16 of the Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Australia
By Maddy G /Content CreatorFri 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. Milestone Events, NSW
The iconic Manly coastline plays backdrop for a dramatic clifftop ceremony location at Milestone Events in Sydney. Upon arrival, it’s impossible not to notice and remark on the stunning views from this secluded area of Sydney’s headland. The light glimmering on the water, and coastal flora waving gently in the ocean breeze, make this the ideal outdoor ceremony location imbued with rugged romance. With the 1930s art deco reception venue just a 7-minute stroll away, in the historic Barracks Precinct, Milestone Events caters for large celebrations (did someone say “ballroom”?) and intimate receptions with finesse.
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. Chateau Yering Hotel, VIC
Located in the heart of Yarra Valley wine country, Chateau Yering Hotel knows well that not all outdoor wedding venues need be rustic to make a statement. Elegant and classic in style, the hotel’s gardens double as a beautiful ceremony location and space for pre-reception drinks and canapés. Surrounded by the 250-acre estate overlooking the Yarra River, this stunning heritage property dates back to 1854. Stay on-site in a luxurious Victorian-style suite to allow yourselves time to explore the grounds and enjoy the full experience.
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. Burnham Grove Estate, NSW
From the moment you pass through the wrought-iron gates of Burnham Grove Estate, you’ll forget that you’re a mere hour’s drive from Sydney. Beyond the rose-lined driveway, you’ll discover acres of architecturally designed gardens, fountains, ponds, a heritage barn, and breathtaking views. The rolling grounds are imbued with an elegant and refined brand of romance that your guests won’t be able to resist. For your reception, the air-conditioned marquee is a perfect choice. Definitely plan for time spent on the Croquet Lawn to mingle and enjoy some spirited games.
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. Austinvilla Estate, QLD
Set on stunning Gold Coast hinterland, Austinvilla Estate is an enchanting choice for those dreaming of a rainforest wedding. Couples have the option of two equally beautiful ceremony locations, plus 110-acres of photography backdrops, each as picturesque as the next. Your guests will arrive on a winding driveway lined by palm trees and lush greenery, reinforcing the exclusivity of Austinvilla Estate’s private location. With generous packages, an in-house wedding coordinator, and experienced events staff Austinvilla Estate offers an elevated outdoor wedding experience.
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. Woodlands of Marburg, QLD
Heritage-listed and visually breathtaking, this is one of Brisbane’s most in-demand wedding venues, especially for couples seeking an outdoor celebration. With 250 acres of grounds to explore, you are sure to find the perfect ceremony location. Perhaps it will be the beauty of the Fig Tree Hill Vineyard, with its views over Marburg Ranges, that takes your fancy? Or maybe you’ll find yourself drawn to the meticulously maintained lawn in front of Woodlands of Marburg’s bohemian-style mansion dating back to 1889. Whichever location you choose, your Woodlands of Marburg wedding day is sure to be picture-perfect.
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. Calvin Estate, NSW
Are you seeking an elegant and charming wedding venue surrounded by the prime wine country of the Hunter Valley? With Calvin Estate, you’re in excellent luck with an Australian outdoor wedding venue to remember. This refined wedding venue is set on rolling acreage, featuring spacious lawns and garden beds full of lush, thriving foliage. Your guests will enjoy wandering down the winding paths that cross the most picturesque parts of the property. The Wedding Rotunda provides an opportunity to wed amongst the garden in front of the valley and water views. The Courtyard Garden enjoys an expansive open-air setting for your post-ceremony celebrations.