50 Bush & Forest Wedding Venues in NSW

Forest Wedding Venues NSW

Looking for a Forest wedding venue in NSW? This curated list of 50 forest wedding venues in New South Wales includes a stunning collection of bushland settings for ceremonies and receptions. From world-class hinterland weddings to iconic escarpments and National Parks, New South Wales has an incredible variety of bush and forest wedding locations.

This list of bushland wedding venues includes eco-retreats, resorts in heritage-listed forests, private country estates surrounded by native bush, working farms & woodlands, wineries by National Parks, coastal bushland properties, and the list goes on. There are affordable wedding venues that allow DIY, BYO, camping & glamping to luxury destinations with boutique accommodation. There are forest venues to suit grand weddings with hundreds of guests, to more intimate spots for micro weddings and elopements. 

Many forest wedding venues offer all inclusive wedding packages while others are fully DIY giving you control over catering choices and budget. For your convenience, we've provided an indication of package inclusions as well as wet weather plans for each venue below.

If your venue or ceremony location is in a National Park or NSW State Forest, you will most likely require a permit to enter and hold your event in the park.  Permits cover the use of public spaces for your event and can cost anywhere upward of $250, depending on the site, the season and popularity of the location. All wedding venues located inside a National Park will assist you in obtaining a permit.

So if the great outdoors are calling, here is an incredible list of 50 Forest Wedding Venues nestled in native bushland throughout NSW.

Contents

Byron Bay/Northern NSW
Blue Mountains
Central Coast
Hunter Valley
Mid North Coast
Newcastle
South Coast
Southern Highlands
Sydney
Off The Beaten Track

Forest Venues - Byron Bay

Forest Wedding Venue Midginbil
1. Midginbil Eco Resort

  • LOCATION: 252 Midginbil Rd, Midginbil, NSW 2484
  • CAPACITY: 150
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: from $7,900 (includes 3 days)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 70 - 150 ($100 - $150/pp)

Midginbil Eco Resort is a forest wedding venue set on 400 acres an hour inland from Byron Bay in Northern NSW.  Midginbil offers exclusive use of the entire property to you and your entire guest list for the weekend with bookings of all onsite accommodation.

The property has 2 ceremony venues with views over heritage listed Nightcap National Park offering a choice of tranquil forest & escarpment backdrops to tie the knot. The Country Barn style reception venue is a purpose built versatile structure ready for you to stamp your style.

Venue hire includes a 3 day/2 night wedding experience where you book all accommodation (guests pay for theirs). Accommodation includes luxury safari tents, lodge rooms, a bunkhouse and the quirky Rose Manor Cottage. Catering is available onsite & drinks are BYO.

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Victoria Park Byron Bay Venue
2. Victoria Park

  • LOCATION: 46 Bay Vista Lane, Ewingsdale, NSW 2481
  • CAPACITY: 250
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO with preferred caterers
  • VENUE HIRE: $12000
  • ACCOMMODATION: Victoria's Ewingsdale

Victoria Park is an exclusive 150 acre private farm and forest wedding venue at Ewingsdale in Byron Bay. The dramatic setting is hidden in the woods, situated up a tree-lined drive that opens to a clearing revealing a magical festival space with a luxury clear roofed open air pavilion.

The secluded setting is ideal for tranquil and rustic wedding ceremonies in the forest. When the sun goes down the reception venue comes to life with stunning lights under the starry sky. For smaller intimate groups there are meadows with views for secluded table set ups. 

Catering partners Fig Tree and Feast Events will arrange scrumptious tailored feasts that are either cocktail or seated.. Guests can stay onsite overnight in glamping tents and there is boutique accommodation for 18 at the neighbouring Victoria's Ewingsdale.  

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Nightcap Ridge Byron Bay Weddings
3. Nightcap Ridge

  • LOCATION: Nightcap Range Road, Dorroughby, NSW 2480
  • CAPACITY: 100
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: $3,000 - $7,000
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 10 in 3 cottages,  3 day/2 night

Nightcap Ridge is a unique eco-forest wedding destination nestled in 70 acres of pristine hinterland in the Nightcap National Park, 40 minutes from Byron Bay. This country-chic wedding estate offers an exclusive use, private escape surrounded by lush forest, lily ponds and open grassed areas.

Have a ceremony on the lawn overlooking heritage listed bushland or find a tranquil location near the pond. Immersed in nature, the purpose built all-weather reception venue The Argory, is a huge covered deck pavilion with outdoor stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and modern country styling.

Wedding Packages include venue hire & accommodation in three luxury cabins. Glamping onsite can be arranged. There are more accommodation options locally and a local door to door bus service to transport guests. 

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Crystalbrook Byron Bay Wedding Venue
4. Crystalbrook Byron Bay

  • LOCATION: 77 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
  • CAPACITY: 60 - 150
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive from $280 - $450/pp
  • ACCOMMODATION: 92 Suites

Be immersed in a tropical paradise for the weekend at Crystalbrook Resort, a unique wedding destination offering bespoke ceremonies & receptions tucked in 45 acres of lush rainforest at Byron Bay. 

Crystalbrook has a range of indoor and outdoor spaces that interconnect seamlessly within the natural surroundings. There is a garden bar, a rainforest verandah, a lotus garden, manicured lawns, an alfresco forest restaurant and larger function room that offer a destination for all types of celebrations from boho garden parties to black tie receptions.

