9 Amazing Canberra Wedding Venues
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Canberra Wedding Venues
Are you recently engaged and looking for an awesome Canberra wedding venue? Hey, I’m Adam and I am a Canberra wedding photographer who has photographed heaps of stunning weddings all around the Canberra region. I’ve shot something like 600 weddings over around 12 years so I’ve seen my fair share.
Canberra, our nation’s capital, is located about 3 hours drive from Sydney, and according to Canberra . com . au it is Australia’s most liveable city. If you actually live there, you probably know that your government job doesn’t pay you enough and that it is one of the most expensive cities in Australia to live in. Sorry, that’s all I know about Canberra.
But there are some pretty awesome wedding venues that you have to check out. There are also a number of wedding venues that call themselves Canberra wedding venues, but they are technically in NSW. This is because they are right on the border and couples that use them are all Canberrans.
Here is my list of the best Canberra wedding venues. Some of these venues I have photographed weddings at, and some are on my bucket list of places I would love to photograph.
1. Ginninderry Homestead
From the moment you enter Ginninderry Park through the charming picket entrance and meander down the avenue of pines until the Homestead appears, your heart will swoon over the incredible scenery that surrounds you. From the tree-lined drive to the undulating countryside Ginninderry Homestead is what dreams are made of.
A 70-acre estate of pure enchantment with beautifully trimmed gardens, this charming Georgian-style architecture offers sleeping accommodation for up to 8 people.
The serenity of the Grand Reception centre is nothing short of heavenly, boasting tall ceilings with gorgeous chandeliers, and spectacular views of the estate. In case that wasn’t enough—the courtyard includes trickling fountains and artistic statues to portray a relaxing ambiance.
The food here is absolutely delicious and they can cater for up to 12 people
This stunning Homestead is surrounded by views of the charming creek, rolling hills, and the faraway mountain ranges and offers a variety of backdrops for your photographer to curate you a most unforgettable fairy tale wedding.
There is no finer place to host your special day than Ginninderry Park offering luxe, privacy, seclusion, and accessibility
Address: 468 Parkwood Road (via Macgregor ACT, Wallaroo
2. Poachers Pantry
Nestled in the hills not far from Canberra is Poachers Pantry. It is a picturesque plot of land that has a magnificent Golden elm planted in the centre of the property where the Homestead is situated.
The food here is organically grown and handpicked on-site and most delicious.
Poachers are a rustic perfection for a country wedding and your ceremony would look great under the magnificent elm tree, in the Homestead lawn. The Kitchen is a delightful place for your Reception and can cater to 65 guests. If you expect a larger crowd, a marquee can be erected to accommodate 250 guests. An intimate Reception can also be held in the Smokehouse Restaurant that also doubles up as a wet weather option if the weather misbehaves.
A most unforgettable wedding is guaranteed at Poachers with great food, fine wood, friendly company, and lots of laughter, tears, and jobs to accompany it all.
Address: 431 Nanima Rd, Springrange
3. Old Parliament House
There are many amazing locations in Canberra to have your wedding but nothing will surpass the credentials of one of the most iconic and heritage-listed venues around. Old Parliament House is regarded as one of the best wedding venues in Canberra. This building is centrally located and is surrounded by fragrant rose gardens and has seen many happy couples take their vows here.
The venues here are exceptionally impressive and versatile and ideal for all styles of weddings, from small intimate to large grand receptions.
The Senate Courtyard, a very sublime location that is suggestive of a secret garden that has a very romantic built-in pergola. It is the perfect place to say your vows.
Old Parliament House can accommodate from 10 to 400 guests.
Address: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT
4. Lake George Winery
Located 700m above sea level, along the mysterious northern shores of Lake George, Lake George Winery is family-owned and operated and a beautiful Canberra wedding venue.
There are two main locations where you can have your wedding ceremony. The Oak Tree and The Rockery. For your wedding reception, there are also two options, the Dining Room which can cater to 150 guests. Or the Private Cellar, which is the formal dining room area.
Address: Federal Hwy, Lake George NSW
6. National Gallery of Australia
Having your wedding at the iconic National Gallery of Australia is one that you will not regret. Located in the heart of the capital of Australia, the Gallery offers you a wonderful experience. It is a world-class function space set in a culturally rich and diverse location with views of the sublime Lake Burley Griffin.
You have a choice of four unique wedding venues. The first and foremost is the heritage-listed Sculpture Garden with its vast gardens, casuarina forests, secluded sitting nooks and corners, shady pathways, and grassy knolls are hidden throughout.
The Angel of the North has views of the lake’s surrounds and the Carillon and provides a perfect natural chapel. It is the most popular location as it has a long or short bridal walk available.
The Beach area is located near the Sculpture Garden Restaurant and makes a perfect backdrop for your ceremonial shoot.
The Gandel Hall, a multi-purpose space that is sure to impress everyone will serve as a Reception space. It can cater from 350 to 900 guests.
