Pioneer Country

5.0  ( 36 reviews ) · 98 Fraser Drive, Tweed Heads South, New South Wales · Show Phone
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WEDDINGS DONE YOUR WAY. A private farm and purpose-built wedding venue. Licensed until midnight. 10 mins from accommodation and The Gold Coast Airport. Chapel & outdoor ceremonies. In-house chef, commercial kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven catering from 20 to 220 people, casual grazing, cocktail or sit-down type menus. 2024 is filling fast. Book your inspection tour soon.

"The venue was magnificent, exactly what we were looking for. We wanted a casual, relaxed & unique atmosphere, & the venue fitted what we needed perfectly." - Bill

What you will love about your Pioneer Country wedding:

  • We only host one wedding at a time, making the property an exclusive & private wedding location.
  • Indoor chapel and outdoor ceremonies are both available
  • 48 hours of use of the venue the day before for setup & rehearsal, and 7 hours of total service on the day of the wedding
  • A dedicated wedding planner will help guide you through your options, introduce vendors, and orchestrate a seamless wedding day.
  • It is conveniently located in Tweed Heads South — just 10 minutes from The Gold Coast Airport and many nearby hotels that range from affordable to luxurious. 
  • Ample off-street parking for guests, and we don't mind if they come back the following day to collect their cars.
  • Space — 170 acres of rolling farmland and a large-scale barn for up to 220 guests for a sit-down menu

Booking Options Available to Suit Your Needs:

  • Peak: Friday, Saturday & Sunday weddings for Ceremony + Receptions 50- 220 guests
  • Off-Peak: (saving $1,500)- Monday to Thursday weddings from Ceremony + Reception 20 - 220 guests
  • Ceremony-only: packages are available from Sunday to Thursday.
  • Ceremony & Garden Party: (3hr) packages are available from Sunday to Thursday.

"The beauty of the grounds & chapel made our wedding photos stunning. To top it all off, our wedding planner's professionalism & friendly nature made everything easy for us. We were so happy with how the whole event was handled." - Samantha


Gidday, I am Pioneer Country's in-house wedding planner. My main priority is to make your wedding planning easy and to reduce stress levels. I also like to give our couples the courage to do their own thing and enable them to personalise their big day so that their wedding becomes a distinctive memory that will last with family and friends for years. I look forward to meeting you and helping design your wedding. Cheers Sarah

Sarah-Jayne Robinson

Owner & Wedding Planner

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 20 / Max 220 Reception guests

Min 2 / Max 300 Ceremony Guests

Time restrictions: 11:30 PM

In-house catering

7.00 hours Event time included

Music must end by 11:30 PM

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Easy Weddings Special Offer

SAVE $1000 - New Reception Bookings Held before the end of 2024

Book your 2024 wedding & reception and hold it before the end of 2024 and enjoy $1000 off the regular price.

Offer includes:

  • use of chapel, reception barn & outdoor ceremony locations 
  • ocean and hinterland views from 170 acres of rolling farmland
  • your in-house wedding planner
  • in-house catering
  • tables, chairs, damask linen tablecloths & napkins, cutlery & tableware
  • 5000 fairy lights & festoon lighting
  • use of 4WD buggy & cows for photography
  • shared, online planning & running order document
  • Two pre-wedding planning meetings (or as many as it takes)

Terms & Conditions:

  • Available only to new bookings (Discount Code EW2024)
  • Available only to receptions catered by Pioneer Country 
  • The wedding must be held before 31 Dec 2024
  • The mid-week, Mon-Thu, $1500 discount is still also applicable ie $2,500 discount in total
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Exclusive Offer
Chapel or Ceremony Only Hire

2-hour chapel or grounds hire (plus 1-hour rehearsal), Monday to Thursday

Exclusive Offer
Wedding Venue Hire (peak Fri, Sat & Sun)

48-hour whole venue hire (170-acres of farm, grounds, chapel & licensed restaurant)

  • The day beforehand for rehearsal, styling and setup.
  • Day of the wedding.
  • Bumpout between 8 & 10  am the day after the wedding.
  • Includes wedding planner, seating, linen, glassware, wait staff and almost everything except celebrant, photographer, florist & cake.

Exclusive Offer
Wedding Venue Hire (off-peak Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur)

48-hour whole venue hire (170-acres of farm, grounds, chapel & licensed restaurant)

  • The day beforehand for rehearsal, styling and setup.
  • Day of the wedding.
  • Bumpout between 9 & 11 am the day after the wedding.
  • Includes wedding planner, seating, linen, glassware, wait staff and almost everything except celebrant, photographer, florist & cake.

