney 
  • Endless photo opportunities


Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 50 / Max 110

Price per head

Low $130 / High $ 190


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 50 / Max 110

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

6.00 hours

Music must end by

12:00 AM


(108 reviews)
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21 May 2022

Absolutley Exceptional!!!! Food, Location, Staff. all amazing!!!

3 Mar 2022

Our wedding could not of been more amazing thanks to Dunbar house, the location, the view, the food. Everything was perfect!

12 Dec 2021

Amazing place, location, venue, and team! Foods were beyond amazing. Highly highly recommend Dunbar house. Kylie and her team had been nothing but helpful and professional! Thank you guys!

25 Jun 2021

Dunbar House was the most perfect choice for our venue - from day 1 the team were amazing and supportive, they even helped me with a late notice bridal shower at partner venue the Blue Room, and on the day of my wedding which happened to be the last day before lockdown, they made everything perfect and helped me to stay on track with the day, they were just amazing - I'm so glad we picked Dunbar, it is a stunning venue and fantastic staff - they also had amazing food and everyone left very full! Highly recommend this venue.

5 Mar 2021

Upon finding Dunbar House we were incredibly impressed. We loved the aesthetic, they were flexible with a half vegan - half non-vegan menu and the minimum spend instead of minimum guest numbers was an absolute selling point (as it provided so much more flexibility for us to choose how we wanted our wedding to look/feel). The venue provides a perfect mix of waterview, greenery and luxury. Communication could have been better at stages, perhaps due to changing of staff throughout out 18month planning period. Some minor errors on the day (such as no-sugar coke with spirits, wrong food for the groom and not providing/putting aside remaining cake to take home) let the venue down for 5 stars. Nonetheless, excellent service, good co-ordination and our guests were really impressed by the venue. No guest went home hungry and we couldn't imagine anywhere else for our wedding day.

22 Jan 2021

Such a beautiful venue with amazing food and wine. We had the ceremony under the fig tree and it was absolutely stunning. Dunbar House took care of all the details on the day which meant we could really relax and enjoy it!

2 Oct 2020

I couldn’t recommend this venue enough!! Venue is gorgeous and staff will make your hearts melt!! Food was delicious, guests kept raving about it. Located on the shores of Watsons Bay. Perfect for a dreamy sunset.

8 Aug 2020

I must start out that the venue was amazing! I can't fault that whatsoever. The food was incredible and our guests were complementing us throughout the night about the quality. My main gripe with this venue is the staff in charge (waiters were AMAZING though). I'm talking about management. I understand during these times, there will be hiccups along the way and we can accept that. However, what I couldn't accept is the lack of communication we received and the ability to come up with ideas on how to work with restrictions. Rather than come to us with 'you can no longer do this' (which we heard alot), we would've much rather have heard 'you can no longer do this BUT what about this option'. They never had any solutions to any issues we had and we were forced to come up with it ourselves.

8 Aug 2020

While the venue is lovely and the location is stunning, unfortunately management and the planning process are extremely lacking. Our wedding was during the covid pandemic which meant that restrictions were in place, and the environment was changing. We felt that we were met with "no, you can't" instead of options of what else we could do. Also, had we not proceeded with our reception, we would have lost our entire deposit as they do NOT offer any amount of money to be returned once paid regardless of what the situation is. On the night of our wedding, their covid marshal informed me that we could not take photos with our guests. I was beyond disappointed at this as we had been in constant contact with the venue all week and they waited until the evening to tell me this additional restriction. Poor management and poor communication. Don't do it.

5 Mar 2020

Really beautiful venue on prime location.

30 Dec 2019

Dunbar House was absolutely fantastic as our wedding reception venue! We found it so easy to deal with their wonderful team, no question was too big or too small for them to answer. The staff on the night were exceptional, so attentive and professional. Food was out of this world, we had so many compliments on the delicious dishes Really beautiful venue and easy to work with and dress up, it's so well maintained it doesn't need a lot of extra decorations and details

20 Dec 2019

It really was a fabulous experience overall. Weddings are obviously really stressful – and when it came to the reception, I knew I didn’t have to worry about anything at all! From start to finish, the staff were fabulous - guiding you through everything involved. The location is hard to beat, especially for sunset pictures, and the heritage building is gorgeous. Great staff that went above and beyond on the day, fab food which all of our guests raved about - was just an awesome place for our reception. Truly memorable

24 Nov 2019

Beautiful wedding venue, food was fantastic and very good service!

26 Oct 2019

The day was great, the venue was fantastic. The majority of the reception went through flawlessly. One issue however was the servers did not come around with refills/top-ups or new drinks as quickly or as often as expected.

30 Aug 2019

The service and support from Dunbar house and staff could not have been better.


9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, New South Wales

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