Outdoor options

Our dome marquee and spaces for third party marquees and ancillaries

Please note that as at August 2020 we are in the process of preparing an application to Council for our marquee and/or lawn spaces to be approved for use by guest parties of up to 120 people. Because of the mutating and ridiculously wasteful nanny-state bureaucratic preconditions associated applications in NSW we cannot say exactly when this approval might be forthcoming but we hope before year end. Please be aware that we can accept only provisional bookings for fully outdoor celebrations until that happens. In the meantime our whole-of-facility hire comes standard with our a 100sqm function room (Covid inside dining capacity 25#, non-Covid 85#)), its lounge area (16#/30#) and its verandas (Covid exempt 45#). Note that event organisers are responsible for their party's COVID compliance.

You are, of course, welcome to use our lawns and/or arbor to conduct a wedding ceremony before your reception.

Our own marquee, once approved, will consist of a 175sqm permanently-in-position marquee frame covered with tenting fabric and with a floor. The frame and its fabric-covering is wholly designed-and-manufactured by Creative Structures in Holland and will be big enough to accommodate up to 120# seated diners plus muso and dance are. Of course it provides plenty of space for a bodywork Retreat, eg Yoga.

The marquee frame is permanently assembled in position with its 6 legs bolted to concrete piers. At 16+metres long, 14+m wide, 7.1m high. It is structurally engineered with a sturdy 120mm diameter anodised aluminium frame able to withstand constant weather exposure when unclad and also powerful winds when clad. It is located at the north end of a 600sqm+ graded lawn area. A lighting truss winchable to 5m can be creatively and safely decorated or further lit by you at ground level additional to the basic LED lighting on it that we provide. The unclad frame can be used for a variety of activities....say for open air dining, a dance floor or just casual outdoor lounging/seating. It's your choice...but note approval issue above.. 

If you want the frame covered with our waterproof white pvc fabric to create a very large marquee for wind, rain and temperature protection as well as for decorative effect then, subject to above constraint,  all you have to do is give us no less than two weeks notice so we can schedule outside assistance to install it. Note the extyra fee on our tariff schedule. Fabric includes 6 x 8m long zipped side panels (3 opaque and 3 clear) and all but one of the opaque ones has zippable roll-up central doors. Such is the translucent nature of the fabric it will allow coloured internal lighting effects to be visible from the outside.  You may hire a dance floor from a third party if desired for placement inside or outside the marquee. 

Hired-in extras? We have graded and levelled additional spaces you can choose for hired-in alfresco drinks/food vans/dining/games or to erect preferred third party hired-in marquee as an alternative to ours.  Please note that our marquee frame will remain fixed in its position. There is enough space immediately south of our frame for traditional rectangular marquees up to 18m long or for as many as two conjoined nordic tipis (total 23m X 13m) to be erected. We also have a level lawn in front of the Cockatoo Room 19m X 10m that can be used for a marquee or alfresco uses. We do not currently charge extra for such optional equipment.  Marquee suppliers well-familiar with Bawley Bush Retreat include nordic tent suppliers Kata Lane and Matakata, also clear wall/roof and standard rectangular wedding-tent suppliers and Shoalhaven Party Hireand South Coast Party Hire....See Providers list. You are free to hire from any professional, third-party provider so long as that provider confirms to you that you, and us, are covered by that supplier's Liability insurance on our property.

Noise abatement: For regulatory reasons, impossible for a sane human to comprehend, guests are required to comply with noise abatement rules for outside events that do not apply to inside events. As our application is still subject to consideration by the regulatory overlords please ensure you obtain details before booking an outside event at our venue.