Are you looking for a South Coast wedding venue?
Hey, I’m Chris – an Australian wedding photographer who loves to shoot weddings all over the South Coast of NSW.
I have been shooting weddings around the South Coast for over ten years, so I have seen my fair share of wedding venues. And there are some amazing wedding venues on the South Coast.
So on this page, I’d love to share some of my all-time favourite wedding venues with you. I’d also love to share some venues that I haven’t photographed but think they would make an awesome wedding venue to do the big day in.
The Breathtaking & Stunning Scenery of the South Coast
The South Coast of New South Wales is basically the coastal strip of area, starting south of Sydney down to the Victorian border. So it is a huge, huge area to cover. It is broken up into four main regions. The Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Sapphire areas. I’ve listed it all together but tried to keep towns together.
It is really easy to see why the South Coast is such a popular wedding destination for couples. It is only a few hours from Sydney, so it is a great location for family and friends to get together. Most wedding venues can do all or most of the day on one property. So, there is no need to travel to different locations for different parts of the wedding. And most venues allow you to make a weekend of it. Often two to three days.
For lovers of the beach, the South Coast has 109 beaches with the whitest sand and the clearest waters. These are definitely some of the best beaches in the world. The South Coast also has some of the greenest hills, farmlands, and Australian bush. And from a wedding photographer’s point of view, the South Coast really has everything you need to capture beautiful photos.
So, in no particular order, here are my favourite South Coast wedding venues. Some of them I have photographed many times, and others I would absolutely love to shoot. But all of them would be great for a wedding, and I can happily recommend them.
Merribee is a seven-acre garden property located on the South Coast of NSW, and it is one of the most beautiful wedding venues around. And the owners really look after and care for this property. Every year they add new things and improve their facilities.
There are over 2 km of garden paths and over 20 different outdoor garden rooms and entertainment areas.
There is on-site accommodation available with The Main Historic House (8 guests) and the Grain Silo. The Grain Silo is a four-storey, beautifully converted grain silo and perfect for a couple accommodation.
Wedding ceremonies can be held at various locations around the property, and there are plenty of places for photos at Merribee.
The Barn at Merribee is a timber and corrugated iron barn that can cater to 140 guests seated in the room and another 40 guests on the verandah. Merribee has pretty much everything you need for an awesome, beautiful and stress-free wedding.
Address: 660 Comerong Island Rd, Numbaa
2. Seacliff House Gerringong
Seacliff House is a beautiful house and wedding venue in Gerringong, set on 5-acres of green pasture land. It has beautiful sweeping views of rolling green dairy country hills and views of the ocean.
The main house is modern and luxurious and has five bedrooms. The wedding ceremony happens outdoors, overlooking the amazing green hills and ocean views.
The Barn at Seacliff is a converted working farm equipment shed and can accommodate up to 132 guests. They make it really easy for you to have a beautiful wedding here, and it is easy to see why they are so busy and why I love shooting here.
Address: 139 Princes Hwy, Gerringong
3. Crooked River Wines Gerringong
Crooked River Wines is a family-run, working winery situated on the beautiful South Coast at Gerringong and is an amazing South Coast wedding venue.
There is accommodation available with Willowvale Estate House located within the grounds of Crooked River Wines.
The wedding ceremony takes full advantage of the stunning panoramic views over the green rolling hills of Gerringong.
Address: 11 Willowvale Rd, Gerringong NSW 2534
4. Jaspers Berry
Jaspers Berry is a beautiful garden wedding venue located just 90 minutes from Sydney on the beautiful South Coast. And it would have to be one of the classiest and most elegant South Coast wedding venues around.
Jaspers has everything you need for the whole wedding day from start to finish. There are eleven accommodation rooms on-site, all surrounding a beautiful courtyard and pool area.
There is also a large and glamourous Bridal Salon which is perfect for getting ready for Bridal parties of any size. It has Showers, baths, a “Boudoir” Dressing Room and your own steward service.
