Farm wedding venues are in plentiful supply in NSW, with the state offering a variety of property types for those wishing to take their celebrations into rural Australia. From working cattle & sheep farms to farm stays with chickens and donkeys - the options available in NSW cater to just about every type of farm wedding you could imagine.
If you’re tossing up whether to have your wedding on a rural property, there are plenty of benefits. Farm weddings seem to have a unique intimacy about them that bring family and friends together like you've never been apart. Maybe it's the wide open space or the fresh country air or the leisurely way in which the sheep and cattle go about grazing in their paddocks. Conversation comes easy in the country. The pace is slower. Time is free.
Getting married in the country is easy too. Farms don’t have parking meters or parking rangers or even painted parking spots. Just drive on in - and don’t block the gate. Easy. Have your ceremony under the tree or in the gardens or next to the dam. Easy. If it’s sunny and warm, tables & chairs and epic styling can be enjoyed under the stars. Or take the fun inside. Whatever you like.
Here’s another reason to have a farm wedding: You’ll be supporting the sustainability of a local community and their businesses. When you have your wedding in a rural area and your guests stay, eat and shop locally, you contribute to that region’s local economy. Nowhere are communities more in need of the support from out-of-towners than rural areas. Particularly after droughts, fires or random pangolin-blamed viruses. The financial impact of which, have a devastating effect on farming industries.
Why get married at a NSW farm?
Over the last few years many couples have opted out of an urban wedding preferring instead the laid back country landscape as a backdrop for their special day. Farm venues also provide a wonderful opportunity to DIY & BYO everything from food & beverage to styling. The glossy pages of Australia’s wedding magazines are regularly adorned with detailed images of beautifully styled spaces framed by unexpected country landscapes. Regional locations lend something different to weddings, which is perhaps why farms are now highly sought after venues.
Farm weddings became popular when rustic barns and converted hay sheds began popping up on Pinterest. Jars of hand picked flowers, cheese platters on tree stumps and hessian table runners took over and #rusticweddinginspo was the social media tag to follow. Rural councils received a flurry of applications from NSW landowners wanting to become wedding venues. Farm venues started to become more plentiful and easier to find.
Since the birth of the unique shed wedding we've seen the innovation of horse stable weddings, outdoor & undercover cattle yard weddings, flower farm ceremonies and venues made of all sorts of other repurposed rural amenities and structures.
Wedding reception in a horse stables on the NSW South Coast
Several purpose built barns have sprung up across the NSW landscape in recent years offering a modern and edgy option so that you can now have a shed wedding without the rustic hashtag. These modern barns have the benefit of being truly blank canvases that you can decorate however you like.
Farmstays and farmlets are a great option for a relaxed country wedding. NSW have a great variety with all sorts of animals in residence. The difference between a farmstay or farmlet and a proper working farm is in the size of the herd. Or flock. Or huddle. Which incidentally, is the collective noun for a group of walrus. Not a farm animal per say, but essential trivia knowledge nonetheless. #MostImpressiveAnswer-of-the-Night!
Farm weddings provide a unique opportunity to have an extended celebration with guests. Properties can be booked for your exclusive use for the entire weekend and some farms offer accommodation for your whole guest list.
Many rural communities in NSW offer enough accommodation for larger weddings. They also have the infrastructure to support your guests staying for a weekend or longer with cafes, restaurants and things to do nearby. Farm properties in these locations provide a great place to come together, giving you an extended opportunity to enjoy the company of loved ones at pre-wedding and post-wedding events.
Here’s some of NSW’s most wedding friendly regional destinations. All offer farm wedding venues and have the required accommodation and amenities.
Farms in the Blue Mountains
The picturesque escarpments, scenic native bushland and world famous attractions make the Blue Mountains one of Australia’s best destination wedding venues. And there’s no better way to enjoy the undulating landscape than from it’s pockets of pristine farmland.
Farms weddings in the Blue Mountains are scenic. Whether you choose a hilltop vista for your ceremony or a secluded valley framed in the bush covered mountains, farms here offer the ultimate wedding backdrop of fertile farming land and dense rugged bush.
Venues include a working sheep station that offers glamping, a budget friendly DIY & BYO apple orchard, a shearing shed and hay barn near oberon and a horse ranch that’s also suitable for small weddings and elopements. You can view them all on our list of 40 NSW Farm Venues.
Farms in the Hunter Valley
Highland cattle at Lonely Goat Olives in the Hunter Valley.
