16 March 2016
NSW’s breathtaking coastal landscapes and expansive countryside make it a treasure trove of incredible wedding locations. Here’s a list of idyllic locations, all of which would make wonderful venues for your special day.
The Grounds of Alexandria is something of local institution, with a great cafe, house-roasted coffee, a haphazard garden bursting with organic fruits and vegetables, and even resident farm animals. The venue is already so fairytale-like that wedding decor is hardly necessary; a backdrop of creeping vines and fairy lights needs very little embellishment.
At The Grounds you can choose from two function areas: The Garden, a generous outdoor setting abundant with flowers and country charm; and The Atrium, where indoor plants and unpolished wooden floorboards are illuminated by natural daylight streaming through the glass roof. The Garden and The Atrium can accommodate up to 220 and 150 guests, respectively.
Sergeants Mess, on Sydney’s north shore, is secluded by the bushland of Sydney Harbour National Park and privy to incredible views of Chowder Bay. In fact, the spectacular views at Sergeants Mess extend all the way to Watsons Bay, Camp Cove and Rose Bay.
This venue features an exquisite dining room with a spacious deck overlooking the water. Chowder Bay wharf is just a four-minute walk from the venue, giving your guests the option to arrive in style on a water taxi or private charter vessel if desired. The surrounding area contains several scenic locations fit for a ceremony, for example, Clifton Gardens, Bradley’s Head, and Little Sirius Cove, not to mention the immaculately landscaped grounds of Sergeants Mess itself. Sergeants Mess can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat is set on more than 100 acres of bushland by the tranquil waters of Kangaroo River on the NSW South Coast. The retreat’s deck boasts panoramic views of the river and surrounding valley, while the entire retreat is the largest private events venue in the region. The nearby “Rock Cathedral”, an immense natural rock formation, is a popular spot for weddings. With its looming boulders and ancient native trees, this temple-like rock cavity is a unique spot for an al fresco wedding
The function room and pergola at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat can cater for up to 90 seated guests, while the onsite lodge and cabins can accommodate up to 68 people.
The Boathouse, near the tip of the Pittwater peninsula, is equal parts rustic, understated and stylish. The expansive waterfront deck can provide a bright, open-air setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue’s casual atmosphere, plus the complimentary flowers and produce that will decorate The Boathouse’s front entrance on your special day, will make your wedding both a relaxed and memorable event. The Boathouse can host up to 150 guests in a cocktail-style setting.
Hidden in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is an inner-city oasis fit for a wedding. The surrounding walls guard a traditional Chinese garden complete with Koi-filled lakes, picturesque bridges, exotic plants, hidden pathways and waterfalls. The garden’s ornate pavilions can accommodate 120 guests and are ideal settings for daytime wedding ceremonies. You can even secure exclusive use of the garden’s lower levels for evening weddings and receptions.
True to its name, Secret Garden is a secluded and private oasis, hidden away in the hinterland of Byron Bay. There’s an eclectic charm to the Secret Garden, its 1,700 square metres of landscaped gardens housing everything from outdoor artworks and sculptures to a vintage school bus.
The indoor pavilion can accommodate receptions of up to 120 guests; otherwise, you can seat up to 100 guests among the African Boabs, palm trees and exotic cacti of the garden. There are several spots which would be suitable for a quaint wedding ceremony, while the covered pergola area makes a surprisingly good dancefloor.
This is a breathtaking venue for intimate weddings, photo shoots and receptions. Jonah’s private cliff-top garden offers uninterrupted views of Whale Beach, combining the beauty of a garden wedding with that of a beachside ceremony.
If you like, you can also obtain exclusive use of the property for your reception. This will grant you and your guests complete access to the cliff-top lawn, the fine-dining restaurant and bar (with seating for up to 100 people), and The Terrace, a beautiful balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean which can accommodate another 48 guests.