21 Breathtaking Southern Highlands Wedding Venues (2018)
EDITOR'S CHOICE: We've handpicked the best of the best Southern Highlands wedding venues to help you pick the right one for your big day!
The Southern Highlands region of New South Wales is an incredibly special place.
A region of rare natural beauty, with majestic mountains and lush forest and bushland, it is just a hop, skip and jump from Sydney.
Home to some astonishing old mansions and homesteads, it is also filled with boutique wineries and gourmet food havens, and offers a great celebration of local produce and wine.
This makes the Southern Highlands a wonderfully convenient destination for a weekend getaway, and, of course, the ideal spot for a wedding.
If you are planning a wedding in the Southern Highlands, you must check out this list we have put together of the best wedding venues in the area.
In no particular order, here are the editor’s choice Top 21 Wedding Venues in the Southern Highlands
Moss Vale, NSW
For the perfect country wedding, Mali Brae Farm is your ideal destination. Set on 90 acres of picturesque grounds with waterways, garden art, a sweet old boat shed and jetty and a transformed hay shed.
The hay shed is ideal for receptions and also has an enclosed rustic outdoor bar area with an open fire. Catering is arranged on site and there is a range of menus and packages to choose from.
With lovely accommodation for the bridal party, Mali Brae has won awards for its rural charm and ambience.
This stunning wildflower farm can be exclusively booked as a unique venue for your wedding or reception. You can choose a ceremony on the grounds amongst the flowers or in the refurbished barn, or there is a lovely local church nearby.
Guests can wander the grounds with cocktails and canapes while you have your photos taken amid the vibrant blooms. Have your reception in the permanent timber-floored marquee which is set up with absolutely everything you need, and choose your own caterer from the many talented chefs servicing the region.
Sutton Forest, NSW
This world-class group of hotels has brought their premier level service to the rustic countryside of the Southern Highlands.
Set on a romantic, sprawling estate, the Manor House has a range of spaces for your ceremony and reception, so you tailor your day perfectly to your individual taste. From casual to formal, every wedding will receive impeccable service, food,and attention to detail.
This venue can host up to 200 guests at your reception, and there are luxurious accommodation options for the bridal party as well.
Kangaroo Valley, NSW
When you want a wedding day that is different, intimate and exclusive, this should be the top of your list. This award-winning venue offers some standout ceremony options, including their Rock Cathedral embraced by rock monoliths that are thousands of years old, or the Viewing Platform overlooking the breathtaking ranges of the Kangaroo Valley.
The reception spaces include a function room and marquee and can cater to up to 130 guests in style and comfort. The pared back space with exposed timber rafters is a wonderful blank canvas for DIY décor, or you could have everything arranged for you.
There is onsite accommodation for 68 guests as well (including a glamping option for a few adventurous souls!)
Sutton Forest, NSW
Somerley House is a magical setting for your wedding. The house was built in 1875 and has retained an incredible timeless elegance, as though you have fallen through time. With past guests including prime ministers and princes, you and your family will feel like royalty here.
The house and gardens are exquisite and offer a range of flexible spaces for the different parts of your wedding day. Local provider Greenlane Catering provide superb menu choices, and there is on-site accommodation for the bridal party.
This lovely estate offers 60 acres of private woodland including water features, vineyards and bounding kangaroos at sunset. This is a historic country guesthouse built in the 1870s and lovingly restored to retain all of its original charm and enchantment. With accommodation for up to 42 people.
There is a variety of unique dining packages and very special touches and add-ons, like the vintage refurbished ‘Champervan’ or an extensive lolly buffet or make your own woodfired pizzas.
Another historic grand estate and gardens, Hopewood House was built in 1884 and has hosted thousands of glorious weddings and showstopping events. The renovated stables offer sit down dining for up to 150 people, and there are a variety of other spaces around the estate for ceremonies and beautiful photos.
The gardens are free-flowing and filled with interesting art sculptures, ruins and other treasures to uncover. There is no accommodation on site, but there is an absolute wealth of options in the region to suit all of your guests’ requirements.
Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Wildwood is a stunning venue, and incredibly popular – make sure that you book in fast! The venue has a magical ‘secret garden’ quality about it and makes guests feel like they have wandered into another land.
Surrounded by bush, the natural setting has led seamlessly to a green philosophy, with all weddings hosted using the lowest carbon footprint possible. This detracts in no way from the quality,however, and the venue, the food,and drinks, the service and inclusions are all gold standard.