Exclusive Offer
Farm to Plate - Country Menu

Served as alternate serves, shared platters or as a buffet:

Tweed Valley Antipasto Platter

  • Olives, cured meats, cheeses, dried fruits, 2 chef-made dips, crackers highlighting Tweed cured meats & cheeses

6-dish Country Menu

  • 2 types of meat eg Terranora Black Angus slow cooked Beef Cheeks w a red wine jus and Kieve Cut Chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes
  • 3 vegetables eg crispy duck fat potatoes, baked pumpkin with cinnamon & Pioneer Country's homegrown honey, butter & garlic brocolini
  • warm bread & butter

Wedding Cake, Tea & Coffee Buffet

  • Platters of wedding cake with a dollop of cream,
  • locally grown Madura Tea and
  • Ground Control Coffee (roasted on the far side of our back paddock)

Exclusive Offer
Mexican NIght Market Fiesta

• House-made guacamole dip, char-grilled capsicum and corn chips as appetizers
• Empanadas (puff pastry parcels w chorizo potato, onion, cheese and a hint of chilli)
• Mexican corn fritters
• Cheese & Chicken Quesadillas (great for adults & kids alike)
• Pork ribs in a spicy smoked sauce
• Soft tacos with chilli con carne or vegetarian bean chilli
• Churros with cinnamon cream and chocolate dipping sauce as dessert
• BYO Wedding cake platter, with dollop cream, tea & coffee served from the old family table

Exclusive Offer
Antipasto, Wood-Fired Pizza and Grazing Table
  • Antipasto platter on the verandah
  • 5 choices of hand-stretched housemade pizza dough wood-fired in our large pizza oven off the rear verandah
  • Grazing table of food to compliment the pizza served from the buffet table

Served night-market style from our handcarts, great for grazing and for guests to mingle. 


Nearby Accommodation


Our chapel can seat up to 120 guests on our pews with sides lattice walls opening outwards to provide viewing for up to another 100 guests. 

Our barn style restaurant comfortably seats 220 guests.

Tip: When comparing venues, remember to count the number of seats on display to ensure there is still sufficient space for mingling, congregating at the bar, dancing, and, heaven forbid, what happens if it rains, where will the ceremony be held because the heavily styled tables can not be quickly pulled aside and reset?

Pioneer Country has a selection of in-house catering options:

  • night-market style hand carts
  • grazing tables
  • cocktail style,
  • sit down shared, feasting platters or alternate serves
  • buffet
  • and a wood-fired pizza oven as well as a full commercial kitchen

Unfortunately, we no longer offer 3rd party catering after a couple of bad experiences that we would prefer are not associated with our hard-earned reputation for good food and plenty of it (there will be no stopping at Maccas on the way home from a Pioneer Country wedding).

Pioneer Country is so close to town that we don't need to.

We are only a 10-minute Uber or taxi drive from Coolangatta. 

We recommend the new Rydges Airport Hotel, where our guests enjoy a 15% discount and the bride and groom a free upgrade or the Colonial Caravan park riverfront cabins (800 m walking distance).

Our off-street parking is secure, and guests can retrieve the cars easily the following day.

  • For the bride and her tribe, Belle River House at Tumbulgum, 13 km scenic drive through the cane fields to the venue. Sleeps 16-18 adults
  • For guests, The Colonial Caravan Park or River Retreat Caravan Park Riverfront Cabins, 800 m staggering distance from venue
  • For fly-in/ fly out guests, The Rydges Airport Hotel, our guests enjoy a 15% discount and the bride & groom a free upgrade, a 10 minute maxi taxi from our venue
  • For guests wanting a beach front apartment mini-holiday Mantra Coolangatta, 1,2 & 3 bedroom beachfront apartments, 1 10 minute Uber from our venue

She conducts a 2-hour planning meeting within one month of booking. During the planning meeting, she will help you draft the run order, agree on the menu and decide on the layout. She will help coordinate the rehearsal and queue the bridesmaids the day before. On the day she will receive vendors and help them bump in, she will liaise with the MC to ensure the run order keeps on schedule, and she will be the last to leave and close the gate behind her to ensure your guest's abandoned cars will be off-street and safe overnight.

Sarah has a great list of tried and proven vendors that will streamline your wedding planning process.

If you want some tips on how to trim the budget or styling suggestions - she is a wealth of knowledge.

36 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

July 2023

From the moment my husband and I toured Pioneer Country in search of a wedding venue we knew this was the one. Pioneer Country has the most amazing rustic country atmosphere and we instantly knew this is the place where we wanted to get married. Sarah has truely went above and beyond to ensure that our day was perfect. Sarah has an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to planning weddings and making sure all your wishes come true on your day. The Pioneer Country team made our special day run so smoothly and stress free, it was a dream! The woodfire pizza and grazing table was a hit with our guest. Each person that attended our wedding has commented on how amazing the venue and staff are. Pioneer Country is truely a special place and I would HIGHLY recommend as a this venue.

Mikayla M.

