Sunnystones Weddings – Wedding Venue, Merrimu, Ballarat
Camp Sunnystones is owned by Matt + Kate Hope, two former school teachers who love the outdoors and want to share their brilliant 50 acres with you! As well as offering P-12 School Camp programs, we offer private group accommodation for up to 90 guests, perfect for weddings, family reunions, functions, you name it! With a combined 20 years teaching experience, Matt and Kate know what’s required in a school camp to ensure teachers and students have a fun memorable experience.
We have so much to offer as a wedding venue! We have a beautiful bush setting, a stone homestead, spectacular views, plus the most exciting sites around our property to make your day unforgettable. Sunnystones is a 50 acre property bordering the Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve. We enjoy uninterrupted views of the forest, including many varieties of wildflowers, mallee trees and box gums.
We have a large space just down the valley from the homestead which is perfect for the ceremony and/or reception. The setup can be customised to your liking, and vehicle access means it is possible for an array of personalised choices! With some help from some external companies, we can make any part of the property functional, stress free, and most importantly – fun!
The favoured ceremony space is on the lawn at the homestead, which has stunning views over the valley and the Long Forest. There is also the option of having the ceremony at the bottom of the valley, which can be accessed by walking down the hill from the homestead, and also by a dirt track for vehicles. The property is 50 acres, and has many great vistas and a ceremony can be organised at any space that you believe is suitable.
Option 1. The Homestead Site
The Homestead is an architecturally designed stone building that has a large dining area that can be suited for a formal sit down wedding or a cocktail style party. It is serviceable by our commercial kitchen, which can be utilised by caterers of your choice. The dining hall can seat up to 80 guests for a sit down meal or up to 150 for a stand-up cocktail style wedding.
Option 2. The Hill
The Hill is ideal positioning for any arranged outdoor marquees such as a Tipi. The Hill is just across from the accommodation at the homestead, and is a large open area with sweeping views across the valley and into the Long Forest and beyond. It is a truly spectacular setting, offering guests (and you!) a wedding with a view!
Option 3. The Valley Site
The Valley is a spectacular site that can be configured to meet your own needs. We have a marquee available for hire (see below for details), plus there are many options, such as the Tipi that you can find on our gallery page. The space is very much adaptable and is a short walk down the hill from the Homestead towards the Long Forest.
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