29 Amazing Sydney Wedding Venues
29 Amazing Sydney Wedding Venues
Are you looking for a Sydney wedding venue? I am Adam a Sydney wedding photographer and I have photographed over 500 weddings over 12 or so years. So I have seen a lot of wedding venues around Sydney and its surrounding suburbs.
Sydney has arguably the most beautiful harbour in the world and it also boasts some of the best wedding venues in the world. From the rustic to the industrial to the over-the-top glamorous. There is something to suit every couple. And there is no shortage of choice.
We lived in Sydney for most of our lives. It is where we shot most of our weddings for many years. So there is obviously a lot more wedding venues than listed here. These are the venues that I love shooting at or are venues that I would love to shoot at. They reflect the style of wedding that I love. Basically, they are venues that are unique and have character.
So here is a list of my favourite Sydney wedding venues that I happily recommend.
Sydney CBD Wedding Venues
1. The Grounds of Alexandria
I have shot countless weddings at The Grounds of Alexandria and it is one of my favourite locations in Sydney to shoot. If you are not familiar with it, it is a former industrial precinct from the 1920s that has brought the country, the farm and gardens into the middle of the city. It is where you can get good food, great coffee and relax in a beautiful and rustic environment. It is extremely popular with locals and a local landmark that is always bustling, with 15,000 people coming through its doors every week. And it is also extremely popular with weddings as it is a real fairy-tale setting in the middle of a concrete jungle.
They have six areas where you can have weddings and accommodate 12 – 600 guests.
‘The Garden’ is the centrepiece of The Grounds and has vegetable gardens, flowers, fresh herbs and seasonal fruits. There is a rustic brick wall with ivy and fairy lights everywhere. It can hold up to 130 guests seated.
‘The Linseed House’ is The Grounds newest wedding reception room. It has beautiful heritage brick walls, ten metre high ceilings and looks stunning. It can accommodate up to 350 guests seated or 600 cocktail style.
‘The Atrium’ is a stunning indoor atrium with a light garden atmosphere, greenery and big wooden tables. Can cater for up to 115 guests seated.
‘The Roastery‘ is a smaller room located in a former pie factory. It is a cafe during the day and can be a wedding venue at night that can accommodate up to 80 people.
‘The Patio’ and ‘The Lock In’ are there two other smaller more intimate wedding spaces.
Address: 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
The Royal Automobile Club of Australia (RACA) is in a heritage-listed building with a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers and some old-world charm. The main ballroom has such a unique and elegant interior that you just can’t find in any other Sydney wedding venue. Worth checking out if you are looking for an elegant and sophisticated venue.
They have one main room and can accommodate 12 to 400+ guests
Address: 89 Macquarie St, Sydney
3. The Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens is Sydney’s 30-hectare public garden situated in Sydney Harbour right next to the Sydney Opera House. They have 13 lawns to choose from for a wedding ceremony as well as outdoor and indoor rooms for wedding receptions.
It is an extremely popular location for weddings and as the grounds are so large, they can have multiple weddings on a day. It is also a wonderful place for wedding photos afterwards with many different gardens and amazing views over Sydney Harbour.
Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
4. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is one of the worlds most famous buildings and a pretty awesome place for a wedding.
You can get married overlooking Sydney Harbour and have your reception at one of the many function rooms or theatres. Can accommodate 14 – 700 guests. And more importantly, you can say that you got married in one of the modern wonders of the world.
Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney
5. The Tea Room QVB
The Tea Room QVB is located in the heritage landmark Queen Victoria Building. A Romanesque building with European elegance in the heart of Sydney.
The ballroom features beautiful high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and is such a unique place to have your wedding.
Can accommodate 40 – 200 guests
Address: Level 3 North End, 455 George St, Sydney
Other Sydney Wedding Venues CBD
If these venues didn’t suit your style or taste, here are some other wedding venues around the Sydney CBD that might suit you better.
