It's in our nature... 

 We are about people

 We make moments 


Discover goolabri through the Wedge-tail's eye.


Rain water collection

Onsite sewerage disposal

Ben Luton


functions & events manager from 20xx - 20 xx

currently accounts manager

two young daughters Jasmine & Zahara

spends leisure time keeping active playing soccer and doing yoga

passion for gadgets and electrical things

Dan Luton

Director/ Head chef

Music & events guy

Summer Rhythm festival

Side project is Strangehours events

Chef x yrs

director since 2015?

in his leisure time you can find him in his hot tub, at one of Canberra's live music venues shooting photos at music festivals or planning his next adventure to treasure island

entrepreneurial spirit

James Gill

Functions & Events Manager

James has been with Goolabri for 10 years,  and risen through the ranks to his current role.


Starting as junior floor staff, he has risen through the ranks become Functions & Event Manager.

He has built a loyal team over the years.


His current side project is Powdermonkey snowboarding tours, which he operates during peak season in Japan.

In his spare time you will find him playing soccer or ...

Lara Wood

Design & Marketing

Lara has a background spanning architecture, fashion design, hospitality and event management.

Her motivation is to share the beauty of Goolabri with the world.

In her other life, she is quietly incubating a sustainable bohemian fashion label.

Lara co-founded Summer Rhythm festival and drew the crowds to the Canberra Beer, Wine & BBQ Festival.

In her leisure time you will find Lara at exotic destinations  with long term partner Dan Luton, at live music venues in Canberra, making slowfoods or designing in her studio.

Our Story


Gordon & linda purchased the property

and made subdivisions


Established  as a thoroughbred stud by two Gordon & Linda Luton and Brian Luton.

Goolabri was named in the tradition of naming thoroughbreds. comprised of the names of the founders Gordon, Linda and Brian.

Ben & Dan Luton join the business

Golf course was opened by the mayor


James Gill joins the business


After a run of successful events and a few years of drought, the golf course is closed, allowing the business to flourish by focussing on events.


Management handed over to Dan & Ben Luton


Who we are

Goolabri is an authentic family business. It is also a home and a family. 

We are down to earth people, who make our guests feel at home.


 We are not fettered by rules

When you visit Goolabri, you will find that hospitality is in our nature, and you will feel at home right away. 

The staff at Goolabri are treated like family, and as you spend time here you will begin to feel the same.


Nature has influence the hospitality style at Goolabri - honest, simple and relaxed. It's hard to improve on nature.

Our Mission

What we want for our customers

What we want for ourselves

What we want for the business

What we want for our environment

The Goolabri wedding experience

You will find Goolabri nestled at the top of Goolabri Drive, just a 10 minute drive from the edge of Canberra.


After getting in touch with us to make an appointment, you will receive a personal introduction to the venue conducted by our dedicated host, where you will be able to discover the property and its venues. We will sit down and chat about how you imagine your day over a relaxed cup of coffee.


With our experience and facilities we are able to offer you personalised service as we help plan and  deliver your entire event including the venue, ceremony, reception, catering, beverages, simple decor as well as a schedule to ensure your day runs smoothly.

Our approach is about customising your day to suit you, so you won't be expected to conform to a set package. We can offer advice based on our years of experience, and understand that your day is unique.

We look forward to getting to know you, and seeing your day as a beautiful and memorable experience.

The Goolabri conference experience

Our conference clients love Goolabri because of its secluded location, just 10 minutes from the edge of Canberra. Your colleagues will enjoy the experience and the chance to get out of the office into natural surrounds. The tranquil environment promotes clarity, focus and rejuvenation. We can offer exclusivity, by allowing you to reserve the entire venue.  We also provide the right atmosphere to relax a little. A productive team is a happy team. 

You may have no need to leave the conference room itself, but we highly recommend taking the opportunity to enjoy team building or physical training outdoors, as this is a feature that makes a Goolabri conference unique. 


What our guests say

Megan D.



My husband and I decided on Goolabri the moment we arrived for our site visit. The grounds are gorgeous and in Spring the gardens are full of colour. The team at Goolabri were incredibly patient and provided us with some brilliant advice along the way. At no point did they try and shape the day to fit them, it was always about what we wanted and how we could make it happen. Our customised package included use of the Garden room for the ceremony, the lawns and The Wren for the reception. We had quite a large wedding with 90 or so guests and found Goolabri to be very competitive with their pricing, especially compared to the Canberra area. Our package included a 5 course degustation menu with our cake served as the last course. The food was great, there was lots of it and our guests had a really great time. The only thing that could have made it better, was if they had accommodation available on site.

