40 Hunter Valley Wedding Venues you need to see (2018)
EDITOR'S CHOICE: We've handpicked the best of the best Hunter Valley wedding venues to help you pick the right one for your big day.
While it won’t be hard to find any incredible quality wedding venues in the glorious Hunter Valley, it may be difficult to narrow your choice down to just one for your big day.
But what a fun choice to have to make!
With stunning scenery, this gourmet wine and food paradise has no shortage of world-class venues to tie the knot.
Whatever the theme of your personal love story, you are sure to find the ideal venue on this list.
In no particular order, here are the editor’s choice Top 40 Wedding Reception Venues in the Hunter Valley
This precious little spot has it all. Offering a purpose-built chapel, reception centre,and luxury accommodation, everything you could need for the perfect wedding day is to be found right here.
While the venue is new and has all of the modern comforts your guests could desire, the vintage look is ideal for rustic and romantic themed wedding days.
With a variety of photo locations including landscaped gardens and an adjacent vineyard, this is the essential setting for an intimate country wedding.
Lonely Goat Olives is a magical place – just the sort of place that wedding dreams come true.
One of the highest rated reception venues in the area, here you are provided with a choice of bespoke ceremony location, charming boutique cottage accommodation and plenty of stunning spaces for your outdoor reception.
With gorgeous surrounds and views to die for, you can craft the day you have always imagined.
This estate home was built in 1885 and has been wonderfully refurbished to become the fantasy wedding venue.
This immaculate homestead is perfect for the discerning couple who want complete privacy on their wedding day.
Perched on the banks of the Paterson River your imagination will be inspired by all the possibilities for your romantic ceremony and reception.
Photo opportunities include the old-style stables and cattle yards as well as a recycled timber barn. Catering is exclusively provided by Mason Restaurant.
Margan Restaurant provides the complete food and wine experience for your wedding day.
From the beautiful rammed-earth building and the breathtaking views across the vineyards to the Brokenback Mountains, you will be spoilt for photo opportunities.
The quality of venue and services are exceptional here, with friendly and intuitive staff to create a personal, stylish and relaxed affair.
This is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the Hunter Valley.
Wyong Creek, NSW
Fernbank Farm is an opulent setting offering a timeless and unique wedding rendezvous.
The homestead built in 1904 has been lovingly restored retaining wherever possible its original features and décor.
You can choose from a range of reception spaces including indoors, outdoors or in a majestic marquee.
A sophisticated and elegant environment, you can also use their horses and carriages and stay in the gorgeous onsite accommodation.
When you really want the ideal all in one venue, you must check out Crowne Plaza.
The sprawling resort offers a myriad of indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony and reception, and exquisite accommodation for all of your family and friends.
Offering a swimming pool and 18-hole golf course, this is more than just a reception venue but the ideal location for your Hunter Valley destination wedding.
Enzo Hunter Valley is where the journey begins to your forever love story.
Surrounded by mountains and valleys, this literally feels like heaven on earth.
The vineyard setting is topped off by a beautiful and modern reception space architecturally designed to showcase this incomparable region.
Choose from a chapel ceremony with floor to ceiling windows that bring the scenery seamlessly indoors.
Tranquil, decadent and divine, this is where modern luxury meets luxe country with style.
8. Circa 1876
One of Australian’s most picturesque hinterlands holds within it a treasure of wedding reception venues; Circa 1876.
The homestead is the epitome of a vintage historic cottage and offers gourmet dining and opulent accommodation for the perfect wedding day or weekend.
With award-winning menus, boutique wine, fresh local produce,and a farm-to-fork ethos, if your family are foodies you could not ask for a better reception space.
For relaxed, romantic and eclectic charm, this is the place for you.
For gardens of style and distinction, this farm is so much more than what you expect.
This was the first farm settled in the Hunter Valley and is still as special and unique today as it was the day it was built.
Choose from a range of garden settings or the rustic barn for your ceremony and with a short trip to the simply stunning Woodville Hall for your reception, your country wedding will be perfect.
Chateau Elan is an award-winning luxury hotel located in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
Idyllic and opulent, your every wedding day dream will be brought vibrantly to life in this space.
The friendly and welcoming staff will help you with every step from the planning stage through to the tiny details of the big day.
Offering onsite a day spa, restaurant, beauty salon,and French-inspired accommodations, you will be delighted you chose this venue for your perfect day.
