ilex events space

Absorbing the tranquillity of the Avon River views, the Ilex Events Space has floor to ceiling windows that invite natural light into every corner of the room. This stylish space and private outdoor courtyard have a sense of intimacy and exclusivity, providing guests with a one of a kind Botanic Gardens experience.

Cunningham House

Think champagne and oysters when imagining a wedding in this stunning heritage structure, because Cuningham House is nothing short of majestic. Built in 1923, it’s the largest house in the Botanic Gardens and also features the largest collection of tropical plants. At the top of an elaborate staircase, a greenhouse spreads across two levels boasting everything from kentia palms, to banana trees and the native nikaus. Although formally known as the Winter Garden, this unique, elegant venue is suitable for weddings year-round.

ilex Cafe

Nestled below a canopy of oak tree leaves is the Ilex Café and function room. In the evenings this versatile space is brought to life, transforming into multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Inside, floor to ceiling windows fill the room with light and views that overlook vast lawns and the luscious palm-filled nursery. Outdoor, guests are treated to a private courtyard surrounded by nature, with bar and food stations setting the scene for an enchanting garden party. 

Our private event spaces differ in their charms, whether your dream is to dine among luscious tropical palms, along the banks of the river, or dance under the glass ceiling of an elegant heritage house. Living by the mantra: “From garden to plate, we appreciate,” Ilex food and beverages are a continued appreciation of the land, with produce grown and sourced locally. Our top chefs create menus that reflect the garden landscape, ever- changing with the seasons. Down to the most delicate details, your dedicated event manager and Ilex team will work with you to create a wedding that’s truly unique and tailored to your tastes. With our sophisticated stylish palette and picturesque garden views, we can guarantee that your day will be nothing short of spectacular.