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25+ stunning South Coast wedding venues

May 22, 2020

Here is a list of 25+ gorgeous South Coast wedding venues, Australia. This has been updated for 2020 as well. The South Coast is most renowned for its white sands, expansive and unbeatable coastal areas, and rustic vibes. As a South Coast wedding photographer I’ve captured almost every venue in the South Coast. If you notice that one is left off of the list and you’d like to see it on the list, swing me an email at howdy@whoshoots.com. In time, I’ll update this with photos of each venue and more text. If you have any questions or want to know my thoughts on a particular venue, please contact me.

Where is the South Coast?

The South Coast of Australia isn’t as South as you think. It is split into four distinctive areas:

  • Illawarra Coast – The Illawarra Coast includes the city of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama areas
  • Shoalhaven Coast – The Shoalhaven Coast includes Berry, Nowra, Jervis Bay and Ulladulla areas.
  • Eurobodalla Coast – The Eurobodalla Coast includes the main towns of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma.
  • Sapphire Coast – The Sapphire Coast includes the main towns of Bega, Merimbula and Eden.

What makes a wedding in the South Coast perfect for you?

The South Coast is the perfect wedding destination for couples who love the ocean and want to enjoy some of the best coasts in the world for their wedding. A lot of South Coast wedding venues are located in coastal towns with lots of personality and incredible backdrops. Ranging from palm beaches, to hidden waterfalls, and even rolling countryside, the South Coast has an awesome array of venues and wedding locations that will suit everyone.

If you like the idea of getting married in a gorgeous coastal town, or on a beach, then the South Coast will suit your dream wedding perfectly. Especially if you love the idea of a South Coast winery wedding, as there are so many incredible ones around!

What season is best to have a South Coast wedding?

The South Coast is popular with tourists the year round, although in the summer it can get a little busier, especially as school holidays come and many families go down the coast. Wedding seasons in Australia are typically from September to May, with a slight dip between December and January. However in the South Coast, the summer temperatures are alleviated with the beach nearby. The South Coast covers a large amount of terrain, and whilst they may differ, temperatures typically get up to 24°C, and have a low of around 17°C, making it comfortable, even in the heat. 

In Winter, things get a bit chillier, with a top of around 17°C, and a low of roughly 9°C. If you’re thinking of taking advantage of some potentially cheaper prices, it may be worth enquiring about a winter wedding in the South Coast.

What other activities are there to do when having a South Coast wedding?

There are some amazing things to do in the South Coast. Lots of incredible adventures are in store for you if you are in staying in the local area in and around your wedding:

  • Jervis Bay’s White Sands at Hyams Beach – If you’re near Jervis Bay, you can’t miss the whitest sands in Australia, bar the Whitsundays. Jervis Bay has some of the most incredible sands and stunning views around Australia, so don’t miss out on them!
  • Kiama Blowhole and Fish and Chips (Kiama) – If you’re in Kiama, check out the natural blowhole which erupts seawater! Even better with fish and chips or oysters from one of the many local fish and chip shops!
  • Breakout Bar and Escape Rooms (Wollongong) – Looking for a great way to build your team before your wedding? The Breakout Bar and Escape Rooms in Wollongong will test you and give you a hell of a time!
  • South Coast Sidecar Tours (Wollongong) – Ever fancied seeing the landscape in a slightly different way? South Coast Sidecar Tours are the perfect activity for the thrill seeking couple!
  • Rainforest Loop Walk, Budderoo National Park – in Australia we are very lucky to have some of the most vibrant and lush forests in the world, and the Rainforest Loop Walk at Bundaroo is one of the best of them!
  • Coastal Paddle Surf (Ullaldulla) – Grab a paddle board, and explore the seas around Ulladulla in relaxed style!
  • Carrington Falls (Kiama) – If you’re hunting for a waterfall, look no further! Carrington Falls located just outside Kiama is a sight to behold and provides a great day trip!
  • Discover Jervis Bay Luxury Sailing (Jervis Bay) – If you want to push the boat out (literally), then grab a spot on the Jervis Bay Luxury Sailing Experience. See the coastal areas in style!
  • South Coast Seaplanes (Broulee) – If you want something a bit more high octane and different, South Coast Seaplanes are perfect for couples that want to see everything the South Coast has to offer by air!
  • Silver Smith Workshops (Nowra) – Maybe you lost the wedding ring and need to make another? The Silver Smith Workshop in Nowra will let you make your jewellery and silver rings!
  • Bush Safaris (Ulladulla) – With so many beautiful natural spots around the South Coast, Bush Safaris are the perfect way to explore the hidden gems that the South Coast has!

South Coast wedding photographer packages

Wedding Pricing:

Six hour wedding packages and Full-day coverage available:

  • Personalised elopement timeline and location curation.
  • Personal Printing rights to the fully edited digital files (roughly 300 – 600 depending on coverage).
  • Secure Online gallery with high-definition image download.
  • Travel included for NSW.
  • Six hours: $4500 | Full-day $7000.
  • Fine art album included in Eight and Ten hour packages.

