Sutherland Shire Wedding Venues – My top 9 picks

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Sutherland Shire Wedding Venues are some of the best Sydney has to offer.

The  Sutherland shire really has so much variety, that one can completely understand why the locals choose to get married here. And, why those not so local also decide to get married at one of Sutherland Shire wedding venues. The beaches and water views are really magical. So are the spectacular nature views of Kurnell and the Royal national park. We have some of the most divine, well kept gardens to to add some extra attraction.
As of photographer who has have lived and worked in the shire for 25 years, here are my top picks for spectacular Sutherland Shire Wedding Venues.

The Waterfront Function Centre,

Located just over Taren Point Bridge in San Souci. This venue has some of the most beautiful water views on offer. With 4 function rooms to cater for small and intimateweddings: as little as 40 guests to very large gatherings of over 300 people.

The sunsets here are to die for, no matter what time of year you are planning a wedding, the colours over the water are magnificent. What I love about this venue, is the upstairs rooms have a balcony overlooking the water, boats and mariner. It’s just a beautiful romantic outlook, a perfect atmosphere for guest to have their pre dinner drinks.

It’s great if you are wanting to have the ceremony and venue in the one location as well.  There’s a small intimate park downstairs for the ceremony or you can have it on the balcony overlooking the water. Added bonus, the balcony is a great backup plan if you happen to have a wet wedding day.

Contact the Waterfront here

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Camellia Gardens Tea House

One of the Sutherland Shires little secrets. Almost nestled in a valley off president ave. A garden with so much choice. Gazebos, roses, ducks and flowers, bridges. It’s just so pretty and immaculately maintained.  If you are having a very small wedding, (super popular for second marriages) then this is really cozy. It seats up to 60 people with a beautiful green bushy outlook. The grounds are so pretty and really quite large, so its not unusual for there to be 2-3 couples having photos there at the same time. You do need to book your preferred photo location through the council and there is a small fee, but that guarantees your place in the garden.

Contact Camellia Tea House here

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Wanda Surf Club the “Founders Room”

This venue is one of the youngest in the shire and it is beautiful. Super modern and on the top floor of Wand surf Club, so it has sensational ocean water views. An outdoor balcony that works perfectly for a beach view ceremony location (and its undercover so great protection from sun and rain if needed)

It’s literally a minute’s walk to the beach for your photos. Your guest can enjoy their pre-dinner drinks on the balcony and enjoy the views and sunset. Catering is managed by Feast Catering, who is also your go-to person for organizing the function. The food is spectacular and they cater to both sit-down and cocktails style functions.  The room is really quite large and will comfortably seat 180 people. Plenty of off-street parking for your guest as well.  A perfect ceremony/photo/reception, all in one wedding location. Spectacular, Like really spectacular sunset photo opportunities. One of the best sunset locations in the Sutherland shire

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Zimzala Cronulla Sutherland Shire wedding venues


What’s not to love about Cronulla? You can’t get any closer to the water than here. Nestle right on the esplanade. The atmosphere is gorgeous. A small intimate venue that has endless views. It’s a small intimate restaurant that will sit approx 100 for dinner or around 130 for a cocktail-style wedding. The décor is modern and fresh, although small and intimate it has this open plan that makes it feel so spacious. Best of all, walk out the door and you are on the rocks and sand. Fresh beach sea breeze, and perfect sunsets.

Contact Zimzala here

Summersalt Restaurant

One of Cronulla’s fine dining restaurants. Right on the water with 180 views. The furnishing is super modern and their bar is just beautiful.  It’s an open-plan room with not a bad seat in the house. Can seat up to 180 guests. Plenty of outdoor parking and only a few minute’s drive from the heart of Cronulla

Contact Summersalt here


Audley Dance Hall

For those couples that love nature, this is your happy place. The royal national park has endless photo opportunities. There are several different ceremony locations on offer, and one just as beautiful as the other. Lush green surroundings, boat sheds, bridges (love the big white bridge) and waterways make this location a haven. The staff will even set up chairs and a post-ceremony drink station to make things super personal and less stressful for you.  The Audley Dance Hall has a wonderful cafe on the lower ground, so guests can even grab a coffee if they prefer and enjoy the peaceful surroundings while you have their wedding photos taken.

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Hazlehurst Art Gallery

Located centrally in Gymea, this is such a divine, rustic intimate location. It has a super rustic feel, with the cutest of gardens, perfect for civil ceremonies as well as your bridal party photos. It’s so picturesque there is absolutely no need to leave for your wedding photos. You can have your entire wedding in the one place. The feel is super warm and intimate. Guest can enjoy their pre-dinner drinks on the lawn or deck while you have your photos taken. The inside is simply…so pretty! And the food was absolutely amazing. So whether you’re having a sit-down dinner or cocktail-style celebration, Hazlehurst is just magical.

Contact Hazlehurst here

Woolooware Golf Club

Situated in the heart of Caringbah and provides beautiful lush green scenery. Gold clubs are always so immaculately look after. The Golf club is wonderful for not only receptions but also has the capacity to hold your wedding ceremonies. Another convenient location if you are wanting to keep your wedding simple and have everything at one place.

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Gardens on Forest (OK not exactly Sutherland shire, it’s about 10 minutes out but it’s so beautiful I simply cannot leave out)

And it’s completely different. Talk about pretty, old-world charm. Immaculately looked after. The rose bushes are so beautiful as is the circular driveway and balcony. The inside takes you to something spectacular, grand piano, stairwells, and just a warm old-world feel. There are 2 rooms so they can cater for large and small weddings. They have a beautiful little garden nook, equip with a romantic swing and all. A perfect private little place for your wedding ceremony.

Gardens on Forest

Rydges Beachside in Cronulla

Located in the hub of Cronulla, surrounded by restaurants, bars, and cafes, Rydges is an ideal one-stop wedding location. You can get ready in one of their suites and simply hop in the elevator, to travel to your ceremony on either the ground or first floor, both with views out to Cronulla beach. The foyer is ultra-modern and great for a few hotel-style images to complement your beach photos. The water is only a few minutes’ walk away. Perfect location if you’re having interstate guests as well.

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So there you have it, the most popular Sutherland Shire wedding venues. Such diversity and something there for everyone’s taste.

Written By Cathy D, a multi-award-winning photographer with the Australian Institute of professional photography ©

Cathy has been a photographer in the Sutherland shire for 25 years. Her photography studio is located in Lilli Pilli.

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