Have a Central Coast wedding! The Central Coast of NSW is one of the most beautiful regions in Australia. And it is possibly one of the most underrated wedding destinations. It offers an amazing array of diverse locations, looks and wedding venues. It has so many natural gems from beaches, lakes, waterfalls, lagoons, rivers, national parks, bushland and valleys. Within all this natural beauty
Here are 8 reasons to get married on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
1. The Central Coast Beaches
Let’s start with the obvious… the amazing beaches. With about 80km of coastline, the Central Coast has beaches aplenty! And they are beautiful! From Patonga in the south all the way up to Catherine Hill Bay in the north.
The coast is a tourist destination. Every holiday period, Sydneysiders flock here. And most visitors come for the beaches. The beaches are so much better, cleaner and less crowded than Sydney beaches. From the well known and well-visited beaches like Avoca, Terrigal and Soldiers Beach, to the lesser-known but no less beautiful Pelican Beach, Spoon Bay or Birdie Beach.
While with some venues you certainly could, you don’t even have to spend the whole day on the beach for your wedding. You could stay in accommodation overlooking the ocean, have your ceremony on the beach. Just head to the beach with your bridal party and photographer for location photos. Or you can book one of the coasts beautiful beachfront reception venues.
Australians in general love the ocean and the beach, so something on the coast is often what comes to mind when thinking about the perfect wedding. And understandably, as it certainly makes one of the most beautiful backdrops for a wedding!
2. The Waterways and Lakes
If beaches aren’t for you but you still love the water, then the coast has lovely lakes, rivers and waterways.
The beauty of the coast is that it is not just a coastline of beaches. It has major waterways and lakes that are absolutely huge in area. And around these lakes, sit many beautiful ceremony and reception venues.
Towards the southern part of the coast, there is Brisbane waters, which is surrounded by suburbs like Gosford, Green Point, Umina and Killcare. And is home to Brisbane Water National Park.
Further north there is Tuggerah Lakes, which has three interconnecting lagoons, Tuggerah Lake, Budgewoi Lake and Lake Munmorah. With suburbs like The Entrance, Long Jetty, Tuggerah and Wyong. These lakes offer up some seriously scenic locations for weddings. And as if we don’t have enough beautiful waterfront, some of the Central Coast is even located around parts of Lake Macquarie.
So when looking for the perfect spot to get married on the Central Coast, keep in mind there are many gorgeous ceremony and reception venues situated away from the beaches and towards the lakes.
3. Country weddings on the Coast
If you love a rustic, country wedding ( I know I’m a fan!), then the coast is the perfect destination for you.
A part of the Central Coast most people don’t know about is the countryside, wilderness & forests. The coast actually stretches inland as far as the Watagan Mountains. It is home to many country wedding venues, national parks and state forests.
Places like Yarramalong Valley, Wyong Creek, Cedar Brush Creek & Glenworth Valley have venues which offer real country weddings. Rural farmhouses on real working farms that offer glamping, marquee weddings and something that is really quite unique.
4. You will get beautiful photos
If you have your wedding on the coast, you are guaranteed to get beautiful photos. The coast offers so many scenic locations, from beaches, lakes, cliffs, forests, gardens and open fields. Some are close together so you can get a couple of looks if you have a little time, you really can’t go wrong!
5. The Location
It’s located between the two largest cities in New South Wales, Sydney and Newcastle. Meaning the Central Coast is the perfect midpoint for a wedding. It is just one hour from Sydney and the same from Newcastle. It is still close enough to major cities, that your wedding guests have the option to drive one hour home. But so beautiful that your guests may want to make a weekend of it and explore the local area.
6. Collection of amazing vendors
Some of the best wedding vendors and suppliers in Australia come from the Central Coast. Without a doubt. Some have lived on the coast all their lives, others have lived and worked in Sydney, interstate and around the world. The Central Coast is an amazing place to live, work and raise a family. And so many people are now choosing the coast to live and work.
So choose a local wedding vendor for your wedding or a vendor who regularly services the Central Coast region.
7. It’s home
If you are lucky enough to be a local to the Central Coast then getting married here should be an easy decision. You will have places that hold special meaning to you that you can try to incorporate into your day. Planning your day will be simpler, you can easily check out venues and meet up with vendors. In doing this you are also supporting your local businesses. A lot of your family and friends are here probably here so you needn’t worry about logistics for guests. If you want to you can get ready at home reducing the need for accommodation, although of course, you might want to stay somewhere special on your wedding night.
8. Not just great for a wedding but a honeymoon too
There are so many beautiful places to stay on the Central Coast and awesome things to do. Whether you are into a resort-style holiday, boutique hotels or want to find a luxury private property to have to yourself. Relax on the beach or poolside, or better yet, combine a scenic hike in one of our beautiful national parks and find a secluded beach. There is a plethora of dining and bar option along the coast to sample. We even have a local brewery, winery or distillery to visit. If you are having a destination wedding on the Central Coast you can plan both your wedding and honeymoon here. And if you are from the coast a staycation could be perfect, especially if have limited time off work.