Nelson Bay Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues: Nelson Bay | Port Stephens | Fingal Bay | North Coast NSW

Looking for the best wedding venues in Nelson Bay, NSW? Nelson Bay wedding venues are a popular choice for couples planning a destination wedding on the sunny North Coast of NSW. Known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed holiday vibe, Nelson Bay is a hotspot for engagements and has several of the state's most popular wedding venues.

Nelson Bay wedding venues include beachfront resorts, quiet gardens and estates, waterfront reception venues and hidden ceremony sites that very few people except locals, know about. From small weddings and elopements to larger celebrations with 150+ guests, wedding venues in Nelson Bay cater to all sizes and types of festivities.

Here are 10 amazing wedding venues in Nelson Bay that come highly recommended by local professionals including the celebrants and photographers who regularly work at them.

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10 Best Nelson Bay Wedding Venues

Nelson Bay Lighthouse garden wedding venue
Nelson Bay Lighthouse

  • Location: Lighthouse Road, Nelson Bay, NSW 2315
  • Capacity: 100
  • Venue Hire: $550 - $900

If you're looking for an affordable and beautiful spot to get married in Nelson Bay, the little reserve hidden behind the Nelson Bay Lighthouse is ideal. This secluded little garden amphitheatre overlooks the ocean and has views to Shoal Bay Beach and surrounding headlands.

Venue hire includes chairs and styling for up to 100 guests and an onsite wedding coordinator to set up and pack down your wedding for you. The Lighthouse is one of the cheapest wedding venues in Nelson Bay and not only comes with a private setting and stunning views, but the feel good factor knowing that your venue hire fee goes to supporting the local volunteer marine rescue centre.

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Nelson Bay wedding resort with outdoor reception venue
The Oasis Micro Wedding Resort

Location: 5 Koala Place, Boat Harbour, NSW 2316
Capacity: 80
Accommodation: Sleeps 50
Wedding Packages: Catered, BYO drinks

One of the best wedding destinations around Nelson Bay is The Oasis, a micro wedding resort that offers exclusive hire over two nights with accommodation for up to 50 guests in 9 self contained cabins. Just 600 metres from the beach and immersed in lush rainforest, The Oasis is a nature-lovers paradise with billabongs, water features and timber boardwalks throughout the resort.

Affordable all inclusive wedding packages come fully catered with a choice of cocktail or seated menus served under festoon lights in the tropical gardens, or on a large covered deck that lights up at night under thousands of fairy lights. The resort also has an indoor function room sometimes used as a yoga retreat. BYO drinks.  

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Wedding ceremony at Saltwater Fingal Bay restaurant & reception venue
Saltwater Fingal Bay

  • Location: level 1/3 Marine Dr, Fingal Bay, NSW 2315
  • Capacity: 150
  • Wedding Packages: $140+/pp

Saltwater at Fingal Bay is a beachfront reception venue that can also host wedding ceremonies on an outdoor balcony overlooking the bay. The restaurant is a light-filled space with a Hamptons inspired decor and features floor to ceiling glass windows with expansive ocean views.

Wedding packages are all inclusive of venue hire, food & beverage and range from $140 to $215 per person with optional extras including a balcony bar, champagne tower and upgraded tableware.

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Nelson Bay Golf Club wedding ceremonies and reception venue in Port Stephens
Nelson Bay Golf Club

  • Location: 57 Dowling St, Nelson Bay NSW 2315
  • Capacity: Seated 180, Standing 230
  • Wedding Packages: $140 - $167 per person

The Nelson Bay Golf Club is one of the most affordable all-in-one wedding venues in Nelson Bay. Located adjacent to the Tomaree National Park, the golf course and reception venue is bordered by native bushland and offers a scenic location for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Sites for wedding ceremonies include the green of the 20th tee and a large covered balcony which adjoins the function centre and has views over the 9th hole and surrounding bushland. After your ceremony you can use golf carts to get photos around the course before celebrating in one of three reception spaces that cater for various sized weddings.

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The Retreat Port Stephens - All in one wedding destination with accommodation
The Retreat Port Stephens

  • Location: 4302 Nelson Bay Rd, Anna Bay NSW 2316
  • Capacity: 70 - 100
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 91
  • Wedding Packages: Flexible. Venue hire + BYO or inclusive

If you're looking for a Nelson Bay wedding venue where everyone can stay onsite with you for the weekend, The Retreat Port Stephens has you covered. This unique wedding destination backs onto the largest living sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, is located just 3 minutes to the Anna Bay shops and has accommodation for 70+ guests onsite.

