NSW offers a unique selection of oceanfront wedding venues. From cliff top retreats with panoramic ocean views to beachfront hotels, clubs and resorts. In this article we journey along the state's coastline to find the best oceanfront wedding venues in NSW.
Many of the most popular oceanfront venues in NSW are located in the state’s largest cities. Included in the list below there’s also a great choice of options up and down the NSW coastline, offering beachfront weddings in more secluded and less well-trodden locations.
NSW offers several luxury wedding experiences at high-end oceanfront venues along its coasts. The eastern and northern beaches of Sydney are particularly well serviced by world class eateries and 5 star resort locations are dotted along the northern and southern coastlines.
Regional destinations are often much cheaper than their city counterparts and NSW offers plenty of more affordable oceanfront wedding venues for those on a tighter budget. You'll find surf beaches, quiet coastal towns and secluded bushland settings among the state's best locations for affordable oceanfront weddings below.
If an ocean backdrop is your dream wedding location, this list of the best coastal spots in the state is for you. These are the most spectacular oceanfront wedding venues in NSW.
Oceanfront Wedding Venues in NSW
Explore coastal wedding venues in the following NSW locations:
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to oceanfront wedding venues in Sydney, with many of the city’s beach suburbs providing event spaces with views of the ocean. From venues that look straight out to sea, to locations with port side and harbour views, Sydney offers a great variety of world class waterfront locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
- CAPACITY: 30 seated, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: Beach Road, Palm Beach, NSW 2108
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $195/pp include food, drinks & flowers
Located on Sydney's Northern Beaches, The Boathouse at Palm Beach is an oceanfront wedding venue enjoying uninterrupted views across the Pittwater Basin. Wedding venues include an outdoor deck with adjoining wharf that caters for ceremonies and sit down & cocktail wedding receptions for up to 200. Ceremonies can be held offsite and The Boathouse Group provide ceremony styling & bar packages from $3,000 anywhere on the Northern Beaches.
- CAPACITY: 18 - 60
- LOCATION: Moore Road, Freshwater, NSW 2096
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $215/pp including catering & drinks
Pilu is a Sardinian restaurant and coastal wedding venue for seaside ceremonies & receptions. Wedding venues include the beachfront garden and a choice of 3 private dining rooms that cater for weddings of up to 18, 28 & 60 guests. Flexible wedding packages include a dedicated wedding coordinator and start at $135/pp for catering and $80/pp for beverages.
- CAPACITY: 200
- LOCATION: 1 Marine Parade, Manly, NSW 2095
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $195/pp including food, drinks & flowers
The Boathouse at Shelly Beach is a cocktail bar, restaurant, beachfront wedding venue and favourite locals hangout spot. Wedding venues include a private upstairs space with views over the beach and the front door is literally 2 steps from the sand. Downstairs a larger reception venue seats 80 or can cater for cocktail weddings for 200.
- CAPACITY: 150
- LOCATION: 55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW 2095
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $5,000
Beachside Dojo is a Hampton's style wedding venue at the iconic Manly Beach. Located on the 2nd floor, the venue provides a coastal oasis that offers beachfront wedding ceremonies and receptions away from the sand. Wedding venues include 3 private dining rooms that can cater for more intimate wedding receptions of 20 - 80 guests.
- CAPACITY: 48 - 122
- LOCATION: 69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach, NSW 2107
- WEDDING PACKAGES: Range from $135 - $220/pp + drinks from $125 - $480/pp
Jonah's is an award winning restaurant, hotel and oceanfront wedding venue with uninterrupted views over Whale Beach on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Wedding venues include an intimate cliff top garden which can be hired on its own for smaller weddings with up to 48 guests or together with the restaurant for exclusive use for up to 122 guests. Jonah's offers sit down, cocktail and degustation menus with unique experiences including an oyster bar and interactive seafood station.
