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
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
When having your ceremony outdoors, always have an
alternative (plan B) in case of inclement weather, usually your reception
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
- 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.
- There is a chapel located within the grounds of
Araluen Reception House at Epping.
- The Old St. Thomas Church at Narellan. Privately
owned. Perfect acoustics
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
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
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
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
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
beautiful venue with magnificent views. The outside
terrace can be very windy.
Citigate Hotel Central. Thomas Street,
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.
INNER WESTERN SUBURBS &
SOUTH WESTERN SUBURBS
Yurulbin Point Park (315
A16) Parking difficult
(next to ferry wharf). (345
Mort Bay Park.
Banjo Paterson Park and
Restaurant (312 J13)
Cabarita. Cabarita Park,. (312
Cabarita. Prince Edward Park and Angleo’s Restaurant. (342 F3)
Bicentennial Park and
Lakeside, (341 A3)
Eden Park, Lane Cove Road
Parramatta. Parramatta Park, Pitt St,
Rose and Wisteria Gardens (277 K16)
Penrith Nepean Shores (235 J13)
Leura Leura Everglades Gardens
Map (Blue Mtns No. 23 & 33)
Mount Annan Botanic Gardens
The Old St. Thomas
Church, Narellan.(478 E11)
Curzon Hall Reception
Centre. (281 K3)
EASTERN SUBURBS & SOUTHERN SUBURBS
Elizabeth Bay Elizabeth Bay House.(13 A3)
McKell Park. Great harbour
Woollahra Prunier’s Restaurant & Chiswick Park in Ocean
Rose Bay Park,
(behind police station) (347 F10)
(near ferry wharf to Shark Island.) (347
Sydney Harbour National Park. (by water taxi) (347 G5)
Neilson Park. Vaucluse (Wentworth) House. (348
Robertson Park, Hornby Lighthouse. Officers Mess
South Head. (318 G10 & 13)
Dudley Page Reserve, Rodney Reserve (348 G10-11)
Bronte. Bronte Park. (377 K8) Parking and walking
Burrow Park (378 C 13)
Coogee, Dunningham Reserve (377 J15).
(Gazebo) and Trenerry Reserve (407 J3 (very windy)
Maroubra Jack Vanny Memorial Park (407 K10 (cliff top
Randwick Golf Club and St. Michaels Golf
Botany Bay National Park and Danny’s Restaurant. (436 J15
NORTHERN SUBURBS AND NORTHERN BEACHES
Milsons Point Clark Park and Lavender Bay (5. H12) Jeffrey St
Wharf and Park Map 2 B2
McMahons Point. Blues Point Reserve (1. D3)
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)
Spit Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Beach and Shores
And D’Albora Marina and Clontarf Reserve. (287 D13)
Hills Miramar Gardens, Mona Vale Rd (196 F8)
Frenchs Forest Australian Tennis Academy, The Falls Function
Manly Delwood Beach, Collins Beach.
Shelly Beach and The Kiosk
North Head Scenic Area Map
290. Great views of harbour & CBD
Collaroy Long Reef Golf Club and Reception. Map 229
Point Church Point Reserve and Scotland Island Map 168
Newport. Newport Arms Hotel and RMYC Map 169 C9
ST. GEORGE AND SUTHERLAND SHIRE - “THE SHIRE”
Arncliffe. Cahill Park, Cooks River, and St. George
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.
Park Carss Point. Old Stone Cottage, Kogarah Bay.
Point Georges River Sailing Club and Cook Park and jetty.
Souci St. George Motor Boat Club. Wellington St.,
Excellent venue, great views. Event Co-ordinators excellent.
St. George Sailing Club. Daltone House
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.
Audley Royal National Park. Many locations
Bundeena Bundeena RSL Club.
Kareela Kareela Golf Club. Attractive location.
Joseph Banks Native Garden. Beautiful.
Gymea Hazelhurst Garden and Gallery. Beautiful
grounds catering good.
Caringbah Waterhouse Camellia Gardens. Gardens and
Very popular. Fee charged with strict
Lilli Pilli Point Reserve. Nice scenery.
Woolooware Rutherford Reserve, end of Woolooware Rd
overlooking Port Hacking Bundeena and river.
Cronulla Gunnamatta Park. Large and very popular on
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
Cronulla and Elouera
Summer Salt Restaurant.at
the Elouera SLSC. Exclusive and excellent catering.
SOUTH COAST AND WOLLONGONG.
Stanwell Tops – Tumbling Waters Reception.
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 -
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