There are many important parts of organising a wedding and selecting the perfect venue is definitely one of them!
Tasmania is blessed with many different and varied vineyards, breathtaking beaches, lush parks and gardens, churches, historical buildings, luxury hotels and more that may be suitable for your special day. Below is a list of the venues where I have photographed weddings, although I am based in Hobart, I do travel statewide and also to Victoria. This list may be of assistance to you in deciding where to hold your wedding, reception or even having a portrait session.
Tasmania truly offers a fantastic range of venues to choose from.
There are many factors that you should consider before selecting a venue that is suitable for you. Things to consider are location, cost, seating capacity, parking, friendliness of the staff (what will they do for you) and places where you can have your wedding photos taken.
The information is only a brief description. Further information is usually available online or I am happy to give you my thoughts on the locations mentioned if you wish to call.
I can be contacted by email or just give me a call on mobile: 0413 284 454.
Avalon Coastal Retreat, Rocky Hills, Tasmania
Avalon Coastal Retreat is a modernist luxury accommodation retreat located around a 15-minute drive south from Swansea or a two-hour drive from Hobart along the spectacular East Coast of Tasmania overlooking the ocean and the Freycinet Peninsular. Avalon sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is fully equipped with everything you could possibly think of. Just below the retreat is a secluded beach, perfect for your destination wedding. There are plenty of beautiful places to have your wedding photos captured within this property or anywhere nearby along the East Coast.
Baha’i Center, Hobart, Tasmania
The Baha’i Faith Center in Hobart is located in the CBD and has a distinctive environmentally sensitive architecture. This uniquely designed building is open to all and has an elegant Auditorium with an arched dome which is ideal for a wedding ceremony. The secluded inner courtyard surrounded by native gardens or the intimate Tranquillity Room are also nice locations for wedding photos.
Barilla Bay, Cambridge, Tasmania
Barilla Bay is located about 15 minutes from Hobart CBD and can offer several options for either Wedding ceremonies and or receptions. There are two restaurant areas catering for either a small or large wedding. The restaurant offers space including a dance floor for up to 110 guests sit down or 250 guests cocktail style. The Pearl Room comfortably seats up to 30 guests or cocktail style up to 50 guests. There are two main areas to hold your outdoor ceremony either under the Gazebo or on a large grass area near the water. There is a nearby beach surrounded by a serene waterfront setting Barilla Bay is a nice venue and while it is near the Hobart Airport and there may be some aircraft flying nearby, they are not particularly noisy.
Beaches Restaurant, Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania
Beaches restaurant is a 20 minute drive from Hobart located along Seven Mile Beach and near Hobart Airport. Beaches offer accommodation at Wyndham Resort, as well as an area for the ceremony and reception. The ceremony location is a little small and is set against a low wall which is a nuisance for good photos during the ceremony. The restaurant staff are friendly and the nearby beach and pine forest areas are nice locations for photos.
Frogmore Creek Winery, Cambridge, Tasmania
Frogmore Creek Winery, Restaurant, Cellar door, Deck and Function centre is located about 20 minutes drive from Hobart’s CBD and 10 minutes from Hobart Airport. Surrounded by vines and nestled in the beautiful Coal River Valley, Frogmore Creek offers a suitable place for your wedding and reception with expansive views over the valley and plenty of room for your ceremony. There is a large room available for hire on the second story which overlooks the ceremony/vineyard area and is a great place for a bride to get ready. There are many places within the winery to take some truly beautiful photos.
Glen Albyn Estate, Taroona, Tasmania
Glen Albyn is one of the most beautiful locations in Southern Tasmania for a wedding or special event. Perched high above the shores of the Derwent River set on water-bound private bushland with a backdrop of the Historic Shot Tower and with views spanning from Storm Bay to Bruny Island and beyond. Glen Albyn is only 15 minutes drive from Hobart’s CBD and has established itself in as one of Tasmania’s most unique venue experiences. Glen Albyn is truly a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception area that is hard to beat.
Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania
Hadley’s Orient Hotel is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Australia having been built by convict labour in 1834. Hadley’s is located within the heart of the CBD on Murray street. Hadley’s provides an elegant setting with all the experiences of old-world charm and a lovely setting for your wedding day. The venue accommodates catering for cocktail 150 people and dinner up to 100 people. There are a number of beautiful locations within the hotel and many nearby for your wedding photos.
Hobart Function Centre, Hobart, Tasmania
The Hobart Function Centre is set on the old Elizabeth St. Pier spanning 100m out over the water and is surrounded by views of the Derwent. There are three rooms suitable for a reception and a number of package options available. The best location for photos is outside around the docks. Parking can be difficult on a busy day.
Home Hill Winery, Ranelagh, Tasmania
Home Hill is a Tasmanian boutique vineyard, winery and restaurant and is located 30 minutes South of Hobart. The Restaurant is a rammed earth building set amongst the vineyard and rolling green hills and is a very nice location for a wedding ceremony and reception. Home Hill is central to many nearby locations of old barns, river frontages, and many more areas for those photo memories. If holding the ceremony in the Winery/Barrel room, you should note that the area uses sodium lighting which because of the strong yellow light makes it very difficult to get a good colour balance. Ask your photographer if they are comfortable with working in this light.
Josef Chromy, Relbia, Tasmania
Josef Chromy is located in northern Tasmania about 15 minutes outside of Launceston. Josef Chromy Winery is a great venue with many beautiful locations for your wedding photos. There are a number of different locations you can have your ceremony including the lakeside pavilion and other areas including the extensive garden areas surrounding the lake. The views overlooking the picturesque large vineyard and lake Josef Chromy can provide a perfect location for your wedding ceremony. The reception venue is large with full size windows offering wonderful views of the vineyard and a setting sun in the evening may provide the photographer with the opportunity to get that special photo.
Mt St. Canice, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Mount Saint Canice was a Catholic Convent first opened in Hobart in 1893 by the Good Shepherd Sisters. The church is very grand and quite beautiful inside as is so often the case with many such buildings. If you are considering having your wedding in a Catholic Church then Mt. St Canice is one of the best in Hobart. As with a lot of large churches, the main lighting uses sodium and or mercury lights which can give off a strong yellow cast to any images and takes a lot of processing to minimise. The church is a beautiful location for a wedding ceremony. The grounds around the church contain the old Mt. Saint Canice convent which can make for some nice photographs overlooking the beautiful Derwent River and surrounding suburbs.
Newlands Reception Centre, Mount Stuart, Tasmania
Newlands Reception Centre is an historical building and is located about 5 minutes from Hobart CBD at Mt. Stuart. Newlands was originally built between 1826 and 1833 and is a nice location for a small or medium sized wedding ceremony and reception. Newlands is a beautiful historic building with nice gardens and verandahs although it is a little cramped for a larger wedding. The Reception area will cater for a maximum of about 80 persons and is very nice but quite dark from a photography perspective however with the proper equipment, good results are possible. The venue staff are very helpful and welcoming.
Old Kempton Distillery, Kempton, Tasmania
Redlands Distillery is located in Dysart House on the main street of Kempton.
Designed in the Georgian style, its main facade has five bays. The portico has square and round Tuscan columns, framing the central entrance with the four-panel door, fanlight, and half sidelights. Dysart House was a former coaching inn and its first occupant was an ex-convict, embezzler who turned into an inn-keeper. The building has been beautifully restored and currently operates as a whiskey distillery and cafe. There are several small rooms and a large courtroom suitable for a wedding ceremony.
Pear Ridge, Margate, Tasmania
Pear Ridge is located 20 minutes south of Hobart at Margate and is a beautiful location for your garden ceremony. There are many places within the gardens to take some truly beautiful photos. The reception area can seat up to 100 guests and overlooks the gardens below. There are many rural areas, waterside locations and other nice places nearby for additional photos should you wish.
