10 Amazing Central Coast Wedding Venues
10 Amazing Central Coast Wedding Venues
Are you searching for an amazing Central Coast wedding venues in NSW? We have done the work for you and found 10 incredible Central Coast wedding venues that you have to check out.
Choosing your Central Coast wedding venue is without a doubt the most important step in your wedding planning journey. Your wedding venue will set up the whole style and feel of your wedding. Having an awesome Central Coast wedding venue means that you and your guests will have an amazing time and experience at your wedding.
The Central Coast is located just an hour up the M1 from Sydney or 45 minutes south of Newcastle. And it has some of the most beautiful and unique wedding venues to suit every style and budget and we are here to help you find them for your wedding day.
Whether your dream wedding is somewhere on the ocean, in an idyllic bush setting, gorgeous gardens or rolling hills in the valleys, the Central Coast has it all! Be it a five-star resort, fine dining restaurants, a luxury estate, manicured gardens, or a local surf club, a rustic farm, private property or a boutique hotel.
So here is our list of 10 amazing Central Coast wedding venues that will ensure you have an amazing wedding,
1. Somersby Gardens Estate
Somersby Gardens Estate is truly one of the best Central Coast wedding venues and arguably one of the best wedding venues in New South Wales. It is a large expansive property set amongst the Australian bush on a huge 50-acre property in the Central Coast. It is partly manicured gardens, part farm and part Aussie bush. It is completely private and totally exclusive to you when you hire it for the weekend.
This property was born in 2003 when it started as a family home. In 2005 work began on its extensive gardens which have won numerous awards for its lovely display of native plants and fauna. The home onsite is now luxury self-contained guest accommodation. It features seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. It is the perfect location for the wedding couple and some close family and friends to stay before, during and after the wedding day.
This is a huge property and you could technically have your marriage ceremony anywhere on the property. However, there are two main places that couples generally have their wedding ceremonies.
The Horseshoe & Bridge – Beautiful outdoor garden setting which is the perfect location for up to 80 guests. You have your ceremony in the centre of a lawn area surrounded by gardens.
The Wisteria Amphitheater – This is a stunning sandstone amphitheatre where you stand on a beautiful sandstone stage surrounded by Wisteria hanging from above you. This area is suitable for wedding ceremonies of up to 120 people and it is also suitable for a marquee wedding.
There are a couple of options available for your wedding reception at Somersby Gardens Estate.
The Pavilion – This is a purpose-built function space that is located at the top of the valley. It is rustic with a country elegance. Tin cladding on the outside of the building and crystal chandeliers inside make this a perfect location for a wedding reception on the Central Coast of NSW.
The Estate Green – This is a large area that is perfect for those bigger weddings that can’t fit into The Pavilion. This is an area and location where you can set up a marquee wedding for 200+ wedding guests.
If you are looking for an awesome Central Coast wedding venue, I highly recommend you check out this place.
Address: 380 Somersby Falls Rd, Somersby NSW
2. Crown Plaza Terrigal
Crown Plaza Terrigal Pacific is located right in the heart of the beachside village of Terrigal. It overlooks the beach and the ocean, giving guests unparalleled views over the whole of Terrigal. It is a large landmark in the Terrigal landscape and offers wonderful guests accommodation, dining options and is also a wonderful wedding venue. Crown Plaza Terrigal offers premium accommodation for all your wedding guests in this deluxe beachside resort. There are 199 guest rooms, all are bright, with lots of natural light and they are a generous size.
There are a number of styles of rooms, including Ocean View rooms, Pool View rooms, Resort Room and a number of suites. All these rooms have big windows and your own private balcony or terrace courtyard. There is nothing better for you and your wedding guests, than having your wedding at Crown Plaza and then taking the elevator up to your room at the end of the night. No need to worry about driving home or transport.
For your wedding ceremony at Crown Plaza Terrigal, you have a few options. There is a lovely choice of indoor and outdoor spaces which can be customised to suit your wedding and your style.
