The Blue Mountains is a world heritage region of mountains, valleys and bush land just outside of Sydney, Australia. It is well known for it’s ‘blue’ atmosphere caused by the oils being released from the abundance of Eucalyptus trees found throughout the landscape. The landscape is dramatic and beautiful, with many lookouts, vantage points, bush walks, hikes, waterfalls and areas of beauty all within the greater Blue Mountains National Park.
The mountains are located around 90 minutes drives west of Sydney and covers a large area, with difficult accessibility. There are two main roads that traverse the Blue Mountains, the Great Western Highway (main thoroughfare) and the Bells Line Of Rd to the north (the scenic route).
Either way, you can follow the villages and roads along the top of the escarpment all the way through the mountains to the Central West of NSW on the other side. The main villages around the Blue Mountains are Katoomba, Blackheath, Leura, Springwood and Kurrajong.
The dramatic and beautiful landscape means that almost everywhere you go you will find breathtaking views. This means that every Blue Mountains wedding venue is special in it’s own unique way. You will always find a plethora of photo opportunities with the perfect backdrop which make for gorgeous wedding photos and a dream wedding location for you and your guests.
As an experienced wedding photographer, you will find on this page all the essential information you will need to make an informed decision. You’ll also receive insights on wedding day logistics, nearby locations for photos, and wedding vendor recommendations.
Best Blue Mountains Wedding Venues
- Seclusions, Lithgow
- Waldara Farm
- Secret Creek, Lithgow
- Collits Inn
- Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Bowen Mountain
- Loxley on Bellbird, Kurrajong Heights
- The Cottage, Kurrajong
- Bilpin Resort
- Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens
- Breenhold Gardens, Mt Wilson
- Dryridge Estate
- Logan Brae Orchards
- Yester Grange
- Hydro Majestic
- All View Estate
- Fairmont Resort
- Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park
- Ambermere Inn
- Dennarque Estate
- Lilianfels Resort, Katoomba
- Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
- Suzarosa Mountain Getaway, Berambing
- Echoes Boutique Hotel &Restaurant, Wentworth Falls
- Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Leura
About the Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Where is it?
Around 90 minutes drive west of Sydney.
How do we get there from Sydney?
You can take the Great Western Highway west out of Sydney or the Bells Line of Rd from north west Sydney. There is also a train line which runs follows the road through the villages in the mountains.
What are the best wedding venues in this region?
Seclusions Blue Mountains, Dryridge Estate, Waldara Farm, Logan Brae Orchard, Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Chapel Hill Retreat, Collitts Inn and Secret Creek are some of my favourite wedding venues in the Blue Mountains. All of the venues in the region vary in what they offer couples (in terms of wedding packages and options). It’s always best to enquire with them directly to get the most up to date information.
What type of weddings are common in the Blue Mountains?
The mountains suit intimate and relaxed weddings. Many couples decide to elope in the region, or have more laid back celebration with family and friends. It is the perfect setting for a destination wedding.
Who do you recommend as supporting wedding vendors?
I’ve worked with many lovely wedding vendors from the region, and others (like me) who travel. I am more than happy to recommend any wonderful wedding vendors that you need for your special day.
What accommodation options are in the area?
There are a number of hotel, motel, B&B and Air BNB options situated throughout the Blue Mountains. The area is quite large, so it is worth exploring all of the accommodation options in the villages closest to your chosen wedding venue. Due to it’s popularity it can be very busy during the popular months.
Blue Mountains Wedding Photos
Why I Recommend The Blue Mountains Weddings
To simply put it, the whole area is absolutely breathtaking. It is a real treat to see family and friends arriving at weddings in the Blue Mountains and experience the beauty. I started off photographing the natural landscape and love incorporating this into my style of wedding photography. No matter where you get married within the Blue Mountains you will be able to capture the beautiful features of the mountains as well as the classic Australian bush.
The atmosphere of weddings in the mountains is hard to beat. It’s very peaceful and each of the weddings I have had the pleasure of photographing in the Blue Mountains has been special and intimate in their own ways. I just find the location allows the weddings to be intimate, authentic and matching the personalities of those who love the location.
The proximity to Sydney is a big plus in my mind for having a Blue Mountains wedding. It’s close enough to be out of town but also easy for guests to travel to. This is especially important if you have guests travelling from interstate or overseas. The services that support the wedding industry are also fantastic, meaning you will never be short a supplier or wedding venue not offering everything you could ever want.
Blue Mountains Wedding Recommendations
- Most wedding venues have excellent wedding ceremony and reception venue options for weddings of all sizes. There are some amazing locations like Breenhold Gardens in Mount Wilson and Everglades Gardens in Leura where you can have a beautiful wedding ceremony (opting to have your reception elsewhere). I feel this is important to note as you can definitely plan a mixed location wedding if two different locations offer exactly what you are wanting.
- Whilst I have listed many wedding venue options in this page, they do book out in advance. If you are considering getting married at a specific time of year, it is wise to enquire for the availability before setting your wedding date.
- The best time of the day for wedding photography is as the sun starts to set. They call it the golden hour and I always like to schedule some time on your wedding day to make the most of this light.
- It can often be cool even in the summer time. When planning your outfits make sure you have something warmer to wear over the top (especially for the bridal party and the bridesmaids).
- Whilst there are many accommodation options in the area, things book out fast. Make sure you give yourself and your wedding guests enough time to get accommodation organised when you are considering your wedding date. This is especially important if you are planning a destination wedding! Locations such as
- Consider a bus service to pickup and drop off your guests. It means they can enjoy the wedding reception and enjoy it responsibly.
Things To See and Do Whilst Visiting The Area
I always say that one of the best parts about wedding planning is the experiences you get to have along the way. Whilst planning your perfect wedding in the Blue Mountains you may want to enjoy some of the following activities.
- The Grand Canyon Walk – This is one of the most beautiful bush walks/hikes in all of the Blue Mountains. You need a solid amount of time to do it, but it is firmly a wonderful thing to do in the area.
- High Tea at the Hydro Majestic Hotel – A lovely thing to do with family or even your bridal party. The classic Hydro Majestic Hotel is perched high on the side of a cliff and is an experience to enjoy
- Explore the Valleys – A lot of people stay up on the escarpment when visiting the mountains but the valleys have a lot to offer. The Megalong Valley, Wolgan Valley and Jamison Valley are beautiful and fun to explore.
- Breenhold Gardens in Autumn – These gardens in Mount Wilson are some of my favourites in all of Australia. In the autumn the colours are incredible and the gardens turn all types of bright and beautiful colours as the seasons change.
- Apple Picking – There are a number of apple orchards in Bilpin (and also Logan Brae). It’s a lot of fun to explore the orchards, picking your own fruit and then eating some delicious apple pie.
- Daffodils at Rydal – At the start of spring each year the daffodils start to bloom in the quaint village of Rydal. If you happen to be visiting my favourite venue in Seclusions Blue Mountains around this time then definitely stop in and check out the flowers when in bloom.
Similar Wedding Locations You Might Also Want to Consider
Blue Mountains is simply a spectacular location to get married in, but there are many regions in New South Wales that you may want to consider when planning your wedding. For example, there’s the Southern Highlands and the Hunter Valley.
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