Early access will only be accepted and approved by Merribee’s event coordinator close to the event date and will be subject to availability.  

In The Secret Garden, we can hold a max of 110 guests.

No, Merribee only accepts one wedding per day. Each couple will have exclusive access to the property for their event.

Unfortunately, Merribee does not offer elopement packages. If you are interested in hosting your wedding at Merribee, you will be required to pay our minimum spend, provided in our packages.

You will be required to use the Merribee supplier Your P.S. for your beverage package. You can select and outsource all other vendors required for your wedding day; this will be at your own expense.

Couples are required to select one of the Your P.S. packages. These packages can be curated and tailored to suit your needs after you book your wedding with Merribee.

Yes. Due to council restrictions, we require all music to be completely stopped by 11 pm. 

Overall – Merribee can accommodate up to 144 guests, with the circumstance of wet weather. If your guest numbers exceed 144,  Merribee is able to host 200+ guests on-site, and you will be required to outsource the appropriate wet weather facilities externally at your own expense. 

Ceremony spaces
Secret Garden: 110
Rose Garden: 200+
Mayfield Cottage: 140

Reception Spaces
The Barn: 144
The Crepe Myrtles: 120
George Street: 200+

No. Viewings at Merribee must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Please be aware that in peak wedding season, weekend viewings are very limited; we recommend reaching out to the team to secure a time ASAP.

The weather is very unpredictable on the South Coast, as we often see rainy days in summer and beautiful days in winter. As such, we would suggest selecting your date based on your interest in the gardens.

All year: Buxus and lush green colouring
Mid-January – March: Crepe Myrtles
May – late June: Autumn colours 
Mid-August – Mid-September: Blossom
Late September – Mid-October: Wisteria
October – Late June: Roses
Late November – December: Lavender
December – Late Feb: Hydrangeas

Please see our children's rates below:

Zero - four: Free
Five and older: Full adult rate

Yes, the grounds at Merribee are very flat and gravel-based, making it easy to move around. In addition, we also have ramps into every building and the main toilet block for easy access.


On the night of the wedding, the couple will have access to stay in the silo (sleeps 2). Merribee also had the “garden Villa” onsite, which has the potential of sleeping up to 4 guests. Bookings for the villa will not be accepted or considered until about 2-3 months prior to the wedding, due to also doubling up as the bridal prep area and may be needed the day prior or thereafter if other events are taking place.

Yes, there are a number of large hotels/ motels within 10 minutes of driving. Additionally, there are plenty of Airbnb within the Numbaa, Culbura, Greenwell point and Cullala bay areas.

Yes. We highly recommend a bus to ferry your guests to and from the wedding, as taxi are very limited within the area and Ubers are not yet available.

On the Day

All vendors will have access to bump into Merribee at 10 am on the day of your wedding. 

Yes, We have multiple accommodations on-site for the bridal party and Groomsmen to get ready on their wedding day.

Typically, our couples choose to have their ceremony at approximately 3 pm. We encourage you to have your ceremony at a time that feels right to you

All weddings must conclude at Merribee by 11 pm. 

Unfortunately, due to council restrictions, we will not allow any weddings to finish later than 11 pm; your guests will be required to depart from the property by 11:30 pm. 

Check-out of the accommodations at Merribee is at 10 am. Bump out will need to take place on the night of the wedding, between 11 pm – 12 am, or the following morning between 8 am – 9 am. 

Yes, we have a beautiful indoor space overlooking the gardens that can be used for your ceremony and a large barn available for your reception.

Yes, we are a pet-friendly venue and welcome your furry friends. Under no circumstance are pets allowed inside the accommodations, except for the Villa Botanica, which is our dog-friendly accomodation. We kindly ask that your pets be kept on a lead during their stay at Merribee.