If you’d like a more tailored quote, please reach out and let me help design your perfect elopement adventure.

The Best South Coast Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues In Illawarra

Wollongong Wedding Venues

As a Woolongong wedding photographer, I’ve discovered and seen so many stunning locations and weddings which will suit any couple who want to have a wedding close to Sydney without the hustle and stress of it! Wollongong offers some of the best wedding venues in Illawarra.

Outdoors Wollongong Wedding Venues

Tumbling Waters
The Grange Wollongong

Winery Wollongong Wedding Venues

Cambewarra Estate Winery

Beachfront Wollongong Wedding Venues

Headlands Austinmer Beach
Lagoon Wollongong

Hotel Wedding Venues In Wollongong

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Rustic Wollongong Wedding Venues

The Woolshed Wollongong

Shellharbour Wedding Venues

The small town of Shellharbour is home to the Crooked River Wines, which is a favourite for couples who love the idea of a South Coast winery wedding.

Indoor Shellharbour Wedding Venues

The Sporties – Warilla Sports Club
Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club Ltd

Shellharbour Winery Wedding Venues

Crooked River Wines

Outdoor Shellharbour Wedding Venues

Port Kembla Golf Club

Rustic Shellharbour Wedding Venues

Ravensthorpe Guesthouse & Restaurant

Kiama Wedding Venues

Kiama is one of the more popular South Coast Wedding destinations, with a lot of resort wedding venues and its famous blowhole.

Beachfront Kiama Wedding Venues

The Pavilion Kiama
The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

Rustic Kiama Wedding Venues

Seacliff House
Jaspers Berry Wedding

Outdoors Kiama Wedding Venues

Bush Bank Kiama

Indoors Kiama Wedding Venues

Kiama Leagues Club

Kiama Resort Wedding Venues

Bangalay Luxury Villas
Terragong 1858 Country House Bed & Breakfast
Mercure Gerringong Resort
Jamberoo Resort

Kiama Winery Wedding Venues

Mountain Ridge Wines

Shoalhaven Coast Wedding Venues

Berry Wedding Venues

Berry has the best of the South Coast rustic wedding venues. Especially with venues such as Silos Estate, and the Driftwood shed! If you’re after a South Coast wedding venue with charm and rustic vibes, look no further.

Outdoor Berry Wedding Venues

Figbird Cottage
Willow Farm
Coolangatta Estate
Bundara Farm

Berry Barn Wedding Venues

Driftwood Shed
Hanwood Hill Berry
Melross And Willow Estate
Silos Estate

Garden Wedding Venues In Berry

Berry Courthouse & Gardens
Terrara House

Nowra Wedding Venues

Being a Nowra wedding photographer, I’ve become familiar with the beautiful areas around Nowra and the stunning wedding venues around there.

Outdoors Nowra Wedding Venues

Terara Riverside Gardens
Worrigee House Reception Centre
Riversdale At Bundanon Trust
Bamarang Bush Retreat

Nowra Garden Wedding Venues

Merribee

Indoors Nowra Wedding Venues

Parkhaven Resort

Jervis Bay Wedding Venues

Jervis Bay is one of the most adventurous destination wedding venues in Australia, with golden white sands, and gorgeous rustic wedding venues. Jervis Bay Wedding Venues are some of the best on the South Coast, and as a Jervis Bay Wedding Photographer, I love capturing couples exploring these stunning locations.

Jervis Bay Retreat Wedding Venues

Bewong River Retreat
Worrowing Jervis Bay
The Woods Farm Jervis Bay
Paperbark Camp

Beachfront Jervis Bay Wedding Venues

The Cove Jervis Bay Wedding
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

Ulladulla Wedding Venues

Ulladulla is home to Mollymook, one of the South Coasts’ most charming little towns. Mollymook is home to amazing sea views and beachfront wedding venues.

Ulladulla Winery Wedding Venues

Cupitts Winery, Milton

Ulladulla Barn Wedding Venues

The Barn At Clyde Ridge

Beachfront Ulladlla Wedding Venues

Mollymook Beachside Functions
Bannisters By The Sea

Ulladulla Church Wedding Venues

The Old Church

Eurobodalla Coast Wedding Venues

Batemans Bay Wedding Venues

Bateman’s Bay is iconic on the South Coast and is home to some stunning resort wedding venues. If you’re stopping through, don’t forget to visit some amazing fish and chip shops there as well.

Batemans Bay Resort Wedding Venues

Lincoln Downs Resort Batemans Bay
Chalet Swisse Spa
Bawley Vale Estate

Beachfront Batemans Bay Wedding Venues

Coachhouse Marina Resort Batemans Bay
Corrigans Cove
Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

Rustic Batemans Bay Wedding Venues

Banquets At The Bower

Moruya Wedding Venues

Moruya is small, but has a real charm to it, and the Surf Life Saving Club is the single wedding venues in the area which is charming and great for the couple who want a personal wedding space.

Indoor Moruya Wedding Venues

Moruya Surf Life Saving Club

Narooma Wedding Venues

Another quaint town on the South Coast, but one which is home to the Narooma Golf Club, which is a fantastic little wedding venues.

