For showstopping locations, Taronga Zoo has to top the list. With views of Circular Quay, the Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and located within the iconic Taronga Zoo, it’s difficult to find a venue that has more Sydney icons within arm’s reach.
Located just 12 minutes from Circular Quay by ferry, this venue rolls multiple iconic Australian landmarks into one. The world-famous Taronga Zoo is the setting, and from most of the event spaces on offer you’ll be treated to unparalleled views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Accessible by car or ferry, this bright and contemporary event venue is host to rare and endangered creatures great and small, making it one of the most memorable and exciting venues Sydney has to offer.
The Dalang Ballroom. A blank canvas event space that’s ideal for wedding receptions and dinners, the ballroom offers 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour and a private balcony.
The N’galawa Terrace. Located above the ballroom, the terrace boasts a view out over the zoo grounds and beyond to Sydney Harbour. It’s the perfect spot for cocktail hour and evening entertainment.
The Gili Rooftop. An outdoor function space that has sweeping views of the harbour; by night you’re under the stars as the zoo comes alive around you.
Lawn Event Spaces. Perfect for more casual affairs, the Taronga Zoo lawns offer views of the harbour. Set up a marquee or say, “I do” in the iconic Bird Ampitheatre.
“The newly renovated Taronga Centre is gorgeous, and of course the view from there is stunning. The sunset view on the balcony was the best part. We got a chance to take photos within the zoo just after it closed with no one around. We even got one of the elephants in our photos. We also stayed at the new Wildlife Retreat suite afterwards and it was the perfect way to finish a perfect day.” Angela F
Overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour, Sergeant’s Mess is a contemporary waterfront reception venue. Perfect for up to 250 guests, the elegant interior is bathed with natural light with panoramic views of the harbour.
Sergeant’s Mess is a popular Sydney wedding venue, boasting contemporary decor that features subtle throwbacks to its grand 1960s design. A private wharf is perfect for guests arriving by water transfer and is a dreamy spot for wedding photos. Views from the wharf overlook the Sydney Harbour Shipping Channels, Watsons Bay, and Camp Cove. Executive chef Robert Crichton and his team of talented chefs take care of your world-class dining experience.
Sergeant’s Mess offers exclusive venue hire, which includes
The Main Dining Room. A sophisticated and classy function space that boasts a dancefloor, comfy furniture, and views of the harbour, Neilsen Park, and Rose Bay. A cocktail-arrangement is perfect for up to 350 guests.
The Deck. A modern alfresco area is the perfect spot for a relaxed drink and canapes. You and your guests are treated to a view of the water and native bushland.
“We fell in love with the venue at first sight. When it came to our big day, the food and amazing service did not disappoint; our guests definitely agreed with us on this. Thank you to our coordinator Carmen, who made sure everything ran smoothly behind-the-scenes, as well as getting back to us promptly with all our questions, and to Nic the venue manager that looked after everything on the night. It was such an incredible night for us!” Jessica W
Sitting pretty alongside Bondi Beach, the Blue Room Bondi features soft coastal tones and floor-to-ceiling arch windows. The tropical theme is carried throughout the interior reception space, and the outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for ceremonies. The Blue Room Bondi is a historic venue with understated elegance.
Its enviable Bondi Beach location makes The Blue Room one of Sydney’s most sought-after beach wedding venues. Renovated interiors bring the coastal tones from the outside in, and large windows make sure you never forget that your wedding is on prime real estate.
Exclusive hire of the venue features the
Main Dining Room. A modern space with capacity up to 150 cocktail-style, picture sleek white walls, contemporary furniture, and large arch windows overlooking the water.
Outdoor Patio. A private space with Bondi Beach the backdrop, this dreamy ceremony or cocktail-hour space features natural foliage and a shaded area for balmy days.
“Fantastic and beautiful wedding reception venue! The panoramic view of Bondi beach through the giant arched windows was simply breathtaking during the sunset, made for awesome photos and our overseas guests were in awe. Venue decor was fresh and designed to compliment the location. Front balcony, and back patio also made for an added bonus and was much appreciated during the sunny afternoon.” Samantha W
A secluded setting with harbour views, Gunners’ Barracks is a historic venue with luxury furnishings and opulent chandeliers. An in-house head chef sources quality local ingredients for menus that feature gourmet Modern Australian cuisine.
Rich with history, this ceremony and reception venue features touches of luxury that makes any couple feel like VIPs. You have your choice of gorgeous event spaces at Gunners’ Barracks, a secluded venue that combines old-world glamour with modern comforts.
