Australia’s Sydney, New South Wales coast has become an increasingly popular destination to host weddings and other memorable events. Port Macquarie is the region’s hidden gem, just four hours north of Sydney, and offers the best of Australia via both Port Macquarie wedding packages and enough individual attractions to create your own unique adventure.
eddings in Port Macquarie will often take advantage of the gorgeous beachfront. Below are the best venues for eco-friendly weddings.
Top 5 Port Macquarie Wedding Venues
1.) Rydges Port Macquarie wedding venue
This resort on the Hastings River offers the ultimate in customized wedding solutions for any special event. This one-stop shop can help plan both small, intimate ceremonies or large, multi-day events for the entire guest list.
Banquets, dancing and just cocktails can all be accommodated for weddings between 45 and 500 guests. Prices are clear and easy to find in the venue’s wedding guide and all wedding packages include lavish extras like a dedicated wedding coordinator, tastings, accommodations for the bride and grooms, and most of the decor that make a wedding look and feel special.
Lastly, waterfront views are highlighted with floor to ceiling windows, giving guests a fantastic backdrop to a memorable event. Hotel accommodations are also available for guests at a discounted rate.
2.) Sails Resort Port Macquarie wedding venue
Sails Resort is a newly renovated waterfront property which specializes in larger weddings. The Point is a private space overlooking the bay which can accommodate 250 guests. The Resort Pool and Terrace offers a uniquely beautiful space to say “I do” and can accommodate up to 180 guests. The Pavilion Chapel is the most intimate of venues, offering indoor seating for 60. Another 100 guests can watch the ceremony from the verandas.
The bride and groom receive free wedding night accommodations and a breakfast buffet the next morning with any package. The resort also has 83 rooms that can be booked by guests for a discounted rate. Resort activities available to all guests include paddleboards, canoes, bicycles and private poolside cabanas.
3.) Westport Club wedding venue
Westport Club offers wedding packages for everything from small, intimate dinner parties to grand, 350-guest traditional affairs. Wedding packages do start off on the more expensive end but include multi-course culinary options sure to impress guests.
Natural light, waterfront rooms and private restrooms are part of most Westport Club weddings.
4.) Port Macquarie Panthers
Pick and choose the best options for a unique wedding at Port Macquarie Panthers. Basic packages are very affordable although most “extras” are considered additional add-ons. This can keep wedding costs down if the bride and groom have a specific list of needs in mind and don’t need every option available.
All-inclusive packages are also available for the bride and groom who want it all.
Two locations – the Renaissance (accommodating between 70 and 100 guests) and Pier One (accommodating between 130 and 200 guests) are available as wedding venues for reasonable prices.
Places to stay at Port Macquarie
There are more than 50 hotels, resorts, cottages and other accommodations available in Port Macquarie, each of which offers its own unique charms.
Ewetopia Farm offers modern room on a self-contained farmstay cottage. Visitors can even watch as farmhands work the sheep and taste some of the farm’s homemade cheeses.
Lighthouse Beach Holiday Village runs along Port Macquarie’s longest beach. Visitors can get a rustic camping fix here or stay in one of the beach bungalows for a more traditional tropical vacation.
Shelly Beach Resort is a hub of activity perfect for families but also offers a sense of tranquility, since guests can see koalas in the rainforest that overlooks the outside common areas.
The Best Western Plus HW Boutique Hotel offers many modern accommodations like wi-fi and cable television. Spa baths in some rooms and panoramic views make this a hotel to look into.
Beachport Bed and Breakfast provides continental breakfast supplies to each unit. This could be the perfect accommodation for newlywed couples to plan to stay “in” most of the day.
Top things to do in Port Macquarie
When traveling to Port Macquarie for a dream wedding, visitors should create time in their schedules to see some of the city’s best attractions.
The Koala Hospital at Roto Grounds offers daily walk and talk tours. Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park is a zoo with more than 80 different species of animals, including koalas and giant crocodiles. Cruises to see dolphins or whales or to go deep-sea fishing are frequently offered on the beautiful Hastings River and is a must-do for any newlywed couple. Nearby wineries Cassegrain and Rose’s Vineyard both offer tastings. Of course, no trip to Port Macquarie would be complete without spending at least one day lazing about on the white sandy beaches.
When working with a wedding venue on this list, ask about Port Macquarie wedding packages that will combine wedding and honeymoon planning for less stress and more time to spend on making the trip a memory of a lifetime.