18 Best Central Coast Wedding Venues
Are you getting married and looking for the best Central Coast wedding venue? Hey! I’m Adam a Central Coast wedding photographer who lives and works on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. I have seen hundreds of wedding venues all over Australia, so on this page, I’d love to tell you some of my favourite wedding venues.
The Central Coast of NSW is just an hour north of Sydney, up the M1. And it is where you can find some of the most unique wedding venues around. The Central Coast is such a beautiful part of the world and I think most people don’t necessarily think of the Central Coast when they are thinking of a wedding venue.
The wonderful thing about the Central Coast is that you have miles and miles of coastline and secluded beaches. The beaches are so much better than anything Sydney has to offer and there are barely any people on them. There is also the Central Coast hinterland and farmlands. The Central Coast has a coastline of beaches but it also has farms, bush and National Parks all the way up the Coast. Making it perfect for your more rustic, country weddings. And in between the beach and National Parks, are many, many lakes all with wonderful reception venues and photo locations. So there are so many styles of wedding venues to suit every couple. Big elegant weddings, to vintage boho wedding and everything in between.
So here are my favourite Central Coast wedding venues. Some of them I have photographed. And some of them are on my wish-list to photograph. They are in no particular order because they are all pretty awesome. So here are my 18 best Central Coast wedding venues.
1. Mercure Kooindah Waters
If you are looking for a beautiful, secluded & elegant wedding venue on the Central Coast surrounded by natural beauty, then you have to check out the Mercure Kooindah Resort.
The resort is nestled in picturesque surroundings and on an 18-hole championship golf course. It features 83 rooms and suites, and your whole entire wedding weekend can take place, onsite, at this venue!
The Mercure Kooindah Resort has two outdoor ceremony spaces to choose from, including a stunning golf course location and the Clubhouse landing which overlooks the wetlands and boardwalk. Both locations provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding ceremony, and there are some great wet weather ceremony options. And for your wedding reception, there are three elegant spaces that can accommodate up to 300 guests.
Address: 40 Kooindah Blvd, Wyong NSW 2259
2. Chapel Ridge
Chapel Ridge is a purpose-built wedding venue located in the lower Hunter Valley Hinterland. It is the perfect mix of country rural and elegance and wow is it beautiful!
It is located on 200 acres of picturesque farmland with the stunning chapel as the focal point. There is a bridal suite onsite, a rustic shed for canapes and a reception space that can accommodate up to 120 people. And both the chapel and reception room are fully air-conditioned.
The staff and wedding coordinator, Jade, are just amazing. So friendly, hardworking and accommodating and will do everything they can to make your day truly amazing. Highly recommend this wonderful wedding venue.
3. Bells at Killcare
Bells at Killcare is a boutique hotel, restaurant and spa located on the Central Coast at Killcare Heights. They do elegant and sophisticated weddings in a beautiful picturesque location.
There is plenty of on-site accommodation, with 25 coastal-inspired suits located around the property. The ceremony can take place in their beautiful outdoor garden area. There are manicured gardens and bush settings which is great for photos. It has everything you need for a perfect wedding. Can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Address: 107 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights
4. Fernbank Farm
Fernbank Farm is a sophisticated and elegant wedding venue in a country, garden setting. It is located just an hour from Sydney in the Yarramalong Valley at Wyong Creek.
It is a 25-acre property with beautiful gardens, bushland, trees and a lake. There is on-site accommodation, with the ‘main house’ and also ‘the cottage’, both featuring four bedrooms.
Wedding ceremonies take place under Fernbank Farm’s signature Steel Arbour and the reception takes place in an elegant marquee.
Fernbank Farm only hosts up to 20 weddings a year, so book in quickly.
Address: 756 Yarramalong Rd, Wyong Creek
5. Somersby Gardens Estate
Somersby Gardens Estate would have to be one of my favourite venues on the Central Coast.
It is a family-run 50-acre property, in a beautiful bush setting, that also has beautiful native gardens, making it perfect for a wedding.
There is on-site accommodation available and numerous options for your ceremony. Wedding receptions are generally held in the “Pavillion” and can accommodate up to 120 guests. But a marquee may be used for larger weddings.
One of the things I love about this property is that the owner will drive you up to a high lookout on her property where you can get the most stunning view and amazing sunsets.
