Sugar Wharf FAQ and tips

It’s no doubt the Sugar Wharf is one of Port Douglas’s most sought after venue’s.  Close to town, just behind St Mary’s by the Sea and looking out towards the sunset – there is lots going for it. As such the Sugar Wharf can be heavily booked in advance.  If you are considering a wedding at this iconic venue, here are a few things to consider:

Where is the Port Douglas Sugar Wharf? (click to launch google maps)

How many guests can I have on the Wharf?

Stand up, up to 300

Sit down, 200 outside, 160 inside (these numbers are maximum capacity!)

With clever draping the Wharf can still be an incredible venue for 30 people, so don’t rule it out for more intimate gatherings.

How Much?

The Wharf can be booked through the Douglas Shire Council 07 40999444

The cost of hiring the Sugar Wharf is $1026, payable within 21 days by cheque, money order or via eftpos at the Port Douglas branch of the Douglas Shire Council. If the payment is not received by the 21 days, the date is released. If you have a theming or catering company in mind, you can pass the booking process onto them.

It is a popular venue for weddings and other events and is often heavily booked.  If your guests are here all week, why not choose a week night?

What time does my reception have to finish?

10:30 pm – this can usually be stretched to 11pm.

 Info below courtesy of Port Douglas Council info pack:

The building is of historical significance and it therefore heritage listed. The venue can accommodate 120 on the deck and 200 inside (depending on setup).The building is available for hire with no tables or chairs. There is no air-conditioning in the building

As the Sugar Wharf is timber structure no cooking, smoking or naked flames are permitted. All cooking must be done on the concrete area. Most catering companies are aware of this restriction and are able to accommodate with this set-up.

Due to its location on the Port Douglas waterfront and with most functions being held on the deck area there are noise restrictions in place.

Car Park: A large public car park is located close to Sugar Wharf where there are accessible parking bays available. An uncovered drop off point is available close to the access area to Sugar Wharf.

Facilities: Entry to the Sugar Wharf is generally level with concrete and timber flooring and decking. There is no operational kitchen, only a room with a sink and small bench.

Sanitary Facilities: There are two toilets in the building so it is advisable for large events to utilise the public toilets close by. One of the toilets within Sugar Wharf is wheelchair accessible.

 Sugar Wharf Lighting and Dimensions
Do you have any other tips for the ultimate Sugar Wharf experience? Leave us a comment, we’d love to know your thoughts.
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