Port Stephens, NSW

Wedding day perfection is yours at unforgettable Port Stephens. An easy two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Sydney, the region is renowned for its golden beaches, crystal clear waters and those dazzling blue skies that seem to go on forever.

This beautiful wedding destination is also known as the east coast’s dolphin capital. It is one of the best places in the world to see these playful aquatic mammals, and it’s also a fantastic place to whale watch. Over winter and spring, more than 12,000 whales pass within a few kilometres of the Port Stephens coastline, and whale watching cruises run twice daily during the height of the season. There’s no doubt that your wedding guests will be entranced by all that Port Stephens has to offer.

Surrounded by beautiful national parks, a wide variety of nature activities and experiences are available. Along the beautiful coast there are pristine beaches, amazing sand dunes, coastal lakes and estuaries, rocky headlands and magnificent ocean views. Go camel or horse riding along the beach, sandboard the dunes, or take a quad bike or hummer tour. Fish, cruise or dive in the sparkling Port Stephens waters. Visit the 98,000 hectare Great Lakes Marine Park, one of Australia’s most extraordinary marine playgrounds that protects some of the state’s most precious marine creatures and their habitats.

Enjoy bush and beach walks, relax with a picnic lunch made from delicious local produce, play a round of golf, or visit Tomaree National Park, the only place in NSW that you can see outcrops of the acid volcanic rock rhyodacite. Or, let your inner urbanite out to play with a trip into Nelson Bay, the region’s commercial hub, where you’ll find clubs, gourmet restaurants and some fabulous boutique shopping. Then of course there’s the winery, a brewery, and the fascinating shark and ray centre where you can hand feed the inhabitants from the side of the tanks.

Accommodation for both you and your guests is always an important consideration when planning a destination wedding. But that’s not a problem at Port Stephens. Options range from five-star resorts and hotels, intimate B&Bs, apartments, self-contained cabins and holiday houses, to your choice of luxury villas, budget cabins or a grassy campsite at one of the region’s award-winning holiday parks. There’s something to suit everyone’s style and budget.

Port Stephens is the popular choice for many discerning brides and grooms who are looking for a wedding location that offers an abundance of natural beauty. But scenery that creates a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos is just one part of the region’s destination wedding appeal. It also boasts an array of wedding service providers that is nothing short of amazing. If you’re short on time, opt for one of the local wedding planning professionals to take care of some or all of the organising. To get you to your ceremony on time, choose from hummers, classic cars, hot rods or helicopters. Is a church wedding on your agenda? Then you’ll be delighted by the many delightful churches scattered throughout the region’s townships and villages.

Function centres range from cosy spaces ideal for smaller, intimate weddings, to elegant, spacious rooms that can comfortably cater for a longer guest list. And you can take your pick from the region’s many photographers and videographers, and ask them for their opinion on the best photo locations; there’s nothing like local knowledge! With its breathtaking beauty and many attractions, Port Stephens is the perfect setting for a wonderful destination celebration, and because the region is home to a wide variety of service providers, planning a fabulous wedding has never been easier.

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