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Pioneer Country is a dedicated farm wedding venue and is a fifth-generation cattle property, owned by the Sullivan family since 1892, nestled on 170 acres of lush farmland on the glorious Tweed Coast hinterland.

Featuring rolling hills & picturesque ocean views, this breathtaking farm was converted to a one-stop wedding destination by Fay & Bill Sullivan & is now run by their oldest daughter, Sarah Robinson – who grew up in the family business before going on to become an international project manager working in Brisbane, London and most recently Shanghai. After returning to the Tweed, Sarah became passionate about breathing new life into Pioneer Country & has meticulously created the ideal farm wedding venue.

Pioneer Country offers you:

  • A convenient 10-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport – situated close to Coolangatta hotels & only 30 minutes north of iconic Byron Bay
  • Ample unlimited off-street parking – with overnight parking available
  • 200 acres of rolling lawns & hilltops with ocean views to Surfers Paradise, Stradbroke Island & the Border Ranges
  • 120 seat Plantation-style chapel – featuring antique pews, a picturesque, pitched roof & lattice side walls that open to allow viewing for up to 300 guests
  • Multiple outdoor ceremony options
  • Photogenic – Black Angus cows, sun dappled avenues of trees, a reflection lake, country horse yards & rustic Australian memorabilia
  • An ambient, purpose built & fully licensed, barn-style restaurant, that comfortably seats 220 guests & features recycled 100-year-old beams, fairy lights, punkka fans & three wood burning fireplaces
  • Personalised menus by talented chefs showcasing local Tweed Valley produce
  • A private venue which hosts only one wedding at a time
  • The safe hands of an internationally renowned event planner

In short… Absolutely everything you need in one stunning location

A note from our in-house wedding planner


I’m Sarah, your in-house wedding planner here at Pioneer Country. Pleasure to meet you!

Our roots run deep here. The Sullivan family has been tending to this farm since 1892, and we’ve been in the hospitality game since ’76 when we opened up the Smokehouse Steakhouse right on the property. And, fun fact, our chapel was actually built back in ’94 for my wedding to a fella called Bruce from Yorkshire.

As a fourth-generation Sullivan, this place holds a special spot in my heart. I grew up in the old dairy cottage, and now my brother’s family calls it home sweet home. Family’s a big deal around here. You’ll often find my nieces and nephews pitching in, just like I did back in the day.

Now, let me take you on a little journey through my past. From helping out with horse trail rides to serving up steaks in the family restaurant, I’ve worn many hats. But it was my time in the corporate world – Brisbane, London, Melbourne, even Shanghai – that really honed my skills. Who knew those big city adventures would prep me for running our little piece of Northern Rivers paradise?

Speaking of paradise, Tweed Valley has it all – stunning coastline, lush hinterland, and a whole lot of charm. Plus, we’re conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from Brisbane, Byron Bay, and the Gold Coast International Airport. Can’t beat that!

When it comes to food, we’re all about keeping it local. Our paddock to plate ethos means we’re all about supporting our fellow producers. And trust me, our kitchen crew knows how to turn local produce into something truly special.

But enough about us, let’s talk about you and your big day. Whether you’re flying by the seat of your pants or you’ve got a Pinterest board bursting at the seams, I’m here to make sure your vision becomes a reality. With my background in marketing and events, I’ve got the skills to make magic happen.

From wrangling vendors to keeping tabs on the budget, I’ve got your back every step of the way. And hey, no problem is too big for us to tackle together. My mission? To make your wedding planning journey as smooth as silk.

So, what do you say? Ready to take a tour of our slice of paradise? Hit up the link below to book your personal tour. Weekdays, weekends, you name it – we’ll make it work.

Can’t wait to chat more about your big day!


Sarah (she)

Sarah: Driving the 4WD Buggy with Eski & picnic onboard


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