Studley Park Boathouse

Serendipity Wedding Image - Studley Park Boat House

Situated on the picturesque banks of the Yarra River, Studley Park Boathouse serves as both a marvellous location and reception centre. The boathouse itself was built in 1863 and opened a year later. This makes enjoying a meal there is a 150 year old tradition, linking us back to an elegant era. The Edwardian architecture provides a sense of timelessness, while the surrounds offer some of the best of Melbourne bush. Studley Park’s charm has been proven not only by its mere presence, but place in history. The park also housed an asylum for the mentally ill from 1871 to 1988. In the 19th century living in a lovely place, close to nature, was though to be important in treating the mind. The river banks and meeting of waterways were ideal for this purpose. Whether you agree with the sentiments or not, you can pick up on the special feel of Studley Park that led it to be chosen as a site. It has that kind of natural beauty of untouched bits of country side, which relaxes, awes and rejuvenates.

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A promenade sits next to the banks, where boats are tied. The boathouse is still operational, and you can hire kayaks and rowboats for your wedding. As an experience, they add another spot of fun and exercise to the day. They’re also great to view the surrounds from, sitting in the middle of a tranquil river. The images of couples in boats laughing can add a unique joy to the wedding album.

Serendipity Wedding Image - Studley Park Boat House

Have a coffee at the lavender lined café. Let the views of the boathouse, river and gardens connect you to people who were born long before you. You might want to take a stroll down the series of paths to the water and the park, reenacting a great 19th century pass time. There is a 850 meter walk around the park over the river, including the picturesque Kane’s Bridge. The place is perfect for those who like the romantic feel that 1800s aesthetics complement so well.

Serendipity Wedding Image - Studley Park Boat House

It also brings something quite interesting to the gothic style, which plays off a similar sense of fairytale and history, but uses it in a different way both conceptually and visually. As a genre, the gothic is strongly associated with this time period. It is the century of Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker. However, more than anything else, Studley Park is a photogenic place, and Serendipity can use it with any of our styles or other aesthetic to best represent you.

Serendipity Wedding Image - Studley Park Boat House

You can use the oathouse as a reception centre as well. It has a rustic menu with pastries and breads are baked daily on the premises. With a glassed in veranda, tent, and outdoor dining, it incorporates the reserve into its décor. It is fabulous for glorious summer evenings. Very few venues are situated so pleasantly next to the Yarra.

Situated in Kew, only 10 minutes from the CBD, Studley Park Boathouse is also close to Butleigh Wootton, one of Melbourne’s most sought after venues.

Serendipity Wedding Image - Studley Park Boat House

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