Outdoor Wedding Reception Venues in Sydney

Looking for an outdoor wedding reception venue in Sydney? From garden wedding venues to parks, beaches, boats and backyards, Sydney's outdoor reception venues offer an amazing choice of unique places to dine & dance under the stars.

Here's is a list of Sydney's top 10 venues for an outdoor wedding reception. All of these amazing places cater to both cocktail or seated wedding receptions and include DIY venues as well as those that offer all inclusive wedding packages. They all come with a wet weather back up plan, and many are garden wedding venues that also have ceremony spots onsite!

Whether you're looking for a beautiful ocean backdrop, views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a stunning country setting or a more intimate garden wedding, these outdoor reception venues offer a stunning range of alfresco spaces to celebrate on your big day.

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Sydney's Top 10 Outdoor Reception Venues

Outdoor wedding reception venue at Sydney's Chapel Hill Retreat
1. Chapel Hill Retreat

  • Location: 36 Berambing Crest, Berambing, NSW 2758
  • Capacity: 150
  • Wedding Packages: All-inclusive
  • Accommodation: 36 guests

At Chapel Hill Retreat, outdoor wedding reception venues include expansive lawns and an elegant timber deck that both have sweeping views over lush mountain valleys. The scenic 35 acre retreat offers affordable all inclusive wedding packages, optional onsite ceremonies with 6 different locations to choose from and option accommodation for up to 36 guests in 7 cottages.

If it happens to be raining on your wedding day, Chapel Hill also has a covered verandah, a quaint chapel, an elegant function room and the option for a marquee wedding. 

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St Josephs Outdoor Wedding Reception
2. St Joseph's Backyard Weddings

  • Location: 1029 Saint Albans Road, Saint Albans, NSW
  • Capacity: 100
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 10

St Joseph's Guesthouse is one of Sydney's most unique outdoor wedding venues located in the backyard of a rescued Catholic Church. The 160 year old hillside church now features 5 luxury bedrooms in the upper 2 storey's a function area on the ground floor surrounded by native bushland.

The backyard offers an atmospheric location for outdoor wedding receptions set against the dramatic facade of the church. You can bring all your own choice of suppliers from caterers to BYO drinks and the very affordable venue hire fee includes accommodation for 2+ nights.

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Outdoor Wedding Reception Australian Botanic Gardens
3. Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan

  • Location: 362 Narellan Rd, Mount Annan, NSW 2567
  • Capacity: 200
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO

The Australian Botanical Gardens in Mount Annan is the largest botanical garden wedding venue in Sydney and comes with three options for outdoor receptions. There's spacious marquee lawns that can be hired for picnic weddings to elegant outdoor functions, a casual BBQ style area that's fully covered but alfresco, or the intimate rainforest setting of the Connections Garden that's perfect for up to 70 guests.

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Lords Estate Outdoor Wedding Reception Venue
4. Lords Estate

  • Location: 313 Seven Hills Rd, Seven Hills, NSW 2147
  • Capacity: 2 - 100
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO

The private lawns at Lords Estate are situated beside a grand 140 year old chapel creating one of Sydney's most unique locations for a garden wedding reception. Food trucks and drink carts are welcome on the property which is highly accessible just off the M7 and only 20 minutes from the CBD.

One of the great things about hiring Lords Estate for an outdoor wedding reception is that it comes with a cool wet weather option. Furniture inside the non-denominational chapel is removable creating a blank canvas space on polished wooden floors suitable for long table dining. 

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Growwild Outdoor Wedding Receptions Venue
5. Growwild Wildflower Farm

  • Location: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, NSW 2575
  • Capacity: 145
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO

This 25 acre flower farm is one of the prettiest garden wedding venues in Sydney and comes with three options for outdoor receptions. One is the Growwild Marquee which opens on all sides to views over the gardens and has an adjoining courtyard that offers alfresco dancing under festoon lights. The other most popular spot is an intimate courtyard that seats 50 guests and adjoins a little event barn.

Growwild also has a "Hidden Valley" accessed via paved stairs and which is made private by surrounding national park. Koalas are regularly spotted here and the site offers a more relaxed setting for picnic style weddings.

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Seadeck outdoor venue for wedding receptions on Sydney Harbour
6. Seadeck Sydney

  • Location: Lime Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 420
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

With the best views on Sydney Harbour, the floating Seadeck Sydney is one of the city's most spectacular venues for outdoor wedding receptions. The boat is available to hire for private weddings and both seated or cocktail receptions are suitable on the main deck.

