Where Are The Best Best BYO Wedding Venues In NSW?

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The second is BYO catering venues, where you can choose your suppliers to cater to your wedding, and in NSW, these venues will usually allow you to bring your drinks.

BYO venues are a great budget-friendly option when looking for opportunities to save on wedding costs. The price per head of mobile catering trucks, drink carts, vans and caravans can be substantially lower than all-inclusive packages provided by most wedding venues.

If you consider a BYO alcohol venue, you need to know a couple of things before rushing to Dan Murphy's for cheap drinks at your member's discount. While the below venues allow you to bring your alcohol, it is still a requirement that they comply with RSA laws (Responsible Service of Alcohol). In addition to bringing your drinks, you'll also need to have RSA trained and qualified bar staff at your wedding.

Instead of having to find & hire your own properly qualified bar staff, many BYO wedding venues make it easier for you by providing a BYO package that includes their preferred suppliers at a set cost (usually under $20 per head). With a BYO package, you simply purchase your alcohol & drinks and deliver them to the venue. According to RSA requirements, the venue will ensure your drinks are chilled and provide appropriately qualified staff to serve your guests.

BYO packages usually include bar staff for the duration of your wedding, a bar set up & service area, glassware, ice, washing of glassware and rubbish removal. FYI, weddings in NSW are generally required to employ 1 RSA qualified bartender per 30 guests. Some BYO wedding venues require a minimum of 2 bar staff per event.

Here's a list of wedding venues where you can BYO alcohol (and, in some cases, catering) in the Australian state of NSW.

  • Bed & Breakfast. 
  • Church, Chapel, or other House of Worship. 
  • College or University. 
  • Community Centre or Civic Building. 
  • Conference Centre. 
  • Courthouse or City Hall. 
  • Museum, Library, or Gallery.
  • Nightclub.
  • Determine Your Budget. 
  • Create an Initial Guest List. 
  • Make Your Long List. 
  • Call for More Information. 
  • Visit the Venues. 
  • Narrow the Field.

 

Guests should be expected to pay for their transport to the destination wedding, whether a plane ticket, train ticket, a tank of gas, etc. Also, guests usually cover their hotel room stay, although the bride and groom may be able to arrange a discounted price when booking the wedding package at the hotel.

  • Limit your guest list. 
  • Host the ceremony or reception at home or outside. 
  • Ask friends and family to exchange skills for presents. 
  • Do-it-yourself whenever possible. 
  • Use a dummy wedding cake. 
  • Time your wedding wisely. 
  • Scout out vendors.

The average base cost for a Calamigos Ranch wedding is calculated by figuring out a 125-person guest list on a Saturday night using their standard food package with an upgrade to a 5-hour full bar and passed hors d'oeuvres.

St Joseph's Guesthouse

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Capacity: 60

Location: 1029 St Albans Rd, Lower MacDonald, NSW 2775

BYO: Caterers + alcohol

St Joseph's Guesthouse is a BYO wedding venue surrounded by peaceful bushland, green paddocks and native Australian flora & fauna just 90 minutes from Sydney. Venue hire includes exclusive use of the property, including accommodation for up to 4 days for an affordable $6,000. Best suited to daytime weddings & receptions.

Lithgow State Mine

Capacity: 150

Location: 3A State Mine Gully Rd, State Mine Gully, NSW 2790

BYO: Caterers + alcohol

Industrial wedding venue with expansive outdoor areas and stunning mountain views. The lawn is the ideal relaxed space for a teepee, yurt, or tent. The bathhouse provides a separate indoor reception space with a blank canvas to style. Commercial food prep area for BYO caterers. 

Ding Dang Doo

Capacity: 40+

Location: 7 Bowen Mountain Rd, Grose Vale, NSW 2753

BYO: Alcohol

30 Acre horse ranch specialising in affordable small weddings. Packages include catering. BYO alcohol with the option to hire a mobile bar to serve your self-supplied beverages cold. Cottages & glamping options on-site. 

Midginbil Hill Eco Resort

Capacity: 150

Location: 252 Midginbil Rd, Midginbil, NSW 2484

BYO: Catering + drinks

Eco-friendly and budget-friendly wedding venue on 400 acres of countryside with mountain views. Exclusive hire with various accommodations to suit all guests, from camping & bunkhouse to motel & safari tents. Choose your wedding suppliers.

Arena Events

Capacity: 130

Location: 515 Carool Rd, Carool, NSW 2486

BYO: Caterers + drinks

Bring your suppliers to this blank canvas, BYO wedding venue. Spectacular views across the hinterland to the ocean make Ardeena the ideal location for an outdoor wedding styled with festoon lighting and a teepee bar. Nine guest rooms provide accommodation within stumbling distance.

