Renowned for its high Victorian interiors and rich decoration, Sydney Town Hall is the largest and most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia. When completed in 1889, it was the colony’s most daring, innovative and controversial building, and dominated the Sydney skyline for almost a century.

Although the Town Hall is a multipurpose building with a high degree of adaptability, its primary functions have changed very little in over 140 years. Large spaces which can be adapted for meetings, exhibitions, receptions and performances dominate the interior which also accommodates the council chamber and civic offices for the lord mayor and aldermen.

Treasured as one of the grandest surviving 19th century halls in Australia, the Centennial Hall was completed in 1889 in honour of the centenary of the founding of Australia. A spectacular and versatile setting for grand banquets, balls, concerts, conferences and large scale events of every description, the Centennial Hall comfortably seats up to 800 people for dinner, 1,500 for cocktail events and 2,000 people seated theatre-style. A ceiling height of 20 metres enhances audio- visual presentations. This glorious space also features a Tasmanian blackwood and tallowwood floor and the famous 25 metre wide Grand Organ, which spans the entire width of the western wall. There are 21 stained glass windows featuring Australian ora, a stunning ornate ceiling and 12 giant marbled pillars in the corners of the hall. The Centennial Hall offers sublime acoustics, spectacular lighting opportunities and a Fazioli Grand Piano is available for hire. An unrivaled space for performances and events of every kind, the sheer scale of the Centennial Hall offers great versatility in event planning.

Outside, the steps and balconies provide the ceremonial platforms for street parades and stages for democratic expression, while high above, the public clock keeps the city on time. The Vestibule opened in 1880 as Sydney’s first town hall before the completion of the Centennial Hall some nineteen years later. Above the elegant interior is a beautiful elliptical dome featuring some of the earliest examples of Australian stained glass and from which is suspended a spectacular crystal chandelier.

The Vestibule can accommodate up to 200 people for a party, reception, exhibition, launch or special occasion. It is used primarily as the location for registration or pre-dinner drinks for events being held in the Centennial hall.

For catering, Restaurant Associates is Sydney Town Hall’s and Customs House’s chosen partner. They are a group of world-class professionals, amongst the most highly regarded in contemporary cuisine, service and project management. They have an enviable track record, working as the in-house caterers for some of the most significant and prestigious organisations in the world.

Booking your wedding or special occasion through Sydney Town Hall not only provides you with a variety of gorgeous spaces, but an all-round tailored and personalised service that wraps everything up into a neat little package. Touch base with them using the details below to get your planning started!

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