Outdoor Narooma Wedding Venues

Narooma Golf Club

Sapphire Coast Wedding Venues

Merimbula Wedding Venues

Merimula is surrounded in incredible scenery and with easy access to so many coastal areas, it’s the perfect South Coast wedding destination for couples. Another great location for South Coast rustic wedding venues, especially if you’re a fan of oysters.

Rustic Merimbula Wedding Venues

Wheelers Oyster Farm & Seafood Restaurant
Kianinny Bush Cottages
Longstocking Brewery, Bar And Oyster Bar
Oaklands Events

Outdoor Merimbula Wedding Venues

Pambula – Merimbula Golf Club

Indoor Merimbula Wedding Venues

Bermagui Community Hall
Murrah Hall

Beachfront Merimbula Wedding Venues

Tathra Surf Club

Resort Merimbula Wedding Venues

Robyn’s Nest

Merimbula Winery Wedding Venues

Mimosa Wines Drystone Restaurant

Eden Wedding Venues

The gorgeous town of Eden is well known for its whale watching platform and amazing views out the sea. Whilst there are no huge wedding venues here, two incredible DIY wedding venues are available, and great for couples who love to have a bit more of a festival vibe to their wedding.

Eden Beachfront Wedding Venues

Edrom Lodge
Mystery Bay Cottages

The South Coast Wedding Accommodation

  1. Discovery Parks – Pambula Beach (Pambula)
  2. Bannisters By The Sea (Mollymook)
  3. Kendalls Beach Holiday Park (Kiama)
  4. Quays Hotel (Batemans Bay)
  5. The Seabird (Moruya)
  6.  Pebbly Beach Escape (East Lynne)
  7.  Nightcap At Archer Hotel  (Nowra)
  8.  Kiama Shores (Kiama)
  9. Nova Kiama (Kiama) 
  10.  The Huskisson (Huskisson, Jervis Bay)

The South Coast Vendors

Catering South Coast NSW

Duck Duck Goose
Garnish Creative Catering
Rabbit & Co. Caterers
South Coast Catering Collective
Citrus Catering

South Coast Wedding Makeup

Nicole Mccann Makeup Artist
Airlie & Co
Amanda La Monica Hair And Makeup Artist
Belinda Vangelov Hair Stylist
Hayley Dutton Makeup Artist
Exclusive Hair By Daniii Bee
Crowning Glory Mobile Hair & Make-up

South Coast Wedding Car Hire

Leisure Coast Limousine Service
Sweet Rides
Revel Drive
Sydney Mustangs Wedding Cars

South Coast Wedding Celebrant

Kylie Jones Marriage Celebrant
Nicky Surnicky – Marry Me Nicky
Life’s Journeys – Trish Whitfield Jp
Patrick Meegan
Roger Thomson Civil Marriage Celebrant
Creative Celebrations By Mary
Adam Straney – The Master Of Ceremony
Maureen Thorpe
Dean Bonnor Marriage Celebrant
Mardi Kent

Event Hire South Coast

South Coast Party Hire
The Wedding & Event Creators
Sammy & Lola
Rustic Vintage Retro
Sperry Tents South Coast
A Game Of Love
Di For Tea
Eclectic Salvage
Tfh Hire Services

South Coast Acoustic Wedding Singer

Kay Proudlove
Bowerbird Blue
Tillee Music
Mark Dabin Acoustic Weddings
Corner Pocket

South Coast Wedding DJ

Tj Productions
We Play Records
Xydj Weddings

South Coast Wedding Band

Soul Tonic
Valley Beat Music Co

Wedding Cakes South Coast

Summa Cakes
One Cake Down
Mary Ahonen Cake Artistry
Tops For Cakes
Sweet Cakes By Tash
Violets And Vinegar
Decadence Cakes Gifts & Treats
Sugar Daddy’s Cake Design
Enchanted Cakes By Yvette

South Coast Florist

Just Fake It Bouquets
Peony Perfection – Artificial Silk Flowers
Flamingo Florist
Always Flowers
All Occasion Flowers
Heart And Soul Flowers
Florisian Floral Design
Ivy Lane Collective
Flowers With Elegance
J Event Design

Wedding Photo Locations In The South Coast

If you’re thinking about having engagement photos in the South Coast, you’ll find a large variation in the amount of gorgeous locations to have your engagement photos. From the white sands of Jervis Bay, to the coastal zones around Bawley, there are plenty of locations in the South Coast.

The following locations are some of the best engagement photo locations in the South Coast:

Coastal:

  1. Mermaid Inlet – Jervis Bay
  2. Hyams Beach – Jervis Bay
  3. Parma Creek – Jervis Bay
  4. Pebbly Beach – Bawley
  5. Glasshouse Rocks – Narooma
  6. The Blue Pool – Bermagui

Waterfalls:

  1. Granite Falls – Mollymook
  2. Nethercote Falls – Eden
  3. Tuross Falls Lookout – Narooma

Let’s chat about designing your dream South Coast wedding!

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