Address: Somersby Falls Road, Somersby
6. Avoca Beach House
Avoca Beach House is a gorgeous venue perched overlooking the stunning Avoca Beach. With uninterrupted ocean views, a modern-appointed interior and several wedding packages to suit all styles and budgets, it’s the ultimate beachside wedding venue.
Enjoy all the perks of a beachside wedding, with the added benefit of knowing that you’ll be accommodated no matter what the weather brings!
Address: 85 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW
7. Norah Head Lighthouse
If you are looking for a coastal venue then Norah Head Lighthouse should be high up on your list.
Norah Head lighthouse is situated high up on a reserve with beautiful views across the Pacific Ocean and views up and down the coast. High up at the very top of the lighthouse, is one of the only locations where you can actually see the city of Sydney and the city of Newcastle from.
On-site accommodation is available, in the Lightkeepers Quarters. There is a lawn area where you can have your ceremony with the lighthouse in the background. If you want to do photos inside the lighthouse, they do charge an additional fee, or you can just wander down the stairs to Norah Head beach.
A marquee wedding option is available if you would like to have your wedding reception at Norah Head.
Address: 40 Bush Street, Norah Head
8. Yaramalong Valley Farm Stay
Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay is a gorgeous 50-acre property, located one hour from Sydney in the Yarramalong Valley at Wyong Creek.
This property is perfect if you are looking for a rustic country wedding vibe. As it is a farm where you can stay and have a wedding. There is a beautiful timber house that sleeps up to fifteen people.
It is more of a blank canvas wedding venue. So it is in a beautiful location and you can set it up how you like. DIY or get professionals in to help you. You can have your ceremony pretty much anywhere you like on the property. Then for the reception, you can have a marquee wedding or a wedding festival with food trucks and barbeques etc.
Address: 798 Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek
9. Glenworth Valley Weddings
Glenworth Valley is a family run business on 3,000-acres that is a local tourist attraction. It provides horse riding activities and other outdoor activities to the Central Coast for 40 years. And they also do weddings!
They have a function centre that can cater to 300 guests and there are accommodation options on-site.
Glenworth Valley is most known for is horses and for its daily “Running of the Horses”. It is when two hundred horses are mustered out of their riding yards and run across a river. I would get married there just to get that photo!
Address: 69 Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley
10. Linton Gardens
Linton Gardens in a beautiful six-acre property located on the beautiful Central Coast at Somersby.
The weddings and functions centre is surrounded by heritage-listed Camilla Gardens and there is also a historic church onsite which makes a great wet weather backup.
They have three rooms to choose from with lots of big windows and natural light and can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Address: 611 Wisemans Ferry Road, Somersby
11. The Stables of Somersby
The Stables of Somersby is a beautiful new boutique central coast wedding venue located less than an hour north of Sydney in the picturesque hinterland.
It is located on a private equestrian property and the venue boasts a beautifully repurposed rustic barn as its centrepiece. Surrounding the barn is sprawling lawns, bushland, a spectacular dam and a boathouse with a jetty. The Stables of Somersby offer a multitude of stunning ceremony, reception and photo locations. Can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Address: 50 Lutana Road, Somersby
12. Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is located on the pristine white sands of Caves Beach, about 90 minutes from Sydney.
It has impressive seaside wedding spaces overlooking the beach and the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean. It is perfect for couples wanting a coastal wedding ceremony and reception venue
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows offers luxury Hamptons style on-site accommodation. You have your choice of ceremony locations and it can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Address: 27 Mawson Close, Caves Beach
13. Crown Plaza Terrigal
Crown Plaza Terrigal is located opposite Terrigal Beach, just 90 minutes north of Sydney. And it is the perfect location if you are after a beachside wedding with all the elegance and comfort of a luxury hotel.
The picturesque views from the ballroom and nothing short of spectacular. There are exceptional photo opportunities, elegant accommodation and five-star cuisine at Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific. They can accommodate up to 350 guests.
Address: Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal
14. Bidja Estate
Bidja Estate is located in Ourimbah, just 90 minutes from Sydney on the Central Coast. And when you book a wedding, you get exclusive use of it.
There is a residence, a barn, working sheds, paddocks, beautiful gardens and even a rainforest. It is a blank canvas venue, so you can easily create a wedding that suits your style and taste to create your perfect wedding.
Address: 130 Footts Road, Ourimbah
15. Kangy Gardens
Kangy Gardens is a family-owned Central Coast business, nestled into 2.5 acres of award-winning gardens.
