We were pretty darn pleased when we first came across this NSW waterfront wedding venue. Located just north of Newcastle, Stanley Park is a 28-acre property with all the bits and pieces needed to create a truly epic, DIY wedding. There’s an eight bedroom homestead (sleeps 15), a rustic reception barn, a large cool room and catering area, ground-level bathrooms, a fireplace and more.
We chatted to the good folk behind this incredible property to discover what else attracts couples to Stanley Park and what’s on the horizon.
Stanley Park – it’s pretty amazing. Can you tell us a bit about it?
At Stanley Park your ceremony, reception, photos and accommodation can all take place in the one location. You have the flexibility to design your own wedding day and the freedom to choose your preferred suppliers.
Set in an idyllic and private, absolute waterfront location, Stanley Park is the perfect place to celebrate a wedding. Relax and prepare in the eight bedroom Victorian homestead, exchange vows under the ancient fig tree, celebrate and dance the night away in the spacious rustic barn and wind down afterwards back at the homestead.
What inspired you guys to get involved with weddings?
We had a family wedding at Stanley Park and afterwards we were inundated with couples wanting to get married there. So we organised a styled photo shoot and have been busy ever since!
What kind of facilities does your venue offer?
Five beautiful ceremony backdrops, a large rustic barn with a covered outdoor area, plenty of parking for cars and buses, ground level bathrooms, fireplace for winter, catering room, indoor bar, large cool room and onsite accommodation.
What do you think is the selling point for most couples?
The sheer beauty of the property, BYO drinks, choose your own suppliers, the large rustic barn, the waterfront location and the homestead where you can stay onsite.
We know you can sleep 15 guests. Is there a lot of additional accommodation nearby?
Yes, there’s additional accommodation in hotels and motels all within a five minute drive.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?
Instead of cutting a cake one couple smashed a piñata whilst blindfolded – very funny!
And what do you think would be epic at your property? Any ideas you’d love to see a couple carry out?
A wedding ceremony after dark, under the huge old fig tree with lots of candles and lanterns.
Can you describe the kind of couples your venue attracts?
Those looking for a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views, lawn games, drinks overlooking the water and dancing under the stars.
Any new venue developments or plans on the horizon?
We’re always making improvements – more gardens, constantly collecting rustic pieces of furniture for our couples to use… we’re also hoping to build an outdoor bar.
Finally, what tip or advice can you share with anyone planning a wedding right now?
At a DIY venue such as Stanley Park, a grazing table after the ceremony is always a great hit. Your guests won’t be starving by the time the reception begins and it goes well with post-ceremony drinks on the lawn. Lawn games are also great to have after the ceremony as it keeps guests entertained while you are having photos taken.