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.

Here are the editor’s choice Top 19 Wedding Venues in the Southern Highlands!

Growwild Wildflower Farm

Growwild is a beautiful wedding venue and a secret gem of the Southern Highlands, bursting with colour and spectacular displays of Australian wildflowers. Set in 25 magical rural acres, just over one hour south-west of Sydney and less than 15 minutes from Bowral, this wildflower farm offers a truly unique experience.

Born from one family’s passion for both Australian native flowers and the beautiful Southern Highlands landscape, Growwild is a family owned and operated wildflower farm that has become an oasis of beauty in a rural bush setting. If you would like to organise a viewing, please get in touch!

Address: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine NSW 2575

Phone: 0447 101 190

Social: Facebook | Instagram

Contact : Jane

Mali Brae Farm

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.

Address: 562 Nowra Rd, Moss Vale NSW 2577

Phone: 0457 538 303

Social: Mali Brae Farm

Contact : Shelley

Peppers Manor House

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.

Address: Kater Rd, Sutton Forest NSW 2577

Phone: 02 4860 3111

Social: Peppers Manor House

Contact : Nadia

Somerley House

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.

Region: Kangaroo Valley Wedding Venues

Address: 7207 Illawarra Highway Sutton Forest NSW 2577

Phone: 02 4811 1492

Social: Somerley House

Contact : Nadine

Sylvan Glen Country Estate

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.

Address: 570 Kareela Rd, Penrose NSW 2579

Phone: 02 4884 4306

Social: Sylvan Glen Country Estate

Contact : Donna

Wildwood @ Kangaroo Valley

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.

Region: Kangaroo Valley Wedding Venues

Address: 407D Bendeela Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577

Phone: 02 4465 2010

Social: Wildwood @ Kangaroo Valley

Contact : Toni

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!

Address: 3020 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima NSW 2577

Phone: 02 4868 8788

Social: Bendooley Estate

Contact : Lucy

The Robertson Hotel

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!

Address: 1 Fountaindale Rd, Robertson NSW 2577

Phone: 02 4885 1111

Social: The Robertson Hotel

Contact : The Robertson Hotel

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.

Address: 1 Ferguson Cres, Mittagong NSW 2575

Phone: 02 4872 3457

Social: Fitzroy Inn

Contact : Fitzroy Inn

Peppers Craigieburn

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!

Region: Wedding Venues Bowral

Address: Centennial Rd, Bowral NSW 2576

Phone: 02 4860 3108

Social: Peppers Craigieburn

Contact : Peppers Craigieburn

Parting Notes

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!



More on Southern Highlands Weddings

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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