Top Wedding venues outside of Brisbane
Below are my Recommendations for the best wedding Ceremony venues in Southeast qLD.
A great way to make your wedding even more memorable for you and your guests is to think outside the box and consider having your wedding in a special location outside of the city.
There are some truly magical places in Southeast Queensland, that are not too far from Brisbane that will elevate your wedding from nice to amazing!
I’ve compiled a list of the most breathtaking wedding venues in Southeast Queensland, ranging from Lavendar surrounded open air chapels to grand country estates.
What are the Best Sunshine Coast Wedding Venues?
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast region is packed full of amazing natural beauty and is home to some excellent wedding venues.
Spicers Clovelly Estate – Montville
One of my favourite venues on the sunshine coast is the French inspired Spicers Clovelly Estate.
Situated high on the lush rolling hills of Montville. This estate has a great history of combining great food (thanks to the two hatted Long Apron Restaurant) and immaculate service. Two things that really make a wedding venue successful!
The property itself features a French style homestead and nearby cottages, with lots of room for guests to stay. The tree lined winding avenue makes for a spectacular location spot for bridal party photos as does the rest of the amazing property.
Tiffany’s at Maleny is a gorgeous wedding venue perched on the mountainside with a panoramic and spectacular view of the Glass House Mountains.
When people think of Maleny this is often the view that they think of. Of the many weddings that I have photographed here I have noticed how spellbound the guests are at that view. The glass-backed chapel extenuates this view even during the ceremony as does the reception room. There are plenty of great photo locations nearby, such as the well-known One Tree Hill, but there are also some secret nearby places that I like to take my couples to.
Maleny Retreat also has those epic Glasshouse Mountain views that Maleny is famous for.
Set on over 100 acres of mountaintop fields. Maleny Retreat has a relaxing vibe, that you and your guests would appreciate. Ceremonies can be held with that amazing view as the background. Guests can then relax at cocktail hour watching the sunset paint the Glasshouse mountains with golden rays.
The retreat is a bit of a blank canvas, in that it allows couples to bring in their own vendors and decorators to really put your personal sense of style to your wedding. They also offer onsite accommodation which can make things very easy for your guests.
One of the longest running and successful wedding venues on the sunshine coast is Maleny Manor. The hillside manor is tucked away in the Maleny hinterland and offers spectacular views of the countryside below all the way to the ocean.
Ceremonies take place in the Hilltop Pavilion which also shares those same amazing views as the Manor itself.
The grounds of the manor are immaculately maintained and provide so many great photographic opportunities that you could get most of your location photos there. Though most couples do make their way to the nearby One Tree Hill for that special glasshouse mountains view.
For that resort style destination wedding feel it is hard to go past Twin Waters resort on the Sunshine Coast.
Positioned between the beach and a private lagoon, the resort offers that laid back beach vibe. The resort itself has lots to offer in regard to photo locations and the beach next door is also a popular destination for photos. Receptions can take place in a private Nordic Tipi or Lily’s on the Lagoon.
Toowoomba & Scenic Rim wedding options
The Toowoomba and Scenic Rim regions are fast becoming popular locations for stylish country/garden weddings.
Toowoomba, being on the plateau has a slightly more temperate climate compared to the humidity of Brisbane and has some amazing homesteads and venues on offer. While the Scenic Rim area has some of the best countryside that Queensland has to offer, perfect backdrops for a stylish wedding.
A popular venue choice by locals and destination wedding couples alike is Gabbinbar Homestead. This stately and beautifully restored homestead is set amongst acres of perfectly manicured gardens and features numerous ceremony options. Receptions are held inside the homestead in the elegant conservatory room.
Gabbinbar pride themselves on giving their brides the best experience possible and this shows clearly in how all wedding days run so well there. The grounds of Gabbinbar offer so many diverse backdrops for photos as well. And make for the perfect relaxed all in one wedding location with no need to leave the venue for additional photo locations.
PRESTON PEAK FUNCTIONS
Just outside of the city of Toowoomba is the gorgeous Preston Peak Functions.
This 330 acre property with it’s spectacular views over the Lockyer valley below makes for an amazing wedding venue. The tree lined driveway is a popular feature for photos as is the open expansive views.
Ceremonies are held at the Wedding Tree Pavilion, which showcases perfectly the spectacular views that Preston Peak offers.
KOOROOMBA VINEYARD & LAVENDAR FARM
If you are looking for a truly unique venue for your wedding, Kooroomba would certainly not dissappoint.
With the mountains of the Scenic Rim as the background, Kooroomba is a picture-postcard venue. Their Lavendar fields being the major draw card.
The open-air chapel set right in amongst the Lavendar makes this a real one-of-a-kind wedding venue.
SPICERS HIDDEN VALE
Spicers Hidden Vale is a boutique country wedding venue in the Lockyer valley of Queensland. This 12,000 acre cattle station / luxury retreat is the perfect spot for couples to celebrate their wedding day with close family and friends. The fresh country air and amazing views of the area’s rolling hills will surely set the scene for a relaxed day.
Hidden Vale is in Grandchester which is an easy one hour drive from Brisbane or Toowoomba.
What are the Best Gold Coast Wedding Venues?
The Gold Coast area has always been a popular location for people to holiday at. Why not turn your wedding into a beachside holiday with some of the below wedding venues
SANCTUARY COVE RESORT
The Wedding chapel at Sanctuary cove has to be one of the most spectacular chapels in Australia. Floor to ceiling glass offer a perfect view of the greenery and river beyond. The chapel has an abundance of natural light that makes photographing weddings in the chapel a pleasure. The beautifully manicured grounds of the resort make for some spectacular wedding photography locations as well. Making it the perfect Gold Coast wedding venue.
One of the country’s premier and most prestigious resorts, the Palazzo Versace has earned the reputation as one of the most luxurious wedding venues as well.
This hotel is all about style and taste and so are their weddings. The grand ballroom can be transformed into the most amazing reception space. The resort grounds make for the perfect exclusive photo location as well.
SHERATON GRAND MIRAGE RESORT
If you love that true luxury beach resort feel for your wedding, then the Sheraton Grand Resort is for you.
Situated right on the beach, this resort features lush tropical gardens and lagoon style pools.
Ceremonies can be held in one of the many outdoor garden areas, or even the beach itself!
Their reception options cater for all sizes. From small intimate affairs, to 300+ epics.
O’REILLY’S RAINFOREST RETREAT
Situated in the World Heritage Listed Lamington Nation Park, nestled high in the mountains is O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. This unique resort is not only the gateway to some of the most spectacular rain forests in QLD it is also an amazing wedding venue!
The resort has many unique options for wedding ceremonies such as the Moonlit crag – a deck right on the escarpment with 360 views of the valley far below, Hidden Gully – a magical little spot hidden in the forest. Receptions can take place in the function room of the resort, or they also have their own vineyard at the base of the mountain.
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