Lord Ashley Fireplace – This is a really popular indoor ceremony option. It features a large beautiful fireplace, luxury carpets, neutral tones and four huge arch windows which give you views out over Terrigal Beach and the ocean. It is a space that can be styled to suit your vision. An elegant and beautiful option for more intimate weddings.
Haven Terrace – This is a magnificent outdoor ceremony venue space that can be used for smaller, more intimate wedding ceremonies all the way to a huge grand weddings of up to 250 wedding guests. Your wedding ceremony would take place outdoors on the terrace with Terrigal Beach as your backdrop.
There are two amazing options for your wedding reception
Seasalt Conservatory – This reception space has one of the most magnificent backdrops at any wedding reception. This space has floor to ceiling windows that look out over Terrigal Beach with its stunning green Norfolk Pine trees. Which bathe the room in natural light and elegance. It can accommodate weddings of 100 people sit-down or 120 people cocktail style.
Grand Ballroom – As the name suggests, this space is available for larger, more grand weddings and is the largest space in the hotel. The room can, however, be split up into two smaller rooms, so it can cater to a variety of sizes. In the Grand Ballroom, you get your own entrance to the hotel with your own lobby which leads you to your room. It can accommodate up to 350 people sit-down or 450 cocktail style.
Beautiful Central Coast wedding venue that makes it really easy for you and your guests to have a great wedding day.
Address: Pine Tree Ln, Terrigal NSW 2260
3. Bells at Killcare
One of the best wedding venues on the Central Coast, Bells at Killcare is total luxury and seclusion in a beautiful location. It is a real hidden gem and can provide you with a romantic and sophisticated wedding on their gorgeous Hamptons style property.
Bells at Killcare is a boutique hotel, restaurant & spa and it is also a wonderful venue for your wedding. It is really known for its amazing food. It is an award-winning, hatted restaurant and people come from all over NSW just for the food. It is located high up on the Bouddi Peninsula and there is accommodation available on-site and it is becoming better known as an amazing coastal and weekend retreat.
A huge benefit to having a Bells at Killcare wedding is the fact that they have onsite accommodation. Your whole wedding from start to finish can happen at this one location. There are 25 luxury seaside Hamptons style accommodation rooms, which are a combination of cottages, suites and villas. They all have that Hamptons feel with palettes of washed back blues, linen, driftwood and striped awnings. All of the cottages are spread out around the property and are set within the bush and garden setting.
You can have a beautiful garden wedding ceremony at Bells at Killcare. Wedding ceremonies take place on the beautifully manicured lawn just outside the restaurant. The perfectly manicured gardens with a grand fountain will provide you with the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony.
Wedding receptions take place in the beautiful, purpose-built room called ‘The Conservatory’. It is a spectacular, grand space that is bathed in natural light from the large windows that surround it. It looks on to the gardens and pool and it opens up onto an outdoor courtyard where pre-dinner drinks and canapés generally occur.
The Conservatory has a dance floor area and can accommodate up to 120 people seated or 220 for a cocktail style wedding. For smaller weddings, The Consrvaorium can be split in half and seat about 40 guests. Otherwise ‘The Library’ can be used for weddings of up to 18 people.
Bells at Killcare can accommodate lunch weddings as well as evening weddings. And another one of the unique features of a Bells at Killcare wedding is that their amazing chef can provide you with a range of wedding cakes. So there is no need to hire another vendor and get the cake transported to your wedding. It is all made on-site by their award-winning chefs.
Address: 107 The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights NSW
4. Norah Head Lighthouse
Sitting high up on the headland on the Central Coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, sits Norah Head Lighthouse and you can have your wedding there. This is an active, fully working lighthouse that lights up the ocean and its treacherous rocks every night. It opened in 1903 and is an iconic and important building on the Central Coast of NSW.
