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This is the beginning of one of the most exciting times of your life.

If you are planning a country coastal wedding, you might be interested in our list of the best wedding venues in Wollongong.

The right wedding venue can be a difficult decision to make.

You want a place that looks after you and all of your guests, but that still has charm and personality of an intimate venue. You want it to have everything you could think of, but not be so big that you get treated like just another wedding.

It should be a stress-free day of fun and indulgence and still be all about you and your personal love story.

Plus, it needs to fit within your budget!

As we said; it can be a difficult decision to make.

To help you out, if you are getting married in the Wollongong area, we have narrowed down our list of favourite venues that meet all of the above standards and exceed them beautifully.

When you are looking for only the best, check this list of wedding venues in Wollongong – you are sure to find the perfect place for you.

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In no particular order, here we list the editor’s choice Top Wedding Venues in Wollongong

 

1. Ruby’s Mount Kembla

Kembla Heights NSW

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When you love bold flavours, fun celebrations and intimate get-togethers, a wedding day at Ruby’s is the ideal space for you. This is the perfect venue for the couple who want quality and service, but are looking for that somewhere completely different to tell their love story.

Many places claim to be different, but here your wedding will be truly unique, with attention to detail from the staff to make sure your personal day is exactly as you dreamed (and even better than you ever imagined!)

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2. Villa D’oro

Wollongong, NSW

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This purpose-built venue has been designed only to host weddings – so you know that you are in good hands here. Offering a range of spaces and packages to suit every wedding theme and budget, the exceptional service and high-quality food are guaranteed no matter what your wedding day style.

With fine food providing a phenomenal culinary experience and all of your guests’ creature comforts perfectly attended to, this is a venue unlike any other.

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3. City Beach Function Centre

Wollongong, NSW

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Experience Wollongong’s only premier beachfront wedding venue and say ‘I do’ with exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean. So much more than just the perfect backdrop,however, the food, service,and events teams here are passionate about making your celebration personal and unforgettable.

Catering to a variety of wedding sizes from intimate to extravagant, you will get individual attention here. Check out their hassle-free packages for your big day.

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4. Centro CBD

Wollongong, NSW

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A wonderful restaurant with classic Italian fine dining, and yet, so much more, for gourmet foodie couples this is the ideal place to celebrate your wedding day. If you are looking for a stylish affair and extraordinary service but sharing good food with your family is central to any important celebration, this is the place you need to choose.

Able to cater to groups up to 250 strong with their attentive service, stunning decorations,anda welcoming atmosphere.

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5. Panorama House

Maddens Plains, NSW

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With a name like Panorama House, you will come here expecting some pretty great views – and you will not be disappointed. Embraced by a floor to ceiling outlook onto crystal blue waters, if this venue’s features stopped there, you will still be happy.

But the features don’t stop there. The decorations and interior design are impeccable, and will be set up to paint the wedding day you always envisioned. Backed by food and beverages to die for, you will be so happy you chose Panorama House.

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6. Tumbling Waters

Stanwell Tops, NSW

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Tumbling Waters is a unique waterfront venue where the mountains meet the ocean, and romantic wedding days are made. For simple and refined celebrations, the classy and elegant surroundings are an ideal backdrop for your day.

Gorgeous gardens for your ceremony and photos, lovely food delivered by friendly staff, and a dedicated wedding coordinator who will intuit your every need – you have it all here. And superb accommodation as well!

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7. The Pavilion Kiama

Kiama, NSW

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The Pavilion is a picturesque coastal location overlooking centuries-old pine trees and the stunning surf beach, and offers a range of spaces for your ceremony and reception. Every event is special here – which of course your wedding should be.

With a wrap-around balcony and waterfront views on most sides, your guests will have plenty to look at that while waiting for your grand entrance. A gorgeous holiday destination that all of your family and friends will never want to leave.

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8. Gibraltar Hotel Bowral

Bowral, NSW

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This boutique hotel and spa is a place of unsurpassed beauty and charm. Perfect for a romantic and luxurious wedding day. All aspects of your perfect day are looked after here, with numerous spaces for your ceremony, photos,and reception, as well as accommodation for everyone.

With a day spa to help you fully relax in the lead up to your big day, you are sure to be delighted with the Gibraltar.

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9. Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Wollongong, NSW

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The Novotel is one of the region’s most prestigious wedding venues, and when you visit it you will see why. A stunning ocean view location looking over the famed crystalline beach, this venue is backed by the quality and excellence you expect from a worldwide hotel chain.

