Wedding Ceremonies

Newcastle is home to beautiful parks which provide the perfect setting for a wedding.

From majestic King Edward Park with its spectacular ocean views to Lambton Park and its historic rotunda, there are plenty of parks for you to choose from. 

Wedding ceremony venues

Wedding ceremonies are licensed at:

Beaches and Baths

Newcastle's beaches and baths are stunning locations to hold your wedding ceremony. Sparkling water, white sands and picturesque settings provide a beautiful backdrop for your special day. There are six beaches and two baths to choose from, stretching from Merewether to Stockton, all close to the city centre. Each location has its own special feature, whether it be the famous Nobbys Lighthouse, the beautiful cliffs of Bar Beach or the rolling sand dunes at Stockton.

Blackbutt Reserve

Blackbutt Reserve provides the perfect, natural backdrop for your wedding. Set amongst the wonders of nature, you and your guests will feel at ease in the peaceful bushland setting.

There are a variety of locations to choose from at Richley Reserve for your ceremony and reception. Blackbutt welcomes the use of marquees or existing shelters on application, and will endeavour to work with you to achieve your desired outcome for your special day.

See  Blackbutt Reserve for more information or to make a booking.

Centennial Park

Located at Cooks Hill, Centennial Park offers impeccably manicured grounds and will provide a magnificent setting for your wedding ceremony. Featuring a rotunda, a large open grassed area and surrounded by established trees this venue guarantees a memorable day.

Civic Park

Civic Park is an ideal place to celebrate your wedding day. The magnificent fountain and charming garden beds set this park aside from the others. It is a large park with ample space for guests and is within close proximity to many of Newcastle’s popular reception venues. 

Customs House Plaza

Customs House Plaza is a historic location, providing a unique setting for your wedding ceremony. Situated in the centre of Newcastle and facing The Foreshore, Customs House Plaza provides a stunning backdrop for any style of wedding.

Gregson Park

Gregson Park is one of Newcastle's best kept secrets. Just five minutes drive from the city centre, this delightful park will provide a unique experience for your wedding day. The manicured gardens, flowerbeds, enormous fig trees and memorial statue provide the perfect setting.

Jesmond Park

Located 15 minutes drive from the city centre, Jesmond Park consists of large, impressive grounds and established trees, and is renowned for its magnificent rose gardens. This park is a lovely venue for your wedding ceremony.

King Edward Park

Undoubtedly one of the most popular locations in Newcastle, King Edward Park is sure to impress. The historic Victorian rotunda will provide an unforgettable setting for your special day. With magnificent ocean and city views, stunning surroundings comprising established trees and blooming flower beds, your wedding day will be one to remember. 

Free access to electricity is available in the rotunda.

Lambton Park

Lambton Park is another of Newcastle's beautiful suburban parks, just 10 minutes drive from the city centre. The park offers open, expansive, tree-lined grounds and the historical rotunda which has been beautifully restored. 

Free access to electricity is available in the rotunda.

Shepherds Hill

Offering a relaxed, informal atmosphere it doesn't get much better than this. With commanding ocean views and a large open grassed area, the historic concrete fortification and courtyard will provide an extraordinary backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

Other sites

Other sites may be considered for use for wedding ceremonies upon application. 

Current costs of park or beach hire for a wedding ceremony

Application fee: $125.00 (non refundable, >15 days notice)
*Late Application fee: $229.30 (non refundable, <15 days notice)
Park/Beach usage fee: $61.15 (maximum 2 hours including set up/set down)
Shelter/rotunda hire fee: $97.00 
Electrical fee: $56.05 (single phase)
Key bond: $170 (refundable)

*Late application fee applies to applications received  by Council less than 15 days prior to the date of the event.

Making a booking

While parks and beaches can provide a spectacular setting for your wedding day, open spaces are dynamic environments and may not look the same from one day to the next. Things such as severe weather, maintenance works and projects, art installations, vandalism and nearby events may alter the aesthetic of an open space. Council also are not able to guarantee a floral display for any event, at any time of the year. These factors should be taken into consideration when looking at a park or beach for your wedding ceremony.

To make an enquiry or check availability please call Customer Service on (02) 4974 2000. You can also email your enquiry to

See   Park Bookings for more information.