- Art Gallery of NSW
- Australian Museum
- The Mint
- Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
- Cafe Sydney
- Quay Restaurant
- Amora Jamison Hotel
- Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
- View By Sydney
- Three Williams
North Shore Wedding Venues
6. Athol Hall
Located in Mosman with its own little harbour beach, Athol Hall is a charming heritage restored venue. It offers stunning views across Sydney Harbour including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Althol Hall is one of my favourite wedding venues in Sydney because it has an awesome country feel to it, but it is right in the middle of Sydney.
Perfect for both wedding ceremonies and receptions, being situated in the Sydney Harbour National Park it also offers many gorgeous photo locations. Wedding ceremonies can be held on the lawn just below the hall or at nearby Bradleys Head Amphitheatre (max 120 guests).
Last time I was here, it was an English/Australian couple and they put on an Aussie barbeque for all their guests. A lot of them were from the UK so they loved the bbq and the amazing harbour views of Sydney.
They are able to seat up to 155 or host 200 Cocktail style.
Address: 2 Athol Wharf Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
7. Tea Room Gunners Barracks
Historic Gunners Barracks nestled into the cliffside of Georges Heights Mosman is considered one of Sydney’s premier wedding venues. It is definitely one of the busiest Sydney wedding venues. The former fort was built in 1873 with local sandstone to protect Sydney Harbour.
This gorgeous building offers stunning harbour views, a charming interior and lovely outdoor ceremony spaces. All of this is coupled with a 5-star dining experience for you and your guests.
You can have wedding ceremonies out in their courtyard or down a staircase in their garden area. The balcony is used as a wet weather ceremony alternative.
There are lots of locations around the property for photos or you can easily drive nearby to other spots.
They can accommodate weddings from 50 people to a maximum of 100 guests.
Address: End of Suakin Drive, Georges Heights Mosman
8. Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant
Banjo Paterson Cottage restaurant is in the historical ‘Rockend’, a National Trust 1830’s sandstone cottage. It was once home to the famous Australian poet and his grandmother.
Located in 5 acres of parkland in Gladesville on the Parramatta River, it offers beautifully landscaped gardens with water views for your wedding ceremony. The restaurant has several open fireplaces and two covered verandah offering a warm cosy atmosphere and a quaint look back at early Sydney.
The venue has a total capacity of 140 for seated and 350 cocktail weddings. It is also available as separate function rooms for more intimate weddings.
Address: Punt Rd, Gladesville
9. Epicure at Taronga Zoo
Offering stunning views over Sydney Harbour and an amazing collection offer 4000 wild animals Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney most beautiful and unique wedding venues.
With multiple function areas with floor to ceiling windows and unique lawns and spaces through the Zoo you can find the perfect spot for your wedding ceremony and reception. Be it a smaller more intimate occasion or a spectacular event for hundreds.
Caters to weddings Min 35 Max 250 guests.
Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
10. Luna Park Weddings
Brides on rides, could a wedding day be anymore fun? A unique opportunity for you and your bridal party to add a little whimsy to your day and hop on the vintage carousel, race around in the dodgem cars or enjoy spectacular views over Sydney Harbour on the ferris wheel.
Situated right on the waterfront in Milsons Point Luna Park has uninterrupted views of the iconic Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. With 6 spaces for wedding receptions including stunning ballrooms and elegant harbour front rooms offers something for couples wanting a slightly more intimate wedding to the those wanting a truly extravagant celebration.
Caters for seated weddings 60-600 guests or for a cocktail wedding up to 1100 guests.
Address: 1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point
11. Aqua Dining
Aqua dining located above North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool, with unrivalled waterfront views that sweep from Luna Park to the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Indulge yourself and your guests not only in the spectacular views but also an impeccable dining experience, making your wedding a day to remember.
Caters for up to 120 guests for a sit down reception or up to 150 guests for a cocktail style reception.
