The hills are alive with weddings! Without a doubt, Byron Bay’s hinterland is one of Australia’s most sought after wedding locations, radiating some kind of magic that words can just do no justice. Somewhere between the beautiful stillness of nature and pure grandeur – it is no surprise why so many couples choose to celebrate their love in the Byron hinterland. Romantic is an understatement.
Nestled deep in the rolling hills, yet not far from the eclectic heart of Byron Bay’s town or white sandy beaches, are some of the country’s most breathtaking wedding venues. Each offers something so unique, whether it be somewhere to host your wedding from the ceremony right through to reception and accommodation – or just simply an intimate ceremony, followed by a celebration at one of the many amazing restaurants in town. What do they all have in common? One knock-out panoramic skyline of lush rolling hills upon a golden sunset.
We have narrowed down 10 of Byron Bay’s top hinterland wedding venues. Read on to unlock which one makes your heart sing!
THE ORCHARD ESTATE
The Orchard Estate is set on a macadamia nut orchard situated in the picturesque Byron Bay hinterland. Set across 100 acres, this premium wedding venue overlooks the spectacular Nightcap Mountain Range and stands alone, offering complete privacy and serenity. It features a purpose built barn, commercial kitchen and toilets to accommodate your entire day.
As an architecturally impressive structure, The Orchard Estate is as stunning as it is user-friendly. The interiors of the modern barn provide the ultimate blank canvas to style your wedding, presenting polished concrete floors, white walls and dark framing. The sublime beauty of this landscape offers the best backdrop for your ceremony and photographs. A gentle walk throughout the macadamia orchard or witnessing a golden sunset from the rolling hills, capturing the perfect moment is easily done.
An elegant, early 1900’s heritage property nestled in the heart of the old Bangalow town. Bangalow Guesthouse’s beautiful grounds are bordered by Byron Bay Creek and high, deep green hedgerows to ensure utmost privacy for the celebrations of your special day. A beautiful 100-year-old Mulberry tree also invites the perfect setting for a intimate picnic or place to relax. Between your ceremony and reception, your guests may explore the tranquility and all the charm that Bangalow Guesthouse has to offer.
BYRON VIEW FARM
Byron View Farm is a luxe wedding venue that undeniably exposes the region’s best views. Perched on the highest point of the Byron Shire on a secluded hilltop, a wedding at this exclusive property invites you to almost 360 degree uninterrupted views across the hinterland and Byron Bay’s coastline. Oh and it also showcases one unforgettable golden sunset.
This rural venue radiates a most special connection to its beautiful landscape. You can host your entire celebrations here, from ceremony to reception, to boutique accommodation. You won’t event want to leave for your bridal photos, allowing you more time with your guests. Experience dining and dancing under the stars like never before…
It has a classic white cottage with a wrap-around verandah, that is fully self-contained and sleeps two. Soon to launch at the end of 2019 is its new venture, Moonshine Glamping. Think luxurious glamping, fit with a bathroom, shower, toilet, basin, kitchenette, wi-fi, lighting, bath overlooking views out to Byron and a separate entrance to the rest of the property. Stay tuned for more details to come!
CHÂTEAU DU SOLEIL
Complete high-end luxury. Château du Soleil is a stunning and secluded property offering an idyllic wedding and accommodation experience. This commanding French provincial limestone chateau showcases an array of distinctive and luxurious European styling elements, including magnificent hand-crafted stained glass Cathedral windows, French provincial water fountains, grand marble staircase, Juliet balconies, intimate marble courtyards, private entertainment areas, and a charming limestone garden pavilion, complete with magnificent candelabra chandelier.
Chateau Du Soleil rests elegantly on an elevated East facing escarpment, adorned by exceptional panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding coastline. These expansive views encompass lush rural hinterland settings, offering a tranquil and intoxicating backdrop to capture. Whether it’s the splendour and sophistication of Chateau Du Soleil, or the romantic intimacy of its gardens and sprawling lawns, the elegance of this exquisite estate offers the capability to deliver an exceptionally fulfilling and memorable occasion.
A gorgeous hinterland venue, purposely built to host romantic weddings in mind. Earth House celebrates raw beauty in every way. Constructed from rammed earth, the venue presents soaring timber beams throughout and embodies the most natural rustic charm. Perhaps the most intriguing feature of this rural wedding venue, is the spectacular mountain and hinterland views.
The owner’s philosophy is tasteful simplicity, inspired by the natural environment surrounding the venue from all angles. It is the perfect blank canvas for any wedding, offering you full creative license when it comes to styling. The versatile barn-style space consists of an impressive large room with an open fireplace, polished concrete floors and opens onto a large verandah suspended over the Corndale Valley.
The Ewingsdale Hall is one of the most historic buildings in the Byron Bay area, built in 1908 it is located in the scenic William Flick Lane with its canopy of huge Moreton Bay fig trees. The Hall is a beautiful venue and blank canvas, supplied for hirers to organise their own styling, catering and drinks.
There are plenty of spaces to hold a ceremony, under the fig trees or a grove of trees at the rear of the building. With a recent upgrade of facilities and a large grassed field located adjacent, it is the perfect venue to accommodate guests up to 120 people. Featuring wooden floorboards, a commercial kitchen and large windows overlooking the grounds, this venue is located just outside the township of Byron Bay in a rural, picturesque setting.
FIG TREE RESTAURANT
Perched atop a hill in a lush setting with stunning manicured gardens and gorgeous ocean to hinterland views as the backdrop, the Fig Tree takes your breath away as soon as you step onto the property.
