Waterfront Wedding Venues in Sydney

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Looking for the best waterfront wedding venues in Sydney NSW? Australia's iconic harbour city has many beautiful wedding locations on the water. From Sydney Harbour's foreshore to the Northern Beaches and Parramatta River, the city's many inlets, bays, rivers & beaches offer an enviable choice of amazing venues to hire for waterfront weddings. 

Sydney's most popular waterfront venues for weddings include some of the city's iconic landmarks, reception venues on wharfs & piers, luxury wedding resorts, floating vessels (aka boats), riverfront wedding venues and chefs hatted restaurants. Sydney wedding venues also boast a handy collection of affordable wedding halls with water views such as surf life saving, rowing and yacht clubs.

If finding the perfect place for a waterfront wedding in Sydney feels like an exercise in stretching the budget, here's an insiders tip. South Sydney to Kiama is an affordable hotspot for beach wedding destinations with several places among the best waterfront venues in NSW

Our favourite waterfront venues in Sydney are ceremony & reception venues where you can get married on the water with one all inclusive wedding package. For couples seeking a 3 day wedding destination with water views, the city's hotels and a few private properties have function venues on water frontage with accommodation onsite too.

Here are the top 25 waterfront wedding venues in Sydney. From Darling Harbour to Palm Beach, these are the most picturesque places to get married on beaches and waterways throughout the city. 

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1. The Wedding Pavilion

  • Location: 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama, NSW 2533
  • Capacity: 80 - 400
  • Wedding Packages:  All inclusive from $125/pp

The Pavilion is among Sydney's best waterfront wedding venues due to the combination of its stunning beachfront location, affordable wedding packages and excellent catering. This beautiful venue has large windows with incredible views over the surrounding foreshore to Kiama Lighthouse and is a modern & light-filled space with a blank canvas palette.

A separate entrance foyer with its own bar can be closed off to the main event space and can be utilised as an indoor ceremony option. Outside are two waterfront ceremony sites both with stunning backdrops overlooking the ocean. For travelling guests there's plenty of accommodation within walking distance.

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Palm Beach Waterfront Wedding Estate
2. Palm Beach Wedding Estate

  • Location: Palm Beach, Sydney NSW
  • Capacity: 100
  • Venue Hire: $10,000

This prestigious estate on Sydney's Northern Beaches is now offering an exclusive opportunity to hire the waterfront garden for wedding ceremonies and photos. The Balinese-influenced grounds have over 2,500 sqm of premier lawns, gardens and tropical trees with easy access via road or beachfront jetty.

The private oceanfront location comes with onsite bathroom facilities and guests are welcome to enjoy drinks and nibbles in the gardens post ceremony however the garden is unfortunately not offered for receptions. All furniture & styling is best arranged via a wedding planner to do set up for you on the morning of your wedding.

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Interbane House Oceanfront Wedding Place
3. Interbane House

  • Location: 8 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park, NSW 2508
  • Capacity: 50
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 18
  • Venue hire: $2,850

If you're looking for a small wedding venue with incredible ocean views, Interbane House is one of the most beautiful waterfront locations for weddings near Sydney. The Victorian-style house is actually an Airbnb that sleeps up to 18 guests and can cater for wedding ceremonies and low key receptions for 50+ guests.

In the backyard is a covered entertainment area with 180º views over the surrounding coastline. Also in the yard is a fire pit with seating around it and an outdoor spa. An additional Airbnb sleeps 8 guests next door. Venue hire starts at an affordable $2,850 for a 2 night mid week stay.

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Waterfront Wedding Venue Sydney Opera House
4. Sydney Opera House

  • Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 60 - 1,000
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The most iconic of all waterfront wedding venues in Sydney is the Sydney Opera House. Surrounded by water on all sides and with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House offers a waterside wedding unlike any other, immersing guests in the ongoings of the harbour as iconic Sydney Ferries, cruise liners and boats sail past.

