Are you looking to get married in Victoria, but don’t like the idea of Melbourne?

The rural Gippsland region is perfect for those looking for picturesque, natural venues away from the hustle and bustle of the city and urban spaces.

The mountain ranges, seaside, ocean cliffs, bushland, and wildlife make for gorgeous venues for your ceremony, reception, and wedding photography.

In no particular order, here is our specially curated list of our top 10 favourite wedding venues in the Gippsland region:.

 

1. Brandy Creek Estate

Drouin East, VIC

Brandy Creek Estate: Located in west Gippsland, this estate encompasses a vineyard, olive grove, and Spanish restaurant which serves amazing churrasco, paella, tapas, and grilled food.

The beautiful olive trees are a great backdrop for bridal portraits.

This location can host up to 200 guests that can enjoy the amazing Baw Baw ranges while you and your photographer can wander over to their adorable gazebo for shots of you and your new spouse.

Their reception décor is a mix of modern and rustic with wood and gold accents that lend a whimsical but elegant vibe to your event.

 

2. Toorongo River Chalets

Noojee, VIC

Toorongo River Chalets: If you’re looking for the most gorgeous photos with mini-waterfalls, creeks, and large expanses of land, as well as a venue with both outdoor and indoor (barn, event room) options, Toorongo River Chalets is a great option.

You’ll also have access to their team who will help you customize all your wedding-day plans, including finding the perfect vendors.

This location can host up to 200 people, who have the option of staying in one of the private chalets.

 

3. The Shearing Shed

Cowes, VIC

The Shearing Shed: Brides and grooms who love those rustic, wooden-barn aesthetics, sweeping willow trees, and simplicity will fall head over heels for this venue.

You can find it on Phillip Island on the outskirts of Cowes.

The Shearing Shed offers two ceremony spaces (The Barn and The Billabong, the latter for outdoor ceremonies), a team of caterers, a courtyard for cocktails (for 200+), dining for up to 110 in the reception area (Shearing Shed), and access to their grounds (20 acres).

 

4. Mewburn Park Homestead

Maffra, VIC

Mewburn Park Homestead: Celebrate your special day in the open air with all your loved ones under a clear-view marquee decorated with twinkling lights and modern furniture atop a wooden pavilion or in their gardens.

You can host up to 130 people at this location, which also offers a bar for your reception.

It is located on a 40-acre estate 2.5 hours east of Melbourne.

 

5. RACV Inverloch Weddings

Inverloch, VIC

RACV Inverloch: You get the best of both worlds with this resort, where you have access to the bushlands and ocean, as well as a chic, modern indoor location with gorgeous, wild backdrops.

The panorama ballroom has a dance floor and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the outdoors while your guests enjoy their meal.

For the bridal party and guests who require accommodations, the resort hashotel rooms, villas, and cabins with amazing ocean views.

The resort also offers a caravan park.

 

6. Avon Ridge Vineyard & Function Room

Maffra, VIC

Avon Ridge Vineyard & Function Room: Another fantastic vineyard venue can be found at Avon Ridge, in Eastern Gippsland between Stratford and Maffra.

We love that they source all their food locally, and that the vineyard is family owned.

Their Function room is located at the top of a small hill that overlooks the grounds and Avon Valley.

Their skilled events team transforms it with a mix of rustic and modern décor that will perfectly suit those who love the farmhouse vibe but are looking for something a little more upscale and elevated.

 

7. The Black Tie

Warragul, VIC

The Black Tie: Located amidst the rolling hills of Warragul, this venue offers catering, hors d’oeuvres, wedding coordinators, and more.

The reception room has beautiful crystal chandeliers and a parquet dance floor, as well as sophisticated linens and centrepieces.

Your ceremony can be performed in their well-manicured courtyard garden which features water fountains and a white gazebo.

Their events team are available to help you choose your vendors (florists, musicians, etc.).

 

8. Under the Moon Elopements

Newborough, VIC

Under the Moon Elopements: This one is perfect for couples that like to think outside-the-box or are looking for a venue setting and ceremony / reception style or theme that is very untraditional.

You have the choice of one of four beautiful venues out in the wild, where your guests will join you for the ceremony, reception, and overnight glamping.

