Situated approximately 1 hour out of Melbourne, Geelong, and the Bellarine Peninsula is a beautiful haven of coastal beaches, wineries, historical architecture, scenic parks, and picturesque wedding venues.
Known for it’s super chill vibe, we have collated a shortlist of what we feel are the ‘best wedding spots’ in Geelong based on accommodation aesthetics, proximity to the beach, gourmet dining options, service excellence and lush surroundings.
With something to suit every bride and groom’s taste, Geelong is the perfect location to say - “ I do.” Let’s explore.
1. Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Offering pristine views of the bay, stunning wedding ceremony sites and delightful vineyards, you can’t go wrong with this choice for your big day.
With two incredibly stylish venues on the property including the Jack Rabbit Restaurant and Jack Rabbit Vineyard, there’s ample opportunity to arrange your picture-perfect wedding – suited to your own taste and design preferences.
The reception area boasts a palatial decking area overlooking the Bay of Geelong and is the epitome of modern design excellence. If you prefer a more intimate gathering, The Jack Rabbit Vineyard also provides the perfect backdrop, offering breathtaking views and substantial photo opportunities.
With an abundance of wine, gourmet food and elegant function spaces, your guests are sure to be impressed with this palatial venue.
Address: 85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine VIC
Phone: (03) 5251 2223
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2. Bellbrae Harvest
Dreaming of a boutique-style wedding? This 17acre lush country property offers breathtaking views and is an ideal option for more intimate-style gatherings.
Located slightly inland from the Great Ocean Rd, Bellbrae is best suited to couples who aren’t too keen on the ‘over the top luxury hotel vibe’ but prefer a more casual garden-style wedding with close family and friends.
Get married by the famous lily pond, enjoy a cocktail celebration on the terrace or simply enjoy a vino or two amongst the vines, this venue has all the elements you need for the perfect wedding day.
Not keen to drive home after a long day of celebrating? Book an apartment stay on the property for the ultimate wedding package.
Address: 45 Portreath Rd, Bellbrae VIC
Phone: 0438 662 090
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3. Bellarine Estate Winery
Established in 1996 by Peter and Lizette Kenny, Bellarine Estate is a family-run winery known for its rustic and country-like charm.
This stunning location delivers everything you need for the ultimate wedding celebration. With a restaurant, vineyard, and abundance of nature on your doorstep, this venue is sure to exceed your expectations.
Enjoy French Provincial Cuisine, delicious cocktails, or vintage wine on the restaurant patio while overlooking the beautiful countryside. With the perfect wine selection at your fingertips, Bellarine Estate produces a total of 14 wines every year from Bellarine Estate’s vines for your guests to enjoy. It simply doesn’t get better than that.
Address: 2270 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine VIC
Phone: (03) 5259 3310
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4. The Pier Geelong
There’s nothing more iconic than The Pier Geelong. Located on the waterfront and close to bustling entertainment and lively retail shopping, this contemporary venue is the perfect wedding location – particularly if you’re after some true Geelong hospitality.
Imagine fine dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, spectacular bay views, and delicious food options to tantalize every taste bud. With impeccable service, diverse function room space, and different wedding packages on offer, you can be guaranteed of only the ‘best’ experience from start to finish.
Recognized as a leading wedding venue, The Pier Geelong caters to a vast variety of tastes and guest numbers. From high-end palatial celebrations to intimate gatherings, this venue will make your wedding day one to truly remember.
Address: 10 Western Foreshore Rd, Geelong VIC
Phone: (03) 5222 6444
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5. GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL LORNE
Boasting striking architectural features, this beautiful hotel is over 100 years old. Fully restored with everything you need in modern-day comforts, The Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne will be sure to take your wedding celebrations to the next level.
Located on the surf coast in Lorne, your guests will absolutely love the jaw-dropping ocean views seen from the restaurant, hotel suites and adjoining balconies. It also has a grandiose ballroom that seats up to 200 guests and is impeccably presented throughout.
Impressive all year round, this is the ultimate wedding venue for you and your guests.
Address: 268 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC
Phone: (03) 5289 1609
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6. MANTRA LORNE
A beachside wedding doesn’t get better than the Mantra Lorne. Offering a modern and contemporary feel for guests, this hotel hosts the perfect blend of hotel rooms, apartments, sweeping gardens, and exquisite function rooms - for you and your guests to enjoy.
The location is superb all year round and accommodates up to 300 guests both indoors and outdoors. Whether you’re after a small cosy celebration during the winter months or a large-scale beachside wedding in summer, the Mantra Lorne is the ideal option for couples looking for a flexible buy stylish venue.
Address: 35 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC
Phone: (03) 5228 9748
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7. 13TH BEACH GOLF LINKS
Fancy a round of golf before the big day? 13th Beach Golf Links is a great choice for a wedding venue particularly for those that love their golf. Boasting pristine landscapes of the golf course and relaxing bay views, you will be swept away by the sheer beauty of this facility.
Complete with a modern reception area and the ability to hold up to 140 guests for dinner, 13th Beach Golf Links provides a boutique feel with elegant touches throughout. Let the men enjoy a round or two of golf while the ladies prepare for the big celebration in their deluxe hotel suites – easing into the day with ease.
Enjoy picturesque grounds for your wedding party photos -the perfect backdrop to your special celebration.
Address: 1732 Barwon Heads Rd, Barwon Heads VIC
Phone: (03) 5254 2922
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8. RUSTY GATE WEDDINGS
Do you prefer a laid-back and casual wedding ceremony? If so, this may be the best choice for you. This reception venue is situated amongst a highly acclaimed olive grove with large grounds ideal for garden ceremonies, cocktails, drinks, and wedding photos.
With stunning views of the bay, Rusty Gate Weddings caters to a diverse range of tastes including vintage, country-chic or a modern bohemian vibe.
Whatever tickles your fancy, the canvas is there for you to create the perfect wedding day celebration.
Address: 91 McDermott Rd, Curlewis VIC
Phone: 0458 218 668
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Oozing luxurious appeal, 360q offers an exclusive selection of wedding packages for your special day. Experience fine dining canapés and quality produce; as well as premium cocktails, spirits, and wine to tantalize every discerning taste bud.
You will be amazed at the beach views from the top floor – it’s nothing short of spectacular. The floor-to-ceiling windows will leave you gasping at the sheer beauty of the internal surroundings and picturesque Port Phillip Bay.
Don’t forget to also take your memorable wedding pics at the top of the Observation Tower.
This is the perfect venue for the most extravagant bride and groom couple.
Address: 2 Wharf St, Queenscliff VIC
Phone: (03) 5257 4200
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10. THE HEIGHTS HERITAGE HOUSE & GARDEN
Experience true romantic nostalgia at The Heights Heritage House and Garden. First built in 1854, this heritage venue is the venue of choice for many couples seeking a magical experience.
Enjoy the uniquely beautiful reception area together with superb garden views for all your guests to admire. When you consider how important your wedding day is, you can’t go wrong with this choice for your big day.
Unique with a touch of historical ambiance, The Heritage House and Garden will not disappoint.
Address: 140 Aphrasia St, Newtown VIC
Phone: (03) 9656 9889