The east coast of Australia is known for its beautiful beaches and great surfing locations, and Sydney, New South Wales, is no exception. There are plenty of fantastic beach wedding venues for both your ceremony and reception, but these are our top ten favourites. These include lovely hotels by the waterfront, restaurants, cafes, and function centres.
Here we list our editor’s choice top 11 BEACH wedding venues in Sydney!
Sydney's Top Beach Wedding Venues
Are you looking to create the vibe of a destination wedding while staying close to Sydney? If so, then San Martin certainly needs to be on your list of venues to check out for your big day. They can accommodate up to 180 people for a seated meal or 250 for a cocktail-style reception. However, you don’t need to worry if your mother-in-law adds to your guest numbers as the mezzanine and balcony areas can be added, allowing for up to sixty more guests.
Wedding packages start at $130 per person, including a 3-course meal, four-hour beverage package, cake cutting, and venue hire. If you splurge on their Royal Package, then they will transport your guests to and from the venue included in the price.
Address: 350 General San Martin Drive Terrey Hills NSW 2084
Phone: 1800 325 2672
Social: San Martin Akuna Bay
This Watsons Bay, New South Wales, wedding venue is one of the most sought-after venues in the Sydney region. The heritage mansion (1830s) has an on-site café that caters receptions, and boasts amazing views of Watsons Bay. If you’re looking for a mix of bohemian beach vibes and luxurious mansion feels, then this is the venue for you! You can also opt to hold your ceremony on the lawn, under the fig tree.
Capacity: 110 seated, 120 cocktail
Type: beach, historic, mansion
Address: 9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Phone: 02 9337 1226
Social: Dunbar House
In Whale Beach, New South Wales, you can find a unique beach wedding venue where you can host a lovely beach ceremony and a sit-down or cocktails style reception. Venue hire fees start at $3,500, and includes a dance floor, décor, and linens. You can also opt for additional menu items, such as personalised branded coconuts, cocktails, local oysters, and more. There’s even an option to have your wedding cake (1 – 3 tiers) made on-site!
Capacity: 150 seated, 200 cocktail
Type: beach, restaurant
Address: 227 Whale Beach Rd, Whale Beach NSW 2107
Phone: 02 9974 5440
Social: Moby Dicks Whale Beach
Another lovely choice in Watsons Bay, New South Wales, is the Boutique hotel, home to a romantic Juliet balcony where you can act out your Romeo & Juliet dreams for your wedding photos. They offer several spaces: The Sunset Room, Top Deck, Mid Deck, Juliette Section, and private dining room for your reception use. Your ceremony can be held on the lawns or under the giant, gorgeous fig tree. They also offer accommodations, including a wedding suite for the couple.
Capacity: up to 350
Type: beach, hotel
Address: 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Phone: 02 9337 5444
Social: Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel
If you’re looking for something a little more casual and laidback, take a look at this venue in Manly, New South Wales. Celebrate a simple ceremony on the beach, and enjoy your choice of reception: canape, sit-down, or “downstairs.” You can opt for extra items, such as a glazed ham, paella, and flatbreads. They also offer in-house cakes of up to 3 tiers (the caramel mud cake with salted caramel buttercream sounds amazing). This venue’s hire fees start at $4,500.
Capacity: up to 200
Address: 1 Marine Parade, Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 02 9974 5440
Social: The Boathouse Shelly Beach
Have a whale of a time in Palm Beach, New South Wales when you choose this waterfront wedding venue! You can opt for a beach ceremony or their clifftop garden with views of the waters and host an intimate/boutique or mid-size wedding. Then, your reception can be held on the Terrace, where you can host a cocktail wedding, canapes, or a banquet/sit-down dinner with up to five courses. Venue hire begins at $750 for a boutique wedding.
Capacity: up to 122
Type: beach, restaurant, hotel, garden
Address: 69 Bynya Rd, Palm Beach NSW 2108
Phone: 02 9974 5599
Cronulla, New South Wales, is home to one of Rydges’ many lovely wedding venues. They are conveniently located just over a half hour’s drive away from Sydney, and they offer on-site catering and accommodations. Have a lovely beach ceremony and a reception in their private, Sutherland Room, or on the poolside terrace while enjoying the views of the beautiful Gunnamatta Bay. Their packages start at $115 per person for weekdays, and $125 per person for weekends.
Capacity: 70 – 110 seated, 175 cocktail
Type: beach, hotel
Address: 20/26 Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230
Phone: 02 9527 3100
Social: Rydges Cronulla Beachside
If you love sushi and Japanese cuisine, you have to check out this venue in Manly, New South Wales. It’s oh-so-modern with its timber flooring, plenty of plants, and an open concept design. The floor-to-ceiling windows and doors offer fantastic views of the ocean, and the food is to die for—a fusion of Japanese and modern Australian cuisine. They offer private dining experiences, seated dinners, and cocktail events.
Capacity: up to 200
Type: beach, restaurant, modern
Address: 2/55 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 02 9977 6963
Social: Beachside Dojo
In Mosman, New South Wales, Sergeants Mess has been lauded as a gorgeous waterfront wedding venue for years. You can hold your ceremony on the landscaped lawns or on the private wharf, where you and your guests can even arrive at the venue by boat. The on-site chefs are experienced and use locally sourced weddings, and the venue prides themselves on quality service, so you can be sure your wedding will go smoothly.
Capacity: up to 250 seated
Type: beach, functions space, restaurant
Region: Mosman Venues
Address: Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
Phone: 02 8978 9200
Social: Sergeants Mess
If you’re looking for fantastic views of the city skyline and of the ocean, don’t miss out on this Sydney, New South Wales venue. Packages start at $105 per person, and you have the option of hosting your reception in one of two rooms or booking the entire venue for a cocktail style reception for larger wedding parties. Enjoy stunning views of Darling Harbour through the floor-to-ceiling windows!
Capacity: 550 for cocktails in the entire venue, 150 seated in Terrace, 110 seated in Gold Room
Type: beach, marina
Address: The Roof Top Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour NSW 2000
Phone: 1300 117 118