- CAPACITY: 180 seated, 250 cocktail
- LOCATION: 79 Parriwi Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $120/pp
Orso Bayside is a beachfront wedding venue located at Middle Harbour adjacent to Sydney's iconic Spit Bridge. Wedding venues include the function space, outdoor deck and adjoining wharf which offers the opportunity to make a grand ceremony entrance by boat. Orso is a popular Jewish wedding venue and provides Kosher catering among its menu options.
- CAPACITY: 150
- LOCATION: East Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2095
- WEDDING PACKAGES: Venue hire from $750 + catering & drinks from $190/pp
The Manly 16ft Skiff is a sailing club located a few minutes walk from Sydney's iconic Manly Wharf. The private Skiff Deck at the rear of the venue is the ideal spot for a sand-free beachfront ceremony and the Harbour View reception venue offers a scenic ocean outlook with stunning sunsets. Wedding packages include food options from $120/pp & drinks from $70/pp.
- CAPACITY: 140 seated, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: Jennifer Street, Little Bay, NSW 2036
- WEDDING PACKAGES: Ceremonies from $850. Receptions from $102/pp
St Michael's Golf Course and function centre is an affordable wedding venue with 180 degree uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal wedding venues include several ceremony & photo locations on the golf course & ocean's edge. St Michael's is one of the cheapest oceanfront wedding venues in Sydney.
- CAPACITY: 20 - 110
- LOCATION: 2A The Esplanade, Mosman, NSW 2088
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $125 - $140 per person
Public Dining Room is a casual fine dining restaurant and wedding venue on Balmoral Beach. The terrace is the perfect oceanfront wedding venue for a sand-free beachside ceremony and the private dining room and restaurant cater for small and larger wedding receptions respectively. Wedding photos can be taken at the iconic Balmoral Baths just a short walk away along the seaside promenade.
- CAPACITY: 130 seated, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $105/pp
Athol Hall is a beautifully restored heritage venue with its own private beach on Sydney Harbour. The stunning location offers sweeping water views to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is the ideal secluded spot for seaside wedding photos. The expansive lawns are ideal for ceremonies and cocktail receptions with an ocean backdrop and the hall is a blank canvas to style for wedding receptions in any theme.
- CAPACITY: 100 seated, 170 cocktail
- LOCATION: 4 The Esplanade, Mosman, NSW 2088
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $150 per person
The Bathers' Pavilion is a Mediterranean style wedding venue with a private function room and terrace for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue offers heritage architecture, an oceanfront location, a blank canvas to style as your own and picturesque views of Sydney Harbour. Cocktail receptions start at $150/pp and sit down receptions from $175/pp. Ceremonies are usually held at the beach or local park.
- CAPACITY: 150 seated, 200 cocktail
- LOCATION: 227 Whale Beach Road, Whale Beach, NSW 2107
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $195 per head
Moby Dicks (part of The Boathouse Group) is a stunning seaside wedding venue with 180 degree ocean views over Whale Beach. Choose from sit-down or canape style wedding reception packages, and the optional ceremony styling and bar package which is available from $3,000 for wedding ceremonies located anywhere between Palm Beach and Mosman.
- CAPACITY: 150
- LOCATION: 81 Beach Drive, Killcare, NSW 2257
- VENUE HIRE: From $1,000
Killcare Surf Club is one of the most affordable oceanfront wedding venues in NSW. The club's large balcony provides stunning views over the beach where you can have your ceremony on the sand. This fully BYO & DIY wedding venue has a commercial grade kitchen onsite for use by your preferred caterers and offers a simple blank canvas that up-styles well.
- CAPACITY: 104
- LOCATION: 39 Campbell Parade, North Bondi, NSW 2026
- WEDDING PACKAGES: Tailored as required
Rocker at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach is a casual European cafe, restaurant, bar and beachside wedding venue. The airy atmosphere is the ideal setting for laid back coastal wedding receptions. Expect a fresh seafood menu, a warm breeze, and a local beach town vibe.
