If you want to take your friends and family a world away in the upper mountains, take them up through Bell to Mt Victoria –The Victoria and Albert is a renowned venue preserved in a charming time-warp, Closeburn House is smaller and more intimate with beautiful gardens and The Manor House is quite majestic: it even snowed here one day while I was conducting a “Jane Austen”- themed ceremony! Mt Wilson also falls into this category. Here the air is crisp and the vegetation ferny and lush, a total contrast to the Aussie bush along the way – in these shadows it can be chilly all year round. Mt Wilson avoids the commercial, popular world and guesthouses with English gardens abound.
And of gardens, almost as far away is the Mt Tomah Botanic Garden. Of course this is a public space and you have to share it, but there are enough private corners available for weddings here – I’ve done many weddings at Mt Tomah, from the manicured garden at the top, to the “beach” half-way down, and to the gazebo right at the bottom, to which you are conveyed by groundsmen in a little bus.
Further down the mountain you will find Loxley on Bellbird Hill at Kurrajong – that’s a gorgeous property with views across the plains towards the city – it has accommodation, superb restaurant and designated wedding terrace – even an in-house violinist: it is the perfect one-stop wedding experience.