Covid 19 Update

Kookaburra Hideaway and Wedding Shed regarding the Corona Virus as of December 7th 2020

The 2sqm rule will be expanded and venue caps will be removed under a major easing of restrictions, as NSW continues to record zero cases of community transmission. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the timing is right to ease restrictions and replace the 4sqm rule with the 2sqm rule, except at gyms and nightclubs.

On Monday, 7 December 2020, the NSW Government eased the  following restrictions    


Venues including hospitality venues, retail and places of worship:

1 person per 2sqm (with 25 people permitted before the rule applies).

​Dance floors:

The number of people at a wedding or a gathering following a wedding service is subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule.

People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Only the wedding party, to a maximum of 20 persons, is permitted on a dancefloor. There cannot be rotation of people on the dancefloor beyond this wedding party. Names of  members of the bridal party who will be dancing must be pre-disclosed to the venue. During  of dancing is at the discretion of the venue owners and the space in which dancing is taking place.


Group Singing

Group singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity for transmission should someone involved be infected.

  • No more than 5 performers should sing indoors, with 1.5m between performers and 5m between performers and the audience. 

  • In indoor areas, audience members and congregants should not participate in singing or chanting.

  • There should be no dancefloors, except for weddings where the wedding party to a maximum of 20 are permitted.

To minimise infection risk:

  • all singers should face forwards and not towards each other 

  • maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers, and

  • keep 5 metres distancing from all other people including the audience and conductor.


Under the changes, maximum capacity caps will be removed subject to the 2sqm rule for:

  • bookings at hospitality venues

  • weddings

Wedding services are no longer subject to separate limits, with the exception of a wedding at a place of residence, which can have the greater of 20 people or one person per 4 square metres of space (this is also subject to change, however we are waiting for guidelines)

  • People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.  

  • All wedding guests, suppliers and staff must make a health declaration prior to attending a wedding at Kookaburra Hideaway, failure to do so may result in not being able to attend

  • Anyone with Covid symptoms will not be allowed to attend and should seek medical advice 

All vendors (Including us) must provide us with their Covid 19 Safety Plan  -   Click here to read ours.

Precautions and considerations we are incorporating into our wedding planning.

  • If you want to have dancing at the wedding, ensure this is restricted to 20 persons maximum.

  • Make sure to choose a venue that has a dancefloor area with enough space (Kookaburra Hideaway is a very large venue with outdoor/indoor components.

  • Think about strategies to avoid crowding on the dancefloor and other areas such as avoiding or modifying rituals like throwing the bouquet or the Hora.

  • Ensure people do not take alcoholic drinks onto the dancefloor

  • ​All weddings/functions must have a start and finish time with all patrons off premises at the agreed end time.



Where it is a restriction or condition of the current public health order, a person who is required to record information must:

  • record and keep the name and contact details (either a phone number or email address) of every person including staff, customers and contractors, entering their premises for a period of at least 28 days

  • ensure the information recorded is stored confidentially and securely and only used for the purpose of tracing COVID-19 infections

  • on request, provide the information to the Chief Health Officer.


Accommodation bookings at Kookaburra Hideaway and The Woodcutter's Shed 

Lead guests will be required to make a declaration prior to checkin stating the number  of guests staying at the accommodation and their contact details that must be readily available if required.

Visitors to accommodation on site are only allowed with prior permission from owner and must comply with current Covid 19 regulations.

NO  events or parties are to be held at accommodation properties or Wedding Shed without prior consent and proper supervision and stringent Covid 19 regulations adhered to.,


Compared to where we were back in March when all of this started we have come a long way and so long as we all do the right thing wedding and accommodation options will continue to improve.

Alternatives in the event of Covid 19 related changes, should a second wave occur.

1. Postpone everything – One postponement allowed for genuine Covid affected case.   

Postpone both your ceremony and wedding to a future date based on your current wedding pricing (midweek or weekend), for up to 2 years hence.   

2. Marry now and Party Later, plus free Commitment Ceremony for your future date.

Have an intimate wedding day on the date of your original booking as  per government regulations and save your celebration to a future date when all your invited guests can attend.   Ceremony to be performed by Val Haydon or your original Celebrant and  (Val) will be happy to perform a commitment ceremony free of charge for you with everyone in their bridal attire for your postponed Wedding Reception…or, if you are using a different Celebrant you are welcome to use them. (Subject to Val's availability)

Please click here for current terms and conditions:

As I have said in previous communications these are difficult and unprecedented times…

Marriage is all about a whole lifetime together… so postponing your wedding, or altering the sequence of events won’t be the end of the world.

Love has no boundaries… The most important thing is that couple who love one another are able to show their love in whatever way they can and that we can make it special..

In 3-6 months time all of this may well be behind us, but in the meantime we will do  anything we can for you to have your perfect day.. even if it comes in stages… 

Thankyou for sticking by us…  We won’t let you down.

Val and Andrew


The Wedding Shed @ Kookaburra Hideaway

Save your wedding day and your venue.











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