The Earthhouse

Capacity: 120

Location: 334 James Gibson Rd, Corndale, NSW 2480

BYO: Alcohol

The 110-acre farm in the Byron Bay hinterland with boutique B&B accommodation. Blank canvas wedding venue with spectacular views of the surrounding region. BYO alcohol with no corkage fee and choose from venue recommended caterers. 

Paradise Botanical Gardens

Capacity: 230

Location: 147 Cherry Ln, Kulnura, NSW 2250

BYO: Catering + alcohol/drinks

Paradise Botanical Gardens is a 230 acre privately owned property with unique heritage features, including these Roman Columns and a Monet Bridge. Other wedding venues on-site include a manicured ceremony lawn and Garden Marquee. DIY & BYO are all your suppliers with flexible wedding packages. Accommodation on site.

The Stables Of Somersby

Capacity: 250

Location: 50 Lutana Rd, Somersby, NSW 2250

BYO: Catering + beverages

Repurposed rustic barn on the private equestrian property. Fully DIY & BYO wedding venue to style as your own. Available for exclusive hire with beds for 4 in the loft. 

Greystone Estate

Capacity: 32 - 110

Location: 617 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320

Sleep: 32

BYO: Alcohol

Greystone Estate is a self-contained luxury property set on 10 acres of beautifully manicured lawns and gardens in the Hunter Valley. Perfect for luxury weekends away with family & friends, Greystone Estate sleeps 32 guests in 4 separate on-site dwellings.

Wedding venues include an open-air pavilion for wedding ceremonies, a modern, all-white function room for receptions and gathering spaces within the Main House that can be utilised as pre & post wedding event areas. Hunter Concierge provides all catering requirements & RSA staff. 

Moravia Park

Capacity: 200

Location: 423 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale, NSW 2325

Sleep: 2

BYO: Caterers + drinks

Unique barn venue offering a blank canvas for budget-friendly DIY & BYO weddings. The bridal suite sleeps two and has plenty of space for getting ready with the entire bridal party.

Redleaf Wollombi

Capacity: 250

Location: 2480 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi, NSW 2325

BYO: Catering + alcohol

Six bedroom luxury homestead with Tuscan style courtyard, stunning gardens and expansive grounds. Fully DIY & BYO wedding venue for your exclusive hire all weekend. Hire a marquee and bring your stylist. Sleep 12. Budget guide: $50,000+ (less for micro weddings)

The Woodhouse

Capacity: 150

Location: 2674 Paynes Crossing Rd, Wollombi, NSW 2325

BYO: Alcohol

100-acre country property with a central lake surrounded by 5,000+ trees. Stay in the 140-year-old barn exclusively offered to the bridal couple for as long as you care to stay. Very private wedding venue with a blank canvas to style as your own. Exclusive caterers. Ask about BYO alcohol.

Lonely Goat Olives

Capacity: 50

Location: 153 Eglinford Ln, Congewai, NSW 2325

BYO: Catering + drinks

DIY & BYO wedding venue on a private olive farm. Bring your wedding suppliers. A 2 bedroom bridal suite provides accommodation on-site. Pet-friendly farm.

Stonehurst

Capacity: 150

Location: 1840 Wollombi Rd, Cedar Creek, NSW 2325

BYO: Caterers + alcohol

Unique wedding venue on 550 acres of bush, vineyard and farmland. Private & budget-friendly venue that's yours for exclusive hire with seven on-site cottages. Bring your alcohol & caterers and have a long table wedding under the trees or a marquee reception. A great BYO venue for small weddings too.  

Woolshed Hill Estate

Capacity: 100

Location: 342 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320

Sleep: 30

BYO: Caterers + drinks

Relaxed DIY venue with accommodation for 30 on-site. There are several great spots for a BYO marquee wedding, including a budget-friendly option over the tennis court, which means there's no need to hire flooring. 

Adams Peak Country Estate

Capacity: 180

Location: 66 Adams Peak Rd, Broke, NSW 2330

Sleep: 24

BYO: Alcohol

All-in-one pet-friendly wedding venue with hay shed & barn spaces for weddings. BYO alcohol only with catering provided on-site. Luxury house & separate homestead available for the weekend.  

Miranda Weddings

Capacity: 40 - 120

Location: 3174 Great N Rd, Wollombi, NSW 2325

Sleeps: 5 + camping

BYO: Caterers + drinks (optional)

Located on 75 acres at Mulla Villa Farm, the rustic barn or BYO marquee provides expansive views of the surrounding countryside. Catering & drinks can be packaged with the venue or just hire the venue and everything else. Alpacas on the farm to add to your wedding photos.

