Is Queensland, Australia, Your I Do Destination?
Deserted sand keys in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest hideouts in the Daintree, Spanish castles overlooking the ocean—in Queensland, Australia, the options for a one-of-a-kind wedding are limitless.
Having so many truly spectacular options in one state is great, until you’re forced to pick just one. To help you narrow it down, I’ve chosen a few of my favorites for different kinds of couples:
What is it: A luxury hotel with a stunning chapel overlooking the ocean. Think palm trees, sea breeze, and ocean as far as you can see. Plus, it’s one of the only beachfront chapels in the entire country!
Who it’s perfect for: If you like the idea of a hotel wedding (read: a well-trained staff to take care of everything for you), but also want to be steps from the sand, this is ideal
Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef
What is it: Pretty much how it sounds. You forgo the traditional wedding dress for a wetsuit, dive down into the ocean, and say (or rather, write on whiteboards) your vows surrounded by sea creatures. Afterward you can celebrate with friends and family on the boat—and maybe do a recreation for the guests who aren’t scuba certified.
Who it’s perfect for: An adventurous couple that doesn’t want any part of the traditional wedding scene but does want a story they’ll be telling for years.
A Sand Key in the Middle of the Ocean
What is it: A helicopter takes you and a few guests out to your own private paradise: a sand bar in the middle of the ocean, where all you can see is blue sea from every direction. You’ll have your ceremony and then likely head back to the mainland to party.
Who it’s perfect for: The couple that doesn’t want any wedding crashers on their special day. Also, if you love the idea of being barefoot in the sand and want to take it to the extreme, consider this route.
What is it: An out-of-this-world castle built by Jose Paronella in the 1930s. There’s a lovers’ tunnel that leads to waterfalls, picnic grounds, lovely trees, and plenty of photo opportunities for the bride and groom. It’s like European royalty meets Australian cool.
Who it’s perfect for: Couples who want a serious romance factor with a splash of an exotic vibe on their special day. It is a castle after all!
What is it: Kuranda is a small town way up in the mountains above Cairns. It’s home to many artists and has a fun, quirky vibe. You can reach it by car, train, or Skyrail (my personal favorite). There are a few hotel options in the town as well as a zoo where you can hold koala bears—a great outing for your wedding guests.
Who it’s perfect for: Offbeat couples who like the idea of an Australian destination wedding but don’t need to be oceanfront.
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