The team at Under the Moon always goes above and beyond for their clients, providing stunning décor and musical services.

Take a seat by the river or ocean, sip some champagne, and enjoy the company of your closest loved ones.

 

9. Parnassus Function Centre

Drouin East, VIC

Parnassus Function Centre: If you’re looking for the most amazing landscape views and gorgeous panorama shots, this venue is an absolute must-see.

The scenery is to die-for, and the venue is only 80 minutes outside of Melbourne.

They have a beautiful, gazebo-inspired walkway that juts out from the outdoor dining / reception area that is just perfect for shots of the newly-married couple.

With the sun setting over hills, lush greenery, and rustic touches, your guests will be complimenting you on your venue choice for years.

 

10. Trevanin Chapel

Ventnor, VIC

Trevanin Chapel: For those of you looking for something more intimate, consider this little chapel located on spacious grounds and their indoor reception space (Summer House) that is perfect for hosting your guests after a dreamy ceremony.

Both the Summer House and Trevanin Chapel are unassuming and simple, yet so romantic.

Plus, the towering trees against the gorgeous blue of the bay waters are perfect backdrops for your photographs!

 

 

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Parting Notes

Whether you live in the region or you are looking to provide a retreat from the city for yourself and your guests, the rolling hills, mountains, bush, and waters of the Gippsland region offer a multitude of amazing ceremony and reception venues.

Ranging from intimate gatherings in the wildlands to upscale, boutique hotels, this region in Victoria has everything you need for the wedding of your dreams.

 


 

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More on Weddings in Gippsland

Gippsland, Victoria, is located right next to the city of Melbourne (south east of Melbourne), with the furthest parts of the region no more than a four hour drive away from the big city.

The region has so many lovely attractions to offer that a wedding party and couples can take advantage of for the wedding festivities – ceremonies, receptions, and wedding photography locations!

The Great Alpine Road winds through the region, all the way down to the famed Gippsland Lakes, and there are many beautiful parks and tiny towns throughout the region as well.

Inverloch and the Baw Baw region are quite popular for weddings, for their beautiful coastal and mountain views, respectively. The area has much to offer, and is ideal for all types of weddings, from beach to vineyards to luxurious hotels.

 

Popular Gippsland Wedding Venues & Prices

Wedding venues in the Gippsland region can cost anywhere from approximately $3,000 to over $30,000 (although this price may or may not include fees for catering, decorations, a wedding coordinator, and more).

However, most wedding venues will cost between $12,000 – $15,000, which is a little cheaper than the national average (and cheaper than a Melbourne wedding).

Many of the wedding venues you will find in the Gippsland region will be waterfront weddings (whether it is on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes or the ocean) or winery / rustic weddings, but there are also hotel, restaurant, and garden weddings available.

 

Travel & Hotel Accommodations

There are several airports in the Gippsland region, including the Bairnsdale Aiport, Newhaven Airport, and Yarram Airport.

However, it may be cheaper for your guests to fly into the Melbourne airport and catch a connecting flight or drive to your wedding venue from there.

At most, it will take 3 and a half hours to drive to a wedding venue in Gippsland from Melbourne (this is the time it would take to drive to Bairnsdale, one of the western- and northern-most points of the Gippsland region.

There are many hotels throughout the Gippsland region, ranging from $40 – $200 per night. Typically, Bairnsdale has the most expensive hotels, and the Morwell to Traralgon East areas have cheaper accommodations available.

Of course, most of the larger cities and towns will also have Airbnb options for your guests to avail themselves of for your wedding festivities.

 

Weather and Climate Considerations

The Gippsland region of Victoria has quite a temperate climate year-round, and rarely dips below 0oC in the winter.

The summer months (November to March) are the warmest and most popular for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but the coastal regions of Gippsland can present with cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings.

Of course, the temperature and climate will vary slightly, depending on whether you are looking at a coastal, eastern, northern, southern, or western location in Gippsland, but typically the summer months are ideal.

The most rainfall occurs in winter and spring months, but we suggest looking for wedding venues that offer backup locations for outdoor weddings in case it rains on your wedding day.