Norah Head Lighthouse offers couples a totally unique wedding with one of the most stunning backdrops in all of Australia. Your whole wedding day from start to finish can happen at this one location. The Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve can be booked for your accommodation, marriage ceremony, wedding photos and also your reception.
If you love the outdoors, the beach and the ocean then you can’t do much better than having a Norah Head Lighthouse wedding on the Central Coast.
You can stay on-site at Norah Head Lighthouse. It is a unique experience and there are not many places where you can actually stay in former lighthouse quarters. There are two heritage-listed Lighthouse cottages located within the reserve. The Head Lightkeepers Quarters and the Assistant Lightkeepers Quarters. Both cottages are fully self-contained, three-bedroom cottage with magnificent ocean views.
Wedding ceremonies happen on the lawn just next to the heritage-listed cottages. It sits on a small hill, giving your wedding ceremony the perfect backdrop to your wedding. It looks out over the lighthouse and with an ocean backdrop. The lighthouse and a beautiful blue Central Coast sky create one of the most breathtaking scenes for any wedding ceremony.
There are a few options available for your wedding reception at Norah Head Lighthouse.
Lighthouse Lawns – You can use the beautiful lawns that surround the lighthouse for an outdoor cocktail or outdoor dinner. There is no purpose-built space for this venue.
Marquee – Hiring a marquee is one of your best options if you are looking for an undercover reception dinner for a mid to large size wedding.
Verandah – For a smaller more intimate wedding, the verandah of the Head Keepers Quarters is a lovely option for a small reception dinner.
Address: 40 Bush St, Norah Head NSW
5. Fernbank Farm
It’s hard to imagine such a stunning location for a wedding, and it is located on the Central Coast of NSW at Fernbank Farm. It is 25 acres of gorgeous manicured gardens, lakes and the Australian bush. It is a perfect setting for an elegant and rustic, garden wedding. Your whole day, in fact, your whole weekend can take place at one location.
Fernbank Farm is located in the Yarramalong Valley in the suburb of Wyong Creek. The farm was first settled in 1904 with the main homestead and farmlands. Over the past one hundred plus years, the farm has transformed immensely. In 2012 it became primarily a farm stay accommodation venue. But the whole property has continued to transform with spaces created, upgraded and built.
Today it is a prestigious wedding venue that is extremely popular with couples. While it still does have a farm and country feel to it, it is now more of a sophisticated and elegant garden setting than it is a farm. Quick fact… Fernbank Farm was the location for one of the weddings from “Married at First Sight”
Fernbank Farm offers onsite accommodation for the wedding couple and some of their family or guests. There are two homesteads on the property, which also makes it perfect for both of you to get ready onsite and still not see each other before the wedding ceremony.
The Heritage House – This is the original homestead that has been fully restored and upgraded to luxury accommodation. It consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a dining room, a lounge room and a really awesome country kitchen. It also has a truly glamorous bridal suite that is elegant, opulent and still a little bit country.
The Cottage – The cottage is a separate homestead that has been recently built and it is the perfect additional accommodation that most weddings need. It was built in the location where there original old cow milking sheds were and contains 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and extra third toilet, plus kitchen and lounge room. It overlooks the lake and has some wonderful views.
With 25 acres of land, there are a variety of locations to choose from for your wedding ceremony. The lake, the gardens, the fig tree or the impressive Steel Arbour. The Steel Arbour is without a doubt, the most popular location and for good reason. It has a long aisle for a dramatic entrance and the sides of the arbour are covered with green climbing plants. Giving a beautiful and natural feel to the arbour.
Wedding receptions at Fernbank Farm, take place in its amazing permanent onsite marquee. They can cater to weddings of up to 150 people and the marquee is fully styled with beautiful furnishing, equipment and facilities. Or the newly built reception room that can accommodate around 100 guests.
Your guests also aren’t just restricted to one space. There are bar areas, a dance floor area and plenty of space around the lake. You can have your reception in the outdoors of the Central Coast but still have the security of an undercover venue. It is beautiful, elegant and a perfect location for an awesome wedding day.
