The Top Australian Wedding Venues
Choosing from so many different wedding venues can be a tricky part of the wedding planning process. You’ve just got engaged and so starts one of the most exciting times of your life. All your friends and family know, you’ve had your engagement party and now come the questions. One of the most common ones, I’m sure, you’ll be faced with is when and where is the wedding?
You need to figure out which state, the style, how many people, and then finally settle on a venue that you love. To help you out, below is a list of some of Australia’s best wedding venues from each state and some information about each one that might be useful to your planning process.
Lightspace: 30 Light St. Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD 4006
Lightspace is the perfect venue for the urban couple that likes the idea of starting with a fresh space to create their own look. Lightspace is a large converted warehouse that has been refurbished and turned into a boutique function, wedding and exhibition venue. It has lofty designed spaces and an urban, industrial chic vibe.
Within Lightspace there are two main areas, the bar and lounging area and the large venue space. It is able to host up to 500 for a cocktail style wedding or up to 250 people for a sit down dinner. Although lightspace is large and can hold a large capacity of people, the space can be transformed into a more intimate space for smaller events. If you’re looking for a space to make your own, Lightspace might just be the venue for you. Find them at lightspace
Hitched at the boomerang farm: 55 Johns Rd. Mudgeeraba, QLD 4213
Hitched at Boomerang Park is one of those classic country rustic wedding venues that is nestled on the banks of Mudgeeraba Creek. It is a picturesque and unique property, perfect for the couple that is looking for a private wedding amongst nature. Hitched at Boomerang Park is located on the 200-acre Boomerang farm and golf course. You can choose to have your ceremony anywhere on the property, however many choose to have it in the Rainforest Chapel. The Rainforest Chapel is beautifully nestled under the tall gum trees and is opposite the perfectly manicured lawns of the gold course.
Your reception will be held in the historic rustic barn that allows you to transform it into anything you want it to be. It has both indoor and outdoor spaces, perfect for any time of year. Hitched at boomerang park has capacity for up to 110 guests for a seated reception, or 180 for a cocktail style. If you’re looking for a private, rustic and unique location to have your wedding that is amongst nature, Hitched at Boomerang Park might just be for you. Find them at Hitched at the Boomerang Farm
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New South Wales
Arthouse Hotel: 277 Pitt St. Sydney, NSW 2000
The Arthouse Hotel is a beautiful historic building in the heart of the Sydney CBD. This is one of those perfect wedding venues for the couple that is looking for a unique urban space that really showcases its heritage. There are a number of rooms and spaces that provide slightly different vibes, which can be utilized for both the ceremony and the reception. This makes it the perfect space for the eclectic couple looking for something a little different on their day. The capacity of guests depends on the room type you choose, which ranges from roughly 100-400 people.
If you’re looking for a unique and urban Sydney city location that keeps with its heritage listed origins and showcases its historical nature, the Arthouse Hotel might be for you. Find them at Art House Weddings
Jonah’s: 69 Bynya Rd. Whale Beach, Sydney, NSW 2107
Jonah’s is the perfect venue for couples that want to spend their special day near the beach. This stunning venue is perched high above Whale Beach, with breathtaking views of the ocean and offers a range of first-class services. Jonah’s is perfect for smaller intimate weddings and can hold a maximum capacity of 122 guests. It has a number of wedding packages to choose from to suit your needs.
If you’re looking at intimate wedding venues and are looking for a private location with breathtaking ocean views, Jonah’s might be for you. Find them at Jonahs
Melbourne Town Hall: Corner of Swanston and Collins St., Melbourne VIC 3001
Melbourne town hall is located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. It is a beautiful historical building that airs a level of sophistication and elegance. It is perfect for the romantic couple that is looking for a venue that really showcases its history. There are a number of rooms that you can use, from a large space with a ball room-esque feel to smaller intimate rooms. The maximum capacity depends on the room you choose, which ranges from 50-400 guests.
If you’re looking for wedding venues in the heart of Melbourne CBD that has a touch of romance and elegance, Melbourne town hall might be for you. Find more information at Melbourne Town Hall
Nathania Springs: 225 Olinda-Monbulk Rd. Monbulk, VIC 3793
Nathania Springs is a private historic property, located just 45 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. It has acres of beautiful picturesque gardens, ponds and rain forest. It is the perfect wedding venue for the couple that wants to spend their day amongst nature and enjoy the privacy of these magical gardens. There is a chapel available for the ceremony, with rustic wooden beams and an old world chandelier.
For those who prefer to get hitched outdoors, there are endless spots that allow for a garden ceremony. For the reception, there is a dining room that caters to between 80-180 guests. If you’re looking for a private, garden wedding, Nathania Springs might be for you. Find them at Nathania Springs
Old Oval Estate: 18 Sand Rd, McLaren Vale, SA
Old Oval Estate is a beautiful vineyard located in the heart of the McLaren Vale wine region. It is the perfect location for those who want to get married amongst picturesque hills and rows upon rows of vines. The ceremony can take place in a number of sites within the vineyard, from under the beautiful red river gum trees to the open fields and rolling hills. One of the more stunning wedding venues if you are considering a spring wedding.
For the reception, the Pavilion places you and your guests amongst the beautiful gardens of the estate, with a 180 view of the vineyard. The Old Oval Estate is perfect for the couple that prefers a more intimate wedding, as they can only seat a maximum of 80 guests or 150 for a cocktail reception. Find out more at Old Oval Estate
Adelaide Zoo: Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
For those couples looking for unique wedding venues, the Adelaide Zoo might be just for you! Having your ceremony at the Adelaide Zoo immerses you in the sounds and the sights that only come from being amongst nature’s finest creatures.
