In this article I’m going to tell you about my favourite South Coast wedding venues in Australia. These range from beautiful beach wedding venues in NSW to boho styled luxury wedding venues.
Here is a list of 25+ gorgeous South Coast wedding venues, Australia.
This has been updated for 2021/2022 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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!
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!
My top 2 South Coast Wedding Venues
Whilst there are a tonne of incredible South Coast Wedding venues, some stand out slightly more than others. So here are my personal top 2:
The Woods Farm Jervis Bay
One of the South Coast’s best wedding venues, The Woods Farm in Jervis Bay is an incredible playground for couples looking to get married on the South Coast of Australia.
The Woods Farm is based on 40 acres of stunning farmland, right in the heart of the Tomerong Forest. As a huge bonus, the beautiful St George’s Basin is a mere 2km from the site. This huge lake is not to be missed, as it is one of the big aquatic attractions on the South Coast. Hyams Beach, a natural wonder in Jervis Bay, is also only 11km away, making it easy to go over for sunset and couples photos.
A huge attraction at The Woods Farm in Jervis bay is the fact that it has farm animals on hand. So during your wedding you’ll be graced with animals such as miniature horses, chickens, peacocks, and even alpacas.
The Cove Jervis Bay
Another gem in Jervis’ Bay bursting crown, The Cove Jervis Bay is the destination for couples who want to have an intimate and fun coastal wedding with tonnes of white-wash beach style. This is the premier Beach wedding venue in NSW.
With direct access to Bherwerre Beach, The Cove at Jervis Bay is an incredible Jervis Bay Wedding Venue, complete with self-contained accommodation, gorgeous outdoor baths, and direct access to the Booderee National Park. If you’re the sort of couple who love the combination of the South Coast’s beach and bush, this is the venue for you.
The units have a gorgeous surf, sand and sea vibe to them, and an extra special ‘bridal room’, where you can get ready in style.
What’s more, stand up paddle boards are free of charge for you and your guests! It’s hard to pass up on such a great offer as this!
To get to The Cove, it’s an easy 20 minute drive, and through the Booderee National Park.
If you love the idea of a beach wedding venue, this is it!
South Coast wedding photographer packages
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: $4650.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Mermaid Inlet – Jervis Bay
Hyams Beach – Jervis Bay
Parma Creek – Jervis Bay
Pebbly Beach – Bawley
Glasshouse Rocks – Narooma
The Blue Pool – Bermagui
Granite Falls – Mollymook
Nethercote Falls – Eden
Tuross Falls Lookout – Narooma
Let’s chat about designing your dream South Coast wedding!