11. Peterson House
In Pokolbin, New South Wales, lies Peterson House, a charming vineyard, garden, and restaurant (Cuvee) that is perfect for a wedding ceremony and reception all year long—notably, there are beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring!
This venue offers a wedding events team (including a coordinator) that will help you every step along the way for your weddings of up to 140 guests.
Their Facebook has some great photos of Restaurant Cuvee’s food, which uses seasonal Australian produce to create fantastic modern fare that is reputed to be one of the best restaurants of the region, has won several awards, and will be sure to please you and your guests.
12. The Convent
This venue is also located in Pokolbin, New South Wales, and is in the middle of wine country.
There are four locations available on the estate for your wedding reception: Circa 1876 (a cottage with a max capacity of 120 and nestled in a garden), Restaurant 88 (in Peppers Convent, serves local organic produce; max 50), Grand Marquee (French, white, and semi-outdoors; max 120), and The Chapel (intimate; max 40).
The boutique hotel can also accommodate you and your guests, and its French architecture makes for a picture-perfect backdrop for your wedding day photos.
For those couples that love being outdoors amongst nature or crave a rustic touch, Wandin’s three ceremony venues are perfect: Eucalypt Grove (outdoors, on the cricket oval), on the timber pontoon (outdoors) or The Barn (indoors; complete with a chandelier and the heady smell of oak barrels).
This venue in Lovedale, New South Wales can also accommodate up to 42 people on their grounds (villas).
Check out their Facebook for photos of their reception spaces and real weddings.
With 60 acres of gardens, walking paths, 4 ½ star hotel rooms (with access to the sauna and spa—perfect for the bride to relax and pamper herself the night before the wedding), this Pokolbin, New South Wales venue is simply ideal for your wedding ceremony and reception.
There are a variety of reception spaces for all sorts of wedding sizes (The Conservatory—40, Riesling Room—100, Shiraz Room—120, and the Semillon Ballroom—160).
Make sure to check out their Facebook photos to see how beautiful their grounds and wedding reception spaces are!
Located in Wollombi, New South Wales, is a 100 acre property, Redwood Park Wollombi, that is dedicated to providing fully customizable, bespoke weddings for you and your partner.
The Woodhouse seats up to 150 with high ceilings and large windows that let in all that gorgeous natural light, but you could also choose to host your ceremony outside under the paperbark trees or casuarinas, or on the lake shore.
There are accommodations available at the Barnstay (rustic chic) for up to 16.
Their reception food (visit their Facebook for photos) is catered exclusively by Fennel & Co. and alcohol is BYO.
Another option in Pokolbin, New South Wales is the Kirkton Park Hotel, which offers a breathtaking backdrop of the Hunter Valley and their own gardens for your wedding day photos.
This venue is perfect for those looking for something more luxurious and elegant; ceremonies can be held in the garden and receptions in one of their rooms (James Busby Room—max 100, and the Hunter Rothbury Room—max 150).
The sweeping hills make for such beautiful photos that you’ll just have to say “yes” to this space!
17. Calvin Estate
24 acres of picturesque country wedding space and colonial architecture can be found at the Calvin Estate in Luskintyre, New South Wales.
Hold your ceremony on the grounds, take photos on the tree-lined drive, and host your wedding reception in the wood barrel lined room, complete with chandeliers.
Enjoy some local wine from the surrounding wineries or dance around the courtyard bar with your bridesmaids!
Visit their Facebook for more information and photos.
Mount Annan, NSW
This unique wedding ceremony venue space travels wherever you need it to go!
If you love the idea of getting married out in the wilderness or on the beach, but don’t want the ceremony to be outdoors or under a marquee, then this is the space for you!
This mobile wedding chapel is best for intimate weddings of up to 20 people.
The indoor space features a chandelier, 7 small windows, light brown flooring, white walls, and a vaulted ceiling. See more on their Facebook page.
19. Dalwood Estate
Established nearly 200 years ago, Dalwood Estate (Dalwood, New South Wales) is one of the most beautiful wineries in the Hunter Valley and produces some of the best wine in the region.
Their expansive grounds and attractive vineyard will provide a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding and bridal photos!
Along with indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces, this estate also offers modern and eclectic options such as marquees and tipis for your celebration.
See photos on their Facebook page for ideas and inspiration!
Another beautiful vineyard wedding space is the RidgeView in Pokolbin, New South Wales.
