Tanilba House (1831)

Hunter - NSW, Australia

Price $1,500
Cocktail 90
Seated 90
Sleeps 4

About This Venue

Stunning Tanilba House (c1831), is a unique, state heritage listed homestead prominently positioned overlooking Port Stephens in Tanilba Bay.

If you are looking for romance, elegance and character in a wedding venue look no further!
The property offers various options including fully enclosed wet weather spaces and encompasses a large conservatory, extensive arbour, glorious whimsical gardens plus sweeping water views of the bay.

The home is located in Tanilba Bay on a peninsula surrounded by water and several quiet waterfront parks. It is a paradise known for its magnificent water views, teeming birdlife and local koalas. With grand stone entrance gates welcoming visitors to the suburb it is located halfway between Newcastle and Nelson Bay. Tanilba Bay is an unknown area for many, and with its surrounding national parks and waterways, is perfect for a destination wedding weekend away.

The house is convict built of locally quarried stone and is the oldest home in Port Stephens. The imposing house and 3 acres of grounds combine to provide a truly magical wedding venue which offers an unmatched combination of features.

The home includes expansive reception rooms with 50 cm thick walls and 3 metre ceilings and has been fully restored. The ambience is of rustic charm and elegance, with a fully enclosed conservatory, surround verandahs and a magnificent 1920’s circular stone driveway.

The property boasts an array of stonework completed in the 1920’s which includes an adjacent stone temple, a romantic 30 metre wisteria covered arbour and imposing entrance columns. There is plenty of space with sweeping lawns perfect for games overlooked by the conservatory. The many facets and features of the property provide multiple spaces for you to host your ceremony and reception.

Photo opportunities abound on the property and its scale and many features need to be seen to be appreciated. Props include the original convict gaol, a wishing chair, a selection of heritage gates, stone chairs, gorgeous flowering trees, various gardens and other elements. Quiet waterfront parks are a short walk from the house – with Sunset Park renown for dramatic evening sunset shots over the water only 300 meters away.

We understand that couples want flexibility and our aim is to work with you to create your vision – what ever that might be.

Conveniently, at Tanilba House you are able to have your ceremony, reception and some accommodation all in one place, with many accommodation options close by.

We cater for a variety of wedding formats and we are currently offering the following great value prices:
. Relaxed cocktail party or picnic wedding in the gardens. Includes catering, styling, celebrant and photography. Packages start from $8900 for min 50 people.
. A fully organised small wedding for 30 – 50 people that includes catering, styling, celebrant and photography. Packages start from $6,600 for 30 people.
. An intimate simple elopement style wedding. Packages from $3,300.
. An intimate formal wedding dinner (POA)
. A beautiful ceremony only in a stunning location from $1,500, or
. Something bespoke designed by you that incorporates your own vendors. This venue hire only approach gives you the most flexibility with over 2 days access from $6,600.

Tanilba House is fully licenced and all our weddings have the option of a purchased drinks package, a bar tab or BYO.

Bonus! Winter weddings may use the original grand parlour fireplace.

As environmental conservation is a priority for us, at Tanilba House waste is kept to a minimum and we aim for almost all disposable materials used in our weddings to be minimised. We also reuse and recycle where we possible. Water used is from a water tank where appropriate.

We are proud supporters of the LGBTQIA community.

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Sheddies Special

Any weddings booked for 2019 will have the choice of one free nights accommodation on the night before or the night of the wedding for up to 4 people OR 4 hours early access for the bridal party to dress and prepare in our maids quarters

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Venue Facilities

  • AV system
  • Bar area
  • Bathroom
  • BBQ
  • Bridal change room
  • BYO alcohol
  • BYO catering
  • Camping
  • Chapel
  • Clean-up included
  • Fire pit
  • Generator
  • Kitchen
  • Marquee or Tent
  • No curfew
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Power
  • Stage
  • Tables and seating
  • Water
  • Wet weather cover
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi

Accommodation Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • BBQ
  • Camping
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Kitchen
  • Linen supplied
  • Non-smoking
  • Open fireplace
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Towels supplied
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wifi

Owner / Manager

Dee and Glenn have lovingly and painstakingly restored Tanilba House and its grounds and are thoroughly enjoying being in the love business! They consider it an honour to provide a beautiful setting for one of the happiest days in peoples lives 🙂
Purchasing the house was a dream come true for the couple – who are absolutely passionate about its long and intriguing past and are mindful of its important significance to the community. They are thrilled to be able to open the estate up for people to enjoy special events.
The couple has the help of a dedicated and experienced wedding coordinator. Lynda has worked in hospitality for over 20 years and has a passion for heritage properties. She has a long repertoire – including managing private functions and weddings, corporate event management and business expos, live concerts, community events etc. All three members of the team combine to deliver an unforgettable, absolutely personal, end to end wedding experience for their couples.



  • There is lots of accommodation for a full wedding of 90 people within a 5 minute drive. There are also various Airbnb's in walking distance. Koala Shores Caravan Park - ask for the 6 bedroom big house or use a cabin or caravan


  • Tilligerry Sports Club
  • Tilli Thai
  • The Poyers (the best food ever!)

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