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Sydney Wedding Location hints & suggestions

During my years as a Marriage Celebrant I have visited many beautiful locations, parks, gardens, beaches, cliff tops, clubs, hotels, restaurants, reception houses, various luxury cruise vessels including the Glass Island and The Pontoon.

I would like to share with you some of my experiences and offer advice as to the advantages and disadvantages.

  • Remember for all locations permission must be obtained from the local Shire or City Council and National Parks - In some instances a fee is charged.
  • Visit your outdoor wedding location at least 7 to 14 days prior to your wedding at the exact time and decide the best location for your ceremony keeping in mind the shade, light and the best views for your photos.
  • When having your ceremony outdoors, always have an alternative (plan B) in case of inclement weather, usually your reception venue.
  • Also when sending out your invitations indicate the ceremony will start half an hour before the actual time. This caters for guests who arrive late. Believe me there are many.
  • Beaches, cliff tops and Sydney Harbour foreshore, boats and Shark Island are all subject to windy conditions.

All the locations listed are beautiful and have their own special attraction and are great for photographs and I trust this information will assist you in making the right decision so that your very special day will be remembered always.

Boats Luxury Cruisers

There are many cruise boat companies who cater for wedding ceremonies and receptions. They are very professional and cater for your needs and wishes. Ceremonies are usually conducted whilst the boat is in Farm Cove, usually the calmest area, near the Opera House and Botanic Gardens. Depending on conditions boats can be a bit ‘rocky’, unsteady and engine noise factor. Guests usually board at King Street or Casino Wharf or Man-O’-War steps at the Opera House. I insist the boat return me to one of these locations immediately after the ceremony. Other boating venues are at : SansSouci, Bass and Flinders. Cruise Botany Bay Sylvania Waters and Georges River. Cronulla Cruises at Cronulla. Cruise Gunnamatta Bay & Port Hacking River to Audley


To my knowledge there are three chapels in the Sydney Metropolitan area.

  1. The Chapel at Little Bay, Malabar. Originally built for the nurses located within the grounds of the former Prince Henry Hospital. It is now owned by Department of Lands.
  2. There is a chapel located within the grounds of Araluen Reception House at Epping.
  3. The Old St. Thomas Church at Narellan. Privately owned. Perfect acoustics
  4. The St. Magdalene's Chapel and Tempe House is located at Discovery Point , Wolli Creek. It is privately owned. To hire contact
  5. Sebel Resort at Windsor has a beautiful chapel located within the grounds of this picturesque location.


The Royal Botanic Gardens and Lady Macquarie’s Chair
Very beautiful with great views of the eastern side of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Dawes Point Reserve, The Rocks
Next to the Park Hiatt Hotel views of the western side of the Opera House and underneath section of the Harbour Bridge.

Park Hiatt Hotel, Hickson Road, The Rocks.
Luxurious with private rooms to conduct ceremony. Balcony overlooks Campbell Cove.

Museum of Contemporary Arts. George Street North, The Rocks.
Ceremonies conducted on outside terrace overlooking Circular Quay, Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Pier One, Dawes Point.
Views of Harbour Bridge and North Sydney, Kirrabilli, Milsons and McMahons Point, Blues Point Reserve.

Observatory Hill.
Upper Fort Street, The Rocks. Has a large gazebo overlooking harbour and Bridge also large park area. Very popular for wedding photos, can be overcrowded with bridal parties and limo’s

Quay Grand Hotel, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Good views of Circular Quay, Overseas Terminal and Harbour Bridge. also No.1 Macquarie Street has similar views

Benelong Restaurant, Sydney Opera House.
Very beautiful venue with magnificent views. The outside terrace can be very windy.

Citigate Hotel Central. Thomas Street, Haymarket.
In China Town near Railway Square. Has a nice court yard garden area for wedding ceremony and great facilities for your reception.

Chinese Gardens. Darling Harbour.
Very beautiful and lush. Great photos.


Birchgrove/Balmain. Yurulbin Point Park (315 A16) Parking difficult
Balmain. Mort Bay Park. (next to ferry wharf). (345 A3)
Gladesville. Banjo Paterson Park and Restaurant (312 J13)
Cabarita. Cabarita Park,. (312 F15)
Cabarita. Prince Edward Park and Angleo’s Restaurant. (342 F3)
Homebush. Bicentennial Park and Lakeside, (341 A3)
North Ryde Eden Park, Lane Cove Road (282 K4)
Parramatta. Parramatta Park, Pitt St, Rose and Wisteria Gardens (277 K16)
Doonside Narragingy Reserve.(242 K13)
Penrith Nepean Shores (235 J13)
Leura Leura Everglades Gardens Map (Blue Mtns No. 23 & 33)
Mt Annan Mount Annan Botanic Gardens (509 K7)
Narellan The Old St. Thomas Church, Narellan.(478 E11)
Marsfield Curzon Hall Reception Centre. (281 K3)