Start your day with a ceremony sheltered underneath the 150-year-old Moreton Bay fig which features a backdrop of rolling hills, Julian Rocks and the Byron Bay lighthouse. Guests then make their way to the newly renovated poolside cocktail area reflecting something out of a luxury 5-star resort. After an afternoon of canapés and cocktails with your nearest and dearest, the dining experience kicks off inside the restaurant (which also features magnificent views and an absolute air of romance with the humble surrounds). Che, Head Chef and owner, along with his talented team, keep things simple with fresh, organic produce sourced predominantly from the restaurant’s own gardens along with the fields, paddocks and oceans that surround Byron Bay. The Fig Tree also offers on-site accommodation making it easy for you, your family or bridal party to get ready in or retire to.
FORGET ME NOT
Seeking a grander scale wedding but still want to capture that rural atmosphere? Forget Me Not will deliver just that and more. Accommodating up to 150 guests and set on 100 acres of pristine rolling hills, this is the ultimate venue for couples seeking an impressive hinterland property that is secluded as well situated only a 10 minute drive to the main town of Byron Bay.
Forget Me Not is incredibly romantic. Prize winning gardens, lush rainforest, a hidden waterfall and a spectacular lake filled with water lillies frame this beautiful venue. As night falls, witness the mood change as light reflects off the lake and stars sparkle in a clear country sky. Perhaps one of the best ways to describe it, would be purely magical and fairytale like.
Welcome to Hinterland House, an historical mansion set in Bangalow. Just a 15-minute drive west of Byron’s town centre, experience old world charm and romance, inspiring a Great Gatsby style wedding. This property is set on 20 hectares of lush gardens and rolling hills, commanding views over a macadamia farm. Invite your guests to arrive upon a winding driveway framed by impressive palms, setting the scene for a truly spectacular celebration.
This historical homestead sleeps up to 20 guests, of whom also will enjoy a sparkling sun drenched 13 metre salt water swimming pool and the property’s manicured gardens.
Nightcap Ridge is an elegant venue in the Byron Hinterland, located inside the Nightcap National Park. This 70 acre property is surrounded by lush rainforest which provides a dramatic pathway to enter your special celebrations.
Nightcap Ridge is an oasis inside the park, with a function space and accommodation cottages nestled amongst manicured lawns, gardens and swimming holes. The Argory, is a glamorous yet relaxed venue catering to both small and large weddings. Meaning hill of the garden, The Argory is an excellent all-weather option for your reception. The huge deck, vaulted ceilings, rustic stone ﬁreplace and stylish bathrooms form a neutral canvas for your reception dreams to become a reality. The space also includes a bar and kitchen as well as bathrooms and shower rooms.
New on the scene – a return of an old favourite. SummerHills Retreat is a secluded wedding venue in a private hinterland location with all the facilities you need for your ultimate three-day destination wedding. Located only 15 minutes to the heart of Byron Bay, this beautiful 108 acre venue has lots of options on offer. With everything at your fingertips, you don’t even need to leave for the entire three days. Nestled amongst an enchanted macadamia orchard, swimming pool and incredible views… you simply wouldn’t want to leave anyway!
Be married in an intimate ceremony at the on-site open-air chapel, at the awe-inspiring, very old and rare Moreton Bay fig tree, or in one of the many beautifully master-planned sun-drenched sub-tropical gardens. Choose from two locations for a marquee reception, catering for an intimate wedding of 20 or a grander occasion of up to 150 guests.
SUNDAYS AT BYRON
Sundays at Byron is uniquely positioned, high on the escarpment, overlooking the azure beauty of Byron Bay. There’s a grandeur and calm about this breath-taking panorama, from Cape Byron Lighthouse to the mountains that will be the spectacular backdrop to your special day. Sundays is a ceremony and accommodation only venue but can host small elopement receptions of up to 20 people. A purpose built ceremony space, easily styled to match the vision of your wedding and boutique luxury accommodation for 8 of your nearest and dearest, all conveniently located only five minutes to Byron Bay town centre! For that on-top-of-the-world feeling, say “I do!” at Sundays.
THE FIGS BYRON
Nestled in an fairytale-like private garden and rural oasis in the heart of the beautiful Byron Shire, The Figs Byron features stunning panoramic views from the Nightcap Ranges National Park to the iconic Mount Warning, Mount Chincogan and the Pacific Ocean at Brunswick Heads. This enchanting venue is framed by four magnificent 250 year old fig trees.
The 10-acre property also features expansive and stunning subtropical gardens and a myriad of rare and exotic palms, flowering trees and shrubs. Not only do these gardens and stunning views invite multiple options for the wedding ceremony site but they offer spectacular backdrops for your photos. On-site amenities include a lovely grassed reception site surrounded by gardens, with views from the mountains to the sea, large enough to accommodate for a marquee wedding and accommodation for 8 in the newly built deluxe apartments, with an additional 6 in the newly renovated fully self-contained cottage. The Figs Byron has also just had a pool and spa installed with most stunning panoramic views across the ocean and nearby mountain ranges.
If you are after a trip to Europe for your wedding, look no further. Victoria’s Ewingsdale expresses a most fairytale feel, immaculate and magical gardens, views to the ocean and stone facades, this luxury wedding venue is a true hidden gem.
Exuding romance, and offering the epitome of bridal suite accommodation, with white marble floors, Juliet balconies and spacious spa baths, all in the privacy of your own air-conditioned guest room. Dine by candle light under the grapevine canopy with beautiful music, great food, family and friends. Private onsite accommodation for up to 18 guests.
The ultimate hinterland blank canvas to dine under the stars. This beautiful hinterland property, Victoria’s Park, invites you to host your ceremony and reception, with boutique accommodation nearby at Victoria’s Ewingsdale. Just a 10 minute drive to the town of Byron Bay, this beautiful rural setting across 150 acres is definitely one not to be overlooked.