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Outdoor Wedding Locations in Sydney

Sydney is an amazing city with a wonderful range of great outdoor wedding locations to make your day even more special. There are world famous beaches like Bondi and Manly, the Harbour with it's sailing yachts and glistening waters, the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, classic old-world style of the Rocks, headlands, harbours, rivers, lookouts, parks, gardens and much much more!! So don't be boring with your wedding location, get creative and find some stunning locations around Sydney below!

We detail a number of locations great for an outdoor wedding in Sydney below.




Macquarie Lighthouse

Watson's Bay / Woollahra

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Macquarie Lighthouse which marks the site of Australia’s earliest and longest continually operated light station. It's a great spot with Watson's Bay and Neilsen Park close by for photo locations, or stay put because the lighthouse makes an interesting and unique wedding photo back drop all on it's own.

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Taronga Zoo


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Taronga Zoo has some fantastic outdoor locations for your wedding - what better way to get married than being surrounded by animals and nature right on Sydney's beautiful Harbour? The Taronga Zoo function centre (click here) has several floors with a number of options for room hire and catering, with large weddings easily accommodated. The views from the higher levels are quite spectacular over Sydney Harbour towards the Bridge and Opera House. Ask about a Zoo tour and have a photo with your favourite animal!

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Long Reef Headland

Long Reef, Northern Beaches

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Long Reef Headland is a great location for a impressive headland outdoor wedding, with 360 degree views over the golf course and the Northern Beaches north and south. Some good photo locations are Long Reef beach, and the Reef itself is great at low tide.

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McKell Park


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McKell Park is small and private park tucked away at the end of Darling Point road between Rushcutters and Double Bay. It has a quiet aspect but a wonderful position right on the Harbour, and access is easy for boats or yatchs to wisk you away following a ceremony. Most people have their wedding ceremony down the end of the park near a circular area. Not a huge range of photo locations within the park itself, but hop on a boat or water taxi and you have the whole of Sydney Harbour to choose from. Check with local council to book and gain wedding permission.

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Bradley's Head


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Bradley's Head is a wonderful outdoor wedding location, right on the Harbour and with stunning panoramic views of Sydney city. The best spot is in a sheltered grass area next to the HMS Sydney with a long stone jetty. Photo locations are very convenient, and the functions centres of Taronga Zoo and Atholl House are nice and close by.

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Balmoral Beach


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Balmoral Beach is a popular outdoor wedding location, and deservedly so. The end of the Rock Island is one of the best places, either right out on the point and overlooking the harbour, or in the trees on the south-west side for more shelter and views over Balmoral Beach. The beach is a beautiful place with a variety of great locations for a wedding ceremony and location photos afterwards. The Bathers Pavillion is the perfect choice for your reception and has a great upstairs and outdoor balcony area to watch the sunset.

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Neilsen Park


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Neilsen Park is a popular place for relaxing and getting back to nature, and it makes a fantastic outdoor wedding location as well. There are a number of locations scattered throughout Neilsen Park, either on the grass, in the trees, or down at the small beach. The Neilsen Park Kiosk is the perfect function centre for the reception.

neilsen park outdoor wedding

Whale Beach

Whale Beach, Northern Beaches

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Whale Beach is a deservedly famous place for holding an outdoor wedding. It has a private feel and with Moby's restaurant close by you have the perfect combination for a lovely outdoor wedding. The beach has a number of good spots, but also look at Malo Reserve high on the southern end of the beach for small ceremony venue.

whale beach outdoor wedding

Shelley Beach

Manly, Northern Beaches

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Shelley Beach is a private and sheltered beach away from the bustle of Manly's main beach. It's a very popular place for an outdoor wedding, with most held under the palm trees on the far side of Shelley Beach. The best (and closest!) place for your reception is Le Kiosk, right on the walk way although there isnt great space for a large wedding. Great locations nearby are Shelley Headland, the rocks above the car park, Shelley Beach itself, and the walk way back to Manly.

shelley beach outdoor wedding

Greycliffe Lawns

Nielsen Park

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Greycliffe Lawns are next to Greycliffe House in Nielsen Park. They are a lovely private location for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Nielsen Park itself is a great place for wedding photos and the Nielsen Park kiosk is a wonderful reception venue. See here for more information regarding booking Greycliffe Lawns.

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