Ocean View Estates is a family owned and run winery and brewery located in the hinterland between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast (45km from Brisbane.) It’s owners Thomas, Kate and their beloved OVE holds a special piece of our hearts, because six years ago we held our wedding reception there. After months and months of looking we drove to OVE for dinner and were sold the instant we saw the setting… and double sold after our first bites of our meals. During the stages of wedding planning and since then we have spent many days on the property enjoying lunches, degustations and winery tours.
This week we were lucky enough to take our children to enjoy a one night stay in there two bedroom cottage (they also have a one bed.) We arrived late in the afternoon after just over one hours drive from the Sunshine Coast. Greeted by staff we took the key and drove up to our accommodation. The two bedroom cottage features a kitchen, living area, bathroom, fireplace and spa bath. Though the best part would be the phenomenal outlook from the balcony.
There is plenty to do at OVE without doing much at all. The beauty comes from making no plans and simply walking around the breathtaking grounds allowing yourself to “unwind in the vines.” The staff can organise a packed picnic lunch to be enjoyed with a bottle of their own wine. Or a four/six course dejustation lunch with complimenting drinks. You can take part in one of the daily winery/brewery tours, with tasting. If you are feeling adventurous and have the time, a visit to neighbouring Dayboro is a must. The options are endless even down to a scenic helicopter flight landing within the winery grounds. Some people actually choose to arrive for their lunch/stay at OVE by helicopter or horseback!
Putting its spectacular surrounds aside the highlight of this place is the restaurant which celebrates a slight Japanese and French fusion. Hands down the best food I have eaten. Head chef Tony Tierney arranges incredible menus season after season, year after year. My top pick is his hot chocolate soft centred puddings, I’ve been eating variations of it for years.
If time is limited, and you can’t pull yourself away for the night, a day trip from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast is a perfect amount of time to enjoy lunch at OVE. We have honestly had some of our best family occasions driving through the hinterland up to the restaurant to enjoy the food.
Lastly a note on weddings. If you are a bride to be, (or a hopeful bride to be,) I would highly recommend considering Ocean View Estates for your special day. It is a one of a kind property that will set your wedding apart. Family run with a wholesome feel, Tom and Kate graciously play huge parts in giving their couples the most incredible of wedding days. Since our special day, six years ago, they have opened a dedicated function room which looks spectacular. The perfect ceremony spot is offered under a gazebo which sits on the lake. Couples are given the option of hosting their entire wedding within the OVE grounds if they wish, without even having to move off site for photos. I still count my blessings that we chose Ocean View Estates for our wedding venue and would choose it time and time again.
For more information on Ocean View Estates including information on restaurant bookings, overnight stays and wedding packages visit their website or call (07) 3425 3900.
Here’s some images taken six years ago of our wedding at Ocean View Estate. Photos by Calli B Photography.
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