Imperial Hotel Clifton

315 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Clifton NSW 2515

What you need to know about getting married at this stunning Coal Coast venue.

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Where to stay near the Clifton Imperial Hotel?

The Coal Coast is home to a stretch of coastline where the beautiful escarpment hugs the ocean in a tight embrace, leaving a sliver of habitable earth that enterprising folk have built a range of stunning houses into. This also means it is home, thanks to yet another enterprising gentleman by the name of Brian Chesky, to a range of beautiful AirBNBs that are perfect for getting ready for a wedding at The Imperial Hotel.

Clifton Imperial Hotel


Although I believe there are plans in the works to change this, The Imperial Hotel doesn’t currently offer ceremonies on site. But while they don’t offer a ceremony space within the venue itself, there are a tonne of amazing options nearby. Stanwell Park has options for beach ceremonies, as does Coalcliff Beach (my favourite beach to photograph on!).

For small, intimate ceremonies, Wodi Wodi features a hidden gem at the start of the trail (but be warned, there’s still a bit of a walk so keep your setup simple), and for a wet weather option (or just something cute and indoors), the Clifton School of Arts is perfect and is essentially directly across the road.

Reception Space

Photography at The Clifton Imperial Hotel

I love this part of the coast. The escarpment hugging into the ocean gives us all these beautiful small, secluded beaches that are perfect for photographs and are all a 5 minute drive or less from The Imperial.

Away from the beach is the Wodi Wodi track and other little paths through the woodlands on the escarpment, but be warned – these aren’t easy when kitted out in a suit or dress! There’s also a beautiful headland clearing a little further south at Austinmer that has gorgeous views both south and north along the water.

Back at The Imperial, there is a bottom level with steps leading to a small grassed area for something close and quick, and also throughout the gorgeous interior there’s plenty of cute spots to sip some of the delish champagne and look fancy.

The reception space has, during daylight hours, stunning light filtering through and I high recommend using the ocean side for your table arrangements where possible. Not only are you then makign the most of those views, but you’re getting soaked in window light. I’d be placing myself on the far side looking out to the ocean to ensure I got good views and was lit nicely.

Although I love just some roaming speeches, with the L shaped room it can make it difficult so I recommend, photographically speaking, placing the speaker in the south ocean corner. That way you’ll always be in view of them. And as is always my advice, make sure you stay sat together and enjoy the memories people bring up together – it makes for the cutest photographs.


It’s a classy, lux venue suited to cocktail or seated meals, acoustic duos and good wine. It’s not a venue where you’ll have a 100 person dance floor raging to an indie cover band, but it’s perfect for something more subdued and high end.