BEST function venue IN BRisbane

 Conveniently located on the  Brisbane river at St Lucia  Just five kilometres from Brisbane CBD. The Toowong Rowing Club has a function room with a wide balcony overlooking the Brisbane River.  ideal for GARDEN weddings, wedding receptions, parties, corporate and private functions, celebration of life functions, seminars and meetings. Fully catered and fully licensed

Conveniently located on the  Brisbane river at St Lucia

Just five kilometres from Brisbane CBD. The Toowong Rowing Club has a function room with a wide balcony overlooking the Brisbane River.

ideal for GARDEN weddings, wedding receptions, parties, corporate and private functions, celebration of life functions, seminars and meetings. Fully catered and fully licensed

GARDEN weddings

Have your wedding here!

Toowong Rowing Club offers garden weddings under a beautiful poinciana tree with a wonderful river backdrop. With or without an arbour, with or without a carpet; petals; flowers; your own decor; the choice is yours. Our basic package comes with 32 white Americana chairs, covered signing table, arbour and 8 x vases on the aisle chairs. You are welcome to add your own personal touches!


What if it rains?

A garden wedding in many lovely locations can cause some concern of 'what happens if it rains'. At Toowong Rowing Club we have the option of 'Plan B'.  We do our best to have your garden wedding in the garden and  it is often a last minute decision when rain is imminent whether to stay down of go upstairs onto the balcony. A quick transfer and you are protected and can still have a beautiful river backdrop for your setting.


Great opportunities for photo shoots


Toowong Rowing Club is surrounded by the river and park and only a few minutes drive to the University of Qld 'Arches' and 'Lakes'.  The boatshed and boats and the pontoon offer unique photoshoots all ideal for wedding photos.

What do your guests do while you are getting your wedding photos?


Drinks from our terrace bar at Toowong Rowing Club. Nibbles too,  either served by your caterer or on antipasto platters on our dry bars on the lawn. A full selection of drinks is available from our downstairs bar. Decor for the bar is also optional and again you are free to add your own personal touches. 


Drinks on the lawn 

Toowong Rowing Club has an extensive lawn area where food trucks can be brought in and there is lots of room for games to keep your guests amused while you are having your wedding photos taken.

Or drinks and nibbles on our balcony

The balcony area offers a unique aspect.  Where else in Brisbane do you have such a wonderful view of the St Lucia reach of the river - and so pretty at night with the soft glow of the house lighting across the river. The balcony area comfortably fits  over 100 guests. The furniture too can be moved to suit your own decor design.

Food stations are a popular option


Whether as part of the canapes service or as part of the main meal, the balcony can accommodate Paella stations; Pizza stations; Spit Roasts or even a full buffet for the main meal. Toowong Club offers you a large range of catering options for all sorts of different functions eg wedding reception, birthday party, corporate functions, award nights, Christmas parties.

Wedding Receptions

Seated of cocktail, you have a choice. The beauty of Toowong Rowing Club Function Venue is that you can have the whole package in one.  No having to travel between venues and find something to do to fill in time till the reception. No having to find another car park.

Our room seats 120.  130 if you go for the long table banquet option.  Our room is a 'blank sheet'. So the layout of tables can depend on your numbers and your preferences.

Want different chairs or tables?

Yes we can hire in Tiffany chairs, bentwood chairs, round tables, wooden tables, whatever you prefer. We have 200 of our own chairs and 40 tables so plenty of seating available.

For a cocktail reception 150 -200 guests. Again, the layout is optional and we work with you to create the decor and theme you would like.

seminars, workshops, conferences

Looking for a venue that offers:-

  • excellent facilities,
  • close to the CBD,
  • ample free parking,
  • in a peaceful setting with natural light, fresh air options,
  • great break out areas, and a lunch area overlooking the Brisbane River?

You have all this and more at Toowong Rowing Club. You have exclusive use of the venue and all day help and support of our managers.

  • Numbers from 10 to 100 with various layout and seating plan options, a commercial kitchen and licensed bar are all included as well as:-
  • an all tea and coffee bar,
  • optional espresso coffee,
  • table condiments,
  • wireless mike,
  • data projector screen and flip chart,
  •  free wifi.  

Make an enquiry to get the link to our brochure and packages

Same Sex Marriage Toowong Rowing Club


At Toowong Rowing Club we believe in marriage equality, same sex marriages, gay weddings and commitment ceremonies? We have had the honor of hosting the ceremony and reception of many same sex couples.  It can be as formal or informal as you desire.  Garden, balcony or indoor ceremonies are all options with either a cocktail or seated reception to follow.

Mid-week Pop-up weddings and elopements are also available. Starting at $2,500, your wedding package includes a seated garden setting on the river bank, a celebrant and a photographer for a two hour function for up to 50 people. Optional extras are cake cutting and serving and a champagne celebration drink for 1 hour full bar selection and service.

