7 Amazing Port Stephens Wedding Venues
Are you engaged and looking for awesome Port Stephens wedding venues? Hi, I’m Adam a Port Stephens wedding photographer and I photograph lots of weddings around Port Stephens and around the neighbouring regions nearby. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the amazing wedding venues.
Port Stephens is located about an hour north of Newcastle or 2.5 hours from Sydney and is a beautiful place for a wedding. This sleepy little seaside town is a popular holiday and tourist destination due to its beautiful National Parks, beaches and water activities. And the style and type of wedding venues reflects this lifestyle.
So here is my list of the best Port Stephens wedding venues. Not all these venues are located entirely in Port Stephens, but they are in nearby towns. And some of the venues I have photographed and some I haven’t but would love to.
1. Stanley Park
Stanley Park is one of my very favourite wedding venues in the region. It’s probably a bit of a stretch putting it as Port Stephens as it is pretty much in-between there and Newcastle. but it is awesome so worth adding. It is a 28 acre wedding venue located on the waterfront and is has a majestic and very historic eight-bedroom homestead and uninterrupted water views. It is one of the best places to relax, celebrate, and have an amazing wedding.
The venue offers you flexibility. You can design your wedding on any theme you want, and you can choose your preferred suppliers. If you are looking for a peaceful and private place to have your wedding ceremony, Stanley Park is the perfect place to have it.
You and your partner can exchange vows under the ancient fig tree, dance, and celebrate all night in the spacious rustic Barn, and you can have a good sleep at the homestead.
Stanley Park is located in a secluded area, but it is only 20 minutes from the Newcastle CBD, 5 minutes from Newcastle airport, and 25 minutes from Nelsons Bay. So if you need accommodation for your friends and relatives, you can find something around the area. The homestead itself is perfect for wedding prep and it is big enough that you can both get ready there and not see each other.
The reception area is rustic and awesome. It is an American-style barn with corrugated iron design, timber, and steel proportioned with its 19 x 16-meter floor space and can be extended at a 16 x 4 covered outdoor terrace. The area can accommodate around 130 guests.
You have the option to get the in-house caterer of Stanley Park or bring your caterer. The Barn is very versatile as it can fit any style of wedding from conservative, glamorous, vintage to minimalist and Boho. Your guests will enjoy the tranquil views of Fullerton Cove, lush green lawns around the Barn, and the stunning sunsets. For winter weddings, the venue’s Chiminea fireplace will keep you warm and provide a cozy atmosphere.
After a long day of celebration, you can rest and relax at the three-level Victorian Homestead that can house up to 15 guests.
Address: 77 Fullerton Cove Rd, Fullerton Cove NSW
2. Murray’s Brewery
Murray’s Brewery has been producing the best beer in town since 2006 and it is a great relaxed wedding venue. It has won several awards, including Australia’s Brewer of the Year. After many years of brewing the best beer, the equipment and its brewing team transfer to its new home at Bobs Farm, Port Stephens. The brewing facilities became bigger.
The last wedding I photographed there was back in 2014 and back then it was very much a brewery that sometimes did weddings. It now looks like Murray’s Brewery has done some upgrades since then.. It is a 35-acre property with grape and hops vines. The property backs onto bushland, so there is photo opportunities in the bush in the vineyard and around the brewery.
Garden ceremony, followed by a rustic reception with good hearty food and beer. Sounds like a pretty good Port Stephens wedding.
Address: 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm NSW
3. Anchorage Port Stephens
Have your wedding in one of the most luxurious hotels in Port Stephens. The Anchorage Port Stephens wedding venue can cater for intimate weddings of 50 guests up to 200 guests for indoor and outdoor spaces. You have the option to create your style or let the Anchorage team help you make your wedding day a memorable one.
You can have the wedding ceremony at a seaside oasis with flexible spaces. You can take advantage of the waterfront location. Have the intimate ceremony at one of the coastal vantage points, and have a stylish reception. If you want a space from which you can decorate and transform it into your dream wedding, you can do so with the help of experts.