- CAPACITY: 100 sit down, 150-250 cocktail
- LOCATION: Donnellan Circuit, Clovelly, NSW 2031
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $125/pp
Clovelly Surf Club has an oceanfront wedding venue for ceremonies and receptions on it's 2nd storey. The indoor and adjoining outdoor space provide two separated venues that can joined for larger weddings by pitching a marquee over the back deck. Wedding packages provide a 5 hour food & beverage service and include unique catering options such as a paella package.
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A leisurely 2 hour drive south of Sydney is the peaceful Shoalhaven region at the gateway to the NSW South Coast. The choice of oceanfront wedding venues here extends from luxury hotels and private farms to affordable beachside clubs and resorts. You'll find venues that offer you your own private beach for the weekend and places where your entire guest list can stay onsite. Here's a selection of the South Coast's most spectacular oceanfront wedding venues.
- ADDRESS: Ellmoos Road, Jervis Bay NSW 2540
- CAPACITY: 200
- VENUE HIRE: From $10,000
The Cove is an ideal wedding location for a beachfront getaway in Jervis Bay with the entire guest list. Wedding venues include your very own private beach, restaurant, pavilion, and gardens. Self-contained beach cabins and tents sleep up to 126 guests, and there's free kayaks, paddle boards and a swimming pool providing plenty to do onsite.
- ADDRESS: 30 Staples St, Shoalhaven Heads NSW 2535
- CAPACITY: 60 seated, 120 cocktail
- VENUE HIRE: From $5,000
Bangalay Luxury Villas is a beachfront wedding venue and resort located next to Shoalhaven Golf Course. Landscaped gardens and an onsite restaurant provide an all-in-one location for ceremonies & receptions and there's 16 beach villas to accommodate all guests onsite. The resort can be hired for exclusive use with bookings of all villas, and there's a day spa, swimming pool and fire pit onsite.
- ADDRESS: 72 Golf Avenue, Mollymook, NSW 2539
- CAPACITY: 220
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $124 per person
Mollymook Beachside Weddings is an affordable oceanfront venue located at Mollymook Golf Club. Wedding venues include a function room with uninterrupted ocean views, a courtyard, golf course and beach. Reception packages start at $124/pp for cocktail weddings and $135/pp for seated menus with a 5 hour beverage service.
- ADDRESS: 4 Farrant Ave, Culburra Beach NSW 2540
- CAPACITY: 130
- VENUE HIRE: From $2,200
The Nowra Culburra Surf Life Saving Club is a blank canvas beachfront venue that offers affordable hall hire with a commercial kitchen for DIY wedding receptions. Bring your preferred caterers, BYO drinks and get married on the beach in front of the club.
- ADDRESS: 10 Coolaroo Pl, Berry NSW 2535
- CAPACITY: 60
- WEDDING PACKAGES: Enquire for wedding ceremony & reception costs
Berry Beach Holiday Cottage is a private B&B ideally suited to small garden weddings or ceremonies at Seven Mile Beach. The private dining room is perfect for small wedding receptions and marquees are permitted in the garden for larger events. Accommodation for 4 is available onsite.
- ADDRESS: 101 Willinga Rd, Bawley Point NSW 2539
- CAPACITY: 50 - 150
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $10,000
Bawley Bush Retreat is a quiet, lakeside property with a rustic function centre, manicured lawns and its own private beach. The lawns are ideal for marquee or teepee weddings with a festival feel and and there's accommodation for 44 onsite. Wedding packages include venue hire + accommodation + commercial kitchen facilities for your choice of caterers.
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From the hinterland to oceanfront, Byron Bay offers a world-class selection of coastal wedding venues with spectacular ocean views. It is the perfect destination for laid back, beachside weddings and as a popular holiday spot offers plenty of places to stay and things to do including visiting world class eateries and award winning restaurants. Many wedding venues in Byron Bay are private use, DIY locations with accommodation onsite. These venues make Byron Bay a popular destination for extended-stay wedding celebrations on the coast.
