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Why you'll love Dockside

  • Premium range of restaurant quality menus and beverage selections.
  • 5 breakout rooms within the venue with both natural light and automated black out facilities.
  • Outdoor undercover balcony for pre-function area or catering breakout area.

About the Venue

Dockside is a premier event venue situated in the heart of Darling Harbour at Cockle Bay Wharf, just moments away from the Sydney CBD. Boasting sparkling water views of Darling Harbour, Dockside is renowned for its exceptional service, culinary excellence, and versatility.


With over a decade of experience in hosting successful events, Dockside is an ideal space for various occasions, including cocktail parties, gala dinners, business events, conferences, school formals, engagement parties, wedding receptions and special occasions. The venue's unique strength lies in its ability to cater to groups of different sizes, ranging from 10 to 1200 people. Dockside's passionate chefs take inspiration from Australian cuisine, presenting guests with delectable, freshly-plated food served alongside a fine selection of beverages.


The venue's five unique rooms, wrapped in a large balcony level terrace, can be used individually or combined to form a whole venue. Dockside is a perfect location for wedding receptions, offering breathtaking views of the harbour and first-class catering services from their professional kitchen staff. The venue's large windows allow natural light to flood in, capturing the panoramic views of Darling Harbour, making it an ideal spot for any event.


Dockside Darling Harbour underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, led by Australia's most renowned interior designer, Michael McCann of Dreamtime Australia, making it a leading business and social events venue. Wilson Parking at Cockle Bay Wharf provides undercover access, with wheelchair access available.


Dockside Group Pty Ltd is a family-owned hospitality company with venues and restaurants in Sydney's first-class waterfront locations. Established nearly 30 years ago by brothers Christopher, Theodore, and Peter Drivas, the company launched with the opening of WatersEdge restaurant in Walsh Bay 1986. Dockside has since hosted numerous events, providing fun, catering packages, and exceptional facilities for every occasion.

Dockside Function Rooms

Quay Room 2 and Cockle Bay Rooms (1&2)

Quay Room 2 and Cockle Bay Rooms (1&2)

With stunning waterside views overlooking Darling Harbour, the Cockle Bay Rooms 1 & 2 and Quay Room 2 are perfect spaces for a wide range of events. From exhibitions and conferences to weddings and school formals, this versatile venue has s...

From $8,800
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Darling Rooms and Quay Room 1

Darling Rooms and Quay Room 1

Located with breathtaking waterside views overlooking Darling Harbour, the Darling Rooms 1 & 2 and Quay Room 1 are versatile spaces that can accommodate a range of events. From exhibitions and conferences to weddings and school formals, thi...

From $10,450
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Entire Venue

Entire Venue

With beautiful panoramic views extending over Darling Harbour and a prime location at Cockle Bay Wharf, just a short stroll from the Sydney CBD, Dockside combines function and space with a reputation for culinary brilliance and first-rate s...

From $19,800
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Ju Mei Khoo

May 7, 2024

Had really great experience with the crew at Dockside. My husband and I had our wedding at their Darling room on the 4th of May and leading up to that point, our coordinator Irene was amazing. She would always respond without delay and that made us feel at ease with the whole process. She would happily answer our questions and help us sort out any issues. Bijay was our coordinator for the night and he was so great. He was attentive to us and was enthusiastic about our needs. He took care of everything we asked for and always made sure we had what we needed. Special shoutout to the female security whose name I missed for helping us get the best location for the 8:30pm fireworks for our photos. The pictures came out great!

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November 26, 2023

The venue was nice and the visuals for the food were nice however the flavours of it were extremely unpleasant. The steak was of extremely low quality, had a displeasing scent and was tough to eat, the food had extra grease that accompanied it, the food quality was irregular for each and every person: e.g more sauce or less cooked. The dessert was alright, it's hard to make dessert bad however it was extremely sweet and hard to eat over half of it. Come here for the visuals only.

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Raymond Lee

March 18, 2024

We recently had our wedding reception at Dockside. It was an amazing experience , everything was perfect from the start to the end. I recommend this venue to anyone getting married !

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Anaita Matthew

May 11, 2024

From our first meeting with Dockside right to the end, we had a fantastic experience. Every single person we interacted with was amazing - Julia, Isabella, Irene and Bijay. We had an absolutely magical day and a huge part of it was due to Irene's hard work. She was instrumental in the creation of our day. Her professionalism and assistance from the beginning was greatly appreciated. We also want to mention Bijay who was so helpful and wonderful to work with on the day too!

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Leigh Perry

November 2, 2021

We had our engagement party in the Gold Room at L'Aqua. Communication with the staff was great leading up to the event. We knew exactly what to expect on the day and there were no surprises. The room itself was beautiful and our guests kept complimenting the space and the vibe. We had an afternoon function and the view of the harbour was just perfect. The waitstaff were all so friendly and helpful, even looking out for our guests with dietary requirements to make sure they were looked after. Our event went so smoothly, we could not fault the venue at all! We had such a lovely time and so did our guests. Some family members have told us that they are considering this space for future events!

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