Elizabeth Bay Elizabeth Bay House.(13 A3)
Darling Point McKell Park. Great harbour views.(347 A8)
Woollahra Prunier’s Restaurant & Chiswick Park in Ocean Street.(377 A1)
Rose Bay. Rose Bay Park, (behind police station) (347 F10)
Catalina Restaurant. (near ferry wharf to Shark Island.) (347 K10)
Shark Island Sydney Harbour National Park. (by water taxi) (347 G5)
Vaucluse. Neilson Park. Vaucluse (Wentworth) House. (348 ABC 3)
Watsons Bay. Robertson Park, Hornby Lighthouse. Officers Mess Gap Bluff. South Head. (318 G10 & 13)
Dover Heights Dudley Page Reserve, Rodney Reserve (348 G10-11)
Bronte. Bronte Park. (377 K8) Parking and walking difficult
Clovelly. Burrow Park (378 C 13)
Coogee, Dunningham Reserve (377 J15). Grant Reserve (Gazebo) and Trenerry Reserve (407 J3 (very windy)
Maroubra Jack Vanny Memorial Park (407 K10 (cliff top windy)
Malabar Randwick Golf Club and St. Michaels Golf Club.(437)
La Perouse Botany Bay National Park and Danny’s Restaurant. (436 J15


Milsons Point Clark Park and Lavender Bay (5. H12) Jeffrey St Wharf and Park Map 2 B2
McMahons Point. Blues Point Reserve (1. D3)
Lane Cove Mandalay Function, Burns Bay Rd. Centre (314 C2)
Mosman. Edwards Beach. Balmoral Beach (gazebo) and Rocky Point. (317 F4. Gunners Barracks Reception Chowder Bay (317 H11) Bradley’s Head Reserve (347 C2)
Berowra Waters Berowra Waters Inn Reception (boat from mainland) (Map 132)
The Spit Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Beach and Shores Restaurant. And D’Albora Marina and Clontarf Reserve. (287 D13)
Terrey Hills Miramar Gardens, Mona Vale Rd (196 F8)
Frenchs Forest Australian Tennis Academy, The Falls Function Centre.
Manly Delwood Beach, Collins Beach. Shelly Beach and The Kiosk Restaurant. North Head Scenic Area Map 290. Great views of harbour & CBD
Collaroy Long Reef Golf Club and Reception. Map 229
Church Point Church Point Reserve and Scotland Island Map 168
Newport. Newport Arms Hotel and RMYC Map 169 C9


Arncliffe. Cahill Park, Cooks River, and St. George Rowing Club. Near International Airport Terminals
Rockdale Rockdale Park, West Botany Street, Brighton.
Brighton Le Sands. Novotel Brighton Beach. An excellent venue for ceremony and reception. The Event Co-0rdinator is excellent. Fisherman’s Club, Garden area outside. Bride can arrive by boat.
Carss Park Carss Point. Old Stone Cottage, Kogarah Bay. Beautiful views
Dolls Point Georges River Sailing Club and Cook Park and jetty.
Sans Souci St. George Motor Boat Club. Wellington St., Excellent venue, great views. Event Co-ordinators excellent. St. George Sailing Club. Daltone House caterers. Excellent
Como Como Pleasure Grounds on Georges River Como Hotel. Excellent venue, good food.
Sutherland Forby Gardens, Shire Council, beautiful gardens with a water fountain. Can be noisy during ceremony. Sutherland United Services Club. Catering excellent
Audley Royal National Park. Many locations
Bundeena Bundeena RSL Club.
Kareela Kareela Golf Club. Attractive location. Catering excellent. Joseph Banks Native Garden. Beautiful. Fee charged
Gymea Hazelhurst Garden and Gallery. Beautiful grounds catering good.
Caringbah Waterhouse Camellia Gardens. Gardens and grounds outstanding Very popular. Fee charged with strict conditions. Lilli Pilli Point Reserve. Nice scenery. Noisy boats.
Woolooware Rutherford Reserve, end of Woolooware Rd overlooking Port Hacking Bundeena and river.
Cronulla Gunnamatta Park. Large and very popular on weekends Darook Park, Nicholson Parade, (next to Fisheries Dept) Beautiful views a little undulating. Parking limited Bass and Flinders Monument and Salmon Haul Bay. Shelly Beach and Oak Park - Can be windy Cronulla SLSC and Cronulla RSL Club Cronulla and Elouera Beaches. Summer Salt the Elouera SLSC. Exclusive and excellent catering. Beautiful venue.


Stanwell Park Stanwell Tops – Tumbling Waters Reception. One of the most outstanding venues with panorama views of south coast
Sublime Point Public Park and picnic area, great views of south coast
Bulli Tops Panorama Hotel and reception centre and the Cliffhanger Restaurant - Both have great Views
Bulli Sandon Point Reserve. Beach area and local SLSC
Wollongong Wollongong Botanic Gardens - Very beautiful. Gleniffer Brae, next to the botanic gardens. Beautiful grounds and Reception venue. The events co-ordinator excellent and friendly
Kangaroo Valley Ideal for wedding ceremony, reception and accommodation