Just a hop, skip and jump from Melbourne city, you will find the gorgeous coastal area of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

A region of historic homesteads, boutique wineries, stunning bay views and a super-relaxed atmosphere – this is a great place to have your wedding.

An area known for its gourmet food as well, the Geelong region has a number of award-winning restaurants and wedding venues, as well as some very luxurious accommodation options.

Perfect for a weekend break for your guests travelling from the city.

Don’t let the friendly people and chilled-out country ambience fool you – these venues on the ball when it comes to cutting-edge technology, creature comforts and attention to the tiny details.

If you are looking for a wedding venue of excellence and quality in the Geelong region, we have the list for you.

Here is our list of the Editor’s Choice top 20 Wedding Venues in Geelong & Surrounds!

 

Best Wedding Venues In Geelong

  1. Qii House Lorne - Eco Weddings
  2. Jack Rabbit Vineyard
  3. King Parrot Cottages & Event Centre
  4. Bellbrae Harvest
  5. Growlers Torquay
  6. Bellarine Estate Winery
  7. The Pier Geelong
  8. Lorne Hotel
  9. Barunah Plains Station
  10. Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne
  11. Mantra Lorne
  12. Oakdene Vineyards
  13. 13th Beach Golf Links
  14. Wool Exchange
  15. Truffleduck
  16. Rusty Gate Weddings
  17. Blue Wren Park
  18. 360q
  19. The Heights Heritage House and Garden
  20. Empire Grill

There’s something ethereal about escaping life’s hustle to enjoy the serenity that comes with the bush. Eco-friendly weddings reflect both the beauty in the environment and in you as a couple. Not a cookie cutter destination, this world is but a canvas to the imagination.

Gifts from nature will embellish your celebration with a chorus of birdsong and sweet forest scents.

Qii House is unique, an architectural gem. Enjoy many outdoor spaces, a large elevated sunset deck high in the treetops, a garden Tea House and a rainforest walking circuit complete with sculptures and handcrafted seating to entertain your guests.

Your Qii House wedding experience will indulge all your senses and inspire you to create the life of your dreams.

Address: 630 Benwerrin-mt Sabine Rd, Benwerrin VIC 3235

Phone: 0414 789 297

Social: Qii House Lorne - Eco Weddings


Contact : Heather

Jack Rabbit Vineyard makes impeccably tasty wine, but fortunately, they are known for so much more.

The grounds and views are breathtaking, and the venue offers a number of spaces and function areas for the different parts of your perfect day.

This is a local secret that is adored by gourmet foodies and people in the know. Everyone looks forward to a day at this welcoming place.

Whatever theme and feel you desire for your day, it can be brought to life here.

A comprehensive complex, you and your guests will have everything you need right here.

Address: 85 McAdams Ln, Bellarine VIC

Phone: 03 5251 2223

Social: Jack Rabbit Vineyard


Contact : Fiona

Located in the Otway ranges of Pennyroyal, Victoria, this venue offers five cottages for you and your bridal party and a campground for your guests, as well as a lodge and hall for your celebrations.

There are also a variety of family-friendly entertainment, including air hockey, mini-golf, beaches, farm animals, and hiking trails in Otway National Park.

The venue is available for groups of up to 80 people for a minimum of two nights.

The accommodations are quaint, but modern, and the rolling hills make for such amazing backgrounds in your wedding photos.

Address: 195 Dunse Track, Pennyroyal VIC 3235

Phone: 03 5236 3372

Social: King Parrot Cottages & Event Centre


Contact : Tony

Head down to Bellbrae, Victoria for a boutique property that is just perfect for your wedding celebrations.

This is a great wedding venue option for couples who aren’t too keen on the big hotel or golf course style of events and prefer to have an intimate wedding with their close family and friends.

For wedding guests who prefer staying the night (rather than driving home same day), they can enjoy the lakes, wildlife, and serenity of the grounds as they relax in their apartments.

You can find pictures of all of these on their Facebook.

Address: 45 Portreath Rd, Bellbrae VIC 3228

Phone: 0438 662 090

Social: Bellbrae Harvest


Contact : Deb

If you are looking around the Torquay area (20 minutes drive from Geelong) for a great beach wedding venue, Growler’s is a must-see.

The beer garden is great for adults to enjoy and relax in while the family kids play in their own designated area, complete with a chalkboard.

Plus, your guests can enjoy the live music at the bar!

