The Best Waterfront Wedding Venues

From stylish venues overlooking Sydney harbour to peaceful beachfront locations across Queensland and South Australia, we present to you some of the best waterfront wedding venues in Australia!

Whether it is a chic city venue by the river or a tranquil getaway overlooking the ocean, majestic water views truly add something extra to your wedding ceremony and reception and is the perfect photo backdrop! Imagine sipping champagne and indulging a delectable wedding menu while watching a spectacular sunset or night lights beautifully sparkling on the water surface! An elegant waterfront wedding venue is a great choice any time of year, and Australia boasts some of the best in the world.

New South Wales

New South Wales

Perched on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, Sails on Lavender Bay is a breathtaking wedding venue that offers both postcard-perfect views and delightful gourmet food made from freshest seasonal produce. You will be sitting directly above the water and looking at the city’s most beautiful landscape which includes both the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Located on the waterfront in Drummoyne, Cafe Birkenhead provides the perfect setting to celebrate your wedding reception. Offsetting the modern architectural design, the venue's spacious interior has floor-to-ceiling windows providing spectacular views across Iron Cove and an exquisite backdrop for your wedding. Their packages are not only all inclusive they are also very afforadable and can be tailored to meet the needs of every bride and groom.

Surrounded by the Pacific Coast, St Michael’s Golf Club was recently ranked as one of New South Wales top ten golf courses. The elegant Tasman Room is the ultimate, affordable option for your wedding day. Surrounded by a balcony it offers 180-degree water views over the Botany Bay peninsula. This elegant setting is the ideal venue for any large event with a capacity of 140 seated or 200 for a cocktail event.

Harbourfront Restaurant is one of Illawarra’s leading waterfront wedding venues. It overlooks the stunning Wollongong Harbour and features two elegant reception areas – both overlooking the harbour through huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Their restaurant is renowned for award-winning seafood, so it should definitely be on your ‘must-see’ list.

The Landing at Dockside is Brisbane’s award-winning wedding and function centre with spectacular panoramic views of the Brisbane River and Dockside Marina. The riverfront ceremony garden and the three versatile reception spaces allow you to add your own personal style and special touch, making your wedding unique and unforgettable. The Landing at Dockside can cater for 30-1500 guests.

Superbly located on majestic Moreton Bay, The Courthouse Restaurant is one of Queensland's most awarded wedding venues that combines mouth-watering food with inspirational water views. Say your vows on the beach or on the terrace perched above the ocean and then enjoy a delicious dinner in a lovingly decorated function room overlooking the water.

Whitsunday weddings are rapidly becoming the first choice for couples wanting a destination or seaside wedding. Villa Botanica is now not only the jewel in the crown of Whitsunday wedding venues, it’s also regarded as one of the most beautiful and intimate wedding venues in Australia. Located right on the edge of the Coral Sea, Villa Botanica has sweeping views of the Whitsundays aqua blue ocean. This exclusive and magical setting will leave you and your guests enchanted and wishing you could stay in this aquatic paradise forever!

And if you want to escape to a beautiful secluded island, then consider celebrating at the Kingfisher Bay Resort located on Frasers Island. This unique wedding venue boasts a glamorous ballroom and three restaurants, and you can organise a ceremony on the beach followed by an elegant reception in one of indoor and outdoor function spaces.

South Australia

South Australia

Overlooking the tranquil waters of West Lakes, The Lakes Resort Hotel is a beautiful wedding venue where the breath-taking water views are the key element of your ceremony and reception. Each function room has a stylish modern interior with floor-to-ceiling windows.

If you are looking for a unique waterfront reception venue located on the banks of the Murray River, then you should consider celebrating your wedding at the Renmark Club. It features extraordinary indoor and outdoor spaces which offer wonderful water views and can accommodate up to 350 of your guests.

With chic modern interior and stunning ocean views of Glenelg beach, The Function at The Beachouse is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue. The reception room can seat up to 200 guests, features state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment and a private cocktail bar while the design layout allows endless possibilities for decorations.

Romantic, secluded, intimate, exclusive – Stillwater at Crittenden has everything you could possibly want for your perfect wedding ceremony and reception. A ceremony beside the lake and vines is a unique and special way to exchange your vows. Whether it be a grand sit down affair, an elegant cocktail style or even a gourmet BBQ, Stillwater can cater to your individual needs with experienced advice ensuring your event is memorable and a complete success.

The Flinders Gold Club's modern spacious clubhouse has uninterrupted views across the golf course, Western Port Bay and Bass Strait, providing a stunning backdrop for that special occasion.. Offering superb cuisine and friendly service, The Flinders Golf Club is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding by the sea.

Western Australia

Western Australia

Millbrook Winery is a boutique winery situated in the historic town of Jarrahdale, only 50 minutes south-west of Perth. Nestled in the quaint Chestnut Farm which was established in the 19th century and surrounded by virgin jarrah and marri trees, it makes a picture-perfect setting for your wedding celebration. The property comprises 120 hectares of land and incorporates rolling vineyards, an heirloom vegetable garden, olive grove, orchard and sparkling lakes.

AQWA boasts Perth’s most outstanding waterwide wedding venue, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and Hillarys Boat Harbour. Your wedding guests will be delighted to explore the enchanting aquariums whilst enjoying pre-dinner gourmet canapés and drinks. With the choice of two function rooms and a selection of first class cuisine from the award-winning chefs, your wedding at AQWA will be an event to remember.

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Minutes from the city yet set in its own gardens on the absolute lakefront of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House is Canberra’s ultimate waterfront venue. With a reputation built on its award-winning kitchen and unsurpassed service, a wedding reception held here will be one to remember. Whether you are after a lakeside garden wedding, a relaxed reception with sumptuous canapés, or a more formal dining affair, The Boat House’s stunning water views and sophisticated atmosphere make it a unique setting to celebrate your special day. 

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Thredbo Valley in the Snowy Mountains, is the ideal venue for your wedding. From pre-wedding pampering in our Spa & Wellness Centre to a choice of spectacular ceremony venues, an award winning 'hatted' restaurant, through to a range of stunning unique accommodation and a large array of on-site activities available before or after your wedding, you will be assured of an exceptional and memorable wedding occasion.

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