This lovely farm is private and picturesque. With 160 acres of lush green farmland and creek frontage, this luxury country accommodation is perfect for your rustic, vintage or country themed wedding. The farm offers accommodation for 10 people in the stunningly restored farmhouse, and the refurbished shed is perfectly suited for receptions of all shapes and sizes.
10. Jaspers Berry
Jaspers Brush, NSW
When you plan a wedding in the Southern Highlands you are looking to escape from the world – this venue is the essential enchanted hideaway. A fairytale-likeplace, the original buildings were crafted in 1897, and there are magnificent vintage and contemporary twists to be found throughout. Lush, spectacular and unusual, weddings here are stunning in every season. Words really can’t do justice to describing Jaspers – you simply must wander through their photo gallery to get a true taste.
The extra features, rooms and incredible details are infinite, including a bridal salon for getting ready and luxurious accommodation for the wedding party. If you want elegance with a difference, you must check this venue out.
11. Bendooley Estate
In Berrima, New South Wales lies an incredible 200-acre estate that will allow you and your guests to enjoy the best of the Southern Highlands. There are so many spaces that you can choose from for your ceremony and reception, including the grounds, pavilion beside the lake, 19th century-style gardens, the book barn (with cathedral ceilings and chandeliers), a lakeside marquee, and the stables. Plus, they offer beautiful bridal parlours.
Check our their Facebook for more information!
Sutton Forest, NSW
This exquisite hotel in Sutton Forest, New South Wales has the most beautiful surrounds that will give you the greatest backdrops for your wedding photography. There are 8 cottages available for accommodations (perfect for the wedding party; max 20 people). The establishment dates back to 1882 and sits at the top of a summit, affording you views of the rivers and surrounding valleys.
For reviews, recommendations, photos, and more, make sure to take a look at their Facebook page!
Sutton Forest, NSW
If you’re looking for a rural setting in Sutton Forest, New South Wales, that will give your wedding the most romantic fairy-tale like vibes, look no further than this estate! The grounds, house, and garden are available for up to 140 guests for seated dinner reception, and the ceremony can be held wherever you wish as well.
See more photos of their weddings at their or click the button below and visit their website Facebook.
Sutton Forest, NSW
This winery offers exclusive use of their space (meaning they will not book other weddings at the same time or on the same day as your wedding festivities), so you can be sure you will have their undivided attention. You can host your wedding ceremony in the vineyards, lakeside, or in The Bottling Room. Your reception can then be held in the Barrel Room, Tuscan Courtyard (with pillars, arches, and fairy lights), Restaurant, or The Marquee Lawn.
Visit this Sutton Forest, New South Wales winery’s Facebook for inspiration and information today!
This luxurious hotel in Bowral, New South Wales, offers gorgeous spaces for your wedding ceremony and reception, as well as a day spa for the bride and bridesmaids to relax and pamper themselves in before the wedding day festivities, as well as a golf course for the groom and groomsmen. You have the choice between the gallery (with floor to ceiling windows) or lakeside for your ceremony, and the Grand Ballroom for your reception. You and your guests can end the night in Harvey’s Bar if you wish!
Check out their Facebook for pictures of the gorgeous grounds and modern architecture!
This beautiful boutique hotel in Robertson, New South Wales is the definition of luxury. There are 40 renovated hotel room available for you and your guests, and gorgeous gardens that are just perfect for wedding ceremonies. If you love the idea of getting married in front of a beautiful iron fountain surrounded by trees and your loved ones, don’t hesitate!
Take a look at their Facebook photos today for pictures of real weddings, brides, and couples!
17. Fitzroy Inn
5 acres of stunning, historical gardens can be found in Mittagong, New South Wales, right on the banks of the Nattai River. Perfect for smaller wedding parties, this is for those couples who will appreciate the historicity of the establishment (lots of exposed brick and stone). Your ceremony can be held on the grounds or by the weir. Your reception can then be held in the atrium and heritage dining room (up to 100 seated; 150 cocktail style).
If you are interested in larger parties at this location, they are also willing to set up a marquee for up to 300. Visit their Facebook for more information.
This hotel resort in Bowral, New South Wales oozes class and charm—and trust us, it’s not a location you want to miss out on when you are planning your wedding festivities! This historical site will be sure to please with its wrought iron verandahs, beautiful staircase, stables, and a hidden rose garden—perfect for bridal portraits.
