Australia offers an incredible choice of waterfront wedding venues, which is no surprise given we have one of the world’s longest coastlines. From beachfront and clifftop venues with ocean views, to riverfront properties and lakeside retreats. There are literally hundreds of waterfront wedding venues in Australia, and a diverse selection of them are right here in NSW.
Between the popular holiday spot of Byron Bay in northern NSW to the less well trodden beaches on the state’s far south coast, 2,137km of coastal beaches, cliffs and national park provide a picturesque backdrop for many of the state’s waterfront wedding venues.
But it’s not just oceanfront venues that make Australia one of the world’s best wedding destinations. Our inland rivers and waterways provide the setting for some of the country’s most Instagrammable wedding venues. From luxury oceanfront properties to affordable riverside retreats, here are 65 of our most recommended waterfront wedding venues in NSW.
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Info: Riverfront venue with onsite accommodation for 120
Info: 3 day play & stay weddings in the mountains. Budget friendly. Accommodates 150 onsite.
Info: DIY & BYO riverfront wedding venue with accommodation for 16.
Info: Suitable for outdoor festival style weddings or rustic weddings in the Moondance Saloon.
Info: Beachfront, all-in-one wedding venue with accommodation for 200.
Info: Hotel in Pittwater that caters for weddings from 30 - 130 guests and sleeps 100.
Info: Rustic barn & shed weddings with spectacular country views. Onsite house sleeps 20 + cabin sleeps 4.
Info: Nine modern spaces that cater for small weddings & elopements to gala receptions. Golf course & spa onsite plus accommodation for all guests.
Info: Private wedding venue for your exclusive use on the Paterson River.
Info: Wedding ceremony venue with 15 acres of spectacular gardens. Receptions can be held at nearby Woodville School of Arts.
Info: Oceanfront venue that caters for weddings from 30 to 350 guests.
Info: Clifftop wedding venue with uninterrupted ocean views, magnificent gardens, surrounded in nature with 12 luxury suites.
Info: Budget friendly venue with 180 degree cliff top views over the Pacific Ocean.
Info: Popular modern barn with views over lush countryside to the Gerringong headlands. Sleeps 16. Enquire early.
Info: Budget friendly, harbour front wedding venue.
Info: Ocean front venue for weddings from 12 to 350 guests. Accommodation for 100 guests onsite.
Info: Beachfront wedding venue with light filled spaces in Wollongong.
Info: Grand waterfront estate and barn for DIY/BYO weddings.
Info: Luxury wedding retreat where bush meets the sea. Weekend hire for your exclusive use.
Info: Idyllic beachfront location for wedding ceremonies & receptions on the water.
Info: Riverside country wedding venue with luxury onsite accommodation in a revolving house.
Info: 100 acres overlooking a pristine lake. Ideal venue for weekend wedding.
Info: Luxury French-inspired hilltop estate with stunning ocean views.
Info: 6 bedroom heritage listed homestead on 3 acres of waterfront gardens in Port Stephens.
Info: Secluded and picturesque wedding venue on the fork of Tumut River and Nimbo Creek. Accommodation for 22.
Info: 300m of river frontage for wedding ceremonies, cocktail parties and/or sit-down marquee receptions.
Info: Tranquil countryside wedding venue on a working property. Accommodation for 5 available onsite.
Info: Rustic all-in-one wedding venue on 3.5km's of Murray River frontage.
Info: 140 year old private homestead and gardens on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.
Info: DIY/BYO venue on 160 acres of riverfront bushland. Bungalows for 38 + glamping.
Info: 200 acre property nestled between beaches & national park. Sweeping views.
Info: Secluded lakeside and coastal self-catered wedding venue with accommodation for 44 + glamping.
Info: Rustic wedding venue on the Shoalhaven River. Private jetty and boat ramp.
Info: 5 acres of beautiful gardens on the Shoalhaven River. Indoor spaces include the barn or greenhouse.