Enter the sandstone Gallery through its large Asian wooden doors to the most unique function room on the Central Coast. In the beautiful Garden Marquee, stroll down crushed granite paths lined with camellias. If you go a little further, you will see the magical Jardin Chapel with its imposing ancient gates. While weaving through amazing garden rooms, listen to bellbirds, then relax in the day bed to gaze past the pond into dense tropical palms.
You get exclusive use of the venue and they are a BYO venue to help keep your costs down.
Address: 49 Preston Rd, Kangy Angy
16. The Springs
Located on a beautiful rural landscape at Peats Ridge, 1 hour from Newcastle and 40 minutes from Wahroonga The Springs is the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony, portraits and wedding reception.
The Springs is a 125-acre bushland property located in the Central Coast tranquil hinterland. The Springs reception room is a luxurious, industrial space that can accommodate up to 350 guests.
Address: 1080 Peats Ridge Road, Peats Ridge
17. Raffertys Resort
Raffertys Resort is located in the bush between the beach and the lake at the quiet location of Cams Wharf on the Central Coast.
It is built on 38 acres of pristine coastline on beautiful Lake Macquarie, only 30 minutes south of Newcastle. Raffertys Resort offers a variety of locations for your ceremony, from the Arboretum’s intimate bushland setting to the resort’s scenic waterfront.
Their function rooms can cater weddings of up to 150 guests.
Address: 1 Wild Duck Drive, Cams Wharf
18. Your own property?
Do you own or does someone in your family own a property on the Central Coast? If so, and it is big enough, you should definitely consider using it for your wedding.
I absolutely love shooting at private residences or family properties!!
The photos will have more meaning and be more personal to you. Plus you will have photos at locations that no one else will ever have.
So if you have access to a property that is large enough to accommodate your wedding, have your wedding there!! You can hire a marquee or have dinner out under the stars. Do it all DIY or get a planner to do the heavy lifting for you. Have a barbeque, hire a couple of food trucks or get some caterers. It will be awesome!!!
Tips for Choosing Your Central Coast Wedding Venue
As many couples will tell you, choosing the right wedding venue is probably the most important step in your wedding planning journey. It’s the backdrop against which your special day will unfold, and it sets the tone for the entire event.
The Central Coast is a popular destination for weddings, and it’s not hard to see why. This picturesque region of New South Wales offers stunning natural scenery, world-class beaches, and a wide range of venues to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a beachside ceremony or a rustic barn wedding, the Central Coast has it all.
But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide on the perfect venue for your big day. So let me give you a few tips to help guide you through the process of choosing a wedding venue on the Central Coast that fits your style, budget, and guest list. So let’s get started!
Central Coast Wedding Style
The first step in choosing the perfect wedding venue on the Central Coast is to determine your wedding style. Are you envisioning a traditional and formal wedding, or a more relaxed and casual style? Do you want your wedding to have a specific theme, such as a rustic or beachy vibe?
Once you have a clear idea of your wedding style, you can start to look for venues that match your vision. The Central Coast has a variety of venues to choose from, ranging from elegant ballrooms to rustic barns to picturesque beachside locations.
Another important factor to consider when choosing a wedding venue is whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding. The Central Coast’s beautiful weather and natural scenery make it a popular destination for outdoor weddings. However, it’s important to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Many venues offer both indoor and outdoor options, so you can have the best of both worlds.
Overall, it’s important to choose a wedding style and indoor/outdoor preference that reflects you and your partner’s personalities and preferences. This will ensure that your wedding day feels authentic and true to who you are as a couple.
Guest List and Budget for your Central Coast Wedding
The second step in choosing the perfect wedding venue on the Central Coast is to consider your guest list and budget.
Firstly, you’ll need to determine the size of your guest list. This will give you a better idea of the type and size of venue you’ll need to accommodate everyone comfortably. It’s important to choose a venue that can comfortably fit your guests, without feeling too cramped or too empty.
Secondly, you’ll need to consider your budget and the cost of different venues. The Central Coast has a range of venues to suit different budgets, from affordable beachside locations to high-end luxury resorts. It’s important to be realistic about your budget and choose a venue that you can comfortably afford, without putting yourself into debt.
When considering the cost of different venues, it’s important to look beyond the venue hire fee. Some venues may include additional services, such as catering, decoration, and music, while others may require you to bring in your own vendors. These additional costs can add up quickly, so it’s important to factor them into your budget when comparing venues.