Address: Corner Paul and Northcliff Streets, Milsons Point
12. Public Dining Room
Situated on the southern end of Balmoral Beach just above the historic Balmoral Baths offering stunning views of middle harbour across to Manly and North Head dotted with yachts.
Public Dining Room is the perfect Sydney beachside wedding venue. Available for lunch and dinner wedding receptions, offering delicious Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Sommelier selected wines. You can book the entire restaurant or just the private dining room for more intimate celebrations.
Available for just the 2 of you or up to 115 guests.
Address: 2A The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088
13. Bathers’ Pavilion
Bathers’ Pavilion is a heritage building located on the beautiful Balmoral Beach and is the ultimate elegant beach wedding venue in Sydney. With stunning views across Middle Harbour and elegantly renovated spaces embracing its 1920’s art deco design with breathtaking Mediterranean charm.
For smaller weddings you could indulge in a chefs table with award winning Executive Chef and Co-owner Serge Dansereau or hire out a private dining room.
12 to 106 guest seated or 170 guest standing.
Address: 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral
Historic waterfront venue located at Woolwich dock. Boasting floor to ceiling window with uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour.
Surrounded by parkland, waterfront and Woolwich Dock it offers beautiful outdoor ceremony spaces and a diverse range of photo locations.
Up to 260 guest seated or 400 guests cocktail style.
Address: Clarke Rd, Woolwich NSW 2110
15. Sergeants Mess
Overlooking Sydney Harbour and set in bushland on Chowder Bay in Mosman. Sergeants Mess is a purpose built luxury event venue with a chic contemporary design boasting stunning water views.
It has a beautiful landscaped wedding ceremony area right next to the venue exclusively available to Seargent’s Mess couples. With the option of setting up inside in the event of poor weather.
Minimum 80 guests up to 250 seated with cocktail style available for 350 guests.
Address: Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman
Other North Shore Wedding Venues
If these venues didn’t suit your style or taste, here are some other wedding venues around the North Shore that might suit you better.
- Ripples Chowder Bay
- Zest at the Spit
- Burnt Orange
Sydney – Eastern Suburbs Wedding Venues
16. Centennial Homestead
Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s 360 acre Centennial Parkland just 10 min out of the CBD. The park offers 10 possible ceremony locations from manicured rose gardens, open lawns, beautiful paperbark groves, in-between lily filled duck ponds or a wooded wonderland for your dream garden wedding. It also offers endless stunning and secluded photo locations, making it one of my favourite Sydney wedding venues.
For your wedding reception the Centennial Homestead with its gorgeous draping of purple wisteria (which gives it main room the Wisteria room its name), has Hamptons bi-fold doors allowing you to continue enjoying the parkland thought your reception. There is also an option of adding on a marquee for larger weddings or setting up a stand-alone marquee on the lawn or in a couple other fields throughout Centennial Park.
The Wisterisa has a capacity for 180 seated and 300 cocktail, larger weddings can also utilise The Kitchen function space within the Homestead for up to 320 seated and 600 cocktail.
The Superintendent’s Residence (Centennial Park)
The Ranger’s Residence (Centennial Park)
Address: Grand Drive, Centennial Park
17. Dunbar House
One of Sydneys oldest buildings this historic mansion built in the 1830s is located on the waterfront in Watsons Bay. It is own and operated by Grand Pacific Group who’s venues also include The QVB Tearooms, Gunners Barracks and Sergaents Mess.
Dunbar House has beautiful views over Watsons Bay, Sydney harbour and of the city skyline. Wedding ceremony’s can be held out frot in Robertson Park under the magnificent old figtree.
It has capacity for 110 guests seated and 150 cocktail.
Address: 9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay
18. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Gorgeous seaside venue set on Sydney’s most iconic Harbour beach, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the ultimate location for your chic beach wedding.
With stunning waterfront reception spaces, scenic ceremony locations and 32 sun drenched coastal inspired rooms and suites your entire wedding days is covered.