The wedding ceremony takes place in a beautiful courtyard garden area and there are lots of stunning areas around the property for wedding photos.
Address: 4 O’Keeffes Ln, Jaspers Brush
5. Silos Estate Berry
Silos Estate is another stunning South Coast wedding venue where you can do absolutely everything on-site. It is located just on the outskirts of the little town of Berry, and it has some of the best countryside views around.
Silos Estate offers accommodation on the property, and every room has views of rolling green hills. The ceremony takes place with the countryside in the background, and the reception takes place in the rustic restaurant.
Address: B640 Princes Hwy, Berry
6. Willow Farm Berry
Willow Farm Berry is one of the most stunning South Coast wedding venues around. Located on 160 acres of green, beautiful farmland and it’s only a few minutes out of Berry.
You can have the whole venue for the weekend. On the property, there is a large farmhouse with accommodation to sleep up to ten people. It includes a luxurious master bedroom with an ensuite and a bridal salon.
There are lots of locations on site for your ceremony and photos. The gardens, jetty with a dam, the amazing old fig tree with no leaves. There are swings, a rowboat, barn doors with ivy, cows, geese and other animals
Willow Farm Berry can accommodate up to 135 guests and is an awesome option if you are looking for a country wedding.
Address: 123A Beach Road (via Galls Lane), Berry
7. Bundara Farm Berry
Bundara Farm Berry is a really beautiful little South Coast wedding venue that can accommodate up to 30 people, and you get the whole property for three days!!
If you are eloping or having a small intimate wedding, then this venue just might be for you. You get three nights of accommodation for you and your wedding guests in the Bundara Homestead, Waverley Cottage and the Bellevue Cottage.
You can have your wedding ceremony at any number of locations around the property. Bundara Farm looks beautiful for wedding photos, and there are 14 acres of land to explore.
There are a few places here where you could have your reception dinner, including “The Stables”, which is a rustic undercover dining area. This place has everything you need for a relaxed and intimate weekend wedding!
Address: 18 Wire Lane, Berry
8. Driftwood Shed
The Driftwood Shed is located on five acres of beautiful countryside on the shores of the stunning Shoalhaven River, and it is one of the most popular South Coast wedding venues.
It has mountain views and charming gardens. It is a super relaxed and rustic wedding venue. Driftwood Shed also has an awesome eighty-year-old rustic shed and a self-contained cabin that can accommodate up to 6 guests. It is the perfect venue if you are looking to do a lot of DIY.
You get the venue for the entire weekend, starting on Friday and finishing on Sunday afternoon. You have your choice of ceremony locations, and the property is just beautiful for photos.
The maximum number of people at Driftwood Shed wedding is up to 100 guests.
Address: 111 Terara Rd, Terara
9. Melross and Willow Estate
Wedding venues don’t get much better than Melross and Willow Estate. Located in Kangaroo Valley, Melross is a 270-acre working horse and cattle farm. And it is all 5-star country luxury at its best at this amazing wedding venue.
There is onsite accommodation available with three country homes, The Rye House (sleeps ten people), The Millet House (sleeps ten people) and Willows Cottage (sleeps two people). So you and your family can all stay on the property the whole weekend.
For the wedding ceremony, you have your choice of four areas within the property, and there is even a wet weather backup if it rains on the day.
The Barn at Melross is the location for the wedding reception. A beautiful country venue that can accommodate up to 170 guests seated. If you are interested in this venue, get in quick because they book out a long way in advance.
Address: 2286 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley
10. Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat
Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat is one of my favourite wedding venues on the South Coast of NSW.
There are two main drawcards for me at this venue that sets it apart from other wedding venues. The Rock Cathedral is one of the nicest locations for a wedding ceremony. A natural bush cathedral for your wedding! And the views at sunset over the escarpment are nothing short of breathtaking.
There is plenty of onsite accommodation available, so you can spend the entire weekend on the property.
