Waterfront Venues For Your Perfect Summer Wedding

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Australia is home to some of the best beaches, most remarkable lakes, and extraordinary estuaries and rivers in the world. Sydney’s harbour stands out from the crowd as a memorable spot, offering a picturesque wedding backdrop, but there are many well-kept secrets to explore along the coast and into Victoria.


We love the idea of escaping the hustle and bustle of the big city to find a private waterfront oasis where couples can celebrate together with friends and family. Here are some great venues to consider if a waterfront wedding is top of the priority list.

 

Whale of a time

Perched high above Whale Beach, Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel offers panoramic views of the water, exceptional food and wine and an outstanding service. It has always been sales and function manager Emily Hyde’s passion to promote a feeling of happiness and excitement for the couples. “Weddings are the happiest days of the couple's life,” says Emily. “I love making people happy and to see the final result makes all the work worthwhile.” The spectacular clifftop garden offers a beautiful backdrop for your wedding ceremony, helping turn your big day into a memorable experience. With an exclusive balcony and with different menu packages that are all matched with wine, nothing else can compare to the privacy, beauty and luxury at Jonah’s.

69 Bynya Rd, Whale Beach, NSW 2107 P: 02 9974 5599 W: jonahs.com.au

 

Angels on the bay

Where history meets nature, Angelo’s on the Bay is a heritage-style venue on the beautiful Parramatta River in Sydney’s Inner West. This exclusive venue offers personalised wedding and function options provided by the experienced management team. Recently renovated, the restaurant’s menu is constantly changing to deliver the most innovative and tantalising cuisine. Couples have the opportunity to hold a stunning botanical wedding at Prince Edward Park or a nautical-themed wedding on the waterfront. Use your own wedding experts or have the venue assist you with customised packages that suit all budgets.

Prince Edward Park, Phillips St, Cabarita, NSW 2137 P: 02 9743 2225 E: info@angelosonthebay.com.au W: angelosonthebay.com


Beachside bliss

Nestled on Shelly Beach in Manly, this beachside restaurant is an excellent venue for your wedding. Offering spectacular views and a private setting, The Boathouse has restored the historic features, adding extra charm and grace to the overall property. Choose from a selection of menu options including oysters, sashimi bar, cheese platters, jar desserts and more. “We are always inspired by a love of creating unique, fresh beachside spaces with iconic waterfront views, filled with fresh fruits, flowers and eclectic interiors,” say owners Pip and Andrew Goldsmith. A perfect venue for a gorgeous sunset wedding, you might even see a few dolphins pop by for the ceremony! 

1 Marine Parade, Manly, NSW 2095 P: 02 9974 5440 E: events@theboathousegroup.com.au W: theboathousegroupweddings.com.au

 

A grand day

Established more than 140 years ago, embrace the rich history at this stunning waterfront venue. The Grand Pacific Hotel has been fully restored and offers affordable accommodation for you and your guests, with modern and superb services in a classic historic building. The venue offers many photography spots with picturesque and beautiful backdrops. No wedding is too big for the team at Grand Pacific, offering a charming ballroom for up to 250 guests. The menu is stylish yet contemporary and is sourced with the freshest local produce the Surfcoast has to offer.

268 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, Vic 3232 P: 03 5289 1609 E: events@grandpacific.com W: grandpacific.com.au

 

Hidden gem

Orso Bayside specialises in intimate and private functions and prides itself in providing a personalised service that most brides look for. The delicious menu is changed annually to offer the best possible cuisine and the venue is constantly updated to ensure it is always current and fresh. With breathtaking views of the harbour, it’s difficult not to fall in love with this place as soon as you walk through the door. The venue features a long grand hallway that is lit up with beautiful candle lights and continues into an open-plan room with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Nestled in Mosman on Sydney's North Shore, Orso Bayside is a perfect location for your big day.

79 Parriwi Road, Mosman, NSW 2088 P: 02 9968 3555 E: amy@orso.com.au W: orso.com.au

 

Wild Wedding

Get married against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and some giraffes. that's right - Taronga Zoo offers a unique wedding experience where couples can get marries with exotic animals as their guests. The Sky Safari cable car is an exciting way to bring your family and friends to the venue and they can all enjoy the native and Australian animal encounters if you choose to have it as part of your package. Each package can be tailored to your style and doesn't need to incorporate the zoo if you wish not to. otherwise relax and enjoy the biggest day of your life in one of the best places in Sydney, with one of the best views of the extraordinary harbour.

Bradley's Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088 P: 02 9969 2400 E: Taronga@restaurantassociates.com.au W: tarongacentre.com.au

 

Bespoke creations

Located on one of Melbourne’s most famous beaches, Encore St Kilda Beach offers a backdrop of shimmering water, swaying palms, sailboats and kite surfers silhouetted against the glinting sunset over Port Phillip Bay. This luxury seaside venue can accommodate a range of wedding sizes, from intimate dinners of 50 guests to more extravagant cocktail parties of up to 700 guests. This unique venue offers couples an interactive online planning tool that provides a step-by-step guide to organising their special day, ensuring the couple have a relaxed and smooth ride. With award-winning in-house catering, Encore can create bespoke menus for all tastebuds.

6/10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Sea Baths, Vic 3182 P: 03 9593 9033 W: encorestkilda.com.au

 

Wind in the willows

Leonda By The Yarra offers couples spectacular settings for their wedding where you can create the most memorable day of your life within the surrounds of the beautiful willows on the banks of the Yarra River. As the perfect central location between the city of Melbourne and lush natural forests, it makes it easy for you and your guests to travel to the stunning countryside. The venue is able to accommodate up to an impressive 350 guests or create an intimate dinner for 80. Large dance floors and a private jetty mean you can dance the night away surrounded by romantic candlelight before boarding a private boat and setting off on a departure like no other.

2 Wallen Rd, Hawthorn, Vic 3122 P: 03 9819 1933 E: events@leondabytheyarra.com.au W: leondabytheyarra.com.au

 

Seaside escape
If you’re looking for a venue away from the bustle of the city, then Newport Mirage Hotel is ideal. Located on the tranquil shores of Pittwater, this waterfront hideaway offers magnificent views, great service, and a multitude of activities nearby. Choose either a sensational outdoor wedding with views of both Pittwater and Ku-ring-gai National Park or a small cosy indoor ceremony at the on-site wedding chapel. This unique venue also offers a private jetty and floating pontoon for those private moments between you and your hubby. The hotel also offers a complimentary bridal suite package available for wedding receptions booked for over 60 adult guests.

2 Queens Parade West, Newport, NSW 2106 P: 02 9997 7011 E: amy@orso.com.au W: newportmirage.com.au

 

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