Choose a one-of-a-kind venue and get your guests gushing and ‘gramming!
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1. Deux Belettes, Byron Bay, NSW
If you’re short a French chateau in the family (quelle horreur!), live the dream at this European-style idyll instead. Neighboured by tropical fruit plantations and rainforest, and inspired by old-world French farmhouses, this Byron Bay hinterland estate is all charm. Think shingle roofs, cobblestone walkways, ivy-covered walls, rambling roses and wild lavender gardens.
The onsite accommodation alone is reason enough to marry here. Couples will love the delightful top-floor Tower Suite with entry via a spiral staircase which winds up through a seashell-clad tower, a nod to its proximity to the Byron’s beaches. Here you’ll find a sweet retreat, including vintage timber features, a canopied French bed, a super-cute attic bathroom, shuttered windows and luxe detailing. Sigh.
2. Projekt 3488, Warburton, Victoria
Projekt 3488 wins points for its sheer architectural beauty, breathtaking redwood forest surrounds and intriguing name (spoiler alert: it’s actually the postcode). Hidden away in the Yarra Valley ranges, this former Masonic Hall now leads a fabulous new life as an event space after a stellar transformation. Standout features include four mighty lengths of timber lowered to form banquet tables and lifted to clear space for dancing, a deck overlooking the mountains and native gardens, and a glorious collection of lighting and artworks. The edgy old-meets-new vibe is only heightened by the fact that the venue is only open to the public for special events – it’s certainly one to keep your guests talking.
Imagine being encircled by native Australian bush and marrying your sweetheart surrounded by 2000-year-old sandstone monoliths in a ‘rock cathedral’ – spine-tingling stuff (in the best way). Together with knockout sunset views over the escarpment and valley from the west-facing Viewing Platform, this escape is a real natural beauty. And the entire 100-acre property is exclusively yours for 48 hours, including onsite cabin and lodge accommodation, a reception hall and bar, pool, bonfire area and more. Hello, wedding weekend!
4. Longitude 131, Uluru, NT
We try not to use the word ‘unique’ lightly, but when it comes to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the luxury tented enclave of Longitude 131, it seems appropriate! A wedding in Australia’s remote spiritual heartland is extremely intimate and totally romantic.
Take in the majestic rust-red surrounds, watch the light play on Australia’s most iconic monolith from your beautifully appointed pavilion – the Dune Pavilion even includes a private plunge pool – and dine on a sand dune under the stars. Gather with your nearest and dearest and revel in the splendid isolation of our country’s rich Red Centre. Destination wedding, indeed.
5. Melbourne Zoo, Victoria
Animal lovers, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Melbourne Zoo offers a range of animal encounters as part of their wedding experience, making your special day even more so. Exchange vows in the Butterfly House or in the South East Asian bamboo forest for an unforgettable ceremony. Then, wind your way through the forest to celebrate in the Bong Su Room, overlooking the elephant pool from the deck. Or, choose the Rainforest Room for a bird’s eye view of the lively Tamarin monkey habitat.
Can’t edit your guest list down from 500? The Leopard Lodge is for you, positioned “within a lion’s roar of the big cat habitat.” Here’s your official cue to get a little wild.
6. Villa Botanica, North Queensland
Luxe, tropical and highly individual, Villa Botanica is one of North Queensland’s hidden gems. “Built for love” by owner Ralph Hogan as a palace for his wife and ‘princess’ Janet, the Balinese-influenced property is big on beautiful details. Imported marble floors, antique furniture and ornate timber features all make this charming hideaway totally Insta-ready.
There are seemingly endless photo locations throughout the glorious five acres, including lush gardens, a palm forest, sculptural Cactarium and even a secluded beach. An intricate mosaic-tiled walkway creates a memorable ceremony entrance while a hand-carved timber chapel showcases mesmerising views over the turquoise Coral Sea. The estate’s expansive verandah becomes an intimate, restaurant-style reception space festooned with fairy lights. Or, you can celebrate a balmy Queensland evening and drink in the Whitsunday Bay vistas on the fairytale-like Sea Deck. One word – dreamy.
7. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Seeking picture-perfect? Create a cultural celebration on the shores of Lake Burley Griffith in Canberra’s NGA. The vast Sculpture Garden provides an inspired backdrop and includes a permanent marquee restaurant overlooking Fujiko Nakaya’s ‘Fog’ sculpture. It regularly releases an atmospheric, cloud-like mist – something that will definitely get your guests snapping away!
You can also celebrate inside in the majestic Gandel Hall (seriously, it has gold leaf doors!) or in the Gallery Space on Level One for the chance to “eat amongst the art.”
8. Stonebarn, Manjimup & Pemberton region, WA
A truffiére you say? Yes, on Stonebarn’s picturesque 160-acre estate you’re in serious truffle country. Expect views over the ‘truffle trees’ and the option of fresh French Black Perigord truffles on your menu – how very indulgent. The unexpected culinary drawcard here isn’t the only thing that’s sure to grab your attention. A sylish lodge, surrounding forest and rivers, secluded bush bath and onsite accommodation for up to 16 guests make Stonebarn a winner for intimate celebrations. And the best bit? No curfew! Party on.
9. High Country Maze, Victoria
Ah-mazing! How fitting that a labour of love for owners Tracey and Dean Shipley should be the setting for your nuptials. Created with romance in mind in 2003, the initial planting of the 40×40-metre maze endured seven years of drought before blossoming into the enchanting spectacle of today. Say “I do” in the aptly named Heart Garden and explore the seven feet-high maze, home to a Cherub Garden, giant topiaries, sculptures, artwork and over 350 roses. Lose yourself and find your perfect backdrop.
10. Shene Estate and Distillery, Tasmania
Australia has more than its fair share of picturesque winery and distillery venues — but this one <really> shines for its rich sense of history and promise of the perfect G&T. Just an hour from Hobart, much of the estate, including the Gothic Stables (now home to the Hobart Polo Club), was forged in stone by convicts during the early 1800s, lending a dramatic edge to your celebration.
Kick off cocktail hour with Shene’s award-winning Poltergeist gin and Mackey Single Malt Tasmanian Whisky before dining under the stars and hitting the dance floor in the gorgeous 1846 barn. But a word of caution, the estate’s beautifully bespoke weddings are strictly limited. So get in stat. Like, yesterday.
Bonus tip: Get married at sea!
Okay, so it’s not strictly one ‘venue’ but this concept has to make the list thanks to sheer novelty value – how many sea-faring newlyweds do you know? Tying the knot on the ocean blue is perfect for nautical themes and a glamorous European Riviera feel. See the SEADECK in Sydney Harbour or chat to one of the cruise lines that push off from Australian capitals. Most offer a celebrant and wedding service onboard.