Wedding in Australia
Australia is a vast, wild and timeless land with stunning scenery, beautiful coastlines, pristine beaches, mouth-watering cuisine and cosmopolitan cities. Drive along winding coastal roads and glide through glistening waters alongside whale sharks and dolphins. The wildlife that you can see range from cuddly Koalas, Kangaroos to crocodiles and the amazing marine life that live just off the great barrier reef. Here you can unearth unique experiences. This is the land of adventure. A wonderful place to get married.
Sydney is blessed as a modern, vibrant international city, surrounded by golden beaches and crystal-clear surf. The relaxed Aussie lifestyle, with sunny blue skies and moderate climate makes it’s a natural, romantic wedding setting.
Your Beach Wedding in Sydney is set on the most romantic, most popular and beautiful beach for dream weddings that this picturesque city has to offer. Located just 20 minutes casual drive from the Sydney city centre, your wedding may take place inside the pretty white wedding rotunda – a perfect backdrop for your wedding memories, or you may choose to kick off your shoes and exchange your vows informally on the white sands, while the water laps up onto the shore.
On a perfect Sydney day, the ambience and atmosphere of the beach is relaxed, leisurely and very serene.
Romantic things to do
Milk Beach is one of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs best well-kept secrets. With breath-taking views of Sydney, Milk Beach is a picturesque small stretch of white sand right in front of the historic Strickland House in Vaucluse. It’s just 7 kms and 15 minutes from the city. Plus it’s just a short, scenic bushwalk from Milk Beach to Nielsen Park.
For a fancier affair than a visit to the local cinema, catch a flick in the evening air at one of Sydney’s outdoor cinemas this summer. Enjoy one of the many new releases or cult classics scheduled or watch a special preview screening. Choose from a stunning Sydney Harbour backdrop at the St George Open Air Cinema, or relax on Bondi Beach at Ben and Jerry’s Open-air Cinemas Bondi.
Picnic at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
With stunning views of Sydney Harbour and many shady trees to spread a picnic blanket under, the Royal Botanic Garden is an idyllic and central spot for a romantic breakfast, lunch or early dinner. Once you’ve finished picnicking, take a stroll around the extensive grounds and explore its many themed and manicured gardens.
Dinner by the Harbour
Set the scene for a romantic night out with dinner at one of Sydney’s many harbourside restaurants and cafés. Time your date to see the sun set over Sydney Harbour. Popular dining locations with spectacular waterfront views include Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, with plenty of acclaimed restaurants, bars and cafes perfect for dinner and a nightcap.
Sydney Opera House
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this World Heritage–listed building is Australia’s most famous landmark. Visually referencing a yacht’s sails, it’s a soaring, commanding presence. The complex comprises five performance spaces for dance, concerts, opera and theatre. The best way to experience the building is to attend a performance, but you can also take a one-hour guided tour. Ongoing renovation work, scheduled to be completed in 2021, may disrupt visits.
Sydney Harbour National Park
Sydney Harbour National Park protects large swathes of bushland around the harbour shoreline, plus several harbour islands. In among the greenery you’ll find walking tracks, scenic lookouts, Aboriginal carvings, beaches and a handful of historic sites. The park incorporates South Head and Nielsen Park on the south side of the harbour, but most of the park is on the North Shore – including Bradleys Head, Middle Head, Dobroyd Head and North Head.
Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches. It’s the closest ocean beach to the city centre (8km away), has consistently good (though crowded) waves, and is great for a rough-and-tumble swim (the average water temperature is a considerate 21°C). If the sea’s angry, try the child-friendly saltwater sea baths at either end of the beach.
Two surf clubs – Bondi and North Bondi – patrol the beach between sets of red-and-yellow flags, positioned to avoid the worst rips and holes.
Surfers carve up sandbar breaks at either end of the beach; it’s a good place for learners, too. Changing rooms and lockers can be found at Bondi Pavilion. At the beach’s northern end there’s a grassy spot with coin-operated barbecues, but don’t bring booze to your picnic – it’s banned on the beach.
Ku -Ring-Gai National Park
Ku-ring-gai, declared in 1894, takes its name from its original inhabitants, the Guringai people, who were all but wiped out just after colonisation through violence at the hands of settlers and the devastating introduction of smallpox.
Remnants of pre-colonial Aboriginal life are visible today thanks to the preservation of more than 800 sites, including rock paintings, middens and cave art.
Elevated park sections offer glorious water views over Cowan Creek, Broken Bay and Pittwater.
Gold Coast surfer’s paradise voted the best beach in the world. In just one day experience one of Australia’s most popular past time -surfing, then go bushwalking in subtropical rainforests, cruise in a fun convertible and take a dinner cruise aboard a luxury yaught. If you prefer an easier pace grab a picnic basket and head to one of the national parks or do nothing at all.
