January is the perfect time to whip out your wedding planner (click here if you don’t have one) and get scribbling. Loads of vendors will be opening up new dates and you have to do something with all your leftover post-festive enthusiasm, right?
To help you along a little we have rounded up our fave country wedding venues worth a road trip. We have made sure to include venues from all over Oz including our local fave Audley Dancehall & Cafe in Sydney through to the exceptionally elegant Old Broadwater Farm over in WA. Tassie brides (or peeps keen on a lovely destination wedding), we haven’t forgotten you. The Agrarian Kitchen is all kinds of wonderful and a foodie haven.
For a bit of country coastal fusion be sure to get in contact with the friendly folk at Byron View Farm. Channelling the most wholesome country vibes of all (complete with wildflowers and ceremony locations galore)? Lake House Daylesford is here for you. Keen to tie the knot in the mountains? Spicers Peak Lodge has views for days.
Enough from us though. See all this country goodness for yourself by scrolling down…
AUDLEY DANCEHALL & CAFE
Audley Dance Hall quite literally has it all. Gorge historical hall? Check. Ceremony locations galore? Check. Oodles of natural backdrops for all the happy snaps? Check check check. The wholesome and delish food is the icing on their signature carrot cake. Timber-lined walls make for the ideal canvas for whatever styling your heart desires whilst the hall itself can cater for up to 200 guests. Want to immerse yourself fully in the stunning Royal National Park location? Opt for an intimate affair riverside. To check out Audley Dance Hall in action take a peep at Liz and Scott’s wedding here.
Location: Royal National Park, NSW
An easy 50 minutes from Melbourne, Cadella Park oozes European elegance and country charm. Towering elm trees set the scene whilst poplar groves, wooden stables and historical stone walls provide plenty of backdrops for pics. Your guests can move from event to event without ever having to jump in the car. Host your ceremony under the property’s giant cypress tree, move to the old dairy for drinks and canapés before indulging in a feast in the Hay Barn. Heaven.
Location: Macedon Ranges, VIC
We love options and no one does venue options quite like Gabbinbar Homestead. With exclusive use of the property you can seal the deal anywhere that takes your fancy from the serene woods to the historic pavilion. There are also plenty of reception options including the conservatory, lush lawns and the ballroom. Our fave part? The luxurious bride’s retreat, obvs. Bonus points for being pet-friendly! For evidence, check out Rhoda and Roland’s wedding here.
Location: Toowoomba, QLD
BYRON VIEW FARM
Nestled snuggly atop the highest hill in Byron, Byron View Farm is the perfect country meets coastal destination. This forty-acre haven is the home of golden hour portraits and with rolling hills and uninterrupted 360-degree views, it’s not hard to see why! Options abound for reception locations with dining under the stars a stiff contender with veranda feasts. Take a peep at Holly and Kane’s big day for some heavenly inspo.
Location: McLeods Shoot, NSW
THE AGRARIAN KITCHEN
This Tassie venue is one for the foodies. With a focus on authentic ingredients and tasty morsels, food is the main event, besides your nuptials of course. Doused in history, Willow Court boasts high ceilings and large windows, perfect for a feast of mass proportions. There are dining rooms for intimate occasions and larger ones for the party peeps. Urban cool meets the quiet and calm of the country.
Location: New Norfolk, TAS
Mewburn Park boasts 400 acres of working farm goodness that also plays host to some of the most aesthetic weddings going around. This piece of paradise is located smack bang in the middle of Gippsland’s food and wine belt which means your wedding day feast will be talked about for years to come. Ceremony options are abundant and include the stunning 1920s homestead, bountiful gardens, ponds, stables and the fairylight strewn clear marquee.
Location: Gippsland, VIC
With the capacity to host 150 guests, Waldara is the country wedding destination of dreams. Peeping The Barn kitted out for a wedding is a sight to behold, let us tell you! Offering up the perfect blank canvas, the rustic backdrop is yours to jazz up as you choose. You can even nab accommodation for 20 of your nearest and dearest in the onsite luxury lodge and homestead. To catch this venue in action be sure to check out Ashley & Rhys’ Oberon wedding right here.
Location: Oberon, NSW
CAVES ROAD COLLECTIVE
Promising good times all year round, Caves Road Collective is right up there for scenic wedding backdrops. The open-plan restaurant showcases the best of modern design whilst the vineyards and gums ooze country cool. Keen to share their personalised menus with as many peeps as possible, the venue has capacity for 200 seated guests or 400 cocktail style. The best part? These guys also have their very own brewery, winery and distillery so drinks are sorted!
Location: Margaret River, WA
Lake House Daylesford is practically bursting at the seams with wholesome country vibes. Wildflowers, edible gardens and rolling hills cease to be a cliche here. They are a very tangible reality and we want in. Tailored to perfection, Lake House couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to ceremony and reception options. The Waterfront Pavilion, Terrace Room and Cellar are all on offer for good times galore.
Location: Daylesford, VIC
Jane Austen eat your heart out. Hopewood House is hands down the place to tie the knot if you fancy yourself a bit of a romantic. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, the gardens here have to be seen to be believed. There are ruins, sweeping lawns, sunken gardens and even a hedge maze. Decadent is an understatement so you best pop on down for a peep. In the meantime, take a squiz at Adrianna and Andrew’s wedding here.
Location: Southern Highlands, NSW
OLD BROADWATER FARM
Old Broadwater Farm exudes elegant charm by the bucketload. If you are a country wedding fiend fond of manicured lawns, heritage homesteads and towering lone gums then you best pop on over for a peep. There are oodles of onsite photo backdrops which means guests can mingle whilst you nip off for some happy snaps. The wedding pavilion above? Perfection.
Location: Busselton, WA
Don’t even get us started on Tanglewood’s 110-year-old wooden chapel, we will well and truly be here all day fantasising about endless styling options and there are a whole 50 acres of additional goodness to discuss. Tanglewood boasts a heart-shaped lake, sprinklings of 100-year-old stringy barks trees and a damn fine winery. The whole property is yours to enjoy so meander wherever you please! Take a look at Lauren and Damon’s wedding here if you’d like to see Tanglewood in all its wedding day glory.
Location: Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Located in the photogenic Southern Highlands, Bendooley Estate is renowned for its unique book barn venue space. What you also need to know about Bendooley, however, is that the food is SUBLIME. There are 200 acres to explore full of vineyards and private gardens and there is even a lake pavilion. Our Issue 26 cover couple had more than a few good things to say about this pristine venue. You can nab a copy here. Road trip!
Location: Berrima, NSW
SPICERS PEAK LODGE
1100 metres above sea level, Spicers Peak Lodge is a wedding venue with a view. If you fancy tying the knot amidst eight thousand acres of bloody beaut farmland then hightail your way on over. How does crisp mountain air on your wedding morning sound? Mmhm. There is plenty of accommodation for your guests, surrounding national park to explore and good times galore. Definitely worth making a weekend of it! If you’d like to take a peek at a few more tantalising snaps be sure to check out Lauren and Chris’ wedding here.
Location: Scenic Rim, QLD
If stone fireplaces, forests and paddocks lit with festoon lights are your kind of vibe than The Burrow should be at the top of your venue scouting list. The event space highlights contemporary country at its finest and can seat up to 170 guests. The friendly folk at The Burrow are keen to get you sorted and hook you up with loads of superb local vendors so get in touch! Best to duck on over to Daylesford and make a weekend of it!
Location: Macedon Ranges, VIC
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