Athol Hall is a beautiful heritage venue with some of the best views of Sydney Harbour in all of Sydney. Tucked along the edge of Sydney Harbour National Park, the laid back style and tranquil bush setting of Athol Hall is why it’s one of my favourite Sydney Wedding venues.
The original building was constructed in 1850 and was formerly known as the Athol Gardens Hotel. In recent years the Athol Hall venue has been renovated to update and make the most of the wonderful space. Outside of the hall, you have the beautiful old balcony that your wedding guests can enjoy canapé hour on. Inside the hall, the exposed beams and high ceilings provide a blank canvas for you to style and set up your reception anyway you wish. There is enough space inside the hall to consider a sit down meal, or if that is too formal then a cocktail arrangement.
All year round this venue is absolutely stunning. As the sun sets and the lights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House turn on. Each time I photograph an Athol Hall Wedding I am reminded of how it’s the perfect setting for a wedding.
Can we have our wedding ceremony here?
Yes! There are plenty of spots for you to consider for your wedding ceremony at Athol Hall. Bradleys Head Amphitheatre which is just a short drive (and walk) from the venue is another great option.
Can we have our wedding reception here?
Yes! The hall is able to accommodate both sit down and cocktail style wedding receptions.
What kind of style is a Athol Hall Wedding?
Being a heritage hall invokes a rustic and laid back feeling in style. With its white beams and walls it’s truly a blank canvas for you to add as much or as little extra styling as you wish.
What is the address?
Ashton Park, Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Athol Hall is located around a 25 minute drive from CBD of Sydney in New South Wales. It can be accessed via car or public transport (closest transport hub is Taronga Zoo).
How many guests can we have at Athol Hall ?
Up to 130 guests seated (formal sit down) or 200 guests (cocktail style).
How much does a wedding cost here?
For full details about wedding packages and inclusions, it is best to contact the wedding venue for up to date details.
Is there a wet weather option at this venue?
Yes! The wedding ceremony can take place inside the hall if the weather is wet.
Is there parking on site?
Yes. There is paid parking close inside the national park and along Bradleys Head Rd.
Athol Hall Wedding Photos
Why I Recommend Athol Hall (As A Sydney Wedding Photographer)
In the early years of my career I photographed at Athol Hall a few times and it has always drawn me back. I have always enjoyed the privacy you have at the venue, and the way people can enjoy the outdoor and indoor locations. To me this freedom allows weddings of all sizes to freely be enjoyed, which makes for great photography moments.
[image of the venue and grounds]
The ceremony options on site (and close by) are fantastic (photographically), making the most of the beautiful location and views.
[ceremony setup image]
The location on the harbour foreshore is perfect for bridal photos, with plenty of great photo opportunities close by. From Athol beach, within Ashton Park, the surrounding national park and Bradleys Head. With everything available on site, it means you can sooner get back to party with your wedding guests.
[Bridal photo on location]
The hall is the perfect intimate wedding reception space. Set up your wedding tables so you can easily get around and chat with everyone (but leave enough space for the dance floor). The laid back feel to the hall makes it easy for you to party the night away with your family and friends (and is one of my favourite parts of a wedding day to photograph).
[image of the reception setup]
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Athol Hall Wedding
- With the beautiful lawn out the front of the venue, consider arranging some lawn games for your wedding guests to enjoy. They are great fun and bound to create some funny and priceless memories for everyone.
- The best time of the day for wedding photography is as the sun starts to set. Make sure you both take some time at sunset to enjoy the views and capture some spectacular wedding photos.
- Make sure you factor in some times to mingle with your guests at enjoy those views of Sydney Harbour (perhaps during canapés). It’s all too easy to miss out on this quality time on your own wedding day.
- Wedding planning can be stressful. During your wedding planning if you make a site visit, why not consider packing a picnic and taking a walk through the bush down to Bradleys Head Amphitheatre. It can be a beautiful spot to relax and watch the sun go down.
Similar Wedding Locations You Might Also Want to Consider
If you are considering a Mosman wedding for your special day then you may be interested in some other wonderful wedding venues in the area.
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It’s always a joy to document a wonderful Athol Hall wedding. If you are planning on having your wedding day here, then I would love to be there to photograph it for you.