Froggy Beach – Coolangatta –
Is an example of one of the very favourite beaches on the Gold Coast, Froggy Beach, Froggy’s Beach or Froggies Beach as it is sometimes referred to, is a beautiful wedge of sand located between Snapper Rocks and Point Danger on the very Southern Point of the Gold Coast. A divine location for a Gold Coast beach wedding, the cove is protected from wind by the surrounding hills and the contrast of colours from rocks, sands and driftwood on the beach creates a dream setting for photography. The bridal party can make a stunning entrance by using the timber boardwalk from the top of the hill. The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most sought-after wedding destination.
Romantic things to do
With its beautiful beaches and laid-back holiday vibe, the Gold Coast offers couples the ultimate romantic escape.
With its beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, dynamic nightlife and hidden Hinterland gems, there’s no better place to reconnect and bond with your special someone than on the Gold Coast.
From luxurious pampering indulgences, to adrenalin-fuelled adventures, every type of couple is sure to find a way to turn up the romance here. So, grab your other half and discover the Gold Coast’s romantic side hand-in-hand
Romance meets Adrenalin
If you want to make their heart (and yours) beat faster, zip around the Broadwater’s sand bars and zoom past pelicans on a Paradise Jetboat ride or swap the beach for the clouds on Australia’s highest external building walk atop the iconic Gold Coast skyscraper Q1. Daredevils can walk along the edge of the climb and check out the sheer, 270-meter drop. Less adventurous types may prefer the security of the internal hand rail. opt for a romantic twilight climbs and you’ll get the chance to watch the sun set.
Go for a sunset stroll
Slip off your shoes and stroll around Coolangatta’s picturesque headland to Rainbow Bay where you will discover Snapper Rocks, home of the world famous Quicksilver and Roxy Pro surf competition. Even if there aren’t any surfing superstars riding the waves, it’s still fun to watch the talented local board riders strut their stuff. After you have watched the surfers continue around the headland to Froggy’s Beach, so called because of the huge green rock perched high on the headland that is painted like a frog. Froggy’s is a favourite spot for Instagrammers who come here to create some of the Gold Coast’s most stunning sunrise shots. Keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the waves. In the late afternoon this secluded beach often plays host to weddings that draw a crowd of admiring onlookers.
Head for the hinterland
Less than 30 minutes from the bustling coastal strip, towering high rises give way to sleepy villages, hobby farms, boutique vineyards and National Parks. Gift shops, galleries and restaurants line Mount Tamborine’s picturesque main street which is perfect for strolling. Tamborine Mountain National Park, Queensland’s oldest National Park, offers stunning scenery and impressive views of the distant high rise buildings. Wineries and providers are scattered throughout the area, which means stumbling across yet another lovely place to stop is part of the fun.
Nearby Springbrook is a nature lover’s paradise with myriad walking trails and a string of spectacular lookouts offering crystal-clear winter viewing. Don’t miss the highest on the plateau, ‘Best of All Lookout’ which lives up to its name with impressive views to Mount Warning and beyond. A short drive down the road you’ll find the Goomoolahra Picnic Area which is ideal for a romantic barbecue lunch accompanied by the sound of tumbling water.
Exploring the Gold Coast
Built for pleasure and remaining a place utterly dedicated to sun, surf and the body beautiful, this strip of coast is possibly Australia’s most iconic holiday destination. Its shimmering high-rises can, when glimpsed from afar, appear like a make-believe city, and its reputation for tackiness is occasionally deserved. But this is far outstripped by a booming, youthful spirit and startling physical beauty: some 52km of pristine sand and countless epic surf breaks, heartbreakingly hazy sunsets, blissful water temperatures and 300 sunny days a year.
The super-chilled surfie enclave of Burleigh has long been a family favourite but is currently having its moment in the sun. The town’s gently retro vibe and palpable youthful energy epitomise both the Gold Coast’s timeless appeal and its new, increasingly interesting, spirit. You’ll find some of the region’s best cafes and restaurants dotted around its little grid and, yes, that famous right-hand point break still pumps while the beautiful pine-backed beach
Lamington National Park
Australia’s largest remnant of subtropical rainforest cloaks the deep valleys and steep cliffs of the McPherson Range, reaching elevations of 1100m on the Lamington Plateau. Here, the 200-sq-km Lamington National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has more than 160km of walking trails.
The two most accessible sections of the park are Binna Burra and Green Mountains, both reached via long, narrow, winding roads from Canungra (not great for big campervans). Binna Burra can also be accessed from Nerang.