Exclusive use of the entire resort for 2 nights including accommodation for 70 guests is $12,500 for summer weddings and $11,900 for winter weddings. Most of this cost can be passed to guests for their accommodation. Ceremony & reception set up including all furniture starts at $5,300 or you can outsource this to a local wedding planner or hire company. BYO drinks & choose your own caterer.

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Mid North Coast Wedding Venue Shoal Bay Country Club
Shoal Bay Country Club

Location: 35-45 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay, NSW 2315
Capacity: 180 - 500
Wedding Packages: All inclusive from $145/pp

Shoal Bay Country Club is the most popular wedding venue in Nelson Bay being a quick 5 minute drive in the club's courtesy bus. It is located on the shore of Shoal Bay Beach and offers several reception spaces including the White Sands Restaurant which seats up to 180 guests or up to 80 in half of the space.

All inclusive wedding packages feature award winning menus from $145 per person with the option to add experience stations. Shoal Bay Country Club has luxury accommodation onsite including a bridal penthouse and there are lots of beautiful ceremony venues nearby including the Nelson Bay Lighthouse.

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Wedding Venues Near Nelson Bay

Port Stephens wedding venue Heaven Gardens lawn set up for wedding ceremony
Heaven Gardens

  • Location: 332 Lemon Tree Passage Rd, Salt Ash NSW 2318
  • Capacity: 120 Seated, 150 Cocktail
  • Venue Hire: $1,850+

Heaven Gardens is an affordable DIY & BYO wedding venue on Tilligerry Creek just 20 minutes from Nelson Bay. Wedding venues include 20 uniquely themed gardens across 5 acres, offering a wide choice of backdrops for wedding ceremonies and outdoor receptions.

Wedding packages include the option to hire the gardens for your wedding ceremony only starting at $1,850 and including exclusive use, arbor, chairs and styling items. Three day venue hire is $7,900 and provides exclusive use on your wedding day with a day before and after to set up and pack down plus additional amenities.

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Tanilba House outdoor reception venue styled with pink table runners
Tanilba House

  • Location: 32 Caswell Cres, Tanilba Bay, NSW 2319
  • Capacity: 90
  • Wedding Venue Hire: $9,800+

Thirty minutes from Nelson Bay the waterfront wedding venue of Tanilba House offers an idyllic setting for vintage-inspired outdoor garden weddings. The heritage homestead and surrounding 3 acres of gardens cater for small wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 90 guests with all inclusive packages around $200 per person.

Tanilba House is a popular wedding venue for celebrations of 30 - 60 guests and offers a unique outdoor setting under a pretty stone arbour. There's also an indoor function room in a light-filled conservatory.

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North Coast Wedding Venue Valhalla
Valhalla at The Spruce Estate

  • Location: 3834 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm, NSW 2316
  • Capacity: 12 - 150

The family owned & operated Valhalla Restaurant and Bar is a unique wedding venue and Scandinavian inspired restaurant located in Anna Bay, 15 minutes south of Nelson Bay. The Viking style destination has a shuttle bus service to transport guests to and from Nelson Bay making weddings here easy.

The restaurant is situated on The Spruce Estate, a farm that produces the famous Anna Bay tomatoes and hence has several picturesque spots for your wedding ceremony and photos. The restaurant is well known for their woodfire pizzas and offer an affordable catering option.

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Sunset Vine Forest Wedding
Sunset + Vine

  • Location: 3439a Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm NSW 2316
  • Capacity: 125
  • Accommodation: Sleeps 2
  • Venue hire from $4,500

Twenty minutes from Nelson Bay is Sunset + Vine, a winery wedding venue that overlooks the vines of Wonganella Estate. From its hilltop location the venue offers expansive views across surrounding bushland to Tilligerry Creek and enjoys some of the most spectacular sunsets in the region.

Ceremony areas at Sunset + Vine include the winery, sundeck balcony and forest garden. The reception venue is a gorgeous barrel room which has views over the vineyard. On top of the venue hire fee you can book a drinks package from $55 - $85 per person and choose your own caterer at cost.

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