Newcastle of New South Wales is one of the biggest cities in the state; to date we have been recommending wedding ceremony and reception venues outside of larger cities because they have beautiful vineyards and such. However, Newcastle is located right on the Hunter River and is bordered by the Watagan mountain ranges on the west and rolling green hills to the south.

There is also a heritage area that would make for beautiful photographs, as well as a lot of Victorian architecture. Of course, the coast itself also provides many opportunities for laid-back, beach weddings. Whatever style of wedding you are looking for, chances are that you will find your dream wedding venue in Newcastle! Here is a list of our favourite 13 for you to consider.

Here is our editor’s top picks for wedding venues in Newcastle, NSW

 

Best Wedding Venues In Newcastle

  1. Shoal Bay Country Club
  2. Apollo International
  3. Newcastle City Hall
  4. Marina Views
  5. Fort Scratchley
  6. Novotel Newcastle Beach
  7. The Lock-Up
  8. Merewether Surfhouse
  9. Customs House Newcastle
  10. The Lucky Hotel

If you’re looking for the perfect coastal venue for your dream wedding. Shoal Bay Country Club offers couples the opportunity to host your reception at Whites ands, a stunning beachfront wedding space that has been stylishly decorated in neutral and white tones so that it can easily match your wedding colour scheme. It also boasts panelled walls and wooden floors, making this space perfect for your big day.

No matter the size of your reception, the team at this venue has got you covered. They will be there with you at every step along the planning process, ensuring that everything goes off without a hitch. There is also overnight accommodation available at this venue, so once your last guest has returned home, you can rest in the luxury Shoal Bay Penthouse with your other half.

Price: Enquire for pricing and packages

Type of Venue: Country Club, Waterfront

Address: 35-45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay NSW 2315

Phone: 02 4981 1555

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Contact : Shoal Bay Country Club

For those who love the elegance and class of a luxurious hotel wedding, the Apollo International Hotel in Newcastle, New South Wales is a perfect choice. This venue offers a garden for your wedding ceremony and the Apollo Room for your wedding reception festivities. Plus, the ceremony is complimentary when you host your reception here!

We love the convenience of having accommodations available at your venue as well. You also have the choice between a cocktail wedding or a seated dinner, both served by the acclaimed Babbington’s Bar & Grill.

Take a look at their Facebook Page for more venue photos and inspiration!

Address: 290 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown NSW 2290

Phone: 02 4943 6733

Social: Apollo International


Contact : Cassie

Many of you may think that City Hall is only for civil ceremonies, but this Newcastle, New South Wales architectural treasure just screams grandeur. There are marble staircases, beautiful wood flooring, and huge arched windows. There are several rooms available to suit any size wedding party.

For very large wedding parties, we absolutely love the Concert Hall for its 14m high ceilings.

Address: 290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Phone: 02 4974 2166


Contact : Samantha

Should you or your fiance love the water, boating, or fantastic harbour views, you must visit the Marina Views Function Centre in Newcastle, New South Wales. You even have the option of making a dramatic entrance from the water by boat! The reception space is so modern and beautiful that you barely need any decoration. Just add some fairy lights and you are good to go!

Visit their Facebook for videos tours of the centre and function rooms, photos of real weddings celebrations and couples, and more!

Address: 97 Hannell St, Wickham NSW 2293

Phone: 02 4969 8181

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Contact : Casey

This historic space in Newcastle, New South Wales is surrounded by parks and beach which can all be enjoyed in panoramic style. Enjoy the acclaimed Blue Star Catering food while appreciating the views from the timber deck with up to 120 guests.

There are also no columns in the wedding reception space so all your guests can continue admiring you and your new spouse! See their Facebook for photos of the grounds and more.

Address: 1-3 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East NSW 2300

Phone: 02 4929 3066

Social: Fort Scratchley


Contact : Samantha

This beautiful beach hotel and resort in Newcastle, New South Wales can host wedding parties of up to 100 guests (or 140 in cocktail style wedding receptions). Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic view of the surrounding Newcastle Beach and King Edward Park, and Fort Scratchley is only minutes away if you are looking to take your wedding photography there.

Plus, the accommodations are clean, chic, and modern (see their Facebook for photos), and you and your bridesmaids can enjoy high tea on the morning of the big day to relax.

Address: 5 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Phone: 02 4032 3700

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Contact : Novotel Newcastle Beach

If you and your partner are an artsy or whimsical couple, you will love this art gallery in Newcastle, New South Wales. It is located in a heritage building that was previously a police station until 1982. You may be thinking, “Why would I want to get married in a lock-up?” but the beautiful colonial architecture will wow you, and the space has been sympathetically renovated.

The Yard has been transformed into a open space with exposed walls and bars overhead, which look gorgeous when lined with flowering vines or ivy. The contrast of the raw and exposed with the delicate and romantic is quite lovely: see their Facebook for photos!

