21 Awesome Newcastle Wedding Venues
Are you looking for a Newcastle wedding venue? Hi there! I’m Adam, a Newcastle wedding photographer who loves to shoot weddings in Newcastle and the surrounding suburbs. I’ve seen my portion of wedding venues in Australia. Some spectacular wedding venues and some average venues. So I’d love to tell you some of my favourite wedding venues on this page, and also share some of the venues I’d love to photograph.
Newcastle is the second-largest city in NSW and it has quickly become one of the best destinations to have your wedding. Once a working-class, no-nonsense destination, it is now a culinary and artistic hot-spot which is also home to some of the country’s best beaches. There is plenty to do here, indoor as well as outdoors.
Every year new, and more unique wedding venues are popping up and some of them are just incredible. There are beautiful ocean view wedding venues, some heritage venues and some really cool industrial venues. Whatever your wedding style, you are sure to find your perfect wedding venue in Newcastle.
So here are my favourite Newcastle wedding venues. Some of them I have photographed. And there are others on my ‘ bucket list ‘ of venues that I would love to photograph.
So, in no particular order, here are my favourite Newcastle wedding venues.
1. Stanley Park
Stanley Park is a wedding venue that is located just 20 minutes north of Newcastle in Fullerton Cove. At Stanley Park, you can have your preparation, ceremony, location photos and reception all in the one location.
Stanley Park is the ideal place to celebrate a wedding, set in an idyllic and private, absolute waterfront spot. Relax and get ready in the Victorian homestead of 8 bedrooms, exchange vows under the ancient fig tree, party and dance the night away in the spacious rustic barn, and stumble back to the homestead afterwards. The reception room can accommodate up to 130 guests, but you can hire a marquee for larger numbers.
Address: 77 Fullerton Cove Rd, Fullerton Cove
2. Merewether Surfhouse
Merewether Surfhouse is one of the best beachfront wedding venues and one of the busiest wedding venues in Newcastle.
With sweeping 270 degree views up and down the coast, it is easy to see why this place is so popular. The reception room is located on the middle level and is a column-free wedding venue. It can accommodate weddings of up to 400 guests, and the room can be split up for smaller numbers.
Address: 5 Henderson Parade, Merewether
3. 48 Watt Street
48 Watt Street is a unique wedding space in the inner city of Newcastle, that encapsulates in 110 years of spectacular church history. Although the building ceased traditional church services in 2010, it maintains many of its iconic original features such as grand vaulted ceilings and fine stained-glass windows, creating a beautiful setting for intimate wedding receptions.
48 Watt Street has three areas to offer –Main Hall, White Hall, and Atrium. Within 48 Watt Street, every space offers its own style and atmosphere. If you’re planning a wedding, having three spaces on site will allow for both ceremony and reception. 48 Watt ST is fully licenced and has a commercial kitchen on-site, so they can provide a complete solution for your wedding.
Address: You should be able to work this one out ;)
4. Longworth House
Longworth House is a wedding venue located in the heart of the Newcastle CBD. It is close to accommodation for guests and for the bridal party to get ready. It’s within easy reach of transportation and is within walking distance to photographic locations around Newcastle.
Longworth House offers stress-free wedding planning as you can do everything all in the one place. You can have your wedding ceremony and reception all onsite. Or if you are having an outdoor wedding ceremony, Longworth House can be your wet weather back-up option, but only if you are using then for the reception.
Address: 129 Scott Street, Newcastle,
5. Fort Scratchley
Fort Scratchley Historic Site is arguably Newcastle’s most impressive viewpoint, with its commanding position overlooking the Hunter River Estuary, and is worth a visit for the view alone. The Fortress overlooks Nobbys Beach and the lighthouse and provides panoramic views of the bay, coastline, port and city. The city of Newcastle manages the historic site of Fort Scratchley. And yes, you can even have your wedding here.
Located just outside the fort walls, there is a multi-purpose centre at Fort Scratchley Historic Site. It is a contemporary, light-filled wedding reception venue with a seating capacity of up to 120 guests plus a bridal table. Its location on the far east side of the hill allows you and your guests to enjoy an unparalleled view of the Newcastle Ocean Baths, the Cowrie Hole and the Pacific Ocean.
