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The Top Wedding Venues In & Around Sydney Right Now

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Sydney’s ocean centric culture and landscape make it one of the best destinations in the world for an urban coastal wedding. There are modern venues with award-winning Australian food and wine, historic properties with beautifully manicured gardens, industrial wharfs with exclusive water access and so much more. We’ve gone and scoped a ton of options for you if you’re looking for a Sydney harbor venue with coastal style, but we’ve also got some rad little spots tucked into the Southern Highlands and the Hunter Valley too.

Reporter: Alyssa Brown
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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotellearn more

If you’re looking to make a weekend of your wedding celebration, check out Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. With its 31 gorgeous suites, waterfront location that makes for epic sunset ceremonies, lovely sun-filled interior space and outdoor deck, this spot has everything you need to host not just a wedding but multiple events over a few days’ time. 
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Beta Bar & Gallery Sydney

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Beautifully aged brick walls and arched windows and doorways set a backdrop at Beta Bar that’s timeless and easy to dress up or down according to your style. The Sydney CBD venue can combine multiple gallery spaces as lounges with a main dining space to create epic flow for a party crowd of up to 200 guests.
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Somerley House

Sutton Forest, NSW, Australia
This scenic 19th-century retreat in the Southern Highlands has hosted everyone from prime ministers to British Royalty. Set in Sutton Forest, the house, its beautiful gardens, guest house and garden room combine to provide a wedding venue that feels like one you’d find out in the English countryside.
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HostCo

Sydney, NSW, Australia
A garden ceremony followed by cocktails and dinner in a courtyard filled with crepe myrtle trees then a dance party inside the beautiful 1924 refectory at HostCo. easily spells dream wedding. This six-space venue sits on the grounds of the University of Sydney and can accommodate as many as 500 guests.

Three Blue Ducks

Rosebery , NSW, Australia
Set in a converted warehouse in Syndey’s Rosebery neighborhood, this venue from Three Blue Ducks combines exposed brick wall interiors with soaring ceilings, a lovely outdoor deck and a garden courtyard filled with olive trees and dangling grape vines. The venue comfortably holds an exclusive event of up to 220 guests, but you can also rent it out in parts if you’re planning a smaller soiree.
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Q Station Sydney Harbour National Parklearn more

Set within Sydney Harbor National Park, Q Station offers a heritage-listed wharf with gorgeous views. Wood floors, tall ceilings and just the right amount of sun shining in make the industrial space a gem while just outside there’s a beach that’s perfect for ceremonies. Guests are welcome to stay on-site in the 84 suites.
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Redleaf

Wollombi, NSW, Australia
This Hunter Valley venue offers ample space to install a sailcloth tent on the lawns for a larger party crew, or there’s a beautiful little interior space that works well for about 60 dining guests. The lawns and courtyards are filled with beautiful ceremony backdrops too.
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Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo, NSW, Australia
This heritage-listed wharf venue in Sydney’s Woolloomoolloo offers options galore for weddings of up to 300 guests. Our favorite? Check out the wharf for ceremony and the wood-floored Piper Room with towering ceilings and an industrial vibe for reception.
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Fairground Follieslearn more

Betcha didn’t know there was a vintage style fairground housed in the Antique Mechanical Music Museum! Complete with a hundred year old carousel, fair organs, street organs and more, Fairground Follies might just be the most fun industrial venue in Sydney. You can set up a reception here with up to 300 guests.
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Moby Dicks Whale Beachlearn more

Tucked into the harbor pocket of Whale Beach, this hillside venue offers sweeping ocean views, lush, tropical gardens and modern coastal vibes. Weddings here will have all 200 of your guests feeling like they somehow stumbled into some posh stranger’s private boathouse.
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The Morrison Bar & Oyster Roomlearn more

Stylish, playful and just plain fun, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room offers an open-air terrace and vast interior spaces for a wedding of up to 400 guests. There’s more than oysters on the menu of course, with delicious craft cocktails and a lengthy list of tasty eats like chilli crab linguine, slow cooked lamb shoulder, and thrice cooked duck fat chips, all of which join forces to make a most unforgettable wedding meal.
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Verandah

Sydney, NSW, Australia
For starters, this place is huge. There are eight different venue spaces here that can be made private or semi-private for groups of up to 100, or you can go crazy and book out the entire place for an event of up to 550 guests. The best part? Verandah doesn’t require much in the way of décor, as each space has tons of plants, stylish furnishings, neon signage and a cool, glowing feel.
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Beachside Dojolearn more

