16 of the Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Australia
By Maddy G /Content Creator
Fri 20th May 2022 Wedding Venues
The appeals of an Australian outdoor wedding are plentiful and tempting: gorgeous lighting, minimal styling required, and ample room to celebrate under a blue sky or starry night. In a country synonymous with natural wonder and open spaces, couples are truly spoilt for choice between romantic vineyards, lush rainforests, and dramatic coastal views.
In one of the most varied landscapes on earth, an Australian outdoor wedding allows you to exchange vows surrounded by breathtaking, unbridled nature and then enjoy the understated elegance of a garden reception— all within the same venue! We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best outdoor wedding venues in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane worthy of your attention to guide you on your search.
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1. The Bower Estate, QLD
Say “I do” to this private 12-acre estate surrounded by the picturesque Gold Coast hinterland. The grounds of The Bower Estate offer four distinct ceremony locations, each as stunning as the next. Our pick for an outdoor wedding to remember? Hillview, for its dramatic bridal entry point and incredible views framed by the mountains of Lamington and Springbrook National Parks. Opt for minimalistic styling to truly let the natural beauty sing. Post-ceremony, you’ll delight in celebrating with your guests in the marquee. With its transparent walls and timber floorboards, you’ll feel immersed in nature under the canopy of twinkling fairy lights.
2. Taronga Zoo, NSW
Looking for a unique wedding venue? How about a zoo wedding at Taronga Event Centre? You can get up close and personal with wildlife, say your vows with Sydney’s famous landmarks in the background (think Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge) and enjoy delicious and ethical catering in beautiful, nature-inspired space. And, after the music ends on your wedding day at Taronga Event Centre, there’s no need for it to be over. You and your guests can extend your stay with on-site accommodation, including a luxurious eco-retreat and the option to go glamping for a safari-style experience. It’s a one-of-a-kind wedding experience!
3. The Woodhouse Wollombi, NSW
A two-hour drive from Sydney, The Woodhouse Wollombi offers you exclusive use of their 100-acre property nestled in the lush countryside of the Lower Hunter Valley. Stay on location for a truly magical wedding experience in one of the best outdoor wedding venues in Australia. There is ample room for 16 of your wedding party at the welcoming Barnstay included in the hire. With a huge outdoor undercover dancefloor, plus a lounge area featuring a firepit and fairy lights, this is an outdoor wedding venue suited to all seasons. Rustic yet refined, you’ll love the distinctly statement cathedral ceilings and European feel.
4. Harriet at Hubert Estate
Set right in the heart of the vineyard, Harriett is a modern venue that shines with vast windows from floor to ceiling and sliding doors that lead out to a generous terrace. The space is bathed in natural light and is appointed with chic terrazzo flooring, lofty wooden ceilings, and a versatile colour scheme that will complement any wedding decor. Harriett presents an idyllic backdrop for your wedding day, offering expansive vistas over verdant vineyards and the undulating hills of the Yarra Valley. Exchange your vows on the property, enjoy a cocktail hour surrounded by the vines, and then spend a memorable evening of feasting and dancing in the stylish reception area.
5. Pethers Rainforest Retreat, QLD
If you’re envisioning a dreamy outdoor wedding surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest, Pethers Retreat on Mount Tamborine is the place for you. Offering stunning indoor and outdoor wedding spaces for up to 80 guests, luxury treehouse accommodation, mouthwatering menus, and endless photo opportunities, this secluded rainforest retreat is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for an exclusive, all-in-one venue for your Queensland wedding celebrations.
6. Park Proxi Gibraltar Bowral, NSW
With the stunning Southern Highlands and a lush golf course as its backdrop, Park Proxi Gibraltar Bowral in NSW radiates an aura of sophistication and allure. Exchange your vows alongside the serene lakeside before making your way to the impressive Gallery with its soaring ceilings to share a bite with your guests. The splendour extends to the vast Ballroom, offering a lofty vantage point of the bucolic surroundings that set the stage for an evening of festivities. Choosing to host your wedding at Park Proxi ensures each moment is sure to be infused with romance and memories to cherish.
7. Ottimo House, NSW
Are you looking for a peaceful and serene outdoor venue not too far from Sydney for your wedding day? With the capacity to host guest lists of over 400 people whilst still welcoming smaller, more intimate weddings, Ottimo House has you covered. Whether your style leans more towards the sophisticated and modern or something with an understated and laidback quality, Ottimo House provides an oasis-like rural getaway for your wedding. Set on Denham Court Estate, Ottimo House has 500-acres of pristine countryside on its doorstep, with plenty of native flora and Victorian-style gardens for you to explore.
8. The Terrace Royal Botanic Gardens, VIC
Any list of Australian outdoor wedding venues would be lacking without the inclusion of Melbourne’s iconic and beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. The Terrace is a world-class reception venue with ample natural light, surrounded by meticulously maintained, sprawling gardens. In contrast to the many lovely country venues on this list, The Terrace is a peaceful pocket of paradise within the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD. Modern innovation combined with classic elegance makes The Terrace an inspired choice for your Melbourne garden wedding.
