About Leonda By The Yarra

Melbourne’s Premier Wedding Venue

Where your dream day will come true

Create the most memorable day of your life within the surrounds of the willows on the banks of the Yarra River, where the culmination of riverside surrounding, restaurant-style cuisine and exceptional service will ensure all aspects of your special day are perfectly realised in one of Melbourne’s leading elegant wedding reception venues – Leonda By The Yarra.

A truly great wedding venue caters to every guests needs, including the special needs of the bride and groom. When you choose Leonda By The Yarra as your wedding venue you can rest and refresh in our bridal suite before your wedding reception commences, capture your special memories in a stunning garden setting and to farewell your guests descend an elegant staircase to the waterfront to depart by boat from our private jetty. You can also greet your guests as they enjoy canapés and pre-dinner drinks on the balcony overlooking the Yarra River.

Our reputation as one of the leading elegant wedding venues in Melbourne has been earned by our commitment to your total satisfaction – this means that we will not only provide you with one of Melbourne’s best wedding venues, but will also work to create your perfect night and meet your personal needs.

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Ballroom

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  • 150-400 seated capacity
  • All inclusive lunch + dinner package options available
  • Situated only 4 km away from Melbourne’s CBD
  • Arrive or depart via boat from our private jetty
  • Pillar-less event space
  • Floor to ceiling windows offering picturesque Yarra River views
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator to guide your planning journey
  • BYO spirits available
  • Alternating menu for all courses
  • Customised menu availability to suit your needs
  • Waterfront location
For couples expecting between 150 and 400 guests for their special day, our large Ballroom provides an idealistic wedding reception location.

Imagine your guests arriving into our stylish Marble Bar for pre-dinner drinks and canapes, before a curtain is drawn back to expose its vast, pillar-less and elegant interior. A large dance floor sits centrally in the space, with floor to ceiling windows framing picturesque views of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River.

Enjoy a lunch or evening wedding reception with Leonda’s experienced team of chefs serving up dishes of outstanding quality which can be tailored according to your preferences.

Allow us to create an exceptional atmosphere by managing everything from intricate details such as room decorations to a customised menu with flare. Our committed and experienced staff will work towards creating your perfect day and will ensure the smooth flow of your event while meeting your personal needs and budget.

With Leonda, you can relax knowing that your wedding experience will be nothing less than exceptional.

Garden Room

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  • 70-130 seated capacity
  • All inclusive lunch + dinner package options available
  • Situated only 4 km away from Melbourne’s CBD
  • Arrive or depart via boat from our private jetty
  • Pillar-less event space
  • Floor to ceiling windows offering picturesque lush views
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator to guide your planning journey
  • BYO spirits available
  • Alternating menu for all courses
  • Customised menu availability to suit your needs
  • Waterfront location
The perfect combination of an intimate indoor reception, with the luxe feel of a private outdoor courtyard, Leonda’s Garden Room caters for a wedding reception of 70 to 130 guests.

Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and picturesque surrounds by beginning your event in our courtyard. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River surrounded by Willow trees and native Australian fauna.

Allow us to create ‘exceptional’ by ensuring every detail is beyond your expectations. Your Event Coordinator will work with you to ensure the smooth flow of your event, and our team of highly qualified international chefs will be sure to delight and impress the taste-buds.

With tables dressed in crisp white linen and the pillar-less room offering 180 degree exquisite views of lush surrounds, Leonda By The Yarra’s Garden Room is an elegant and unique wedding venue that you deserve on the biggest day in your life.

About Leonda By The Yarra

History

Leonda’s successful history began in 1970 during the year that John Gorton was Prime Minister and seatbelts became compulsory in cars throughout Victoria. Previously known as the Hawthorn Tea Gardens, the property that Leonda now occupies was a popular destination for boats to dock and ladies to socialise whilst sipping on teas and nibbling on scones, gazing over the beautiful surroundings. When the Hawthorn Tea Gardens fatefully burnt down, partners Leon Jolson & David Walker bought the land and built Melbourne’s leading reception centre. The name bestowed upon the stunning reception centre was Leonda, a fusion of the names Leon and David.

Leonda was originally built as a large 500 guest function room with an adjoining room called the ‘River Club Restaurant’ which catered to 132 guests.

Since it’s founding days, Leonda has been in the hands of few fortunate Melbourne based entities, including:

  • Qintex (Christopher & Pixie Skase)
  • Vi & Bernard Greenhalf (Vi was a flamboyant socialite who was both a radio and TV personality)
  • Horst & Anne Niece
  • Spotless Services

Whilst there have been countless memorable occasions held at Leonda, there are a few that stand out above the rest, some of which include:

  • A public riot took place as the Governor General arrived at Leonda after sacking Gough Whitlam in 1975
  • The Dalai Lama was a keynote speaker at a conference held at Leonda in the 1980’s
  • Brownlows and Logies have both been held at Leonda
  • In the mid 1980’s a Romanian heavy weight lifter was competing in the World Heavy Weight Lifting Championships in Melbourne and came to a function at Leonda. During the night he disappeared. There was a huge police search as it was believed he was seeking refuge here in Australia. This was publicised heavily in the media.
  • A grand lunch was held for one of the Popes Cardinals in the mid 1990’s in Leonda’s grand ballroom. He was being groomed to be the next pope but did not get the top job.
  • On separate occasions both Prince Phillip and Prince Charles have dined at Leonda.

As we celebrate our incredible history as a true landmark of Melbourne city, we urge you to celebrate with us by browsing through our archive of images to see how Leonda has transformed, while at the same time remained loyal to its roots.To truly formulate our timeline, Leonda is searching for couples that were married at the venue around 1970, during its early years of operations.

We are also curious to hear of any interesting or amusing stories that have taken place at Leonda over the years. We love our history and ask you to celebrate with us with your personal stories and memories.

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Transport & Parking

As the name would suggest, Leonda By The Yarra is located right on the banks of the Yarra River! However, if you’re not quite up to a dramatic water ski arrival, then we’ve collected the best ways to arrive in style.

Leonda is located just steps from stop 29 Power St/Riversdale Rd on route 70. Once exiting the tram, walk approximately 200m down Wallen Rd towards the City. We will appear on your left!
If you choose to drive to Leonda then we have a complimentary guest car park on site that can accommodate up to 150 vehicles! For larger events, when this becomes full we suggest parking along Yarra Boulevard. Should you be required to park along Yarra Boulevard you may need to delve into those coins normally saved for a sneaky cheeseburger.
If you are travelling by train, we suggest getting off at Hawthorn Station. After exiting at Hawthorn Station, walk for approximately 630m down Evansdale Road towards Wallen Rd. The path will veer left slightly at Glan Avon Rd and go under bridge. Before you know it we will appear in front of you!
For something a little bit wow, arrange for boat transport from Melbourne’s iconic Southbank to Leonda’s own private jetty. For more information please contact us.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your wedding plans and ideas.

Contact us today to organise an appointment and see why you would choose Leonda By The Yarra for your special day.

2 Wallen Rd
Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122
P: +61 3 9819 1933

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