Ultimately, the key is to find a balance between your guest list and budget. You want to choose a venue that can comfortably accommodate your guests, while still being within your budget. By doing your research and being realistic about your budget, you’ll be able to find the perfect venue on the Central Coast for your special day.
Research Wedding Venues on the Central Coast
The first thing you should do is to start from the top and work through my list of Central Coast wedding venues. Consider when researching venues is whether they match your wedding style and theme. Look for venues that have a similar aesthetic to your vision, whether that’s a beachy vibe or a rustic countryside feel. It’s important to find a venue that resonates with you and your partner, as this will set the tone for your entire wedding day.
Next, it’s important to research the amenities and services provided by each venue. Some venues may offer all-inclusive packages that include catering, decorations, and other services, while others may require you to bring in your own vendors. It’s important to consider what’s important to you and your partner, and choose a venue that can accommodate your needs.
Reading reviews and asking for recommendations can also be helpful when researching potential venues. Look for reviews on the venue’s website and on third-party review sites, and pay attention to what past couples have to say about their experience. You can also ask for recommendations from friends, family members, or wedding planners, who may have worked with venues on the Central Coast before.
Overall, it’s important to do your due diligence when researching potential venues. By finding a venue that matches your wedding style and theme, offers the amenities and services you need, and has a good reputation, you’ll be setting yourself up for a successful wedding day.
Schedule Venue Site Visits
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential venues, it’s important to visit each one in person to get a better sense of the space and whether it will be a good fit for your wedding day.
Contact the venues and schedule a site visit at a time that works for you and your partner. During the site visit, be sure to prepare a list of questions to ask the venue coordinator or sales representative. This can include questions about the venue’s policies, capacity, and availability, as well as any additional services or amenities that are included in the venue hire fee.
While you’re on the site visit, take note of the venue’s atmosphere, cleanliness, and accessibility. Does the venue feel comfortable and welcoming? Is it clean and well-maintained? And is it easily accessible for your guests, including those with mobility issues? These factors can all impact your wedding day experience, so it’s important to consider them carefully.
Overall, scheduling site visits is a crucial step in choosing the perfect wedding venue on the Central Coast. By visiting each venue in person and asking the right questions, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and choose a venue that meets all of your needs and expectations.
Compare Central Coast Wedding Venues
Evaluate each Central Coast wedding venue based on your wedding style, guest list, and budget. Consider how well the venue matches the overall aesthetic and theme of your wedding, whether it can comfortably accommodate your guest list, and whether it fits within your budget.
It’s also important to consider the location and accessibility of each venue. Is it easy for your guests to get to, especially if they are coming from out of town? Are there nearby hotels or accommodations that your guests can stay at?
Finally, compare the prices and services offered by each venue. This includes not just the venue hire fee, but also any additional services or amenities that are included in the package. Look at what’s included in each package and compare the value for money of each venue.
Overall, the key is to evaluate each venue carefully based on your needs and preferences, and choose the one that best meets your criteria. By taking the time to compare and contrast the venues, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and choose the perfect wedding venue on the Central Coast for your special day.
Choose Your Central Coast Wedding Venue
Evaluate all the information you have gathered, such as your budget, guest list, and preferred wedding style, and determine which venue is the best fit for you. Once you have made your decision, finalize the contract with the venue and confirm your wedding date.
Now that you’ve chosen your venue, it’s time to work with the venue’s staff to plan the details of your wedding. This can include selecting menu options, choosing decorations, and coordinating with any vendors that the venue works with. Be sure to communicate your vision clearly and work closely with the venue staff to ensure that everything is in place for your big day.
In conclusion, choosing the perfect wedding venue on the Central Coast requires careful research, planning, and evaluation. By considering your wedding style, guest list, and budget, scheduling site visits, and comparing and contrasting venues, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and choose a venue that meets all of your needs and expectations. With the right venue in place, you’ll be able to create the wedding of your dreams and celebrate your special day surrounded by friends, family, and beautiful scenery.
Selecting the perfect Central Coast wedding venue is an essential element of planning a successful wedding. The Central Coast is an idyllic location for a wedding, with a variety of venues that can accommodate any style or budget. By taking the time to research and evaluate different venues, scheduling site visits, and comparing and contrasting the options, you’ll be able to find the perfect Central Coast wedding venue that matches your vision and needs. With the right venue in place, you’ll be able to create unforgettable memories and cherish them for years to come.
Hey, I’m Adam. A 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 :)