Australia is home to some of the most famous and breathtaking beaches in the world, so it’s no surprise couples from around the country are dreaming of easy-breezy ocean vibes and a chic coastal celebration. Can’t wait to sink your toes in the sand? Here are a few of our favourite beach wedding venues to help you ride that wedding wave.
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Alamanda Palm Cove
Swaying palms, turquoise waters, and year-round sunshine — the Tropical North Queensland enclave of Palm Cove is made for holiday weddings! Enjoy a scenic “I do” in The Alamanda Chapel, just steps from the sea, then float on to your oceanfront cocktail party or a romantic dinner at Nu Nu Restaurant. From the beach-luxe base of Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore, you can ease into married life a range of honeymoon indulgences. Address: Palm Cove QLD
Sprawling ocean views and sensational dining come together at this beloved hideaway in Mollymook on the NSW south coast. Created and helmed by British celebrity chef (and adopted Aussie son) Rick Stein, there are several reception options, but having the run of the clifftop restaurant is tempting. Marry on the beautiful beachfront and stay on at the boutique accommodations — a Collette Dinnigan-designed penthouse, perhaps? Address: Mollymook NSW
Beachside Dojo captures Manly’s coastal-cool vibe with a very warm and welcoming style of hospitality. The venue is exclusively yours to enjoy, including a rooftop balcony overlooking the glistening sea. Beachfront vows flow seamlessly into evening festivities with delicious Western-meets-Japanese menus on offer. Address: Manly NSW
Coast Port Beach
A west-coast sunset can be a real scene-stealer, especially from the beach! Nestled in the sand dunes of North Fremantle, Coast Port Beach offers toes-in-the-sand ceremonies just steps from the charming Boathouse reception room. Guests can chill in the beach club before feasting on fresh, seasonal produce and enjoying the relaxed, coastal ambience and superb Indian Ocean vistas. Address: Perth WA
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With dazzling ocean and island views, postcard-perfect event spaces (private jetty vows, perhaps?) and an excellent wedding team, Coral Sea Marina Resort is ideal for celebrations intimate and grand. Located in the vibrant seaside hub of Airlie Beach, gateway to The Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, your honeymoon is sorted here. Think reef and island adventures and lazy afternoons in your balcony hammock. Address: Airlie Beach QLD
Imagine the invites: Join us at Lovers Cove on Daydream Island. Swoon. This Whitsundays idyll offers stunning locations (catering from two to 250 guests), ample accommodation for all your crew, and Great Barrier Reef adventures on your doorstep. You’ll find the intimate Daydream Chapel and Lovers Cove both on the sunset-ready western side — and if you’ve ever considered an Underwater Observatory Ceremony, they have it here too! Address: The Whitsundays QLD
If you can’t wait to unleash your inner stylist, then Elements of Byron is perfection. Acres of glorious beachfront, masses of space for marquees and tents, resort facilities, and elegant villa accommodation make Elements a must-see. You’ll also have Byron’s creative community of wedding professionals on hand to deliver your dream. Address: Byron Bay, NSW
One of Australia’s most photographed yet secluded beaches awaits you on glorious Fitzroy Island, just 45 minutes offshore from Cairns. Take a glass-bottom boat transfer to your intimate nuptials on famed Nudey Beach or celebrate on the white coral beach of Welcome Bay. Usher in a new era beneath the rainforest canopy or a host a sunset soiree overlooking the sea. Zoom in on Fitzroy Island at the gorgeous wedding of Brooke & Dessie. Address: Great Barrier Reef QLD
A wedding day at Honeymoon Bay. What could be more romantic? With the pink granite mountains of the Hazards and the wild beauty of Great Oyster Bay as your backdrop, this east-coast escape is unforgettable. Freycinet Lodge offers a choice of ceremony sites (including the Cape Tourville Lighthouse) together with gourmet dining, and pavilion-style accommodation in a sublime national park setting. Address: Freycinet National Park TAS
