The Hunter Valley has a huge range of wedding venues and is one of Australia’s most popular wedding destinations. From world class wineries, to picturesque farms, private acreage to exclusive retreats and luxury homes - whatever setting you envisage for your special day, there’s a wedding venue in the Hunter Valley that will suit perfectly. Download our complete list of Hunter Valley wedding venues and start your search there.
The Hunter Valley Region
The Hunter Valley is a well established wine region less than 2 hours drive north of Sydney. It is well known for its lush vineyards, rolling green hills and peaceful countryside. The picturesque area is a popular tourist hub all year round and an ideal wedding destination during any season.
There’s around 60 cellar doors in the region offering an impressive line-up of award winning wines to taste - and to serve at your wedding. Wineries are the starting point of many things to do nearby, from sampling rare vintages to wine & cheese picnics, masterclasses, cooking courses, cycling tours, spa retreats and hot air balloon rides.
An impressive calendar of local and international events are hosted in the Hunter Valley every year. Popular annual events include Opera in the Vines, Jazz in the Vineyards and the Lovedale Long Lunch. International musicians from a great array of genres frequent the region and there’s a regular line up of unique festivals from hot air ballooning to food, wine and weddings.
The busy events schedule and fantastic facilities make the region well set up for destination weddings. There’s a huge variety of accommodation available within close proximity to wedding venues. Large weddings of 250+ guests are easily accommodated in the Hunter.
Hunter Valley Weddings
There’s 60 wedding venues in the Hunter Valley that provide accommodation for couples onsite. That means you can sleep at your wedding venue, get ready onsite in the morning and not have to travel anywhere after your reception. About 50 wedding venues can also accommodate your bridal party onsite. This makes the Hunter Valley a popular choice for weekend weddings, giving you time to relax and enjoy the company of your guests.
Because the area hosts many large international events every year there are wedding venues where larger guest lists can stay together in one place - onsite. There’s 8 wineries and resorts that host wedding ceremonies and receptions that can also accommodate 80+ guests. Another 12 wedding venues sleep from 30 to 60 guests. Some of these venues can be booked exclusively, making the entire property available for your private use.
The Hunter Valley is an ideal destination for large and small weddings alike. Around 40 venues provide intimate reception spaces that are suitable for micro weddings and elopements. More than half of these wedding venues can accommodate your guest list for the weekend.
HUNTER VALLEY WEDDING VENUES
The Hunter Valley region is just shy of 30,000 square kilometers in size and offers a few different scenic landscapes. Here’s a rundown of the region’s most popular wedding spots and the different backdrops they’ll provide for your celebrations.
Pokolbin Wedding Venues
Pokolbin is the tourist centre of the Lower Hunter Valley. Some of Australia’s most well known wineries and most impressive cellar doors are located along the scenic rural roads here. Many transport operators provide bus and shuttle services in the area and you can also explore on hire bikes from tour operators. Biking between wineries is a popular activity here and so some wedding venues also make bikes available with your booking.
There are 26 wedding venues located in Pokolbin and they cater for small elopements to weddings of up to 900 guests.
Pokolbin has: 17 winery venues, 10 marquee venues, 5 BYO venues, 7 outdoor reception venues, 3 barn/sheds, 13 small & micro wedding venues and 20 venues that offer onsite accommodation sleeping from 8 to 100 guests. There’s 8 properties that can be booked for your exclusive use that sleep between 8 to 80 guests.
If you’re looking for a wedding destination that offers easy logistics for you and your guests, Polkolbin is your spot.
Lovedale Wedding Venues
Lovedale is famous for its wineries, ballooning, cycle and horseback adventures and the Lovedale Long Lunch - which is a two-day food & wine festival held every May. The area is slightly quieter and smaller than Polkolbin and has more boutique style wineries where it’s the owner who provides the tastings and you’ll enjoy a more personal experience.
Fine food is an event to be enjoyed over and over again in this part of the Hunter and you’ll find cheese, olive and chocolate tastings at the various cellar doors.