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Forest Venues - Blue Mountains

St Josephs Guesthouse - Cheapest wedding venue in the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains
5. St Joseph's Guesthouse

  • LOCATION: 1029 Saint Albans Road, Saint Albans, NSW 2775
  • CAPACITY: 10 - 100
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: $5,500+ (inc 2 nights)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 10

St Joseph’s Guesthouse is a unique bush wedding venue with 'wow factor' nestled in the lower McDonald Valley, 90 minutes from Sydney. This all-in-one location offers secluded daytime weddings in the ruins of the oldest Catholic Church on the Australian mainland - complete with the original church bell.  

With private and spacious lawns, the now non-denominational location is a dream setting for outdoor weddings with views across the Hawkesbury River bushland.  With complete DIY and BYO freedom for all aspects of your day from catering to styling, St Josephs Guesthouse is an affordable wedding destination well suited to extended celebrations and honeymoons.

A ground floor function area seats up to 60 guests or 100 standing. The top 2 floors have 5 luxury bedrooms and open plan living areas all included in the venue hire fee. The property features onsite parking and an outdoor plunge pool. 

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The Lookout is a bush view wedding venue in the Blue Mountains
6. The Lookout Echo Point

  • LOCATION: 33 Echo Point Rd, Katoomba NSW 2780
  • CAPACITY: 20 - 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive

The Lookout Echo Point is one of the most picturesque bushland wedding venues in the Blue mountains. Perched on the edge of the escarpment in Katoomba, The Lookout features expansive views over the Jamison Valley and iconic Three Sisters.

This all-in-one wedding spot offers a gorgeous bush backdrop for both your ceremony & reception, and the convenient location is also moments drive from scenic landmarks at Katoomba where you have the option to say 'I do'.

The elevated Restaurant 1128 has floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views over the surrounding valleys and a versatile indoor and alfresco terrace flow for your reception. Wedding Packages are all inclusive with lavish tailored menus and premium wine lists. 

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Blue Mountains wedding venue Australian Bushland
7. Australian Bushland Weddings

  • LOCATION: 256 Webbs Creek Rd, Wisemans Ferry, NSW 2775
  • CAPACITY: 250
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: from $77/pp including venue hire + accommodation
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 200+ guests

Australian Bushland Weddings is an incredible outdoor wedding venue in pristine bushland at Wisemans Ferry, 1.5hrs from Sydney. The two exclusive hire sites are ideal for a weekend-long festival style weddings with your entire guest list staying onsite with you.

There are unlimited options for your wedding ceremony from historic ruins to secluded bush settings with views near the river and vantage points overlooking Castle Maintain.  The venue boasts two exclusive spaces for your wedding - Little River for more intimate groups of up to 80 guests and Castle Mountain for larger weddings of up to 200. Both sites have cabins and amenities, and the option for an alfresco, marquee or rustic all-weather shed reception.

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Lithgow State Mine - Lithgow, Blue Mountains
8. Lithgow State Mine

  • CAPACITY: 150
  • LOCATION: 3A State Mine Gully Rd, State Mine Gully, NSW 2790
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: From $5,000
  • ACCOMMODATION: Hotels are available in the Blue Mountains

The historic Lithgow State Mine is a decommissioned coal mine with a unique, blank canvas, industrial-vibe venue in a bush setting at Lithgow, just west of the Blue Mountains.

Surrounded by long-forgotten relics, old trains and coal mining machinery, this unique wedding venue has a serene bushland ambience with expansive mountain views for your ceremony backdrop and wedding photographs. 

An extensive lawn area is ideal for outdoor pre-dinner drinks while the Bath House complete with cathedral ceilings and arched windows offers complete freedom to DIY & BYO within an industrial setting including modern commercial kitchen facilities and space for up to 150 guests. 

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Blue Mountains wedding venue Secret Creek
9. Secret Creek Cafe

  • CAPACITY: 70 Seated. 150 Cocktail.
  • LOCATION: 35 Crane Rd, Lithgow, NSW 2790
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: Venue hire + catering from $40/pp
  • WEDDING VENUES: Cafe, lawns, deck & sanctuary

Get back to nature on your wedding day at Secret Creek Cafe, a vegan eatery and rustic wedding venue in a 200ha Wildlife Sanctuary, the only of its kind in the Blue Mountains, and just 2 hours from Sydney. 

Make room at a your ceremony for a few extra guests as Wallabies, Dingoes, Emus & Tasmanian devils roam on the property or hold your ceremony on the lawns or decks of the restaurant overlooking the pristine forest. 

The rustic reception space serves awarded plant based menus, paired with vegan wine offerings and flexible wedding packages from $40 per person. 

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Forest Venues - Central Coast 

Our Secret Garden Forest Weddings
10. Our Secret Garden

  • LOCATION: 120 Berkeley Road, Fountaindale NSW 2258
  • CAPACITY: 250
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive
  • ACCOMMODATION: 5 bedroom House

Our Secret Garden is a unique 58 acres of manicured gardens and bushland nestled just off the M1 motorway, 1 hour north of Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle.

This blank canvas all in one garden venue offers outdoor ceremony & reception areas for you to customise your wedding to suit your personal style. Whether its under a fairy lit canopy, in an open air marquee set up on the manicured lawns or an indoor outdoor event in the blank canvas Lotus Lodge. 

The Secret Garden offers a wide range of catering options from in-house and third party vendors, to seated, feasting, cocktail and grazing menus and even food trucks for up to 250 guests. All inclusive Elopement packages available from $3000. Wedding packages include exclusive use of the property.

