Zest Waterfront Venues Boathouse at The Spit

237, Spit Road, Mosman, New South Wales, 2088, Australia


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Zest Boathouse at the Spit Weddings in Mosman

If you’re after a rustic, waterfront wedding venue not far from Sydney’s CBD, you’re going to be delighted by Zest Boathouse at the Spit Mosman. 

This warm, charming function venue really has it all: Award-winning catering? Yep. In-house styling? Of course. Flexible wedding packages? You betcha. 

With uninterrupted Bay views, a dedicated events team and a stylish reception space, this contemporary venue is an ideal harbourside wedding location.

The Scene at Zest Boathouse at the Spit Mosman

Zest Boathouse at the Spit is located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, specifically, in the delightful and scenic suburb of Mosman. This affluent pocket of Sydney is known for its clear blue water, beautiful beaches and chic boutiques, with visitors and locals alike frequenting the waterside restaurants and charming bistros in the area. 

Zest Boathouse at the Spit holds its own in this opulent suburb, offering first-class function spaces and premium customer service. After all, it’s got a reputation to protect; this stunning event venue is part of the Zest Waterfront Venues chain, and has an award-winning sister venue in Point Piper. 

The venue itself is situated within the Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club, on the waterfront, and is a formal function venue. Its interior design is a combination of elegance and rustic charm, and is formal without feeling stuffy — ‘relaxed splendour’ is how it has eloquently been described. 

Despite its luxurious finishings, the atmosphere is relaxed, warm and merry — the sea breeze will do that to you, with the venue’s outdoor terrace providing a perfect space for sunny afternoon drinks. A more formal indoor space is available for weddings, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for extensive, elevated views of Clontarf Beach and Sandy Bay

Flanked by Middle Harbour Yacht Club Marina and Spit West Reserve, this modern venue is an excellent find for couples looking for a relaxed, beautiful wedding location not far from central Sydney.

Zest Boathouse at the Spit Mosman Wedding Ceremonies

Couples will have some difficult decisions to make when it comes to planning their wedding ceremony, but the first big choice is: Indoors or out? There are a handful of both indoor and outdoor locations to choose from on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, from formal churches to outdoor reserves. 

Zest Boathouse at the Spit offers a charming indoor wedding ceremony option — right on their stylish, elevated terrace, overlooking Clontarf Beach, Clontarf Marina and Sandy Bay. This spot is beautiful and convenient; the venue lends a warm, romantic atmosphere, but the real highlight is that your guests won’t need to travel between the ceremony and reception, which is ideal if you have some elderly guests or — touch wood — wet weather on your wedding day.

Alternatively, there is a beautiful outdoor option located just a stone’s throw away from Zest Boathouse — right across the road from the venue. Spit West Reserve is a public area with a large manicured lawn, lots of native trees and sea views. If a ceremony venue with fresh air, lots of natural light and plenty of room is important to you, this quiet reserve is an excellent choice.

If you’d prefer a different indoor ceremony location nearby, you might like the Mosman Art Gallery. This unique, contemporary ceremony space is a mere five-minute drive from Zest Boathouse at the Spit, giving your guests a fun, memorable spot to watch you marry your beloved. Once you have married, your guests can peruse the paintings, collections and exhibitions while you take your wedding photographs. Win, win.

For more religious couples, Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a ten-minute journey away. If you’ve ever hoped for a traditional ceremony, where one partner enters the church, walks down the red-carpeted aisle, past the pews and towards their teary, expectant fiance, then Sacred Heart Catholic Church might be for you. This classic location is architecturally gorgeous, and is ideal for formal ceremonies.

Zest Boathouse at the Spit Mosman Wedding Receptions

Wedding receptions at Zest Boathouse at the Spit are always warm, lively occasions, with the venue’s waterfront location, rustic charm and outdoor terrace providing an incredible setting for a memorable evening. With an award-winning catering team, in-house styling and dedicated event manager, your wedding celebration at Zest Boathouse will be the night — or lunchtime, if you wish — of your dreams.

Your wedding reception will be held in the Zest Boathouse at the Spit’s large, rustic function area, embellished with timber walls and imported stone with gold-leaf painted ceilings

Whether you’d imagined a vintage-themed affair, relaxed celebration or modern, elegant event, the plentiful amount of decorations will help you design your reception exactly as you’d like. Pictured a romantic, dreamy wedding night straight out of a fairytale? Take advantage of the French goblets, table runners and lanterns for a romantic space. Prefer a more sophisticated occasion? The venue’s candlesticks, napkin rings and French Easel will be marvelously fitting. Whatever your desired theme, the dedicated events team at Zest Boathouse can arrange a suitable, stylish option.

You’ll also be able to choose from a selection of lounge furniture and occasional furniture and various dancefloor positions to make the space feel like your own.

Depending on your wedding package, you might return from taking your wedding photographs to find your nearest and dearest enjoying the ‘Roving Degustation’ style menu. Interactive catering options for weddings here are a huge point of difference for the Mosman wedding venue, and have included cake swings, ice luges, cake cutting with swords, champagne walls, donut walls, smash cakes, and more

If you’d prefer a formal, sit-down dinner — in either a sharing plate or three-course meal fashion. Imagine plates of tasty dishes, including lamb rump with kumara puree or roasted blue-eye with herb ricotta gnocchi served to your guests.

Later, they’ll retreat to the marble effect dancefloor. Your loved ones can dance the night away and take advantage of the fully-stocked bar or whiskey station before the wedding concludes in the wee hours (there’s a 24-hour license).