Address: 756 Yarramalong Rd, Wyong Creek NSW
6. Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay
Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay is a private country farm property that gives couples a beautiful and rustic wedding with this amazing natural backdrop. It is located on 50 stunning acres of land, in the Yarralamong Valley at Wyong Creek. This is a big rustic farm venue, with chicken, ponies, sheep and even alpacas. And for your reception, there is an awesome rustic barn.
There is a large fully self-contained homestead onsite at Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay. The house has 4 bedrooms and can fit around 13 people. It is simple country living with lots of rustic natural wood and plenty of space. Therefore it is perfect for wedding day preparations and it is big enough for both of you to get ready in and still not see each other. There is an upstairs room where one of you can hide away and get ready.
Your wedding ceremony can take place pretty much anywhere on this property. This is a huge farm property. You have fifty acres of land to choose from. There are some lovely spots down towards the creek amongst the trees and the Australian bush backdrop.
If you are looking for Central Coast wedding venues that are a really rustic, barn-style event, then Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay is an ideal property. It has a huge undercover area outside their old grain silos which is ideal for predinner drinks and canapes. Or it could be your outdoor, but undercover wedding reception. Which would be perfect for those balmy warm summer evenings. And there is a large rusty tin barn that is fully restored with beautiful timber beams and chandeliers. This is an awesome space where you can have a more traditional wedding reception, but in a barn that is totally unique and has some real character.
Address: 798 Yarramalong Rd, Wyong Creek NSW
7. Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort
Koonindah Waters in the Central Coast is another hidden gem and a really beautiful location for a wedding. This is a 4.5-star resort and spa with a huge 18 hole championship golf course. It has accommodation, beautiful locations for your wedding ceremony and a large space for your wedding reception. As far as Central Coast wedding venues go, this place has all the ingredients needed for a beautiful wedding.
There is plenty of wedding accommodation available onsite for you and your guests. And there are lots of room type options to suit a variety of budgets. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, modern furnishings, a kitchenette and beautiful views. There are Standard King Rooms which are Ideal for couples or singles at your wedding. All the way up to two-level apartments, three bedroom apartments, that are perfect for groups of friends or larger families. We would also recommend these rooms for wedding preparation as there is lots of room for multiple people to get ready.
Wedding ceremonies at Kooindah Waters take place outdoors with the stunning golf course and bushlands as your backdrop. There are a couple of options to choose from
On the greens – You can have your wedding ceremony on the actual greens of the gold course, right next to the ‘heart shaped bunker’. This is a really ideal, natural setting that will look beautiful in your wedding photos.
Clubhouse landing – This option gives you one of the most dramatic entrances to your marriage ceremony. The ceremony would take place on the footpath which looks onto the boardwalk and wetlands. You would walk down a huge grand staircase and walk down the footpath which creates a long and beautiful aisle. Because you will be standing on concrete, you can wear your heels without fear of them sinking into the ground. Plus this location is located right outside the venue, so it is really convenient for your guests.
Wet weather options – There are three indoor rooms available inside the resort that can act as a wet weather back-up for your wedding ceremony. This is a huge bonus as you will have a quality option and have peace of mind that everything can go smoothly, no matter what the weather throws at you.
There are three different rooms available for your wedding reception at Koonindah Waters. They are all part of the one large room and dividing walls can be put into the room to reduce the size to fit a variety of wedding sizes. It features floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views out over the golf course. The full Kooindah Ballroom can fit a wedding of up to 280 guests for a sit-down wedding or 340 guests for a cocktail style wedding. When the rooms are split, they can hold around 100 people for a sitdown reception.
Address: 40 Kooindah Blvd, Wyong NSW
8. Firescreek Winery
If you are looking for a Central Coast wedding venue and you want to get married in a vineyard, then Firescreek Winery just might be the place for you. This is a perfect vineyard and garden wedding venue. Firescreek Fruit Winery is 2.5 acres of beautiful lush green surroundings in the Central Coast suburb of Holgate. It has a rainforest, waterlily ponds, a large creek, various fruit trees and of course it has rows of vines.