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Central Coast Venue Bebeah Farm
11. Bebeah Farm

  • LOCATION: 383 Brush Creek Road, Cedar Brush Creek, NSW 2259
  • CAPACITY: 40 - 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: BYO & DIY
  • VENUE HIRE: $5,000+
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 10 + glamping/camping

Bebeah Farm is a private property and the perfect bush location for a DIY destination wedding in the Yarramalong Valley, just 2 hours from Sydney. Bebeah Farm is exclusively yours for 2+ days for an extended wedding getaway with the option to set up a glamping village for your entire guest list.

Say 'I do' under the towering fig tree or on the grounds overlooking the vast bushland backdrop. This unique forest venue offers gorgeous view-filled options for your outdoor wedding reception. From an intimate gathering up on the homestead lawns for 40 to 100 guests to larger festival style weddings with a marquee on the lower manicured paddock. 

Central Coast Venue Yarramalong Valley Farmstay
12. Yarramalong Valley Farmstay

    • LOCATION: 798 Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek, NSW 2259
    • CAPACITY: 230
    • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
    • VENUE HIRE: From $4,000
    • ACCOMMODATION: Cottage sleeps 12 

Yarramalong Valley Farmstay is a private farm and unique bush wedding venue set on 50 acres in the Central Coast hinterland region of Yarramalong Valley. This scenic all-in-one farmstay offers privacy and tranquility for weddings of up to 200 guest. 

You can write your own wedding story within the bushland valley, from a reception in the rustic barn with fairy lights and chandeliers to an alfresco wedding festival in a marquee or on the lawns. 

Stay for a few nights in the cottage, wake up to the birds, sit on the balcony and take in the views out over the valley. Collect the eggs for breakfast, feed the ponies and enjoy your first days as newlyweds on this gorgeous working farm.

Bidja Estate Forest Weddings
13. Bidja Estate

  • CAPACITY: 150
  • LOCATION: Ourimbah - Central Coast, NSW
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY & BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: $8,999+ (inc 2 nights)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 8 (Homestead + Newlywed Studio)

Bidja Estate is a relaxed all-in-one wedding location nestled in a tranquil bushland setting just 90 minutes north of Sydney on the Central Coast. 

Surrounded by manicured gardens, rolling countryside and picturesque forest, the property features abundant space for unique ceremonies and reception immersed in the Australian bush. This DIY and BYO venue gives you the flexibility to reveal your unique style, with an extensive list of caterers, suppliers and onsite props to decorate your wedding.

Reception venues include an iconic red barn, a romantic open-air courtyard & dance floor and a paddock where you can pitch a luxe marquee or festival style teepee.  

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Paradise Botanical Gardens is a hidden wedding venue on the Central Coast
14. Paradise Botanical Gardens

  • LOCATION: 147 Cherry Ln, Kulnura ,NSW 2250
  • CAPACITY: 230
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: Venue hire, BYO & DIY
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 8 + glamping & camping

Paradise Botanical Gardens is a privately owned wedding venue on 230 acres of pristine native bushland in the small countryside town of Kulnura. This unique property is teaming with incredible spaces and places for your wedding and reception such as the heritage Roman Columns, the Kings Garden with a manicured ceremony lawn, a large lake backdrop, the Monet Bridge and a Garden Marquee. 

Wedding packages includes exclusive use of the property for 3 days with complete DIY & BYO capacity for your own suppliers. Flexible accommodation includes a luxury farmhouse (sleeps 8 people), glamping near the river and guests can even BYO tents.

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Noonaweena is a bushland wedding venue on the Central Coast
15. Noonaweena

  • LOCATION: 1442 George Downes Drive, Kulnura, NSW 2250
  • CAPACITY: 100
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive
  • ACCOMMODATION Sleeps 32

Noonaweena is a private luxury retreat set amongst the canopy of towering native bush in the Central Coast hinterland. Combining luxury and nature, this 100 acre destination offers exclusive access for your weekend-long wedding including 4 luxury lodges (sleeping from 12 - 32). 

Say ‘I do’ in the garden courtyard with dramatic views over Yengo National Park and then celebrate late into the evening with a small reception in the function room for 70 seated guests or outdoors in a marquee for up to 100 people. 

After your wedding relax in the tranquil nature surrounds, take walking tracks to secluded waterfalls, enjoy the swimming pool and spa and the friendly local hospitality.

Forest Venues - Hunter Valley

Dashville is a music festival and wedding venue in the Hunter Valley
16. Dashville Hunter Valley

  • LOCATION: 103 Kirkton Road, Lower Belford, NSW 2335
  • CAPACITY: 40 - 300
  • WEDDING PACKAGES:  Guide from $10,250, All inclusive, DIY, BYO 
  • ACCOMMODATION: BYO tent, glamping

Dashville is a relaxed, private wedding venue and campground located in secluded bushland in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Perfect for a weekend-long wedding and a relaxed escape for intimate groups of 40 to large events of up to 300 guests.

The venue is yours exclusively for the weekend and has rustic facilities, shelters and alternative areas for your wedding and reception. You can have your wedding on the verandah, in the forest, or at the delightfully rustic Swoop Inn. Wedding packages include canapés to grazing platters and buffet menus.

This is a wedding venue all about late nights, live music and a lazy morning breakfast immersed in serene bushland. Mid-week elopements are available for up to 25 guests from $3,500.

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Hunter Valley Wedding Venue Margan Winery
17. Margan Winery

  • LOCATION: 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke, NSW 2230
  • CAPACITY: 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: from $160/pp.

Margan Winery is an eco -friendly restaurant, wedding venue and cellar door in the township of Broke, in the Hunter Valley. This stunning winery features an iconic rammed earth building, incredible gardens and views across the vineyards to the Brokenback Mountain Ranges.