Address: 5 Fort Dr, Newcastle East
6. The Lock-Up
The Lock-up in Newcastle is arguably Newcastle’s most unique wedding space. You would be having your wedding in an old colonial and very historical police station.
The Lock-Up is a unique cultural attraction located in the heart of the heritage district of Newcastle. The property was originally the police station and holding cells of Newcastle from 1861 to 1982, and is a significant example of colonial government architecture.
“The Yard” is the former men’s exercise yard and is the area of The Lock-Up that is available for wedding receptions. It was refurbished thoughtfully to create a stunning one-of-a-kind venue. Impressions of the old exercise yard still remain with remnants of scratched graffiti, overhead bars and a solid iron doorway that serves as reminders of its history.
The Yard and The Lock-Up are suitable for smaller, more intimate wedding and can accommodate up to 70 guests.
Address: 90 Hunter St, Newcastle
7. Newcastle Museum
Newcastle Museum is a beautiful heritage building situated in the former Newcastle Railway factory sheds in Honeysuckle. It provides an awesome mix of industrial and modern spaces for both small, intimate weddings and can accommodate up to 120 guests. Newcastle Museum will impress you and your friends with an outstanding event and an unforgettable’ museum feel’ from the ceremony to the party.
There are three rooms to choose from, The McIntyre Theatrette, Link Gallery and the Earth Ball… which actually has the planet Earth in it.
Address: 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle
8. Harbourview Function Centre
Harbourview Function Centre is located right in the middle of Newcastle on busy Queens Wharf. If you are looking for a wedding venue that is centrally located that all your guests will know of then this is a great option.
Harbourview Function Centre has four large rooms to choose from and all have great views over the water and of Newcastle.
Address: 150 Wharf Road, Newcastle
9. Newcastle City Hall
Newcastle City Hall is one of Newcastle’s most well-known iconic buildings and is a perfect wedding venue especially if you after a venue that has some grandeur about it.
Newcastle City Hall has a classic, elegant and grand style. There is some beautiful architecture, arched windows, marble staircases and it is very centrally located in Newcastle city.
It is ideal for smaller intimate weddings as well as huge grand occasions of 200+ wedding guests. They can actually accommodate up to 320 guests for a sit-down dinner.
Address: 290 King St, Newcastle,
10. Noah’s on the Beach
Noah’s on the Beach is a four-star hotel located on some prime real estate in Newcastle.
There are four nice function room to choose from. But the main drawcard of this venue is the views. The views. It has stunning view over the Pacific Ocean and along the Newcastle coastline. This would be a really good option if you were considering a day time wedding reception where you wanted ocean views but in air-conditioned comfort.
Address: 29 Zaara St, Newcastle
11. The Newcastle Club
The Newcastle Club is located in the Newcastle CBD and is one of the oldest private clubs in Australia.
The Newcastle Club is quite old fashioned in its traditions but it is modernising and has a really nice wedding space. They have a beautiful wedding reception room and a fantastic new outdoor area which is quite contemporary and modern.
You can have your wedding ceremony in the outdoor area and then walk upstairs to the reception. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to show any photos of the venue as photographers aren’t allowed to put any photos of the club online. You also have to be a club member or have a member vouch for you. So if you are a member or know someone who is, then maybe this is a good option for your wedding?
Address: 40 Newcomen St, Newcastle
12. The Lakehouse Cafe
The Lakehouse Cafe is located at Murrays Beach, nestled into the bush surroundings and overlooking the magnificent views of Lake Macquarie.
It is in a stunning location! You can have your ceremony with beautiful big trees and Australian bush around you, do some photos around the lake and on the long jetty, then walk back to The Lakehouse Cafe and have an amazing meal.
Address: 11 Shoreside Row, Murrays Beach
Other Newcastle Wedding Venues
Hopefully, the list above of beautiful Newcastle wedding venues has helped you find the perfect venue. They are all in spectacular locations and are very unique and distinctive. From coastal beach venues to the industrial and modern. With these places, we truly believe you will get an amazing wedding and wonderful wedding photos. But if for whatever reason, none of the above venues suits you, here’s a list of other wedding venues around the Newcastle that might work for you better.
Customs House Newcastle
The Beach Hotel
The Greenhouse Eatery
Novotel Newcastle Beach
Marina Views Function Centre
The Lucky Hotel
Hey, I’m Adam. A Newcastle 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 :)