Botanic Garden Restaurant, Sydney

Friday, June 16th 2017

We find ourselves drawn to spaces we can build on. We are entranced by the blank canvas, venues where our imaginations run wild, plans that evolve from the magic of good bones and beautiful foundations. We have an innate urge to evolve and innovate, to create without limitations and dream without boundaries. We look for spaces that are inherently flexible, where floorplans, menus and styles can be molded and changed, adapted to fit the aesthetics, mood and purpose of each event.

Hidden in a leafy oasis in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Trippas White Group’s Botanic Gardens Restaurant stands like the treehouse of our dreams. Enveloped by the palms and blooms of the Botanic Gardens, we recently spent a morning inside the space, losing ourselves in its lush panoramas and glimpses of the harbor beyond…

Stepping into the space, the world seems to slip away: the cacophony of the city’s orchestra is silenced, replaced by a tranquil soundtrack of quiet birdsong and water that moves as if dancing. Epitomizing seclusion and blissful immersion, the venue transports you into a world of your own, a paradise where time lingers and outside chaos segues into a slow serenity.

Perfectly positioned for ceremonies held in the gardens, convenience is essential to the venue’s ethos. The restaurant will cater for ceremonies on the lawn, guests able to sip cocktails and graze on canapés while the bridal party depart for photos. Wander up to the restaurant itself and expect a space with ceilings that disappear into the sky. Vines hang from white wood and eucalypt sits atop a statement concrete fireplace. Every element works effortlessly with its surrounds, a harmony of nature and construct that we didn’t want to leave.

Come nightfall, the gardens close to the public and the restaurant evolves from sunlit emporium to star-filled Elysium. From then, the world becomes entirely your own, a private playground for you and your closest friends and family. Nights spent here are reminiscent of nothing else, an intoxicatingly different side to a city we know so well.

Here, we found ourselves dreaming of dining outdoors, the restaurant’s glass perimeter retracted to reveal clear skies and perfumed air. We’re picturing infinity tables that snake along the deck, cutlery brushed in hues of gold and bronze, linens draped to reflect the softness of the lawns below. The food hits the table as edible art, plates garnished and flourished with sprigs and flowers so as to create an edible garden, a sensory delight as sight and taste collide.

This is a space that lets you be, a venue not limited by overwhelming design or constricting aesthetics. Here, simplicity rules, styling choices effortlessly dissolving the line between inside and out. At the heart of the restaurant is fluidity, a symbiosis between garden and venue, where there is beauty in the basics and nature reigns supreme.

 

Need to know
Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 2000.

Access
Enter the gardens through Mrs Macquarie Rd, Henry Lawson gate. Vehicle access for vendors available between 8-10am and 4pm onwards.

Spaces and Capacity
Tables can be set up inside the restaurant or on the veranda.

Lawn locations for ceremonies are available on request (to be booked through the Royal Botanic Gardens).

The venue fits guest numbers of up to:
110 banquet sit down with dance floor
130 banquet sit down without dance floor
250 cocktail

Multiple floor plans and tables are available subject to numbers

Wedding Catering
Select from a set menu or create a bespoke offering from scratch. The restaurant can cater for everything from styled grazing stations to degustation.

After ceremony drinks and canapés on the lawns are available on request.

Other
Close proximity to the CBD and public transport

Buggy transport for bride and groom

Moments from the glimmering harbor foreshore.

For more information and all booking enquiries, head to the Botanic Gardens Restaurant website.

Places to Lose Yourself... Secluded Campsites Around the World

Monday, April 3rd 2017


"I longed for real silence
the kind you can’t find
but stumble upon
in some cabin
somewhere
on a lake without a moon,
where you hear the cigarette burn
and the candles flicker
and your mind dances alive
to the symphonies in the black"
- Atticus

Searching for space for conscious introspection, we’re dreaming of time spent in nature to find hidden inner truths and forgotten musings. Dedicate yourself to the process and find a simple and complete escape - an isolated patch of paradise and a temporary home to connect with the natural world and find your balance. Disengage from technological distractions and go off the grid, embracing the allure of seclusion and secret wanderings.