The hatted restaurant is acclaimed for its agri-dining & sustainably farmed wines and serves fine menus from the kitchen garden, orchard and local sourced produce.

Ceremonies & receptions are offered in the courtyard, bar, restaurant, barrel room and outside gardens for up to 150 guests seated and more for cocktail events. Margan Winery can be hired for your exclusive use and is a pet friendly wedding venue.

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Hunter Valley wedding venue Drovers Camp
18. The Drovers Camp Wedding Venue

  • LOCATION: 317 Elderslie Road, Branxton, NSW 2335
  • CAPACITY: 100+
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY & BYO

The Drovers Camp is a rustic, Australian-themed ceremony and reception venue on a private property with a magnificent bush setting of 120 acres in the Hunter Valley. This authentic 'outback' place has been renovated from its original glory days as a renowned outdoor and country music destination to a specialist affordable wedding venue. 

You get exclusive use of The Drovers Camp for your wedding day with indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception including a rustic reception barn, drover bar, amphitheater and outdoor stage decorated with murals. Unique prop structures dial up the rustic vibe of this unique location and offer an eclectic collection of photography backdrops. 

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Cranky Rock Wollombi is an affordable wedding venue in the Hunter Valley
19. Cranky Rock Wollombi

  • LOCATION: 2214 Wollombi Road, Sweetmans Creek, NSW 2325
  • CAPACITY: 100
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: $5,000 (inc 2 nights all guests)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 2 - 100, cottage + camping

Cranky Rock Wollombi is a working beef & horse farm on a 120 acre bush property in the boutique village of Wollombi in the lower Hunter Valley. The affordable DIY venue is named after a huge 25 tonne sandstone boulder that is the centrepiece of the property.

The farm features endless locations and natural backdrops for your wedding including a running brook, a rainforest, open woodlands and incredible sandstone cliffs. The venue hire fee includes DIY glamping & camping for up to 100 wedding guests and use of the large shed, BBQ, bar and fridge facilities. 

Immersed in nature, wake up to the lyre birds, watch the deers and the wallabies roam and enjoy a relaxed weekend with exclusive use of the property for you and your guests.

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Forest Venues - Newcastle

Apollo Hotel is bush wedding venue in Newcastle NSW
20. Apollo International Hotel

  • LOCATION: 290 Pacific Highway, Charlestown, NSW 2290
  • CAPACITY: 20 - 180
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive from $69 /pp
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps all guests

The Apollo International Hotel is set in rustic bushland between Newcastle and the tranquil Lake Macquarie at Charlestown. This beautiful venue offers incredible outdoor locations for your ceremony & photography such as the rotunda in the manicured gardens with a native bush backdrop. This area is also ideal for pre-reception drinks and canapés.  

The reception venue has seamless indoor and outdoor flow with high ceilings, spacious interior and views out over the bushland and pool. Menu choices include cocktail functions, grazing platters, canapés and more formal seated affairs for up to 90 guests (180 cocktail). 

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Forest Venues - North Coast

North Coast Wedding Venue Goolawah Bush Retreat
21. Goolawah Retreat

  • LOCATION: 288 Point Plomer Rd, Crescent Head NSW 2440
  • CAPACITY: 30 - 150
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: from $6,000 (inc 2 nights for 32 guests)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 32 in 5 cottages + camping

Goolawah Retreat is a magical bushland paradise and very affordable 3-day wedding location at popular Crescent Head on the NSW North Coast. Secluded on 28 privates acres and just 800m from the beach, Goolawah is an ideal destination for a forest festival style with family and friends staying mid-weekend or for the weekend. 

Wedding spots at this relaxed retreat include casual affairs amongst the trees, on the lawns and in the courtyard of the brand new architecturally designed wedding pavilion which comes complete with a fire pit, festoon lighting and outdoor furniture for events of up to 90 seated and 120 cocktail style.  

Immersed in national park with no neighbours, fun & festive weddings with no curfew are the go here. Wedding Package include exclusive use of the entire property including all accommodation and amenities for the weekend. Pet friendly. 

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Longview Farm bush wedding
22. Longview Farm

  • LOCATION: 95 Longview Cl, Caffreys Flat, NSW 2424
  • CAPACITY: 16 - 120
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: $14,000 (inc 3 days accommodation, less midweek)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 16 + glamping/camping
      Longview Farm is a rustic wedding destination framed by the bushy countryside surrounds of the Manning Valley hinterland. This relaxed, 80 acre private property offers exclusive use of the venue for your wedding with 1km of river frontage, a luxury rotating bridal house and deluxe glamping and camping for your entire guest list for the whole weekend. 
      Serene bush locations on the river bank and Gum Tree Paddock are ideal for private wedding ceremonies where the set up & pack down of rustic benches and arbor is included in the hire fee. 
    Reception venues include a large open-sided rustic barn with seated capacity of up to 120, an outdoor lawn games area and space if you prefer to hire in a marquee for your reception. Venue hire includes access to the decorations shed where you'll find rustic wheelbarrows, furniture & furnishings. No neighbours. Late curfew.

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North Coast Wedding Venue Bombah Point
23. Bombah Point

  • LOCATION:  969 Bombah Point Rd, Bombah Point, NSW 2423
  • CAPACITY: 35
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • ACCOMMODATION: 6 Cottages

Set in pristine forest beside Myall Lakes National Park, this 4.5 star bushland retreat is the perfect destination for the eco-conscious wedding couple and their entire guest list.