Address: 55 Radiata Rd, Kangaroo Valley
11. Ooralba Estate
Ooralba Estate is an exclusive 200-acre property with rolling green hills located in the Kangaroo Valley. It has stunning panoramic views of Morton National Park and has award-winning gardens and landscaping.
This is an elegant and contemporary wedding venue in a country setting that offers all-inclusive marquee weddings.
Ooralba Estate can accommodate up to 150 wedding guests. This is a pretty awesome South Coast wedding venue if you are looking for a place in a great location that is elegant and sophisticated but still has that country feel to it.
Address: 47 Cavan Rd, Barrengarry
12. Terrara House
Terrara House is a beautiful historic, two-story Edwardian mansion located down a kilometre-long driveway, lined with trees. And next to a 150-year-old pine tree. It is set on 16.5 acres of private land.
It is an elegant garden wedding venue with a country feel to it. The gardens are expansive and immaculately maintained.
This is a marquee wedding venue and has a Bridal salon on site where you can do your wedding preparations.
Address: 77 Millbank Rd, Terara
13. Terara Riverside Gardens
Terara Riverside Gardens is situated on the beautiful banks of the Shoalhaven River, Terara. Only two hours south of Sydney and 15 minutes from Berry, this unique location is the ideal private venue for your special occasion.
The wedding ceremony will take place on the spectacular riverbank with extensive views of the green lush meadows and the blue-grey Cambewarra Mountain Range or on the 5-acre property in one of the many beautiful garden areas. We have a sea of purple jacarandas or a pink festival of crape myrtles, let alone our magnificent willow tree!
The wedding reception is in a large white marquee that comes with the venue, set on a lush green paddock with views of the entire property. It seats 120 people and sits next to an awesome rustic barn for the party and dancing, making Terara Riverside Gardens one of the most beautiful wedding venues on the South Coast.
Address: 135 Terara Rd, Terara NSW 2540
14. Bush Bank Kiama
Bush Bank Kiama is situated on the South Coast, an hour and a half south of Sydney. The home, nestled between the mountains and the sea overlooking the picturesque Loves Bay, is built on 61 acres of lush green farmland.
The Federation Farmhouse, which is perfect for wedding preparations, was built in 1918 and has three bedrooms with ensuites.
The ceremony takes place among 300-year-old Morton Bay Fig Trees, with rolling green hills and the ocean in the background.
There is a permanent marquee onsite that can seat up to 140 guests.
Address: 59 Princes Hwy, Kiama Heights
15. Cupitts Winery, Milton
Cupitts Estate is located amongst the hills of Milton on the NSW South Coast. It is five minutes from Ulladulla, Milton and Mollymook. It is a working winery, a brewery, a fromagerie, a restaurant and, of course, one of the best South Coast wedding venues.
It has stunning views around the vineyard of rows and rows of vines, as well as beautiful views of the Budawang Ranges and Burrill Lake.
There is accommodation available with a cute little cottage on the property called Cupittl’s Cottage. Which is perfect for getting ready.
Ceremonies are held outside the historic Creamery building, and there are some lovely locations on the property for photos.
They have a large, high-ceiling reception room that can accommodate up to 180 guests.
Address: 58 Washburton Rd, Ulladulla
16. Worrowing Jervis Bay
Worrowing Estate is a historic coastal farm property of 250 acres that provides on-site accommodation and an amazing wedding venue that is only minutes away from pristine white sandy beaches, Aussie bushlands and the charming seaside village of Jervis Bay.
Worrowing Estate features a Georgian-style country homestead surrounded by 5 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, rolling green hills, paddocks and views of the Budawang mountains.
There is on-site accommodation that can accommodate up to 53 people among 12 houses around the property.
The ceremony can take place at over twelve different locations around the property. So you are not spoilt for choice.
The Hereford Shed is a high-roofed timber and corrugated iron converted shed, which is the reception venue. You also get the shed for three days, so you have time to set up and pack down. Worrowing Jervis Bay really has it all as far as South Coast wedding venues go. It has everything you need for an awesome wedding.
