So, you’ve decided to ditch tradition and say “I do” in an intimate elopement ceremony. Seeking a dreamy locale with beautiful landscapes, natural wonders and a romantic atmosphere (minus a long-haul flight)? We rounded up some of our favourite elopement destinations in Australia with all the essentials for a loved-up, fun-packed ceremony…
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Elopement destinations in Australia:
1. Uluru, Northern Territory
Arguably Australia’s most famous landmark, Uluru in the Northern Territory is photography gold – perfect for a whirlwind elopement! While marrying inside the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park isn’t permitted, you can still tie the knot in a fabulous nearby spot and with views of the icon as a dramatic background. Once you’ve exchanged vows, escape to the park for an unforgettable photo session and soak up that golden light.
2. The Whitsundays, Far North Queensland
Crystal-clear water, sunny skies almost all year-round and some of the most incredible beaches in the world – it’s this combination that makes the Whitsundays in Queensland’s Far North a beloved go-to for amazing tropical celebrations. Whether you go all-out with a helicopter flight to a postcard-perfect isle or keep things simple (but still utterly enchanting) with a ceremony on the golden sands of Airlie Beach, you’ll find an array of settings here that look straight out of a screensaver.
3. The Blue Mountains, New South Wales
If you’re looking to escape the crowds, find secluded nooks for your “I do”s in New South Wales’s ruggedly romantic Blue Mountains. Fringed with dense forest and with pinch-me-now views, this magical destination also makes for an incredible honeymoon destination. Top everything off by holing up in a cosy cabin or sumptuous retreat with a bottle of red wine from a local winery. Sigh.
4. Hunter’s Dream Estate, New South Wales or Bridestowe Lavender Fields, Tasmania
Picture the scene – a field filled with seemingly endless rows of lavender blooms. It seems like something straight out of a daydream, but at the aptly named Hunter’s Dream Estate in New South Wales or at Tasmania’s Bridestowe Lavender Fields it’s this gorgeous setting that makes for sensational elopements. Keep things classic or go wild with the boho look with macrame touches and plenty of free-flowing blooms to make your background shine.
5. The Kimberley, Western Australia
If you’re after a truly Australian outback ceremony, celebrate your special day in Western Australia’s majestic Kimberley. With captivating natural beauty and epic outlooks, this beautifully unique destination has plenty to offer couples. Enjoy the best of it all with El Questro Resort – with over one-million acres of breathtaking landscapes and access to the amazing Zeebeedee Springs, it’s a perfect match for an escaped-from-it-all elopement.