Clontarf Cottage

Using Council's booking system 

Making a booking – before you begin

Bookings will not be accepted within seven (7) days of a proposed event date.

You must be 18 years and over to book a Council community venue.

You will be required to have a completed COVID-19 safety plan for your event. This must be attached to any booking request.

You can use this tool on the NSW Government website to complete the COVID-19 safety plan. A copy of the completed plan will be emailed to you as a PDF.

If engaging the services of contractor to conduct activities and or provide catering on the premises during your booking, you will be required to provide all necessary clearances, certificates, insurances and permits pertaining to the services provided.

The types of documents required include RSA certificates, food safety certificates, public liability insurance, working with children checks, police event notifications, etc.

How to make a booking for the first time and set up an account

From the home screen on the Council website, go to 'Find a venue, park or sporting ground' to be taken to the venues for hire page.

You will then be able to review Council's venues under their respective categories

  • Community centres
  • Rooms and small halls
  • Town halls

At the bottom of each venue's respective information page there is an 'Apply online here' tab that will take you to the booking system.

From here you will be able to make a provisional booking request for your preferred event date and upload your documents.

Please see the following guide to assist you.

Cancelling a booking

Log in to your account and go to 'My Bookings', and for the relevant booking, click on 'Manage'.

Once in the booking, click on the "Request Cancellation" tab on the top right or bottom of the booking.

Please see the following guide to assist you.


COVID-19 information

Restrictions and safety

Council is in the process of reopening its community centres and facilities to existing community hirers in line with NSW Health advice.

Due to restrictions, venues have a reduced capacity of two square metres for each person. NSW Government restrictions continue to apply to some activities.

Council staff will work directly with regular hirers to reconfirm or amend bookings which were temporarily on hold. Hirers will need to provide a COVID-19 safety plan for their activity for Council's approval, and sign an amended booking agreement before activities can resume.

For bookings enquiries, email or phone 9392 5000 and ask to be put through to the Venues Booking Team.

Find more information here about Council's COVID-19 response

Make a general enquiry

You can use Council's online customer service request system to make a general enquiry for our community venues:

Make a general enquiry

You may also email the bookings team directly via

Please note that this venue can not be hired from Friday 3 September 2021 through until Sunday 5 September 2021 because it will be a polling place for local government elections.

A historical cottage built in 1844, Clontarf Cottage delivers old world charm and beauty in a truly picturesque locale of the Inner West. The cottage was bought by Leichhardt Council in 1974, and as a result of public protests it was restored for community use in 1988. With its unique heritage features and close proximity to some of Sydney's best views, Clontarf Cottage is perfect for intimate events, playing host to weddings, celebrations and family gatherings.

Find us at:

Clontarf Cottage
4 Wallace Street, Balmain


Phone: 02 9392 5000

Hire information

Suitable for:

Small community gatherings, meetings, celebrations, low impact events and activities.


2 main areas, kitchen with basic bar fridge and domestic stove, use of grounds at the front of the premises, 25 wooden chairs, 25 plastic chairs, 8 small wooden tables, 4 trestle tables, 5 portable card tables, 2 oil heaters.


Current COVID restrictions capacity is :
20 people - seated

(Normal capacity was 50 people)


Clontarf Cottage is not an accessibile venue.

Conditions of hire

General Conditions of Hire  (PDF 138.1KB)
Venue Information - Clontarf Cottage Hire Documents (PDF 120.4KB)

Floor Plan - Clontarf Cottage (PDF 144.9KB)

Fees and charges for hire

Details Fee excluding GST GST Fee including GST
Weekday / Weekend / Holiday Rate – per hour $68.18 $6.82 $75.00
Weekday Day Hire (opening – 5PM) $240.91 $24.09 $265.00
Weekday Evening Hire (5PM - closing) $274.55 $27.45 $302.00
Weekend/Public Holiday Day Hire (opening – 5PM) $274.55 $27.45 $302.00
Weekend/Public Holiday Evening Hire (5PM - closing) $274.55 $27.45 $302.00
Half Day hire (6 hours) $274.55  $27.45 $302.00
Whole Day hire (open - close) $549.09 $54.91 $604.00 
Refundable Bond $250.00 $0.00 $250.00
Refundable Bond for “high risk” functions. This increased bond may be imposed at the discretion of Council Staff. $500.00 $0.00 $500.00
Cancellations - 28 days and greater prior to booking 75% of Hiring Fee Refunded
Cancellations - From 14 days up to and including 27 days prior to booking 50% of Hiring Fee Refunded
Cancellations - Less than 14 days prior to booking 0% of Hiring Fee Refunded

Venue fee scale policy

Council provides a scaled fee structure for the hire of a range of community venues and halls to ensure equitable access.

Find out more about the Venue fee scale policy

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Page last updated: 21 Jun 2021