- LOCATION: 1 Barclay Drive, Casuarina, NSW 2487
- CAPACITY: 220 cocktail, 180 standing
- VENUE HIRE: From $2,790
Osteria is an oceanfront wedding venue on the Tweed Coast 30 minutes north of Byron Bay. Wedding venues include a private garden and Spritz Bar, an industrial style reception hall and a late night Whiskey Bar. Wedding packages include the option for shared feasts, alternate drop menus, or canapé packages and grazing platters for cocktail receptions.
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An easy one hour drive from Sydney are the laid back beaches of the Central Coast. Being not as busy as Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the Central Coast offers a more relaxed atmosphere with all the benefits of a more populated area. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, shops, sights and places to stay for your wedding guests, as well as some gorgeous places to have your wedding photos taken.
- LOCATION: 27 Mawson Cl, Caves Beach, NSW 2281
- CAPACITY: 250
- WEDDING PACKAGES: Start at $150/pp
Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is a hotel with luxury bungalows and beach villas that accommodate 200+ guests. Seaside wedding venues include The Boardwalk for ceremonies with 180 degree ocean views, two reception rooms and Caves Beach itself. Wedding packages include 5 hour room hire, a coastal menu & 5 hour beverage package.
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Illawarra Oceanfront Wedding Venues
The Illawarra is home to some of the most in-demand oceanfront venues in Australia. Centred around Wollongong, the area offers a choice of beachfront venues as well as cliff top locations with stunning views over the local farming landscape out to the South Pacific Ocean.
24. City Beach Function Centre
- LOCATION: 1 Marine Dr, Wollongong, NSW 2500
- CAPACITY: 420
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $99 per head
City Beach Function Centre is an affordable wedding venue with uninterrupted ocean views from Wollongong Beach.
Coastal venues for ceremonies nearby include the beach and lighthouse and the venue organises council permits for you. City Beach Function Centre caters for all types of ceremonies & receptions including Indian weddings with authentic Indian cuisine.
- LOCATION: 31 Shoalhaven St, Kiama NSW 2533
- CAPACITY: 200
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $119/pp.
The Sebel Harbourside is a picturesque coastal venue overlooking Kiama Harbour. Wedding venues include function rooms, a marquee, manicured gardens and the harbour foreshore. Hotel accommodation caters for the entire guest list making The Sebel Harbourside a convenient location for extended weekend weddings in a popular beach holiday spot.
- LOCATION: 139 Princes Hwy, Gerringong NSW 2534
- CAPACITY: 180
- VENUE HIRE: From $8,000
Seacliff House is a purpose built barn with stunning views over lush, rolling hills to the South Pacific Ocean. The barn's white interiors offer an elegant blank canvas to style in any wedding theme and the courtyard is the ideal spot for cocktails, canapes and a romantic first dance under the stars. Several accommodation options are available onsite including an incredible luxury farmhouse.
- LOCATION: 811 Princes Hwy, Maddens Plains, NSW 2508
- CAPACITY: 380
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $70/pp
Panorama House is a cliff top wedding venue with spectacular 180 degree ocean views through floor to ceiling glass windows. Wedding venues include three adjoining function spaces that cater for wedding receptions from 40 to 280 guests. A ceremony gazebo offers expansive views over the Illawarra coastline and can be hired with or without a reception package.
- LOCATION: 31 Stonehaven Rd, Stanwell Tops, NSW 2508
- CAPACITY: 140
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $175/pp
Tumbling Waters Retreat is one of the most luxurious oceanfront wedding venues in NSW. The stunning wedding venues include clifftop gardens and a restaurant which both offer panoramic seascape views. 12 luxury suites with features including outdoor baths cater for wedding guests. Elopement packages available from $3,825 and larger weddings can choose from cocktail and sit-down receptions from $175 - $235 per person.
- LOCATION: Headland Ave & Yuruga St, Austinmer NSW 2515
- CAPACITY: 12 - 350
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $145/pp
Headlands is a private bar at Austinmer Beach that caters for beachfront wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue's balcony is the ideal spot for seaside wedding ceremonies with a panoramic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Accommodation for 100 guests is available onsite in 50 serviced appartments.
