Booking a Venue

The City of Albany is an ideal place to host all kinds of events, from community festivals, concerts and adventure sports, and everything in between. Within our City there are many attractive reserves, parks, buildings and other facilities that are available for hire.

If you are planning a meeting, wedding, school excursion, function or simply an informal get-together at one of the following venues, please ensure that you make a formal booking so that you are fully aware of what is permitted at each venue. By booking a venue, the City can ensure that the location is not double-booked and that routine maintenance of park grounds is not in progress.

The City of Albany has a range of open spaces within Centennial Park Sporting Precinct and at Collingwood Park that can be used for recreational purposes. This includes sporting fields and designated lawn areas for both formal and informal recreation.

Schools, clubs and other organisations that use precincts are required to obtain a sports permit.

The City of Albany through the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre issues two types of permits for community level sport:

  • Casual Sport Permit
  • Seasonal Sport Permit

A seasonal sport permit is issued for each sporting season, summer and winter, and includes approval for use of sports fields over the course of each season, including the pre-season period.

There are two distinct sporting seasons (summer and winter) for organised sport conducted in Albany. The seasonal sport permit application process is opened prior to each season as below:

Summer Seasonal Booking

Summer Period 1st October to 31 March. Application open 1st November - 19th December

Winter Seasonal Booking

Winter Period 1st April to 30th September. Applications open 1st June - 30th June

How to apply

An application form is required from organisations requiring seasonal use. Applications received past the formal application process will be considered only after all those received within the formal period have been assessed.

Before completing the Seasonal Sport Permit Application Form please read the Grounds Booking Handbook (For Handbook and Application form see Attachments below).

Complete the Seasonal Sport Permit Application Form.

Maps of sporting field locations can be obtained by emailing sportsandrecreation@albany.wa.gov.au

Casual Sport Permit Booking

A casual sport permit is required for groups or individuals requiring the use of a sports field for organised activity at any time of year, and not over the course of an entire season.

Please note: Applicants wishing to organise a walkathon, marathon or a run are required to obtain an event permit in addition to booking the sporting grounds. Information on how to obtain an event permit is available by contacting the Events Team at the City of Albany 9841 9333.

Any recreational activity that does not require a marked field or infrastructure (such as goals) is also considered recreation. This applies to activities that are limited to a small number of participants, and are generally non-club related.

Indoor facilities are available for hire at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre. More information can be obtained by contacting the centre directly on 9844 2252.

The City of Albany manages many attractive reserves, parks, buildings and other facilities that are available for hire.

If you are planning a meeting, wedding, school excursion, function or simply an informal get-together at one of the following venues, please ensure that you make a formal booking so that you are fully aware of what is permitted at each venue. By booking a venue, the City can ensure that the location is not double-booked and that routine maintenance of park grounds is not in progress.

To find out more about the facilities at parks in the City of Albany please visit our Parks page

All venues listed below can be booked free of charge with the exception of Albany Lotteries House where fees are payable.

  • Alison Hartman Gardens
  • Anzac Peace Park
  • Apex Park - Lake Weerlara
  • Bob Thompson Gardens
  • Bovell Park
  • Cull Park
  • Emu Point
  • Eyre Park
  • Frenchman Bay
  • Lawley Park
  • Middleton Beach
  • RSL Gardens
  • Albany Lotteries House

If the venue you wish to book is not listed above, please contact the Customer Service team on (08) 9841 9333 or by emailing customerservice@albany.wa.gov.au.

About the Town Square

Situated in the heart of the city between the historic Albany Town Hall and Albany Public Library, Albany's Town Square is a modern and vibrant central space for the whole community to enjoy. It is intended as an informal community space as well as prime location for community gatherings and small scale events.

Background

The Town Square was completed just prior to the Anzac Albany commemorations on 1 November 2014 and was the location for the hugely popular Projections and Storytelling.

The area now provides a much improved interface with York Street and a welcoming environment for locals and visitors. Improvements include:

  • A much improved modern and more welcoming community space
  • Much increased capacity for community events and activities
  • Improved safety and amenity
  • Core infrastructure improvements (power, water)
  • Open and level grass space with integrated furniture
  • Accessible paths, steps and ramps
  • Feature seating with integrated lighting

The Town Square is a place for everyone - the civic heart of the Albany CBD.

The Town Square was made possible through the generous support of Lotterywest.

Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. The grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, has been transformed into a gallery space suitable for exhibitions, and showcases the annual Albany Art Prize each year. Upstairs is a comfortable 310-seat theatre available for conferences, workshops and small performances.

Over the decades, the Town Hall has been the scene of council meetings, WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament, thrilling theatre, exquisite music performances, risque comedy and the community's annual astonishment at the abilities of young performers in the Music Eisteddfod and school stage shows. More recently, the Town Hall was used as a backdrop for the Illuminart Projections Project over the ANZAC Albany weekend.

For any information regarding the use of the Town Hall please contact the Customer Service Team on (08) 9841 9333 or by emailing customerservice@albany.wa.gov.au.

Image credit Lee Griffith Photography