Your Must-Have Guide to Wedding Venues in The Southern Highlands
A picturesque hideaway in New South Wales, The Southern Highlands is a dream location to tie the knot with some incredible wedding venues.
Let’s begin by saying, congratulations! You’re getting married! And if you’re looking for wedding venues in The Southern Highlands, I bet you’re at the very start of your wedding planning journey, what an exciting time! Booking your venue is the very first step most couples take when organising their big day, as it affects so many other elements that need to be organised. As Southern Highlands wedding videographers, I have had the pleasure of capturing many weddings in The Southern Highlands, and I can tell you that you’ve chosen a wonderful place to say ‘I Do’.
When you start to research venues, it can soon feel a little overwhelming. Well, today, I thought I would share my 15 favourite wedding venues in The Southern Highlands, a shortlist of stunning locations that you should definitely book a viewing of.
Essential Information About Weddings in The Southern Highlands - Where is it located?
In between Sydney and Canberra, The Southern Highlands is a uniquely beautiful region within New South Wales. A charming collection of small towns and villages are situated within its borders, each with its own personality and style.
How Much Do Weddings Cost in The Southern Highlands?
Cost is often down to the wants and needs of the couple, but on average wedding venues in The Southern Highlands would charge upward of $150 per head. During peak season (October-March), the venues would require a minimum spend of $20,000. But, if you’re looking for a bargain or hoping to miss the Australian summer and don’t mind tying the knot out of season, venues will often have special deals on winter weddings.
What is the Accommodation Like in the Area?
In the towns of Bowral, Mittagong, Berrima, Bundanoon, Robertson and Moss Vale there are plenty of pretty hotels, motels, B&B’s and Air BNB’s available. With so many options in the surrounding towns, your out-of-town wedding guests will be spoilt for choice!
What is the Weather Like on Average?
If you’re dreaming of an outdoor wedding in the sun, the very warmest months in The Southern Highlands are January, February and December. As a wedding videographer in New South Wales, I’ve experienced this first-hand with Summer in The Southern Highlands being cooler than the South Coast (average temperatures from 15 to the mid-20s Celsius) often up to 10 degrees cooler. It even snows occasionally (imagine those wedding images) with Winter temperatures typically in the high teens down to freezing.
15 Amazing Wedding Venues in The Southern Highlands
This magnificent wedding venue in Berrina, The Southern Highlands, is as spectacular as it is luxurious. Bendooley Estate is set within 200 acres of land that has been meticulously preserved and cared for. Multiple options are available for your big day, such as the beautiful gardens, the Pavillion by the lake and my personal favourite – The Book Barn! A huge yet strangely cosy space, this room is lined with thousands of books (hence the name!) and lit by gorgeously delicate statement chandeliers that hang from the cathedral high ceiling. A dream wedding reception location!
Address: 3020 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima NSW 2577
Wildwood Kangaroo Valley
A country paradise, set within 100 acres of pristine Australian rainforest. If you’re looking for a dream wedding photo opportunity, the Kangaroo Valley has to be on your shortlist! This stunning venue offers three ceremony options, The old shed (wet weather option), Ceremony rock and the Summer house chapel with each location gifting you an equally magical setting to say ‘I Do’. They encourage the DIY spirit of their brides and welcome you to style their rooms and areas in just the way you dreamed of, while also offering their very own stylists and florists if you don’t want to get so hands-on. This wedding venue is extremely popular, so if you like what you hear, book it now!
Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat
The Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat is a truly unique ceremony location that gives you the freedom to style your big day to reflect your personality. This wedding venue in The Southern Highlands comprises many reception spaces, including a function room and marquee that can cater up to 130 guests in comfort and elegance. It’s less than two hours from Sydney and Canberra, yet it feels so off the beaten track, with its wild surroundings and zero traffic! With on-site accommodation, a rock cathedral, sunset deck, reception hall, bar, dance floor, outdoor alfresco dining area, pool and bonfire pit all available to you and your guests for 48 hours – you’ll feel more like you’re on a relaxing holiday retreat than a wedding!
The Robertson Hotel
If you’re looking for luxury and heritage combined, The Robertson is the perfect wedding venue in The Southern Highlands for you. With 40 beautifully renovated hotel rooms available for you and your guests, you can all make this place your home for the weekend while enjoying their stunning landscaped gardens, charming dining room and Gatsby-style bar. A historic getaway that will make the most elegant backdrop to your wedding photos.
Willow Farm Berry
Surrounded by over 150 acres of lush, green farmland and picture-postcard creek frontage, Willow Farm in Berry is a unique DIY wedding venue in The Southern Highlands. Much sought after by the boho bride due to its laid-back approach and modern entertainment options such as yoga, meditation and massage, this venue also has lots of space outside to create whatever kind of incredible wedding experience you can think of!
