Where Are The Best Country Wedding Venues In Australia?

This blog post looks at some of Australia's best country wedding venues. So if you are looking for the perfect location for your big day, read on!

  • Is the hire fee different for mid-week or winter dates?
  • Does the venue allow us to hold both the ceremony and reception on-site?
  • What is the deposit, and when is this due?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • Do we have exclusive use of the venue, or are there other weddings?
  • Know Yourself. Only you can decide exactly how much time and energy you want to spend planning your wedding. 
  • Determine Your Budget. 
  • Create an Initial Guest List. 
  • Make Your Long List.
  • Call for More Information. 
  • Visit the Venues. 
  • Narrow the Field.

If you plan to transform a space to fit your vision with flowers, greenery, and decorations, selecting a wedding venue that can be a blank canvas for all of those items is important. Look for venues with neutral colouring, natural brick and stone, and open spaces or tall ceilings.

Australia's average wedding venue cost is $6,000, with most couples spending between $3,000 to $11,000. However, these are only averages, and pricing varies widely depending on whether in-house catering is included.

The most common negotiation price that venue owners usually accept is a discount of around 10%. However, suppose that the first negotiation offer gets rejected. In that case, you could alternatively consider paying full price, but ask the venue if they would be able to throw in a food package or evening reception party.

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 location scouting list. Accommodating for an intimate event of 20, up to 200, the gorgeous verandah, dance hall and its surrounds provide the perfect setting and view for you to tie the knot in the peace of the Royal National Park. Check out the real weddings we have featured on the blog, held at this stunning venue, and a recent fashion shoot we were lucky enough to shoot at the on-site cottage that is all yours on the day, too.

Mavis's Kitchen

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 possible. 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.

The Barn At Hill 

Use 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 word, and the free-standing outdoor bath is actual heaven. 

The Riverstone Estate

Overlooking the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, all 75 acres of The Riverstone Estate are simply stunning. You wouldn't know you were only just 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.

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 its charm, and it's all up to you. Check out multiple real weddings on the blog held at this stunning spot and connect with the Epicurean Group.

Three Blue Ducks, ByronThere 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!

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 wood and corrugated iron in the middle of the bush. So 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.

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 accommodate intimate affairs of 16 up to major cocktail style weddings of 300. 

The Woods FarmIf you like the beach as much as a barn, cottage or farmhouse, this is the venue for you. Coastal in location (just minutes from the shores of St Georges Basin), but the 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 have to see.

Ellis House

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 planning to elope. The grounds are gorgeous for your portrait session, and you'll find loads of details and a handy list of vendors from Leanne & Ben's wedding we blogged recently.

Telegherry Estate

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. The restored cottages are to die for. Check out Bree & Brooke's wedding on the blog for more inspiration and pics. Their catering and styling choices are on point!

Cactus Country

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! Over many years and much nurture, a garden grew into what is now known as Cactus Country, covering eight acres of land. It is an epic sight to see, and even more epic to get married in the middle of it. 

Kingsford Homestead

A luxe, 5-star wedding venue, Kingsford Homestead is pristine and perfect for your country style wedding, with a polished look and feel. It was also the set of the hit series McLeod's Daughters. Now that's a claim to fame we are fans of. But, if you still need convincing, just read Jess & George's feedback – we blogged their wedding here, and they loved every second of it!

Poronui

Their website may describe it as the "ultimate luxury sporting retreat," but trust us, you don't have to be into sports to hold your wedding here. I mean, take Loren & Matt's wedding, for example. Poronui shows off the best of 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.

Beresford House

Beresford House is the locale for you, a country-style venue with a chic, sophisticated edge like no other if you love food, wine, and perfectly manicured grounds. 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.

Al-Ru Farm Gardens

Situated in the glorious Adelaide Hills, this home is a true doorway back into a slower, more romantic time. The homestead is magnificently restored, and for your reception, choose from the barn or a marquee which you can decorate to suit your unique wedding theme and style.

With extensive rose gardens, a serene woodland, lovely little ponds, and so much more, this venue makes a wedding photographer's dreams come true. Stay in the self-contained bed and breakfast for your first married night together. Everything you wish for can be arranged for you here.

Platypus Park Riverside Retreat

Not far from Bundaberg in Queensland, you will find the magical Platypus Park. This premier wedding venue is perched on the banks of the beautiful Burnett River and boasts a magnificent 50 acres of private gardens and picturesque farmlands exclusive for your perfect day.

Choose from various ceremony spots, including the romantic river's edge, and host your reception in the charming old barn, which can be transformed into any theme from rustic to elegant. Talk to this team today for enormous flexibility and great attention to detail.

The Farm Barossa Function Centre

This spectacular venue is an idyllic blend of rustic farm settings and a first-class contemporary venue. The purpose-built function centre offers every modern convenience and five-star luxury, while the setting and surroundings areas Australian.

Backed by the outstanding skill and experience in cuisine that the Beer family love to share with your guests, you will be able to craft your dream wedding day at The Farm. Their lovely team work closely with you to ensure that your style, ideas, and personal touches take centre stage on this important occasion.