Anchorage is a magical location to have your wedding ceremony. Finally, your dream wedding at the seaside will become a reality. You can choose to say your I do’s at The Lawn or the Sunset Terrace. The venue offers a complete ceremony set-up that includes everything you need from the chairs, tables, lectern, and microphone.
The wedding reception can be held at the Pier where you can view the water, sea breezes, and the area is full of natural light. For cocktail functions with 180 guests or below, this is a good site. The area has a breezy seaside vibe, and you can design it with your style. The waterfront terrace has a fireplace, drop-down weather screens, a flexible bar set-up, and an all-weather pergola where you can have your pre and post-wedding celebration.
Address: 26 Corlette Point Rd, Corlette NSW
4. Heaven Gardens
Heaven Gardens is a heavenly open space with breathtaking backdrops and tranquil gardens. It is the newest wedding venue in Port Stephens, providing a unique and affordable DIY wedding experience. You can choose from intimate soirees, mini-festivals, stylish garden parties, boho picnics, etc. Anything you can dream of is possible. Furthermore, the place can be rented exclusively for the wedding, making it a private event. This way, only your guests and entourage will use the venue.
Heaven Gardens is located 25 minutes from the heart of Nelson Bay and 40 minutes from Newcastle’s CBD. The venue is six minutes drive from the Newcastle Airport for your guests who need to travel by air. If you need additional accommodations for your guests, you can find one around the venue.
The rainforest walks, manicured grounds, a large fishpond, and others will complete the backdrop for your wedding ceremony. You will love the property overlooking the Tilligerry National Park and Pelican Creek.
For your reception, you can have it at the high ceiling Pavilion. The area can accommodate up to 120 guests with timber tables and chairs. Once the sun sets, the venue will have a magical atmosphere with festoon lighting and fairy lights, and let your guests dance under these lights all night.
Address: 332 Lemon Tree Passage Rd, Salt Ash NSW
5. Saltwater Restaurant
Saltwater Restaurant is a new wedding venue in Port Stephens. It offers different packages that will surely meet your needs and make your wedding day perfect. You can have the wedding ceremony indoor that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Otherwise, you can have it outdoor overlooking the famous Fingal Bay.
Have your photograph taken underneath the old trees surrounding the venue, on the seashore, or simply just outside the restaurant with the Fingal Bay as your backdrop. You will have an unforgettable wedding with your friends and relatives around plus the breathtaking views of Saltwater Restaurant.
The venue offers different packages you can choose from. All the packages include tables, chairs, a sound system, a podium, and others. The catering can be arranged, or if you have your caterer, you can ask the venue if they allow it or not.
Address: level 1/3 Marine Dr, Fingal Bay NSW
6. Valhalla Restaurant and Bar
The Spruce family owned the Valhalla Restaurant and Bar. Initially, the venue is a farm providing veggies in the Port Stephens community. Their signature vegetable is the famous Anna Bay Tomatoes.
Only recently, they decided to expand their repertoire, and now they are not just planting veggies. They also prepare the best dishes using the vegetables they harvest. And then, Valhalla Restaurant and Bar opened in front of the majestic Spruce Estate. Because of its marvelous view and rustic design, it is considered one of the best venues for weddings.
If you wonder where the owner got the name Valhalla, it is a popular character in Viking mythology. It is one of the lovely halls of Asgard, the home of Norse gods. The beauty of Valhalla is unique, both homely. The restaurant has a European feel and Scandinavian influence. Indeed, it is one of the best sites for your wedding.
Address: 3834 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm NSW
7. Wonganella Estate Winery
Wonganella Estate Winery is a vineyard complete with cellar door sales, a wedding function area, and wine tasting. It is located on top of the hill behind the brewery. The location is overlooking the vineyard with fantastic views of Tilligerry Creek.
The wedding venue is located two hours from Sydney, 30 minutes drive from Newcastle, and 15 minutes to Nelson Bay. You can have the best-tasting wine, sumptuous food of your choice, and breathtaking views. This is a great place not just for your wedding but for other events as well.
You can choose from a bush setting wedding or a beautiful green wedding. The reception can be done in their signature barrel room that features a bar, chandeliers, rustic décor with antique wine barrels, and private booths.
Address: 3439a Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm NSW
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 :)