Celebrations of life


A memorial service or gathering or after the funeral

If you are reading this page, it is possibly not a good time for you right now.  We empathise with you. Dealing with funeral arrangements and family issues can be overwhelming and then added to this is the task of showing appreciation for the love and support your loved one and you have received from family and friends.

We are here to make this as easy as possible for you. 

The comfort, privacy and serenity of our function venue at Toowong Rowing Club, with it's riverfront aspect from its wide balcony and surrounded by lawns and park, is the perfect place. 

It's close proximity to the Brisbane CBD, with ample free parking and a ramp to our venue  ensures easy access.

We can organise whatever catering you would like. A free tea and coffee bar is included. Our licensed bar has a selection of beverages chosen to suit most tastes. Cash bar, tab or packages are all optional.

A wireless mike, slide show facility, and internal speaker system caters easily for you audiovisual needs. 

Free wifi access can also allow a skype hookup with someone from afar.

To make an enquiry  Click here.


Don't take our word for it!!


18th September 2017


Hi Carol! 

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to both you and Lou on behalf of Richie and I for all your amazing efforts with our wedding. You were both so wonderfully helpful in the lead up to and during the day and it really made everything run seamlessly!

We are definitely recommending the rowing club to our friends!


30th May 2017

Luella and Carol

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your helpers for making the venue look beautiful for our wedding night. Everyone thought it was the most perfect spot for a wedding.

You were a fantastic help during the lead up to the wedding I really appreciate all the tips you gave me & that you didn't try to talk us into spending lots of money on insignificant things like I imagine other venues might do. Max & I both had such a wonderful night, we're so happy with how everything went. The Rowing Club will forever have a special place in our heart. 

Jasmine and Max


1st April 2017

Hi Carol & Luella

Firstly, I just wanted to say what an amazing wedding we had - thank you! The entire day was flawless! The ceremony and the reception were highlights for us. From the set up of the ceremony, drinks on the lawn and the overall running of the night was incredible. You and all of the wait staff worked incredibly hard and made us and all of our guests feel welcomed and comfortable the whole day. 

Everyone is still raving about the location and the set up. It was perfect! Thank you for making all of our ideas come to life and for being so easy to work with. 

Again, thanks for everything - we'll be sure to mention the venue to our friends. 

All the best. 

Tyler & Ellen Bean



13th Feb 2017

UQ Seminar

I have received much positive feedback from our guests about the quality of the service and food they received.  Thank you for having us again.  We are all looking forward to having our Marketing Summit with you in the coming months.

Thanks for a wonderful stress free day Carol - cannot speak highly enough of your venue,staff and without doubt you yourself.

Paul and Gail.



Dear Carol,

Thank you so much for all your help in our wedding day we couldn't be happier with how everything went and so many people have commented on what a beautiful venue and setup and your wonderful staff. None of it could have happened without your support. You have gone above and beyond to make it such a wonderful and relaxed occasion and we are so grateful to you. All our best wishes Ben and Julia



“The price was good, I just wish I'd booked earlier so we could've enjoyed the venue for longer into the evening. Carol was lovely and knew what to do, the price was reasonable and it was a nice night.”  Julia Tera, 24/11/14



“I would recommend Toowong Rowing Club. The reason why we chose them was because we wanted to have an outdoor wedding and a back up indoor area which is very nice, looking down the river. We love both indoor and outdoor and the price is very reasonable. My rate would be 10.”  Sharleen Hsu, 25/11/14


Dear Carol

I am writing to thank you for helping run and organise our wedding day.  It was absolutely perfect on the day.  I was extremely happy with your service.  Please find attached some photos.

Once again thank you for making our day so special!


Inge and Bill Foley


Thanks Carol,

 Thanks for all your help with the wedding. Christine and I could not have been happier with how the entire event went. Everything was perfect from the ceremony in the garden to the food. Thanks again.


Andrew Service


Toowong Rowing Club

In the middle of 2009 when my wife & I along with our daughter Kathy started looking for a venue to hold the reception for her pending marriage to Matt, on March 6, 2010. We were looking for a place that was informal so that the Bride & Groom could invite family & friends and have a big party. They were not interested in a formal sit down reception. After looking at a number of venues that were nice but, they were not what we were looking for.

On a hunch my wife & Iwent down near the University of Queensland to look at the Toowong Rowing Club. We could not get in but going around back we were able to see into the place, it looked good so we called Kathy and told her about the it and she went down after work and scoped it out. She liked it to so we phoned Carol Watters, the Secretary Manager of the club, and arranged a look.

After you have been into the Toowong Rowing Club reception room you will see why we were so excited about holding the reception/party there. With the Bride & Groom and 120 Family and guests we partied from 6pm until midnight on March 6, and what a night it was.