Perfect for pre-wedding reflections or spiritually inspired bachelorette parties, we’ve put together a list of dream campsites designed for pure seclusion. Be romanced by awe-inspiring mountains, desert landscapes and star-filled skies, by deep silences punctuated only by shifting sand and restless seas.

Surrounded by natural grandeur, melt into the landscape with inconspicuous tents in tonal palettes. Think organic shapes and soft textures, structures with billowing awnings and bamboo finishes, or luxe hammocks artfully suspended amongst the trees.

ERG CHIGAGA, MOROCCO
Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp

Situated in the centre of the Erg Chigaga Desert, Erg Chigaga Desert Camp offers complete seclusion and serenity. A luxury campsite of nomad tents and sumptuous suites, we love Erg Chigaga for sweeping views of Moroccan plains, a horizon dotted with rolling sand-dunes in shades of burnt sienna. Think candlelit nights and Berber furnishings, time spent immersed in untouched landscapes...

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, USA
Black Rock Campsite

An expansive landscape of golden, sunbaked plains surrounded by twisted rock and exposed granite; Joshua Tree is strewn with cacti and holds five fan palm oases. A fragile ecosystem of delicate lifeforms, we love Joshua Tree for slow mornings and quiet afternoons, the perfect place for self discovery and reflection. 

ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRALIA 
Longitude 131

A luxury wilderness retreat overlooking the sunburnt terrain of the Australian Outback, Longitude 131 epitomises opulent seclusion. A compound of only 15 tents, experience complete seclusion in one of Australia’s most sacred sites. Utterly serene and inherently peaceful, with uninterrupted views of Uluru… 

VALLE DEL COCORA, COLOMBIA
Camping Valle del Cocora Salento

With palm trees stretching infinitely into the heavens, Valle del Cocora is a forest of clouds flanked by rolling mountain foothills. A sea of wild grass and protected palms, we love Valle del Cocora for tropical camping in the heart of Colombia. Think canvas tents and woven hammocks, nights spent amongst native flora in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes. 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN, AUSTRALIA
Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain

Set in the Lake St Claire National Park, Cradle Mountain is surrounded by ancient rainforests and alpine heaths. Home to some of the most magnificent views Tasmania has to offer, we love Cradle Mountain for wintery travels in breathtaking scenery. Think icy streams cascading from rugged mountains and local wildlife drinking from glacial lakes…

PENZANCE, UK
Treen Farm Campsite

Tents speckle the Cornwall coastline, pitched in fields spilling with lush wildflowers. Overlooking inky seas and golden sands, slow down and watch waves crashing over moss covered rocks next to boats moored on the shore. A fully equipped site with picnic benches and a fire pit, we love Treen Farm for quintessential English tranquility. 

JERVIS BAY, AUSTRALIA
Paperbark Camp

A tented bush camp just two and a half hours from Sydney, Paperbark camp is a secluded escape perched in the treetops of the Shoalhaven. Our pick for city escapes and weekend staycations, for sumptuous forest treehouses surrounded by turquoise waters and deserted beaches… 

LAUGAVEGUR, ICELAND
Laugavegur Treck

Pitch a tent along one of the most incredible treks in the world. A breathtaking landscape spanning a spectrum of colors, where orange-capped hills and slopes stained brown meet mossy veneers and ebony sand. Soak in geothermal pools by day, and sleep amongst fields of white blossoms by night.

 

PARQUE NACIONAL NATURAL TAYRONA, COLOMBIA
Bahia Concha

Tracing the coast of the Caribbean, Tayrona lies at the foot of Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. With smooth shores in palettes of azure and turquoise, we love Tayrona for daytime slumbers on hammocks strung between palms, balmy sunsets and midnight swims...

