Ballara Receptions provides a luxurious setting for your ceremony, reception and breathtaking photographs.

Create the most memorable day of your life surrounded by picturesque gardens overlooking a private lake and weeping willows, all located at the foothills of the Yarra Valley.

You will find everything you have ever dreamed of in the one Melbourne Wedding Venue – Chapel or garden ceremony, unlimited photographic opportunities and stunning reception.

Established in 1987 and still owned and operated by the same family, you will experience a truly unique, enjoyable and personalised experience.


Our elegant ballroom with spectacular chandeliers and large dance floor sets the scene for your memorable day. Dance the night away, relax and enjoy delicious food with panoramic views from every seat in one of Melbourne’s best reception venues.
We understand that no two weddings are the same and, would love to tailor a package for you to find out what’s most important for your wedding day?
Our team is here from your first inspection, throughout the planning process and on the big day to ensure everything exceeds your expectations.
Ballara Receptions cater for 60 to 160 guests.
If this sounds like the kind of wedding you would like to have, contact us now via email or phone.

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Monica & Peter

Couldn't speak highly enough of the venue & staff. Everything went to plan. The food was fabulous, the staff attentive but not invasive. Everything was done to make the day perfect. All the guests were very impressed. The whole event was flawless. Thank you.

Melanie & Dane

The service, the attention to detail and the food we had at Ballara for our reception could not be faulted. I just want to say thank you again for making sure Dane and I had such a wonderful day. Our guest loved ever second of our day and that was because of your team at Ballara.

Elley & Rick

Ballara is the most incredible venue and team as a whole. The team and their service is impeccable and unable to be faulted down to the food, wine and happy staff. Went above and beyond to ensure that all my questions were answered and any of my concerns were calmed. I do not have enough words to recommend you highly enough!!! Simply incredible

Pip & Jack

Went above and beyond by calming my nerves before I walked down the aisle, to switching up the seating chart with last minute cancellations. Everything was perfect, from the moment I drove up, till we drove away after the reception. We have had so many great comments about the food and décor and everything in between. 5 stars hands down.

Jessica & Mark

The staff are brilliant. The food tastes amazing. There are so many beautiful photo opportunities. There are packages available at Ballara that make planning a wedding almost stress free.

Evelyn & Stephen

All the staff at Ballara are really lovely and work hard to create a beautiful reception. Everything went really smoothly and the food was delicious - no one was hungry at the end!

Sharon & Callum

The team were caring, professional and extremely accommodating to our needs. The venue is beautiful, the food delicious and the whole atmosphere made our special day the best of our lives.


The soaring ceilings with rustic beams and sparkling chandeliers, provide a stunning backdrop for your ceremony.
The stained-glass windows, hand-crafted timber pews and sweeping views across the lake, make Ballara Receptions Chapel truly one of a kind.
Imagine walking down the aisle with everything is taken care of – the sound system playing your special song and your own bridal host looking after your every need.
The Ballara Receptions Chapel encompasses romance, elegance and year-round comfort so your guests can relax as they witness your wedding vows.



Within Ballara Receptions, select from five amazing locations in our manicured gardens for your ceremony.
Imagine standing in our lakeside gazebo or jetty, surrounded by the most important family & friends in your life when you say “I Do”.
Or, maybe you would prefer our private courtyard for a more intimate setting – the choice is yours.
Have the peace of mind knowing the gorgeous Chapel is always available as a backup should Melbourne’s temperamental weather prevail!

Demi & Alex

The staff at Ballara were absolutely amazing and it was so effortless on the leadup to the day. All my stress and all my questions were answered for me....We got married outside under the rotunda, and everything was so picturesque. We loved how we could have both the ceremony and reception at the same place here.

Hannah & Tom

An absolutely beautiful venue, with extremely responsive and helpful staff. Beautiful options for both indoors & outdoors ceremony and a gorgeous reception room. The staff were fantastic and emails were always responded to very quickly, the day went incredibly smoothly.... Would highly recommend this venue.

