Rugged landscapes bathed in sunshine, photo-ready bushland backdrops, enchanting venues – there’s plenty to love about tying the knot in the countryside. Luckily, Queensland is blessed with an array of truly beautiful country destinations and venues. Here are a handful of Insta-ready options to get you inspired.
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The Woolshed at Jondaryan
For a real sense of rustic romance, party the night away at The Woolshed at Jondaryan in Toowoomba (just over two hours west of Brisbane). As its name might suggest, the venue is home to a spacious heritage-listed woolshed that looks straight out of your dream ‘country wedding’ Pinterest board. Also boasting sprawling emerald lawns fringed by eucalyptus-dotted bushland and the banks of the Oakey Creek, The Woolshed delivers spectacular weddings with the help of their talented weddings coordinator.
White Chapel Kalbar
We can’t get over the fairytale charm of White Chapel Kalbar. With all the beauty of a tiny country town setting, this timeless venue is actually only an hour’s drive south of Brisbane and is surrounded by magnificent mountain vistas. After exchanging vows in White Chapel’s, well, old-world White Chapel, spoil guests with a dinner-party-style reception in the venue’s Black Hall. A converted Sunday School, the space is decked out with all the mod-cons and contemporary style – we love its dramatic black walls and barn doors. Cap it all off by sipping Champagne under the stars in White Chapel’s elegant lawns, by its rustic Barn Bar.
Coolibah Downs Private Estate
A secluded private estate with a stately homestead, a lovely stone chapel and acres of manicured gardens, Coolibah Downs offers an ‘escaped to the country’ feel while only being 20 minutes from the Gold Coast. The venue’s Grand Marquee provides a classic setting for toasting the occasion, adorned with silk drapes, twinkling fairy-lights and crystal chandeliers. Opening onto Coolibah’s elegant grounds, it’s perfect for enjoying roving canapés and admiring your surroundings.
Known for its elegance and classic style, Toowoomba’s Gabbinbar Homestead has plenty to win over romantics. Located 90 minutes west of Brisbane, the venue features expansive gardens, a luxurious Brides’ Retreat, an impressive Queenslander home (and former residence of Sir Hugh Nelson) and a spectacular light-filled conservatory. Framed with giant wall-to-wall windows, the conservatory is a beloved setting for next-level receptions and looks sensational with its gilded chandeliers and glass-ceiling roof. Want to really impress your guests? Dazzle loved ones when fireworks light the night sky above the conservatory – Gabbinbar’s dedicated staff can make it happen!
With its beautifully kept gardens, gorgeous architectural features, lavishly appointed main residence and range of dreamy ceremony locations, Jimbour House (three hours west of Brisbane) is a stand-out countryside venue. Perfect for lovers of the industrial look, the venue’s expansive corrugated iron aero hangar is a perfect blank canvas for going wild with styling. Seeking something a little more traditional? Jimbour House is also where you can celebrate in a private courtyard (ideal for cocktail parties and lawn games) or under lilac blooms on the venue’s sweetly named Jacaranda Drive.
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