Our Team

  • Kali


    Wedding Planner
  • Hannah


    Wedding Planner
  • Elizabeth


    Wedding Planner
  • Joelle


    Wedding Planner
  • Deanne


  • Estelle


  • You


Our History

Gabbinbar Homestead was first established in 1863.

The word 'Gabbinbar' is an aboriginal word which means 'peaceful place'.

Initially built by Reverend Nelson, Gabbinbar Homestead passed to his son Sir Hugh Nelson, Premier of Queensland (1893-1898), and for many years afterwards served as the summer resort for Queensland’s Governors. 

Currently, Gabbinbar Homestead is owned by Bernoth Properties and leased by Prethink Group.  

Sir Hugh Nelson

Gabbinbar Homestead was first established in 1863. 

Initially built by Reverend Nelson, Gabbinbar Homestead passed to his son Sir Hugh Nelson, Premier of Queensland (1893-1898), and for many years afterwards served as the summer resort for Queensland’s Governors. 

Barry & Lynda Bernoth restored the Homestead from 1997.

Currently, Gabbinbar Homestead is owned by Bernoth Properties and leased by Prethink Group.  


At Gabbinbar Homestead, we pride ourselves on timely communication.

If you have any questions, please send an enquiry or browse our frequently asked questions below...

  • What are your maximum and minimum numbers?

    There is a minimum package charge for all weddings held on the following dates:

    • All Saturdays except in January & February

    • All Fridays except in January, February, March, June, July, August, November & December 

    Please refer to our Prospectus for further details.

    Our facilities are extensive and as a result we can cater for very large weddings. Please be in contact for details.

  • How do I book a wedding at Gabbinbar Homestead?

    Before you book a wedding at Gabbinbar Homestead we encourage you to Book a Viewing of the estate. At the end of the viewing we will sit down with you to discuss pricing that will suit your individual requirements. 

    You are then welcome to make an obligation-free tentative booking, which lasts for 7 days.  If you wish to confirm your booking, a deposit is required to secure the date.

  • Do you have a discount for mid-week weddings?


    In general, we offer a package discount of 15% on Mondays - Thursdays and a package discount of 5% on Fridays.

    To find out more, please book at tour.

  • Do you offer 'cocktail' style receptions?

    Yes! You are welcome to have a cocktail style reception at Gabbinbar Homestead.

    Our wedding planning team has lots of tips on how to ensure your guests get plenty of food, while still achieving that more relaxed and conversational cocktail style experience.

  • Can I just book Gabbinbar Homestead for my ceremony?

    At Gabbinbar Homestead, we offer exclusive use of the entire estate for the day of your wedding, so we do not normally allow ceremony-only bookings.

    People sometimes choose to not have their ceremony at Gabbinbar Homestead, i.e. get married in a church; however we do not charge any extra to have your ceremony at Gabbinbar Homestead as well.

  • What support do I get on my wedding day?

    We provide you with full support on the day of your wedding.

    The wedding planning team at Gabbinbar Homestead provides a pre-planning service prior to and on the day of your wedding to ensure the smooth running of the entire day. This includes recommending and coordinating of vendors, setting up your reception, setup and coordination of ceremony (if applicable), drinks and food timing.

  • Can I get ready on site at Gabbinbar Homestead?

    Yes! We have an exquisite and well-furnished Bride's Retreat available for you and your bridesmaids in which to get ready.

    The Bride's Retreat features fine furnishings including a Victorian-era chaise, full length mirror, salon-style makeup and hair consoles, French provincial furniture, iPod dock, perfume, chocolates, complimentary sparkling wine and a beautifully appointed ensuite with bath & shower.

    While you get ready, our wedding planning team will set up everything for your reception and ceremony - so you can relax with confidence.

  • Do we have to pack up at the end of the night?

    No. Definitely not!

    Our philosophy at Gabbinbar Homestead is that we want you to relax and enjoy your day. We pack up everything for you and store it on site for collection at a suitable time.

  • Can I bring my own decorations?

    Yes! At Gabbinbar Homestead we believe that individual decorations help make your wedding unique to you.

    We especially love real candles and our glass-roofed Conservatory has been designed to reflect candle light!

    Our wedding planning team will meet with you before your wedding to co-ordinate your decorations, so that on the day of your wedding you can relax while we set everything* up for you.

    * We are able to set up all the decorations for the majority of weddings; however if you have more decorations to set than our team can achieve on the day, we will provide a quote to offer further assistance.