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Outdoor weddings at Q Station
7. Q Station

  • Location: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, NSW 2095
  • Capacity: 250
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 100+
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Located across 33 hectares in the Sydney Harbour National Park, Q Station offers a variety of outdoor spaces for wedding receptions that all come with panoramic views over the Sydney skyline. Whether you choose the lawns of a rustic glasshouse or the shade of heritage verandahs, most outdoor spots at Q Station are best suited to cocktail style wedding receptions.

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Bellevue Cottage Garden Wedding Receptions
8. Bellevue Cottage

  • Location: 55 Leichhardt Street, Glebe, NSW 2037
  • Capacity: 30 - 120
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Bellevue Cottage is a heritage listed property that offers garden wedding receptions on Sydney Harbour with water views to the Anzac Bridge. The elegant French restaurant serves a 4 course degustation menu just 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD.

Around the outside of the cottage is a sunlit terrace and waterfront verandah that offers an idyllic setting for elegant garden parties and cocktail events. Think signature cocktails and 5 star canapés while soaking up the afternoon sun. 

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Outdoor Wedding Reception Grounds Alexandria
9. The Garden - Grounds of Alexandria

  • Location: Alexandria - Sydney, NSW
  • Capacity: 110 - 350
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Sydney's Grounds of Alexandria is a popular garden reception venue that comes with three distinct spaces plus an outdoor bar. The Gazebo, The Arbour and The Patio provide a versatile set of weather-proof alfresco spaces well suited to seated receptions amongst lush greenery, crumbling brick walls and romantic fairy light canopies. 

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Allegro Outdoor Function Centre
10. Allegro Function Centre

  • Location: 1 Porters Road Kenthurst NSW 2156 
  • Capacity: 200 - 300
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Treetop Terrace Bar at Allegro is one of Sydney's only outdoor function rooms and is situated amongst the canopy of beautiful gum trees. Located in the Hills District the Mediterranean style villa offers an ideal setting for bush weddings and comes with affordable all inclusive packages with optional ceremonies onsite.

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Outdoor Wedding Receptions Near Sydney

Eleven Eighty unique outdoor reception venue
Eleven Eighty Weddings

  • Location: 1180 Bolong Road, Coolangatta, NSW 2535 
  • Capacity: 80
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 15

The rustic courtyard at Eleven Eighty sits at the centre of a 3 acre country estate and is made private by the property's quaint and heritage buildings that surround it. Venue hire includes an optional clear marquee that can be erected over the courtyard, access to an adjoining barn bar and accommodation in two cottages for up to 15 guests.  

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Garden reception venue near Sydney
Paradise Botanical Gardens

  • Location: Kulnura - Central Coast, NSW
  • Capacity: 230
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 8

The heritage Roman Columns at Paradise Botanical Gardens offer a one-of-a-kind setting for a romantic and unique garden wedding reception. This amazing function space is set on 230 acres in the pristine air of Kulnura's hilltops and is surrounded by rare botanical plants and heritage garden architecture.

Also at Paradise is a secret garden venue covered by a pavilion roof and nestled amongst lush greenery. There's also a marquee lawn that offers offers a waterfront setting for wedding receptions outside.

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Outdoor wedding reception at Figbird Cottage
Figbird Cottage

  • Location: Comerong Island Rd, Terara - South Coast, NSW
  • Capacity: 150+
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 8 + glamping
  • Wedding Packages: $6,500+

The grand European marquee at Figbird Cottage opens onto a festoon-lit lawn and offers a tranquil country setting for outdoor wedding receptions near Sydney. The property is surrounded by dairy farm with cows and horses often grazing in nearby paddocks. 

Figbird Cottage is a DIY venue that can be hired for day use, or combined with onsite accommodation.  All furniture and tableware comes with venue hire and you can BYO caterers and drinks including food trucks. 

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Outdoor wedding reception Leaves Fishes
Leaves & Fishes

  • Location: 737 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, NSW 2325
  • Capacity: 2 - 300
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 12

In the popular Hunter Valley just 2 hours from Sydney is this 20 acre rainforest oasis set around a flowering Lotus Lake. The Tuscan-style sunken garden is purpose built for outdoor wedding receptions and has space to erect a marquee should you wish.

Hire of Leaves and Fishes comes with 5 luxury boat sheds that sit over the Lotus Lake and accommodate up to 12 guests. The largest of the boat sheds has a spacious balcony over the lake which is the perfect size for alfresco wedding receptions with up to 20 guests. Wet weather options include a little restaurant and an amazing banquet hall with a candlelit roman bath.

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