When it comes to planning the perfect party near Sydney, there are three things you want to focus on; style, indulgence and memorability. Nothing quite elevates a party to the next level like hosting it in an exclusive venue that’s been themed, decorated and stylised to your vision.

Whether it’s a small and intimate anniversary party, a large and opulent engagement party or a milestone birthday party; bring your dream celebration to life at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Mountains.

To help inspire your party planning efforts, here are some of the best party venues in the Hawkesbury area and how to choose the perfect venue space.

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How to choose the perfect venue space

Choosing the perfect venue space for your party can be challenging; especially if you’re not quite sure about what to look for. Depending on the size and scale of your party, a few basic elements should always be checked off of your list before you go ahead with making a venue reservation.

The main things to be aware of are;

Choosing an accessible location for your party will make it easier for guests to attend. Ideally, you want to stay within 1 hour of a main city, preferably with public transport options nearby. However, you also want the location to impress your guests, providing plenty of amazing backdrops for those all-important party photos.

Venue size
Selecting an appropriately sized venue can make all the difference between a party looking empty or feeling intimate. Many things will dictate the venue size, from whether you’re having a sit-down meal to whether you need a dancefloor and if the venue is indoors or outdoors, and what types of decoration you’re planning on.

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A venue space that comes with a variety of onsite facilities can completely transform a party. Do you want access to an exclusive dining space or bar? Would you like an outdoors breakout space? How about music, lighting and entertainment technology? Talk to the venue to see what’s available.

A party without food is like a beach without sand – disappointing and underwhelming. You’ll want to make sure your venue has catering options, such as onsite restaurants, food prep areas or connections with local food and beverage businesses. You’ll be surprised at just how well a buffet or cocktails and canapes goes down after a long night of dancing.

Planning the party of the year can leave many people wanting to throw in the towel before they’ve even begun. If party planning isn’t your thing, you’ll want a venue space with party and event planning experts on hand. Being able to delegate lets you spend more time enjoying the whole experience with your guests.

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Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley party venues

Party venues in the Hawkesbury area don’t come better than those at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley. With six stunning indoor and outdoor venues ideal for just about every type of celebration, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is picking one of them.


Imagine sitting down with up to 70 guests to an exquisite lunch accompanied by glasses of bubbles and sweeping lake views. Celebrate weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and more with a decadent experience perfect for an afternoon event surrounded by the beauty of the Hawkesbury region. Hire a marquee to transition from day to night, providing an elegant outdoor-meet-indoor space perfect for dancing the night away under a twinkling star-lit sky.

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Richmond Room

For those looking for a stylish yet comfortable venue in Hawkesbury with space for up to 130 guests, the Richmond Room is one to consider. The perfect space for lavish, indulgent gatherings that reflect the occasion, ornate light fittings, ceilings and decor complete the theme. Whether you want a space to host an unforgettable cocktail party with dinner, drinks and dancing or envision a luxurious sit-down meal, this is the venue for you.

Samuel Marsden Courtyard

For truly intimate gatherings, the Samuel Marsden Courtyard provides the perfect outdoor space to celebrate in style. Adjoining the Richmond Room, the courtyard offers an outdoor canopy ceiling of fairy lights and a beautiful city garden vibe. A great spot for dinner and drinks, it adds a unique spin to every party, no matter the occasion.

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Harvest Restaurant

Take a seat with your nearest and dearest in our signature restaurant, Harvest Restaurant. For celebrations that call for culinary excellence, fine wine and a French provincial charm, this is the space for you. Sample local flavours and seasonal ingredients seamlessly blended with European and Australian cuisines for an unforgettable meal in the Hawkesbury Valley. Be it an intimate dinner for a handful of guests, or a large celebratory meal, Harvest Restaurant can be adapted to fit your needs completely.

The Woods

Perfect for weddings, receptions and whimsical outdoor parties, the woods provide a tree canopy-covered space overlooking the lake. Dance the night away under a ceiling of fairy lights while making the most of the stunning grounds of the hotel. The perfect outdoor venue for a magical celebration, enjoy every moment with seating for up to 40 guests – ideal for more intimate gatherings.

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Governor Phillip Ballroom

With space for up to 120 guests, the Governor Philip Ballroom provides the ultimate backdrop for fairytale parties in the heart of Hawkesbury. From cocktail to banquet, the venue can be configured in a variety of ways to fit your vision. Add a touch of opulence to the occasion with chandeliers, ornate ceilings, a fireplace, a bar and a private entrance. Theme it, decorate it and make it yours for a party that has that wow factor from the moment your guests step inside.

The best place to stay

With more than 100 stylish and contemporary rooms and suites to choose between, finding your perfect Hawkesbury Valley accommodation is simple. Fall asleep in luxurious king and queen-sized beds. Wake up to beautiful Hawkesbury views and relax in absolute comfort and style with a variety of modern facilities and amenities designed to improve your stay.

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Take advantage of a wide range of fitness and leisure facilities, nestled on the foot of the Blue Mountains. Take a dip in the beautiful heated indoor pool before indulging in a treatment or two at Villa Thalgo Day Spa. From tennis to golf, and plenty of walking tracks in between, there’s plenty to do at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley.

Whether you want to spend a day or two relaxing before the day of the party – or need some well-deserved downtime after it,  this is the perfect place to do it..

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