Australia's most recognised landmark has a range of wedding ceremony and reception venues under its sails, offering all inclusive wedding packages from around $200 per person. Spaces to hire for weddings include the concert hall foyers (availability dependant on concert events), the new Yallamundi Function Rooms and the Utzon Room which is perfect for smaller weddings & ceremonies and was designed by original architect Jørn Utzon.

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Watersedge Weddings Sydney Harbour
5. Watersedge Weddings at Campbell's Stores

  • Location: 7-27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 120 - 200
  • Wedding Packages: $200+/pp

Watersedge at Campbell’s Stores is one of the more popular Sydney Harbour wedding venues owing to its amazing location in The Rocks precinct and its beautiful water views that take in the Sydney Opera House. Within the 3 storey heritage building are two reception venues on the harbour front which cater for cocktail weddings with up to 200 guests or 120 seated.

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Waterfront weddings at Sydney's Manly Pavilion
6. Manly Pavilion Weddings

  • Location: West Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2095
  • Capacity: 200 - 250
  • Wedding Packages: $205+

Manly Pavilion is located in a grand heritage building on the iconic Manly Beach promenade and has easy accessibility via Circular Quay ferries with the public wharf just a few metres away. The iconic venue features a grand ballroom seating up to 200 guests and is adjoined by a forecourt that offers wharf wedding ceremonies overlooking Manly Harbour.

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Wedding venue on the water at Audley Dance Hall7. Audley Dance Hall

  • Location: 2 Lady Carrington Dr, Royal National Park NSW 2233
  • Capacity: 20-200
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 5

Located in Sydney's Royal National Park, Audley Dance Hall weddings are secluded in nature with spectacular water views down the Hacking River. This riverfront wedding hall has been beautifully refurbished with huge windows overlooking the water and valley, and has a pier for wedding ceremonies on the river's edge.

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Pier wedding venue on Sydney Harbour

8. Pier One Sydney Harbour

  • Location: Walsh Bay, 11 Hickson Rd, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 100 - 350
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

This incredible pier wedding venue on Sydney Harbour is situated directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and has two waterfront ceremony areas and 3 luxury reception venues with water views.

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9. Pilu at Freshwater Beach

  • Location: Moore Road, Freshwater, NSW 2096
  • Capacity: 110
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Pilu is a Sardinian restaurant with a small ceremony garden located at Freshwater Beach. The Hamptons style reception venue specialises in intimate weddings with spectacular water views over the Northern Beaches. 

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Sydney wedding venue on the water at Clovelly Beach
10. Clovelly Surf Club

  • Location: Donnellan Circuit, Clovelly, NSW 2031
  • Capacity: 100 sit down, 150+ cocktail
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Clovelly Surf Club is one of Sydney's most iconic venues offering beachfront weddings in the city's popular Eastern Suburbs. The reception venue and outdoor deck have panoramic views over the ocean and come with affordable wedding packages under $200 per person. Venue hire options are available for onsite wedding ceremonies.

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Long Reef Beachfront Wedding Venue
11. Long Reef Golf Club

  • Location: Anzac Avenue, Collaroy, NSW 2097
  • Capacity: 140 - 250
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Long Reef Golf Club is a Northern Beaches venue that offers waterfront wedding ceremonies and receptions with amazing photo opportunities on the surrounding coastal headland. All function areas at Long Reef have beautiful ocean views to Manly Beach making the club one of Sydney's most popular venues for waterfront weddings.

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Sydney Harbour Iconic Wedding Venue Taronga Zoo
12. Taronga Zoo Sydney

  • Location: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, NSW 2088
  • Capacity: 60 - 350
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney Harbour's most iconic destinations and offers a unique setting for waterfront weddings overlooking the city and Harbour Bridge. Reception venues with water views include a rooftop function space, an elegant ballroom and a covered outdoor terrace.

Taronga Zoo has a wharf serviced by public ferries or private charters from Circular Quay allowing a unique wedding arrival by water. You can have photos with the zoo's wild inhabitants and get married in the amazing bird amphitheatre with Sydney Harbour as your backdrop. 