Address: Parkes Pl E, Parkes ACT
7. The Boat House
The Boat House is one of Canberra’s most picturesque wedding venues. It’s directly on the water’s edge on Lake Burley Griffin’s gorgeous beaches. This is a multi-award-winning fine dining establishment with a magical ambiance. This Canberra restaurant and wedding venue has been operating for the last 14 years which is a testament to how good they are.
Situated in enchanting private parkland, you have the option to have a wedding ceremony with Lake Burley Griffin as your backdrop.
There are three private dining room options for your wedding, which will depend on the size of your wedding. With a warm and welcoming ambiance, wonderful food, and amazing location, this Canberra wedding venue should be high up on your list of venues to check out.
Address: Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton ACT
8. National Arboretum
Lovers of nature and couples who love a natural outdoor setting will love the National Arboretum. The National Arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to growing trees for conservation, scientific research or educational purposes. And it is also a wonderful Canberra wedding venue.
There are over 44,000 of the most diverse plant species and the Arboretum is really in its infancy. The plants and trees are only just starting to take off.
The Margaret Whitlam Pavilion is a remarkable, architecturally designed venue that features a chic design with arching walls, elusive lighting, and a towering ceiling, perfect for weddings of up to 138 guests.
The Gallery of Gardens is a series of seven gardens, each with its own story and design, with spectacular spaces for guests to enjoy. These spaces can cater for weddings of all sizes.
The Village Centre, an award-winning architecturally design building featuring soaring ceilings inspired by the fronds of the nearby Chilean wine palm forest is filled with natural light, with widths of glass windows giving endless panoramic views across Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra. The National Arboretum can accommodate up to 900 guests.
Address: Forest Dr, Molonglo Valley ACT
9. The Chapel at Gold Creek
The Chapel at Gold Creek is a purpose-built, non-denominational chapel that is beautiful, unique, and still quite modern. It is nestled amidst the gorgeous and established gardens and looks great as a backdrop to wedding photos.
It is a really good option for couples that are looking for an indoor wedding ceremony in a beautiful location. Being non-denominational means that you can bring in your own celebrant, Minister, or Priest to conduct your ceremony. Unlike a church, where you have to use the Priest from the church. This gives you the freedom to have a religious or non-religious ceremony.
Gold Creek Chapel can seat up to 120 wedding guests.
Address: 17 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT
10. Tuggeranong Homestead
Just 20 minutes from the airport and CBD, you will find Tuggeranong Homestead. A heritage-listed country property that is also a wonderful Canberra wedding venue.
Tuggeranong Homestead is set on 70 acres of private countryside and it has a long Australian history. From the ancient Aboriginal stone artefacts that have been found at Tuggeranong homestead. To the stone barn on the property that was built by the convicts back in the 1830s.
You can have your wedding ceremony in an outdoor paved garden area made out of sandstone. And for your wedding reception, the machinery shed will serve you well with a rustic indoor area where you and your guests can party the night away. The shed, when affixed to an outdoor marquee will accommodate 150 guests.
Address: 51 Johnson Dr, Richardson ACT 2905
11. Bushfield Farm
Located on 187 acres near Gundaroo, Bushfield Farm is a long-established, working sheep farm. The Farm is at the end of a rural drive filled with a rustic timber fence, an old truck, and sheep-filled paddocks, grazing horses and cattle, and wildlife.
Bushfield Farm offers a variety of function spaces for you to choose the perfect spot for your wedding. The rustic shearing shed, on the large covered deck overlooking the dam. Or under the canopy of elm trees.
Another awesome aspect of Bushfield Farm is that you can bring your own pet or even horse to your wedding. And I always say, that if you consider your pet to be part of your family, then bring them to your wedding day.
So if you are looking for a country wedding venue, then you should check out Bushfield Farm. They can cater to weddings of up to 200 people and the venue looks awesome.
10. Petrichor Farm
This Canberra wedding venue looks like a photographer’s dream. I haven’t shot there, but it is on my bucket list. The owners here are both actually wedding photographers themselves. And I met Daz once at an AIPP event, 10 or so years ago. And I remember he was a really nice guy. These guys have both been shooting weddings for 15 years and know exactly what couples want for their wedding. And who better to design a wedding venue, than a wedding photographer.
This farm has been lovingly restored with so much attention to detail. It is surrounded by some amazing views and epic landscapes. You could potentially get some seriously awesome photos at this place as well as having an incredible wedding experience. This looks like a pretty awesome Canberra wedding venue.
Address: 89 Haskins Way, GUNDAROO, New South Wales
Hey, I’m Adam. An Australian wedding photographer who loves to shoot fun, relaxed couples in a natural and candid way.
I shoot weddings all over Australia, so if you are engaged and looking for a photographer, please check out my work. If you can see yourself in these photos, feel free to get in contact to check my availability. Thanks :)