The Main Dining Room. Old-world glam meets understated simplicity in the Dining Room. Custom-designed wallpaper and breathtaking crystal chandeliers fit up to 90 guests.
Sandstone Courtyard. Filled with natural light, the courtyard is an ideal spot for guests to mingle before the reception, or it can be transformed into a gorgeous dancefloor.
The Drawing Room. An intimate reception space, the Drawing Room is an elegant space that features crystal chandeliers and comfortable furnishings.
The Harbour Terrace. Boasting a retractable roof, the Harbour Terrace is often used for cocktails and canapes with scenic views across Sydney Harbour and the city skyline.
“We chose to have both our ceremony and reception hosted at Gunners Barracks and they certainly lived up to their famous name of being one of the premium wedding venues in Sydney. The staff were professional, attentive and flexible. Words cannot describe how beautiful the location is and our friends and family were still talking about the food for weeks after our wedding.” Hannah E
Just 30m from the water of Sydney Harbour, Dunbar House is a historic mansion built originally in the 1830s. Guests have a beautiful view of the local beaches, including Watsons Bay, and the striking city skyline. Perfect for cocktail-style and banquet receptions, Dunbar House specialises in gourmet catering and superior service.
This Georgian-style 1830s mansion is a luxury venue located in the quaint beachside town of Watsons Bay. Easily adapted for intimate weddings, and lavish affairs, Dunbar House can host waterside ceremonies and receptions out on the lawn, or in the opulent Main Dining Room.
Main Dining Room & Balcony. Servicing up to 110 guests, the Dining Room pays homage to its historic roots with Waterford crystal chandeliers and custom wallpaper. The balcony is the perfect place for cocktail-hour and canapes.
“Dunbar House was absolutely fantastic as our wedding reception venue! We found it so easy to deal with their wonderful team, no question was too big or too small for them to answer. The staff on the night were exceptional, so attentive and professional. Food was out of this world, we had so many compliments on the delicious dishes Really beautiful venue and easy to work with and dress up, it’s so well maintained it doesn’t need a lot of extra decorations and details.” Amie L
A 5-star luxury venue set on the water of East Circular Quay, the Pullman Quay Grand features playful and modern decor. The 1950s Miami-style cocktail lounge offers an alfresco dining option, and onsite accommodation makes it the ideal venue for a destination wedding. Within walking distance are iconic locations like the Royal Botanical Gardens and Circular Quay.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour offers guests a fresh and modern atmosphere, with an emphasis on the unbelievable view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Featuring a Miami-style lounge draped in soft pinks, blues, and florals, Pullman Quay Grand is a great backdrop for fun and flirty wedding snaps or elegant fine dining.
Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge. This venue is a loving homage to 1950s Miami, featuring South American cuisine, pastel pinks and greens, and plenty of room for dancing. Ideal for private and semi-private events.
Q Dining. An elegant and modern space, Q Dining boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, towering ceilings, and modern Danish furnishings. Up to 100 guests in a cocktail arrangement will be comfortable here.
Lachlan & Macquarie Rooms. A more subtle and sleek dining experience awaits the couple who book the Lachland & Macquarie Rooms. Ideal for up to 130 guests.
“Amazing & very satisfied with having our intimate wedding reception there. They catered to our every need & was exactly how we imagined it to be. It was the perfect location to the Royal Botanic Garden for our ceremony and the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge was a bonus.” Natalie T
This trendy rooftop venue features incredible views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. A versatile open-air venue, the Rydges Sydney Harbour offers flexible catering packages include grazing tables and reception drinks beside the rooftop pool. A white marquee is an optional addition.
Rydges Sydney Harbour is a luxury 4-star hotel set on the Instagram-famous The Rocks, and with exceptional views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Featuring a trendy pool rooftop that is ideal for ceremonies and receptions, a dedicated events team is on hand to meet your every need.
55 George Rooftop. This generous rooftop area boasts a pool and gazebo area, as well as 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour. The atmosphere is relaxed and geared towards a party-vibe.
“Great location, in the heart of The Rocks and the old streets of Sydney harbour. […] Stunning foyer […] Friendly staff. Fantastic outlook.” Jenny K
Situated in Rose Bay and overlooking the marina, the Beachouse at Point Piper features floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant styling. Idyllic waterfront views make an exceptional backdrop for your reception and ceremony, as well as for those perfect photographs.
There are two gorgeous spaces to choose from, both of which are catered by the award-winning Zest team.
Located at The Middle Harbour Skiff Club, Boathouse at the Spit features timber and stone accents with a lavish gold-leaf painted ceiling. Award-winning chefs prepare canapes and multi-course meals.
