About This Venue
Lilburndale is one of the most historic sites in the Hawkesbury, the circa 1829 property originally belonging to one of the earliest settlers in the district, George Hall. The property is located in Sackville, a short 1.15-hour drive from Sydney. The scenic 1100 acre property features Lilburndale House and other historic pastoral buildings including The Packing Shed wedding reception venue, which has Hawkesbury River frontage. Lilburndale is a wonderfully unique wedding venue providing a mix of beautifully preserved history and picturesque Australian landscapes. On the day of your wedding, the historic sandstone homestead Lilburndale House provides an ideal backdrop for your ceremony and wedding reception. After the ceremony, there are a variety of beautiful locations throughout Lilburndale for photographs while your guests enjoy their post-ceremony drinks on the lawn taking in the serenity of the property.
The Packing Shed is the perfect spot for your wedding reception, the rustic, boutique venue can cater up to 120 guests for a canape style wedding and 100 for a sit-down dining experience. Originally built in the 1920s, The Packing Shed was used to sort and pack the Valencia oranges from the citrus orchard that still stands up the valley. The shed was initially restored in 2013 for an intimate family wedding which started the wedding journey for Lilburndale. Most recently, new bathrooms and a kitchen have been built to cater for our weddings. The Packing Shed boasts an industrial style interior with a mixture of concrete floors, black steel, and timber. Some of the old orange packing and sorting machinery has been restored into a bar, tables, and our favourite – the orange grader which is used to display relics that have been found around the property.
Lilburndale wants to make planning your wedding day easy and stress-free, allowing you to relax and enjoy the celebrations of your wedding day. Our venue hire is all-inclusive providing 5-hour venue hire, tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, lounges, as well as set up and pack down of the Lilburndale inclusions. We have also included the base ‘Lilburndale’ styling package in the venue hire so by simply adding floristry the venue looks amazing!
Lilburndale prides itself on its food and beverage offerings. Their in-house chef, Drew Bolton, has worked in some of Sydney’s top kitchens, he has had stints at Aria, Quay, and Darley’s. He has also experienced working in Michelin starred kitchens across the U.S. and Europe which has shaped his understanding of fine dining cuisine. Now a Hawkesbury local, Drew’s culinary philosophy is based upon cooking with local and seasonal products and treating every ingredient with the respect it deserves.
- AV system
- Bar area
- Bridal change room
- BYO alcohol
- BYO catering
- Clean-up included
- Fire pit
- Marquee or Tent
- No curfew
- Tables and seating
- Wet weather cover
- Wheelchair Access
Owner / Manager
Lilburndale is owned by the Cotter family and has been operating as a working cattle farm for the past 15 years. After staging the property for a family wedding in 2013, the Cotter’s decided they should share the beauty of Lilburndale with others for their special day. Sister (in-law) duo Felicity and Amy managing the venue, each bringing their own strengths to the local wedding industry.
Felicity handles all enquiries, bookings, and coordination of the elements that make up your wedding day. With over 15 years of experience in business administration, she has all the tools to keep your wedding planning on track. Amy is our style queen, she manages everything behind the scenes to make sure your wedding day not only looks amazing but goes off without a hitch.
The Cotter family looks forward to welcoming couples to Lilburndale so it can be enjoyed by the wider community. Their vision is to conserve and promote the cultural significance and values of the historic Lilburndale property.
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