It’s a well-known fact that Australia is home to some of the most incredible beaches and breath-taking coastlines in the world – In fact, when people think of Australia, lazing on long stretches of sand with epic ocean backdrops is often one of the first things that come to mind.
So, if you’re still searching for that picture-perfect wedding venue where you can tie the knot, changes are you may have toyed with the idea of saying your “I Do’s” to the backdrop of the ocean and the sound of lapping waves – Sounds pretty dreamy, right? Well, we might be biased, but we’re here to say that the Whitsundays has it all – From toes-in-sand to manicured tropical lawns, each boasting views over our world-famous azure waters!
If you’re all about water views and tropical beach vibes, then this is the post for you! We’ve done some of the research for you and, whilst ‘Top 10’ may be a catchier title, there were simply too many swoon-worthy options to choose from so we’ve narrowed down our top 11 faves…
Coral Sea Marina Resort
Having just undergone the merge between two iconic mainland locations, Abell Point Marina and Coral Sea Resort, the newly introduced Coral Sea Marina Resort has fast become one of the most desirable resort destinations in the Whitsundays.
Featuring a newly renovated boutique hotel, a vibrant resort village, and acting as the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea Marina Resort now boasts 4 incredible ceremony locations – All with the most breath-taking views over the Coral Sea. From their famous private jetty that hovers over the crystal-clear water, to their lush tropical gardens, couples can choose the right fit for their “I Do’s” whilst enjoying the convenience of it all being located in the one location.
As one of the most exclusive and sought after wedding venues on the East Coast of Australia, Villa Botanica is a tropical oasis nestled away on the mainland coastline and is prettily perched overlooking the ocean and out towards the Whitsunday Islands.
The entire estate oozes paradise, with hints of Balinese architecture, established tropical gardens, a private beach and is the epitome of wedding-photo-goals! Choose between the iconic Pavilion, their manicured lawn, or the expansive sun deck and treat your guests to some pretty spectacular views whilst you make your vows.
If you’re searching for a beachfront ceremony venue, where you can dip your toes in the sand and truly capture that beachy-boho-vibe, then look no further than Freedom Shores.
Within the extensive grounds of this hidden valley resort, Freedom Shores allows you to celebrate from start to finish all within the one location. With unique accommodation on site (be sure to check out their Boat Bungalows), spaces for ceremonies and receptions depending on your guest list, and all the while boasting those sought-after ocean views.
If getting all sandy isn’t quite for you, then fear not, their lawn areas can also tick the box for ‘seaside-perfection’!
It’s all in the name – This place is pure paradise!
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of it all, the beauty of Paradise Cove is also in the journey not just the destination. Accessible by air, boat or a winding and intriguing road, Paradise Cove’s estate has it all!
The resort is surrounded by lush rainforest and is perfectly situated overlooking it’s own private beach. Say your vows on the sand at their Rainforest Retreat, on the epic ocean-front lawn or poolside surrounded by the palms. Either way, you can enjoy the entire space all to yourselves and you can even treat 32 of your guests to stay overnight and continue the celebrations next to the fire pit or by dancing the night away under the stars.
Searching for convenience, yet also with a touch of ‘wow’? The private lawn and Marina Shores resort could be the perfect choice for you.
Boasting uninterrupted views out over the bright blue water and tropical coastline, with the white masts of yachts sprinkled throughout your backdrop, the manicured lawn and tropical gardens make for the perfect setting for a Whitsunday seaside ceremony. Add with this the convenience of having multiple room options all on site, so you and your guests can enjoy not only your wedding day, but your Whitsunday holiday also, all together.
Sorrento Restaurant and Bar
This local’s favourite hang-out is the perfect mix between fun and vibrant, contemporary and sleek, in the heart of the action and yet with some of the best views in town – It ticks all the boxes in our opinion (not to mention being one of the most epic of sunset spots in the area).
Their top floor Ocean View Deck makes for the perfect ceremony setting with views over the bright shade of blue that the Whitsundays is famous for. A contemporary tropical setting, with the convenience of being under-cover to give your guests shade from our consistently sunny skies, the secret that the locals don’t want you to know about is slowly coming out – Sorrento Restaurant and Bar is the place to be!
Cruise Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach
If we’re handing out our favourite seaside locations in the Whitsundays, then there is no way we can forget one of the most unforgettable locations not only in the region, but in the world – Whitehaven Beach.
The 7km stretch of white silica sand and crystal clear waters is, rightly so, one of the most famous beaches in the world! Located on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island, feeling a world-away from it all, Whitehaven Beach is more accessible than you might think thanks to Cruise Whitsundays.
Cruise Whitsundays have the ability to transport you and your guests to multiple beaches or hidden nooks around the Whitsunday Islands and are completely self sufficient so you can still have the luxury of catering, beverages, seating and more in some of the most remote and beautiful locations in Australia. Now that’s what we call wedding goals!
As their tagline states, welcome to where the bush meets the beach.
Earlando is a 6,000 acre private estate on the Whitsunday coastline that has more backdrops to choose from than we can list, and is a wedding photographer’s dream! From private beaches, to a private jetty, to rustic Pavilions or palm-fringed lawns, from mountain lookouts to traditional cattle yards, the list goes on and we’re in love with each and every one!
The family-run venue treats you to a personalised service as well as complete privacy and seclusion, and is one of the most naturally beautiful settings you could come across for your special (and unique) day.
Whitsunday Marine Club
The Whitsunday Marine Club has long been a favourite for locals and destination couples alike – All thanks to it’s spectacular absolute ocean-front location.
Perched directly on the waters edge, the Whitsunday Marine Club has breath-taking ocean views by day and is easily one of the best locations to soak up a Whitsunday sunset.
Couples can enjoy the convenience of having the whole Club to themselves, with all the amenities and facilities you could need, and can even extend the celebrations into the evening without needing to break the bank.
With multiple accommodation options close by, yet being slightly away from the buzzing main town, the Whitsunday Marine Club is wonderfully located for a picture-perfect event.
Palm Bay Resort
If you’re dreaming of a wedding in the Whitsundays, then no doubt you’re thinking of the many islands that scatter the coastline and Great Barrier Reef. Well, Palm Bay Resort may just be the location for you.
Hidden away in a private bay on Long Island, just 15 minutes by boat from the mainland, surrounded by tropical rainforest and fringing coral reef, Palm Bay Resort is a tropical oasis and a favourite little slice-of-paradise.
This boutique island resort can provide the perfect setting for a small intimate group or you can even hire out the whole resort for a larger celebration. You can say your vows on a stretch of sand, on their open Sun Deck, or under their beachside Pavilion. Regardless of what tickles your fancy, the views are the same from every location – Simply spectacular!
The famous Whitsunday Pavilion at the Whitsunday Sailing Club is one of the most iconic settings in the Whitsundays for a tropical wedding ceremony.
The Balinese Pavilion is located on it’s own private stretch of lawn, right in the heart of Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays. Due to it’s location, it is easily accessible from the many different hotels and resorts, as well as multiple neighbouring reception venues, and yet couples can enjoy a sense of privacy amongst the palms.
With a backdrop of blue waters and white bobbing boats, the Whitsunday Pavilion captures beautifully the laid-back Whitsunday lifestyle whilst still boasting some serious wow-factor feels!
Here’s hoping the above has provided you with some seaside inspiration and you have more options that caught your eye than you could have hoped for! However, just in case you’re still hunting (and because we can’t help ourselves), here are a few more helpful hints – check out Club Wyndham Airlie Beach, or forgot ‘seaside’ and opt for just ‘sea’ by hopping on board Derwent Hunter with Tall Ship Adventures… Happy Planning!