Whispering Woods Pemberton

For a farm wedding that can either be simple or elaborate or anywhere in between, in WA, there is no better place than Whispering Woods. This working farm offers delightful views that are a perfect balance of lush pasture and natural forest. But, if you are looking for something truly different, loaded with character and off the beaten track, you must contact the people here.

With a rustic barn and heritage timber cabin, plus camping space for your guests who want the full experience overlooking the gorgeous Karri forest, this special place describes itself as the venue where you might get poop on your boot!

Fernbank Farm

In the Yarramalong Valley, around an hour north of Sydney, sits Fernbank Farm. Raved about by the lucky couples who have already tied the knot here, this exclusive venue deserves to be among Australia's best farm wedding spots.

With two beautiful restored houses with accommodation for you and your bridal party, a wealth of unique photo backdrops, and two vintage carriages available on-site, you will feel like a country aristocracy. Fernbank offers all the styling, equipment and facilities you need for your special day.

Wines For Joanie

This sweetly named wedding reception venue in regional Tasmania would make a fun destination wedding spot for couples. This winery and working farm boast many features and lovely surprises, situated amongst superb countryside, vineyards, and wild Tasmanian bush.

You can host your reception in the converted Orchard Shed and spend your first night as a married couple in The Pickers Hut's historic cottage. Then, meet the friendly people and even friendlier animals at Wines for Joanie.

Clover Cottage Country Retreat

In Manjimup in WA, with its cottage gardens, gnarled old trees and misty river valley setting, Clover Cottage provides an aura of romance and tranquillity of a bygone era. With comfortable farmstay cottages and limestone chalets for your whole party, your wedding day can become an extravaganza, and you will never want to leave.

You can host your reception in the Mudbrick Barn or choose a marquee spot overlooking the lakes and bush surrounds. So take in all the theatre of this wondrous place, enjoy your wedding day, and relax.

Garanvale Woolshed

In Braidwood, in NSW, a historic woolshed has been restored and rebuilt lovingly into a stunning, rustic Italian restaurant, function centre, and one of Australia's newest farm wedding venues. The pictures of this place are mesmerisingly gorgeous, with quaint Australian farm outlooks and scenery in every shot. For a friendly country atmosphere and a dining experience not to be missed, your guests will love every moment of a GaranVale wedding.

Tuggeranong Homestead

This heritage-listed homestead in the ACT is just 20 minutes from Canberra and is the epitome of farm wedding venue perfection. With a treasure-trove of spaces and photo backdrops, including the old schoolhouse, convict barn, working farm and animals, fountain, bandstand, and the graceful old homestead, this is everything that you've dreamed.

The catering is second to none, with wholesome food in generous serves and accompanied by premium wine and beer. Talk to this team today for professional service, welcoming, and personal attention.

Hillbrook Farm Weddings

New to the industry but already making a great name for itself is Hillbrook Farms in WA. For a memorable experience, they can bring all your creative wedding ideas to life. Their property entails outstanding lush gardens, a running brook and an array of peppermint, karri and red gum trees to ensure your wedding has an idyllic backdrop. So for a wedding day that resembles an Australian bush masterpiece, you must check out Hillbrook Farm.

The Lemnos - Clarence House

At this gorgeous Upper Belmore, New South Wales, location, a dedicated team of wedding planners is eager to help you plan your completely personalised and customisable wedding package, ceremony, and reception. They manage to meld rustic with luxury so effortlessly in their spaces: The Victorian and the Lemnos. Clarence House also offers discounts for weddings on Fridays, Sundays, and weekdays!

Gledswood Homestead

This gorgeous property in Gledswood Hills, New South Wales, features a historic house (ca. 1810), indoor function rooms, lovely grounds, and beautiful gardens for your wedding festivities and photography. They have three indoor rooms at your disposal: The Cask Room, Country Room, and Gledswood Room. They also offer high tea and wine events perfect for bridal showers or rehearsal dinners!

Urban Winery Sydney

In beautiful Moore Park, New South Wales, you can find a rustic wedding venue that offers all the great features of a winery wedding. Local wine, a cellar door, on-site catering, and a spacious room are only some of the fantastic features of Urban Winery Sydney. Even though this venue is right in the middle of Sydney, you and your guests will feel as though you're in the rolling hills of the countryside! It is perfect if you're looking for a bit of privacy in the city.

Q Station Manly

By the Sydney Harbour in Manly, New South Wales, you can say "I do" to the love of your life while viewing the stunning waters and the Australian bushland. You and your photographer will also look at the fantastic photo opportunities. In addition, you will have many choices for your ceremony and reception locations, including the pier, glasshouse, and more. Ceremonies start at $1,200 and reception packages at $139 per person, but you can also opt for a "pop-up wedding" for intimate parties (up to 35, $9,500).

The Barn Clyde Ridge

Morton is home to a charming rustic wedding venue nestled at the Budawang Ranges and Pigeon House Mountain in New South Wales. You can choose between several locations, including their barn, garden, and deck. They also offer their ceremony arch for your wedding ceremony and use of their grounds for your photography. Their wedding packages include set up and clean up services and fees.

Conclusion

So, if you're looking for the perfect place to tie the knot and want to stay in Australia, one of these country wedding venues will be right up your alley. Have you decided on a venue yet? If not, hopefully, this list will give you some inspiration. Happy planning!

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