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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Noonaweema is a breathtaking 100-acre property that blends total luxury with the Central Coast hinterland.
A wedding at Noonaweena gives you exclusive use of the property for the weekend. And the whole day from start to finish can happen on this property. It also has amazing views over Yengo National Park.
Address: 1442 George Downes Drive, Kulnura
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
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
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 Coasts 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
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
Pullman Magenta Shores Resort
Pullman Magenta Shores Resort is a beautiful golf and spa resort located just 90 minutes from Sydney and just 20 minutes north of Terrigal.
It offers panoramic golf course views and a spectacular beachfront atmosphere. It is the perfect wedding venue for family and friends to celebrate your big day with you. They offer lakeside ceremonies with the lake and golf course in the background and can accommodate up to 220 guests.
1 Magenta Shores Drive, Magenta
Kantara House was built in the 1960s, epitomising elegance and refinement. It became run down and dilapidated over time until the Reid family bought the property in 2014. The property was lovingly restored over the course of two years and the charming Charlotte Chapel was built.
Kantara House has on-site accommodation designed for the bride and her bridesmaids to spend the night before the wedding. The ceremony takes place either in Charlotte Chapel or you can choose from some outdoor ceremony locations.
The reception takes place in the beautiful and grand Ashley Philip room and can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Address: 431 Avoca Drive, Green Point
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!!!
Other Central Coast wedding venues to consider
If you looked through the list above and nothing really worked for you, check out some other Central Coast venues that might suit your style and taste more.
Lakehouse Cafe, Murrays Beach
The Beachcomber Hotel
Shelly Beach Golf Club
Hardys Bay Club
Wallarah Bay Recreation Club
The Entertainment Grounds
Coast Bar & Restaurant Gosford
Wamberal Ocean View Functions
Wyong Creek Hall
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 :)