Address: 81 The Wool Rd, Worrowing Heights NSW 2540
17. Bewong River Retreat
Bewong River Retreat is a beautiful private property located 160 acres within a temperate forest of the Australian bush, right on the Bewong River. It is about ten minutes from Jervis Bay, and it is a pretty awesome wedding venue on the South Coast because the whole day, from start to finish, can happen here.
There is accommodation available with nine fully contained Bungalows, and there is also the option for Glamping as well.
The wedding ceremony can take place on the Bewong River or anywhere else on the property that you like. It is a huge property so there are plenty of locations for beautiful photos.
There is a large function room with a permanent marquee attached that is the reception room
Address: 2395 Princes Hwy, Bewong
18. The Woods Farm Jervis Bay
The Woods Farm is a luxury country farm property located on 40 acres of land on the South Coast of NSW in the Jervis Bay area. It is a mixture of a garden, rustic, and country wedding. It can be as elegant as you want to make it and as bohemian as you want to make it.
There are eight cottages on site that can sleep a total of 80 people. Or you can accommodate up to 130 people if you add on some Glamping.
There is an amazing Bush Chapel, which gives you the best of both worlds. The beauty of an outdoor ceremony, but with the protection from the sun and the rain because it has a roof.
A converted shed is a luxurious wedding reception venue. It is one of the most glamorous sheds I have ever seen. It is a massive 200-square-metre building with glass sliding doors and all the amenities you would expect.
Address: Lot 3 Bayly Rd, Tomerong
19. The Cove Jervis Bay
The Cove Jervis Bay is a beachside paradise located inside the Booderee National Park Jervis Bay. They are located right on the beachfront and are surrounded by the beaches and waters of Jervis Bay.
When you book The Cove, you get the whole place to yourselves and your wedding guests. Including your own private beach access.
There is a variety of accommodations available on-site, so you and your guests don’t need to travel anywhere. From three-bedroom cottages to glamping. Their reception room can accommodate up to 150 guests.
I think one of the best things about The Cove Jervis Bay is its location right on the beach. If you love the beach and you want to make a weekend out of your wedding. Not just getting married, but enjoying the crystal clear beaches, white sands and the national park, then this venue might be perfect for you.
Address: Ellmoos Road via Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay
Tips for Choosing your South Coast Wedding Venue
The South Coast is famous for its beaches, rolling green hills, farmlands, the Australian bush and amazing wedding venues. The South Coast is an extremely popular wedding destination. Not only for locals, but Sydneysiders just love it down there.
People often ask me what my favourite wedding venue is, and I really can’t answer that question. My favourite wedding venue is really any place I have never photographed before. I love variety and shooting in different locations and sceneries. It really gets the creative juices flowing. But having said that, there are some things that make some wedding venues slightly superior to others.
A Love Affair with the South Coast – Where Dreams are Captured and Memories Created
Imagine your love unfolding amidst the captivating backdrops of the South Coast. As infinite as the ocean and as enduring as the rolling hills, your love story deserves a canvas that complements its boundless beauty.
Chris Prestige has spent over a decade of experience capturing the essence of such timeless moments amidst the enchanting realms of the South Coast, I’ve witnessed firsthand the magic love brings during these important times.
With my help, we can transform every moment into a cherished memory, where your promises of forever are gently cradled by the warm ocean breeze and the soft, golden glow of the setting sun.
Whether it’s in the tender, quiet moments of anticipation, the jubilant exuberance of your “I dos”, or the intimate glances amidst nature’s grandeur, each image becomes a chapter of your love story, told with authenticity and infused with the unmatched beauty of the South Coast.
Feel free to explore my favourite venues and imagine the possibilities that lay ahead. Let’s chat and embark together on this exciting journey, crafting a wedding tale on the South Coast that is as infinite and awe-inspiring as the love it celebrates.
With Anticipation and Warm Regards, Chris
Get in touch to turn your wedding on the South Coast into a dream come true.