|A unique wedding venue with ocean views, rolling paddocks, beautiful orchards all whilst supporting local people with disabilities? It sounds like the stuff of daydreams, but at Summerland House Farm (two hours south of Brisbane and 30 minutes south of Byron Bay) that’s exactly what you’ll find. Beloved by couples for its gorgeous hinterland setting and proximity to some of Australia’s best beaches, the venue also continually gives back to the local community – that gets a big tick from us, here at GDW.
Summerland is run by the fabulous people at Aruma, which offers supported employment to people living with a disability. Much more than just a job, opportunities like these give people with disabilities the chance to learn new skills, and enjoy the fulfilment that comes from working. Yes, this is one seriously special venue. Want to know more? We caught up with Kylie from Aruma to learn a little more about Summerland…
What keeps drawing couples to Summerland House Farm?
“Summerland House Farm has a number of things that make it unique –its spectacular grounds, great food and menu options, as well as added additions like lawn games and a gorgeous rotunda. It doubles as a wedding and reception venue in one! Summerland is also fantastic for photos, with the hinterland and beach areas nearby. There’s beautiful lush grounds to enjoy, so there’s no limit to the style of celebration you want to create! The atmosphere at Summerland is amazing and these staff are always willing to go above and beyond to create dream weddings.
How did you become involved in the business?
“I was working in the field of disabilities and was so taken by the positivity from the supported employees at Aruma Summerland House Farm and the amazing venue that they had created. I wanted to work for a company that valued individuals’ abilities and was a strong advocate for equality.”
What’s next for Summerland House Farm?
“I’d love to see it continue to go from strength to strength and grow within the wedding industry to keep empowering people with a disability.”
To check out more of what Summerland House Farm has to offer for your special day, visit the venue’s website here.