Taronga Zoo Weddings

Rating
(69 reviews)
 
Location
2A Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, New South Wales
Business Hours
By Appointment
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Taronga Zoo is without a doubt Sydney’s most unique wedding offering. Set just 12-minutes from Circular Quay by ferry, it’s a one of a kind wedding venue with extraordinary wedding spaces and direct views over Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can say ‘I do’ close to the exotic wildlife exhibits and stay at the exclusive Wildlife Retreat on your wedding night.

Taronga Zoo weddings by Epicure always offer couples a day to remember. Not only will you get close up access to the sensational animal exhibits, but you’ll be able to dine and dance in a variety of elegant, nature-inspired event spaces. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the beautiful landscaped gardens and harbour views, the bright and contemporary function rooms effortlessly blend into the environment. 


Taronga Zoo is an attractive destination for any style of wedding; it’s a versatile venue with award-winning catering provided by Epicure. Delivering delicious, ethical and global cuisine, their menus are praised for combining the latest food trends with sustainable initiatives. They can cater for small affairs of 50 to extravagant wedding breakfasts of up to 250 guests. Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience surrounded by panoramic views of the zoo grounds and Sydney harbour. There’s no other place quite like Taronga Zoo for a Sydney wedding.   


Top three things you’ll love about your Taronga Zoo wedding:

  • Wildlife experiences. The wedding couple can enjoy close up photo opportunities with the resident animals at the zoo, including the giraffes or elephants. You may be able to incorporate private wedding tours of the zoo or feeding time experiences on request.  

  • Variety of spaces. There is an excellent variety of wedding spaces at Taronga Zoo, with optimum views of the zoo grounds and Sydney Harbour. From ballrooms to outdoor terraces and lawn marquees, any setup is possible at Taronga Zoo weddings by Epicure. 

  • Delicious catering. Epicure is the exclusive catering partner of Taronga Zoo. They source locally grown and produced foods where possible, and offer high-quality seasonal menus. They strive to be at the forefront of ethically responsible catering. 


The versatile ceremony and reception options at Taronga Zoo

  • The N'galawa Terrace. Above the ballroom, the N’galawa Terrace enjoys a gorgeous outlook over the zoo premises and Sydney Harbour. Complete with a private bar and sound system, it’s perfect for dinners, cocktail events and evening entertainment.

  • The Dalang Ballroom. The Dalang Ballroom is the largest blank canvas space on offer, with a neutral colour palette and 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour. It’s an impressive dining area with a private open-air balcony that you can dress to fit your wedding theme. 

  • The Gili Rooftop. The Gili Rooftop is the latest outdoor function space that’s been added to Taronga Zoo by Epicure. With sweeping harbour views by day and a sparkling night’s sky overhead by night, it’s an ever-evolving backdrop to your wedding day. 

  • Taronga Food Market. Overlooking the Thai elephant enclosure, the Taronga Food Market is a newly renovated event space that features high ceilings and beautiful Sydney views that leave a lasting impression. It’s adaptable to all wedding styles. 

  • The View. The clue’s in the name - this restaurant is all about the view. Overlooking the botanical zoo grounds and Sydney Harbour through large windows and on its private balcony, it’s a stunning space to celebrate your vows and host an immaculate banquet. 

  • Lawn Event Spaces. The outdoor event spaces at Taronga Zoo are always in high demand as they all have unparalleled views of the Sydney Harbour. You can set up a marquee, host a barbecue or exchange your vows in the impressive Bird Amphitheatre.


What the Taronga Zoo wedding spaces are like: 

  • A variety of flexible event spaces, including a rooftop, ballroom, terrace and gardens

  • The maximum wedding capacity is 250 seated and 350 standing

  • Experienced Taronga Zoo Wedding Coordinator

  • Stunning views of the city skyline and Sydney Harbour

  • An abundance of natural light through the floor to ceiling windows

  • State of the art AV equipment is installed for you to use

  • Contemporary interiors and full wheelchair access

  • Exclusive use of your event space on your wedding day

  • Exceptional catering by Epicure 


Here’s what else you need to know about Taronga Zoo weddings:

  • The venue is an easy 12-minute ferry ride from Sydney CBD

  • Spacious terraces and lawns for romantic outdoor photographs

  • On-site accommodation available at the Wildlife Retreat

  • Complimentary after-hour zoo admission for all of your guests

  • Option to hire a marquee on the lawn areas


What Taronga Zoo wedding couples say:

‘Taronga Zoo was the perfect venue. Our guests loved the view (vivid was on) and commented on the great food. Throughout the whole planning process, the Wedding Coordinator was amazing. She was very informative and answered all of my questions. Everything went to plan and it was an incredible day. The venue is breathtaking, the food was tasty and the customer service throughout we could not fault.’ Kirsty C


What’s the wedding accommodation like at Taronga Zoo?