FAROE ISLANDS, DENMARK
Húsavík Campsite 

An archipelago of 18 tiny remote islands, we love the Faroes for wild landscapes and uncharted terrain. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Norway and Iceland, expect dramatic fjords and cliff faces, abandoned villages and total isolation amongst panoramic views.

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND
Totaranui Campground

Camp next to crystalline waters and sleep under a sky filled with stars. Soft tides are juxtaposed with dramatic cliffs, a coastline carved from granite and marble that juts from the sea to the skies. The waters surrounding the park are also a known nesting spot for fur seals and a playground for blue penguins.

COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, ECUADOR 
Parque Nacional Cotopaxi 

Cotopaxi National Park's centerpiece and namesake is one of the world's tallest active volcanos, considered sacred by local Andean people. Surrounded by landscapes in mossy greens and earthy greys, natural springs filter off glacial peaks into scrubby bushland and grassy fields.

WHITSUNDAY ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
Whitehaven Beach

One of the world’s most beautiful beaches, we’re forever drawn to Whitehaven’s white sands and pristine shores. Known for its shifting tides that create a swirling constellation of colours, we love Whitehaven for beachside camping and tropical escapes.

Poolside, Sydney.

Friday, January 13th 2017

When it comes to planning events, sometimes you can tick all of the logistical boxes, you can style a space to perfection, guests filter into your meticulously planned occasion… but the vibe isn’t quite there. As event stylists, the goal isn’t ever to impress guests with elaborate decor, it’s always about creating atmosphere. And it starts with the venue. 

High on our list of waterfront spaces that lend to effortless cocktail celebrations is Sydney’s Poolside at Andrew (Boy) Charlton. Events aside, it’s a destination you’ll find us frequenting on any sun drenched Sunday morning, or for afternoon cocktails on their stunning outdoor terrace. Poolside is the kind of transportive space that completely shifts your mood, the moment you step through the entrance. 

Enveloped by water, perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour and overlooking the iconic Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Poolside is our dream space for languid dining and cocktail events. Beautifully infused with modern decor, Poolside evokes a mood of effortless Summer elegance, so effortlessly chic it barely requires styling.  An open aired terrace is scattered informally with cocktail furniture, black and white striped umbrellas shadow contemporary wireframe chairs (finally a venue that provides decor you would actually choose to hire!), and tables are accented with organically shaped, hand painted ceramics. Inside, floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide unobstructed views over Sydney Harbour and Woolloomooloo Bay, perfect for wet weather, or as a winter venue for those wanting oceanic inspired celebrations without being exposed to the elements. 

Inspired by the venue's relaxed summer mood, Poolside has us dreaming up chic cocktail celebrations accented with luxe tropical decor achieved with foliage. Think simple, structural arrangements like singular bismarckia fronds angularly placed in vases. Combine layers of greenery (we love muted or deep green tones) in contrasting textures and shapes. Keep your focus on exquisite canapés, beautifully presented and suffused with flavours evocative of exotic travels. Think fresh seafood, oyster and sashimi bars, artfully arranged salads styled with edible blooms, entrees perfumed with flavours of citrus, mango and coconut, all paired with signature summer cocktails. For cocktail events, Poolside also offers chef stations where they can cook and serve a signature menu on the outdoor terrace, adding beautifully to a mood of relaxed summer elegance. 

Need to Know:

Location: Sydney (on the fringe of the Royal Botanical Gardens, overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay)

Very close proximity for ceremonies held in the Botanic Gardens

Spaces & Capacity: An open aired terrace and restaurant inside with a capacity for 55 guests seated, and 110 guests cocktail. 

Event Catering:

- Exquisite selection of canapés for cocktail receptions
- 3 course plated menu for seated receptions with seasonally designed menus
- Chef stations can be set up on the outdoor terrace as a signature menu option (oyster & sashimi bar, grazing     tables, paella a la valenciana, mexicana grill)

Other: 

- Arrive by water taxi or private charter 
- Direct loading access for deliveries & onsite security
- In house entertainment system, wireless handheld mic

For more info and all booking enquiries visit the Poolside website

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