There are a number of beautiful ceremony locations to choose from that allow you to be amongst the stunning botanical gardens. For those who truly want a unique experience, they also allow ceremonies to take place in one of their under cover enclosures. Imagine having a giant panda photo bomb your wedding kiss! The Adelaide Zoo also provides wedding packages to help make your wedding day stress free.
By having your wedding at the Adelaide Zoo, you are also contributing to the conservation of these animals and helping create a happier and healthier future for them. If you’re looking for something unique for your special day, this might be the venue for you. Find out more about weddings at the Adelaide Zoo
Lenna of Hobart: 20 Runnymede St, Hobart TAS 7004
Are you having a smaller wedding and want to make the most of an intimate, romantic environment? At Lenna of Hobart, that is exactly what you will find. Lena of Hobart is a beautiful heritage listed mansion that acts as a perfect time capsule for the 1800’s. It is the perfect venue for the couple that is looking for an intimate ceremony of 50 people or less in a venue that showcases some of Australia’s history.
There are several rooms available to you, as well as a beautiful garden where your ceremony can take place. If you’re having an intimate wedding, Lenna of Hobart might just be for you. Lenna of Hobart
Princes Wharf 1: Castray Esplanade, Hobart TAS 7000
Princes Wharf 1 is a large portside event venue that can hold up to 1300 people. It was built in the 1830’s to serve the rapidly growing fleet of local and international whaling ships. This venue is a large industrial style venue that is perfect for the urban couple.
Although it can fit a large number of guests, there are smaller rooms available for the more intimate weddings. If you’re looking at rustic, urban, Portside wedding venues, Princes Wharf 1 might just be for you! Find them at: Princess Wharf 1
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront: 7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin City NT 0800
Escape the humidity with this picturesque waterfront venue. Vibe Hotel is a beautiful beach style venue with stunning waterfront views. It is the perfect location for the couple that wants to spend their special day close to the beach and soaking up the beautiful ocean breeze. There several rooms to choose from which allow roughly 30-100 guests, depending on the room style you choose. This means it is suitable for both intimate and larger weddings.
Darwin Free Spirit Resort: 901 Stuart Highway, Darwin NT 0829
Located just 15 minutes from Darwin’s CBD, FreeSpirit resort is the perfect wedding venue for those who want to escape to a tropical haven while never leaving the city. FreeSpirit resort is positioned on nearly 30 acres of beautifully landscaped and manicured tropical gardens.
By choosing this venue, you have access to a number of locations to have your ceremony and reception. From the gazebo gardens, to a large open terrace, there are a number of options to suit your needs. Depending on the space you choose will determine how many guests are allowed. However, each space can hold roughly 100 guests. If you’re looking for a tropical oasis in the middle of the city and to take advantage of Darwin’s beautiful tropical weather, find out more here Darwin Free Spirit Resort
Clover Cottage: 380 Wheatley Coast Rd, Manjimup WA 6258
Clover cottage is a beautiful rustic venue located in the WA country where you will be surrounded by beautiful Australian Gumtrees and lakes while you say ‘I Do’. It is also the perfect location for those who want to make it a weekend event, since they have lodging available to you and your guests.
Clover Cottage allows you to have your ceremony in a historical brick church, built in the 1880’s, or on an open terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens and lakes. They allow for roughly 60-70 people in their mudbrick barn. Larger events can be held at the marquee, which overlooks the grounds. If you’re looking for private, quiet and rustic wedding venues, find more at Clover Cottage
Lamont’s Bishops House: 90 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000
Lamont’s is amongst the most perfect wedding venues for the urban couple that loves food and wine! Located among the high rises of the Perth CBD, Lamont’s is a beautiful brick building that was built in the 1950’s. Lamont’s provides a relaxed informal vibe and a relaxing atmosphere for you to sit back and enjoy.
There are several locations available for you to have your reception. These locations all have a slightly different vibe and hold a different number of guests. These locations roughly hold 30-200 guests. If you’re looking for a relaxed wedding reception located in the heart of the Perth CBD, Lamont’s might be for you. Find them at: Lamont’s Bishops House
Australian Capital Territory
National Gallery of Australia: GPO Box 1150, Action, ACT 2601
The national gallery of art is the perfect location for the couple that wants to have their special day at Australia’s largest and most famous galleries. Your ceremony will be held in the gardens, surrounded by perfectly manicured and heritage listed sculptures. It is perfect for those who want a quiet and elegant wedding amongst the Casurina forests overlooking the pristine lakes. For larger weddings, your reception can be held at the Gandel Hall, a spacious location with elegant details and finishes, such as gold leaf doors. This space holds up to 280 guests.
For slightly more intimate weddings, or for those who want a garden reception, the Sculpture Garden Restaurant is also available. This allows you to have you reception under a marquee, amongst the beautifully polished gardens, overlooking the lakes. This space holds up to 80 guests. If you’re interested in having your wedding at the National Gallery of Australia, find more information at National Gallery of Australia
Old Parliament House: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Old Parliament House is a restored heritage listed mansion, known for its grandeur and beauty. It is the perfect wedding location for those who want to experience elegance, while being amongst ones of Australia’s historical landmarks.
With its stunning natural light, and beautiful backdrops that are perfect for your photos, there is nothing quite like this unique location. Old Parliament House can host a large number of guests, roughly around 300-500 at a time, making it perfect for those larger celebrations. Say your “I Do’s’ in one of the meeting rooms, that once held some of Australia’s most influential politicians.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and elegant location to host a large number of guests, Old Parliament House might be for you! Find out more at Old Parliment House