Peppermint Bay, Woodbridge, Tasmania
Peppermint Bay is a captivating waterside venue, around 35 minutes south of Hobart on the banks of the d’Entrecasteaux Channel. Nestled on four acres of waterfront headland, Peppermint Bay is perfectly suited for Wedding ceremonies and receptions. There are a number of transport options available to get to Peppermint Bay and without doubt, the best is aboard one of their large luxury vessels that travel from Hobart to Peppermint Bay.
Quamby Estate, Hagley, Tasmania
Quamby Estate is located 30 minutes from Launceston near Hagley in Tasmania. It is a beautiful classical country homestead estate dating back to 1828 built on a sweeping 150 acres of picture book landscape. The estate is one of Tasmania’s most important historical properties which is now used as a luxury commercial lodge. The Sir Richard Dry Function Pavilion caters for up to 150 guests and the Homestead dining room allows for 40 guests or cocktail party for up to 80 guests. Quamby Estate is a beautiful picturesque location for a wedding.
Richmond Bridge, Richmond, Tasmania
Originally named Bigge’s Bridge, Richmond Bridge is Australia’s oldest bridge still in use. It was built by convicts from sandstone quarried at Butchers Hill and hauled by handcarts to the bridge site.
There are a number of locations around the riverside parklands but probably the best is the timber platform on the Southern side of Richmond Bridge which is an ideal spot for a wedding ceremony. The area is surrounded by the Coal River, parkland with large trees and plenty of animal life such as ducks and native hens. The area is very picturesque and will need to be reserved through the local council if you decide to hold your ceremony there.
Riversdale Estate, Cambridge, Tasmania
Riversdale Estate is a large privately owned vineyard in the Coal Valley, located 20 minutes from Hobart.
There are expansive vineyards on gentle undulating land down to the waterfront. The magnificent views, European interiors, Cellar Door, and superb French Restaurant have been carefully designed to give you a warm and unforgettable experience. Riversdale is a beautiful location for a wedding with amazing views and outlooks and plenty of locations for those special wedding photos.
Ross Town Hall, Ross, Tasmania
Ross is located approximately 90 minutes north of Hobart and south of Launceston. Ross Town Hall has a capacity of 300 people and is suitable for a budget wedding or other ceremony. The hall itself is not an ideal location for ceremony photography due to it’s decore and placing of the windows but the town of Ross with its many historic buildings, churches, and beautiful riverside pathways is a perfect location for wedding and portrait photos. The small town is one of the finest heritage villages with most buildings of historic value. The hall is a neo-classical style late-Victoria building.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – Conservatory
The Conservatory is a quite nice location for a wedding ceremony, however, there is a large pond right in the middle which is a bit restrictive for photographers during a ceremony however it does offer an area that is weatherproof if the day is raining and wet or windy. The plants when in bloom are very spectacular and you will need to book and pay a fee to hold your wedding in the Conservatory at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – Japanese Gardens
The Japanese Gardens are another beautiful location for a wedding ceremony or portrait session and is set amongst a number of ponds, water features, and many beautiful plants and shrubs. There are many locations within the Japanese Gardens for your wedding and photos. You will need to book and pay a fee to hold your wedding anywhere in the Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – Lily Pond
There are many beautiful areas within the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for your wedding and photos. The Lily Pond is one such location and is truly spectacular however the area is a main thoroughfare as are a number of Garden locations and this should be taken into consideration as far as the actual location near the ponds. The Anniversary Arch, French Memorial Fountain, Japanese Gardens, The Lily Pond and Conservatory are all magnificent settings to have your wedding. You can have your reception in the reception venue set in the picturesque gardens.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – Rose Arbour
Another beautiful location located in the center of the Gardens is the Rose Arbour. The Rose Arbour is next to the Fuchsia House and is surrounded by beautiful rose gardens with many different varieties of roses. The Rose Arbour offers a paved area amongst the roses for about 50 guests. Why not have a look and see if the Rose Arbour at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens would be a suitable location for your wedding.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – Succulent Restaurant
Succulent Restaurant is located inside the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart and has beautiful views of the Derwent River and the Botanical Gardens. Succulent is a convenient location for a reception if you are getting married in one of the many beautiful locations in the 14 hectares of gardens. You have a choice of space and rooms, it holds up to 150 guests.
