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Best 18 Wedding Ceremony Venues in New South Wales

Discover the top Wedding Ceremony Venues in Sydney, Wollongong, the Hunter Valley, the Blue Mountains, Newcastle and the rest of NSW, as rated and reviewed by real wedding couples

Engaged? Looking for your ideal wedding ceremony venue in Sydney, Wollongong, the Hunter Valley, the Blue Mountains, Newcastle, or elsewhere in New South Wales?

Real-life wedding couples evaluated, rated and reviewed their very own Ceremony Venues for the most recent ABIA Wedding Awards, and the winners have been announced!  So, read on to discover the Top 18 Wedding Ceremony Venues in New South Wales that engaged couples highly recommended — and check out the reviews and ratings for each location, left by the people who actually married there.


Venue: Mali Brae Farm | James Day Photography


#1 - Mali Brae Farm

Ceremony Venue Style: Cottage, Pavilion and Grounds

Location: Southern Highlands

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Couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to indoor and outdoor ceremony locations at Mali Brae Farm. There’s The Cherry Tree Walk, The Gums, Hatch Cottage, The Pavilion and The Ruins, each affording its own romantic atmosphere and personalised setting.  

Oozing rustic charm, and set within 90 acres of idyllic surrounds, the Farm is also a wedding photographer’s delight, and two reception venues provide perfect locations for gatherings of all sizes — the elegantly renovated Barn seats up to 110 guests, while up to 55 can enjoy the valley views from the more intimate Augustine’s Room.


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Read Mali Brae Farm's Customer Reviews.
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#2 - Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat

Ceremony Venue Style: Rock Cathedral

Location: Southern Highlands

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If a natural, 320-million-year-old cathedral, with towering rocks and handcrafted bench-seating, sounds like a place you’d like to exchange vows, Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat might be your ideal wedding ceremony venue.

The ancient oasis is among the many breathtaking locations offered at the property, which sits perched on an escarpment overlooking Kangaroo Valley. Weddings here include 48 hours exclusive use of the rock cathedral, sunset deck, reception hall, bar, dance floor, alfresco dining area, firepit and swimming pool, with onsite accommodation for 68 guests. And, while preferred providers are happily suggested, it’s a BYO venue and a blank canvas for tailor-made celebrations.



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Read Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat's Customer Reviews.

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#3 - Burnham Grove Estate

Ceremony Venue Style: Barn and Grounds

Location: Sydney

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Whether couples opt for The Views, with its stunning country vistas, the secluded Secret Garden, the towering Palm Garden or The Barn backdrop as a setting for their wedding ceremony, they’ll be immersed in relaxed rural charm at Burnham Grove Estate.

Set on 45 acres, on the outskirts of Sydney, the heritage property boasts a traditional 1880’s Homestead, complete with a bridal dressing room for pre- and post-wedding accommodation, all-inclusive packages, a plethora of photographic locations, a croquet lawn for cocktails and an air-conditioned garden marquee for elegant receptions.


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Read Burnham Grove Estate's Customer Reviews.
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#4 - Zest Waterfront Venues, The Spit

Ceremony Venue Style: Waterfront

Location: Sydney

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A relaxed, rustic boathouse, featuring warm timber and imported stone, with stunning gold-leaf painted ceilings, Zest Waterfront Venues’ Beachhouse at The Spit offers couples a breathtaking ceremony location, right on the beach, with boats bobbing in the background.

Located at the Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club, the peaceful setting can also cater for receptions of up to 450 for cocktail events and 280 for seated celebrations. Movable walls also allow for more intimate gatherings. Packages include personalised styling, spectacular menus and a host of photographic opportunities.


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#5 - BoxGrove

Ceremony Venue Style: Deck, Rose Garden, Hay Shed or Verandah

Location: Bathurst

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Whether on The Deck or in The Rose Garden, on a fine sunny day, or inside The Hay Shed or on the The Barn Verandah, when the weather calls for something cosier, couples seeking a relaxed escape for their wedding ceremony will find it at BoxGrove.

Located just over the Blue Mountains, on 170 acres, the family farm combines an abundance of space with picturesque views, stunning gardens, and four farm cottages for onsite accommodation. It also offers a choice of reception venues — outdoors under the stars, or in the purpose-built Barn, which comfortably seats up to 170 guests and affords views of rolling hills and sweeping countryside from its covered verandah.


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#6 - Chapel Ridge

Location: Hunter Valley

Chapel Ridge is a chic rural wedding venue located just over an hour's drive from Sydney, in the Lower Hunter Valley. Nestled in 130 acres of prime cattle country, this purpose-built wedding venue is just perfect if you’re on the hunt for a rustic, idyllic location with extensive views and plenty of natural beauty. 


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#7 - The Woodhouse Wollombi

Ceremony Venue Style: Lakeside or Courtyard

Location: Hunter Valley


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#8 - Chapel Hill Retreat

Ceremony Venue Style: Chapel, Verandah, Deck and Grounds

Location: Blue Mountains

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No less than six ceremony locations are on offer to couples who choose Chapel Hill Retreat for their nuptials. The Lawn overlooks the mountainous landscape, The Open Deck affords similarly breathtaking views from an elevated vantage point, The Bush Cathedral makes the most of natural surrounds, The Avenue Of Trees is set beneath towering Oaks, while both The Verandah and quaint, non-denominational Chapel — complete with stained-glass windows — provide covered options.