Bombah Point offers a communal reception space with full kitchen, bbq fire pit set up and dining facilities to cater for groups of up to 25 people with your choice of DIY and catered options. Facilities include 6 cottages that provide accommodation just a short walk from the beach.

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North Coast wedding venue Nelson Bay Golf
24. Nelson Bay Golf Club

  • LOCATION: 57 Dowling St, Nelson Bay NSW 2315
  • CAPACITY: Seated 180, Standing 230
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive.

Nelson Bay Golf Club is an all in one wedding venue near the Tomaree National Park in Port Stephens. The course is surrounded by native trees and wildlife with a dedicated bushland ceremony site including the 20th tee (to which you can arrive via golf cart). There's also a large open air balcony overlooking the 9th green with views to Tomaree mountain. 

All inclusive wedding packages cater for small intimate dinners to a banquet reception and cocktail events of up to 230 people. There are two adjoining function rooms and a courtyard that cater for weddings from 60 guests and a private dining 'Boardroom' to cater to elopements and micro weddings as small as 8 guests. 

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Heaven Gardens is a garden wedding venue on the Mid North Coast
25. Heaven Gardens

  • LOCATION: 332 Lemon Tree Passage Rd, Salt Ash NSW 2318
  • CAPACITY: 120 Seated, 150 Cocktail
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: 3 day hire for wedding and reception from $5500. Ceremony only 1 day from $1550

The unique & versatile Heaven Gardens is a tranquil wedding venue immersed in 5 acres of private bushland gardens in Port Stephens, just 40 minutes from Newcastle. The 20 themed gardens offer endless picturesque places for your ceremony and wedding photos from lush foliage, rainforest walks, fishponds, winding forest paths and boardwalks to views over Tilligerry National Park. 

An open outdoor pavilion continues the connection to the bushland for your reception with high ceilings, exposed timber and an abundance of natural light. As the sun sets, festoon and fairy lighting create a truly magical ambience. This flexible BYO venue suits BBQ cookouts, grazing tables, roaming cocktail events, food trucks and traditional seated functions. Wedding Packages include the option for ceremony only from $1550.

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River View Island Forest Weddings
26. River View Island

  • LOCATION: 841 Rodeo Dr, Tewinga NSW 2449
  • CAPACITY: 150
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: 2 Day stays. All inclusive + DIY/BYO
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 76

River View Island is a unique 70 acre wedding destination surrounded by nature in the Nambucca Valley region of the NSW North Coast. The picturesque riverfront location offers the perfect mix of contemporary and country charm for a weekend-long luxe rustic wedding. 

Ceremony areas include bushland settings along the river, secluded gardens spots and areas under shady tree canopies. There are 2 reception areas onsite including The Island - an outdoor garden venue where celebrations take place under festoon lit tree canopies, and The Barn - a luxe-rustic indoor venue with industrial vibes and stunning sunset views.

The venue offers 2 cottages sleeping 15 guests onsite (1 with stunning views across the river) and glamping tents for 12. Free camping is permitted for up to 50 people & there are portable amenities. Wedding Packages with venue hire include all furniture and your hosts set up and pack down for you.

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Mansfield Estate Bush Wedding Venue
27. Mansfield Estate

  • LOCATION: 743 Ocean Dr, Grants Beach NSW 2445
  • CAPACITY: 100
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: $12,500 (inc accommodation)
  • ACCOMMODATION: 13 guest rooms. Sleeps 30

This private forest eco-retreat and wedding venue is set on 600 acres of unspoilt coastal bushland and koala habitat just 30 minutes from Port Macquarie on the NSW north coast. (Beach access)

At Mansfield Estate you have exclusive use of the property to set up a bohemian style ceremony under the trees or a rustic hillside ceremony with the bush as your backdrop. Mansfield offers a special tree planting ceremony as part of your day to honour the commitment you make to each other and supports Mansfield's promise to protect the environment for future generations. 

Versatile reception areas include an outdoor marquee, open air on the lawn, and a magical reception hall with an adjoining alfresco space & fire pit. fairly lights and stunning views. Midweek, micro wedding and elopement packages available. 

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Sunset Vine Forest Wedding
28. Sunset + Vine

  • LOCATION: 3439a Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm NSW 2316
  • CAPACITY: 125
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: Venue hire from $12,500 (includes accommodation)
  • ACCOMMODATION: SLeeps 2 + offside accommodation

Port Stephens wedding venue Sunset+Vine overlooks Wonganella Estate Vineyard with views spanning across acres of coastal bushland to Tilligerry Creek. Set high on a hill, the sunsets from here are spectacular. 

Ceremony venues at Sunset + Vine include the picturesque vineyard, sundeck balcony compete with timber arbour or on the forest floor under a canopy of trees. The Barrel Room caters for elegant wedding receptions with views over the vineyard.

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Forest Venues - Sydney 

Blue Mountains wedding venues Botanic Gardens
29. Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan

  • LOCATION: 362 Narellan Rd, Mount Annan, NSW 2567
  • CAPACITY: 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: Ceremony packages from $770

The Australian Botanical Gardens in South West Sydney offers an impressive 416 hectares of stunning botanical sites for wedding ceremonies including authentic native Australian woodlands and a tropical waterfront rainforest.

Manicured lawns are situated throughout the garden's and can be hired for your ceremony and/or reception from 2+ hours. Set up marquee packages for 200 start at $110/pp plus catering, that can be arranged at an extra charge. More economical for your reception is the Bowden Centre, as this space avoids marquee hire costs. 

