Sydney Town Hall

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A major landmark in the heart of the Sydney city,
and the perfect venue for your next event
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One of the grandest surviving buildings in Australia, the 19th century Sydney Town Hall contains the Council Chamber, reception rooms, the Centennial Hall and offices for the Lord Mayor and elected councillors. Sydney Town Hall is a great example of the Victorian/Beaux-Arts from the Second Empire design concepts.

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Centennial Hall

Treasured as one of the grandest surviving 19th century halls in Australia, the Centennial Hall was completed in 1889 in honour of the centenary of the founding of Australia.

A spectacular and versatile setting for grand banquets, balls, concerts, conferences and large scale events of every description, the Centennial Hall comfortably seats up to 800 people for dinner, 1,500 for cocktail events and 2,000 people seated theatre-style. A ceiling height of 20 metres enhances audio-visual presentations.

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  • Rigging for lighting and sound
  • Adjoining foyer for pre or post event drinks
  • Professional control room
  • Draping for smaller event purposes
  • Pillarless space
  • Grand Organ
  • Purpose built elevated stage
  • Stained glass windows


The Vestibule opened in 1880 as Sydney’s first town hall before the completion of the Centennial Hall some nineteen years later. High above the elegant interior is a beautiful elliptical dome featuring some of the earliest examples of Australian stained glass and from which is suspended a spectacular crystal chandelier.

The Vestibule can accommodate up to 200 people for a party, reception, exhibition, launch or special occasion. It is used primarily as the location for registration or pre-dinner drinks for events being held in the Centennial Hall.

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  • Rigging for lighting and sound
  • Ideal for professional presentations, award ceremonies and conferencing
  • Pillarless space
  • Adjoining foyer for pre or post event drinks
  • Stained glass windows
  • Elliptical dome ceiling feature


The recent upgrade of the Lower Town Hall has restored one of Sydney’s most accessible public venues and the installation of state-of- the art facilities will ensure this space will again become a popular community resource right in the very heart of the city.

The large space at ground level below the Centennial Hall is known as the Lower Town Hall. This hall, punctuated by the reinforced columns which support the floor of the Centennial Hall above, was popular throughout the 20th century as a multi-purpose venue, hosting a wide variety of events including union meetings, state and local government elections, trade and community exhibitions and demonstrations,

  • Rigging for lighting and sound
  • Flexible staging
  • Upgraded air conditioning
  • Multi-purpose functionality
  • Pillarless space

The Vault

Sydney Town Hall’s The Vault, offers a unique experience. Once a fireproof strongroom, this refurbished space is furnished with the historic Council Chamber cedar furniture and items from the Woolcott Collection. Accommodating up to 16 people seated, with additional room for observers, this space is perfect for discerning groups who appreciate a venue with a difference – and an opportunity to discover some of the Town Hall’s hidden heritage.

To ensure that the evidence of its interesting history is not lost, this room has been refurbished to keep original detail including the rough painted brick walls and the strong room door. The Vault is furnished with an historic suite of Australian red cedar furniture created in 1883.

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  • Original vault door
  • Australian red cedar furniture from 1883
  • Paintings from the Woolcott Collection
  • Large leather topped table
  • Tub chairs and upholstered benches

Marconi Terrace

Situated 4 floors above street level and surrounded by the Sydney Skyline, the Marconi Terrace is the ideal spot to host a summer cocktail party comfortably holding over 300 guests.

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The Marconi Room

Level 4 of Town Hall House contains two meeting rooms, the Marconi Room and adjoining Terrace and the large Southern Function Room overlooking Sydney Square. Unique inner city venues perfect for meetings, training sessions and business registrations provide overflow accommodation for venue hirers using the Vestibule and Centennial Hall or separate meeting rooms. Used in conjunction with the Vestibule and Centennial Hall, these rooms can offer overflow space, practice rooms, support and storage space for large-scale events, performance groups, graduations and exhibitions.

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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.