The restaurant itself can seat up to 60 guests, the balcony an additional 40, and the beer garden an additional 50 (150 total with all three areas).

If you and your partner are keen surfers or love the beach and surf-shack vibe, then this is the perfect wedding venue option for you.

Address: 23 The Esplanade, Torquay VIC 3228

Phone: 03 5264 8455

Social: Growlers Torquay


Contact : Mandy & Peter

This beautiful winery in Bellarine, Victoria opens its grounds, restaurant, and wine cellar to weddings and other events.

The restaurant is full of natural lighting, with a gorgeous view of the vineyard and surrounding nature.

The patio is full of greenery and fantastic for cocktail hour or for guests to mingle.

Admire the hills and Corio Bay as you sip on some Chardonnay, Shiraz, or other wines (with vintages available from 1999).

Make sure to try their “fresh take on French provincial cuisine” and check out their Facebook for real wedding photos and more information on venue booking dates.

This is the venue your wedding guests will love!

Address: 2270 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine VIC 3223

Phone: 03 5259 3310

Social: Bellarine Estate Winery


Contact : Peter

The spectacular and iconic waterfront venue is in the heart of Geelong’s vibrant and modern entertainment precinct.

With elegant rooms, fine dining, and floor to ceiling windows over the crystalline bay, you will be sure of an event to remember at The Pier.

No matter what size reception you are having you can be assured of attentive services and a successful and stress-free event.

Choose from a range of impressive contemporary function rooms.

The events management team delight in crafting fantasy wedding days, and love to share in the excitement, anticipation and joy of one of the most memorable life events you will experience.

Address: 10 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong VIC

Phone: 03 5222 6444

Social: The Pier Geelong


Contact : Teagan

For those couples who are looking for something a little more upscale and love modern Spanish cuisine and tapas, the Lorne Hotel (and catering options from MoVida (their restaurant) in Melbourne, Victoria), is a fantastic wedding venue option.

The dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows that show a breath-taking view of the beach and ocean and can be transformed by their events team to reflect your greatest wedding dreams.

There is also a rooftop beer garden for those who wish to see more of the amazing view.

Check out their Facebook for more photos, information, upcoming events, and client reviews.

Address: 176 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC 3232

Phone: 03 5289 1409

Social: Lorne Hotel


Contact : Emily

In Inverleigh, Victoria, along the picturesque Warrambine creek lies the beautiful mansion of Barunah Plains.

Here you can  host large parties (85+) in the 135 square metre space, as well as their sprawling, lavish gardens and grounds.

Groups and families can enjoy the pool, croquet lawns, and tennis courts, and couples can take romantic strolls beside the creek.

Treat your guests to a stay in Barunah and they will be talking about your wedding for ages.

Check out their Facebook for more pictures of their grounds and the interior.

Address: Hamilton Hwy, Hesse VIC 3884

Phone: 0409 158 706

Social: Barunah Plains Station


Contact : Barunah Plains Station Team

This historic hotel is over a century old but has been recently restored, so you can soak in the gorgeous architecture while enjoying the comfort of modern amenities.

Find it on the coast at Lorne, Victoria, and for your wedding guests who would like to stay at the hotel, offer them  the most amazing ocean views from their suites and balconies.

Their ballroom can seat up to 200 people and the restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views.

Visit their Facebook to see photos of the real weddings, local wildlife and attractions!

Address: 268 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC 3232

Phone: 03 5289 1609

Social: Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne


Contact : Michelle

If you love modern aesthetics and the beach, Mantra Lorne in Lorne, Victoria offers hotels rooms and apartments for you and your guests, as well 12 acres of gardens and beach for your ceremony and reception.

You can also choose to host your event indoors in their function rooms that can accommodate up to 300 people.

Check out their Facebook page for more photos of the rooms and suites, and ask about their different wedding packages that offer options for couples with varying budgets.

Address: 35 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC 3232

Phone: 03 5228 9748

Social: Mantra Lorne


Contact : Savannah

Incredible wine, food, and friends – what more could you want for your special day?

This boutique vineyard and award-winning restaurant boast silver service and wonderful hospitality.

Perched on extensive grounds and gardens including eclectic art works, rustic cellar door and hectares of coastal farmland.

With numerous function spaces to accommodate parties up to 100 people, and luxurious overnight accommodation for up to six people.