Australia’s most iconic beach and swimming pool plus a legendary dining room. Now there’s a cracker combo. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar offers million-dollar views over the historic pool and across Bondi Beach. Located at the southern end of the building, the space also features a dance floor, a fully staffed private bar, and three private balconies for an unforgettable occasion. Address: Bondi Beach, NSW
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Nature-lovers? How about the World Heritage-listed natural beauty of Fraser Island for your holiday wedding, surrounded by lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear lakes at Kingfisher Bay Resort? Make a memorable entrance along a paperbark forest ‘aisle’ and pledge your love on Sunset Beach (or the secret Lakeside Beach) before celebrating poolside under the stars, toes-in-the-sand in a rustic bush setting, or in the resort’s ballroom. Address: Fraser Island QLD
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Moby Dicks Whale Beach
Love a nautical vibe? Chart a course to Moby Dicks in the Sydney northern beaches suburb of Whale Beach. Exchange vows in the tropical landscaped gardens before photos and frivolity on the beach and reception cheer in the elegant, light-filled dining space. For more waterside wedding action, see Moby Dicks’ sister venues including The Boathouses at Palm Beach, Shelley Beach and Balmoral Beach. Address: Sydney NSW
St Mary’s by the Sea
Where do you find Australia’s prettiest seaside chapel? In Tropical North Queensland of course! Local landmark St Mary’s by the Sea (circa 1880s) really is within cooee of the sand as well as several stellar reception venues, including historic Sugar Wharf and Salsa Bar & Grill. Stained-glass windows, sparkling Coral Sea views, and a bell to ring in your “I do” make this non-denominational beauty a must-see. See more of St Mary’s by the Sea at Nicole & Declan’s intimate elopement. Address: Port Douglas QLD
The Sebel Noosa
Seduced by Queensland’s Sunshine Coast? Then you can’t miss Noosa, home to the soft white sands of Main Beach. The Sebel Noosa offers an ideal base, in the heart of Hastings Street and just a stone’s throw from the beach and Noosa River. Say “I do” in the hotel’s secluded garden before a memorable reception dinner and an indulgent honeymoon itinerary of shopping, swimming, and dining. They do relaxed-luxe so well here! Address: Sunshine Coast QLD
The Stokehouse St Kilda Beach
This much-celebrated St Kilda dining address also hosts very swish seaside weddings. The Palm Room overlooks the beach and palm-lined promenade, perfect for up to 40 guests, while larger events can be hosted in the STOKEBAR and coveted oceanfront terrace. Every detail is considered here, from exceptional ingredients to custom mirrors angled to ensure everyone has a view of the water! Address: St Kilda VIC
Looking for a fairytale touch? The Stamford Grand Adelaide invites you to arrive by horse and carriage to your romantic beachfront, foreshore, or jetty vows before a reception in the Grand Ballroom or more intimate Moseley Room (both on the first floor with magnificent ocean views). Address: Glenelg SA
With three gorgeous beaches within strolling distance, The Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel offers a close-to-home island experience. Less than an hour from the Brisbane mainland you can marry on the sun-drenched sands then celebrate with a sweeping view of the sea in the Headland Room. Stylish self-contained apartments invite you and your crew to really relax and embrace Straddie’s laid-back coastal vibe. Address: Stradbroke Island QLD
If you’ve ever dreamt of living a little like royalty for your wedding day, then Villa Botanica is the place for you. With facilities including a private bride salon, dress steaming, a sunken garden with a bar set-up and a room featuring a floor-to-ceiling fish tank, you will be able to experience the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Address: The Whitsundays
You can’t get much closer to the sand than this! Built in 1928 for the burgeoning beach culture of the time, West Beach Bathers Pavilion was lovingly restored to offer relaxed seaside charm with a dash of nostalgia. Enjoy canapes and cocktails on the sand or sit-down dining inside. The expansive deck showcases beach and bay views (especially magical at sunset) and the vibe is low-key and very lovely. Address: St Kilda VIC
Once you’ve got your perfect beach wedding venue sorted head over to our Ultimate Beach Wedding Guide for more inspiration and ideas for planning your perfect destination beach wedding.
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