15+ Top Wedding Reception & Function Venues in Ballarat (2024)

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Best Wedding & Reception Venues in Ballarat

Is the countryside calling your love?

For a wedding with a difference and a lovely city-escape, Ballarat is an ideal town. An easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, Ballarat is a gorgeous town filled with history, charm, and character. There are many exquisite wedding venues in the area. With natural delights, crisp fresh air, and a unique feel around the town, Ballarat rarely disappoints.

Those who have popped into Ballarat recently would know it’s no longer just gold among the hidden gems.

There’s the delicious abundance of local produce – think truffles, olives and Pyrenees sparkling – and afterwards, the most beautiful boutique apartments to sleep off your indulgences. And for those walking down the aisle, the regional city has an impressive line-up of venues perfect to say I do.

Discover some hidden gems in this famous town and start gaining inspiration for your big day of love and celebration.

Or perhaps you're located near Ballarat and embarking on your wedding planning journey? First – you’ll need to find a wedding venue to suit your wants, needs, and budget. To get you started, here are the top most popular Ballarat wedding venues.

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Mitchelton Wines

Mitchelton Wines outdoor wedding party

470 Mitchelstown Rd, Nagambie, Victoria

Mitchelton Winery is a producer of fine wines, situated on the banks of the Goulburn River, just 90 minutes from Melbourne.

Located on the banks of the mighty Goulburn River, approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne, Mitchelton Winery is the ideal location for your wedding.

This beautiful, picturesque setting inspires thoughts of ceremonies by the river, photos in the vines or intimate moments with your bridal party and a bottle of sparkling, in the 40-year-old cellars.

Arrive by boat to guests awaiting on pews surrounding our ceremony deck, overlooking the river or maybe arrival in a Daimler Limousine or 1966 Mustang is more your style ... Mitchelton Wines has many options for your special day.

The Mitchelton complex features a variety of unique indoor and outdoor spaces to hold your reception including Muse Restaurant, Muse Terrace, The Montage Room, the River Cruiser or if you prefer an outdoor reception on the lawn overlooking the river.

With over 25 years of experience, the Mitchelton team can transform your dream wedding day into a reality. Whether you're planning a large wedding for several hundred guests or an intimate family gathering, our Executive Chef and kitchen team take pride in delivering high quality, richly flavorsome, local and seasonally fresh menu, with options that can be tailored to suit your needs.

Hand selected, estate grown wines will complement your menu when you choose from one of our specially designed beverage packages.

Our events co-ordinator is available to meet with you by arrangement and will be happy to help you with the entire planning of your wedding day.


Balgownie Estate Bendigo

Balgownie Estate Bendigo wedding venue

46 Hermitage Road, Bendigo, Victoria

When hosting your wedding at Balgownie Estate you can expect the highest quality food, wine and service Bendigo has to offer.

Balgownie Estate Bendigo is an award-winning winery nestled in the charming Bendigo region, just under 10 minutes from the thriving town center.
As you arrive at the Estate, you are met with a driveway lined with olive trees and lush vineyards.
Be inspired by the elegant and romantic outlook of sweeping vines and allow us to paint the picture of your wedding day as you envisioned it to be.
When hosting your wedding at Balgownie Estate you can expect the highest quality food, wine and service Bendigo has to offer.

Balgownie Estate offers a variety of unique and special locations to hold your wedding ceremony and reception.
The Barrel room at Balgownie Estate is a captivating space lined with rich oak wine barrels this space encompasses all that you’ll need to make your wedding unique and unforgettable.

Alternatively, Balgownies lush green lawn offers you the opportunity to experience a truly outdoor ceremony amongst the majestic corridors of vines.

For those looking for an indoor reception, the Cellar Door is a historic space featuring floor to ceiling glass windows with bi-folding doors providing a view across the manicured lawns and lush vineyards.

With a large bar and warm and inviting dining room, the cellar door at Balgownie Estate is the ideal location to host your wedding reception.


Bendigo District RSL

Bendigo District RSL marriage venue

73-75 Havilah Rd, Bendigo, Victoria

Whether you would like us to create a gala occasion or you would prefer a smaller, more intimate gathering of family and friends, we have the facilities and service to assure you of a successful day.

At the Bendigo District RSL, we pride ourselves on our professional, yet personalized service. We understand that while your wedding can be the most exciting time of your life, it can also be one of the most stressful.

Each Wedding is unique and should reflect the individual tastes of those parties involved.

Our Functions Manager takes the time to thoroughly discuss all your special requirements to ensure your tailor-made event is a memorable one.

Feel free to contact our Functions Manager Leigh at any time.


Sunnystones Weddings

Sunnystones Weddings outdoor venue

64 Possumtail Run, Merrimu, Victoria

Set within a beautiful bush setting, with a stone homestead and spectacular views, Sunnystones is the perfect venue to make your day unforgettable

Sunnystones is a 50-acre property bordering the Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve. We enjoy uninterrupted views of the forest, including many varieties of wildflowers, mallee trees, and box gums.