Yet the service and attention are intimate enough to make you feel as though your wedding is the only one that matters – which of course it is. With a range of dining and beverages packages, this award-winning venue has something for every couple.

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10. The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

Kiama, NSW (35 mins from Wollongong City)

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Looking for panoramic ocean views on your big day? Look no further than this elegant harbourside venue on the South coast of Wollongong. The hotel offers a range of deluxe accommodations for your guests and your wedding night.

With its pristine beaches, beautiful natural environment and ocean scape views, your photographer will capture enviable photos. Host intimate, romantic dinners or accommodate up to 150 guests.

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11. Sage Hotel Wollongong

Wollongong, NSW

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Perfect for the posh couple, the Sage Hotel offers the classical elegance of a hotel wedding right in the heart of Wollongong. With accommodations right on site, guests can conveniently head off to their rooms just steps away from the reception. An onsite outdoor pool and in-house gym make this spot perfect for couples who have guests coming from out of town for a few days.

The hotel features an impressive 13 event spaces to choose from, catering to different styles and needs. Large windows with natural lights and terraces and grand ballrooms can host intimate weddings or dinners of up to 280 guests!

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12. Lagoon Seafood Restaurant

North Wollongong, NSW

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This beachside location has a tranquil, forestry vibe with its main buildings nestled amongst fairy tale trees, offering diverse options for breathtaking photos.

Aside from its enviable beachfront, the lagoon seafood restaurant is a great choice because of their award-winning cuisine. Foodie couples will love their delectable creations from only the freshest caught seafood, and many more options to choose from!

With an impressive 5 different room set ups to choose from, this venue can cater to intimate parties or parties up to 200 for a dinner and 250 for a cocktail setting. They also offer different options to suit a variety of budgets, including special deals in the winter.

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13. Altitude 1148

Bulli Tops, NSW

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The staff at altitude 1148 are attentive and as dedicated to making your big day as special as you are. With chair covers and tea lights, the venue offers an airy, whimsical atmosphere that hints at magic in the air.

They offer an impressive selection of culinary choices for a variety of tastes,andcan host your wedding right on site if you desire. Different packages can accommodate a variety of guest counts and dining set ups, with a maximum of 140 guests for dinner or 200 for a cocktail setting. Find this lovely space on the Princes Highway at Bulli Tops just 45minutes south of Sydney.

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14. Sublime Point Cafe & Function Centre

 Maddens Plains, NSW

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Perched atop the mountain above the northern suburbs of the Illawarra, this venue has earned its name, and is perfect for couples looking for those truly breathtaking shots on their big day. The café offers a relaxed vibe but is still an impressive location for formal affairs.Thrill your guests with truly sublime views and a stunning view of the valley and beaches from its floor to ceiling windows in the dining area.

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15. Port Kembla Golf Club

Primbee, NSW

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Host a stunning, classy affair with options for a beautiful outdoor ceremony at this amazing golf Club. Your dedicated event coordinator will be there to help you design the event to your exact specifics and ensure all goes smoothly.

Just 15 minutes South of Wollongong, this venue offers on site accommodations and pristine gardens for gorgeous photos. A variety of set ups, from dining and a dance floor and up to 200 guests for a cocktail style event.

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16. Crooked River Wines Cellar Door

Gerringong, NSW (~38 mins drive from Wollongong City)

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Exchange vows with gorgeous rolling hills as your backdrop at this beautiful vineyard site. Vineyards have a classic romance that are always a great selection for a wedding, and Crooked River is no exception!

The drive a few extra minutes South of Wollongong is totally worth it! Situated at Gerringong on the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales, this award-winning wedding venue has on site accommodations for your guests, and is perfect for intimate or medium sized crowds, hosting parties of up to 150 guests.

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17. The Woods Farm

Tomerong, NSW

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This darling venue nested in 40 acres of dreamy woodlands is just minutes to the beaches of Jervis Bay and the little beach town of Huskisson. This DIY and BYO venue is perfect for the bride with her own vision. With adorable onsite accommodations for up to 120 guests, you’re free to plan a full rustic getaway!

Green house terraces and vintage vehicles give this venue a unique charm you’ll have to see in person to really appreciate.