The wine capital of NSW has a great range of farm venues for weddings of all sizes. The Hunter Valley isn’t just a picturesque and relaxed location for weddings and wine tasting, it’s also a great tourist destination with loads of things to do. Aside from the many international events that happen here, you can also go hot air ballooning, cycling, bush walking, cheese tasting and there’s a plethora of amazing restaurants to choose from.
Farm venues in the Hunter Valley invariably include the presence of your very own mob of kangaroos. Otherwise collectively known as a troop or court. (But for legendary trivia status don’t forget - huddle of walrus!)
Hunter Valley farms include an olive grove with resident highland cattle - the photogenic shaggy type of cow with horns. (We’re told they’re largely very friendly) There’s 15 acres of photo-perfect gardens including sandstone walls, wisteria walks and aromatic roses. Some wineries also have barns, sheds and farm animals including one with deer. And there’s also a hugely popular dedicated elopement venue for up to 20 guests. You can enquire directly with these venues from here.
The Hunter Valley has a couple of private retreats. One comes with your very own valley that’s exclusively yours to hire for the weekend. You’ll share it’s hidden dam with two friendly cows and some free range chooks who won’t mind you sharing their eggs.
Hunter Valley farms will usually accommodate outdoor wedding receptions and the climate during summer months is perfect for a reception under the stars. Many farms will also allow you to pitch a marquee. Go for the clear roof option - the night sky is glorious in the Hunter.
Farms in the Illawarra
An hour south or so of Sydney and near the main NSW centre of Wollongong is the Illawarra region. A fertile farming landscape renowned for its sandstone escarpments and cliff top views over the ocean.
There are several farms around Gerringong including a popular winery and a purpose built modern barn. This barn isn’t your standard wooden beamed rustic type of structure. It’s a light filled, white walled, blank canvas of the variety you can request your stylist to paint your signature in florals all over. Hello hanging installations!
Farms on the South Coast
Wineries, breweries, fromageries, self-contained riverside getaways, DIY weekenders and pet friendly venues. Farm venues on the South Coast are all sorts of opportunities rolled into one. And the sunsets here are stunning!
Imagine walking through paddocks down to the beach. You can do that on the South Coast. In your whitest best, with gumboots on, having clambered over a rusty fence. That’s the way these farm weddings roll.
There’s a 22 acre horse farm, a mini-wedding & elopement property with two of the most photogenic white bulls you’ve ever met, and a 250 acre private property that you can hire for the weekend and where your guests can stay in wilderness huts and boat sheds and do all the pre-weddinging and post-weddinging you like.
The South Coast is another great spot for outdoor wedding receptions and all weather options are available at the farms in the area.
Farms in the Southern Highlands
Mali Brae Farm in the Southern Highlands
Fancy a little heritage in your wedding album? Farm venues in the Southern Highlands are dotted in history and come resplendent in beautiful old restored buildings and photo perfect ruins. You can even have stone castle ruins as your ceremony altar or arbor.
The Southern Highlands is well known for its picturesque and idyllic grounds often frequented by the rich and famous. Farm venues are a little less rustic here and a little more upmarket.
There’s a farm with a book barn, a new stables with magnificent high ceilings and glass facade and a wildgrass island in the middle of a man made lake. Marquee weddings are available at a wild-flower farm and you’ll find lake-side gazebos and garden conservatories at several venues.
Want to arrive to your wedding ceremony by helicopter? Farms in the Southern Highlands and further afield in the tablelands have you covered with private helipads. This region is also the place to go for photos on a lake-side jetty or cosied up in a freshly painted row boat with your newly betrothed other half.
Farms on the North Coast
From the Central Coast to Byron Bay lies a huge stretch of NSW’s coastline that is peppered, both inland and on the oceanfront with farm wedding venues.
The Byron Bay hinterland is a well renowned wedding region with many farms in the area. You can get married at the infamous red barn, plan a DIY/BYO wedding with lush open fields and untouched rainforest as your backdrop, or go for a more earthy or eco friendly option.
Along the North Coast you’ll find a river ringed farm with a revolving homestead and a restaurant and bar with a couple more of those photogenic horned highland cattle. Closer to Sydney on the Central Coast there is a cute little well-maintained farm that offers wedding receptions in a majestic high-top marquee.
NSW has an incredible selection of rural ceremony & reception venues for your wedding. View our list of 40 Farm Venues in NSW & start planning your destination wedding now.