The NSW Central Coast lies between north of Sydney and south of Lake Macquarie, around an hours drive from Sydney. The sprawling golden sandy beaches are popular for surfing, lakes for all manor of water activities and sports, while the national parks offer great bushwalking and living the Australian outdoor lifestyle.
Around the south end of the Central Coast you have the Broken Bay and Brisbane River National Park areas. Suburbs include Patonga, Pearl Beach, Umina Beach, Ettalong Beach, Killcare and Box Head along with Gosford, Erina, Woy Woy, Ettalong Beach, Point Clare and Green Point located on the shores of Brisbane Water between the national park and South Pacific Ocean.
Coastal towns along the South Pacific Ocean coastline as you head north include Avoca Beach, Terrigal, Bateau Bay, Long Jetty, The Entrance, Norah Head, Toukley, Budgewoi up to Lake Munmorah at the south end of Lake Macquarie.
If you travel inland, the Central Coast also has beautiful forests and countryside to explore around the Somersby, Ourimbah, Wyong and Yarramalong areas.
With its closeness to Sydney, the Central Coast is an ideal location for those couples wanting a relaxed beach wedding by the water or a laid back country wedding in the Central Coast hinterland … and magnificent sunset photos like this …
For couples planning to get married on the Central Coast of New South Wales, we have put together a list of the best Central Coast Wedding Venues and Locations.
Gosford Wedding Venues
Gosford is located on the beautiful Brisbane Water, a stunning bay often scattered with boats. As you drive into The Peninsula you feel like you are worlds away from Sydney. No wonder Gosford draws holiday makers year after year and a popular place to get married with beautiful views of blue water and green mountains in the distance offering so many location options for your wedding photography.
Bells At Killcare – a secluded coast retreat and boutique hotel designed for relaxed, yet stylish and romantic weddings. Surrounded by the national park and beaches, it’s truly the perfect destination wedding. For more information on Bells At Killcare for your wedding visit their website here
Distillery Botanica – With 3 acres of picturesque gardens for us wedding photographers and award-winning beverages how can you go wrong on your big day. For more information on Distillery Botanica for your wedding visit their website here
Ettalong Diggers – Half Tide Rocks is an A La Carte Restaurant with modern Australian cuisine and the beautiful Ettalong Beach as your backdrop. For more information on Ettalong Diggers for your wedding visit their website here
Hardys Bay Club at Killcare – a beautiful waterfront venue for both indoor and outdoor weddings with a relaxed coastal setting. For more information on Hardys Bay Club for your wedding visit their website here
Kantara House – located at Green Point on the Central Coast, Kantara House is for lack of a better phrase, a one-stop-shop wedding venue that has accommodation, ceremony location and reception venue all in one exclusive venue. For more information on Kantara House for your wedding visit their website here
Pearls On The Beach – an intimate setting for a relaxed waterfront wedding surrounded by views of the ocean, sandstone rock walls, and a natural bush setting. For more information on Pearls On The Beach for your wedding visit their website here
Avoca Beach Wedding Venues
Beach towns scatter the Central Coast coastline and an iconic part of the Australian lifestyle. Avoca has a vibrant cafe scene with alfresco dining lining the shores of this quaint little seaside town.
Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort – located on 15 acres of natural bushland, Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort is just 5 minutes from Terrigal. For more information on Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort for your wedding visit their website here
Terrigal Wedding Venues
Another seaside town along the Central Coast coastline, Terrigal is a is the big sister of Avoca with an equally vibrant and cosmopolitan eats-street.
