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The capacity for cocktail styled exclusive events is 200 guests, however we can accommodate for up to 250-300 guests on request (for additional venue hire fees for additional water taxis).
The Island is moored at either Farm Cove (in front of Mrs Macquarie’s Chair) or Athol Bay (outside Taronga Zoo). Locations are dependent on event logistics (decided by the captain for safety), Maritime and other events in Sydney harbour at the time of the event. These locations are never guaranteed and will only be decided on the day of the event.
Guests are transported to The Island via our very own private water taxi’s which is on call for the duration of your event. The dedicated water taxi has a capacity of 48 guests. Transfers are from Man O War Steps (directly behind the Opera House) for events Monday to Friday, which is in the heart of the CBD and allows for short transfer times to get your guests on in a timely manner. If you require transfers from other locations this can be explored at an additional cost. You and your guests are welcome to arrive via private tender and external water taxis, however must be approved by management to ensure safe transportation.
We operate with a fixed priced minimum spend. This means you simply pay for beverages on consumption. You can decide what beverages are included in your bat tab. Drinks packages can be requested for corporate events and must meet the minimum spend.
We work with several preferred suppliers, which are all very familiar with the venue. External caterers will be considered at managements discretion and with a $500 fee which is charged for bump in via water taxi and use of the facilities. Menus must be confirmed via management to ensure RSA requirements are met.
The Island is distinctly fresh and bright. With rustic elements and neutral grey tones are intended to make you feel like you are stepping onto a beach in Tulum, therefore, minimal decorations are required. However, we are always open to different themes that suit the nature of your event. Please note that we do hold two sessions daily. This will restrict how much time is allowed for bump in and bump out. We work with one hour before and one hour after your event.
Included in the hire fee is 2 x Pioneer CDJ 2000s, 1 x Pioneer DJM mixer and 2 x wireless microphones. Any additional AV requirements can be explored with preferred suppliers.
DJ hire is an additional cost for your event. We have access to Sydney’s best DJ’s and can book them accordingly to meet your requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to source your own DJ. Bands / Live Music are not permitted, unless negotiated with The Island management. Due to The Island being such an open venue we have restrictions with bands / live music due to noise pollution on The Harbour. This means no amplified instruments and live music must be finished by 9pm. No additional speakers are permitted due to these noise restrictions.
Bumping-in/out decorations and equipment is slightly challenging as we are on the water, please bear this in mind when planning an event. ALL bump-in/out is done via our water taxi, we do not have the luxury to bump-in/out at dock. The event we have on before or after your event, will determine when you can have access to the venue to start set up. All decorations/equipment must be bumped out the day/night of your event as we have no storage at the venue.
No, we do not. We have very little storage on The Island and the little storage we have we save for beverages. Please advise your guests accordingly. We do not have room behind the bar for bags and take no responsibility for anything left on board. Please note that The Island stays in the Harbour when there are back to back events and picking up any lost property will have to fit in with the event schedules.
Yes!! We have our own swimming pool in the harbour. If your guests which to swim they will need to bring their own swimmers and towels. If they don’t have swimmers they will not be allowed to swim.
A 50% deposit of the total hire fee (vessel hire and minimum beverage spend) is required to secure your booking. Final payment must be made 28 days before the event date. Credit Card details are required as security if an extended beverage tab is required on the day of the event.
The Island is the world’s first floating beach club, which can be positioned anywhere on Sydney Harbour and has been designed to replicate the beach clubs found in such luxurious European destinations such as the South of France. “Beach Club” is the membered based events which we host every Saturday and Sunday in Athol Bay.
The Island has its very own private water taxi, which will transfer you to The Island from Double Bay Wharf. Due to Covid-19, your water taxi transfers will be scheduled to avoid lengthy waits on the wharf and for social distancing. When you book your tickets for your preferred session you will be able to select your transfer time subject to availability. We can accept drop offs from most boats however, we require that it is pre-arranged and you must have pre-booked a table.
For our weekend events, all water taxi transfers are from Double Bay Wharf, 77 Bay Street Double Bay. Other locations might be assigned to your event so please check water taxi locations details for the date of your booking. A scheduled North Shore pick up is available from Taronga Zoon Wharf and must be pre-booked for guests of 10 or more, a full guest list is required.
Brunch Club on The Island commences at 11:45am with the first scheduled water taxi from 11:45am. Island Sunsets commences at 4pm on Saturday’s and 3pm on Sundays with the first water taxi’s commence from 3:45pm and 2:45pm respectively.
For Brunch Club you must arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled water taxi transfer. If you miss your scheduled water taxi transfer you will have to wait until there is availability on the water taxi. For Island Sunsets the water taxi runs a shuttle every 30 minutes from 3:45pm
Tickets are available for Ambassadors & their friends & are simply pre-purchased online. This puts you on the guest list for the day (no hard copy tickets are issued). For groups of 6 or more a Guest List is required 48 hours prior to the event. If you don’t have access to the ticketing section of the website simply request an Ambassador account, which will remain pending until activation. Activation will be realised via email confirmation.
Ticket prices vary from event to event so please check the event you would like to attend. When you purchase a ticket, it includes; entry to the venue, return water taxi transfers and a drink on arrival. All tickets and packages are non-refundable.
If access is not authorized it is likely that you have not been activated as an Ambassador yet, this could be due to our systems have not recognized you or we have reached our limit of activations for the time being, as we are a very small venue and need to look after existing Ambassadors.
No, you can’t. All food is pre-purchased with your packages and additional items can also be pre purchased please email [email protected] for a copy of our latest menu.
Yes! We have our own swimming pool in the harbour, for which to swim in you will need to bring your own swimmers and towels. If you don’t have swimmers you will not be allowed to swim.
In case of wet weather, The Island is never closed or cancelled – we have a fully extendable roof that covers the entire venue, and also side covers to protect from the wind. Only in the rare event of dangerous conditions will we cancel / postpone an event.
No, all packages are non-refundable and no credits can be issued. Due to the high weekly demand and limited capacity of tickets at our events many people miss out and we cannot accommodate refunds or transfers due to change of mind.
Yes – we have a variety of Sydney’s best DJ’s playing throughout the entire day, plus the occasional live performers and special guests!
- Bookings over 6 guests (per ambassador) must include an equal male / female attendee’s to ensure a balanced ration
- No visible tattoos
- No loose singlets
- No paraphernalia – e.g. sashes or fancy dress
- Smart, casual dress is appropriate for this event and heels are acceptable. No flip flops.
- We have a strict no bucks party policy. We allow hens parties however they can have a maximum of 30 guests
We reserve the right to refuse entry for any anti-social behaviour, failure to comply with our door policy, terms and conditions or potential responsible service of alcohol risks and will not be refunded.
The short answer is NO. As The Island is a 300 person capacity boat, once we hit this capacity we are unable to sell any more tickets. This would be a breach of our licence and is a safety risk. We pride ourselves on keeping our guests safe at all times.
We are available for Exclusive hire from Monday to Friday subject to availability. Please email [email protected] to discuss your event requirements with our professional event managers.
Please take note of our Terms & Conditions and Covid-19 Conditions of Entry.
We look forward to seeing you on The Island!