They produce many varieties of organic fruit wines and have won many awards for their innovative products. The wines they product depend entirely on the season and what they are growing at the time. But the wines they make may include elements of Figs, Passionfruit, Raspberries, Plum, Rose, Blackberry, Rose Petal and Pear, Elderberry, Lime, Orange, & Chilli, Kiwi, Blackcurrant and Coffee, Guava, Cranberry, Violet, Pear and Feijoa, Blueberry & Lavender.
You can get married anywhere in the gardens on this beautiful property. Most couples tend to have their ceremony under the gazebo in the centre of the gardens. This is a beautiful location where you stand slightly above your wedding guests and the gazebo acts as a nice focal point for the ceremony. There is a long garden path that acts give you a dreamy and romantic wedding entrance before you reach your wedding aisle.
This is a ceremony only wedding venue. But it is close to many restaurants and dinner reception venues so you still have many choices available to you. There are also endless photo opportunities at Firescreek Winery. There are multiple areas and lots of different looks and scenery around the property. There is a main grassy area around the gazebo, an area of vineyards where grapes are grown. A large creek surrounded by big beautiful trees and also a rainforest area. This is one of the nicest garden wedding venues on the Central Coast of NSW and a beautiful place to have your wedding.
Address: 192 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate NSW
9. Soldiers Beach
If you are searching for the perfect beach wedding venue on the Central Coast, then Soldiers Beach might be the perfect place for you. Soldiers Beach is located at one of the best swimming and surfing beaches on the Central Coast. It sits on the southern side of the head, facing southeast, which means it is really well protected and family-friendly.
You can have your wedding ceremony at any number of locations at Soldiers Beach. You could have it on the shoreline of the beach itself… although I would avoid doing this on weekends is summer as the beach will be very busy. You would have to have it towards the southern end, away from the flags and the main swimming and surfing areas.
You could have your ceremony at the top of the sand dunes located just to the side of the Surf Life Saving Club. It is easy to access and no climbing is required for you or your guests. It gives you a lovely outlook out over the beach and you get the beautiful ocean and beach as your ceremony backdrop. The grassy headland area on the northern end of the beach also gives you some of the best views over the beach and ocean. It is located next to the carpark on the headland so access is very easy for you and your wedding guests. And the views are breathtaking. The other option is to have your ceremony below the headland on the rocky outcrops. The views are equally as beautiful and you get to stand on the ruggedly beautiful and flat rocks. But naturally, access can be slightly trickier, particularly for any elderly guests.
Soldiers Beach Surf Life Saving Club is located right on the beach and makes a perfect location for a wedding reception. They have a large beautiful function space located on the top level with beachside views. There are large floor to ceiling windows and a balcony running around the room and it gives your uninterrupted views over the beach. Beautiful natural light and a modern beach setting make this an ideal wedding venue for a lunchtime or evening event.
Address: 101 Soldiers Point Dr, Norah Head NSW
10. Point Wolstoncroft Sports & Recreation Centre
This is one of the best Central Coast wedding venues that is not a typical wedding venue. It is a sports and recreation centre that is located on a huge property on the Lake Macquarie peninsula. It is primarily used for school camps, family camps, sailing courses and corporate training. But if you are looking for a totally unique wedding where and you can have a beautiful rustic wedding and a place where your guests can spend the entire weekend doing fun outdoor activities together… then this could be the ultimate wedding venue.
Make your wedding a whole weekend event. Everyone arrive on a Friday where you have drinks and a barbecue. Saturday is the wedding day. So during the morning all your guests can enjoy over 20 outdoor activities that are available, including swimming, basketball, archery, huge chess, tennis and volleyball. Have lunch in the dining hall. Then have your wedding that afternoon. Sunday is your recovery day and enjoy a hot breakfast and coffee and some outdoor fun before heading home.
