Some of our services are closed or have different hours on Anzac Day public holiday on Thursday 25 April 2024.

Read Gardens is a lovely spot for small weddings, picnics, social gatherings and other celebrations.

You can book an area in the gardens for your exclusive use.

We require between 5 full business days and 8 weeks' notice, depending on your booking.

You can apply to bring up to 20 chairs and 2 tables for events. No marquees or other shade structures are permitted at this venue.

For more information about what you can and can't bring to outdoor events at our venues, visit our Outdoor event requirements page.

For more about the gardens, visit our Read Gardens page.

Public facilities

  • Drinking fountains
  • Playground
  • Seating and tables

Public facilities are free for all garden area visitors to use. They are not included as part of a booking.

There are no public toilets at Read Gardens.


Up to: 80 people

Parking and transport

The venue is 400 m from East Camberwell train station and 500 m from Camberwell train station. It is around 6 minutes' walk from the number 72 tram stop.

Booking times

7 days including public holidays.

April to October: 8 am to 6 pm.

November to March: 8 am to 8:30 pm.


View all bookable spaces

Booking information

Booking fees

Fee type Fee
Alexandra Gardens, Canterbury Gardens, Surrey Gardens booking fee$159 per hour (includes exclusive use of the rotunda)
Central Gardens and Maranoa Botanic Gardens booking fee$159 per hour 
All other parks and gardens booking fee$159 per 4-hour block
Event bondminimum $200

Find out more about fees and bonds on our Fees for open space bookings page.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions of hire before booking. 

Visit our Outdoor event requirements page to learn about:

  • permitted items and activities
  • notice periods
  • permits and documentation you may need
  • third party vendor requirements.

If a vendor is supplying any equipment, they need to provide public liability insurance.

Visit our Weddings in our gardens page for information about wedding bookings.

Contact us

If you have any difficulties using our online booking portal, please contact us on (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected].

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