The Top Wollongong Wedding Venues of 2022

October 4, 2021

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The Top Wollongong Wedding Venues of 2021

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are recently engaged, and we here at Translucent Photography want to extend our congrats to you! What an exciting time in your life. If a country-style wedding on the coast is what you are envisioning, then this list of Wollongong wedding venues is a great place to begin your search for the perfect venue. We’ve compiled a list of the top venues in Wollongong below, just for you.

#1 – The Grange Golf Club

The Grange Golf Club is the perfect venue for an elegant, luxurious wedding. It has a selection of simply gorgeous locations to choose from for exchanging your vows. The venue itself is inspired by the Hamptons, so it’s sure to complement the tastes and styles of any couple. It was Carly & Dylan’s top choice, and we loved shooting their wedding day here!

Bride and groom holding hands in front of the wedding arch set up at The Grange Golf Club with their entourage beside them

This location is equipped to accommodate up to 450 of your closest friends and family as well as a more intimate affair if that is what you prefer. When you step into this gem on our list of Wollongong wedding venues, the lush natural light, and gorgeous surroundings give you such a warm, welcoming feeling. With an entire team of wedding specialists to help you plan your day, this venue is certainly one to check out.

#2 – Headlands Hotel Austinmer Beach

Headlands Austinmer Beach is a stunning oceanfront venue located on the picturesque south coast of New South Wales. This is a fantastic selection from our list of top Wollongong wedding venues! Surrounded by beautiful beaches and parkland, the views are truly breathtaking. When we shot Shannon & Clint’s Boho-style wedding here, it was the perfect backdrop for their wedding.

Bride and groom holding hands in front of the wedding arch set up in Headlands Hotel Austinmer Beach with the officiant and their entourage

You will have an abundance of ceremony locations to choose from, and your reception space is only a stone’s throw away from most of them for the highest possible convenience. Headlands Hotel Austinmer Beach has oceanfront locations that can accommodate weddings as intimate as 50 guests and as large as 350. Plus, you won’t have to leave the property after the reception ends: the ocean view luxury apartments on the property make your accommodations not only beautiful but unforgettable!

#3 – City Beach Function Centre

This multi-award-winning spot on our top Wollongong wedding venues, City Beach Function Centre, is a prime oceanfront location. This unique space blends the flavour of the city with the laid-back beach feel. There really is no reason to compromise when this venue offers both! You can choose from two different venues to have your special day, and the floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in along with the salty sea air.

The wedding ceremony set up at City Beach Function Centre with the wedding arch, makeshift aisle and chairs in front of a breathtaking beach

Accommodations are available onsite for lodging in their hotel so you and your guests don’t have to leave the property if you don’t want to! That made this location perfect for Tegan & Rowan during their winter wedding in Wollongong. They traveled from Canberra for the coast and the warmer weather, and it ended up being a magical day!

#4 – The Woolshed

The Woolshed is a beautiful combination of natural beauty and rustic elegance. This is one of the most unique venues on our list of top Wollongong wedding venues in Illawarra. The exposed hardwood beams inside and the lush greenery outdoors make this venue one you will want to explore.

Black and white photo of the back of a brides dress and train as she is embraced by her groom while they stand in the middle of their Woolshed reception

The Woolshed is also known for its delicious catering, which is provided by Fine Spun. Trust us, your menu tasting is going to be an unforgettable experience! This location offers comprehensive services provided by their wedding experts, and also offers bespoke experiences to create a celebration as unique as your story together. Check out Tahnee & Tom’s unforgettable wedding day, it’s still one of our absolute favourites!

#5 – Ruby’s Mount Kembla

Next on our list of top Wollongong wedding venues is Ruby’s Mount Kembla. Nestled in the historic mining village of Kembla Heights, this gorgeous venue is named after Ruby Moore, a famous local resident and Post Mistress during the 1920s and 30s.

Bride and groom sharing their first dance during the wedding reception at Ruby’s Mount Kembla, captured by Translucent Photography

This historic wedding and reception venue is also a fine dining restaurant, so your wedding menu is sure to be delicious! Michelle & Brad attended a cocktail reception here and loved it so much that they decided to get married at Ruby’s on their special day.

#6 – The Black Chapel

The Black Chapel is a neat little venue in Wollongong’s Northern Suburbs. Nestled in the dense, picturesque suburb of Austinmer on the Illawarra escarpment, The Black Chapel is a fantastic Airbnb, as well as an intimate wedding and elopement venue. This venue is seriously so beautiful, and we had a blast shooting this editorial on-site with an incredible team of vendors from across Wollongong, Shoalhaven/South Coast, and the Southern Highlands regions.

From the stunning interior styling which has details galore to being greeted upon arrival by Luna, the friendliest black kelpie you’ll ever meet, this venue just screams luxe.

#7 – Ravensthorpe

Ravensthorpe is a gorgeous choice on our top Wollongong wedding venues list. It’s a family-owned establishment that caters to all of your wedding needs with elegance and old-world charm. We loved it so much that we actually got married here! Needless to say, it’s always going to have a special place in our hearts. But it’s not just nostalgia that keeps us recommending it – the timelessness of this place is evident as you look at the beautiful rural and escarpment views, the restored heritage home, and exquisitely manicured gardens.

#8 – Tumbling Waters Retreat

Last but certainly not least on our list of top Wollongong wedding venues is Tumbling Waters Retreat. This location brings a beautiful merge of landscapes, where the ocean meets the Mountains. The gorgeous gardens are a perfect addition to the already stunning views, making this spot picturesque for your special day. Tumbling Waters Retreat has wedding coordinators on staff to assist in all of your planning needs, and full accommodations available within the hotel for you and your guests!

Which of These Wollongong Wedding Venues Will You Pick?

This list is diverse and delightful! Each location lends its own unique touch to bring your wedding-day vision to life. So, which of these Wollongong wedding venues will you choose for your wedding?

Bride and groom sharing a kiss during their wedding ceremony at a Wollongong venue, photographed by Translucent Photography

If you want more visual inspiration, here are a few more photos of one of the many weddings we’ve shot here in our hometown of Wollongong. We hope this list has been helpful as you plan your wedding: it’s our pleasure to share our expertise with you!


Translucent Photography is an Australian Wedding Photographer specialising in Candid & Authentic Wedding, Elopement & Family Photography. Based near Wollongong on the NSW South Coast, we often capture moments across the Southern Highlands, South Coast, Illawarra, Canberra & Blue Mountains regions.

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