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Waterfront wedding spot Public Dining Room
13. Public Dining Room

  • Location: 2A The Esplanade, Mosman, NSW 2088
  • Capacity: 110
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Public Dining Room is a quiet wedding venue on Balmoral Beach with a private dining room on the water's edge suitable for weddings with up to 40 guests. There's also a waterfront terrace that seats up to 75 wedding guests and collectively, venue hire caters for functions of up to 110. 

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14. Watsons Bay Hotel

  • Location: 1 Military Road, Watsons Bay, NSW 2030
  • Capacity: 350
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 64+
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Watsons Bay Hotel is an iconic Sydney Harbour wedding venue with 32 boutique hotel suites, a rooftop function venue perfect for cocktail weddings and a coastal-themed reception room with water views. The beachfront venue has a wharf at the door serviced by private boats and ferries and lots of beaches and waterfront gardens nearby for wedding ceremonies.

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15. Jonah's Whale Beach

  • Location: 69 Bynya Road, Whale Beach, NSW 2107
  • Capacity: 122
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 22
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Nestled above Whale Beach with a spectacular cliff top garden, Jonah’s is an exclusive-use resort offering seaside weddings for up to 122 guests. When you book Jonah's for your wedding you get 11 luxury suites for the night, a cliff top wedding ceremony with a spectacular ocean backdrop and your reception catered by the chefs hatted restaurant.

Venue hire requires a minimum of 80 wedding guests, booking of all onsite accommodation and suits budgets of $50k+.

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St George Sailing Club Weddings Sydney
16. St George Sailing Club Sydney

  • Location: 2 Riverside Drive, Sans Souci, NSW 2219
  • Capacity: 150 - 250
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive from $170/pp

St George Sailing Club is a South Sydney function venue located on the waters of Botany Bay. The venue has a private deck for wedding ceremonies or you can get married on the river bank. Inside, the coastal-inspired reception space is filled with light and seats up to 150 guests with sparkling water views over the bay. Package options include canapés, banquets, alternate plates and food stations.

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Waterfront function venue at Lavender Bay Sydney Harbour
17. Kirribilli Club Lavender Bay

  • Location: 11 Harbourview Crescent, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
  • Capacity: 300
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

With views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and affordable wedding packages under $160/pp, the Kirrribilli Club is one of Sydney's most popular waterfront venues. The club is conveniently located near the waterfront at Lavender Bay where you can get married on Sydney Harbour and take advantage of the many beautiful places for wedding photos. 

For waterfront receptions you'll want to book the Harbour View Lounge (not the ballroom). The Harbour View Lounge caters for weddings with 40 - 300 guests.

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Sydney wedding venue on the harbour
18. Manly 16ft Skiff

  • Location: East Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2095
  • Capacity: 150
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Manly 16ft Skiff is a popular Sydney wedding venue located over the water on Sydney Harbour. Renowned for captivating sunsets and stunning water views, this all-in-one venue comes with an overwater atrium ideal for wedding ceremonies and indoor seating for up to 80 in the light-filled Harbour View Room.

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Riverfront wedding venue with stunning water views in South Sydney
19. Georges River 16ft Sailing Club

  • Location: Sanoni Avenue, Sandringham, NSW 2219
  • Capacity: 300
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Another 16ft Sailing Club is located in the southern suburbs near Sans Souci and with floor to ceiling windows surrounding the entire reception space is one of the best waterfront wedding venues in Sydney.

The Georges River Sailing Club is also one of Sydney’s newest event venues and comes with a dedicated functions manager and all inclusive wedding packages to suit all budgets.

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20. Aqua Dining

  • Location: Paul Street, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
  • Capacity: 150
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Aqua Dining is a contemporary Italian restaurant with unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. Situated at North Sydney Pool just 2 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay, and with a row of windows looking directly onto the the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Aqua Dining is one of the city's most impressive locations for waterfront weddings.

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21. Ovolo Woolloomooloo Wharf

  • Location: 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
  • Capacity: 300
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Ovolo Hotel is a heritage-listed venue on Woolloomooloo Wharf with views of Sydney Harbour and a range of creative spaces for wedding ceremonies and waterfront receptions. The average cost of wedding packages is around $200 - $250 per person.

