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VENUE ROUND-UP: Australia’s best waterfront wedding venues
Unsurprisingly, there’s a boatload of gorgeous waterfront wedding venues across Australia. We’ve rounded up a selection for your viewing pleasure.
Words by Karina Lowndes
2 May 2019

Waterfront venues are popular in Australia. We’ve got some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, scenic rivers, pretty lakes, peaceful bays. And it’s not going to blow off any socks to hear that there are plenty of wedding venues that make the most of this nation’s natural beauty.

We’ve brought together a selection of some of our beautiful waterfront wedding venues to demonstrate what we’re talking about. You can find a whole bunch more via our venue directory too.



Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Sydney, NSW

Even the nice types are guilty of judging a book by its cover. Luckily though, what you see here is what you get – a vibing, Hampton’s-style hotel with some of the most spectacular water views across Sydney. There’s also boutique accommodation and a modern-Australian menu that’s hard to fault.

Photo credit: Joey and Jase.

Find more Sydney waterfront wedding venues here.


Kimberley Coastal Camp

North West, WA

This remote (we mean, REMOTE) waterfront wedding venue will charm you with its pristine water, gourmet food options and beach front accommodation. There’s an abundance of native wildlife and the fishing here is some of the best.

Australia's best waterfront wedding venues

Photo credit: Kimberley Coastal Camp.

Find more WA waterfront wedding venues here.



The Whitsundays, QLD 

Set on over 6,500 acres along one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines, Earlando is a truly unique waterfront wedding destination. There are no number restrictions, no neighbours and the option to have your ceremony and reception almost anywhere on the property.

Photo credit: Vicki Miller Photography.

Find more QLD waterfront wedding venues here. 


Q Station Manly

Manly, NSW

Located on 30 hectares of beautiful bushland inside Sydney Harbour National Park, this venue is not like any others. There are multiple ceremony and reception spaces as well as heritage accommodation for 126 in the old quarantine station.

Australia's best waterfront wedding venues

Photo credit: Q Station Manly.

Find more NSW waterfront wedding venues here


Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Sunshine Coast, QLD

A luxury resort that doesn’t feel like a franchise, this all-inclusive venue has plenty of landscaped areas that are perfect for a teepee wedding. With direct access to a private, beach-lined lagoon, an onsite restaurant and an outdoor pool and spa, be sure to check-in for at least a few nights.

Photo credit: Bonnie Jenkins.

Find more QLD waterfront wedding venues here.


Seagrass Long Point

Southern Tasmania, TAS

Positioned in one of Hobart’s premier waterfront locations, Seagrass provides a private and charming setting for couples who want it all – ambience, fine food, tasteful styling, quality service and uninterrupted water views all within 10 minutes of the CBD.

Photo credit: Seagrass Long Point.

Find more TAS waterfront wedding venues here.


Pilu at Freshwater

Freshwater, NSW

It’s renowned as one of the Northern Beaches finer spots to enjoy a meal. A fusion of fine Italian fare and luxury coastal living, this casual yet elegant waterfront venue can accommodate 110 guests. To top it all off there’s also a beautiful courtyard ideal for ceremonies.

Image credit: Pilu at Freshwater.

Find more Sydney waterfront wedding venues here


Bewong River Retreat

South Coast, NSW

This BYO wedding venue is just 15 minutes from beautiful Jervis Bay and offers couples and their guests two nights accommodation in their luxury spa bungalows (sleeps up to 26), plus glamping. There are discounts for smaller weddings too.

Australia's best waterfront wedding venues

Photo credit: Translucent Photography.

Find more NSW south coast waterfront wedding venues here. 


The Boathouse Palm Beach

Palm Beach, NSW

Overlooking one of the most beautiful waterways in the world, The Boathouse Palm Beach is a charming venue decorated with rustic wares and an abundance of beautiful blooms. Their indoor-outdoor space is ideal for both ceremonies and receptions and their modern menu is all time.

Photo credit: Jason Corroto.

Find more Sydney waterfront wedding venues here.


The Boatbuilders Yard

Melbourne, VIC

Sitting smack bang on the edge of Melbourne’s South Wharf, The Boatbuilders Yard is a trendy, award-winning bar and café inspired by its cultural heritage (an original historic shed is its centrepiece). An ideal space for creative couples looking for somewhere central and surrounded by water. It’s pet-friendly too.

Photo credit: The Boatbuilders Yard.

Find more VIC waterfront wedding venues here.


Poolside @ Andrew (Boy) Charlton

Sydney, NSW

This place is the creme-de-la-creme when it comes to chic, Hampton-style wedding venues with awesome ocean views. Set right on Sydney’s sparkling harbour, the iconic Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool is a breathtaking historic site that also fringes the Royal Botanic Gardens facing Woolloomooloo Bay (read: loads of photo ops!). We also give the modern Italian menu a big thumbs up.

Poolside Andrew Boy Charlton wedding

Photo credit: Harustudio.

Find more NSW waterfront wedding venues here.



Byron Bay Region, NSW

Inside this contemporary space you’ll find high ceilings, hardwood timber flooring, crisp white-panelled walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the water. But there’s so much more here than meets the eye, including an incredible menu led by celebrity chef Matt Kemp and plenty of stunning photo locations within walking distance.

Photo credit: Figtree Wedding Photography.

Find more NSW waterfront wedding venues here.


Aravina Estate

South West, WA

Established in 1968, Aravina is one of the finest wine producers in the Margaret River region. Spanning 180 acres and boasting breathtaking lake views, it’s a pretty place to tie the knot. And with a dedicated wedding coordinator, an executive chef and multiple reception locations, it’s even more appealing.

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