- LOCATION: 60/62 Harbour St, Wollongong NSW 2500
- CAPACITY: 280
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $79/pp
Sage Hotel is an affordable wedding venue on Wollongong Beach. In addition to a bar and accommodation, venues include a private ceremony terrace, a private dining room and large, elegant ballroom. Wedding ceremonies on the terrace start at $500 and reception packages range from $79 - $149 per person with all food & beverage included as well as wedding night accommodation for the couple.
- LOCATION: Southern Gateway Centre, Princes Hwy, Bulli Tops, NSW 2516
- CAPACITY: 140
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $79/pp
Altitude 1148 is a fine dining restaurant and wedding venue with stunning panoramic views over the Illawarra foreshore and Pacific Ocean. Wedding packages include catering of traditional Indian cuisine, 100% halal certified menus as well as modern Australian seafood with gluten free and vegetarian options.
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Oceanfront Wedding Venues in Newcastle
- LOCATION: 5 Henderson Parade, Merewether Beach, NSW 2291
- CAPACITY: 350
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $99.50/pp
Merewether Surfhouse is an oceanfront wedding venue, hotel and bar. The 2nd floor has a large open plan function space with 180 degree views over the Pacific Ocean. The venue can be sectioned for smaller events with movable sound proof walls.
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On the 600km of coastline from Newcastle to Ballina is a wonderful selection of seaside venues where you can get married on the sand or with the ocean as your backdrop. Wedding venues on the North Coast include some of the most exclusive private locations in NSW and are among the preferred holiday spots of Australia's rich and famous.
- LOCATION: 1126 Point Plomer Rd, Crescent Head, NSW 2440
- CAPACITY: 120
- VENUE HIRE: From $20,000
The Banksias is a luxurious and secluded property with its own private waterway on the Macleay Valley Coast. The location provides a private and exclusive setting for waterfront weddings either on the estate's expansive lawns or at Goolawah surf beach nearby. The venue has its own golf course, accommodation for 18, plenty of space for a marquee and the choice of all-inclusive wedding packages or DIY/BYO.
- LOCATION: 1/3 Marine Dr, Fingal Bay, NSW 2315
- CAPACITY: 150
- WEDDING PACKAGES: From $135/pp
Saltwater Fingal Bay is an oceanfront restaurant with an open air balcony offering unobstructed views across Fingal Beach. The balcony is ideal for beachfront wedding ceremonies, cocktail events and small sit-down wedding receptions.
Fingal Bay is a popular coastal holiday spot with plenty of accommodation and things to do nearby, making Saltwater an ideal option for a destination wedding in NSW.
- LOCATION: 111A Bruxner Park Rd, Korora, NSW 2450
- CAPACITY: 120
- VENUE HIRE: From $5,000
- ACCOMMODATION: 5 bedroom suites in 3 separate pavilions
The private Villa Vivante is an exclusive wedding venue just north of Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast. It is a French-inspired hilltop estate boasting stunning 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Villa Vivante offers an absolutely private oasis with its own helicopter pad, in house caterers, butler service and concierge.
- LOCATION: 969 Bombah Point Rd, Bombah Point, NSW 2423
- CAPACITY: 20 - 35
- VENUE HIRE: From $5,000 including accommodation
- ACCOMMODATION: 6 cottages sleep 5 in each
Bombah Point is a small coastal wedding venue with eco cottages at White Tree Bay in the Myall Lakes National Park. Wedding venues include a reception building, games room and fire pit that are surrounded by peaceful bushland and wildlife. It's a short walk to the beach and the venue offers kayaks for hire offering plenty to do for extended stay weddings. A fully stocked kitchen and communal veggie and herb garden can be used to cater pre & post wedding events.
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Coastal wedding venues in NSW offer some of the most spectacular ocean views in the world. From luxury private properties to affordable function spaces, you're sure to find your ideal wedding location on this list of stunning oceanfront venues.
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