Info: Historic 250 acre private property in Jervis Bay with 2 indoor spaces and unique accommodation including boat sheds and wilderness huts.
Info: Private getaway for your entire guest list with your own private beach.
Info: Landscaped garden venue ideal for outdoor receptions with restaurant for indoor option + 16 luxury villas.
Info: Absolute beachfront wedding ceremonies and receptions. Budget friendly.
Info: Boutique winery, brewery & fromagerie with cottage accommodation for 4 & views to Burrill Lake.
Info: Weekend weddings on 100 acres of natural terrain with a freshwater lake as its centrepiece. Flexible packages.
Info: A 22 acre horse farm with dam, overhanging jetty & massive converted indoor arena barn. Ideal for laid back rustic weddings. 4 units available.
Info: Family run boutique winery located at the scenic foothills of Mt Gulaga on the shores of Corunna Lake.
43. Kullindi Homestead
Info: Historic homestead with spacious lawns on the edge of Sussex Inlet waterway. Five self-contained units + room for glamping.
Info: Budget friendly weddings with a festival feel. Accommodation for up to 140 guests.
Info: 15 acres of rural countryside with tranquil gardens, conservatory & lake-side gazebo in Bowral.
Info: Boutique wedding venue on 90 acres of idyllic grounds with water views of extensive dams, drystone wall features, sculptures and garden art, an old boat shed and jetty.
Info: One of Australia’s premier estates for weddings. From large formal weddings to more intimate and relaxed celebrations. Enquire early.
Info: Luxurious lakeside wedding venue with souring floor to ceiling windows, after-party bar and accommodation for all guests.
Info: Sit down wedding receptions for 30 or larger cocktail weddings up to 200 guests. Absolute waterfront at Palm Beach.
Info: Relaxed and private boutique wedding venue looking onto stunning Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay. Flexible packages.
Info: Spectacular ocean views and flexible packages for small weddings & elopements in Freshwater on the Northern Beaches.
Info: The iconic Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool faces Woolloomooloo Bay on the fringe of the Royal Botanic Gardens. A unique harbourside venue ideal for cocktail weddings.
Info: Beachfront venue near Manly with private upstairs space or larger downstairs eatery.
Info: Elegant Italian restaurant in Brays Bay Reserve with water views.
Info: Hampton's style wedding venue on Manly beach with additional private dining rooms for intimate weddings of 20 - 80 guests.
Info: Highly experienced in large cultural weddings. Located in the bayside village of Double Bay. Luxury guest accommodation.
Info: Harbour front wedding spaces and 32 boutique hotel suites. Ferry plus private boat access.
Info: Nestled above Whale Beach with spectacular cliff top garden, Jonah’s offers intimate weddings for up to 48 guests or exclusive use weddings for up to 122 guests.
Info: Absolute waterfront wedding venue in Middle Harbour, adjacent to the Spit Bridge in Mosman. Has its own beach, wharf, jetty and resident pelicans.
Info: Manly wedding venue with stunning water views of Sydney Harbour and captivating sunsets.
Info: Contemporary Italian restaurant with unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour. Situated at North Sydney Pool.
Info: 180 degree uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Little Bay. Plenty of photo opportunities on this golf course 20 minutes from Sydney.
Info: Quiet wedding venue on Balmoral Beach with private dining room for weddings up to 40 guests and a terrace up to 75.
Info: Heritage-listed venue on Woolloomooloo Wharf with views of Sydney Harbour and a range of creative spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Info: Neighbourhood cafe, restaurant, bar and wedding venue in North Bondi with a casual European feel.
Waterfront wedding venues are extremely popular in NSW with many couples opting to exchange vows in front of the picturesque backdrop of sparkling waterways. And it's not just ocean-front wedding venues that are in high demand, riverfront properties can also book out up to 18 months or more in advance. We recommend enquiring early with any of the wedding venues on this list, which you can do using the links provided.
Cover image by Red Berry Photography