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania was originally founded in 1880 as the Derwent Sailing Boat Club. The RYCT is located in Sandy Bay a few minutes from Hobart CBD and offers free onsite parking for guests. There is a large function centre overlooking the marina and a grassed and paved outdoor area for wedding ceremonies. The outside areas are surrounded by many large yachts, jetties and some grassed area.
Runnymede, New Town, Tasmania
Runnymede is an elegant colonial homestead located in New Town only 8 minutes drive north of Hobart’s CBD. Runnymede was built around 1836 and are accessible by regular guided tours and also public and private events. This beautiful homestead can accommodate up to 30 people inside and 100 people outside. There are several areas in the gardens that are suitable to have your ceremony and an indoors location if the weather is unsuitable. There is also plenty of parking in an adjacent car park. Runnymede is a nice place to get married.
Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park, Tasmania
Russell Falls is approximately 1-hour drive from Hobart and is located in Mt Field National Park. The Falls are a short 20 minute, wheelchair accessible journey through a mixed fern forest of some of the world’s tallest trees. Russell Falls is a beautiful location for a small intimate wedding or elopement. Please beware all guest including bride and groom will need a parks pass while in the and if you are thinking about having a wedding in a National Park, you will need to fill out a Wedding Application Form.
Rydges Hotel, North Hobart, Tasmania
Rydges Hotel is located just minutes from the CBD. Rydges makes for a great wedding venue and has many positive features, including a lovely indoors area for your wedding and reception, the grounds provide off street parking and having accommodation means you can just wander upstairs at the end of the night. The Rydges Hotel offers a capacity of up to 120 guests. Most importantly the Hotel offers many nice locations to capture some great memories of your special day.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Town, Tasmania
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located in the Sacred Heart school grounds in Cross Street, New Town. The church is quite a nice size and architecture and the local parish priest is Fr. Shammi Perera who is very friendly and helpful. There are a number of great locations around the church for some lovely photos.
St Barnabas Anglican Church, South Arm, Tasmania
St Barnabas Anglican Church was established in 1892 in the town of South Arm. The church is set amongst the graveyard and doesn’t look much from the outside but is beautiful on the inside with the warmth of timber paneling used extensively throughout. The church is fairly small and would seat about 80-100 people. St Barnabas is located on top of a hill overlooking the River Derwent with beautiful views. As the Church is reasonably small there is not a lot of room for photographers to move to get a large range of images of the ceremony.
St Clements Anglican Church, Kingston, Tasmania
The original stone church, St Clements Anglican Church was established in 1842 in Kingston. The original building was replaced by a timber church (there is now a very modern building beside it) and was built from huon pine in 1874. The distinctive church spire, which has a weathercock rather than a crucifix, was installed to celebrate the fact the debts incurred in building the church had finally been paid off. In recent times a new church has been built beside it.
St David’s Cathedral, Hobart, Tasmania
St David’s Cathedral is located in the center of Hobart. The Cathedral is a beautiful neo-gothic building built between 1868 and 1936 and is large, spacious and has beautiful stained glass windows which all make for a lovely location for a ceremony. The Cathedral is open daily as a sanctuary and oasis for anyone. Overall this Cathedral is a lovely place to be married, the only issue that needs to be considered is parking.