Available for up to 206 seated or 350 cocktail. Also sleeps 79 guests.
Address: 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
Other Eastern Suburbs Wedding Venues
If these venues didn’t suit your style or taste, here are some other wedding venues around the Eastern Suburbs that might suit you better.
- Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach
Northern Beaches Wedding Venues
19. Boathouse Palm Beach
Located on the picturesque Pittwater Peninsula in Palm Beach. The Boathouse’s rustic seaside charm, stunning views an waterfront location, including a private jetty makes for a perfect seaside wedding.
With its tranquil setting it is a gorgeous wedding ceremony and photo location. Suited to intimate seated wedding receptions or larger canapé style celebrations, with mouth-watering Modern Australian menus available.
Caters to 30 guests sit down or 300 cocktail style.
Address: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach
Perched up on the clifftop over looking Whale Beach is the epitome of a luxury beachside retreat located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
The gorgeous cliff top garden is the ideal setting for your ceremony, pre-dinner drinks & canapés, or just a great spot to take a moment out of your big day to relax & enjoy the amazing view.
Wedding receptions are available in the Terrace Room for more intimate weddings or exclusive use of the property including the restaurant is available for larger weddings.
Caters to a 24-48 guests in the Terrace and up to 122 guests with exclusive use of the entire venue.
Address: 69 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach
21. Moby Dicks Whale Beach
Moby Dicks is nestled into the hill top overlooking Whale Beach on the Northern Beaches. It combines modern sophisticated beachside charm, landscaped tropical gardens and panoramic ocean views to make it the ideal venue for a Sydney beach wedding.
Operated by The Boathouse group who also operate nearby Boathouse Palm Beach and Boathouse Shelly Beach, Moby Dicks is a dedicated wedding and event venue. Offering spectacular modern Australian cuisine in an elegantly coastal styled space.
Caters to maximum 150 guest sit down or 200 cocktail
Address: 227 Whale Beach Rd, Whale Beach
22. Pilu at Freshwater
Pilu at Freshwater located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a stunning Hampton’s style heritage-listed beach house and a pretty amazing restaurant.
With spectacular ocean views, a lovely private terrace garden for ceremonies and Freshwater Beach for your photos, Pilu is a beautiful setting for a beach wedding. Top it off with award-winning modern contemporary Italian food for your wedding reception.
Pilu at Freshwater is an ideal wedding venue if you are looking for a relaxed beachfront wedding. It is such a beautiful area
Address: On the beach Moore Road, Freshwater
23. Q Station Manly
Steeped in history Q station is located on 30 acres of bushland in Manly on Sydney’s North Head. Once serving a very different purpose as Australia’s longest operating Quarantine Station before it’s closure in 1984. Offering the perfect location for your wedding ceremony and reception with a range of ceremony spots and heritage function halls to choose from.
The ceremony locations include the headland overlooking Sydney Harbour, on the wharf down at Quarantine Beach, the woodlands or in the newly renovated Glasshouse. You and your guests also have the option of staying the night onsite.
Q station caters for weddings from minimum 50 guests to 160 seated or 200 cocktail. It has the capacity to sleep 126 guests.
Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Other Northern Beaches Wedding Venues
If these venues didn’t suit your style or taste, here are some other wedding venues around the Northern Beaches that might suit you better.
- The Boathouse Shelly Beach
Greater Sydney Wedding Venues
24. Audley Dance Hall
Set amongst the historic Royal National Park south of Sydney, Audley Dance Hall offers an idyllic bush setting for your wedding day.
This beautifully restored heritage-listed Dance Hall has high ceilings and opens out onto a vast verandah with gorgeous views overlooking the park and Hacking river.
With lovely ceremony locations and options for indoor or alfresco receptions under the trees despite being so close to Sydney it will feel like you are worlds away.
