Saturday, November 22
For many couples, choosing where to get married is as important as the dress, the rings and the vows. Luckily for you, Australia is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. Whether you envision a small, secluded and intimate wedding, an extravagant beachside event or a simple elopement in a tropical paradise for your big day - you won’t be disappointed with the choice on offer. If you are looking for inspiration for an upcoming wedding, then here are Australia’s best wedding destinations.
Get Married Underwater
Where: Palm Beach, Carins
Australians love the idea of getting married by the ocean, but for an unforgettable and completely unique experience, why not consider getting married under the ocean? Charter a private boat for you and your guests from Palm Beach in Cairns and sail out into the ocean. Once you’ve said your vows underwater amongst the tropical fish, celebrate in style at a stunning beachfront restaurant, or sip chilled champagne on board with your guests. Underwater speaking and listening devices are provided and you even sign the all-important wedding documents underwater on waterproof paper! You and your guests may want to consider taking out domestic travel insurance for this underwater activity.
Relaxed Beachside Wedding
Where: Turquoise Bay in Western Australia or Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Australia is renown for its stunning beaches. If your picture perfect wedding is one where you walk down a sandy aisle to the sound of the crashing waves, then you really are spoilt for choice. Having trouble deciding on the perfect beach for your wedding? Consider Turquoise bay in WA, an expansive and beautiful part for Australia with rugged coastline, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water teeming with tropical fish. This bay is one of the most romantic beaches in the country. Or how about the iconic destination of Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, a remote and stunning location where once you have said your vows, you can hike up to a breathtaking lookout point, ideal for totally unique wedding photos.
Say your Vows in a Lush Tropical Rainforest
Where: The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
Located 120km south of Cairns, this World Heritage tropical rainforest is one of the oldest in the world. Say your vows against a lush tropical backdrop of beautiful ferns and fauna, surrounded by hidden waterfalls and amazing wildlife. There’s also plenty to keep you and your guests entertained before and after the ceremony. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway spans 7.5km over the rainforest, so don’t forget to take your camera to capture some of the breath-taking views. As the gondolas descend into the rainforest, keep a look out for the kangaroos that live in trees – the Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo.
Visit: Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree
Get hitched in the Dessert
Where: Uluru, Northern Territory
One of Australia’s most unique and unusual destinations to get married in is in the remote wilderness of Uluru. Exchange your vows against spectacular outback scenery, watch stunning sunrises and sunsets with your guests, and sip champagne under the stars with your closest friends and family. Getting married in the desert is guaranteed to make your wedding a memorable and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your guests. If your guests have travelled from far and wide, there are plenty of other activities to do before and after the wedding to keep them occupied: - Take a camel tour of Uluru and the surrounding aboriginal lands - Romantic hot air balloons at sunrise - Tour the nearby caves and canyons
Visit: Voyages for more information
If you are planning your own upcoming nuptials or are attending a wedding away from home, then don’t forget to take out domestic travel insurance for complete peace of mind.
By Ruth Cole – travel enthusiast.