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 14 for you to consider.
Here is our editor’s top picks for wedding venues in Newcastle, NSW
Best Wedding Venues In Newcastle
- Shoal Bay Country Club
- Apollo International
- The Lakehouse Cafe
- Newcastle City Hall
- Marina Views
- Fort Scratchley
- Novotel Newcastle Beach
- The Lock-Up
- Merewether Surfhouse
- Customs House Newcastle
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
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
In Murray’s Beach, New South Wales lies a charming little cafe in the midst of the Wallarah Peninsulah and on the banks of Lake Macquarie. Your wedding ceremony can be held outside next to the lake and under the trees, and the reception can be held either inside the cafe, on the wooden terrace, or a combination of both.
The food is of a modern Australian style and the design is also contemporary, with floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors that look out onto the beach and light wood flooring. The venue can be decorated any way you like, and you can see examples of past decorations on their Facebook.
Address: 11 Shoreside Row, Murrays Beach NSW 2281
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. Take a look at their Facebook for their other rooms and photos of their catering.
Address: 290 King St, Newcastle NSW 2300
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
Social: Marina Views
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
Social: Fort Scratchley
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
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
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
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