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Burnt Orange is a garden ceremony venue in Sydney's North Shore
30. Burnt Orange Sydney

  • LOCATION: 1109 Middle Head Rd, Mosman, NSW 2088
  • CAPACITY: 200 - 250
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive

Burnt Orange is an historic 1920's mansion and wedding venue on Sydney Harbour tucked away in secluded native bushland in Mosman. You'd never know you were just 20 minutes from the Sydney CBD within the peaceful gardens here.

There are two reception areas in The Signals Room and the Balcony. The wrap-around balcony elevates guests into the treetops and is the perfect alfresco option for 200 guests seated and 250 guests for cocktail events. The indoor areas are perfect for a dance floor or retreat space for guests to relax. 

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The Woodlands bush wedding venue
31. The Woodlands

  • LOCATION: 1 Forestgrove Dr, Harrington Park NSW 2567
  • CAPACITY: 60 - 240
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive

Located within the lush grounds of Harrington Forest, The Woodlands is a stunning all-in-one wedding venue immersed in nature. This South West Sydney parkland oasis features a private ceremonial amphitheater offering amazing natural acoustics and ambience for your outdoor 'I do's'.

The modern architecturally designed reception venue is nestled into the forest clearing integrating seamlessly within the environment. The large elevated function spaces have a versatile layout with floor to ceiling windows and a wrap around balcony from which to enjoy proceedings within the serene bushland setting. 

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Audley Dance Hall Forest Weddings
32. Audley Dance Hall

  • LOCATION: 2 Lady Carrington Dr, Royal National Park NSW 2233
  • CAPACITY: 20-200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES:  All inclusive
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 5

Tucked away in the Royal National Park and surrounded by picture perfect bushland is the heritage listed Audley Dance Hall - a refurbished wedding venue and recreation hall just 45 minutes in the south of the Sydney CBD.

Overlooking the Audley Valley and Hacking River the dance hall is nestled in an expansive bush bound parkland and is a premier venue for romantic outdoor ceremonies and receptions. 

Inside, the hall has been tastefully refurbished to preserve its history with timer walls, high ceilings, a blank canvas and doors opening to the large shady verandah overlooking scenic views down the river. 

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Allegro Bush wedding ceremony
33. Allegro

  • LOCATION: 1 Porters Road Kenthurst NSW 2156 
  • CAPACITY: 200 - 300
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive

Tucked below the towering gums, Allegro is a gorgeous Mediterranean style villa and stunning bushland wedding venue in the O'Hara Valley at Kenthurst in North West Sydney. The venue boasts a leafy bounty of gardens surrounding an outdoor gazebo and a terrace balcony set amongst the tree canopies for weddings with a bush backdrop.

The main reception venue features romantic draped bulb lighting, an open fireplace, exposed rustic beams and huge arch windows displaying the picturesque native bush surrounds. 

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rustic venue berowra
34. Berowra Waters Inn

  • LOCATION: Berowra Waters - Sydney, NSW
  • CAPACITY: 24- 80
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive from $250/pp

Berowra Waters Inn is an iconic Sydney wedding venue, immersed in native bushland on the Berowra Waters riverbank. This impressive foodie venue is one of Sydney's hidden gems and only accessible by private boat from the Berowra Waters Marina.

The venue is well suited to small and intimate weddings and has a little courtyard next to the jetty where you can have a wedding ceremony if you wish. Inside, a private dining room caters for intimate groups of up to 24 and the main dining room seats up to 70 guests. Expect fine dining seasonally curated menus of local produce paired with local wines. 

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Gunners Barracks Mosman Wedding Venue
35. Gunners Barracks

  • LOCATION: End of, Suakin Dr, Mosman NSW 2088
  • CAPACITY: 50-180
  • WEDDING PACKAGES:  Guide: from $150-$250pp

Gunners Barracks is a luxury wedding venue nestled in a tranquil bushy haven in Mosman on Sydney's North Shore. This historic venue is surrounded by nature's own backdrop with the grounds offering iconic photo backdrops and commanding views over Sydney Harbour. 

There are three outdoor ceremony locations offering a choice of waterfront, courtyard and tranquil bushland settings to say 'I do'. A large terrace with sweeping harbour views seamlessly connects the main dining room and adjoining sandstone courtyard featuring romantic fairy lights perfect for intimate pre-reception drinks and dancing under the stars.

The venue offers bespoke wedding packages with fine dining menus for up to 130 guests seated and 180 guests for cocktail events. The courtyard is suitable of smaller seated events of 50.

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outdoor wedding venue sydney harbour
36. Athol Hall

  • LOCATION: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
  • CAPACITY: 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive from $180/pp

Set amongst the trees on the Sydney Harbour foreshore is the historic Athol Hall. This stunning park location is surrounded by nature with exquisite views of the Harbour Bridge and has its own private beach. Most couples hold their wedding ceremony on the sloping front lawn with the bush and Sydney Harbour beyond as their backdrop.

The reception venue is a beautiful heritage hall that is perched at the top of the sloping foreshore lawn and offers an impressive canvas (including exposed roof beams making overhead floral installations easy) to create a wedding to your styling preference.

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Small venue Hazelhurst
37. Hazelhurst Cafe

    • CAPACITY: 10 - 180
    • LOCATION: 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW 2227
    • WEDDING PACKAGES: Venue hire 

A boutique wedding venue with a laid back, art vibe within the grounds of the Hazelhurst Arts Centre, in south Sydney. This beautiful venue set on 1.4 hectares of gardens & bushland transforms from a classic cafe to magical and exclusive use private garden setting venue for your wedding day.

