Darling Harbour: Home of Sydney's best Venues

Date Posted: 15/06/2017 4:59:15 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

How To Choose Between These Three Great Venues In Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is THE place for your next corporate or private event. Whether you’re looking for charm, style or a trendy spot, we have a range of venues that would suit many types of events.

The only hard part is choosing between these three great venues.

Chinese Gardens

Update:  this venue is no longer available. 

Have you ever imagined your own secret garden? A place to escape; to breathe deeply and feel the sun on your face. Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship is that place. Much more than just a city garden, the walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways.

Individual pavilions make a stunning space for a wedding or utilise the whole ground for a one of a kind cocktail party.

This is the venue for you if:

  • You are looking for a unique and enchanting experience for your guests.
  • You want a central venue that doesn’t feel like it’s right in the city.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

With views of Darling Harbour and the glittering city skyline, an event at the Australian National Maritime Museum will intrigue and delight. Located at the edge of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, the museum stands out as a spectacular architectural icon with a distinctive maritime flavour. On shore, or on the water aboard one of the museum's vessels, your conference, meeting, product launch, team building event, dinner, cocktails or Christmas party will be an event to remember in a stunning waterfront location.

This is the venue for you if:

  • You are looking for a venue with stunning views.
  • You want a professional setting with an exclusive feeling for your event.

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Yots Cafe

Overlooking the picturesque Sydney Harbour and city skyline, Yots is an enchanting venue offering open-air dining. Yots is fun, slick, affordable and easy to swing by to have lunch, or a snack. The relaxing atmosphere and the impeccable service keeps our customers coming back. The bar license allows Yots to provide a unique experience at the Australian National Maritime Museum. An Asian influence menu brings a contemporary dining experience whilst incorporating sustainability into everyday operations. Yots is an excellent location for almost any occasion.

At Yots right now: Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue until 30th August 2017. See the menu here.

This is the venue for you if:

  • You want a relaxed, cafe atmosphere for your event.
  • You want a central venue where you can meet up and move around the city easily. 

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12 Tips For Planning Your Wedding

Date Posted: 20/06/2014 10:08:43 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Planning Your Wedding

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Image credit: Creek Street Photography

Just got engaged? Congratulations! But don't know where to start? Relax!  We've got everything you need to plan the perfect day.

Laura has 12 Expert tips that will actually make planning your wedding a pleasant experience

It's almost wedding planning season again: a time for flowers, beautiful dresses, and elaborate cakes. But there's also the potential for massive stress. If you're a bride-to-be, here are 12 top tips from industry experts to help make the process a bit easier. 

1. Start early. 

Late planning will drastically reduce the options. This could result in a second best venue, and far from a dream wedding. We recommend you start thinking at least 12 months ahead.

2. Make the planning fun. 

With so much to think of, planning a wedding can be really stressful. It's easy to forget to enjoy the journey. We encourage our couples to make a celebration out of as many planning events as possible. For instance, if you're having a dress fitting, meet with your entourage for lovely afternoon tea afterwards.

3. Get organised. 

To do this, create a master document with supplier names, contact numbers, and other important details. Not only will you feel in complete control during the planning stages, you can hand it over to one of your trusted bridesmaids on the day!

4. When looking for that special unique venue, ask yourself two questions. 

What kind of wedding do you want? And how many guests do you want to invite? Only once you know the answers to these questions should you start researching possible venues.

5. Take notes. 

It may feel a bit like being back in school, but taking notes when visiting venues or other suppliers is a quick reference if you have questions later. You're bound to forget a lot of the details by the time you get home.

6. Make a menu you would enjoy. 

Many future brides and grooms worry about the wedding menu and guest’s preferences or dietary requirements. We always advise couples to choose a menu they would like to eat and pick out their own favourite dishes. We’ll look after the rest!

7. Avoid cake collapse. 

We have heard some real horror stories about the cake collapsing just before or during a wedding! To avoid this, have your cake supplier oversee the set-up of the wedding cake. Then try not to move the cake after it's been arranged. 

8. Be smart with your budget. 

If budgets are tight, I would always advise clients to spend a bit less on elements such as wedding cars or gifts, but to get the reception looking right. That's where you and your guests will be spending most of your time. 

9. Think about the lighting. 

This is crucial to creating the right mood. Uplights and candles are relatively low-cost ways of introducing colour into your theme. Don't forget to think of outside lighting too – outdoor lanterns are really cheap and look amazing.

10. Relax before the big day. 

It's easy to get swept up in stress surrounding a wedding. 

The solution? Treat yourself to a little luxury. If you're in a hotel with a spa, we recommend going for a leisurely swim or massage the night before. It will leave you feeling refreshed and will help you get a good night's sleep.

11. Consider themed thongs as a favour. 

This is our favourite! Ladies can kick off their shoes and dance the night away without the agony of high heels. Plus they last for years after the wedding, meaning they'll bring back fond memories. 

12. Make it about you and your partner. 

This is a special day, meant to celebrate a future together with the person you love. Experts stress the need to keep the day personal. As an added bonus, guests love attending weddings that are individual and will be pleasantly surprised by any unusual or quirky adaptions.


Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian Technology Park
Wylie's Baths
National Art School - Cell Block
Prince Henry Centre

To talk about ways to create your dream wedding day, contact Laura on 9209 4810 or

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New Barista, Community support and youth programs at the State Library of NSW

Date Posted: 31/07/2013 3:49:34 PM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas

The Trim cafe @ the State Library of NSW has some great news this week to share with everyone!!!  

We welcome our new Barista Bruno Gonçalves - check out his skills on the pics below. 

We also like to welcome Shalom from Burwood Girls high working alongside our cafe manager Alan and our continued support to the community by employing and training youth at our retail operations as well as our kitchens.  

Protecting and enhancing the environments where our business operates, innovating with waste management techniques, working in collaboration with suppliers, venues and clients to positively impact our local community and reducing our footprint by raising awareness are the fundamental principles of our Foodified™ philosophy.


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6 weddings - 1 Weekend Thank you everyone - GREAT JOB!

Date Posted: 13/11/2012 12:55:41 PM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas

Check some of the images, locations and feedback from our customers 

6 weddings 1 weekend, laissez-faire

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"Great food, friendly and efficient staff, beautiful venue. We are sure to come back for many more celebrations!" 

"Dear Sara,
I would just like to thank you and your team for a wonderful wedding. Everyone had such fun and everything went according to plan. It was very much the wedding of their dreams" 

The Cell Block at the National Art School

Date Posted: 16/02/2012 12:00:00 AM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas
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Just came back from a site of the Cell Block at the NAS.....what an exciting space! For those who never been and/or are looking for something really special, call us so we can take you in. This is a unique space perfect for special events. And the best, Laissez-faire can take care of all the catering for you. 

Learn more:  NAS