Make sure to check out their Facebook for more photos!
Bawley Point, NSW
For those who are looking for something a little more private and secluded, or who love the wild bush and rivers of the gorgeous Southern Highlands, you must check out the Baweley Bush Retreat in Bawley Point, New South Wales. They’re also eco-friendly, which is such a plus! There are 36 acres of grounds where you can set up a marquee for your wedding reception and hold your ceremony, or a function room for days when the weather isn’t as friendly.
Take a look at their Facebook today for posts that reflect their philosophy, photos, and more!
In Bundadoon, New South Wales, is an idyllic retreat right next to Morton National Park. They have beautiful gardens, 24 rooms available for accommodations for you and your guests, and facilities that the bride will love (sauna, spa, and steam room). They don’t offer caterers themselves, but have a list of their favourite local caterers that you can explore on their site.
Make sure to visit their Facebook for more information!
Note: The venue is only available for self-catered hire in January and February 2019. Solar Springs Retreat is planning an upgrade to transform its venue to boutique hotel style and therefore a building closure for 6 to 8 months between March and December 2019 is expected! Visit their website for more information.
21. Wombat Hollow
East Kangaloon, NSW
This East Kangaloon, New South Wales wedding venue is perfect for those who love nature and are looking for bespoke, customizable options. There are 20 acres of bush, grounds, and structures that offer that gorgeous rustic style that makes for fantastic wedding day photos. Their catering also comes highly recommended by previous clients and brides!
Check out photos of their food at their Facebook!
Only a stone’s throw away from Sydney, the Southern Highlands of New South Wales is a gorgeous choice and backdrop for your wedding-day festivities. The stunning nature, with lots of waterfalls, bush, rainforest, valleys, and national parks, has so much to offer and you will not regret choosing it for your wedding ceremony and reception!
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There are many beautiful areas in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales region that make for a beautiful background for your wedding ceremony and reception, including the Illawara rainforests, natural waterfalls (including in Budderoo National Park and Carrington Falls).
There are also many gorgeous wineries in this area, as the Southern Highlands are well known for their wines.
The area is therefore ideal for wedding venues that are surrounded by nature, vineyard, and rustic / country weddings.
Plus, this area is quite close to Sydney—just an hour and a half away by car!
Popular Southern Highlands Wedding Venues & Prices
Wedding venues in the Southern Highlands region can cost anywhere between $4,000 – $35,000, although this price may or may not include and reflect all venue costs such as venue hire, catering, decorations, linens, wedding planning and coordinating, and other fees.
However, the average of Southern Highlands wedding prices is approximately $16,000.
Many of the Southern Highlands, New South Wales wedding venues are of the estate and manor type, but also include bush, garden, rustic / country, farm, and hotel (including boutique hotels) type wedding venues as well.
There’s something for everyone in Southern Highlands, catering to and suiting everyone’s tastes, from laid-back couples, to those who love nature, to those looking for something glamourous.
Travel & Hotel Accommodations
There are quite a few airports in and around the Southern Highlands, New South Wales, region in Australia that your out-of-state and international wedding guests can fly into to attend your wedding festivities.
These include the Katoomba airport, Mittagong Airport, and Illawarra Regional Airport. For those guests coming from further away, we suggest they fly into the Sydney International airport.
It takes only an hour and a half to drive to the centre of the Southern Highlands region from Sydney!
There are many hotels available in the area, and they range from about $50 – $200 per night, making accommodations quite affordable for you and your wedding guests.
Don’t forget to ask the hotel for preferential rates when reserving a block of rooms for your wedding guests!
There are also some Airbnb’s offered in the area, with the most popular rooms and houses costing approximately $50 – $250 per night.
Weather and Climate Considerations
The Southern Highlands, New South Wales, of Australia, has the ideal weather for wedding ceremonies and receptions in the spring and summer months, November to March.
The highest temperatures will be reached in January, and coolest summer months are December and March. The coldest months are in the winter, June to August.
In terms of precipitation, this region doesn’t experience too much rainfall, but the summer months do experience their fair share – approximately 7 days of rain each month.
Don’t risk scheduling an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception without asking for a backup plan or location in case of inclement weather, even in the drier months of May to October (of course, these months are also much cooler, so they aren’t very ideal for outdoor ceremonies).
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