July 2023

Pioneer country was the best venue that we could of picked for us, it’s rustic charm was just what we were looking for considering we traveled from 6 1/2 hrs west from a very small country town for our big day. Sarah and her staff were nothing short of amazing and professional, nothing was ever to much of a drama or an ask, all calls, text and emails were answered promptly and no matter what we asked they tried to accommodate as best they could, I had organised a helicopter to drop off the groom and groomsmen, had my flower woman pass out drinks as she walked down the isle ect and none of it was to much of a drama.

Sharnie R.

July 2023

I am the mother of a bride that has recently had her wedding at Pioneer Country and from the very start at the viewing Sarah and her staff were amazing. Everything was no trouble and very relaxed. Every question or inquiry was dealt with promptly and with no fuss. My son-in-law arrived by helicopter which we had to change at last min but Sarah had made herself available to meet with the pilot to set a touch down point. The day had gone off without a hitch the service in the chapel was beautiful. Sarah and her staff are professional and accommodating. The food was to die for the service exemplary and the venue was amazing. What a wonderful venue to get married and have your reception at. Could not recommend them enough. AMAZING!

Kelly R.

December 2023

Our experience with Sarah and the team at Pioneer Country was truly exceptional. Despite navigating postponements due to COVID and a pregnancy, Sarah accommodated us with remarkable flexibility and patience. She played a pivotal role, always ready to address our questions and ensured every detail of our special day was meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. One standout feature is the availability of multiple photo locations. Pioneer Country offers a picturesque backdrop at every turn, ensuring our memories were beautifully captured. The chapel, where our ceremony took place, was nothing short of enchanting. Its elegant design and intimate atmosphere provided the perfect setting for exchanging vows. The venue's ability to accommodate different preferences extended to allowing us to decorate the space ourselves. This creative freedom allowed us to infuse our personality and style into every corner, making the venue truly feel like ours. A noteworthy mention goes to the staff who handled wet weather exceptionally well. Despite unexpected rain, they seamlessly adjusted plans, ensuring our day continued without a hitch. And let's not forget the mouth-watering food! The wood-fired pizzas had everyone talking. Adding to the joy, our vendors, despite it being their first time at Pioneer Country, were equally impressed and raved about the exceptional setting. Sarah and all the staff at Pioneer Country contributed to a wedding day that not only was beautiful but also genuinely reflected our love story. We are immensely grateful for their dedication and personalised touch.

Shannon B.

October 2023

What an incredible and magical day thanks to the amazing Sarah and her team at Pioneer Country! We can not thank them enough for making our dream wedding happen. Everything from the great communication, delicious food, tasty drinks, wedding setup, styling and all the fine details. Our day was completely stress free and an absolute breeze! Thank you so much Sarah and the team! Highly recommend Pioneer Country!!

Ashleigh B.

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Do wedding venues come with a changing room?

Hi, I would like to know if wedding venues usually have a changing room where we can change our clothes? And if not, what do you suggest?

Pioneer Country

Typically brides and their bridesmaids are the last to arrive at the venue for the ceremony and get ready privately and at their accommodation. However, it is becoming increasingly common for the bride to change into a party dress at some point during the celebrations. For this reason, my venue has recently installed a Bridal Retreat room for this purpose, to touch up makeup, keep a spare change of shoes and maybe a jacket or just a space where an overwhelmed bride can escape to. Every venue is different, and you should add this to your venue checklist when doing your inspection tour.
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What does an inhouse wedding venue coordinator do?

If my venue has an in-house wedding coordinator, do I also need my own planner? What tasks does a venue coordinator do that a planner might double up on? (What doesn't a venue coordinator do?) Thanks!

Pioneer Country

I am the in-house wedding planner for Pioneer Country. I am responsible for:

  • Creating a shared run sheet (in the cloud). The run sheet includes budget, timeline, schedule, menu, styling, layout & supplier details.
  • Showing couples and their families our 170-hectare property and all the wedding options and combinations available at our venue to meet their vibe and budget. (I often do multiple tours for other family members that get involved after the venue is booked.
  • Coordinating planning meetings (as many as it takes)  to lock in key details such as invitation start time, ceremony start time, and meal service time and to agree on what styling will be provided by the bride and her 3rd party vendors and what styling will be provided inhouse.
  • Provide familiarisation tours to other suppliers eg photographers, videographers, florists, celebrants etc and direct them during bump-in and bump-out and during the event. I will even book 3rd party suppliers on behalf of the bride for a small service fee.
  • Schedule wait staff, responsible service of alcohol staff, kitchen staff, cleaning staff, place setting, in-house styling  etc
  • Recommend my list of proven and trusted suppliers that won't let the couple down.
  • Be available for the bride as a sounding board on all matters related to the wedding.

I prefer to deal with the bride directly to ensure nothing is lost in translation however I am happy to work with her delegate be it the mother of the bride, the sister or 3rd party professional planners (however if the budget is tight then I don't believe this extra expense of another wedding planner is warranted).


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