Local surf star Mick Fanning and his fellow circuit legends Joel Parkinson, Bede Durbidge and Josh Kerr are all partners in this wonderful new brewery, hidden away at the back of a Currumbin industrial estate. Come and sample the already sought-after Balter XPA or a special such as the German-style Keller pilsner. A rota of food trucks serves beer-soaking snacks that you can easily make a meal of. The space is both stylish and enthusiastically beery and there’s nonstop surf video. The staff are gorgeous, but if you’re lucky one of the above mentioned owners might be on the taps. If you’re looking to stock up, note they use cans only because, according to the Balter boys, of taste, chill ability, ease of recycling.
A long-running market that highlights local designers, makers and collectors, with fashion and lifestyle stalls, lots of live music and a strong local following.
Cairns in far North Queensland offers beauty, romance, serenity and natural wonders; all the ingredients for a dream wedding made in heaven. Tropical North Queensland is a vast region stretching from reefs and islands, through to beach and coastal wetlands to mountains, tablelands and the Gulf Savannah grassland. The major centre is Cairns, a tropical town with irresistible markets and shopping arcades.
North of Cairns are the beaches of Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and Ellis Beach where palm trees hang lazily over the sandy beaches. North, south and west magnificent cloud shrouded mountains containing the oldest rainforest in the world. Within these areas, you can sightsee or seek great adventure. To the East out into the coral sea, lies the largest reef system in the world the great barrier reef.
Cairns itself is now a truly international destination, and the city reflects exactly that. Exciting world class facilities, including a casino, award winning restaurants, vibrant nightlife, shops, theatres, galleries, tropical botanical gardens, and much more.
Choose from breath-taking, exotic wedding locations in this romantic far flung destination, from tropical rainforest to the uniquely spectacular beaches you will be spoilt in this dream wedding, honeymoon holiday destination.
Romantic things to do
Go hot air ballooning
There’s nothing quite as romantic as soaring through the sky and watching the sunrise. Looking down over the beauty of Cairns as the sun peeks over the horizon is certainly a breath-taking and romantic moment you and your date are sure to remember. If you are really looking to impress, a hot air balloon ride is a fantastic start. With a range of options to choose from, including 30-minute scenic flights, 60-minute double flights and special deals for locals, with Raging Thunder Adventures there’s something to suit every couple and every budget.
If you’re willing to splash out on a date, you cannot go past the Paperbark Restaurant at the Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa. This restaurant is renowned for their tranquil, relaxed atmosphere, blended perfectly with fine dining elegance. Perfect for making a lasting first impression, treating your spouse for a special occasion or just because. This restaurant prides itself on providing innovative menus, sampling the unique flavours that Cairns and the Barrier Reef are so well known for. Nestled within a Melaleuca forest and the tropical gardens of Kewarra Beach, you and your date will be serenaded by the sounds of local wildlife. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!
Cairns (pronounced ‘cans’) has come a long way since its beginnings as a boggy swamp and rollicking goldfields port. Heaving under the weight of countless resorts, tour agencies, souvenir shops and a million reminders of its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is unabashedly geared towards tourism.
Cairns Esplanade, Boardwalk & Lagoon
Sunseekers and fun-lovers flock to Cairns Esplanade’s spectacular swimming lagoon on the city’s reclaimed foreshore. The artificial, sandy-edged, 4800-sq-metre saltwater pool is lifeguard patrolled and illuminated nightly. The adjacent 3km foreshore boardwalk has picnic areas, birdwatching vantage points, free barbecues and fitness equipment. Follow the signposts for the excellent Muddy’s, which has playgrounds and water fun for little kids, and the skate ramp, beach volleyball courts, bouldering park and Fun Ship playground. Markets, concerts, festivals and free fitness classes are regular occurrences on the Esplanade.
Trawler restaurant Prawn Star is tropical dining perfection: clamber aboard and fill yourself with prawns, mud crabs, oysters and whatever else was caught that day, while taking in equally delicious harbour views. A second boat – Prawn Star Too – was added to the eat-fleet in mid-2017, but seating is still limited and much in-demand: get there early. Why the Cairns waterfront isn’t lined with restaurants like this is a mystery for the ages.
About 14km from Cairns, the Crystal Cascades are a series of beautiful waterfalls and idyllic, croc-free swimming holes that locals would rather keep to themselves. The area is accessed by a 1.2km (30-minute) pathway. Crystal Cascades is linked to Lake Morris (the city’s reservoir) by a steep rainforest walking trail (allow three hours return); it starts near the picnic area.
There is no public transport to the pools. Drive to the suburb of Redlynch, then follow the signs.
Cairns’ brand new multi-million-dollar aquarium opened in mid-2017, with a vast range of marine life, the Great Barrier Reef in miniature and unique experiences such as ‘sleeping with the sharks’.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Managed by the area’s original custodians, this award-winning cultural extravaganza tells the story of creation using giant holograms and actors. There’s a dance theatre, a gallery, boomerang- and spear-throwing demonstrations and turtle-spotting canoe rides.