Taronga Zoo has an exclusive overnight eco-experience like no other. Introducing the Wildlife Retreat, an Australian retreat where you can revel in the natural bushland and fall asleep to the sounds of the surrounding zoo enclosures. It’s an authentic sanctuary that allows you to unwind in luxury glamping tents, join a night safari, take part in rare close encounter sessions with the animals, and listen to fascinating keeper talks. 


What are some of the nearby attractions to Taronga Zoo?

  • Bradleys Head Amphitheatre

  • Sirius Cove Reserve

  • Clifton Gardens Reserve

  • Georges Head

  • Obelisk Beach

  • Middle Head

  • Maccallum Seawater Pool


Is Taronga Zoo a nice place for a wedding?

Definitely. Taronga Zoo by Epicure weddings are an incredible celebration of nature. From the exciting wildlife displays to the sustainable wedding menus, animal and nature lovers will appreciate this exciting venue just 12-minutes from Sydney CBD. The wedding team look forward to discussing your ideas and bringing them to life at Taronga Zoo. 


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Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 50 / Max 250

Price per head

Low $175 / High $ 220

Ceremony

Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 50 / Max 250

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering

Yes

3rd party catering

No

Event time included

5.00 hours

Music must end by

12:00 AM

Reviews

(69 reviews)
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17 Aug 2018

Taronga Centre was the perfect venue for us. The top to bottom full glass window views from the room were a stunning iconic Sydney backdrop. We absolute loved our photo & video shoot in the zoo! Was so much fun! We also loved working with Kylie & Nichole. They are very experienced and have been very helpful responsive throughout the entire process from beginning till end. Even when we were still considering they gave us time and space to do this. They’ve been flexible and easygoing, and they’ve gone above and beyond to help us with our wedding. This assured us that everything was in great hands and we didn’t have to worry about anything. Thank you so so much ladies for your wonderful assistance!

29 Mar 2018

Highly recommended! Beautiful venue with a breathtaking view. Great food and excellent service from the wait staff - everything ran so smoothly. All this couldn't have happened without Nichole and Kylie's hard work. They are a pleasure to work with - you can rest easy with them coordinating your reception!

Taronga Zoo Weddings  

Hi Sherman & Kat! We appreciate your kind words. Nichole and I absolutely loved working with you to create such a memorable day from start to finish. With the harbour views from our venue and the perfect sunset - Sydney definitely put on a show for your overseas and local guests. We wish you all the happiness and can't wait to see your photos! Kylie & Nichole xx

18 Nov 2017

Taronga Function Centre was such a beautiful wedding venue. Our guests could not stop raving about the view, service, food and beverages. They were extremely accommodating and so beautiful to work with in the lead up to our wedding!

Taronga Zoo Weddings  

Hi Tamara & Phil, we hope married life is treating you both well! Thank you for the feedback. It was a pleasure to host your wedding at the Taronga Centre and we love knowing that your guests and yourselves had such a great time enjoying the Sydney views and EPICURE's service. We are still admiring your lovely photos!! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! Kylie & Nichole x

27 Dec 2019

Pro - Awesome Sydney Harbour view and smooth wedding day. Con - high turn over on staff and no change management process. I dealt with 6 event coordinator in less than 12 months and they didn't keep a good record on our past communication. I recommend to budget for your own event coordinator/wedding planner to save yourself the headache. Leisa from Windwood Event rescued my sanity and I was relaxed even the venue provided me with a new event coordinator again 5 days before the wedding!

12 Oct 2019

We were excited to book with Epicure at Taronga Zoo but disappointed with the journey. The staff are great and are very helpful when you are communicating with them 1:1. However, we rotated through 3 wedding coordinators in the 12 months leading up to our wedding. Throughout our engagement with Epicure, it was difficult to reach our coordinator at times, we had to communicate the same info every time we switched coordinators and we were promised inclusions that didn't present themselves on the wedding day. It suggests to me deep cultural issues, where staff are trying to do right by their clients but are heavily under-resourced. I would like to thank the staff for doing their best to support their clients (they are accommodating and great on the day), but if we were to do it all over again, we would not host our wedding at the Taronga Centre and would not recommend it to our family or friends.

Taronga Zoo Weddings  

Hi Sui, thank you for your feedback. We will have someone from our team get in touch soon to discuss this further with you. Regards, The Taronga Centre team

11 Oct 2019

The best view in Sydney! We had both our ceremony and reception at Taronga and could not have asked for a better venue. Although we had to change our ceremony location from outside to inside, it worked out perfectly. Their new rooftop room is the perfect ceremony location. The ceremony and reception were absolutely perfect.

