Rustic wedding venues on the South Coast of NSW include everything from traditional rustic barns and sheds to wineries, bars and modern retreats. There are private properties that can be hired for the entire weekend, eco friendly properties, bush retreats, beachfront venues and a selection of farms with rustic spaces where you can do as little or as much styling as you like.
The South Coast provides a choice of rustic venues for all weddings from 2 person elopements up to gala weddings for 350+ guests. The region also caters for a wide range of budgets from affordable to luxury weddings and there are venues that provide all-inclusive packages as well as those that allow couples to DIY everything from food & beverage to styling, hire and flowers.
Our complete list of Rustic Venues on the South Coast provides details for all spaces that ooze rustic charm in the region. From the Illawarra to the far South Coast and from the coast to the country - here’s a run down of where you’ll find the best rustic wedding venues on the South Coast...
Weekend Stay Venues
The South Coast offers a choice of 7 rustic wedding venues where you and your guests can sleep for the weekend. If there are a sufficient number of guests planning to stay over, you can hire these wedding venues for your exclusive use for the entire weekend.
Bundara Farm sleeps 30 guests for small rustic weddings and elopements
Rustic ‘weekenders’ on the South Coast sleep between 6 - 45+ guests and cater for a maximum event capacity of 30 - 180 wedding guests. Small weddings of up to 30 guests are catered for perfectly at Bundara Farm where everyone can sleep onsite. Larger weddings are best suited to the venues Worrowing and Terara Park Farm which both provide self contained accommodation for a select number of guests.
Another option is Bawley Bush Retreat where outdoor festival style weddings are well suited. The property is a hop skip and jump to the nearby lake, surrounded in bush and provides indoor event spaces that seat up to 120 guests or 150 standing. Self contained accommodation for 44 people is onsite and overnight campsites and glamping is also available.
Bewong River Retreat is a popular rustic venue that offers affordable DIY & BYO packages. The venue sleeps 38 in bungalows with optional glamping and accommodates weddings of up to 130 guests. Other weekender wedding venues with a rustic vibe include Paperbark Camp, Willow Farm and The Driftwood Shed.
The South Coast has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world and there are a couple of rustic wedding venues within a barefoot toe of the waters edge. There’s also a great collection of river and lakefront properties that offer beautiful rustic spaces with a waterfront backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception.
Many of the riverfront properties that offer rustic spaces for weddings are in the Nowra and Terara area on the Shoalhaven River. The Driftwood Shed combines the old with the new offering weddings for up to 100 guests in a marquee situated next to a 100 year old shed filled with rustic wares. Terara Riverside Gardens is a similar option with 5 acres of gardens and its own jetty. Wedding ceremonies are held on the river’s edge and there’s a permanent oversized LOVE letter sign which makes for great photo opportunities.
Beachfront properties include the affordable and underrated Culburra Beach Surf Club. This blank canvas space is easily styled to suit most palettes, is fully DIY & BYO and offers 180 degree ocean views. You can get married on the white pearl sand here and have your photos at the beach.
Jervis Bay venues Worrowing and Paperbark Camp are not a far walk from the beach, and neither is Mimosa Wines on the far South Coast. A sandy lakefront alternative for a rustic waterfront wedding is the festive Bawley Bush Retreat which has all the feels of an oceanfront venue.
Barns & Sheds
There’s a huge range of rustic barns and sheds on the South Coast where you can have your wedding ceremony and reception. Here’s some of the most popular options but there’s several more on our complete list of Rustic South Coast Wedding Venues.
- The Horse Stables at Bundara Farm (max 30 guests)
- The Entertainment Shed at Willow Farm (max 100 guests)
- The Hereford Shed at Worrowing (max 180 guests)
- The Auditorium at The Woolshed (max 350 guests)
- The Main Hall at Oaklands Event Centre (max 300 guests)
Two rustic style wineries offer all-in-one wedding packages on the South Coast. One is Crooked River Wines on the rich volcanic soil of the Gerringong hinterland. The venue is a picturesque 2 hour drive from Sydney, that rewards with stunning views across its vineyard and neighbouring farming land to the horizon where blue sky meets the Southern Ocean.
The 2nd rustic venue is Mimosa Wines on the Sapphire Coast. This 200 acre beachfront property is surrounded by national parklands. The onsite restaurant was designed by architect Daryl Jackson and sits above the vines with gorgeous views of the surrounding nature. Bifold glass doors open to an expansive deck that features raw wood pylons and recycled timber furnishings. It’s not hard to visualise your wedding at this beautiful venue.
The gorgeous Mimosa Wines with 250 acres of forest. Image: Cloudface Wedding Photography
In addition to the bush-surrounded Mimosa Wines on the far South Coast, there’s also a self-contained weekender for the entire guest list in the quaint holiday location of Tathra. At the heart of Kianinny Cottages is a freshwater lake on which you can use the provided kayaks, and a pier that serves as one of the property’s wedding ceremony locations. On it’s 100 acres are two outdoor, fully covered event spaces that cater for up to 150 guests and sufficient self-contained cottages to sleep all 150. The property is particularly child friendly with a flying fox, archery, mini putt and a swimming pool onsite. Pre and post wedding casual events can be held in the event spaces and BBQ and kitchen facilities are available to guests. Keep an eye out for the goannas that reside near the lake.
The other great thing about Kianinny Bush Cottages is that weddings here are budget friendly. The venue has changed owners several times in the past few years, but is consistently well maintained and offers all inclusive packages for well under $100/head.
Other affordable venues include Bewong River Retreat, Bawley Bush Retreat, Terara Park Farm, Nowra-Culburra SLSC and an unique option - The Harvest Bar in Milton. This cute little brick clad bar also has a mobile drinks van at your disposal which can be utilised for pre and post wedding events at accommodation nearby.
If you’re looking for a rustic wedding venue that’s off the well trodden path, Wildwood at Kangaroo Valley could be of interest to you. The property caters for up to 90 guests in total with space outside for a festival style wedding under the stars. The indoor reception space has a maximum capacity of 60.
The ceremony deck at Wildwood Kangaroo Valley.
Wildwood has a wonderful ceremony platform overlooking acres of pristine Australian rainforest and couples often come here to elope due the complete privacy and quiet ambience of the location. Bawley Bush Retreat is another great option for a wedding location that’s off the beaten track.
Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay offers secluded, onsite wedding ceremonies in the bush and treetop wedding receptions for up to 100 guests in the onsite eco-friendly restaurant - The Gunyah. The venue is usually promoted as a romantic escape for couples and offers accommodation for up to 38 guests in luxury safari tents. If you want to have your wedding here, you’ll need to book all the safari tents. You can also have your wedding ceremony at the nearby beach.
The Gunyah at Paperbark Camp. Image: Red Berry Photography
Other eco-friendly wedding venues with a rustic vibe are Wildwood at Kangaroo Valley and Worrowing in Jervis Bay. Worrowing is an historic 250 acre exclusive-use property with onsite accommodation that includes boat sheds, wilderness huts and farm cottages. You can have your wedding ceremony by the dam in the middle of the property and in the late afternoon you’ll find yourself sharing this space with the local wallabies. There’s plenty of space for outdoor wedding receptions which offer the benefit of the region’s famous sunsets and the venue has you covered for indoor spaces with the hay shed suitable for ceremonies, and light filled Hereford Shed for receptions.
The Boat Sheds at Worrowing
The South Coast of NSW has a wonderful selection of rustic wedding venues that all offer something a little bit different. Explore the complete list here.
Cover Image: Alex Jackson