From the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast (and in between), Queensland is blessed with breathtaking hinterland locations. With sigh-inducing views, blissfully cool climates and a real escaped-from-it-all atmosphere, these hinterland venues are perfect for a romantic celebration!
Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery
With plenty of old-world charm, Cedar Creek Estate on picturesque Mount Tamborine (an hour south of Brisbane and 45 minutes north of the Gold Coast) is perfect for romantics. Keep the day classic and elegant with a ceremony in the venue’s Sandstone Chapel, or take in glorious surroundings as you say “I do” on a pier overlooking a lake. Top it all off with photos in Cedar Creek’s vineyards and manicured gardens before joining guests for a reception in the venue’s Cedar Room. With incredible vineyard views, it’s a great canvas for showcasing your personal style.
Close enough to the city to be convenient but just far enough to escape the hustle and bustle, Cedar Creek Estate is also ideal for fantastic weekend-long celebrations. Located just moments from some of Mt Tamborine’s top attractions, the venue also offers the help of an onsite coordinator to make sure everything comes together perfectly. QB approves!
Preston Peak Winery
Feeling as if its in a world of its own while only being two hours’ drive from Brisbane, Toowoomba’s Preston Peak Winery ticks all the boxes for a hinterland wedding. Picture-perfect green lawns, marvellous valley views, an enchanting chapel, talented staff and enticing cuisine – it’s all on offer at this lovely venue.
Making your wedding a luxurious experience from start to finish, Preston Peak invites brides to get ready with their bridal party in their special Bridal Cottage before walking down the aisle. After making things official in the venue’s all-weather Wedding Tree Pavilion, couples can wander the grounds for photos before feasting on scrumptious fare prepared by an experienced team of chefs – paired with Preston Peak’s wines, of course!
Set in the foothills of the Gold Coast’s Springbrook National Park, Ecostudio Fellini (an hour south of Brisbane) is a wonderful option for couples seeking a tranquil place to say “I do”. Fringed by lush rainforest, the sprawling five-acre grounds are where you’ll find an incredible open-air chapel overlooking the Mudgereeba Creek – ideal for ceremonies in the sunshine!
Known for its delicious cuisine, Ecostudio Fellini is also a winner for unforgettable receptions. Dine in the venue’s renovated century-old school house space (complete with spacious verandahs) or on the laid-back split-level deck. When the confetti settles, retreat to your own little hideaway – EcoStudio boasts a range of charming lodge accommodation, with enough for guests, too.
Spicers Clovelly Estate
One of Queensland’s most cherished hinterland locations, Montville (90 minutes north of Brisbane) is home to the beautiful Spicers Clovelly Estate. A timeless venue with jacaranda- and maple-dotted gardens, this elegant setting is utterly idyllic.
Cap off an outdoor ceremony with a reception catered by the venue’s award-winning team from The Long Apron, plus a relaxing stay onsite in one of the sumptuous cottages.
Secrets on the Lake
Another brilliant Montville venue, Secrets on the Lake (90 minutes north of Brisbane) is a unique venue with plenty of personality. Overlooking Lake Baroon, this heavenly hideaway features rainforest surroundings, carved decks that are perfect for ceremonies, rockpools and plenty of onsite accommodation.
If you’re wanting to tie the knot indoors, the venue’s colonial-style Lakehouse has plenty to impress couples – think chandelier lighting and a grand internal balcony. But the most popular option at Secrets on the Lake is to say “I do” on the expansive deck, with magical lake views as a backdrop. Sigh.
Clear Mountain Lodge Spa & Vineyard
If you’re looking for a hinterland venue not too far from Brisbane’s city, find the perfect place at Clear Mountain Lodge Spa & Vineyard. Just 45 minutes from the CBD, this superb venue offers warm hospitality, panoramic mountain views (hence the name), magnificent bushland surrounds and fantastic onsite accommodation.
For a memorable celebration, have your ceremony in the gardens overlooking the D’Aguilar Ranges and Lake Samsonvale. And make sure you book in a little ‘unwind’ time the day before, and indulge in a pamper session with your bride tribe at the venue’s spa.
Weddings at Tiffany’s
Maleny’s Weddings at Tiffany’s (90 minutes north of Brisbane) provides all the elements needed for a stellar hinterland wedding. Boasting a straight-from-a-fairytale non-denominational chapel with terrific valley views, the venue lets you enjoy the beauty of an outdoor wedding without getting your hairdo messed up. Amen to that!
Also known for its delightful photo ops (you’ll find amazing gardens here), Weddings at Tiffany’s invites couples to party the night away with guests in their Queenslander-style reception venue. Expect marvellous fare and dedicated wedding coordinators with serious attention-to-detail.
When it comes to amazing Sunshine Coast hinterland venues, the award-winning Flaxton Gardens (90 minutes north of Brisbane) is hard to go past. With views stretching from Noosa to Moreton Bay, the venue is home to a vineyard and an array of beautiful ceremony-and-reception settings. Whether you exchange vows in the venue’s pristine gardens or underneath its enchanting arbour, a wedding at Flaxton Gardens is sure to be truly special.
A popular option for receptions, the venue’s rustic Barrel Room also doubles as a ceremony location. Adorned with chandeliers and with a special deck for live entertainment, the space adds a touch of countryside romance to any celebration. Add to the mix onsite accommodation, delectable food and expert staff and you’ve got an amazing venue for tying the knot!
The Chapel Montville
There are few venues in Queensland that rival the unique Art Nouveau-inspired style of The Chapel Montville (just under three hours’ drive from Brisbane).
Lovingly constructed in natural materials (including beautiful Helidon sandstone), the venue features red cedar doors that represent the tree of life. And with bewitching valley views, the chapel is literally made for next-level beautiful weddings.
St Bernard’s Hotel
St Bernards Hotel is one of Mt Tamborine’s oldest and most beloved venues. Dating back to the 1800s, it provides the ultimate combination of old-world ambience and modern amenities for your wedding day. Surrounded by ten acres of beautiful gardens with an abundance of flowers and exotic plants (plus a stunning waterfall and a creek!), it’s a beautiful backdrop to create the wedding of your dreams.
Keep the vibe chilled with a relaxed garden wedding or opt for a formal celebration in St Bernard’s Signato Gallery. With a professional catering team that take pride in creating excellent weddings, the venue has everything you need for a personalised wedding experience. One last touch? St Bernards boasts stylish accommodation for the couple, while the Mt Tamborine Motel is located directly across from the venue and provides affordable accommodation for your guests.
For a hinterland venue of another kind, celebrate your special day at Airlie Beach’s stunning Villa Botanica. Widely regarded as one of Australia’s most impeccable and exclusive venues, the tropical wonderland features pinch-me-now views of the Whitsundays, an Insta-ready cactarium, a dense palm forest, a gorgeous gazebo and a glamorous deck. It’s truly the stuff of daydreams.
Offering personalised five-star service, Villa Botanica helps couples organise their ideal wedding with access to an interactive online wedding planner, POPPY. Want more? There’s also stylish onsite accommodation for the couple, plus five acres of expansive grounds for photos and cocktail receptions. Take. Us. There. Now.
Inspired? To learn more about these venues, head to the QB wedding venue directory!
St Bernard’s Hotel image sourced via Daisy and the Duke.