Wedding Photography Near Zest Boathouse at the Spit Mosman

Some of the most popular wedding photography locations near Zest Boathouse at the Spit Mosman are:

  • On Zest Boathouse at the Spit’s elevated terrace, overlooking Sandy Bay
  • Across the road at Spit West Reserve — there are plenty of trees and sea views to utilise
  • Pearl Bay Reserve, a nearby area close to the water, with native foliage
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theatre Up to 400 Theatre
classroom Up to 260 Classroom
ushaped Up to 60 U-Shaped
boardroom Up to 40 Boardroom
cabaret Up to 240 Cabaret
dining Up to 300 Dining
dinner Up to 280 Dinner & Dance
standing Up to 400 Standing

Wedding Venue Details

Wedding Services Ceremony & Reception
Reception Only
Wedding Ceremony Indoor


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces 250
Nearby Car Parking
Carpark Locations Adjacent Council Carparks
Catering Options  3rd Party Catering
  In-house Catering & External Catering Optional
Cuisine Options  Sit Down
 Food Stations
 Kosher Cuisine

Spaces At This Venue

  • Zest Boathouse at The Spit Social Setting, Room 1

    Exclusive Venue Hire

    Zest Boathouse at the Spit’s function area is rustic, elegant and slightly exotic, with imported stone with gold-leaf painted ceilings and warm timber walls decorating the interior. This stylish space is a mix of luxury and frivolity, offering a formal indoor area for events and a relaxed, elevated, outdoor terrace overlooking Sandy Bay — it’s a perfect place for afternoon drinks. The exclusive hire is also referred to as Room 6.

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Nearby attractions:

  • Pearl Bay Reserve
  • Chinamans Beach
  • Bradleys Head Lookout
  • Spit West Reserve
  • Spit Bridge
  • Freeston Hall
  • Parriwi Lighthouse

Hotels nearby:

  • The Albert Hotel
  • St. Valentine’s Apartments
  • Park Regis Concierge Apartments
  • Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

Venue Testimonials

Absolutely exceptional! We couldn’t be happier with both the process and the final outcome. Everything was seamless, from start to finish. This was particularly evident when we had to move our wedding date due to Covid-19. Importantly, Maree did an outstanding job with communicating with us and acting professionally throughout the entire process! Maree acted promptly and was a pleasure to work with. Overall, our guests had a great time and enjoyed the wonderful food and beverages. Thank you!

Tinashe W

Absolutely amazing venue for our wedding. Maree was great leading up to the wedding. Sean was lovely - making sure we were well fed and everything was running smoothly on the night. Food was amazing, venue looked spectacular with our minimal adornments. Food stations superb. Wish friends would have their wedding here so we can enjoy more of the food. Loved it.

Alison W

The team at Zest were delightful to work with - the in-house decorations and mood lighting package (all inclusive!) were absolutely gorgeous and made it so much easier not having to hire a separate decorator for the venue! The food was excellent and the service on the night was warm and attentive to everyone, with plentiful drinks and canapés flowing through during entree/dessert canapés. Special thank you to everyone at the team for making our day just the way we had imagined it to be!

Letisia S

Frequently Asked Questions

Pricing depends on your chosen wedding package, the time of year, time of day, and your guest numbers, but as a general guide, packages start from around $205 per person for a Saturday night wedding. Pricing is subject to the day of the week and time of the year.

Zest Boathouse at the Spit can host up to 280 seated guests with a dancefloor, or up to 450 guests cocktail style. If your event is intimate, operable walls can be adjusted to create a smaller room size.

The venue has a 24-hour license. No time restrictions

Weddings at Zest Boathouse are fun, lively and rustic, with the venue’s waterfront location and warm interior setting the scene for a lovely evening. Each wedding is tailored to the couple’s liking, with in-house styling options allowing couples to put their personal touches on the charming venue. 

Newlyweds and their guests alike often rave about the award-winning event catering, with the immaculately-presented dishes bursting with flavour and interactive food and drink concepts like whiskey bars, cake swings, ice luges, cake cutting with swords, champagne walls, donut walls, smash cakes, and more.

There are a plentiful amount of luxury apartments in the area, but if you wish to stay at a formal accommodation provider there are some luxurious, elegant options nearby, too. Options include:

  • Park Regis Concierge Apartments in Cremorne
  • Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
  • The Sebel Manly
  • Q Station Manly
  • Quest Manly
  • Rydges North Sydney
  • North Sydney Harbour View Hotel
  • McLaren Hotel
  • Meriton Serviced Apartments North Sydney

The food is exceptional at Zest Boathouse, with the venue’s catering team having been awarded ‘Caterer of the Year’ by the Restaurant and Catering Association two years in a row. 

The event catering menu is diverse and eclectic, with every item made with fresh, locally-sourced produce. Mains range from wild barramundi fillet with kaffir lime to grain fed Riverina lamb rack with crisp polenta cake, while their dessert and beverage range is just as extensive. 

With executive chef Christopher Dobbie at the helm, and impressive menus with interactive and memorable spins, you can expect beautifully-presented, delectable fare at any Boathouse at the Spit event.

In the immediate area is Spit West Reserve, a tranquil park with manicured lawns and gardens, picnic tables, and a playground. 


Nearby tourist attractions include Pearl Bay Reserve, Chinamans Beach, and Bradleys Head Lookout. The suburb of Mosman is also a popular destination in itself, filled with charming cafes and restaurants.

Further afield, but still situated in Mosman, is Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This world-class zoo has a focus on conservation, and is filled with an abundance of species, including lions, meerkats and gorillas.


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