Address: 255 Grubb Rd, Wallington VIC 3222

Phone: 03 5256 3886

Social: Oakdene Vineyards


Contact : Robyn

If you’re looking for amazing landscapes and proximity to the beach as well as an elegant, modern room for your reception, consider 13th Beach Golf.

You have the option of holding your ceremony indoors or outdoors, for up to 140 guests (sit-down dinner) or 250 (cocktail).

The club will also introduce you to preferred wedding vendors and suppliers who are trusted by the club and provide you with a coordinator who will help you plan your day down to every detail.

The groomsmen can play a round while the ladies get ready, and the ground are just spectacular for your wedding party photos.

Address: 1732 Barwon Heads Rd, Barwon Heads VIC 3227

Phone: 03 5254 2922

Social: 13th Beach Golf Links


Contact : 13th Beach Golf Links Team

These stunningly refurbished wool exchange buildings on the waterfront in Geelong offer a timeless blend of contemporary and historic splendour.

A truly unique and eclectic space, you can choose from a variety of function rooms to suit the size and style of your wedding.

Here they can cater to small intimate affairs or large soirees of up to 300 guests.

The catering showcases fresh local and seasonal produce and comes in a range of packages to fit any budget.

Talk to the experienced event team today for more information about tailoring the wedding of your dreams.

Address: 44 Corio St, Geelong VIC

Phone: 03 5222 2322

Social: Wool Exchange


Contact : Wool Exchange Team

For exceptional events and creative catering, Truffleduck is your dream wedding team.

Renowned for their food, you can select from a wide range of menus including canapes, grazing tables, formal dining and so much more.

You can also have a dessert buffet for a decadent finale.

Truffleduck can cater your wedding at any location, including some of the other venues on this list, but they also have their own spaces including Balmoral on the Moorabool River, their cosmopolitan waterfront kitchen or rustic Barn.

Address: 66 Hyland St, 3218 Fyansford VIC

Phone: 03 5229 7503

Social: Truffleduck


Contact : Stacey

With intoxicating views across the bay, Rusty Gate is the ideal reception venue for your country, vintage or boho wedding.

Set amongst the award-winning olive grove, the grand and picturesque grounds are perfect for garden ceremonies, drinks before dinner and wedding album backdrops.

Host your reception in the dedicated premium marquee with full-flooring and all the comforts you could need.

Address: 91 McDermott Rd, Curlewis VIC 3222

Phone: 0458 218 668

Social: Rusty Gate Weddings


Contact : Athena

Blue Wren Park is a wonderful space for garden weddings, fun and fancy receptions and unforgettable events.

For the couple who wants their guests to remember their big day for months afterwards, this is the venue you should choose.

Your reception will be hosted in the premium marquee, with food and wine from vendors of your choice across the region.

The reason why people choose this venue is the exquisite setting – you cannot beat this garden!

Address: 85 Muhlebach Rd, Sutherlands Creek VIC

Phone: 0429 01 33 58

Social: Blue Wren Park


Contact : Michelle

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The unrivalled views from the upstairs space at 360q will make you feel like you are sitting on top of the world.

With catering provided by head chef Barry Iddles, well known as the owner of Sorrento Catering and over 40 years’ experience in fine food and events.

The floor to ceiling windows show views across Queenscliff Harbour and Port Phillip Bay, and you can also arrange for photos of the wedding couple at the top of the adjoining observation tower.

Offering a range of premium food and beverage packages, including formal dining or cocktails and canapes.

Address: 2 Wharf St, Queenscliff VIC 3225

Phone: 03 5257 4200

Social: 360q


Contact : Barry

A simply stunning heritage listed estate, the romance and magic of the Heights are perfect for your wedding day.

Erected in 1854, it is the largest dwelling of its kind in Victoria.

Most of the buildings and grounds are restored to their original beauty, and you will delight in the variety of backdrops for ceremony, reception and those all-important photos.

A unique property and a superb setting for the biggest day of your life.

Address: 140 Aphrasia St, Newtown VIC 3220

Phone: 03 9656 9889


Contact : The Heights Heritage House and Garden Team

The Empire Grill restaurant in the heart of Geelong is a famed establishment for fine dining and big bold flavours.

With over 30 years’ experience in catering and hosting events, your guests will want for nothing if you hold your reception here.

Critically acclaimed food and only the freshest local meat, seafood and produce.

Lovely in all seasons, you can relax by the open fire in winter, or toast with a sparkling cocktail in summer.