Lovedale has: 6 winery venues, 5 BYO/DIY venues, a farm, 3 barn/shed venues, 4 garden venues and . All Lovedale wedding venues provide accommodation onsite with most sleeping from 2 to 48 guests. For larger weddings there’s the Crowne Plaza which has hundreds of rooms available.
Lovedale is a pretty, vineyard dotted landscape with wide open green spaces. It is best enjoyed from the air in one of the Hunter’s vast supply of hot air balloons or by a lazy horseback ride through the area’s many sprawling properties.
Broke Wedding Venues
Broke is one the Hunter Valley’s most tranquil pockets of countryside. The air is fresh over the vineyards and kangaroos graze on the rolling green foothills of Broken Back Range - a world heritage wilderness. Expect laid-back venues with spectacular views.
Broke has 6 formal wedding venues and a number of private homes suitable for small weddings and elopements. Broke venues include 3 wineries and 2 farms. Three venues are BYO and 2 have suitable spaces for an outdoor wedding reception.
The average temperature from November to March is above 27 degrees. The days can be very warm and the evenings beautifully balmy and perfect for enjoying your first dance as a married couple under the open sky. The night air is perfectly clear here and the stars put on a spectacular show, and create a very romantic ambience.
Maitland Wedding Venues
Maitland is one of the Hunter Valley’s major centres with a population of 83,000. It has a thriving food scene, some fabulous heritage buildings and a growing arts culture. Maitland’s eclectic mix of historic landmarks and changing street murals make a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos and you’ll be afforded a great mix of shots for the album here!
Maitland has several heritage listed wedding venues (including a gaol) and some budget friendly options where you can BYO alcohol and catering. It’s not as popular a destination for weddings as the other Hunter regions, but offers a fantastic background, moody DIY event spaces and is rich in culture and history. Couples who get married in Maitland love the slightly eccentric vibe.
Rothbury Wedding Venues
Hunter Valley Elopement Venue. Image: Cavanagh Photography
Rothbury is a quiet country setting with abundant wildlife, native bushland and beautiful views of the Broken Back Range. There’s plenty of accommodation in the area with Pokolbin and Lovedale not far away.
Rothbury wedding venues include 3 wineries, a barn, a marquee venue, garden settings for wedding ceremonies and onsite horse riding. With a population of around 450 permanent locals, it’s a wonderfully peaceful and private location to get married.
Wollombi Wedding Venues
Wollombi Valley is often described as the gateway to the Hunter Valley. It is a quaint little village with cafes, shops and a museum. There’s also heritage listed churches, several wineries and cellar doors and a local pub.
Wedding venues in Wollombi include several DIY and BYO options with most venues offering Marquee style weddings and all providing accommodation for 12 to 30 guests. Venues include a winery, 2 farms and 3 properties with barns or sheds. Some venues are suitable for outdoor receptions and 4 offer complete privacy being well off the beaten track.
Wollombi is an adventure lovers ideal wedding destination with close access to dense and rugged bushland. This is a place of unexplored wilderness, dangerous canyons, cliff climbing and abundant bird and wildlife. Perhaps the perfect honeymoon destination for advanced bush walking enthusiasts.
The Hunter Valley is an easy 1.5 hour drive from Sydney. Trains can be taken to Maitland Station and flights land 30 minutes away in Newcastle which depart from many major cities in Australia.
The Hunter Valley hosts many local and international events every year. Concert dates can sometimes be announced less than 6 months out from the date and will consume a lot of the area’s accommodation. So if you’re booking a wedding venue in the Hunter Valley, make sure your guests have their accommodation locked in well in advance.
Hunter Valley wedding venues are regularly in high demand. You’ll want to enquire as early as possible (18 months in advance is ideal) to secure your preferred date with your preferred venue. Start your search with our complete list of Hunter Valley Wedding Venues. It’s free and includes venue capacity and onsite accommodation info plus a link to each venue for your convenience. Cover image: Margan Photography