Can host 200 guests seated or 300 cocktail
Address: 2 Lady Carrington Dr, Royal National Park
25. Loxley on Bellbird Hill
Loxley on Bellbird is located in the Kurrajong Hills in the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley, which is considered the gateway to the Blue Mountains.
This gorgeous venue has multiple accommodation options for you and your guests plus stunning gardens with expansive views for a gorgeous garden wedding ceremony and photos. Their Kauri Room for wedding receptions, has cathedral ceilings, a beautiful sandstone fireplace, wrought iron fittings timber floors and French doors. All this makes it a perfect venue for an elegant country style wedding and it’s just on the outskirts of Sydney.
Address: 993 Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Hills
26. Belgenny Farm, Camden
Historic Belgenny Farm in Camden was built in 1805 by John & Elizabeth Macarthur, and is home to the oldest collection of colonial farm buildings in Australia.
With it’s historic buildings, bucolic landscapes, tranquil gardens and unique reception space it is the perfect rustic wedding venue. Add to this gold license catering it is easy to see why it is the premier wedding venue in Sydney’s Macarthur region.
Address: 100 Elizabeth MacArthur Ave, Camden South
27. Cooks Shed Sackville
Located on the banks of the Hawkesbury River Cooks Shed started as a passion project for well-known chef Martin Boetz as a place to fulfil his desire to provide locally grown and sourced produces to Sydney finest restaurants.
Then one day a dear friend requested he turn one of the dilapidated sheds on the property in a space for her wedding. The beautiful space created is not a wedding venue but a shed that does really great weddings!
An amazing location with spectacular river views and food to match this unique dining experience will make for a wedding you and your guests will remember.
Caters for up to 150 seated and cocktail
Address: 2 W Portland Rd, Sackville
28. St Josephs Guest House, St Albans
St Josephs Guest House is a stunningly restored convict built Catholic Church from 1839 in the MacDonald Valley about 1 .5 hours from. Purchased by its owners back in 2009 this beautiful 3 story sandstone building was roofless and had trees growing inside at the time. Following 3 years of loving restoration and keeping to churches original aesthetic while adding enhancements along the way, this venue won the 2013 National Trust Best-Restored Heritage Building in NSW award.
With plenty of lawn space for marquee and outdoor weddings, the guesthouse is for lunchtime weddings only due to a 7pm curfew. The great news is that they also own the Settlers Arms Inn just down the road where you extend your celebrations until midnight should you desire.
Caters for up to 60 guests and sleeps 5.
Address: 1029 St Albans Rd, St Albans
29. Settlers Arms Inn, St Albans
Nestled in along the MacDonald river and surrounded by mountains in the MacDonald Valley is the quint little village of St Albans which is home to the Settlers Arms Inn.
This historic inn built with convict hewn sandstone in 1836, is one of Australia’s oldest pubs.
It is owned by the same people that run St Josephs Guest House. The Settlers Arms is available as a stand alone venue for your wedding or as a space to extend your wedding after your daytime celebrations and St Joseph’s Guest House.
Caters for up to 70 guests.
Address: 1 Wharf St, St Albans
Tips for choosing your Sydney wedding venue
Sydney is an amazing place for a wedding and it is home to some of the very best wedding venues in Australia. Sydney also has the most weddings per year than any other city in Australia, so there is a lot of demand and the best ones tend to book out 2 years in advance.
People often ask me what my favourite wedding venue is, and I really can’t answer that question. My favourite wedding property is really any place I have never photographed before. I love variety and shooting in different locations and sceneries. It really gets the creative juices flowing. But having said that, there are some things that make some wedding venues slightly superior to others. So where is what I look for…
Accommodation at the wedding venue
It is always a plus if there is accommodation available at your actual wedding venue. And I definitely prefer venues that offer onsite accommodation. And I prefer venues where you can do absolutely everything onsite. From preparation, ceremony, photos and the reception.