Address: 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW

Phone: 02 4925 2265

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Contact : The Lock-Up

Another beautiful beach setting can be found in Newcastle, New South Wales. Their rooms can host both small and large parties (40 – 350) and the size of the rooms themselves can be customized with movable walls. The reception space is entirely on the second floor so you don’t have to worry about regular restaurant patrons crashing your wedding reception.

After a beautiful wedding ceremony on the beach, you can continue to admire the gorgeous views from the floor-to-ceiling windows from the event space (check out their Facebook).

Address: 5 Henderson Parade, Merewether NSW 2291

Phone: 02 4918 0000

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Contact : Merewether Surfhouse

Nestled between Hunter River and the ocean, this Newcastle, New South Wales hotel is a heritage building in an Italian Renaissance style that offers event spaces that can be used for a formal wedding reception or an outdoor beer garden that is perfect for a cocktail style party.

Make sure to visit their Facebook for more information, patron reviews, and photos!

Address: 1 Bond St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Phone: 02 4925 2585

Social: Customs House Newcastle


Contact : Customs House Newcastle

Another hotel in Newcastle, New South Wales lies on the banks of the Hunter River and comes highly recommended by past brides and grooms. The eclectic design of the hotel offers a bit of luxury and a bit of the rustic (gorgeous exposed brick, wood, and slate).

The catering is provided by their own restaurant which is well-known for their American barbecue fare. Check out their Facebook for photos of their mouthwatering burgers, salads, and more!

Address: 237 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Phone: 02 4925 8888

Social: The Lucky Hotel


Contact : The Lucky Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

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Parting Notes

Newcastle is such a lovely city with beaches on both the Hunter River and the ocean, as well as gorgeous colonial architecture with Italian influences. With a plethora of beach venues, historic buildings, galleries, and other venues to choose from, Newcastle is a must-add and must-see for your shortlist of wedding ceremony and reception venues! Don’t miss out!

 


 

Best Wedding Venues in New South Wales

Blue Mountains

Byron Bay

Central Coast

Coffs Harbour

Hunter Valley

Newcastle

Port Macquarie

Port Stephens

South Coast

Southern Highlands

Sydney

Wollongong

 

Best Wedding Venues in Australia

 

Victoria

Ballarat

Bendigo

Dandenong Ranges

Geelong

Gippsland

Melbourne

Mildura

Mornington Peninsula

Yarra Valley

 

Queensland

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Sunshine Coast

 

Western Australia

Perth

Margaret River

 

South Australia

Adelaide

 

Tasmania

Hobart

 

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

 


More on Weddings in Newcastle

Newcastle, NSW is located about 160 km away from Sydney by car. Located  right next to the ocean and Hunter River, the area is mostly known for its beach and waterfront wedding ceremony and reception venues. There is also Glenrock. The Hunter Wetlands National Park, Fullerton Cove, and Worimi nearby, which are all excellent wedding photography locations for those looking for something other than the beach and ocean or river.

Although Newcastle is mostly known for and ideal for waterfront and beach weddings, there are also many other locations such as Newcastle Museum and Fort Scratchley, for those looking for something more luxurious—but they still offer beautiful views of the ocean and Hunter River. There is also a lovely heritage area, with gorgeous Victorian architecture, including Christ Church Cathedral, a lovely wedding ceremony venue.

 

Popular NewcastleWedding Venues & Prices

There are many affordable wedding venues in the Newcastle area, with packages offered as low as $42 per head (at The Lakehouse Café). Of course, most of the wedding venues you will find in this area will be beach or waterfront type venues. One of our favourites and a very popular location for weddings in the region is Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach, with gorgeous oceanfront views and packages starting at $99 per guest.

As always, when you are budgeting for your wedding venue, we remind you to make sure to include such extra costs as taxes, gratuities, catering, decorations, linens, and more into your calculations.

 

Travel & Hotel Accommodations

There are several airports in and near the Newcastle area, including the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Airports. However, as these are smaller airports, your out-of-town / out-of-state and international guests may prefer to fly into the Sydney airport, located about 2.5 hours south of Newcastle by car. Of course, they may also catch a connecting flight into the Newcastle area.

Hotels in the Newcastle region will cost between $60 to upwards of $250 per night, but average around $120. We love Rydges Newcastle ($240) and Quality Hotel ($149). There are of course also many lovely Airbnb’s available in the area, with the most popular homes in Newcastle range from approximately $70 – $240 per night.

 

Weather and Climate Considerations

Newcastle, New South Wales is known for being quite warm throughout the year, with the coolest months in the winter, June to August—but even during these months, the coolest temperature is approximately 9oC. There is a fair amount of precipitation throughout the year as well, with an average of 7 days of rainfall each month, but November to April are the warmest days, and expected to experience the most rainfall. Since it is difficult to estimate which months or days will be see the least or no rainfall, we suggest you always ask your venue or possible venues whether they have a plan B for rainy or inclement weather, especially if you are looking at outdoor wedding ceremonies or receptions.