This venue offers complimentary theming, styling and flowers with your wedding package, all planned to perfection by their events team.

Address: 66 McKillop St, Geelong VIC 3220

Phone: 03 52 232132

Social: Empire Grill


Contact : Simone

More awesome wedding venues in Geelong and surrounds

 

21. The Warehouse Geelong

22. Deakin Lakehouse

23. Lorne Central

24. Qdos Arts

25. Batesford Hotel

26. RACV Torquay Resort

27. Peppers The Sands Torquay

28. Lorne Beach Pavilion

29. The Peak at Lorne Country Club

30. Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

31. Curlewis Golf Club

32. Le Parisien

33. Portarlington Mill

34. Nicol’s Paddock

35. The Federal Cafe Restaurant Bar

36. Provenance Wines

37. Capri

38. Royal Geelong Yacht Club

39. Harvester Moon

 

 

Check out our editor’s choice list of the

Top 50 Awesome Wedding Venues in Melbourne

 

Parting notes

The Geelong region features a lot of historical streets and architecture as well as beautiful seascapes and rolling hills that offer perfect backdrops for your wedding photos.

Additionally, the Geelong region boasts a plethora of craft breweries and local wines to visit in before and after the celebrations, as well as long stretches of pristine beaches to relax on.

 


 

Best Wedding Venues in Australia

 

Victoria

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Bendigo

Dandenong Ranges

Geelong

Gippsland

Melbourne

Mildura

Mornington Peninsula

Swan Hill

Yarra Valley

 

New South Wales

Blue Mountains

Byron Bay

Hunter Valley

South Coast

Southern Highlands

Sydney

Wollongong

 

Queensland

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Sunshine Coast

 

Western Australia

Perth

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South Australia

Adelaide

 

Tasmania

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Australian Capital Territory

Canberra

 


More on Weddings in Geelong

Geelong isn’t Victoria’s most well-known city, but it’s a bit of a hidden gem, and we are about to tell you why.

Just an easy hour’s drive from Melbourne, on a gorgeous bay, Geelong is actually an exceptional place to get married.

If you are planning a Geelong wedding, or you are getting married and looking for somewhere different from the usual Melbourne venues, we have everything you need to know.

 

Types and Price Range of Venues

Geelong is a thriving city of contrasts, so the couple looking to get married here should find any type of venue to suit them.

Stunning historic spaces include converted paper mills or wool stores, or refurbished rural mansions while if you would prefer something more modern you are covered here too.

From chic city cosmopolitan spots to boutique industrial blank slates, there is so much variety and personality here.

Surrounded by tiny country towns and fast becoming a famed gourmet foodie hideaway, it is the entrance to the Great Ocean Road, and could also provide a wonderful destination weekend for your city guests.

Perched on the waterfront, there are several venues overlooking the bay and even out on the pier, or you could venture further around the Bellarine Peninsula and choose one of a number of relaxed winery venues or country hotels.

The prices for a wedding reception venue in Geelong are on average lower than Melbourne, but you should find something for every budget. On average reception venues charge anywhere between $4000 and $25000 for a full wedding reception, with the average around $11,000.

 

Getting there and Where to Stay

Driving to Geelong is super easy, just jump on the freeway and head down. Trains also go constantly from Southern Cross and only take an hour, so public transport is a great option as well.

Avalon airport is located on the outskirts of Geelong if you have interstate guests.

There is a wide range of accommodation options from five-star city hotels to uber-cute country houses or historic B & B’s, and some chilled out beachfront resorts in the area. There are plenty of options within the Geelong city itself including budget ones, and there are some camping grounds not far from the city as well, including some lovely riverfront spots.

 

Weather and other Considerations

Geelong in winter can get pretty cool, and a bit wet and windy as well. The best months to get married in Geelong would be between March and May, or September to December.

Whenever you choose to get married, be prepared for anything to happen weather-wise. Look for venues that have a Plan B if you were hoping for an outdoor ceremony. Equally look for spaces that can accommodate a lovely warm day as well, such as decks and balconies for cocktails, or walls that open up to take advantage of nicer days.

There is an Avalon Airshow in early March every year, so watch out for this date, it might make the freeway and nearby accommodations a bit busy. Boxing Day is also the start of summer holidays and many holidaymakers will trek to the Great Ocean Road, so consider this day when you are booking a date as well.