Still searching for the perfect venue for you and your husband to be to tie the knot? This is our second round-up of incredible venues to check out before you lock down a date and if you’re all about beach wedding vibes, water views and coastal styling, this is the post for you. Once again, we’ve done some serious research, checked our very helpful (if we don’t say so ourselves!) Directory, and gone through a tonne of Real Weddings to come up with this list of our favourite 15 coastal wedding venues across Australia and New Zealand. And keep your eyes peeled, as we’ve still got country and heritage to go!
You’ll also find loads of coastal wedding inspiration in our latest issue (issue 23) hot off the press (it literally hit shelves yesterday, people), so be sure to head to your local newsagency and buy a copy to get lost in over the weekend.
For now, though, scroll down, because, in no particular order, we have listed these cruisy coastal venues for you to check out. We’ve popped a little bit of information beneath each, as well as the location (vital information when it comes to choosing your venue) and links to their websites (because we know that’s where you were heading next)- once you’re done here of course!
Headlands Austinmer Beach
Lover of the ocean and keen for somewhere South of Sydney without your guests having to go too far? Headlands Austinmer Beach is just that and accommodates for your wedding ceremony and reception to be in walking distance from each other, housing approximately 60 to 350. It has a private bar, balcony and fresh white interiors.
Location: Austinmer, NSW.
Rusty Gate Weddings
With incredible views of rolling green hills and Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Rusty Gate Weddings is for the cool couple who want a coastal feel that doesn’t necessarily mean beach. It a beautiful waterfront property (which doubles as a working Olive Grove) with greenery and gardens for days, a relaxed feel and expansive water views. There are multiple options for your ceremony as well as marquee receptions available also. Check out more via our directory here.
Location: Curlewis, Bellarine Peninsula, VIC.
This gorgeous venue gives off country vibes, while you stare out at panoramic water views. The epic Terindah Estate holds up to 220 people, boasting an event space with a floor to ceiling glass walls, raw, natural materials, with a deck bar and rooftop lounge and the photo backdrops are endless.
Location: Bellarine Peninsula, VIC
Sitting pretty opposite the famous Manly beach, Beachside Dojo is a coastal venue in every sense. From the open spaced area to the contemporary decor and greenery, there are multiple spaces up for hire that can cater from an intimate setting of 20 to 200- all with ocean views and that chilled-out feel you’re hoping for. Find out more via our directory, here.
Location: Manly, NSW
If you’re keen on a coastal destination wedding without having to go too far, Hamilton Island should be at the top of your list. There are endless options- from getting married right on the sand, at the top of a lookout, in a chapel, or in the gorgeous gardens. The reception venues range from a yacht to the yacht club, in multiple restaurants, poolside, back on the sand, or out on the dock. You’ll be blown away by the views and won’t have to head anywhere else for your honeymoon. Genius.
Location: Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD
Campbell Point House
Another glorious venue on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Campbell Point House is a private boutique hotel that only house 36 guests, for an intimate, exclusive affair. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Connewarre, the accommodation, grounds and house are stunning. If it’s luxury you’re after, this is it.
Location: Bellarine Peninsula, VIC.
Whatever you do, don’t miss this unbelievably beautiful (not to mention private), 130 acres of property on the coastline of Tasmania. Built overlooking Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay, the beach is yours, as is the ancient stone building within the olive trees. The views are on another level and you can only imagine how unique your wedding would be if held here, right? Read
Location: Little Swanport, TAS
Koura Bay Lodge
Rain, hail or shine, Koura Bay Lodge and its surrounding scenery is epic. Do yourself a favour and check it out in action at Pip & Sam’s wedding on the blog here. Their portraits were some of the coolest we’ve seen and while it’s coastal with water views, it also has bush and cosy, country vibes. A win, win!
Location: Kaikoura, New Zealand.
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
For all you Western Australian brides and grooms to be, you’ll want to consider the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. From the waterfront ceremony to the venue with floor to ceiling windows, you won’t be disappointed. It holds up to 220 people and provides a polished place to get married overlooking the Swan River. Head on over to Laura & James’ real wedding on the blog for more inspo. Location: Peppermint Grove, WA
Five acres of farm with rolling hills and ocean views on Sydney’s South Coast, Seacliff House boasts contemporary accomodation that includes a pool, gorgeous deck and gardens where you can get married, along with space for a teepee or marquee, as well as The Barn for your reception. You’ll find endless real wedding inspiration within Steph & Tom’s South Coast wedding that we blogged earlier this year.
Location: Gerringong, NSW
Bistro C Beachside Restaurant & Bar
If you’re looking to literally get married on the water, check out Bistro C Beachside Restaurant & Bar set on Noosa’s Laguna Bay. As you can see from the above pics of Polly & Sam’s wedding, the festoon lighting, palm trees, beach and that sunset, create the perfect vibes for one seriously dreamy day.
Location: Noosa, QLD
The Beach House East Coast
This brand-spanking new venue is opening to the public in 2019. Only 10 mins from the airport, and 30 minutes from town, you can choose from five different areas of The Beach House East Coast, catering for a range of guests, from 30 to 250, or you can hire out the entire property and live in complete luxury pre and post-wedding bliss.
Location: East Ballina, NSW
Everybody loves a wedding in Byron Bay, and Fig Tree is one of our favourite coastal venues up there. The courtyard with picturesque views of the hinterland and distant ocean provides the perfect outdoor setting for your ceremony and reception, with fairy lights and one hell of a big, beautiful fig tree. Hence its name. Check out Alex & Matt’s Fig Tree wedding that we blogged recently for more.
Location: Byron Bay, NSW
Point Lookout Community Hall
For the relaxed bride and groom who want to host a big ole party in a chilled out venue. Point Lookout Community Hall is on the gorgeous Stradbroke Island in Queensland and holds 120 seated guests, in a setting that provides the perfect balance between bush and beach.
Location: North Stradbroke Island, QLD
If it’s a destination wedding you’re planning, fly into the Gold Coast for this one and take the 15-minute drive to Halcyon House. Luxury, boutique, colourful and unique, it is the perfect setting for anything from a coastal cocktail wedding, to a four-course, sit down, catered by their hatted, on-site restaurant, Paper Daisy. Your package includes accommodation, and if you get the chance to visit the spa- don’t miss it! Another bonus? It’s only a short drive to Byron Bay, a great opp to tap into talented vendors.
Location: Cabarita Beach, NSW
CREDITS Photos (from top to bottom) Katherine Wilson and Kristy Carick Photography, Stefani Driscol Photography, Ashley K Wedding Photographer, Blaise Bell Photography, Finch and Oak, Brown Paper Parcel, Janneke Storm, Bonnie Jenkins, Nectarine, Nina Claire Photography, Alex Marks Photography, The Beach House East Coast,Nina Claire Photography, Janneke Storm, Carly Tia Photography.