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Australia’s most unusual wedding venues

Putting this post together brought on a rather generous wave of wedding envy. Not that we didn’t think our weddings were epic (they were) but the amount of unusual (and by unusual we mean goddamn awesome) venues on the market right now is insane.

Once upon a time, if you told someone your dream was to get married in a gaol, there’s a good chance they might back away slowly. But now it’s totally normal. Or at least we’re working on making it that way.

We’ve also got apple sheds, islands and giant luxury boats if that’s more your thing. So scroll down and start thinking up some wild ideas – they might not be that unrealistic after all.

 

St Josephs Guesthouse

Sydney, NSW

Once a place of worship, this old Catholic church has been transformed into one of Sydney’s most unusual wedding venues and guesthouses. Located just 90 minutes outside Sydney, there’s a lot that sets this place apart including views of the Macdonald Valley, a plunge pool and accommodation for 10 guests.

Photo credit: Lara Hotz Photography.

 

Shene Estate & Distillery 

Southern Tasmania, TAS

A gin house and events space rolled into one, Shene Estate & Distillery is the ultimate bespoke venue. Each year, the Shene Estate & Distillery, allows limited places to host unique, intimate events and celebrations, working alongside awesome local vendors to create something truly special.

Photo credit: Jonathan Wherrett.

 

The Lock-Up 

Mid North Coast, NSW

Originally Newcastle’s Police Station and Lock-Up from 1861 to 1982, this historical spot now doubles as a unique wedding venue. Modern additions have been made (including a new raised roof and wooden stage) however traces of its past life remain intact (think etched graffiti, overhead bars and a solid iron doorway).

Photo credit: The Lock Up.

 

The Apple Shed 

Southern Tasmania, TAS

A large rustic barn housing a bar, café and museum this place has so many selling points. Built in 1942, there’s a stunning outdoor area (with cover), a fire pit, tables and chairs and tonnes of cider. Gotta love them apples.

Photo credit: The Apple Shed.

 

Glasshaus Inside 

Melbourne, VIC

The perfect adult’s playground, Glasshaus Inside mixes industrial fixtures with an abundance of pretty plants (yes, it’s an urban warehouse plant nursery). Here you won’t require any additional styling and being only minutes outside Melbourne’s CBD, there are plenty of places for guests to stay. Keep your eyes peeled for Glasshaus Outside coming soon too.

Photo credit: Glasshaus Inside.

 

Projekt 3488

Yarra Valley, VIC

Here’s a bit of history. Back in the 1920s, this quirky space was a Masonic Lodge. Now however, it’s an unusual and truly one-of-a-kind private events property brought to life by designer Mark Fenech. The building is surrounded by a handsome plantation of Australian natives complete with fire pit, and is comprised of three main spaces: the banquet hall, upstairs and gardens.

Photo credit: Projekt 3488

 

Weddings in the Wilde 

Southern Highlands, VIC

There’s a lot to love about this venue (no curfew, a giant flying fox, on-site accommodation…) but what really sets it apart is the enchanted bush chapel. It’s rumoured that fairies live here as well, we believe it.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Luke Fletcher Photography.

 

Corowa Whisky and Chocolate 

The Murray, VIC

Set in an old 1920’s flour mill in Corowa, this factory is an attractive, and rather unusual, events space. It’s got all the bells and whistles (including a commercial kitchen, bar and furniture) plus it’s pet-friendly too. But if you want to know what really gets our engines going, it’s the semi-industrial interior and the fact you can make your own giant chocolate freckles on-site.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: John Mitchell Photography.

 

Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park 

Blue Mountains, NSW

Few wedding venues are as unusual as this place. Once part of our industrial history, Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park is now an affordable space for celebrations that offer couples complete creative control.  But be warned: the options here are limitless.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Wedding Gallery Studio

 

The Substation 

Melbourne, VIC

This century old landmark has been given a second chance at life. Undergoing major renovations over five years ago, it’s now a popular contemporary arts space (and sometimes wedding venue). Income generated from venue hire goes directly towards funding arts programming in the building for all Melbournians to enjoy and (wait for it) there aren’t any noise restrictions.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Hikari Photography

 

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat

South Coast, NSW

This naturally-formed rock cathedral is impressive. Formed over 250 million years ago (around the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction) it’s now a big selling point for this unusual wedding venue. The on-site cabins and million dollar views are a big draw card too!

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: The Simple Things Studio.

 

Ace-Hi Ranch 

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Country folk eat your heart out. Ace-Hi Ranch is a cool VIC wedding venue that celebrates all things country western. It has a shearing shed where couples can create a personalised reception and a cute on-site chapel. The light here too is a photographer’s dream.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Georgia Verrells.

 

Q Station Manly

Sydney, NSW

It was here we hosted our very first Spring Fling so you can take our word for it that this venue ticks a lot of boxes. The glasshouse is a stylist’s delight and the heritage wharf and uninterrupted harbour views are hard to beat. Preserved within 30 acres of national park the renovated on-site accommodation sleeps 126.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Georgie James Photography

 

High Country Maze 

High Country, VIC

When Tracey and Dean arrived at this property in 2003 there wasn’t a tree in sight. Fast forward 15 years and it’s now one of the most lush, well-trimmed garden wedding venues on offer. There’s the option to have your ceremony and photos here, or hire a marquee and settle in for the night.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Hight Country Maze. 

Churchill 

Central Victoria, VIC

Like something from a fairytale, Churchill is a stunning old country church surrounded by two acres of beautiful gardens. The church boasts high timber ceilings, glorious gothic stained-glass windows and a choir-loft while the adjoining white timber hall features luxe interior detailing and plenty of natural light.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Luma Wedding Photography

The Stables of Somersby 

Central Coast, NSW

Located on a private equestrian property within an hour of Sydney, The Stables of Somersby has transformed an old rustic barn into an unusual wedding venue. There is plenty of flexibility for couples to incorporate their own sense of style however all the facilities are here: bathrooms, bar, kitchen, marquee and more.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: The Stables of Somersby. 

 

BYRA Weddings

Sydney, NSW

The perfect venue for a relaxed and intimate celebration, BYRA Weddings is a DIY venue located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. With that old clubhouse charm, the wooden deck overlooking Pittwater is a stunning spot for ceremonies and canapés alike.

Unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Elin Bandmann Photography.

 

Springhurst Butter Factory

The Murray, VIC

This former butter factory, built in 1839, now serves as one of the region’s most unusual wedding venues. The factory site spans 3.5 acres and beyond that is a large outdoor area shadowed by a magnificent old wisteria. There’s accommodation on-site for 25 guests and the reception barn can host 140 sit-down or 200 cocktail style.

unusual wedding venue

Photo credit: Springhurst Butter Factory.

 

Want to see more unusual wedding venue? Start your search here. 

22nd March, 2018

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