The venue also extends an assortment of on-site accommodation provisions and wedding packages. And a function room, suitable for up to 150 guests, caters for a range of wedding receptions.


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#9 - Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

Ceremony Venue Style: Chapel or Grounds

Location: Sydney

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Whether on the Lakeside Lawn, by The Woods, or beneath the exposed rafters of the charming on-site Chapel, couples will find a ceremony setting to suit their style at Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley.

Eight hectares of manicured grounds also offer ample photographic opportunities and, with dedicated wedding specialists, an indulgent day spa, luxury accommodation and carefully-catered receptions, for up to 200 guests, available within the Resort itself, it’s a wedding venue option that combines both elegance and convenience.


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#10 - Lakeside Golf Club Camden

Ceremony Venue Style: Gardens

Location: Camden / Sydney

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An outdoor garden wedding ceremony, set within the carefully-manicured surrounds of Lakeside Golf Club Camden, offers a serene start for couples exchanging vows.

A team of award-winning onsite Wedding Planners is also on-hand to ensure a smooth beginning, and celebrations can continue at the venue, which also provides a perfect backdrop for wedding photographs and a purpose-built, elegantly-styled reception space for up to 160 seated guests, or 250 for cocktail-style events. Plus, an assortment of all-inclusive wedding packages offer an occasion to suit every taste and budget.


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Read Lakeside Golf Club Camden's Customer Reviews.
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#11 - Springfield House Function Centre

Ceremony Venue Style: Gardens

Location: Sydney

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#12 - Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve

Ceremony Venue Style: Lighthouse

Location: Central Coast


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#13 - The Hills Lodge

Ceremony Venue Style: Courtyard

Location: Sydney

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An elevated stage, set within a secluded courtyard, sets the scene for outdoor wedding ceremonies at The Hills Lodge Grand Mercure.

Of course, the well-appointed venue also has plenty of room indoors in case of rain, and the one-stop wedding location offers the spectrum of wedding services, from a dedicated Wedding Coordinator to on-site spa for pre-wedding preparations. Ample parking and overnight accommodation, photography in the beautifully-manicured grounds, and a choice of indoor and outdoor reception spaces are also included within this charming venue’s assortment of comprehensive wedding packages.



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Read The Hills Lodge's Customer Reviews.
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#14 - Loxley On Bellbird Hill

Ceremony Venue Style: Gardens

Location: Blue Mountains

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#15 - Sylvan Glen Estate

Ceremony Venue Style: Gardens

Location: Southern Highlands

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Whether couples choose to walk a scenic garden path to the setting of their garden nuptials, or gather family and friends within a stone and timber chapel, they’ll find the ideal location at Sylvan Glen Estate.

Weddings here are often spread over a whole weekend, with couples and their guests encouraged to make the most of exclusive use of the 60 acres for photographs. A Bridal Suite, country guesthouse accommodation and options for wedding receptions, in one of the beautiful function spaces overlooking the golf course, are among the many offerings at this Southern Highlands’ escape.



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#16 - Horizons Beachfront Venue by Top Cat

Ceremony Venue Style: Beachfront

Location: South Maroubra in Sydney

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It’s little wonder Horizons, at South Maroubra Surf Club, is a popular option for couples seeking a wedding ceremony on the sand. The spectacular location offers direct beach access, and is the ideal setting for showstopping photographs.

In addition, Horizons function centre, with its panoramic ocean views, provides a memorable reception venue for gatherings from 60 to 400 guests. Hosted by the experienced Top Cat Catering team, it also boasts exceptional, restaurant-quality food, personalised wedding coordination, in-house event management and styling, a bridal suite, and a comprehensive list of wedding package inclusions.



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#17 - Tindarra Resort

Ceremony Venue Style: Riverside

Location: Moama 


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#18 - Chateau Elan at The Vintage

Ceremony Venue Style: Carriage House, Lawn or Rotunda

Location: Hunter Valley

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Couples looking to ‘make an entrance’ can arrive by helicopter at Château Élan’s helipad then make their way to one of three spectacular ceremony venues located within the immaculate grounds. Ceremony settings include the convict-cut sandstone Carriage House, which can accommodate 90 to 120 guests, the pristine Fairway Lawn and the Summerhouse Rotunda, a gently sloping outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the The Vintage golf course.

Photographic opportunities abound, and the property combines personalised wedding planning, a host of inclusive packages, an award-winning spa, acclaimed golf course, lavish on-site accommodation options and a choice of reception venues — including the flexibility of a marquee on the lawn.



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To narrow down a location tailored to your taste, check out How To Choose A Wedding Ceremony Venue or visit the ABIA directory to find more reviews and ratings on Wedding Venues across Australia. Or, if you're looking for ceremony venues in other states, check out the ABIA Award-winners in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.