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22. Esplanade Events

  • Location: 38 Gerrale Street, Cronulla, NSW 2230
  • Capacity: 50 - 280
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Esplanade Events is a joint venture of two waterfront venues in South Sydney - the Cronulla RSL and local Surf Club. Popular function venue Soldiers on the Esplanade is located within the RSL and offers water views to Bate Bay and Cronulla Beach for weddings from 50 to 280 guests. The Surf Club has two modern event spaces on the oceanfront that seat 60 and 130 guests. 

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Bathers Pavilion Waterfront Reception Venue
23. The Bathers' Pavilion

  • Location: 4 The Esplanade, Mosman, NSW 2088
  • Capacity: 150
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Bathers' Pavilion is a beachfront wedding venue in the affluent Sydney Harbour suburb of Mosman. The function space and outdoor balcony have beautiful water views over Sydney Harbour and offers an elegant blank canvas well suited to romantic and coastal wedding themes. An ideal spot for beachfront wedding photos.

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24. Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay

  • Location: 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport, NSW 2106
  • Capacity: 50 - 200
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

The Royal Motor Yacht Club is located at Newport Marina and has beautiful water views over Broken Bay. With the natural surrounds of Pittwater surrounding the venue and affordable wedding packages on offer, the club is one of the most popular all-in-one venues on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

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Searock Grill Wedding Venue Circular Quay
25. Searock Grill

  • Location: 5 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 45 - 55
  • Wedding Packages: All inclusive

Searock Grill is an intimate reception venue at Circular Quay, conveniently located within walking distance of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney where you can get married on the water's edge. Renowned as a steak & seafood eatery, the restaurant has a semi-private dining room that seats up to 45 guests plus an outdoor reception area overlooking the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge. 

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Waterfront Wedding Venues Near Sydney

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The Cove Jervis Bay

  • Location: Ellmoos Road via Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay NSW 2540
  • Capacity: 150+
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 111
  • Wedding Packages: BYO

The Cove is a beachfront wedding destination where up to 111 guests can stay onsite with you for the weekend. The 3 acre resort is located on its own private beach in Jervis Bay and has a luxe reception hall, beachfront ceremony garden and a beautiful fairy-lit courtyard perfect for outdoor receptions on the waterfront.

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Beachfront wedding venue The Pavilion Kiama
The Pavilion Kiama

  • Location: 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama, NSW 2533
  • Capacity: 80 - 400
  • Wedding Packages:  All inclusive from $125/pp

The Pavilion is a waterfront reception venue located on its own private peninsula in the centre of Kiama. Within walking distance to hotels and with two free ceremony sites on the waters edge, The Pavilion is one of the most affordable and picturesque oceanfront wedding venues near Sydney.

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Interbane House waterfront Wedding Place
Interbane House

  • Location: 8 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park, NSW 2508
  • Capacity: 100
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 18
  • Venue Hire: $2,850+

Interbane House is located on the Stanwell Park headland and is one of the best waterfront wedding venues near Sydney if coastal views are on your priority list. From the dining room and backyard event space, 180° ocean views include the new Sea Cliff Bridge and the coming and going of ships to Wollongong Harbour.

Venue hire at Interbane house includes 2+ nights with accommodation for up to 18 guests. Weddings are DIY & BYO with up to 18 guest able to be seated inside, plus there are event spaces on the wrap around balcony and lawn for up to 100 guests.

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Waterfront wedding destination in the Blue Mountains
Dantosa Estate

  • Location: 76 Mort St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
  • Capacity: 16 - 60
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 18
  • Wedding Packages: DIY/BYO

Dantosa Estate is a private property situated in the Blue Mountains National Park. Immersed in world heritage bushland, the venue offers peaceful lakefront weddings beside a floating jetty in picturesque country gardens. Venue hire includes accommodation for up to 18 guests in two onsite cottages, one of which has a function space for up to 60 guests.

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