Amy & Kayne

A day that I can only describe as perfection. We had many compliments from our guest about the lovely venue, immaculate gardens and delicious food. I was a picky bride with a long list of requirements and Ballara were nothing but accommodating and happy to help out during the whole process. Highly recommended Ballara as a wedding venue.

Tarsha & Jatin

I just wanted to say a huge thankyou for making our wedding day so magical! The Ceremony and reception both looked amazing! It was just what we wanted! The food tasted amazing! We could have asked for anything better! Thankyou again!

Laura & Sam

The venue was absolutely stunning and the staff were just incredible, they were so helpful throughout the whole planning process and they made our wedding day so special and go perfectly. The meals were delicious and we had nothing but positive comments from all our guest about the meals, staff and the venue itself. Absolutely beautiful.

Antonia & Tony

We had our ceremony and reception there and the preparations were faultless. Guests are still commenting on the wonderful quality of food and beautiful venue.

Jenny & Kevin

The garden setting is picturesque and great overall location for both ceremony and reception. We were looked after very well from start to the end. The team at Ballara responded efficiently to our emails and made sure the day was how we wanted.
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Unlimited photo opportunities and exclusive use of the Ballara Receptions makes us the ideal “one-stop-venue”.
With so many locations on-site, there is no need for you to leave Ballara to capture all those magical moments.
Wander around the lake to discover our cascading waterfall, giant swing, lakeside jetty, and rustic ‘LOVE’ letters, to name a few.
Having everything here removes the hassle, stress and cost of going to additional locations.
Ballara Receptions is one of the few Melbourne Wedding Venues that can provide this compete experience.



Just because the sun goes down, it does not mean your photography should stop!
The Ballara Receptions gardens are full of thousands of fairy lights and mood lighting so that your photo album will have gorgeous shots by day and night.
Steal a moment away in the fairy-lit courtyard, dance under the festoon lights on the deck or toast each other in the romantic gazebo.
Curious to find out more?

Contact us now via email or phone.

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Samantha & James

We had our wedding at Ballara and it was absolutely flawless. From start to finish, everything was perfect. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything ran so smoothly, it was brilliant. Every staff member we dealt with were fantastic. The venue itself is stunning, inside and out. Perfect photo/video opportunities everywhere! The food was...

Erin & Teri

We had an amazing day and night and everybody raved about the venue and the delicious food (props to the chef!). The whole day ran so smoothly and you were fantastic with how you went about everything and made our day so so special. We couldn’t have asked for a better day, it was just beautiful

Faye & Andy

My husband and I held our daughter's wedding at Ballara Receptions. It is an elegant fabulous venue, complete with beautiful gardens for great photos opportunities, a pond, fountains, gazebo and a chapel in case of inclement weather. We loved it and had a fabulous time. The food choices were numerous and the menu our children chose was delicious.

Katherine & Matthew

Gorgeous venue, beautiful grounds & chapel and an amazing team made Ballara Receptions the perfect venue for us on our special day! Ballara had the best package we could find with so many inclusions it made organising our wedding day so much easier. Thank you to the team at Ballara for helping us create the most perfect wedding day!

Vik & Shrivana

The staff at Ballara receptions were absolutely amazing. They were easy to work with and supportive from the very beginning to the day of the wedding. I would recommend Ballara to anyone looking to organise an elegant and seamless wedding; the ceremony, photos and reception all in one place.

Julie & Lia

Absolutely faultless - completely professional, extremely well organised, amazing venue that has everything on site - stunning gardens, beautiful chapel, gorgeous reception room. The food is plentiful and delicious. The staff couldn't be more accommodating.

Julie & Robertino

Absolutely faultless - completely professional, extremely well organised, amazing venue that has everything on site - stunning gardens, beautiful chapel, gorgeous reception room. The food is plentiful and delicious. The staff couldn't be more accommodating.



Our chefs have carefully created menus to be a mouth-watering experience for you and your guests.

Taking inspiration from cuisines around the world, we have created an exciting array of dishes,

using fresh seasonal produce, sensational flavours and the latest culinary trends.

You are sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds!

Your guests will rave about the beautiful presentation and generous portions for years to come.

Our professional and friendly wait staff provide expert service to ensure a memorable evening is had by all.


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Victoria 3095

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