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18. The Woolshed

Yallah, NSW

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In such a magical part of the world, your perfect magical wedding day is sure to be brought to life here. The Woolshed is a unique and iconic venue in the region, with an extraordinary restaurant offering incomparable dining experiences.

Renowned for their catering, your wedding menu will be tailored with your advice to perfectly suit your day. From start to finish, your every whim will be looked after by this dedicated team.

 

19. North Wollongong Surf Club Function Centre

Wollongong, NSW

The Beautiful seaside function room at the Wollongong Surf club can transform into a whimsical bridal dream with fairy lights, ceiling drapes, sashes and more. Enjoy the seabreeze in this relaxed, beachside venue with an onsite terrace, located right on the shore in North Wollongong.

With your choice of local caterers for hire and nearby accommodations, customize your day to your tastes and budget!

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Parting Notes

With ocean views, golf clubs, vineyards and no shortage of dreamy hidden gems, Wollongong is the perfect destination for timeless elegance or sea side extravagance.

Couples have a variety of options to choose from, and many of these venues can accommodate a variety of budgets.

With a range of staff from helpful to laid back, have an all-inclusive package or design your perfect DIY. There were even options for bringing your own catering if that’s what you’re after.

It will be tough to choose a place that isn’t beautiful, so you’re sure to glow in your photos regardless of where you say I do!

 


 

Wedding Venues in NSW

Blue Mountains

Byron Bay

Central Coast

Hunter Valley

Newcastle

Port Macquarie

Port Stephens

South Coast

Southern Highlands

Sydney

Wollongong

 

Best Wedding Venues in Australia

 

Victoria

Melbourne

Geelong

Gippsland

Mornington Peninsula

Yarra Valley

 

Queensland

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Gold Coast

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Western Australia

Perth

 

South Australia

Adelaide

 

Tasmania

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Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

 


More on Weddings in Wollongong

Known for its beautiful ocean views and diverse wildlife, the Wollongong region is home to many stunning wedding ceremony and reception venues. Affectionately nicknamed “The Gong,” this region is bordered by the Pacific and the Illawarra Escarpment. There are gorgeous mountains (Mount Kembla, Keira, Murray, and Broker’s Nose) with wedding venues that offer jaw-dropping panoramic views, and coastal / surf beach wedding spaces, as well as everything else in between, so there’s a wedding venue that will suit every wedding couple’s tastes here! Don’t forget to check out the Wollongong Botanic Garden and Lake Illawarra, both fantastic wedding photography locations, for your bridal and couple portraits!

 

Popular Wollongong Wedding Venues & Prices

Wedding venue costs in the Wollongong region average about $14,000, which is just a little higher than the national average ($13,000). However, there is less variation in wedding venue costs than in other regions, and most venues will typically cost between $7,000 to $18,000 for their all-inclusive packages (always read the fine print and make sure you know what is included in these packages).

Most of the popular wedding venues in the Wollongong region are waterfront and mountain venues, such as hotels and function centres. Some of our favourite venues include the Sage Hotel (packages starting from $84 per head), Altitude 1148 (from $79 per head), and the Grange. Other popular wedding venue types in the region are golf clubs, beaches, gardens, and rustic spaces.

 

Travel & Hotel Accommodations

The Illawarra Airport in Wollongong is great for those guests who are arriving from within the region, but you can also catch a connecting flight with Fly Corporate from the Melbourne (1 hour 40 minutes) and Brisbane (2 hours 10 minutes) international airports, making it handy for any out-of-state or international wedding guests. On average, it takes about 20 – 30 minutes to drive from the Illawarra Regional Airport to Wollongong. There are also public transport options, but we recommend renting a car.

Wollongong hotels can be a little pricy, ranging from approximately $80 to over $500 (depending upon the quality of the hotel of course!). However, there are also more affordable and equally lovely Airbnb homes and rooms available in the area as well, with the most popular rooms starting as low as $30 per night!

 

Weather and Climate Considerations

The Wollongong region of New South Wales is another beautiful Australian region that offers warm weather year-round. It doesn’t get too warm, with a high of 26oC on average, usually in January and February. The winters are also quite temperate (but can be a bit windy), with a low of 8oC in July. We suggest planning your wedding for the winter months, but the spring and fall are also quite lovely. Summer should be avoided as it experiences the most rainfall and thunderstorms. Don’t forget: no matter which month or season you decide to have your wedding, remember to ask for or find a back-up location for any outdoor wedding festivities in case of inclement weather!