Deciding on a destination for an outdoor event in Sydney couldn't be easier. Why? Location, location, location. With sparkling ocean, stretches of white sand, lush gardens, and the iconic harbour, the only problem is trying to narrow down the options. Here's a look at some of the best, whether you’re hosting a casual party, a formal do, or a community event.

The Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens are perfect for everything from formal parties to casual picnics, and you are able to organise your own mobile catering in Sydney as well. Bookings are accepted for groups of over 20 people, and you can choose from spots with harbour views, blooming flower beds, pavilions and open, grassy spaces.

The views make a perfect backdrop for a sophisticated event, while there’s lots to see and do if you’re hosting a picnic party with other families or friends. Check out the Choo Choo Express train, the Oriental Garden and see Australia's oldest bridge on Mrs Macquarie's road. Have fun wildlife spotting with flying foxes, possums, birds, ducks, frogs and lizards.

Sydney Olympic Park

While many of us think ‘sport’ as soon as we hear the name, Sydney Olympic Park actually has a range of beautiful outdoor spaces for hire. The park has areas ideal for larger gatherings, and you can easily cater for a lot of guests at your next community fundraiser or special event with a hot dog cart.

There are perfect spots if you’re getting married, or if you need enough room to set up a jumping castle for a child’s birthday bash!  

Centennial Parklands

Centennial Park has 11 bookable sites, so you don't have to arrive early to secure your spot! All of them are located near amenities, and cater to groups of up to 300 people.

Brides have long loved the park as a wedding and reception venue. It’s also ideal for community events, and is a fabulous spot for a big family party. There are lots of ways to wear the kids out!

You can indulge in a spot of birdwatching, with over 140 species to find. Dedicated bike paths throughout the parklands make cycling a breeze, and you can hire bikes and pedal cars on-site. To learn about the history of 'The People's Park', download a free walking tour app, with over 125 years of stories to discover.

Cremorne Point Reserve

For unlimited views of the city and harbour, Cremorne Point Reserve is the perfect party destination for any occasion. Surrounded by bushland, gardens and interesting features, you can plan for your party food in Sydney to last all day!

Guests can enjoy the lighthouse at Robertson's Point, the Maccallum Pool, the Cremorne Point Foreshore Walk, Aboriginal and European history, outdoor gym units, and a playground with decks, slides, scramble nets and a spinning cup.

Nielson Park

Last, but not least, you can't beat Sydney's stunning beaches as a backdrop for special occasions. Nielson Park at Vaucluse has it all, with panoramic views, the gently lapping water of Shark Beach, and three large picnic areas with shady trees.

To choose the best location for your event, decide on how many people you need to cater for and which facilities are most appropriate for the age group or occasion. Then, simply make the most of Sydney's natural assets and celebrate in style!