Tumbling Waters Retreat

Capacity: 140

Location: 31 Stonehaven Rd, Stanwell Tops, NSW 2508

BYO: Alcohol (on request)

Stunning garden venue with panoramic ocean views. This popular wedding venue has 12 luxury suites, some of which include an outdoor bath and are ideal bridal suites. 

Longview Farm

Capacity: 120

Location: 95 Longview Cl, Caffreys Flat, NSW 2424

BYO: Catering + drinks

Unique wedding venue with rotating houses on waterfront farmland. Small weddings are suitable for the luxury residence, while larger receptions can be held in the rustic barn or a hired marquee. BYO catering & drinks to this fully DIY property and stay for the weekend. There's a late curfew and plenty of space for glamping.

Sea Eagle Point

Capacity: 120

Location: 540 Coomba Road Brushy Point Great Lakes, Whoota, NSW 2428

BYO: Food + drinks

Budget-friendly venue for extended weekend weddings where you can bring your catering & alcohol. The property has three on-site cottages, volleyball, tennis & two friendly donkeys.  

Pillar Rock Farm

Capacity: 200

Location: 1231 Wooli Rd, Pillar Valley, NSW 2462

BYO: Catering + beverages

270-acre farm with fishing, bushwalking, rock climbing, mountain biking & 4WD. Fully DIY wedding property. Accommodation includes a guesthouse, barn loft and hunting cottage. Ideal wedding venue for nature & wildlife enthusiasts.

Tanilba House

Capacity: 90

Location: 32 Caswell Cres, Tanilba Bay, NSW 2319

BYO: Alcohol

Heritage-listed waterfront homestead and gardens in Port Stephens. All-inclusive wedding ceremony + reception packages provided with BYO options available.

Bombah Point Eco Cottages

Capacity: 35

Location: 969 Bombah Point Rd, Bombah Point, NSW 2423

BYO: Catering + drinks

4.5 star retreat for eco-conscious couples. Bush bound property surrounded by wildlife with a short walk to the beach. Communal wedding reception space with fully stocked kitchen and adjacent veggie and herb garden.

Kimo Estate

Capacity: 200

Location: 1218 Nangus Rd, Nangus, NSW 2722

BYO: Enquire about BYO catering + alcohol

The 7,000-acre working farm and wedding venue with a 115-year-old high ceiling and a walled tin grain shed. Accommodation in the homestead, eco huts and cottages. Pet friendly & BYO options.

Big Springs Homestead

Capacity: 200

Location: 54 O'Brien's Creek Road, Big Springs, NSW 2650

BYO: Catering + drinks

Private countryside venue offering lush garden ceremonies and receptions in the stables or outdoor festoon-lit events with dancing under the stars. DIY wedding venue to style as your own.

Figbird Cottage

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Capacity: 150+

Location: 330 Comerong Island Rd, Terara, NSW 2540

BYO: Catering + alcohol

Marquee venue is suitable for small & large weddings. Grounds are ideal for outdoor dining with food trucks & drinks carts under festoon lighting. Budget-friendly day rates or three day/2 night packages. All furniture, tableware etc., provided on-site. Cottage accommodation + glamping.

Willow Farm

Capacity: 130

Location: Galls Ln, Berry, NSW

BYO: Catering + alcohol

Private & relaxed country retreat on 160 acres of green farmland with creek frontage. The farm features a ceremony paddock, games & marquee lawn; rustic entertainment shed; yoga barn and a farmhouse that sleeps 10. BYO wedding vendors.

Bewong River Retreat

Capacity: 130

Location: 2395 Princes Hwy, Bewong, NSW 2540

BYO: Catering + alcohol

DIY riverfront venue with expansive grounds and on-site accommodation for 38 guests + glamping option. Stay the weekend and enjoy the jetty & private golf course.

Driftwood Shed

Capacity: 100

Location: 111 Terara Rd, Terara, NSW 2540

BYO: Alcohol + catering

Fully DIY wedding venue in the permanent marquee. You can enjoy outdoor weddings on the beautiful riverside lawns or beside the quaint 100+-year-old wares-filled shed.

Wildwood

Capacity: 10 - 90

Location: 407D Bendeela Rd, Kangaroo Valley, NSW 2577

BYO: Catering + alcohol

Eco-friendly bush venue with clifftop ceremonies in complete peace and privacy. DIY & BYO wedding venue that also offers elopement packages.

Kianinny Bush Cottages

Capacity: 150

Location: 246 Tathra Rd, Tathra, NSW 2550

BYO: Ask about alcohol

Outdoor adventure venue with plenty to do for the entire weekend, including zip-lining, archery, putt-putt, tennis and volleyball. All guests can stay the weekend in self-contained cabins, and the flexible event spaces are accessible for pre & post wedding events at your leisure. 

