Today folks, we are back in action with our third instalment of epic wedding venue round-ups (all separated into their very own categories for your easy perusal, of couse!) In case you missed them, we’ve already blogged the Top 15 Urban Wedding Venues and the Top 15 Coastal Wedding Venues and now, you’ll find below our fave country wedding venues to consider (and hopefully book) for your big day.
As per usual, we’ve researched, read and edited countless Real Weddings for the blog and for the magazine, and consider ourselves pretty schooled on a darn good wedding venue (if we don’t say so ourselves), so scroll down for 15 different options, in no particular order, of course.
And if you’re looking for more inspiration, get excited, because there are 250 pages of never before seen weddings coming your way in our new Real Wedding Special 2019 that comes on sale on Thursday! You will find it in your local news agencies for the first two weeks of on sale (check out your closest here) before we add it to our online store, where you can buy online here. Happy browsing!
Audley Dance Hall
Whether you’re keen on a rustic affair, or a garden soiree, you’ll want to add Audley Dance Hall to your list when location scouting. Accommodating for an intimate event of 20, up to 200, the gorgeous verandah, dance hall and its surrounds provides the perfect setting and view for you to tie the knot in the peace and quiet of the Royal National Park. Check out the real weddings we have featured on the blog, held at this stunning venue, as well as a recent fashion shoot we were lucky enough to shoot at the on-site cottage that is all yours on the day, too.
Location: Audley, NSW.
These guys have been doing weddings right since 2007 and it’s a no muss no fuss venue, with everything on-site ensuring you’re as calm on your wedding day as can be. A dairy farm in a past life, Mavis’s Kitchen has got a focus on sustainability and the white wood covered farmhouse is smack bang in the middle of the Tweed Valley, providing some pretty darn lush rainforest. Check out Georgia and Alberto’s wedding on the blog for more.
Location: Tweed Valley, Northern NSW.
The Barn at Hill House
A super cute bed and breakfast that doubles as a wedding venue, The Barn at Hill House is a must see. The barn is rustic in every sense of the word and the free-standing, outdoor bath is actual heaven. Check out Aubrey & Julian’s wedding on the blog for more. Hot tip, you want to see the bridesmaid’s dresses and table styling of this one.
Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD.
The Riverstone Estate
Overlooking rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, all 75 acres of The Riverstone Estate is simply stunning. Good ole country Melbourne – you wouldn’t know you were only just over an hour out of the city. With a glorious country style homestead to match the spanning property, there are endless photo opportunities, too. Bonus! HM Directory Vendors, no less, you can find more details and contact them here.
Location: Yarra Valley, VIC.
Emu Bottom Homestead (Epicurean)
Emu Bottom houses from 80 to 250 guests and it’s a country venue with a serious side of chic. You can go as fancy as you feel here and it won’t look out of place, or play up to it’s charm, it’s all up to you. Check out multiple real weddings on the blog, held at this stunning spot and get in touch with the Epicurean Group (who are Directory Vendors and friends of Hello May), via their directory listing here.
Location: Sunbury, VIC.
Three Blue Ducks, Byron
There is no way we could do this post without including one of our all-time, favourite venues, Three Blue Ducks. Located on The Farm at Byron Bay, it’s not only a local hang-out but throws a darn good wedding! There are multiple spaces to hold your ceremony and reception and their focus on good food (hello fresher than fresh produce!) leaves everyone with a good taste in their mouth- pun intended! Check out their directory listing with us here.
Location: Byron Bay, NSW
The Shed at Deep Creek
Only the coolest shed you could ever imagine. And it’s in Albany Western Australia, a beautiful part of the world at that. The Shed at Deep Creek is a rustic oversized space, made of raw woods and corrugated iron in the middle of the bush. You can get married down by the river and don’t miss the lights at night! Want to see more from this epic venue? Look no further than Lucy & Tom’s West Australian Wedding on the blog, stat.
Location: Albany, WA.
Lake House Daylesford
Boasting a hotel, restaurant and spa (not to mention cooking classes and a cellar) Lake House Daylesford won’t just provide an amazing day, you’ll want to spend a week! With multiple spaces, they can accomodate intimate affairs of 16, up to major cocktail style weddings of 300. Want to see more? Check out That & Rob’s wedding here.
Location: Daylesford, VIC.
The Woods Farm
If you like the beach as much as a barn, cottage and farmhouse, this is the venue for you. Coastal in location (just minutes from the shores of St Georges Basin), but country in look and feel, The Woods Farm is one heck of a spot to get married. There’s clamping and cottages and animals and more, not to mention unique set-ups for ceremony and reception you simply have to see.
Location: Jervis Bay, South Coast, NSW.
A restored building from the 1860s, Ellis House is a traditional country homestead, with modern finishings and furniture. It sleeps eight making it perfect for and common with couples who are planning to elope. The grounds are gorgeous for your portrait session and you’ll find loads of details as well as a handy list of vendors from Leanne & Ben’s wedding we blogged recently.
Location: Kyneton, VIC.
Another epic country homestead-style venue for a wedding or elopement, Telegherry Estate is an hour north of Newcastle, also known as the upper Hunter region and the restored cottages are to die for. Check out Bree & Brooke’s wedding on the blog for more inspiration and lots of pics. Their catering and styling choices are on point!
Location: Stroud, NSW.
We can guarantee you one thing here, folks. Cactus Country is like nothing you’ve ever seen in Australia. And you wouldn’t be mistaken for forgetting you’re even here! A garden that over many years and much nurture, grew into what is now known as Cactus Country, covering eight aches of land. An epic sight to see, and even more epic to get married in the middle of it. Seriously, just check out Victoria & Colin’s wedding that you’ll find here.
A luxe, 5-star wedding venue, Kingsford Homestead is pristine and perfect for your country style wedding, with a polished look and feel. Fun fact, it was also the set of the hit series, McLeod’s Daughters. Now that’s a claim to fame we are fans of. If you still need convincing, just take a read of Jess & George’s feedback – we blogged their wedding here and they loved every second of it!
Location: Barossa Valley, SA.
Yes, it may be described on their website as the “ultimate luxury sporting retreat,” but trust us, you don’t have to be into sports to hold your wedding here. I mean, just take Loren & Matt’s wedding for example. Poronui shows off the best of the New Zealand outdoors, and offers four different wedding packages to suit you and your budget, all catering to the country (but cool) brief you’re keen on.
Location: Taupo, North Island, New Zealand.
A country style venue with a chic, sophisticated edge like no other, if you love food, wine and perfectly manicured grounds, Beresford House is the locale for you. We’ve personally visited this working winery/ wedding venue (slept, drank and ate our way through one seriously glorious weekend) and we can tell you first hand it’s the perfect spot for a luxe wedding.
Location: McLaren Vale, SA
CREDITS Photos (from top) Lara Hotz Photography, Alice Mahran, Tones and Harmony, Suppled by Mavis’s Kitchen, Life Is Beautiful, Janneke Storm, Supplied by Riverstone Estate, She Takes Pictures He Makes Films, Ben Adams, Motta Weddings, Heart and Colour, Supplied by Three Blue Ducks, Flossy Photography, Supplied by Lake House, Harvard Wang, Eliza Jade Photography, Alexandra Cohen Photography, Lara Hotz Photography, Elsa Campbell Photography, Supplied by Beresford House, Israel Baldago Photography