St David’s Park, Hobart, Tasmania
St David’s Park dates from the beginning of European settlement in 1804. It was originally the site of the first burial ground in Tasmania. In 1919 the grounds were handed over to the city council to be used as a recreation ground. As with many parks, in Hobart, St David’s Park is a great location for a wedding. It is a beautiful area in the middle of Hobart. Parking can be an issue on a Saturday due to Salamanca markets. If you are interested in getting married in St David’s Park you will need to contact Hobart City Council.
Stewarts Bay Lodge, Port Arthur, Tasmania
Stewarts Bay Lodge is set on 9 hectares of waterfront on the Tasman Peninsula. The resort is located just 11 minutes walk from the Port Arthur Historic Site. There are a number of locations to have your celebration including several beaches and a large grassed area overlooking beautiful Ladies Bay. Often large cruise ships visit the bay and anchor while visiting nearby Port Arthur. There are many cabins for accommodation where you can get ready for your ceremony and a restaurant where you can hold your reception. There are many great locations for your wedding photography within a short walking distance.
St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Richmond, Tasmania
St John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church was opened on 31 December 1837 in the historic town of Richmond. It has changed significantly over the following years but there is no doubting this is a beautiful little church for a Catholic wedding. The church stands on the top of a hill overlooking Richmond, has ample parking and there are many fine locations for wedding photos. On a side note, it was the church where my grandparents first met in the early 1940’s. Fr. Rush is the parish priest and is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and is quite comfortable with photographers moving around during the ceremony.
Stonefield, Brighton, Tasmania
Stonefield is around 20 minutes drive from Hobart set amongst beautiful gardens on the banks of the Jordan River. Stonefield is a great out of the way location for your wedding with many beautiful garden locations for photo opportunities and having your ceremony. If the weather is unkind, there is an indoor location only meters away which can be very useful if the weather changes and a lovely indoor reception area with large windows overlooking the Jordan River and the surrounding gardens. The hospitality from the venue staff and the array of quality food is really quite amazing.
Tasmania Golf Club, Cambridge, Tasmania
Tasmania Golf Club is a short 15 minute drive from the city and only a few minutes from Hobart airport. Tasmania Golf Club set on a picturesque Barilla Bay Bluff. The grounds are surrounded by spectacular water views on three sides and it provides perfect locations for some fabulous photos. The Golf Club can cater for up to 120 guests seated or 300 guests at a cocktail reception.
The Old Woolstore, Hobart, Tasmania
The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel is conveniently located in Hobart just a short way back from the waterfront. The Old Woolstore is unique, built behind the National Trust listed facade of the Robert’s Limited Woolstore with it’s historic values. The venue caters for small intimate weddings or larger ones up to 120 guests and offers a range of unique options. They are also able to offer a private outdoor setting in the Rose Garden for a ceremony (up to 80 guests) as well as a variety of accommodation for guests.
Vibe Savoy Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria
Vibe Savoy Hotel is a stunning venue located in the city of Melbourne. Set in a heritage building within the art deco style in the centre of Melbourne. This traditional 4 star lies within walking distance of the Crown Casino, Southbank and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Plaza Ballroom can cater for a large wedding or function with room for between 100 – 320 guests. The hotel also provides guest accommodation. There are many beautiful locations within the Hotel and surrounds areas for your wedding photography.
Villa Howden, Hobart, Tasmania
Villa Howden is a beautiful luxury hotel at Howden, 15 minutes south of Hobart. The hotel provides luxury guest accommodation and is one of the best locations in or near Hobart for a wedding and reception. Set amongst landscaped gardens on the foreshore of North West Bay, Villa Howden has it all with beautifully furnished bedrooms to elegant dining and function rooms. There are many beautiful locations at the Villa and surrounds for your wedding photography.
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Hobart, Tasmania
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is located around 25 minutes drive south of Hobart in the Huon Valley. Willie Smith’s has an old world rustic feel with wooden buildings, beautiful mountain views and a country feel with a modern style. It caters for up to 200 people for a cocktail-style event and 100 for a buffet style dinner.