Pullman Magenta Shores Resort – with spectacular views of sparkling waters of Tuggerah Lake, the Pullman Magenta Shores Resort is nestled amongst a golf course and a luxuriously appointed wedding venue. For more information on Pullman Magenta Shores Resort for your wedding visit their website here
The Forest Chapel – a stunning open-air chapel surrounded by forest in Terrigal. This wooded wonderland is a natural relaxed ceremony venue. For more information on The Forest Chapel for your wedding visit their website here
Forresters Beach, Bateau Bay & Shelly Beach Wedding Venues
Gracelands at Forresters Beach – a boutique wedding and reception venue across from beautiful Forresters Beach on the NSW Central Coast, is a versatile space that can cater small intimate gatherings to big weddings and events. For more information on Gracelands for your wedding visit their website here
The Entrance Wedding Venues
The Entrance is known for its lively waterfront, with cafes, restaurants and lots of family-friendly activities like the daily pelican feeding plus the waterside Farmers Markets.
The Beachcomber Hotel – celebrate your wedding with a 180 degree waterfront view over Lake Budgewoi from the Beachcomber Hotel. For more information on Beachcomber Hotel for your wedding visit their website here
Toukley, Lake Munmorah, Norah Head, Long Jetty, Budgewoi & Canton Beach
At the northern end of the Central Coast, you have the Northern Lakes precinct known for its expansive stretches of water and nature, charming seaside townships scattered throughout the area. Id have to say one of my favourite towns in Long Jetty after a recent trip through the area and discovering The Riff cafe and The Glass Onion Society.
Wisemans Ferry, Wyong & Yarramalong Wedding Venues
Wisemans Ferry, Wyong & Yarramalong are three of the Central Coast’s hinterland regions surrounded by beautiful nature, forests and wilderness. This wonderful paradise stretches from Wisemans Ferry in the south through to Yarramalong Valley in the north. Perfect for a leisurely stroll breathing in the fresh air or escape the hustle and bustle of a Sydney city wedding.
Hidden Valley Ourimbah – set on 370 acres of stunning bushland, Hidden Valley in the Ourimbah State Forest is ideal as a country wedding reception venue. A magical DIY outdoor wedding venue for you and your loved ones to celebrate your big day. For more information on Hidden Valley Ourimbah for your wedding visit their website here
Linton Gardens at Somersby – with lush gardens for your ceremony and modern function centre for your evening reception. For more information on Linton Gardens for your wedding visit their website here
Mercure Kooindah Waters – The Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort is one of many of the Mercure chain wedding venues. Set amongst a stunning golf course, the Mecure Resort offers a romantic setting for an all-inclusive Central Coast ceremony and reception venue. For more information on Mercure Kooindah Waters for your wedding visit their website here
Somersby Gardens Estate – the 50 acre property is secluded and set amongst native bushland with accommodation options. Choose from two different ceremony locations and four reception venues including a marquee. An all-inclusive ceremony and reception venue within one stunning location. For more information on Somersby Garden Estate for your wedding visit their website here
The Springs Central Coast – is located in the bushlands of Peats Ridge on the NSW Central Coast. With an industrial space for your reception, The Springs can cater for small intimate weddings and large groups upto 300 guests. With a focus on farm-to-plate menus and rustic feasting platters, choose either formal sit-down dinners to food stand. For more information on The Springs for your wedding visit their website here
Lake Macquarie Wedding Venues
Lakehouse Cafe Murrays Beach – a charming relaxed venue with views of the local bushland and Lake Macquarie. An all exclusive venue with space for your outdoor ceremony in the gardens below and reception in the cafe. For more information on Lakehouse Cafe at Murrays Beach for your wedding visit their website here
Raffertys Resort at Cam Wharf – an all inclusive ceremony and reception venue with waterfront views of Lake Macquarie. For more information on Raffertys Resort for your wedding visit their website here
You might like to read our article on planning the perfect beach wedding or why you need to have a wedding backup plan should it rain on your big day if your having an outdoor ceremony on the Central Coast.
Once you have locked in your wedding venue, contact me to secure your Central Coast wedding photographer to ensure the memories of your big day are captured beautifully and naturally (like Yasmin & Luke’s Raffertys Resort wedding at Lake Macquarie) to reflect your real wedding day.