They say your wedding is the best day of your life, but there’s a lot of variables in delivering this promise – the dress, the photographer but perhaps most importantly, where you choose to say ‘I do’.
The success of the day often hangs in how well your venue caters for nuptials, so as the bride and groom, you’re left to enjoy the celebration rather than checking if the run sheet is still moving on time.
If you’re thinking of tying the knot in the country rather than the city, we’ve wrapped up the best country wedding venues across Southern Queensland Country to set you up for happily ever after.
1. Jubri’s Hideaway
The GPS might read Dalby but the minute your bridal party vehicle turns into the dark gravel driveaway of Jubri’s Hideaway, you can expect to be transported to a land far, far away.
One part country homestead, one part Balinese gardens, the team at Jubri’s Hideaway, are experts in hosting intimate weddings.
With four different wedding settings to choose from that range in style from modern and industrial to rustic and chic – even just a walk through Jubri’s grounds feels like stepping through a bridal Pinterest board.
Whether you’re looking for a location for the ceremony, reception or both, there’s plenty of scenic options to say ‘I do’ in either their water garden, bush garden, birdcage or shed.
No matter which setting you choose, you won’t need to wander far for accommodation – every wedding booked at Jubri’s Hideaway comes with complimentary use of the three-bedroom guest house along with two cabins for your guests.
For the remainder of the party? Dalby (and these 10 things to do) is just 10 minutes’ drive away.
2. Jimbour House
If getting married with a stately home as your backdrop is high on your list, put your name on the wait list for the iconic Jimbour House in the Western Downs.
Conjure Downton Abbey up in your mind and you’ll start to get the Jimbour House picture – the two-story blue-stone manor built in 1876, which spans some 23,000m2 in size.
Jimbour House is the definition of country wedding and whether you choose to wed in the chapel (non-denominational), manicured gardens or in front of the grand tree, you’ll have the landscaped gardens and manor as backdrop to your photos.
If you were hoping for a reception on a grand scale (think 400 plus guests), Jimbour House is no stranger to big parties – even playing host to the annual Western Downs event, Big Skies.
Choose to celebrate formalising your love under a ceiling of stars in the avenue of jacarandas, along the immaculate driveway or inside a restored airport hangar.
3. Preston Peak Winery Function Centre
It might only be 10 minutes from Toowoomba’s CBD and amenities (read: taxis and bus services for your guests), but Preston Peak Winery Function Centre delivers big on country charm from its hilltop position.
Set on a working winery, say your vows amongst the vines before watching the sun set over the Great Dividing Range, which takes advantage of the property’s elevated position and affords the venue views all the way over the Lockyer Valley.
Choose between multiple indoor and outdoor locations across the property to tie the knot, including a photogenic glass pavilion which offers peace of mind in all weather scenarios.
The bridal party need not travel far from the reception to bed, with two houses which sleep a total of 18 people included in each wedding package.
4. Branell Homestead
If you were hoping for a scenic country backdrop for your wedding complete with rolling green hills, photogenic dam and white horse-stud-style fences, you’ll find it at Branell Homestead in Laidley.
Set on 80 acres, there’s no shortage of room for your wedding or reception, nor fear of neighbours asking you to turn down the music when the reception really finds its groove.
For couples wanting to be in the driving seat of both their plans and budget, Branell Homestead offers flexibility, allowing everything from the styling, food and alcohol to be selected by you, for you.
Accommodation for guests and the wedding party come in a few shapes and sizes, with three cabins available which sleep up to 24 people.
5. Heritage Estate Wines
What do you say to tying the knot on Australia’s highest altitude, five-star winery? Wine Not!
Join Heritage Estate Wines in Stanthorpe for your special day, celebrating among their James Halliday highly awarded vineyard.
Whether you’re looking for just the ceremony or reception component of your special day, the team will package something to suit, and you can rest assured the celebratory drinks will be flowing.
After all, the team at Heritage Wines have held their five-star James Halliday status since 2016, with more than nine drops awarded top marks.
6. Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba
For a stately wedding in one of Toowoomba’s grandest historic properties, you can’t go past Gabbinbar Homestead.
Established in 1863, and originally used by the Governor’s of Queensland as their summer resort residence, the homestead began hosting weddings in 2012.
Now offering a magnificent estate for couples to use as their exclusive home for their special day this beautiful location comes complete with award-winning food, magnificent drinks, a comprehensive wedding planning service with exceptional attention to detail, and breathtaking ceremony and reception locations.