For a simple chapel ceremony, choose The Garden Room & Chapel.

Capacity: 40 seated + 60 standing | 150 standing room only 


Area: 10x10m (100msq)

Indoor Ceremonies

The perfect option for couples who wish to enjoy the view and natural light of an outdoor ceremony, with the comfort and predictability of the indoors.

The Chapel

The Garden Room Chapel is a light and airy space with high ceilings, skylights and exposed wooden beams. Bespoke wooden pews flank the aisle and tall glass bi-fold doors open to the gardens.

Garden terrace

Adjoining the Chapel are grassy lawns and manicured gardens, where guests may gather before and after the ceremony for drinks, canapés and photographs.

The Ceremony Lawn is our dedicated outdoor ceremony space, with all the trimmings.


40 seated + 80 standing

200 standing room only


Area: 100msq

Outdoor Ceremonies

Guests assemble on the lawn to await the bridal party who may choose from a number of pathways amongst the gardens for the bridal approach. 

A shaded area will provide your guests with comfort.

Terraced manicured gardens

Drinks, canapés and lawn games can be enjoyed on the lawn surrounded by manicured gardens, before moving to your chosen reception area. The Wren and the Wedgetail Pavilion are just a stroll away.

Optional inclusions


- Timber wedding arbor

- Shade structure for 40 seated

- Wooden chairs with seat pads

- Lawn games (croquet, bocci, Jenga)

- P.A. system.

The Wedgetail Pavilion is a popular and unique new offering to the Canberra region.


120-450 seated | 120-1000 standing only

Area: 900msq

Self contained marquee venue

Your guests will have all the comforts of a traditional indoor wedding, with the sense of freedom and relaxation brought by the open air. A permanent bar, kitchen and amenities wing make this a fully self contained space.

Make a grand entrance


The Pavilion is approached by a winding tree lined path, and entered by  a grand masonry staircase.


At night the Wedgetail really comes alive. The lighting is customised to complement your chosen aesthetic. Whether simple or sensational, the effect creates a truly unique atmosphere.

Natural views


Imbibe native bushland views from the height of an expansive timber deck. Retreat into the marquee where a permanent stage is ready to accomodate your choice of musicians and entertainment.

Large weddings

The Wedgetail Pavilion can comfortably accomodate large weddings. We welcome you to serve traditional cuisines at your wedding.

The original venue at Goolabri, The Wren is a charming, relaxed and intimate setting.


120 seated | 160 casual seating + standing

Area: 100msq

Intimate receptions

For the kind of reception where you want to feel close to your family and friends, The Wren will provide.

Rustic architecture

High ceilings showcase timber beams from the historic Ainslie bus depot, that may be adorned with garlands of lights and a canopy. 

Outdoor terrace with natural views

Ceiling height timber doors open onto the terrace with views of gardens and native landscapes, allowing guests indoor and outdoor access. Braziers may be lit in cooler weather.

We welcome you to discover the grounds of Goolabri at your leisure. 

Capacity: To the sky 

Area: 300 acres

Stunning photo shoots


Your wedding photo shoot should be a part of the celebration. A carefree stroll through the grounds will make sure it is the relaxing time you deserve. In the event of inclement weather, we welcome you to return another time for photos with no extra charge.

Goolabri Nature Reserve


A significant portion of Goolabri is a Nature Reserve. An abundance of wildlife can be seen at Goolabri, with over 50 easily sighted species.

Explore the estate grounds


Explore the grounds of Goolabri. With over 300 acres of manicured lawns and native landscape, you are welcome to choose any location for your ceremony, for a truly unique occasion.



Cocktail Events

Small Banquets


Capacity: 5 - 50 pax  Area: 10x10m (100msq)


  • AV equipment

  • Theatre screen

  • PA

  • Flip charts

  • Stationary

  • Conference calls

  • Laser pointer

  • Lectern

  • WiFi


  • Recess foyer with Iron Bark buffet table

  • Patio

  • Natural lighting

  • Indoor & outdoor breakaway

  • Double glazed windows

  • Blackout blinds

  • Gas heating 

  • Air conditioning

  • Adjacent bathrooms

  • Wheelchair access from carpark


The exclusive nature of our venue means it can only be accessed by private vehicle or taxi.

Direct access to the venue by helicopter may be arranged for VIP delegates. Please speak to us about an exclusive package.



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Goolabri is open by appointment only.

Please contact us to make an appointment before visiting the venue.

Goolabri also opens for public events at specified times. Please see 'What's On' for details.