The Boathouse Group

(113 reviews)
227 Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach, New South Wales
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The Boathouse is a group of waterside hospitality based businesses located in Sydney, Australia. The Boathouse has four wedding + event venues, including The Boathouse Palm Beach, Moby Dicks Whale Beach, The Boathouse Shelly Beach + Barrenjoey House Palm Beach. Each venue offers sit down + canapé style weddings + events, with modern Australian menus designed by The Boathouse chefs.

  • Waterside locations in Sydney, Australia
  • Exclusive hire of the venue
  • Modern Australian menus, designed by The Boathouse chefs
  • Sit down + canapé style weddings available 
  • Venue hire of each venue includes styling + fresh flowers around the space
  • Live music is permitted
  • Guest parking is available on the surrounding streets at each of our venues
  • Styling options + packages available 
  • Nearby accommodation at Barrenjoey House Palm Beach

Welcome to The Boathouse group of wedding venues. The Boathouse is a group of waterside hospitality venues located in Sydney, Australia. The offering includes cafes, wedding + event venues, accommodation, homewares + catering. The Boathouse has four wedding + event venues, including The Boathouse Palm Beach, Moby Dicks Whale Beach, The Boathouse Shelly Beach + Barrenjoey House Palm Beach. Each venue offers sit down + canapé style weddings + events, with modern Australian menus designed by The Boathouse chefs. 

Moby Dicks is set on the hill overlooking Whale Beach in Sydney, Australia. Moby Dicks offers sit down weddings for up to 150 guests, and canapé weddings for up to 200 guests. A garden courtyard is available for ceremonies on-site. 

The Boathouse is located in Palm Beach in Sydney, Australia. Set on Pittwater with beautiful water views, The Boathouse offers canapé style weddings for up to 200 guests, and sit down weddings for up to 30 guests. 

The Boathouse Shelly Beach is located in Manly in Sydney, Australia. The Boathouse offers weddings both upstairs + downstairs. Upstairs offers canapé style weddings for up to 120 guests, and sit down weddings for up to 60 guests. Downstairs offers canapé style weddings for up to 200 guests, and sit down weddings for up to 80 guests. 

Barrenjoey House is located in Palm Beach in Sydney, Australia. The heritage restaurant is located opposite Pittwater, with a guest house upstairs. Barrenjoey House offers canapé style weddings for up to 120 guests, and sit down weddings for up to 40 guests. Small sit down weddings for 14 guests including an overnight stay is also offered upstairs at Barrenjoey House. 

The Boathouse can cater for your wedding, engagement party, hens party, getting ready on your wedding day, recovery brunches + any special occasion! The package is available for your home or chosen venue, and includes food, beverages, styling + The Boathouse team for service. 

We love all things celebratory, we look forward to creating a unique + memorable wedding for you + your guests!

Easy Weddings Special Offer

Covid Events Package

We have designed a package with a reduced minimum spend to suit celebrations during these restricted times. The package is available for sit-down events at:

  • The Boathouse Palm Beach
  • Moby Dicks Whale Beach
  • The Boathouse Shelly Beach

The package includes:

  • Reduced minimum spend
  • No venue hire fee
  • Reduced food + beverage package
  • Additional styling + other inclusions

We hope we can help you celebrate your special occasion + we look forward to working with you to create a memorable event.

Terms + Conditions apply.

Please enquire for details + to book.

Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 1 / Max 200



Ceremony Guests

Min 1 / Max 200

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

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We can accommodate the following: 

Moby Dicks Whale Beach : 150 guests for a seated event + 200 guests canapé style 

The Boathouse Palm Beach: 30 guests for a seated event + 200 guests canapé style

The Boathouse Shelly Beach: 80 guests for a seated event + 200 guests canapé style

Barrenjoey House Palm Beach: 40 guests for a seated event + 120 guests canapé style


The venue hire includes exclusive use of the venue for 5 hours, The Boathouse Team for service, floral displays in the main room, standard table settings, causal lounge areas as well as a dance space.


Fresh white linen table cloths + napkins (Moby Dicks only), white dinner plates, white side plates, cutlery, glassware.


6 hours is the maximum time frame which you may hire Moby Dicks. This includes your standard 5 hour wedding + 1 hour extension.

Any Extension involves a $750 Venue Hire Fee per hour + a per person cost for your unlimited chosen Beverage Package.


You must have Bollinger Special Cuvée selected as your Champagne option in your unlimited beverage package to be able to hire the Bollinger Boat. Bollinger Special Cuvée is included in Beverage Package Three, or you may opt for a Bollinger upgrade if Beverage Package One or Two is chosen. 


(113 reviews)
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13 Dec 2019

Stunning venue! Could not recommend more! With absolutely amazing staff - caring, kind an so accomodating. Kassandra our event manger just made our wedding day a breeze! She is a star! We really enjoyed working with her throughout the whole process. The food is also amazing, was completely surprised, didn’t feel feel like wedding food but rather a intimate restaurant. 10/10!

6 Dec 2019

A brilliant and beautiful venue! The food was delicious, staff were attentive and made the wedding planning process easy. The Boathouse also baked our wedding cake, which all of our guests loved. They created our floral displays and also set up their beautiful balcony space for our intimate ceremony. We highly recommend this venue!

22 Nov 2019

We couldn't have chosen a better venue for our wedding day! From the very first time we met the team at the Boathouse Shelly Beach, we felt in good hands - and that feeling didn't change.