9. Estate Tuscany, NSW
Discover a slice of Tuscany nestled amongst the rolling, green hills of NSW’s Hunter Valley. Surrounded by the stillness of secluded bushland, the mountains of the Broken Back Ranges will provide a dramatic backdrop for your Estate Tuscany wedding ceremony. With 38 guest rooms, why not invite your friends and family to enjoy a weekend-long wedding experience in the heart of wine country? Following your romantic garden ceremony, you’ll move to your choice of Estate Tuscany’s three reception venues. Dreamy and serene, Estate Tuscany is well-deserving of its place on our list of the top outdoor wedding venues in Australia.
10. Vue on Halycon, VIC
Unparraled natural beauty matched with modern sophistication awaits you at this outdoor wedding venue just 35 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. You’ll love the contrast of the romantic gardens with the rolling hillsides marked by endless rows of historic vines. Be sure to sample Vue on Halycon’s delicious estate wines as you celebrate under the stars in a spirited cocktail style or refined sit-down reception. Live music is more than welcome at your Vue on Halycon wedding, making this a go-to choice for couples seeking to create a festive and joyous atmosphere.
11. Kwila Lodge, QLD
Kwila Lodge is a captivating choice for weddings, where you’ll find a blend of timeless elegance and natural beauty. Surrounded by lush forests and stunning gardens, this lovingly restored Victorian farmhouse-style venue sets the stage for a romantic and picturesque wedding ceremony. With versatile wedding spaces accommodating both intimate gatherings and larger celebrations of up to 160 guests, it’s the perfect locale for your wedding day. From the exquisite architecture to the breathtaking surroundings, Kwila Lodge offers an ideal backdrop for crafting unforgettable memories and celebrating your love in a truly enchanting setting.
12. Levantine Hill, VIC
Just an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD, in the Yarra Valley, Levantine Hill offers the natural charm of an outdoor wedding experience with the luxury and convenience of an inner-city soiree. Are you looking to make a genuinely unforgettable entrance? Why not secure a helicopter to take in the expansive outlook, before stepping off the helipad and onto the aisle for your garden ceremony. With views of the vines and valley, your guests will be enchanted by Levantine Hill’s stunning surrounds and warm, accommodating team.
13. Lancemore Macedon Ranges, VIC
If you’re thinking about where to tie the knot and want a venue not far from Melbourne, Lancemore Macedon Ranges is your spot. It’s a stunning winery in Victoria, complete with a chic modern hotel featuring 72 unique rooms. You’ll find gorgeous spots for your ceremony and reception, a natural light-filled dining area, and top-notch facilities that your guests will love. Their expert wedding planners and chefs will make planning your wedding day effortless. Surrounded by 274 acres of beautiful gardens, vineyards, native woods, and open fields, the newly renovated Lancemore Macedon Ranges is the perfect setting for a stylish country wedding. Say your “I dos” in the peaceful outdoors and then party in a radiant dining space with views of the vineyards and hills.
14. Chateau Elan, NSW
Hunter Valley wine country welcomes you at Chateau Elan, where you can experience an elegant outdoor wedding with all of the luxurious trimmings. Helipad? Onsite day-spa? The 18-hole golf course? Chateau Elan ticks all these boxes and many more. Chateau Elan sets the benchmark for luxurious, rural wedding experiences with uncompromising standards for client satisfaction and sharp attention to detail. No location is better suited than Chateau Elan’s beautiful sloping amphitheatre for a memorable outdoor ceremony. For an immersive experience, stay on-site to enjoy your wedding day preparations in flawless style.
15. Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill, VIC
The best outdoor wedding venues in Australia are sought-after for their natural beauty and stunning scenery. Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill offers ample amounts of both, with the sweeping views stretching from Western Port Bay to Phillip Island. Romantic and welcoming, Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill will guide you from your rural-chic vineyard ceremony to a sophisticated and fully-catered evening reception. You will want to savour the divine dishes from Executive Chef Max Paganoni’s modern Australian menu, executed with technique-driven precision by the culinary team.
16. Ampersand Estates, WA
Looking for the perfect do-it-yourself wedding spot in WA? Check out the beautiful Ampersand Estates in Pemberton. It’s a hidden gem not too far from Perth, offering a peaceful bush setting that’s ideal for memorable weddings. At Ampersand, your wedding is one-of-a-kind, with full access to their wedding spots and cosy accommodations for up to 24 people. Get married in elegance while enjoying private guest houses, a classic barn, and a stunning outdoor terrace. Imagine your dream DIY wedding at Ampersand Estates. You’ll have your pick of gorgeous spaces and luxury places to stay, all on a private winery overlooking 140 acres of gardens, tall trees, vineyard views, and quiet riverbanks.