Onsite accommodation means that you won’t spend your wedding day travelling from one place to another. By staying and getting ready on property you also greatly reduce the stress of the day. Trust me. Most of the wedding day stress happens in the morning because you are running late. But getting ready on site and knowing that you don’t need to travel in a car to your ceremony and you just have to walk to it, you will feel so much calmer.
In Sydney, this is difficult as they don’t have the room that regional wedding venues have. So try your best to have your accommodation, ceremony and reception in close proximity to each other. You really don’t want to spend the day trying to cross the city to get to your venues.
Venues with good ceremony locations
It is such a plus if you can find a Sydney wedding venue where you can have the ceremony and reception at. They can be a little tricky to find but it is well worth it. It means that when your guests arrive, they can settle in and know that they don’t need to travel across Sydney battling the traffic and fighting for parking.
If your venue has some options for an outdoor ceremony then check out our outdoor wedding ceremony tips so that you can get the best photos possible at your ceremony.
Always ask what the wet weather option is for your venue. Sydney gets a good amount of rain and Sydney’s weather is unpredictable So ask about the wet weather back up option and plan your wedding as if it will probably rain. That way if it does rain, you are totally prepared. Rain is not such a bad thing on a wedding day either. Some of the best Sydney weddings I have photographed have been rainy day weddings.
Sydney photo locations
An awesome wedding venue also has some nice photo locations on the property or close by. I personally like properties with a bit of land, where you can wander off and explore the place a bit. Trees, hills, long grass, old sheds, vineyards, lakes, jetties, animals. Hard to find in the Sydney CBD but it can be found in the surrounding suburbs.
My main tip for the reception is to choose a venue and a reception room that is a bit unique. Something that has character, charm or a venue that just has something about it that is really cool. What I really dislike, are reception rooms that look plain and generic that it could be any venue from any function centre or hotel anywhere in the world. ‘Wedding factory venues’ often look like this. Venues that pump out hundreds of weddings a year from various properties that all look the same. Choose somewhere unique that also suits your style and vision..
Venue Owners and Salespeople
Venues are only as good as the people that work there. And good service is really important. So go with your instincts here. If staff and salespeople are not friendly and helpful when enquiring and viewing the property… chances are they will be equally unhelpful and friendly on your wedding day.
This advice really goes for all wedding vendors. Only choose positive, friendly and helpful vendors for your wedding
Sydney Average Temperatures
Sydney’s climate is described as humid subtropical. Winters a mild and cool and summers are warm and hot. The temperatures aren’t too extreme although Summers can routinely reach temperatures of 30+°C. But for the most part, you can get married year-round.
Summer – The average temperature is 19°C to 26°C
Autumn – The average temperature is 12°C to 25°C
Winter – The average temperature is 8°C to 18°C
Spring – The average temperature is 11°C to 23°C
Sydney Average Rainfall
In an average year, Sydney gets around 1200 mm of rainfall with more rainfall recorded closer to the coast and less as you head out west.
Looking at the average rainfall in Sydney according to the Bureau of Meteorology, you can see that the highest amount of rainfall happens at the beginning of Winter in June and the lowest amount of rainfall happens in Spring in September.
Summer – December 77 mm, January 101 mm, February 119 mm
Autumn – March 131 mm, April 126 mm, May 117 mm
Winter – June 133 mm (Highest rainfall), July 96 mm, August 80mm
Spring – September 68 mm (lowest rainfall), October 76 mm, November 83 mm
In regards to rainfall on your wedding day, my advice would be to plan for it. Have a plan B up your sleeve, especially for the ceremony and don’t just pray that it won’t rain. Because it definitely might. I actually don’t mind rainy-day weddings. Some of my favourite weddings have had rain. Rain means clouds, which immediately means soft light. Which means beautiful photos.
Best season to get married in Sydney
Spring is without a doubt the best season to get married in Sydney. The low rainfall and mild temperates show why it is also the most popular season for couples to get married.
Winter comes out as a clear loser with high rainfall and cool temperatures.
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 :)