  • How many wait staff do you provide at a wedding?

    Part of our famous "Gabbinbar Experience" is exceptional service.

    During peak times of service (i.e. at the start of your reception) we provide at least one waiter per 10 guests. This is 2 - 3 times above industry average and ensures that your guests will enjoy full tray service in the gardens and full table service once inside.

    During photos, you and your bridal party will enjoy full service from our waitstaff - wherever you are across our 25 acre estate.

  • Are you flexible with your menu?

    Yes! Our Executive Chef wants you to have an exceptional food experience. Our menu is extensive; however if you have specific requirements, we are prepared to do all we can in customising the menu for you.

    We offer full menu tastings where you can talk to our chef to modify your food.

  • Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

    Yes! We cater for all special dietary requirements. Our commitment is to make your guests with these special requirements feel appreciated and well cared for.

    To achieve this, our chefs will either modify your chosen menu to suit or individually prepare menu alternatives. There is no additional cost for this service.

    Much of our menu is gluten free and we maintain strict food isolation procedures to ensure safety for any guests with dietary requirements that have serious health considerations.

  • Do you offer menu tastings?

    Yes! Once you have booked at Gabbinbar Homestead we encourage you to take us up on our menu tasting offer.

    You and your friends/family can enjoy a lunch out tasting different items from our extensive menu. Our chef is available at these tastings to discuss your menu and at this point you are welcome to modify the food to suit your individual requirements.

  • Can we supply our own drinks?

    Yes! Gabbinbar Homestead is a fully licensed venue, however our commitment to flexibility and individuality means that we encourage and embrace the option for BYO drinks.

    Our drinks packages give you the option of BYO alcohol. You deliver your own alcoholic beverages to Gabbinbar Homestead before your Event and we serve them to your guests. We provide service staff and the equipment you need for drinks including coldroom, ice, bar equipment, fruit (such as lemon & lime), straws, display equipment and crystal glassware.

    To choose to BYO alcohol this must be pre-arranged with the wedding planning team and you must have one of our drinks packages running for the duration of your Event.

    Otherwise, you are welcome to use our licensed bar in a number of ways including a bar tab, drinks package or cash bar for your guests.

  • Are children allowed at Gabbinbar Homestead?

    Yes!Children are very welcome to attend weddings at Gabbinbar Homestead.

    We offer specially designed menus for children and can even set up a children's games room complete with a DVD player.

    Children will love exploring our extensive grounds and spotting some of the wildlife including our adorable wallabies.

  • Do you have air-conditioning and/or heating?

    Yes! The Conservatory, Ballroom and Bride's Retreat have reverse cycle air-conditioning.

    Our front sitting rooms have open fire places that are lit during winter months.

  • How much car parking do you have?

    We have over 150 car parks on site at Gabbinbar Homestead and guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight in the carpark if they choose to leave in a taxi.

  • Do you have disabled access?

    Yes! We have a ramp entry into the Homestead and once inside all the floors are on one level.

    There is also a separate disabled bathroom.

  • Do you have accommodation on site?

    Unfortunately we do not offer accommodation on site, however there are over 2,000 rooms mostly located within 10 minutes drive.

    We recommend contacting the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre for accommodation enquiries and remember to ask them about private homes available for rent along Toowoomba's stunning escarpment.

    Taxis are readily available for pick-up and guests are welcome to leave cars overnight in our car park.

  • Where is Gabbinbar Homestead located?

    We are located adjacent to the escarpment on the Southern fringe of Queensland's garden city, Toowoomba.

    Toowoomba is a thriving regional city situated close to Brisbane (1.5 hours drive) with plenty of accommodation options.

    Gabbinbar Homestead hosts weddings from all over the world and is renowned for being one of Australia's leading destination wedding venues.

Terms & Conditions

Part of the famous "Gabbinbar Experience" is our flexibility; however, we still need some terms and conditions.

If any of these are a 'sticking-point' please let us know your concerns and we will consider a solution.

Download Terms & Conditions

Part of the famous "Gabbinbar Experience" is our flexibility; however, we still need some terms and conditions.

If any of these are a 'sticking-point' please let us know your concerns and we will consider a solution.

Download Terms & Conditions

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    Access: You may request details of personal information that we hold about you, in certain circumstances set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).  An administrative fee may be payable for the provision of information.  We may refuse to provide you with information that we hold about you, in certain circumstances set out in the Privacy Act.
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