Sitting in the middle of a 500 acre bush reserve is Sandridge Estate – a rustic Tasmanian wedding venue that boasts a lovingly restored machinery shed and a ‘glamping village’. The main selling point however, is the location – it’s two minutes from the beach and only accessible via a two kilometre private driveway. Cranky neighbours? Not here.
Tell us a bit about your venue…
Sandridge Estate is a wedding and glamping venue on Tasmania’s North West Coast. The centrepiece is a giant 50+ year old machinery shed that’s been lovingly converted into a rustic, eclectic reception venue. The shed is full of dad’s handmade Tas Oak tables, vintage and upscaled designer touches. There’s even a giant converted Huon pine oil extractor. The fact this shed is in the middle of a 500 acre private forest overlooking Bass Strait (and two of Tasmania’s most famous beaches) is also a fun selling point.
We give you the venue for three days and its super private, so it feels like a bit of a holiday adventure for guests and family. There is also a glamping village hidden away in the forest – Glamp Sandridge – featuring eight luxury appointed bell tents, including a giant ‘Bridechilla’ tent with its own bath overlooking the valley.
What inspired you to get involved with weddings?
Myself (Bec) and my sister Sam created Sandridge Estate on our family’s property in Boat Harbour, Tasmania. Sam was looking for a venue for her wedding back in 2015 and couldn’t find anything interesting or big enough, so decided to transform the shed on our parent’s property. The wedding was such a hit that guests asked if the property was available for hire, so it went from there.
It took us 12 months to renovate and open for business and ever since we’ve been run off our feet meeting amazing couples from all over Australia. This is the most important day of our couple’s lives, so it’s a huge responsibility but also a great honour to pull out all the stops to make sure it’s as perfect as possible.
Tell us about the facilities your venue offers?
The centrepiece at Sandridge Estate is of course the giant converted machinery shed that has been simply renovated, decorated and filled with handmade Tas Oak tables and vintage mismatched wooden chairs. The venue can seat up to 150 or 200 cocktail style and can also be reconfigured for much smaller groups. The shed also features an enormous five-metre-high set of doors. Our couples love opening those to reveal the reception venue to their eagerly awaiting guests. There is a big stage for musical acts, a bar, plenty of bathrooms, a massive outdoor deck that wraps around one side of the shed and a food prep shed for caterers.
One of our more ‘Instagrammable’ features is the giant reclaimed brick fireplace dad built – it’s a place guests gravitate to throughout the evening and a lovely spot to warm ones cockles. The property also features a private two kilometre long entrance road, kilometres of mountain bike trails, a creek, a sand quarry, 500 acres of native forest and there’s even a resident platypus. There are a lot of options for ceremony locations and wedding photos.
Do you offer onsite accommodation? Alternatively, are there places to stay nearby?
Aside from Glamp Sandridge, there’s also plenty of space if guests want to pitch their own tent or bring a campervan. Staying onsite is part of the fun at Sandridge. The beachside towns of Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach are only a couple of minutes down the road, which offers plenty of beach house accommodation options.
What do you think is the selling point for most couples?
So many selling points it’s tough to name the favourite. Obviously, the shed is totally unique and is the centrepiece of the property, but the thing that appeals most to our couples is the location. It’s amazingly picturesque in that it overlooks bass strait and is surrounded by forest but it’s also totally private. The venue is literally two kilometres up a private road in the middle of its own forest so plenty of space for ceremony too. Plus, you’re only two minutes from the beach (Boat Harbour) and 15 minutes from the airport (Wynyard). And it’s North West Tasmania, so everything is pretty and unspoilt.
The location is everything. If I could sneak in a second favourite selling point for couples it would probably be that we give the venue to them for three days and it’s one all-inclusive price (what you see is what you get) – they love that simplicity. It gives family and friends plenty of time to arrive, setup, celebrate and then recover. It’s like a mini holiday!
And third is that we welcome everyone to our family. We hold their hands in the planning stage, we’re helping out on set-up day, we’re running the BYO bar and keeping things running smoothly on the actual wedding day. And they will literally meet every one of us… we are their new Tassie family.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?
Definitely one of our proudest moments was hosting Tasmania’s first LGQTBI wedding in January – what a night that was! Anyway, the girls (the gorgeous Kirsty and Kelly) secretly organised a Beyoncé flash mob that involved them and their guests busting out some synchronised Queen B dance moves on the dance floor. That was amazing. And did I mention the glitter station, pom-pom wall and rainbow flags adorning the shed and driveway? A-MAZING!
And what do you think would be epic at your property? Any ideas you’d love to see a couple carry out?
We have kilometres of forest trails on the property, so we’re just waiting for some loved-up mountain biking couple to discover the venue and take off into the forest with their guests for some mountaintop wedding ceremony glory. The photos would be amazing! We can’t wait for a couple to have a romantic epic ceremony in our quarry lit by fire pots… clearly an Instagram extravaganza. We’re also hanging out for an all-in glamping adventure. Fingers crossed someone will fill the grounds with canvas bell tents (complimenting our own tents). Why not spread the glamping love to all their guests. Imagine an all-in glamping wedding in an untouched Tasmanian forest?!
Describe the kind of couples your venue attracts?
There’s no one type of couple we attract to Sandridge. Which we think is fantastic. We’ve had locals, young, old, interstate, overseas, big budget, little budget, noisy, quiet and everything in-between. The couples are always different but I guess they are all attracted to Sandridge for the same reason – it feels like it’s going to be a fun, relaxed and unique place to start their lives together.
Any new additions on the horizon?
We are always looking to improve and acquire an eclectic assortment of all things decorative and functional. Our mantra is ‘repurpose’. Recent additions have been a big wooden deck that wraps around one side of the shed and juts out into the forest (which is a great spot on a warm Tassie night).
For more info or to make an enquiry with Sandridge Estate, head to their WedShed profile here.