Sometimes the hardest part about planning an event or party is choosing where to have it. Not everyone is blessed with a big backyard that’s large enough to host the masses – luckily, you can borrow someone else’s for that.
So, to ensure your next party is a complete success, we’ve found eight beautiful holiday homes around Australia that are not only available to stay in, but also have the space to throw an unforgettable bash.
From dinner parties overlooking vineyards to historic estates doubling up as dream wedding venues — get ready to fall in love with our pick of swoon-worthy party venues, guaranteed to kick off your celebrations in style.
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Stunningly situated within Orange’s cool climate wine-growing region, Rowlee Wines & Vineyard is a picture-perfect property that combines its award-winning winery and cellar door with romantic cottages (designed for two) and lush landscaped gardens. On-site, there are several areas available for event hire, including an immaculate lawn for weddings and large parties, and a deck adjoined to the cellar door – the ideal holiday home for exclusive dinners overlooking the vineyard.
From $795 (two-nights)
19 Lake Canobolas Road, Nashdale
First built in the early 1860s, Acre of Roses is a quaint miner’s cottage that’s been stylishly transformed into a unique three-bedroom homestay. And as of September 1st, they also have The Potting Shed – a beautiful self-contained studio that is equal parts stunning and intimate. Located in Trentham – a charming town 20 minutes from Daylesford – this beautiful property is the perfect holiday home, party pad. On-site, there’s a working micro-flower farm with the scent of more than 1500 organically and sustainably grown heritage rose bushes, providing the perfect backdrop for all kinds of celebrations – think intimate weddings, birthdays, baby showers, family gathering, girls’ weekends and more.
From $500 for two-night stay
5 Blue Mount Road, Trentham
Tucked away in a small rural community of Freshwater Creek in Victoria, this sprawling 50-acre property combines 20 acres of farming paddocks, seven charming cottages (available to rent as accommodation), and a whimsical fruit orchard and olive grove. On their website, it states that, “...our aim is to provide you the backyard you’ve always wanted.” And that they certainly do – the farm offers a variety of set party packages, including Kids’ Birthday Parties, Rustic Farm Weddings, and even a Glamping Hens Party option. So, for grown-ups and children alike, there’s something here for everyone.
From $245 per night, per cottage
Pettavel Road, Freshwater Creek
The South Coast’s highest rated bed and breakfast, Terragong Estate attracts holidaymakers and party-goers in their droves. And it’s not hard to see why – it comes with twelve acres of surrounding lawns, gardens, a swimming pool lawn and terrace, paddocks, and romantic orchards peppered with towering trees. The stunning heritage-listed property may provide the perfect night’s rest, but events held here are next-level. Your party will be included as a whole-of-house bed and breakfast booking, which gives guests exclusive use of the house and grounds for 48 hours, ensuring that your special event is exclusive and completely private.
From $670 (minimum two-night stay)
467 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo
Sitting pretty at the highest point of a secluded hilltop, with 360-degree uninterrupted views stretching out across the picturesque region of Byron Bay, is Byron View Farm. Here, the charming original white cottagetakes centre stage, and though there’s only room inside to sleep two, the spacious wrap-around verandah can sit up to 80 guests, making it an ideal spot to host a scenic cocktail or dinner party.
Weddings are also a drawcard on this large property – they can cater for intimate gatherings and large-scale affairs of up to 120 guests – as well as hen’s parties. The ‘HENS Byron Bay’ package includes a bespoke lunch and choice of activities – think flower crown workshops, outdoor life drawing classes, spa therapies on the verandah, and many more.
From $425.71 per night
194 St Helena Road, Ewingsdale
Nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, the Cooks Co-op offers a tranquil setting, just an hour away from Sydney’s bustle. Surrounded by beautiful bushland, this intimate one-bedroom abode features delightfully bright interiors, with a dreamy outdoor space and views of the river. Additionally, there’s also a large shedonsite, that welcomes celebrations of all kinds, including private dinner parties, engagement parties, and of course, weddings. Run by the talented chef Martin Boetz (formerly of Longrain Sydney and Melbourne), guests can also book a tailored gourmet feast, each dish lovingly prepared using fresh, seasonal produce grown on the Cooks Co-op Farm itself.
2 West Portland Road, Sackville
Behind a white picket fence sits a humble-yet-lovingly-renovated three-bedroom beach house. Situated in the heart of Cabarita Beach, just half an hour’s drive from Byron Bay, Grounds of Cabarita‘s idyllic coastal location is matched by the interior’s charming aesthetics. Comfortably sleeping up to six guests, there’s also a large and beautifully established garden towards the back, where you can host a variety of small celebratory gatherings, like an intimate bridal party or baby shower. There are plenty of spots to choose from too – between the grass area surrounded by trees, around the pool, or even around the firepit — take your pick.
From $707.14 per night
Mount Ophir Estate is a historic country residence, located in Rutherglen – a small town in north-eastern Victoria. This stylishly restored, 140-acre property not only offers three different accommodation offerings – The Tower (sleeps 2), The Gatehouse (sleeps 8), and The Residence (sleeps 10) – but it also welcomes private events and weddings too.
The main winery building houses six main halls on two levels, which can accommodate from 60 to 450 people, and there’s also the ‘Celebration Lake’ – an enchanting alfresco area, should you wish to hold your celebration outside. You can also enlist the help of the venue’s onsite caterers, beverage suppliers, event planners, stylists, florists (and more), to bring your vision to life. Who said parties had to be hard work?
From $280 per night
168 Stillards Lane, Rutherglen