Friday Creek Retreat

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Friday Creek Retreat has become an ideal intimate wedding destination for loved up couples in the Coffs Harbour hinterland. We spoke to owners, Judy and Stuart, about the scenic outdoor venue that everyone’s talking about.

Thanks for joining us, guys! Tell us why couples are seeking out Friday Creek Retreat for their destination wedding?

Couples who are looking for an intimate venue with a laid back vibe and scenic backdrop love Friday Creek Retreat. They want to have exclusive use of the property, so they can have their reception and ceremony all in one location. Couples also get excited when we share that we provide accommodation and luxury amenities as part of the package, which makes their wedding celebration a holiday getaway for all their guests.

Describe for us the ceremony locations and reception options.

Since couples have access to the entire property for their ceremony, many choose a location that feels special to them. Several of the couples have exchanged vows in front of the picturesque lily-adorned lake, and others have had beautiful ceremonies amongst the gum trees and on the island on the lake.

Our pool deck is where all the reception festivities happen. In addition to being poolside, couples have the rolling hills of the Orara Valley as their backdrop while they dance the night away. We provide an elegant Bedouin style stretch tent to protect guests from wet weather, as well as a BBQ space with a pizza oven, kitchen facilities and a hint of rustic charm.

Tell us a bit more about the guest accommodation.

We offer nine self-contained cottages nestled in the hillside amongst manicured native gardens and gum trees. Each cottage is in itself a home away from home with full kitchen, spa bath, luxurious furnishings and verandahs overlooking the rolling hills. In total, the cottages sleep up to 40 adults.

How do brides who have their weddings at the venue describe Friday Creek Retreat?

In addition to our common guest reviews of “stunning views”, “serene natural beauty” and “privacy”, our couples really appreciate the attention to detail our team provides in accommodating their unique event. Whether it be providing local vendor recommendations or helping the bride talk through logistics of setup and pack down of equipment hire, we’re here to help things run smoothly.

What is one of the most memorable details you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?

Since the couples do all the coordination of vendors or DIY details themselves, all of the weddings have been so unique and memorable. One that stands out, and is truly our style, is a beautiful couple from Brisbane, who included their lovely dog in the ceremony and special day. Since our venue is pet friendly, we love seeing couples include their four-legged children in such an important day!

How can couples learn more and get in touch?

Check out our website: for pricing and details on our wedding package or email Judy at to schedule a venue tour!

Wedding Photography:

Ash & Hamish Wedding
Photographer Cloud Catcher Studio
Hair The Bella Cabello
Makeup Sam Thomson
Flowers Boheme Botanical
Wedding Styling The Romance Crew

Styled Shoot
Photographer Leah Moore
Flowers by Bonnie
Hair The Bella Cabello
Dress RSVP Bridal
Catering The Platter Effect
Tent Willow Tree Marquees
Model Kiya Saffigna

Laura & Trav Wedding
Photographer Stories By Ash
Signage & Graphics Laura Elizabeth Design
Flowers Thea Flora
Hire Rosie Pose Event Hire
Dress Made With Love Bridal

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