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Latest update June 2017



We got the scoop…. 2017 ABIA Awards were announced on 14 June 2017

For Restaurant Reception:
RUNNER UP – QLD with a score of 99.69%

Function Coordinator:
7th – QLD with 98.95%

We are super excited and wish to thank every bride and groom who went to the trouble of voting for us but also congratulation all wedding suppliers recognised in the 2017 awards.


The Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) was founded in 1997 to protect brides and grooms and promote bridal suppliers from what was a previously under regulated industry. ABIA accredited suppliers go through a rigorous assessment by both the academy and feed back from some 6000 brides annually.

ABIA is the most respected premier bridal industry association.

The foundation for the ABIA Accreditation system. An extensive on going data base is created from both the brides wedding experience feed back and ABIA awards for excellence generate a wealth of accurate information for future brides about who are the highest rated wedding suppliers.

To be an accredited supplier and to receive annual awards makes it easy to distinguish the high quality suppliers and The River Deck Restaurant is one of those outstanding suppliers.

Within the wedding industry owner operators provide more attention, better value for money and a superior wedding experience than corporates winning more awards. The River Deck is owned and operated by Sue and Geoff Baxby.

ABIA Appointment in 2012ABIA awards for excellence appointment

 The River Deck Restaurant was appointed  to the Australian Bridal Industry Academy as an Appointed Bridal Industry Associate in 2012.

Since then they have received awards for excellence in the following areas

  • Restaurant Reception
  • Wedding Coordinator
  • In House Advisor

ABIA Awards

The River Deck keeps winning awards year after year…

ABIA Designer of Dreams 2017 Top Contenders

The River Deck has been chosen  as one of the Top Contenders in the ABIA National Designer of Dreams awards to be held late March 2017.

The great news is that The River Deck was awarded the 5th as the “Best reception venue” and 7th as the “Best wedding coordinator”

The Chairman of ABIA, Mr John O’Meara said “that the River Deck Restaurant should be extremely proud of the accomplishment which honoured the pride, passion and professionalism in which they delivered their product and service to their brides and grooms”.

We are extremely grateful of all the Brides and Grooms who have chosen to have their reception at the River Deck and those who have voted for us.

ABIA Designer of Dreams 2016 National Finalist ranked 6th  overall

The ABIA Designer of Dreams Awards are a bit like the Academy Awards of the Australian Wedding Industry.

The River Deck’s 2016 Designer of Dreams Award is against many long standing established corporate wedding venues demonstrates the value of Sue and Geoff Baxby’s remarkable, tasteful and personalised service they offer. Read more here

ABIA “Designer of Dreams” Finalist 2016, 2017

ABIA Finalist Best Restaurant Wedding Reception 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

ABIA Finalist Function Coordinator 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

ABIA Finalist In House Advisor 2012, 2013, 2014

ABIA Rating

1.  Best Restaurant Reception 2016 Runner up

  • ABIA Accreditation
  • ABIA Award
  • Bridal rating 99.91%

2.  Function Coordinator 2016

  • ABIA Accreditation
  • ABIA Award
  • Bridal rating 97.95%

ABIA logo3.  In House Advisor 2014

  • ABIA Accreditation
  • ABIA Award
  • Bridal rating 96.76%

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Press Release from  Mr John O’Meara Chairman ABIA – 22 July 2014

One of Queenslands finest wedding suppliers, River Deck Restaurant was honoured at the 16th Queensland Annual Bridal Industry Awards on Tuesday the 22nd of July 2014.  The Chairman of the ABIA, Mr John O’Meara congratulated River Deck Restaurant on their achievement as a finalist in their category.

Mr. O’Meara said that River Deck Restaurant should be extremely proud of the achievement considering that each wedding supplier must receive a customer satisfaction of at least 95%.

Mr. O’Meara went on to say that it was businesses like River Deck Restaurant which complemented and elevated the wedding industry with their attention to detail and the pride, passion and professional manner in which they delivered their wedding product to the bridal customer…

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What Easy Weddings say about The River Deck Restaurant

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After an elegant church or beachside ceremony invite your guests to celebrate your marriage with you at The River Deck Restaurant

Alternatively, you are invited to have your ceremony with us on our exclusive Ceremony Deck, which boasts a spectacular uninterrupted backdrop of the tranquil Noosa River.  Your guests can relax with no need to travel between ceremony and reception venues.

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As well as a place for private wedding ceremonies, our expansive deck areas are available for your guests to enjoy the spectacular views and relax.

The River Deck Restaurant offers a quality dining experience, competitive pricing, professional staff and a venue with ample room to mingle, dance and celebrate in style with live entertainment.  The choices are all yours as we are happy to tailor a package to meet your exact needs.

Small wedding parties can book sections of the restaurant to celebrate in style. Larger groups have the option of booking the entire restaurant exclusively.  You may choose to celebrate with a formal sit down dinner (up to 160 guests) or elegant cocktail style reception (up to 220 guests maximum).

When hosting your reception at The River Deck Restaurant, the venue is always available as a wet weather option for your ceremony.

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