It is nestled between vineyards and adorable ponds, and the restaurant offers fantastic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food made with herbs and vegetables grown in their own garden.
The restaurant also features vaulted ceilings!
The venue seats up to 110 guests (including the veranda) and can accommodate up to 12 guests, making it a perfect option for the wedding party.
Visit their Facebook for more information.
In Maithland, New South Wales, a catering and events company offers a beautiful wedding reception and ceremony space in a gorgeous space (it was originally a bank built in 1887).
There is a Victorian Garden and Grand Chambers available for your use.
The building is so grand, luxurious, and elegant, making it perfect for those brides and couples looking for something just a little ‘over the top.’
The reception space features the traditional red Victorian walls and columns, which you can see in their Facebook photos.
Another Pokolbin, New South Wales option for small, intimate weddings and perfect for brides who are overwhelmed with the stress of wedding planning is Elope in the Vines.
This company offers a wedding ceremony and reception at Worthington’s Vineyard and plans everything for you, and even includes a one night stay at Casa la Vina.
You can even ask them to arrange your hair and makeup. A horse and carriage, videographer, and more.
See their Facebook for photos of their elopements and couples!
Located in Wollombi, New South Wales, Mulla Villa provides the ideal rustic barn wedding venue of your dreams.
They can accommodate and plan a wedding for small and large groups (40 – 150 guests) set outdoors in a marquee or indoors in their barn.
Your ceremony can also be held in the Rustic Arbor (next to the barn) or one of three local churches (St. Michael’s—Catholic, other, and civil; Saint Johns—Anglican; and Saint Mark’s—Anglican).
For more information and photos of these spaces and their weddings, take a look at their Facebook.
24. Wallalong House
This 1800s estate offers the house and grounds (which include 200 year old fig trees and English gardens) for your wedding reception and ceremony (held in an Indian tent).
There is also accommodation for a maximum of 16 guests, making it perfect for small weddings, the wedding party, or the bride, groom, and family.
With a classic mix of English and French design, architecture, and décor, this idyllic estate in Wallalong, New South Wales will ensure that you end up with the most beautiful photos of your wedding day.
25. Estate Tuscany
This hotel resort in Pokolbin, New South Wales (formerly Tuscany Wine Estate Resort) offers both indoor and outdoor locations for your wedding ceremony and reception.
A garden Courtyard is set against the estate’s vineyards and the Brokenback Ranges.
The reception can also be held in the Courtyard, or in the Mill Restaurant or Fountain View room.
For pictures of their three-course dinners, hors-d’oeuvres, grounds, rooms, and real weddings, visit their Facebook.
In Pokolbin, New South Wales, and the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, lies the Hunter Valley Gardens, with views of First Creek and the rolling hills. There is also the Aqua Golf Hunter Valley nearby for the groom to get a few swings in before the festivities. If you love water features, gazebos, and charming little garden chapels, don’t miss out!
Make sure to check out their Facebook photos!
Capacity: Chapel (150 seated), gardens (not stated), garden marquee (200 seated), Garden Terrace (120 seated)
Type: Historic, garden
One of the lovely winery wedding venues in Pokolbin, New South Wales includes Bimbadgen, which offers fantastic, award-winning food for your wedding lunch or dinner. They have several ceremony and reception locations: next to the vineyard, by the pontoon, or in Palmer’s Lane. They also offer accommodations in the form of cottages!
Drop by their Facebook with any inquiries!
Capacity: Palmer’s Lane (130 seated), restaurant (110 seated), marquee (300 seated), private function room (22 seated)
28. Bluebush Estate
This estate and hotel in Lovedale, New South Wales is perfect for those couples looking for an intimate wedding with a touch of country in their wedding photos. They also offer several accommodation options, including a chalet, cottage, and country house. You can host your wedding ceremony on the grounds, near the iron and ivy gazebo!
Check out their Facebook for more information today!
Capacity: not stated
Type: country, bed and breakfast, winery
This picturesque wedding venue in Pokolbin, New South Wales in the Hunter Valley win region has such stunning views of the surrounding hinterland. Plus, there are photo opportunities next to the vines, where you can also hold your ceremony. Your reception can then be held at the convention centre, Lagoon Pool Marquee, or the Restaurant @ Cypress Lakes.
Visit their Facebook for more photos of real weddings!