Washed in natural light and filled with lush green plants, the harbor-facing venue, Beachside DOJO, encapsulates everything you love about Manly. It’s coastal, it’s chic and it’s got just the right elements to create a gorgeous wedding backdrop. There are three different spaces, each suited to different sized groups and different needs, and you can accommodate a wedding crowd of up to 150 at this spot.
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The Boathouse at Shelly Beach

Manly, NSW, Australia
Set right along the harbor of Shelly Beach in Manly, The Boathouse is the ideal venue for a couple that’s looking for a nautical, open and airy reception space that has a coastal feel without having to leave the city.  A cocktail-style wedding here can suit up to 120 guests, while a sit-down dinner is good for a group of about 60 guests. You’ll probably want to have your ceremony off-site – maybe on one of the gorgeous local beaches.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Sydney, NSW, Australia
You and your guests will have perfect views of the Sydney harbor, Opera House and city skyline from the MCA. The venue spaces here include a ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor, a garden terrace, a sculpture terrace and a rooftop lounge.
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Bennelong

Sydney, NSW, Australia
If you’re looking for an iconic Sydney wedding venue, look no further than the Opera House! Bennelong is the chic, glowing venue inside that overlooks the harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The space seats about a hundred guests and with well-known chef Peter Gilmore at the head of the dining team, a reception dinner here highlights the best of local Australian cooking.
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Pilu at Freshwaterlearn more

The Sardinian food and spectacular Italian wines at Pilu are sure to have your guests feeling like they’re dining on the Amalfi Coast rather than right in the Sydney harbor (though, frankly, both places are stunning). The oceanfront garden here can accommodate up to 150 guests, or you can head inside if you’re interested in a more intimate wedding of up to about 45 guests.
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Mr. Wong

Sydney, NSW, Australia
An urban space with majorly moody appeal, Mr. Wong hosts weddings of up to 240 guests over two levels of comfy seating, cozy nooks and shelves filled with collected antique Asian objects. The food here is Cantonese in style and the vibe is vintage but would be fun to transform and dress up for a wedding filled with natural elements like overgrown plants and creeping floral arrangements.
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Chiswick Woollahralearn more

An intimate wedding or rehearsal dinner of 30 to 40 guests can easily take over the semi-private dining space in the greenhouse at Chiswick. Overlooking the gardens, this space is especially gorgeous at golden hour.
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Urban Winery Sydneylearn more

If a wine centric wedding sounds right up your alley, head on over to Urban Winery for a space that suits up to 60 guests. You’ll definitely want to host your ceremony off-site and take over the cellar for a romantic multi-course dinner with wine pairings.
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Rocker

North Bondi, NSW, Australia
Located in the heart of Bondi, Rocker is a great restaurant reception venue if you’re looking for an intimate, easy-to-plan wedding with good food, good cocktails and a solid list of natty and minimal intervention wines. The dining room seats up to 60 guests, with a max guest count of 104 for a cocktail-style wedding.
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Henry Deane at Hotel Palisadelearn more

This two-story cocktail lounge sits on the fourth and fifth levels of Hotel Palisade overlooking the Sydney harbor. For an intimate wedding, welcome cocktail party, or rehearsal dinner of up to 50 guests, you can take over the entire fourth floor with beautifully designed indoor and outdoor spaces.
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East Coast Loungelearn more

You’ll hear a lot of comparisons to the Hamptons in Sydney, but perhaps this airy, white-walled historic 1890’s naval building is the most reminiscent of the American East Coast. You and up to 50 of your nearest and dearest can arrive to the venue via water taxi at the private Chowder Bay wharf and head inside for an evening of delicious food, drink and revelry.
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Dunbar Houselearn more

This Georgian mansion in Watsons Bay dates back to 1830 and offers some of the best Sydney harbor views. Get married under a massive old fig tree across the road and head to the main dining room with up to 150 guests for a wedding reception that’s timeless and elegant.
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Sydney Mint

Sydney, NSW, Australia
The historic Sydney Mint venue has that ideal combination of modern, fresh interior spaces and beautifully aged gardens and courtyards with arched walkways and sandstone walls. Weddings here can host up to 250 guests using both indoor and outdoor spaces, but 100 guests is more likely the sweet spot for a seated dinner.
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Fort Denisonlearn more

Set on a small island with sweeping city views and views of the Opera House, Fort Denison sets an interesting, historic backdrop for a wedding of up to 210 guests. Guests arrive via chartered ferry and can be greeted with Australian sparkling wine before enjoying your waterfront ceremony and reception inside the clear-span tent.
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