Taronga Zoo Weddings  

Hi Adelle, thank you for the kind words! Wwe hope married life is treating you both well. It was an absolute pleasure to host your wedding at the Taronga Centre. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. The Taronga Centre team.

23 Aug 2019

Beautiful beautiful location and excellent food! This place is simply magical and has the best views of the harbour bridge and opera house and sunset. The service was amazing also. The only reason for a 4 instead of a 5 star is we had significant turnover in our contact person / wedding coordinator which created some stress - over a period of 6 months everytime we spoke to someone shortly after they had left and there wasn't a smooth communication process.

6 Apr 2019

We had our wedding at the view restaurant with 50 guests. The venue itself is amazing with a great view of Sydney and the staff on the day of the wedding was very helpful. We also had an amazing wedding coordinator who was very helpful. However, she has left and we have got a new coordinator a few months before our wedding. We are giving 3 stars because we found the communication with the new coordinator was not always clear as the instructions we discussed weren't followed. We prepare the seating chart so the family and friends can sit together but this was not followed so some were sitting separately. Also some dietary requirements weren't followed so some guests get dish that they cannot eat. We wish her communication was better so there would be no issues on the big day!

5 Apr 2019

I could never fault this venue. The food and the view are both incredible but the thing that stood out for us was the staff at the venue. We visited other venue locations in Sydney and they felt like they just pumped out weddings and were not at all invested in your day...you don't feel like this with Taronga. One of my bridesmaids had a number of food issues and like everything else they did everything to accomodate. Thank you to Jessie and Katherine for everything.

9 Mar 2019

Taronga Centre is an absolutely beautiful venue. The view is stunning and the environment is beautiful. There is a supportive team which were very helpful on the day, at times I felt the organisation could be improved. Overall, I had a great time having my wedding at the Taronga Centre, and was happy with the food on the day as well.

Taronga Zoo Weddings  

Hi Xiang. We appreciate your kind words. Jess absolutely loved working with you for your special day. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness! Jess and the Taronga Centre team xx

9 Feb 2019

Simply an amazing venue and place to celebrate your wedding! We got the Harbourview Terrace, we celebrate our day on a Saturday afternoon and the view was absolutely gorgeous. All our guests were​ impacted on how amazing the city looks from that point, it was beautiful! In regards the coordination, at the beginning was really good, we had a lady that was helping us a lot and she was very attentive with the emails, calls and replying as soon as she could, all our doubts and mini details. Unfortunately, around 2 months before the wedding, she left the center and we got a new coordinator and it wasn´t the same. The emails, responses, and coordination of everything we had with the previous lady was a mess, and we ended up with some problems and discussions after the wedding. A shame knowing that after a month of the big day we were still dealing with issues and discussions. Besides the bad part of the process, the place was amazing, the food was REALLY good, it felt like it was not going to be enough but it wasn´t, delicious and very good treatment from the staff. We had a blast!

18 Aug 2018

Great place, great views and amazing people to deal with! Very helpful and the chef.. he is amazing!

1 Jun 2018

Taronga centre was the perfect venue. Our guests loved the view (vivid was on) and commented on the great food. Throughout the whole planning process, Nichole was amazing. She was very informative and answered allll of my questions. Everything went to plan and was an incredible day. The venue is breathtaking, the food was tasty and the customer service throughout we could not fault. Only minor thing I could complain about was having to walk through the grounds to each photo location when we thought the buggies would transport us around so the 1 hour photo time feels mostly spent walking around.

19 May 2018

Taronga Centre were fabulous! They made our day perfect! All of our guests raved about the venue too. Thank you so much to the whole team!

Taronga Zoo Weddings  

Thank you for your lovely review, Laura & Matt! We are so happy to hear that your wedding day was everything you dreamed of and more. It was a pleasure to host your guests at our venue and by the looks of the beautiful images and video; you all had so much fun!! Wishing you the very best always, Kylie, Nichole & the Taronga Centre events team. x

21 Dec 2017

Amazing venue and amazing service on the night and also throughout the organisation of the event. Nichole and Kylie are great! Would highly recommend!

Taronga Zoo Weddings  

Hi Nicky & Chris, thank you for your lovely feedback. We had a ball assisting with your wedding plans and couldn’t think of a better couple to finish off our 2017 year. Jewel Phon did an amazing job on styling your room too - everything was just beautiful! Thank you again for sharing this special day with us and the Taronga Centre. We wish you the very best always. Kylie & Nichole xx


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