Capacity: up to 1000
Type: hotel, resort, winery, waterfront
If you’re looking for a wedding venue that puts you and your wishes first, check out this Newcastle, New South Wales location! Get married right next to the water—and you can even arrive by boat, making a stylish and unique entrance! Ceremonies start from $595, and reception packages start from $85.95 per person.
Take a look at their Facebook photos for inspiration!
Capacity: 250 with dance floor, 220 with dance floor and bridal table, 300 cocktail
31. Twine Restaurant
This classy restaurant in Pokolbin, New South Wales offers several options for your wedding ceremony and reception. For your dining choices, there is outdoor seating, the restaurant, and the View Bar. They also offer their barrel room, and the entire venue can be reserved for your wedding if you wish.
Don’t miss out and check out their Facebook!
Capacity: not stated
Another beautiful vineyard wedding venue can be found in Pokolbin, New South Wales, where the offer both a wedding ceremony and reception venue but also wedding planning services as well. Say “I do” next to the vines or lake and move your reception indoors. Packages start from $165 per person and include canapés.
Visit their Facebook for more information!
Capacity: 60 – 180 seated, 250 cocktail
Type: winery, country
You can plan and throw the custom wedding of your dreams at this country wedding venue in Broke, New South Wales. Host your ceremony on the lawn or in their large barn. Their 100 acres have so many beautiful photo opportunities, and their catering packages range from $75 – 90 per person. Your reception can be held also in the barn, or in the Hay Shed.
Take a look at their Facebook photos!
Capacity: barn (120)
Type: rustic, country
This winery’s barrel room in Pokolbin, New South Wales is not what you would expect: the high ceilings (20 ft), Indian elephant doors, and stone fireplace make for a beautiful and ambient wedding reception venue. They also offer a sandstone chapel on their grounds for your wedding ceremony.
Check out their Facebook for more information and photos of real couples!
Capacity: up to 200 with dance floor
Type: rustic, chapel, winery
Minutes from Maitland is this gorgeous wedding venue in Woodville, New South Wales. They offer a stunning gothic chapel for your ceremony, as well as their grounds, and a marquee, deck, or timber hall for your wedding reception. They offer and customizable wedding packages, which include BYO options.
Make sure to drop buy their Facebook with any inquiries you may have!
Capacity: 130 seated, 150 cocktail
36. Leaves & Fishes
Lovedale, New South Wales, is home to the House at Leaves Fishes, a beautiful wedding venue with a gorgeous sunken garden, expansive lawn, and house for your wedding ceremony and reception options. You will also have exclusive access to the grounds for your wedding photography. They also offer boathouse accommodation.
Take a look at their Facebook for more information!
Goldfish, of Pokolbin, New South Wales, loves to plan and host wedding festivities, and their food is to-diefor (an award-winning)!They have several options in terms of locations, both indoor and outdoor (a bar, parlour, and their terrace). Their food is designed to share, so this is great for intimate weddings!
Check out their Facebook today!
Capacity: bar (150 cocktail, 80 seated), parlour (50 cocktail, 30 seated), terrace (up to 500)
38. Glenmore Estate
This lovely historic hotel in Lovedale, New South Wales, is perfect for those couples looking for something timeless and elegant. They offer their barn and grounds for your ceremony and reception, and their homestead for the bride to get ready for her special day. Their grounds offer many photography locations, including a gazebo and small lake.
Visit their Facebook page for more information and photos!
Capacity: barn (30 – 70)
Type: hotel, country, historic
The Wedding Shed at Pokolbin, New South Wales is surrounded by 25 acres and the gorgeous Brokenback Mountain range. This venue is perfect for intimate and larger wedding parties—and they offer elopement packages as well. They also offer accommodations, and ceremonies next to the Marrying Tree.
Check out their Facebook page.
Capacity: up to 120 seated, or 150 cocktail
Type: cottages, country
40. Abernethy House
This lovely 4-acre hotel estate in Abernethy, New South Wales, is located close to Sydney ( only 2 hours away) and offers accommodations as well as wedding venues, which include the lounge, beer garden, verandah, marquee, and dining room. Your ceremony can be held on their grounds, but there are also many lovely chapels nearby. Packages start from $4900.
Drop by their Facebook today!
Capacity: 30 – 50 guests indoors, up to 150 in marquee
Type: hotel, country
Hunter Valley of New South Wales is home to some of the most wonderful wineries in Australia and is located just north of Sydney, making a perfect wine-country weekend escape for you and your wedding guests.
