Wanting a farm wedding on the South Coast? Get your gumboots ready because we’ve got loads of options to share with you. Here’s a quick list of preferred Farm Venues on the South Coast or for more options, download the complete list of 74 South Coast Wedding Venues.
And just a heads-up, farms are one of the first venues to get booked out during peak wedding season so make sure you enquire with them early. Here’s a run down on the farms available for weddings on the South Coast...
Farm Venues on the South Coast
For the full farm experience including climbing over paddock fences in your whitest best there’s plenty of working cattle and horse farms in the area. All working farms have on-site accommodation so you can enjoy the property and it’s furry inhabitants over several days.
If sharing the views with a Llama or two and collecting chook eggs is more your thing there’s loads of farmlets and farm stay properties with DA approval for weddings. These properties range in size and cater from elopements right up to weddings with 180 guests.
And if it’s largely the fresh and relaxing country air you’re looking for, many properties that double as event venues in the area are surrounded in neighbouring farm land. These venues include wineries, breweries, estates and the like. Many of these venues are popular with couples as you can have a ‘farm wedding’ even though the venue isn’t actually a farm itself.
For this reason, we recommend downloading the complete list of South Coast Venues. Amongst the 74 wedding venues on this list there's loads of properties that are either surrounded by or have a neighbouring paddock or two.
Whether you’re wanting to cuddle furry creatures or soak up the relaxing country air, enjoy peace and privacy or take in the epic farmland views across hills and out to the ocean, the South Coast has a huge variety of farm style properties for every type of wedding experience.
Farm Venues in the Illawarra
The Illawarra region has several farm styled wedding venues, and they come with extra trimmings. One of our favourites is a popular family-owned winery and microbrewery in Gerringong, where you can also stay the night in a 4 bedroom cottage. Not only does this property provide a gorgeous setting amongst the vines, the view across rolling farm hills, the mountains and ocean is Illawarra at its country finest.
Gerringong itself is a fertile dairy farming area perched atop an impressive headland. It’s hard to escape the dramatic ocean views and is one of the reasons the area enjoys so many weddings.
The town is quaint and bustling with several interesting shops and the area boasts an impressive food and wine scene. There’s plenty of hinterland and seaside holiday homes to book for guests, and for those that prefer a hotel, Wollongong is a short 35 minute drive. Nearby towns of Gerroa and Berry also offer plenty of entertainment and places to stay.
Farm weddings at Seacliff House in the Illawarra. Enjoy 360 degree farm land views that stretch to the ocean. Image by Alana Taylor Photography
Another hugely popular venue in the area has 360 degree views across 500 acres of cattle farming countryside. Late in 2017 the old farm shed on the property was converted into a modern barn to host weddings. It’s a photographer’s dream with 20 metres of floor to ceiling black steel framed windows creating a beautiful light-filled and ambient space. There’s even a sandstone fireplace making it a cosy and romantic venue for winter weddings.
The Barn at Seacliff House
The Illawarra has several other farm style venues including a heritage property and a woolshed. You'll find these venues in our complete list of 74 South Coast Venues.
Farm Venues in the Shoalhaven
Choosing a farm wedding in the Shoalhaven is exciting for everyone - both you, and your guests. The landscape from its country paddocks to pristine white sand beaches, turquoise water and native bush surrounds makes it one of the most spectacular places in the world. Adventure starts here!
For water lovers there’s surf beaches, kite surfing, snorkelling, diving and paddle boarding. If you're engaging in water sports try to avoid bumping into a whale :) From May to November the annual migration takes place and you’ll easily spot whales heading to warmer waters from the coastline. If you’re having a spring wedding in the area, keep your eye out for the newborn whale calves on their way back south.
Aside from the other aquatic wildlife attractions including seals, penguins and dolphins, you might also spot an elusive platypus if you’re staying or getting married at one of the area’s many farms. Just about all farms have resident kangaroos, the area has a healthy population of wombats and the birdlife here is to behold.
Several South Coast farms have enough onsite accommodation to sleep your entire guest list. A popular property for smaller weddings, houses up to 30 guests in the main residence. This venue has several gorgeous ceremony and reception options including a long table under the stars or in refurbished horse stables.
Bundara Farm caters for micro weddings of up to 30 guests.
Most of the weekender farms, where you can hire the property exclusively for several days have both outdoor and covered wedding reception venue options. One of our favourite places offers a renovated hay shed and barn overlooking a dam where kangaroos graze for weddings of up to 180 guests.
The property has a range of spaced out and self-contained cottages including wilderness huts and boat sheds so that up to 53 guests can stay onsite with you, in individual accommodation. Your guests can pick greens from the veggie patch, collect fresh hen eggs and take carrots to Rosie the chestnut horse who is not shy to pose in your wedding photos.
The wide-open kangaroo-filled property of Worrowing in Jervis Bay with it's unique boat sheds to accommodate wedding guests.
The South Coast also has plenty of not-exactly-a-farm wedding venues surrounded by farmland. There are wineries where cows graze in the surrounding paddocks. There’s a farmlet with affordable marquee options. There’s also a horse farm where you can enjoy a peaceful and private wedding ceremony on the banks of the Shoalhaven River followed by a rustic reception in the converted indoor arena.
Finding a farm wedding venue in the Shoalhaven is easy - there’s loads of them, and we’ve got them all listed here for you.
Farm Venues in the Southern Highlands
A convenient two hours from both Sydney and Canberra and nestled in the stunning bush surrounds of the Southern Highlands, are several working farms which are hugely popular for weddings. You’ll want to enquire about these properties as early as possible as they’re often booked out more than 18 months in advance!
“Oozing rustic charm and with acres of idyllic picturesque surrounds” could just about describe every wedding venue in this region. Some have water views of rivers or dams. Some have heritage listed features. There’s ruins, sculptures, award winning garden art, boat sheds, jetties, hay sheds, barns and more photo opportunities per inch of grazing land than you can herd a highland cattle with.
Every wedding venue in the Southern Highlands is spectacular. And rustic. From glam and brand new high ceiling barns with floor to ceiling cathedral windows to shelf lined walls overflowing in books.
And the sunsets in the Southern Highlands are spectacular! Local wedding photographers will tell you that there's nowhere in Australia that does sunset wedding photos quite as magically as the Southern Highlands.
The incredible Bendooley Estate in the Southern Highlands
If you want to get further off the beaten path head to Gundaroo in the Southern Tablelands where wide open farmlands are home to an abundance of native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and wallabies. There’s a farm on 170 acres of grazing land here that hosts weddings in their hayshed. You can have your wedding ceremony near the creek winding behind an old shearing shed or in the homestead’s manicured gardens. You can also stay for the weekend in a cottage on the property and get ready on the morning of your wedding here.
Farm Venues in the Far South Coast
Further South on the Sapphire Coast is a purpose built event centre on historic farm land where you can invite 200+ of your nearest and dearest and have a good ‘ol kick up in the yesteryear styled barn. The venue also offers smaller cocktail events of up to 60 in their gardens.
The far South Coast also has a range of farm-style properties where you’ll find plenty of wide open space, fresh country air and a horse or two in the neighbouring paddocks.
Have a cuddle with Komet at Bundara Farm
Whatever style of farm wedding you’re planning, there’s a property for it on the South Coast. Download the complete list of 74 South Coast wedding venues to help you get started on your search. Cover image: Translucent Photography @ Cupitts