Customs House

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The first Customs house in Sydney was built in 1800. Its location is presumed to be at or near the spot of the landing and official flagraising on the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. This event marked the foundation of the colony of New South Wales. 

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The Barnett Long Room

The Barnet Long Room in Customs House is an ideal space to hire for events in a convenient and stunning part of Sydney – Circular Quay.

The venue hire offers access to the balcony, boardroom, pre-function lounge and grand function area. The 4 spaces are interconnected, proving a multi venue experience.

With breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour, the Barnet Long Room is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

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Ideal For

  • Product Launches
  • Business Lunches
  • Media Events
  • Performances
  • Cocktail Receptions
  • Exhibitions

The Doltone Difference

The Doltone House story began almost 55 years ago and continues to drive commitment to delivering exceptional experiences as a hospitality leader.

The Doltone difference encompasses the ambiance, the art of storytelling, the menu, and the meaningful connections that we forge with our guests.

Discover the Doltone difference today and experience a fresh take on one of Sydney’s original iconic destinations.

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The Sydney Customs House occupies a unique symbolic and physical position on the site of the First Fleet Landing. Its location is a physical reminder of the importance of Circular Quay as the original maritime centre for the colony. The Customs House contains parts of the oldest surviving building of its type in Australia, used continuously for 145 years.

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The Custom’s House embodies the work of three successive and individually distinguished official architects of New South Wales. Although Walter Liberty Vernon and James Barnet greatly altered the work of Mortimer Lewis, they did so using similar external materials and proportions so as to generate an overall unity of construction

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Spectacular water views. Award-winning catering. Multipurpose spaces. Welcome to the world of Doltone House where your vision of hosting an extraordinary event is surpassed.