2 Nov 2019

This is an OUSTANDING venue. We had our reception here (55 pax) in November. The catering was sensational and our guests raved about it. Lucinda (our event coordinator) was an absolute joy to work, extremely professional, and well-organised. The service from the wait-staff was exceptional and so many of our guests have commented to us how impressed they were! The location of the venue is second-to-none, and it makes the most of its beach outlook with a large balcony and mirrored wall. This, combined with the hanging florals the boathouse arranges, resulted in a completely stunning venue! We would not change a single thing about our wedding reception- thank you so much!

26 Oct 2019

Absolutely Perfect!!! My husband and I could not fault The Boathouse Palm Beach. We had numerous compliments on everything from the service, to the food, and how stunning the venue itself it. It really was the perfect day and wouldn't have changed a thing. Kassie and Julia from the events team were so helpful from day 1 with helping us plan our special day. Then the beautiful Laura was our supervisor on the night who was just THE BEST! Cannot recommend this venue and the staff any more. So so happy, thank you guys!!!

5 Oct 2019

The most amazing venue for our wedding surrounded by the beach and park. The service was incredible, the staff followed us around all night to ensure we ate, they even had a platter just for us. The food was amazing, everyone loved it and commented on it the next day. I couldn’t thank them enough. I would highly recommend the boathouse to others.

7 Dec 2018

If you are after a stunning venue... amazing staff and a room that literally doesn't need another thing done to it! Look no further than Moby Dick's. Our guests are still raving about the staff, food and service that they received at the reception. I'll never forget how amazing the event managers were! The reception was worth every.single.penny!

25 Nov 2018

Stunning venue! Decorated with flower displays (included in venue hire), beautiful rustic furniture, scented candles, lighting, table settings and numbers - all beautiful and included! Food was the best food ever! I have never had such wonderful food at a wedding. Serving was generous. More than enough to go around, some would say too much! Staff were friendly, kind, genuine and so warm and generous. The view is incredibly beautiful overlooking Whale Beach. The coordinaters are so caring and kind, helpful and amazing! You dont need a wedding planner, they basically help you throughout the whole process and planning. Anything you need! Do not go past this place, its truly amazing.

2 Jan 2014

It was our dream to have The Boat House as our wedding venue and it did not disappoint! Such a great team to handle all the details that make the day such a success. Can highly recommend this as your first port of call!

8 Nov 2020

My husband (eek) and I celebrated our wedding at moby dicks in November and where do I even begin.? The venue itself is simply breathtaking! Absolutely stunning inside with out of this world views! If I could rate the food 100/10 I would! To die for! All our guests went on that it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had. We had shared platters and the staff just continued to bring more and more as required! The staff & service were so accommodating! And Anna..she is just amazing! From the get go she made us feel like family! So lovely, easy to contact, always went above and beyond and did her best to make sure our day was perfect.. even despite all the headaches covid threw into it.. she made sure it was perfect regardless. If you are looking for a wedding venue, I would not go past mobys!

24 Oct 2020

Our wedding was planned in a duration of 1.5 months. However, Boathouse Group was very responsive in addressing all our queries, doing multiple venue reccee sessions and with their support in the lead up to our big day. As the weather lords decided to shower all their love on our wedding day the staff ensured they are quick address the vagaries of monsoon. They received all our guests at the entry with umbrellas and ensure the groom and bride have no raindrop marks on their attire as they make their entry amongst the guests. The outer deck arrangements were shifted inside in a matter of 15mins. I can only say the staff was quick, supportive in offering all their services and easy to coordinate with. The cake and food were amazing so much so all our guests left with wonderful feedback on the entire event.

12 May 2020

All we can say is WOW. The service that Kassandra gave was absolutely amazing and could not fault a thing! From start to finish Kassandra did everything she could to cater to our expectations. She made it a really seamless process and we could not be any happier. It is pretty hard to beat a venue like this, not only the location but the amazing service of all staff involved and the styling of our ceremony. Truly a 5 star venue.

25 Mar 2020

We had our wedding reception at Moby dicks and it was the most beautiful venue ever! The staff on the night did a great job and made sure our night ran smoothly. We had a few bumps in the road leading up the our big day but Kassie our event coordinator went above and beyond for us to make sure our day could run as smoothly as possible. We can’t thank her or recommend her highly enough. She was definitely a shining star in this whole experience and someone we are very thankful to have met!

13 Mar 2020

We had the most amazing wedding reception at Moby Dicks last month! The location and view is amazing, the food is the best we've EVER tasted at a wedding, and the space itself was so tastefully and beautifully decorated with such attention to detail. The best part is their service - the Moby Dicks team is so easy to deal with before the wedding and were so excited about our wedding plans, and the team on the night were so attentive and professional during the reception itself. We were SO well looked after on the night - they were flexible with how the evening played out, made sure we were fed and had full glasses, and were just so attentive (both to us and ALL our guests). So many of our guests commented on how amazing the food, drink and service was. We didn't have to worry about a thing!

6 Mar 2020

The perfect venue for the perfect day. We had both the ceremony and reception at The Boat House Shelly Beach. From start to finish it was the most amazing wedding experience. Lucinda who was our lovely wedding coordinator was so so so helpful and efficient throughout the whole process. She kept everybody calm (especially me) and she made sure the day went smoothly- we can’t thank Lucinda enough. We had the ceremony upstairs and the reception downstairs and I would definitely recommend having both at the same venue. The ceremony and reception were decorated so beautifully we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Our guests loved the food (especially the paella) and everyone always had a fresh drink in their hand thanks to the exceptional and attentive staff. If you are looking for a wedding venue on the Northern Beaches look no further than The Boathouse Shelly Beach! THANK YOU GUYS xx

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