This is unconventional wedding accommodation, but one that can provide a totally unique and fun experience for your wedding guests. This is dormitory style, camp-style accommodation that can fit up to 226 wedding guests! They have 5 dormitory-style lodges. They are all uniquely configured and can sleep three to nine people per room. The beds are a combination of single beds, bunk beds and tribunks. Each room in the lodge has an ensuite and has air conditioning. Each lodge can fit 28 to 36 guests and features a communal lounge and dining room. And there are 8 two-bedroom cabins around the property. These cabins can sleep eight people and come with a full kitchen, television and bathroom facilities.
This is a very large property and you can have your wedding ceremony anywhere on the property. You can have your ceremony down by the shores of the lake or underneath a giant tree in the bushland setting. The choice is yours and the setting is perfect for a rustic and natural outdoor wedding.
Your wedding reception can take place in the Lake View Centre which is a building located on the western side of the property. It is a huge, large room that looks out onto Lake Macquarie and can fit over 250 people with a dance floor. This venue is a blank canvas Central Coast reception venue and with the right styling, you can make this space work with your style and vision.
Address: Kanangra Dr, Gwandalan NSW
How to Choose your Central Coast Wedding Venue
Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect wedding venue that is right for you.
Have a rough idea of when you want to get married.
Here is something that can blow peoples minds…. you actually have to book your wedding venue before you choose your exact wedding date. Why? Because good wedding venues book out a long time in advance.
So have a rough idea of the season and the months that you would like to get married. Insider tip… Spring and Autumn are peak times for weddings on the Central Coast of NSW. It is normal for good wedding venues to be booked out one to two years in advance.
Style of wedding venue
Have an idea of the style of wedding that you want. This will help narrow down your choices to the venues that match your style and vision. The Central Coast is a huge area, and there is a lot of variety and choice for couples that want an awesome and unique wedding.
Work out the style of wedding you want and find venues that match that style.
- Beach weddings
- Country weddings
- Modern elegant weddings
- Rustic weddings
- Garden weddings
- Vineyard weddings
Wedding Guest List.
Before you start visiting venues that you like to look of, you need to have a rough idea of how many guests you want at your wedding to make sure the venue can accommodate them. Some central coast wedding venues will have minimum numbers that you have to meet to book in a wedding. And naturally, wedding venues can only fit so many people.
So before you do any site visits, work out the approximate number of guests that you will have and find out the venues minimum and maximum numbers.
Have a rough idea of your wedding budget and also the budget you want to spend on a central coast wedding venue. This is really important because the venue, will all the food and alcohol will be your biggest expense. And if you don’t have a realistic budget, then it is very easy for things to blow out.
To give you an idea of price, the average cost of a wedding in Australia is around in 2012 is $36,000. With the venue, food and alcohol being around $18,600. So you can imagine that today, that cost is much greater.
Try to find out what is included in the price and what is not. Some venues that appear to be ‘expensive’ may include more things, while ‘cheaper’ venues may add on more things. So try to have an idea of how much you want to spend and also how much you want to spend per person.
Do some online research.
If you have narrowed down your list of potential wedding venues, do some research online through google and try to see some recent weddings from there. This will give you some inspiration and also help you decide on your perfect venue.
Wedding Venue Site Visit
If you have done the steps above first, then you should have a small list of potential wedding venues that you like. Now it’s time to actually visit the venues and see which ones really work for you.
Our biggest tip here is to take lots of video and photos of each venue. It’s easy to forget things and mix things up when looking a bunch of different places. I particularly like video because you can do a good walk-through of the venue and really see a 360–degree view of each area. Then you can look back and easily pause to view.
Choosing from the amazing Central Coast wedding venues is a major and a pretty tough decision. It is the first big decision for your wedding and will set up the whole event. So hopefully these tips will help you find an awesome venue where you can have an amazing party.