Get out of the city and bask along the Hunter River or on the rolling hills of a vineyard with a glass of local Shiraz or Semillon.
Before your wedding events, you and your bridesmaids can pamper and ready yourselves for the big day at one of the amazing spas in the area.
Also, after your wedding celebrations, you and your new spouse can take a breathtaking hot air balloon ride and tour of the vineyards.
Don’t miss out on the gorgeous gardens, golf courses, and vineyards in this region that are perfect for your wedding ceremony and reception!
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The Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia, is well known for its beautiful wine region, and it is located about three and a half hours North of Sydney. Your wedding guests can make a weekend out of your wedding festivities and take some wine tours along the Hunter River. Plus, there are some luxurious spas in the region from which you and your bridesmaids can relax, indulge, and enjoy the views of the rolling hills and river.
The most common and ideal types of wedding venues you will find in this region will be winery, country, restaurant, estate, and garden types.
Popular Hunter Valley Wedding Venues & Prices
Some of the most popular Hunter Valley wedding venues are in the form of vineyards and golf courses, but there are some waterfront locations along the Hunter River, as well as many hotels, restaurants, country estates, gardens, parks, and so on. Venue prices will vary, and can cost up to about $200 per head on the higher end, but you can find more affordable options as well.
As always, we urge our readers to remember to include other extra and hidden fees into your wedding venue budget, including but not limited to: taxes, gratuities, catering, wait staff, wedding planner and/or coordinator, décor, linens, set-up, and clean up.
Types of Hunter Valley wedding venues
Known for its gorgeous landscapes and amazing wineries, Hunter Valley is one of the most popular choices for weddings in the New South Wales.
Just a few hours drive from Australia’s most lively city, Sydney, further makes Hunter Valley a destination of choice for Sydneysiders to hold their dream winery wedding or a memorable rustic wedding away from (but not too far from) Sydney.
The Hunter Valley region has a lot to offer when it comes to comes to weddings. From planning a vineyard style wedding in a region best known for its wineries to holding the perfect country wedding in one of the region’s fascinating farms; the Hunter Valley has it all.
Just check out these breathtaking mountain views from Lonely Goat Olives, a simple yet gorgeous country venue or the stunning outdoor and indoors setting of Peterson House, a winery wedding venue; you can’t go wrong with Hunter Valley!
Here are some of our top 3 picks for each of the different types of wedding venues in the Hunter Valley.
Top 3 Small Wedding Venues in Hunter Valley
1. The Woodhouse Wollombi (50 to 150 Guests)
2. Gunyah Hotel – The Lake View Room (30 to 160 Guests)
3. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley weddings (40 to 800 Guests)
Top 3 Winery Wedding Venues in Hunter Valley
Top 3 Garden/Chapel Wedding Venues in Hunter Valley
Top 3 Rustic Wedding Venues in Hunter Valley
3. Buttai Barn
Travel & Hotel Accommodations
There are some smaller and private airports, such as Cessnock Airport, in the Hunter Valley region, but we suggest out-of-state guests fly into the Newcastle Airport, which is less than an hour’s drive away from the valley. For international guests, we suggest flights into the Sydney airport with either a connection to Newcastle or a three-and-a-half-hour drive to the Hunter Valley.
Hotels in the Hunter Valley are sprinkled throughout the valley, and range from approximately $50 to $200 per night on average, but can be as costly as $925 and as cheap as $21. In addition, there are also many Airbnb locations available throughout the region, with the most popular homes starting from $50 per night.
Weather & Climate Considerations
The Hunter Valley region has a fairly mild climate to offer, but the best months for wedding venues, especially outdoor venues and those lovely Hunter Valley winery venues, are during the summer, November to March. You can expect an average of approximately 21oC in the summer months, with a high of about 26oC in January.
However, the flora during the autumn transforms the valley into a gold and auburn landscape, creating a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos. In winter, the temperature drops to as low as 4oC, but it averages about 18oC.
In terms of precipitation, the late summer to winter months experience the most rainfall, with the most expected in March to June. If you plan on finding an outdoor wedding venue, we suggest securing an indoor location in case of inclement weather, regardless of the month you will be getting married.
A destination for fun, food, festivity and obviously romance, the Hunter Valley is conveniently close to Sydney but still far enough away to provide an amazing holiday wedding spot.
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