The venue offers plenty of complimentary decor that can be easily adapted to modern, rustic, and vintage themes.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Sydney Harbour foreshore, Vibe Hotel Rushcutters is an elegant and modern venue that offers multiple function spaces. With both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations, you’re always surrounded by lush greenery and natural light. An alfresco pool deck offers unparalleled views over Rushcutters Park and the harbour.
Located in Avalon, New South Wales, Beach House Avalon is a favourite among those planning the quintessential beach wedding. This venue overlooks the sea through floor-to-ceiling glass doors; the perfect wedding day backdrop for those who adore the ocean.
Beach House Avalon has the ability to host ceremonies, photoshoots along the beach, and receptions all within the one location, so you and your guests needn’t rush between venues on your big day.
Set on the first floor of the South Maroubra Life Saving Club, Horizons Beach Venue by Top Cat Catering is up there with the most popular beach wedding venues Sydney has to offer. This venue features breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean, friendly and professional customer service, and the ability to host from 60 to 400 wedding guests. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a lavish affair, Horizons Beach Venue by Top Cat Catering has versatile packages to suit weddings of all shapes, sizes and budgets. To find out if this stunning beach venue is the perfect choice for your wedding, take a look at their Easy Weddings storefront here.
Located beachside, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific is the perfect setting for a waterfront wedding. Priding itself on the tranquil and unique location, Novotel Manly Pacific strives to ensure no stone is left unturned when it comes to your special day.
With 29 five-star customer reviews on Easy Weddings, Long Reef Golf Club is easily one of the most popular choices among those seeking a beach wedding venue in Sydney, Australia. Located by the Long Reef Headland, this venue allows couples the opportunity to host their ceremony, photoshoot, and reception all within the one stunning oceanfront location. If you are planning the quintessential beach wedding, Long Reef Golf Club is a venue to consider. Click here to find out more.
Situated on Sydney’s Middle Harbour, Orso Bayside prides itself on providing a deeply personal experience to couples looking for a unique and beautiful waterside wedding. Providing modern elegance and panoramic Middle Harbour views, Orso caters for 180 guests seated, to 250 guests cocktail. With its coastal atmosphere and breathtaking views, Orso is sure to get everyone enjoying themselves.
Situated just five minutes from Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, Milestone Events is a favourite among Sydney couples planning a beach wedding. This 1930s art deco building is located among native flora and fauna of the Sydney Harbour National Park, so you can rest assured there are endless photography opportunities at this stunning venue. Milestone Events has the ability to host up to 180 seated guests or up to 350 cocktail guests, so those with larger guest lists are more than welcome here. For more information and to view their photo gallery, we recommend visiting Milestone Events’ Easy Weddings storefront. See more here.
Set on the shores of iconic Pittwater waterway in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, The Metro Mirage Hotel offers timeless elegance in a relaxed coastal atmosphere. Recognised by competitions nationwide, this award-winning venue is sure to impress your guests and create gorgeous life long memories. Boasting panoramic views, Metro Mirage Hotel offers two function rooms to choose from with a capacity ranging from 30 to 130 guests. And, with a bonus gift of wedding night accommodation for the bride and groom, this venue is dedicated to delivering a relaxing wedding weekend away.
Sat cliff-edge in Little Bay, St Michael’s Golf Club, with its magnificent uninterrupted coastline views, is the perfect location for your special day. Put up your feet and allow the resident wedding planner to deliver a day both gorgeous and unforgettable. The function room reaches capacity at 140 seated, and 240 guests cocktail style — so larger weddings are welcome here. And, as an added bonus, your package will include the use of golf buggies for the entire bridal party to take advantage of the cliffside photography opportunities
Set in Newport, the Royal Motor Yacht Club, with its spectacular views over the Pittwater coastline, is the go-to venue for a quintessential waterfront wedding. With function rooms catering to both large affairs and quieter, more intimate weddings, there really is something for everyone.
Opened in 1967 as a memorial to women who served with the Australian Forces in World War I and World War II, Little Bay Chapel is now available for wedding ceremony to hire. Set high on the cliffs overlooking Little Bay, this unique chapel is sure to wow guests and leave them with something to talk about for many years to come. If you are in the market for something truly special for your wedding venue, we cannot recommend Little Bay Chapel enough. But don’t just take our word for it – take a look at their photo gallery to find out for yourself why so many newlyweds adored Little Bay Chapel. See more here.
If you are hoping to host the quintessential beach wedding, these 21 Sydney oceanfront venues are your best bet.