We have a large space just down the valley from the homestead which is perfect for the ceremony and/or reception. The setup can be customized to your liking, and vehicle access means it is possible for an array of personalized choices!

With some help from some external companies, we can make any part of the property functional, stress-free, and most importantly - fun!

The homestead is a large stone building that can accommodate 90 guests and can be broken into two separate wings, including a large dining hall, commercial kitchen, sun room, three fireplaces, nine bathrooms, games room, conversation pit... It just has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

We would love to hear from you!

Narmbool Weddings

Narmbool Weddings ceremonies

440 Horsehill Rd, Elaine, Victoria

Narmbool caters for both wedding ceremonies and receptions all with the convenience of onsite accommodation.

Narmbool is Sovereign Hill's beautiful pastoral property at Elaine, just 30 minutes from Ballarat or 90 minutes from Melbourne. Set across 2,000 hectares, with a magnificent garden and onsite accommodation, Narmbool is perfect for executive retreats, conferences, fine dining, and weddings.

With a magnificent garden, a bluestone homestead, a purpose-built function roo, and on-site accommodation, Narmbool is perfect for weddings.

Hold your ceremony and have photographs taken in the exquisite grounds of Narmbool. Then follow with your reception in the Garden Room or at Narmbool Lodge.

RACV Goldfields

RACV Goldfields wedding party

1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick, Victoria

Offering intimate indoor spaces and a spectacular setting overlooking the resort's forested landscape, RACV Goldfields Resort is the perfect setting for your big day!

Exchange vows in native gardens, on the manicured lawns, or the Ballroom terrace overlooking the golf course and Creswick State Forest.

Whether an intimate gathering or a lavish dinner for up to 400 guests in our Grand Ballroom, your wedding reception at RACV Goldfields Resort will be breathtaking.

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the Ballroom terrace or foyer, followed by an elegant reception in the Ballroom or in one of our seven more intimate rooms. Our professional team will work with you to perfectly execute your big day.

Curate your menu from the cocktail or banquet selections, created by our talented culinary team to totally indulge your guests.

Your personal wedding co-ordinator will assist with the finer details, from themes and table decor to floor plans and menus.

It's the ideal wedding venue that you and your guests will always remember. For more information, please contact us today

Bendigo Town Hall

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50 View St, Bendigo, Victoria

An opulence and sense of style define our stunning venue, contemporary menus, sophistication, and a focus on finishing touches shapes a lasting impression.

Planning your wedding day is one of life’s most treasured times, bringing your dreams and hopes together.

We can assist you every step of the way, by ensuring that all details are refined to suit your needs. After choosing one of our venues, we work with you to create innovative food and beverage menus around your tastes, guests, and budget.

Our approach is simple in that we talk with you to understand your needs, and then we work alongside you to match menu options, features, and the venue to your specifications.

Tailor your event to suit your style, whether it be a small intimate wedding or an elaborate dinner for family and friends.

Start planning your wedding day today by sharing your wish list with us.


Mercure Ballarat

Mercure Ballarat wedding venue

613 Main Road, Ballarat, Victoria

Beautifully appointed and uniquely located in the Victorian Goldfields, within a comfortable drive of Melbourne, Mercure Ballarat is a fantastic venue for your special day.

Wedding By Mercure Ballarat offers much beautiful spaces to host your wedding ceremony and reception with the grounds of the property.

Set around a beautiful landscaped lake with rose gardens, you have the choice of two areas with grounds to celebrate your nuptials, Our reception rooms overlook the lake and gardens, providing a relaxed ambiances for you to enjoy and celebrate with your famil and friends.

Once here, you will not have to leave the property. We can accommodate all your needs. Indulge in beauty treatments in the day spa to relax before the big event. Enjoy a drink in Billy's Bristo & Bar with its Mediterranean inspired menu, then retire to the great choice of accommodation, from double rooms through to family apartments.

Our wedding team will be delighted to spend time with you and showcase our Wedding Wonderland.

Special Offer, Secure your wedding at Mercure Ballarat this exclusive offer:

- Gift voucher to the value of $300 for Rubilicious Wax and Beauty Bar

- 9 holes of golf for 4 people at Ballarat Golf Club


Allurah Functions & Events

Allurah Functions & Events wedding party

7823 Midland Hwy, Magpie, Victoria

Nested within the green belt between Buninyong and Ballarat and home to chef Leon Lavery.

Allurah function and event center is home to Leon and Kylie Lavery and their two children who had a vision of converting the Timeless Timber Gallery into a modern and stylish space while retaining its timeless charm.

After dedicating several years to the project, Allurah come to life in late 2016 and has been providing quality service to a diverse range of clients from engagements to weddings.

