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The Whitsundays is the perfect place for your romantic escape. With idyllic warm weather and beautiful sunshine throughout the year, the Whitsundays is well-known for its uncrowded tropical beaches and the many experiences that create the ultimate romantic escape.

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef, picnic on Whitehaven Beach and dip your toes into the sparkling white sand or cast your eyes over the endless blue horizons while you're soaking up the sun on a luxurious yacht.

Imagine romantic sunsets overlooking the Coral Sea and islands, secluded beaches to escape to and colourful corals to snorkel on; just the two of you. Indulge at a luxury day spa, savour fresh local seafood to be feasted on and starry skies to be gazed at.

Each year more couples are getting married away from home making their wedding even more memorable. But why would you ask your friends and family to travel far and deal with the obstacles of language barriers, immigration laws and foreign currency, when Australia's own tropical paradise is much closer to home?

A wedding in the Whitsundays is something truly spectacular and with a thriving wedding industry here ready to support you every step of the way, you can really make the day memorable with some amazing features.

Ceremony locations in the Whitsundays

In and around the mainland resort town of Airlie Beach:

  • Airlie Beach
  • Boathaven Beach
  • Boardwalk Beach
  • Shingley Beach
  • Cannonvale Beach
  • Shute Harbour Beach
  • Cedar Creek Waterfalls

Beaches about an hour's drive north of Airlie Beach:

  • Gloucester Point
  • Hydeaway Bay
  • Dingo Beach

Beaches in and around the mainland town of Bowen:

  • Coral Cove
  • Rose Bay
  • Murray Bay
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Bowen Beach
  • Flagstaff Hill
  • Bowen Foreshore

Island Locations:

  • Whitehaven Beach (Whitsunday Island)
  • Lovers' Cove, Endeavour Wedding Chapel and Mermaid Beach (Daydream Island)
  • Catseye Beach, One Tree Hill and Chapel & Gardens (Hamilton Island)
  • Stella Maris Chapel, Coconut Grove, Hayman Beach, The Formal Garden, Lagoon Lanai, Resort Lookout or the Eastern Lawn (Hayman Island)
  • Palm Bay Resort (Long Island)

You can also have your wedding ceremony on-board one of the many sailing vessels available throughout the Whitsundays!

The Whitsundays is known as the wedding ‘heart’ of Australia due to its stunning natural beauty and balmy tropical climate with year-round warm weather.

About 1,500 weddings take place every year, with couples coming from all over Australia and the world to tie the knot in the Whitsundays.

But it’s not just the sublime locations and swaying palm trees that lure couples to the destination.

It is also renowned for its excellent range of ceremony and reception venues, its accommodation options and its professional wedding suppliers.

So much choice

The Whitsundays offers every kind of wedding, from ‘barefoot on the beach’ to opulent luxury. Whether you are eloping with just you and your betrothed or you have all your family and friends with you, the Whitsundays can offer the right venue and accommodation.

Catering is also taken care of with wedding venues making the most of the fresh local produce and wild-caught seafood the region abounds in.

And while you might think that getting married away from home could be a chore, think again!

The Whitsundays has dozens of professional wedding suppliers including celebrants, cake-makers, photographers and chauffeurs ready to make your dream wedding come true.

There is also a good choice of day spas, for the pre-wedding pampering, and hairdressers and make-up artists for the Big Day.

You might also want to think about hiring a wedding planner to assist with ‘on the ground’ details and some resorts have their own wedding co-ordinators.

A wedding with a difference!

The Whitsundays is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and you can be married on this unique living structure, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

You and your wedding party can cruise to the reef on board a comfortable vessel and say ‘I Do’ with the incredible backdrop of colourful corals and the ocean stretching into the horizon. 

Or why not have a country wedding with a rural backdrop and invoke some rustic charm?

Work-worn tractors and weather-beaten barns against a backdrop of swaying canefields create striking wedding photos and you can enjoy good old-fashioned hospitality in a farm stay, bed and breakfast or country pub.

An incredibly romantic spot for a Whitsundays wedding is the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls, about a 40-minute drive from Airlie Beach. Equally pretty in the summer or winter months, Cedar Creek Falls is a hidden gem providing a tranquil and serene spot to say I Do.

Or make a splash and get married on the water. Couples have dived, snorkelled and sailed into married life together in the Whitsundays!

And for those who feel more at home in the sky you can charter your own seaplane or helicopter for an intimate ceremony with just you and your closest family and friends on a deserted beach.

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