The rustic, artistic reception venue is a laid back open air art studio style location with indoor dining room and an expansive deck overlooking the bushy garden backdrop. 

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Palladio Estate is a private wedding venue in Sydney's North Western Suburbs
38. Palladio Arcadia

  • LOCATION: Nollands Road, Fiddletown, NSW 2159
  • CAPACITY: 110
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All Inclusive from $400/pp
  • ACCOMMODATION: 10 Guests / 5 Rooms

The Tuscan style estate at Palladio Arcadia is nestled on 33 acres of pristine bushland and elegant European gardens in Sydney's North West. There are endless locations and picturesque backdrops for an outdoor wedding within the lush gardens.

Palladio offers a limited few bespoke weddings each year and the villa includes accommodation for 10 on the property for the weekend. 

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Forest Venues - South Coast

The Woods Farm is a coastal wedding venue in Southern NSW
39. The Woods Farm

  • LOCATION: Bayly Road, Tomerong, NSW 2540
  • CAPACITY: 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY & BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: All accommodation must be booked
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 120 ($100 - $150/pp)

The Woods Farm is a hidden bushland oasis on 40 acres near the white sandy shores of Jervis Bay on the South Coast. An exclusive-use wedding destination where all your guests stay onsite with you for 2+ nights in cottages and a glamping village.

The boutique property is well suited to vintage and rustic weddings with old horse carts, bikes and trucks dotting the landscape. The centrepiece of the farm stay is this one-of-a-kind open air chapel at the end of an impressive curving arbor under which you make your grand entrance. 

The reception shed is a 200 square meter luxe rustic space with impressive vintage chandeliers and cascading flower arrangements. Huge barn sliding doors leading to a large balcony and open outdoor area complete with fire pit, tables and armchairs, open air bar and festoon lights all surrounded by bush. 

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Fig Tree Park is a new South Coast wedding venue 2min from the beach
40. Fig Tree Park

  • LOCATION: 58 Sheringham Lane, Central Tilba, NSW 2546
  • CAPACITY: 2 - 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 2

Fig Tree Park is a new wedding venue perched at the top of a hill in rolling countryside overlooking the ocean on the far South Coast of NSW, a 2 minute drive to the charming holiday town of Tilba Tilba.  

The tranquil and romantic setting of the homestead gardens is an idyllic destination for a mid-week or weekend wedding in the great outdoors with breathtaking coastal and countryside views from the shade of fairy lit Fig Trees.

With exclusive use of the property you have access to the wedshed for indoor receptions and the honeymoon suite barn for the duration of your stay. Elopement packages include the option of an private chef & use of the homestead's private dining room for up to 10 guests. The lawns are suitable for functions up to 200 guests.

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South Coast Wedding Venue Paperbark Camp
41. Paperbark Camp

  • LOCATION: 571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia NSW 2540
  • CAPACITY: 100
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 45
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: Guide only of $35,000 (60 people)

Immersed in the forest, the eco-friendly retreat of Paperbark Camp is the perfect wedding venue for a romantic escape amongst the trees. When you book all the accommodation at this couples retreat, you have exclusive use of the property for the duration of your stay.

The treetop Gunyah takes dining amongst the trees to a whole new level. This architecturally designed dining room, high up in the tree canopy, takes in the sea breeze and offers a unique view across the bush. You can also set up outdoor dining in a circular arrangement below, under a fairy lit canopy. 

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South Coast Wedding Venue Kianinny Bush Retreat
42. Kianinny Bush Cottages

  • LOCATION: 246 Tathra Rd, Tathra NSW 2550
  • CAPACITY: 60 - 150
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 150
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive from $100/pp

At Kianinny, you are immersed in 100 acres of bushland just 3kms from Tathra beach on the picturesque Sapphire Coast. This hidden holiday resorts offers unique rustic locations for affordable weddings including a freshwater lake with ceremony pontoon and two covered pavilion rooms for your reception. 

Flexible, budget friendly weekend packages for the entire guest list include accommodation in comfortable self contained cottages for 120+ guests with onsite activities including canoeing, zip-lining and mini-putt. 

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South Coast wedding venue The Jackson Ranch
43. The Jackson Ranch

  • LOCATION: Bawley Point - South Coast, NSW
  • CAPACITY: 200
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: from $200/pp
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 30 (5 cabins)

The Jackson Ranch is a unique private property set amongst the trees on a serene 37 acres of hidden forest on Lake Walinga, just 20 minutes from Mollymook on the South Coast.

Nestled in sheltered lush forest on the doorstep of secluded beaches and with serene lakeside views, The Jackson Ranch caters to bespoke, all-in-one private weddings managed by the owners of the Bannisters restaurant group.

The reception spaces are versatile and rustic, catering for more formal events in the Jackson Room with natural timbers, high ceiling & classic white finishes. The outdoor Terrace is for celebrating under the stars. Both venues cater for 125 seated and up to 200 cocktail style.  

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Bundanon
44. Bundanon

  • LOCATION: 170 Riversdale Road, Illaroo, NSW 2540
  • CAPACITY: 50 - 180
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: From $15000
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 96

The Boyd Education Centre at Bundanon is an elevated, contemporary reception venue with a soaring glass frontage offering breathtaking views down the Shoalhaven River. Nestled within the peaceful bush landscape below the wedding hall is a quaint wooden pier that makes an idyllic setting for waterfront wedding ceremonies. 

In total, there are three reception venues within the Bundanon precinct catering for all styles and sizes of weddings from 50 to 300. With the option of on site accommodation, full or part catering, a day or weekend event, Bundanon is the ideal venue to personalise your very own luxury bush wedding experience.

