Unique wedding venues in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales are numerous. Museums, concert venues, and cruise lines provide interesting function spaces.
The historic 1866 Audrey Wilkinson Winery, located in Pokolbin, has a museum with original wine making equipment on display. Wedding ceremonies on the grounds are followed by celebrations in the museum or on the veranda.
Fort Scratchley, offering panoramic views of Newcastle, is a former coastal defence installation. Today, the museum offers two wedding reception spaces, Fort Scratchley Function Centre and the Barracks.
Hope Estate is a winery and concert venue with an amphitheatre that holds 20,000 guests. Wedding ceremony locations are numerous, and receptions are hosted in The Great Cask Hall, a barrel room with vaulted ceiling.
Hunter Valley Gardens, located in Pokolbin, features 60 acres of international display gardens including ten individual feature gardens. Wedding ceremonies take place in the Chapel and several Garden locations. Receptions follow in the Garden Terrace.
Maitland Gaol is a former maximum security prison that is available for weddings. Ceremonies and receptions are hosted on the 2.5 hectare site in the Chapel, A and B Wing, Marquee, and Exercise Field.
Newcastle City Hall provides three wedding reception spaces. The Banquet Room has an in-room bar. The Concert Hall is complemented by the Cummings Room, and the Hunter Room is complemented by a marble foyer and staircase.
Newcastle Museum, located in the heart of the city, offers a range of wedding spaces. Link Gallery, the BHP Gallery, McIntyre Theatrette, and Earthball can be transformed into a ceremony or reception space.
NOVA Cruises, which operates from Newcastle Harbour, hosts wedding receptions on ‘The Princess.’ The vessel has two levels with a spiral staircase to the upper al fresco deck. An expansive interior features large viewing windows for sightseeing.
Roche Estate is a concert venue that attracts a diverse array of international and national artists. The venue is home to the Barrel Room, a function space that is lined with oak barrels and gold Italian chandeliers and entered through solid pewter doors.