Luxury and wilderness combine to create one of the most magical wedding venues in Kangaroo Valley. Situated within one of the most picturesque valleys with never-ending views, this is a dream backdrop for wedding videographers in The Southern Highlands to shoot against! Promising seamless, stress-free weddings with their exclusive wedding coordinators White Top Venues, Barranca also offers luxury villas to accommodate your guests, alongside a future stables function room that can seat up to 150 people.
GrowWild Wildflower Farm
A bespoke and unforgettable wedding experience awaits you at GrowWild. Book this stunning venue in Alpine, and you and your guests will have free roam of the farm, where they can enjoy canapés and cocktails on the grounds, while you shoot your wedding photos against their picturesque countryside backdrop. You can host your reception in the impressive timber-floored marquee that is set up to offer newly-weds everything they could wish for on their big day, while one of the many world-class chefs provides you with an extraordinary meal.
Address: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine NSW 2575
Jaspers Berry is only an hour and a half drive from Sydney, and while not precisely in The Southern Highlands, it makes up for that with its real fairytale vibe! A true escape-from-the-world destination, this venue seamlessly blends ancient buildings with contemporary finishing, to create a location that is stunningly sophisticated all year round. Whatever your style, you can bring it to life at Jaspers Berry. If you only check out one venue on this list, please let it be this one, as it needs to be seen to be believed! Seriously, stop reading this now, just go check it out, come back and let me know what you think!
Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Retreat
This stunning wedding venue in Kangaroo Valley overlooks the picture-postcard valley and is surrounded by the most scenic views. Offering indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, The Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Retreat is ideal come rain or shine. For your reception, you’ll have the Woolshed restaurant at your disposal, which can seat up to 80 people or up to a hundred if you’re planning more of a cocktail/canapé soirée!
Montrose Berry Farm
A slice of English heritage amongst the rolling pastures of The Southern Highlands. The listed 1860s building and magnificent country gardens of Montrose Berry Farm will provide an elegant country experience on your big day. Ideal for a formal or informal occasion, this wedding venue has a beautiful reception room that can seat up to 140 guests, and it can be decorated just as you wish. Plus your ceremony can be held wherever you wish on the site!
Address: Ormond St, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Jamberoo Resort has been hosting weddings in their refined, yet rural retreat for over 5 decades now. Offering a fantasy feel for your wedding day, this wedding venue is technically on The South Coast and has all the facilities you and your guests could wish for on a holiday, sorry, wedding! Their French style bridal suite is extraordinary, but equally, their riverside garden ceremony location is just as magical.
Mali Brae Farm
An award-winning wedding venue in The Southern Highlands, Mali Brae Farm is perfect for couples who long for that perfect country wedding. With majestic views amongst acres of landscaped gardens, any wedding photographer in New South Wales will be spoilt for choice when it comes to photo ops! The grounds of this stunning venue are filled with rustic charm, from waterways and boat sheds to garden art and hay sheds – your guests are going to feel a million miles away as they enjoy the majestic views. Their iconic hay shed has been transformed into the ideal reception location for your guests, complete with a country-style outside bar area and open fire for the evenings. Mali Brae Farm, rural charm and ambience personified.
Address: 562 Nowra Rd, Moss Vale NSW 2577
Sylvan Glen Country Estate
The ultimate weekend away wedding venue, Sylvan Glen Country Estate offers the most charming location to say ‘I Do’. With many fantastic ceremony options, accommodation and a stunning rustic style barn available for your reception, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your big day. If you choose Sylvan Glen as your wedding venue of choice, you and your guests will have free roam of 60 acres of private woodland, waterways and vineyards – not to mention kangaroo spotting come sundown!
Address: 570 Kareela Rd, Penrose NSW 2579
Sat atop its own secluded hilltop, Milton Park in Bowral is effortlessly magical and unquestionably luxurious. A five-star hotel and spa that offers awe-inspiring views over some of the finest gardens in Australia, this wedding venue looks not only impressive but also feels comforting. Their most popular wedding ceremony spot is undoubtedly the tulip lawn during the summer, but in the winter or in the event of rain they also have the option of using their French Style Pool House, an exquisite location that creates a stunning backdrop to your nuptials.
Address: 200 Horderns Rd, Bowral NSW 2576
Last, but certainly not least is Centennial Vineyards in Bowral. A wedding venue in The Southern Highlands that oozes elegance and exclusivity. Spectacular views surround you as you wander around this beautiful winery and grounds. The vast countryside seems to expand forever, while the venue itself is beautifully designed to fit within its setting and blend into the scenery. Their restaurant is first class and is matched only by the gorgeous patio and open fireplace just outside, perfect for summer evening cocktails while your guests take in the views!
Address: 252 Centennial Rd, Bowral NSW 2576
Are you inspired? Have you fallen for your dream wedding venue in The Southern Highlands? I would love to continue on your journey with you and capture your special day! If you’re looking for a Southern Highlands wedding videographer or South Coast wedding videographer, please feel free to get in touch via my contact page.