Kalindi Homestead

Capacity: Flexible

Location: Booderee National Park, Ellmoos Rd, Jervis Bay, NSW 2540

BYO: Catering + drinks

Private waterfront homestead with five spacious self-contained units. Expansive lawns are ideal for marquee or teepee weddings. Hire the property for the weekend & bring your wedding vendors.

Worrowing

Capacity: 180

Location: 81 The Wool Road, Worrowing Heights, NSW 2540 

BYO: Enquire about BYO wedding packages

Unique 250 acres of private property available for exclusive hire with accommodation in boat sheds & wilderness huts. Barn shed or outdoor weddings on the lawn. Enjoy watching the local wallabies in the late afternoon.

Terara Park Farm

Capacity: 180

Location: 174 Millbank Rd, Terara, NSW 2540

BYO: Catering + alcohol

22-acre horse farm with a large converted arena. Entire weekend hires with accommodation in 4 units. Budget-friendly, DIY & BYO venue is suitable for marquee weddings.

The Cove

Capacity: 200

Location: Ellmoos Road via Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay NSW 2540

BYO: Food trucks & drinks carts

Get married on your private beach surrounded by the peace & tranquillity of native bushland. Beautiful lawns are perfect for outdoor weddings. Indoor space is available.

Grow Wild Wildflower Farm

Capacity: 145

Location: 916 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, NSW 2575

BYO: Catering + alcohol

Grow wild wildflower farm is an affordable BYO wedding venue with 25 picturesque acres of gardens, native trees and local wildlife (Koalas have been spotted here). This elegant venue features a permanent marquee, a choice of ceremony gardens, plenty of outdoor space, a rustic barn for micro weddings, a bridal suite for getting ready and accommodation for the entire guest list. 

Weddings In The Wilde

Capacity: 200

Location: 71 Ryans Ln, Wildes Meadow, NSW 2577

BYO: Catering + alcohol

Rustic, bushland setting with affordable accommodation for the entire guest list. Ideal venue for relaxed, festival weddings with outdoor festoon lighting next to log chapel & wood floor marquee. Private DIY weddings & late curfew. Perhaps a game of backyard cricket on Sunday?

Sylvan Glen

Capacity: 140

Location: 570 Kareela Rd, Penrose, NSW 2579

BYO: Ask about the BYO package option

Charming country venue surrounded by 60 acres of vineyards and ecologically protected woodlands. Private golf course, huge country guesthouse, huge cottage and separate getting ready quarters. An ideal weekend for extended weddings with pre & post-event facilities (BBQ etc.). 

The Secret Garden

Capacity: 200

Location: 51 Blencowes Ln, Wildes Meadow, NSW 2577

BYO: Caterers + drinks

Stunning 5 acres of cool climate gardens centred around the permanent Sperry marquee. Bespoke wedding packages where you bring your alcohol and catering suppliers. Affordable BYO wedding venue.

Hillview Heritage Estate

Capacity: 200

Location: 7277 Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577

BYO: Caterers + drinks

Hillview Heritage Estate is a former Vice Regal Retreat built-in 1882. Now a BYO wedding venue with a backdrop of magnificent views over the valley and waterways below. 8 Cottages provide on-site accommodation for guests. 

Wildwood

Capacity: 10 - 90

Location: 407D Bendeela Rd, Kangaroo Valley, NSW 2577

BYO: Food & beverage

Eco-friendly bush venue with a permanent marquee-like pavilion. Complete privacy and peace. Clifftop ceremonies. DIY/BYO rustic wedding venue where you can organise your caterers & bring your alcohol.

The Freedom Hub

Capacity: 150

Location: 283 Young St, Waterloo, NSW 2017

BYO: Caterers + alcohol

Large urban warehouse and ethical wedding venue supporting people who have experienced modern-day slavery or human trafficking. BYO wedding caterers & bars and The Freedom Hub list preferred ethical suppliers that you can choose from if you wish.

Killcare Surf Club

Capacity: 150

Location: 81 Beach Dr, Killcare, NSW 2257

BYO: Food & beverages

Beachfront wedding venue with a large balcony overlooking the ocean. Have your wedding ceremony directly in front of the venue on the beach. Fully BYO & DIY with a commercial-grade kitchen on-site. 

Blue Wren Wines

Capacity: 350

Location: 433 Ulan Rd, Mudgee, NSW 2850

BYO: Alcohol

Destination wedding venue with gorgeous country views. Five bedroom homestead + accommodation for additional ten people. All-inclusive packages with the option to BYO alcohol.

Conclusion

So there you have it – our top picks for the best BYO wedding venues in NSW. We hope this list has helped give you a few ideas for your upcoming wedding. If you're still looking for more inspiration, check out some of the other great articles on our blog. And when you're ready to start booking, don't forget to use our venue search tool to find the perfect place for your big day. Congratulations and happy planning!

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