Hospitality to Leon and Kylie is not a job - it is a passion.
This reflects in there service excellence and commitment to exceed the guest's expectation Leon is a Head chef and brings 25 years’ experience from restaurants and wineries around Australia, while Kylie has over 15 years’ experience in managing large events and productions.

Together with their team of skilled staff, you can take comfort knowing your wedding will exceed your expectation.


Craigs Royal Hotel

Craigs Royal Hotel stylish wedding venue

10 Lydiard St South, Ballarat, Victoria

Recognized as one of regional Australia’s most prestigious wedding venues, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the perfect combination of historic charm, tradition, and innovation.

Over 6 years, restoration and refitting works have created a wedding venue, unmatched in the region.

Stunning bridal suites, luxurious guest accommodation, and beautiful settings throughout the hotel allow for one of a kind photo opportunities.

Food will impress with bespoke menus created – formal dinner or cocktail style – by head chef Shannon Easton capturing the best of regional flavors and produce and a wide selection of local and Craig’s own cellar wine collection.

4 Luxurious spaces to choose from
* Grand Dining Room
* The Prince's Room
* The Reading Room
* The Bluestone Cellar


Sylvania Park

Sylvania Park wedding

325 Cameron Road, Horsham, Victoria  

With polished timber floor and ceiling with full-length windows overlooking the river bound property, we provide a perfect and secluded wedding venue.

Sylvania Park is a perfect location for your next function and accommodation.

Here at Sylvania Park, we provide:
* A beautiful setting for your wedding ceremony and reception
* Polished timber floor and ceiling with full-length windows
* Catering and beverage options to suit any budget
* Perfect and secluded venue with excellent opportunities for unique photos
* Two renovated homesteads are available for self-contained accommodation

For bookings and inquiries, please contact us.


Tindarra Resort

Tindarra Resort wedding location

Lot 2 Perricoota Road, Moama, New South Wales

Tindarra Resort offers a truly unique and exceptional venue for wedding ceremony's and receptions, overlooking the mighty Murray River.

Celebrate your wedding day in a spectacular and exclusive setting situated on the banks of the Murray River, less than 2.5 hours from Melbourne.

Tindarra Resort offers a truly unique and picturesque setting. The Murray River and historic paddle steamers passing by create the ultimate backdrop for a wedding and the perfect location for your guests to unwind and enjoy your special day.

We have a blank canvas to transform your day into the wedding of your dreams, be it under the stars or an elegant silk-lined marquee, the choices are limitless.

We can organize all aspects of your special day and the days surrounding. From a welcoming BBQ with your guests, to brunch to bid farewell. Offering personalized packages tailored to meet your every need, we will assist in the planning and co-ordination to deliver a wedding experience of unforgettable proportions.

Your guests can relax in our luxury4-star accommodation and enjoy a relaxing weekend escape, with all the facilities your weekend wedding experience is complete at Tindarra.

Our events co-ordinator can assist you in selecting suppliers that will best suit your needs and budget.


Villa Botanica – Whitsundays beachside wedding


PO Box 499, Airlie Beach, Queensland

Set right on the water overlooking the Coral Sea, with acres of lush private gardens and even a secluded beach, Villa Botani

With five-star food and drinks, meticulous professional wedding planning, luxurious wedding-night accommodation, and one of the most beautiful places in the world - a Villa Botanica wedding are simply unforgettable.

When you choose Villa Botanica for your wedding, you are not only getting a magical place that is more like your own private paradise than a traditional wedding venue, but the benefits of years of wedding experience from our dedicated staff, and attention to detail that covers everything from free transfers for all your guests, to the hand-carved wedding pavilion, exquisite gardens and luxurious honeymoon suite.

Your expert wedding planner will guide you every step of the way. Our commitment is to ensure the lead up to your wedding day is an enjoyable and seamless process, so you can relax and fully enjoy yourself. Villa Botanica is a two-time winner at the prestigious Australian Bridal Industry Awards, voted Best Ceremony Venue and Best Reception Centre in Queensland.

The Venue

  • 5-acre estate, exclusively yours for your wedding
  • Waterfront location with views over the sea
  • Breathtaking views and landscaped tropical gardens
  • Beautiful palm lined mosaic tiled walkway - the perfect backdrop to make your entrance!
  • Exquisite hand carved timber wedding pavilion
  • Expansive 30m long veranda with views overlooking the sea
  • Marble ballroom to get the dancefloor going!
  • The famous Sea Deck, overlooking the water it's the perfect spot for sunset drinks
  • Hundreds of photo locations for the most Instagram-worthy wedding photos!

The Service

  • Professional wedding planning
  • Complimentary transport to deliver your guests safely home
  • Dedicated venue staff who take great pride in their work
  • All-inclusive weddings available, so you don't need to worry about a thing!
  • Exclusive discounts at recommended Airlie Beach accommodation providers for your guests

Weddings from $10,000 to $50,000 depending on inclusions, number of guests, and time of year.

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