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Illawarra Wedding Venue Altitude 1148
45. Altitude 1148

  • LOCATION: Southern Gateway Centre, Princes Hwy, Bulli NSW 2516
  • CAPACITY: 140
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive

Altitude 1148 is a contemporary restaurant and exclusive reception venue suspended on the escarpment at Bulli Tops with stunning panoramic views of the bush toward the Illawarra coastline.

The onsite ceremony location is an open air balcony with the bush & ocean as your backdrop. The restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows with unsurpassed views. Wedding packages are all inclusive (and affordable) and offer exclusive use of the venue for your wedding. 

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Forest Venues - Southern Highlands

Growwild Wildflower Farm Garden Weddings

46. Growwild Wildflower Farm

  • LOCATION: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, NSW 2575
  • CAPACITY: 145
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY/BYO
  • VENUE HIRE: from $6,500

Growwild is a native wildflower farm, wedding venue and registered sanctuary with the Wildlife Land Trust set on 25 colourful acres, 15 minutes from Bowral in the Southern Highlands. 

The expansive gardens are surrounded by native bushland and offer a number of secluded lawns for private wedding ceremonies and outdoor picnic/festival style receptions. You can wander through the elegant gardens on paved pathways for wedding photos against a plethora of stunning backdrops.

Indoor reception venues include a rustic industrial barn that's perfect for micro weddings up to 50 guests and a luxe garden marquee for up to 145 guests. Wedding packages include exclusive use of the grounds for your wedding day. and BYO alcohol & catering. 

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Mali Brae Farm bush wedding venue
47. Mali Brae Farm

  • LOCATION: 562 Nowra Rd, Moss Vale NSW 2577
  • CAPACITY: 30 - 120
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 2

Mali Brae Farm is a boutique & bushy wedding venue on a private 90 acres of idyllic farmland in the heart of the Southern Highlands. Majestic country views, pretty willow trees in a waterfront ceremony setting, unique rustic ruins, elegant pencil pine stairways and woodland bush backdrops are the draw cards here. 

With exclusive use of this family owned & operated farm for your wedding, you can choose any of the 6 ceremony locations and either of the two reception venues for your big day. The transformed hay barn oozes rustic elegance and seats up to 120 while the brand new Augustine's Room brings a modern aesthetic to micro weddings of 30 - 55 guests.  

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Montrose House is a heritage wedding venues in the Southern Highlands
48. Montrose House

  • LOCATION: Ormond Street, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
  • CAPACITY: 140
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive with preferred caterers
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 2

Country hideaway Montrose House is a secluded forest wedding venue surrounded by 33 acres of shady woodlands, orchards, hazelnut groves and meadows in the Southern Highlands. Plenty of places for guests to explore on your wedding day as they roam the grounds surrounding the original 1861 homestead.

On your wedding day the owners are onsite to liaise with wedding venues and coordinate your preferred set up. You get exclusive use of the entire estate including the Bridal Parlour, ceremony gardens, heritage photo backdrops, Greenhouse Bar, croquet lawns and the reception venue - Badgery Hall. 

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Forest Venues - Regional NSW

Berry Hill is a brand new country wedding venue on the Hawkesbury River
49. Berry Hill Hawkesbury River

  • LOCATION: 1832 River Road, Leets Vale, NSW
  • CAPACITY: 20 - 300
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: DIY (Onsite coordinator available)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Sleeps 74+

Berry Hill is a brand new rural wedding venue with 75 picturesque acres of undisturbed wilderness on the Hawkesbury River, just 90 minutes from Sydney. Perfect for a relaxed destination wedding where you have exclusive use of the property and accommodation options for the entire guest list.

This expansive property features 2km of river frontage, a scenic sandstone escarpment and spacious flat paddocks to set up teepees or a marquee and adjoining glamping village.  

Nestled in breathtaking natural surrounds, you're spoilt for choice with locations for your dream ceremony & DIY reception. The venue comes with an historic heritage homestead that has been lovingly restored and boutique converted shed suites, a giant Scandinavian tipi, marquee and in-house glamping tents.  

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Central Coast Venue Eaglereach Weddings
50. Eaglereach Weddings

  • LOCATION: 610 Moonabung Road, Vacy, NSW 2421
  • CAPACITY: 110 - 150
  • WEDDING PACKAGES: All inclusive from $150/pp

Eaglereach is a 640 acre wilderness retreat overlooking mountains, valleys and Barrington Tops between the Hunter Valley & Central Coast. This uniquely Australian Resort is all about having a highly romantic wedding experience in the secluded tranquility of nature.

Eaglereach is owned and run by industry renowned Sprout Catering who provide catering at many of the surrounding weddings venues, hence your all-inclusive wedding package is in good hands at Eaglereach.

There are loads of romantic bushland ceremony sites on the property from cliff top locations to the deck where you can say "I do" with the sun setting behind you. The function room is open plan and air conditioned with an adjoining large timber deck offering panoramic views over the bush and wildlife.

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Most forest venues on this list are all-in-one venues where you can host both your wedding ceremony and reception in the one place. Many of these offer a destination venue with onsite accommodation and exclusive use of the property for the entire weekend.  
These Forest wedding venues cater for all types of celebrations from outdoor ceremonies under the forest canopy to the full bushland camping experience to refined luxury forest retreats. If a magical forest event is your wedding dream, look no further than these 50 forest wedding venues in NSW by following the links provided. Happy planning.

Cover Image: Zoe Morley Photography