We would especially like to thank Carol Watters for the way she helped in making Matt & Kathy’s night so special. The Shed is only 3 years old and it is spacious yet comfortable. The Staff on the night were fastidious, professional & friendly. One of the barmen had an unbelievable memory that allowed him to remember what everyone was drinking and had it ready as each guest arrived at the bar.

The Shed allowed us to pick a caterer of our own choice and we negotiated a drinks package to suit our guests. It is modern, has wonderful amenities and you cannot beat the views from the deck overlooking the Brisbane River. We would like to thank them for the wonderful night we had and the Bride & Groom will never forget it.

We would highly recommend the Toowong Rowing Club as a superb venue to hold any formal or informal event. Give Carol Watters a ring and you will talk to someone who can make your event come to life.

Bill & Maureen Newcombe


Hi Carol

 Thank you for the exceptional job you did looking after us all at our Planning Day last Friday.  We had a great time and the venue was fantastic.

Kind Regards

Joanne Engel


Dear Carol

Thank you for all your help and hard work with our wedding. We had a fantastic day! Everything came together beautifully!

Love from

Lauren and Beau



Thank you so much for all of your help with our wedding!  The venue was fantastic and you made sure that everything was exactly what we wanted.  Thanks again!


Marcia and Dayne


Dear Carol

Thanks for making my 30th easy and wonderful!  The venue is great and your staff were wonderful. We will definitely use it again.




Hi Carol,

Thanks very much to you, and your team for your assistance in making my daughter, Fiona’s wedding such an enjoyable and memorable celebration.




Big thank you to you Carol for making our day just the perfect day ever! It will be a day that we will never forget!!!

Natalie and Nick


Hi Carol

I am sending this with heartfelt thanks to you and your staff.

I am back in Sydney after honeymooning with the whole family!  We had a wonderful time after our wonderful wedding.  All our guests raved about your club, the excellent service and the beautiful setting.  We are so lucky to have found you.  I cannot imagine how or where we could have had a better day.




Dear Carol

 Thank you and your staff so much for the making Angela and Jonathan’s wedding receptiongo so smoothly.

Everyone had a wonderful time and the food and service was excellent.


Pamela and David


 Hi Carol,

Jonathan and I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to you for everything you did for our wedding.  It was so great knowing that if there was a problem, it would be very quickly and seamlessly solved.  Thanks for all the effort you put in for setting up the reception the day before, it was a huge relief that we didn't have to do that the day of! 

I'm sure the night wouldn't be half the success it was, if it wasn't for you!! 

Thanks once again, for everything you did both prior and on the night. 

Angela and Jonathan


Hi Carol,

This is long overdue but I wanted to say a massive thank-you for your helping in arranging our beautiful wedding – the whole day from start to finish was a success and I am always reliving every moment.

Again –thank you again for a beautiful day.  We are always recommending Toowong Rowing Club to any new brides I know so hopefully the exposure on the blog will bring some more weddings your way!

Sally and Ben


Dear Carol,

It was a lovely night on Saturday. Thankyou! Emily was saying the next day that she enjoyed it so much she wished she could do it all again! So all of us will have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending your club for any future functions!




We have to thank you for everything you did for us on our wedding.  From the moment we booked it you have been so obliging.  We had such a great time and wish we could do it all again next Saturday evening!!    Nicole was so happy with the venue and appreciative that she could dress it on the Friday.



Hello Carol,

We were very happy with the venue and decorations. Also the staff were very helpful and we would like to thank them as well for a great night. You were a great support for us with organising everything before and during the wedding. We had an awesome time and really felt like we didn't need to worry about anything on the day itself.

Thanks again for a great and memorable day!

Kind regards,

Matt & Femke



Thank you for your assistance and patience with the arranging of Jason and Nicola’s wedding. The venue was wonderful and you team worked fabulously.

With love

Chris and Tony


Femke and I were married on Friday the 9th of September, 2011. Both the ceremony and the reception were held at the Toowong Rowing Club on the edge of the University of Queensland campus.
It was an absolutely perfect day, where everything went smoothly and the food, cake, flowers and decorations were done to perfection  

Three years later

Matthew:  Hello Carol. Thanks for that   Yes now have a son, Nathan who is just over 2 years old. We also recently purchased our first house in Aspley. I'ts all exciting times!  

We still look back fondly at our wedding night and how smooth it ran. We are very grateful for your help!



toowong rowing club


Meet the team! 

I have managed this function venue since it opened nearly 10 years ago. Luella joined me as my assistant just over 2 years ago. 

We both love the this job!  

Our mission is, to the best of our ability, help you have your function the way you want it, not how we think you should have it. You are then very welcome to draw on our experience and expertise to help you plan and make decisions about decor; run sheets; catering; beverages etc.  From the time you book your date, we are contactable by text; phone; email or a visit for any info or assistance. 

37 Keith Street,

St Lucia, 4067

Brisbane Qld

ph 0418741676



37 Keith Street,

St Lucia, 4067

Brisbane Qld

ph 0418741676








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