30 stunning locations for a beach wedding in Queensland
Queensland and beach weddings = a match made in heaven. If you’re here searching for the perfect patch of sand to tie the knot on, you’ve come to the right place. Queensland has no shortage of drop-dead gorgeous beaches.
To help you decide where to have your beach wedding in Queensland, we’ve compiled a list of 30 spectacular beaches to get you started.
Gold Coast beaches
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular beaches so naturally it’s a favourite spot for beach weddings in Queensland. Say your “I dos” down the southern end and host your reception at hatted restaurant Rick Shores right off the beach.
Away from the crowds, this beach nook between Snapper Rocks and Point Danger has a timber walkway to ensure a grand entrance. Just note that this hidden gem isn’t available for wedding from February to the end of April due to surfing events.
If you want to be right by the beach minus the hassle of sinking in the sand, Currumbin Deck offers the perfect platform for your nuptials. This quiet beach location is less likely to draw a crowd of onlookers, too.
Pacific Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Get married on the lush lawn facing out over Palm Beach (or on the beach itself) then keep those laidback vibes rolling into the night at the Pacific Beach Function Centre on the first floor of the surf club. This blank canvas space with a covered balcony can be transformed into the beach wedding you’ve always imagined.
To get married on one of these Gold Coast beaches, you’ll need to apply for a permit through the City of Gold Coast.
Brisbane’s Moreton Bay and Islands venues
Tangalooma Island Resort
One of the only beaches where you can have a bonfire reception, the views of Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains will also win you over.
An Island hideaway
Arrive by seaplane, helicopter or speed boat to your own private beach on South Stradbroke Island. Surrounded by a National Park, there’s no one but you and your guests at this private four-acre property.
For that relaxed beach feel without the sinking feeling, marry on the lawn in front of this private Hamilton beach with the Brisbane river as your backdrop. Northshore Harbour is the little sister to the iconic Brisbane city venue Riverlife, offering a more intimate setting.
Sunshine Coast beaches
Noosa North Shore
You can have this unspoilt 50 kilometres of beach all to yourself. A short ferry ride across the river from Tewantin, everything you need is in the one place at this property, including accommodation for all budgets. It’s also pet-friendly!
Sunshine Beach Surf Club
Not only will you fall for this golden stretch of sand, but so will your four-legged ring bearer. Set up your ceremony in the beach’s dog-friendly area, then afterwards, sans pup, celebrate the night away at the newly refurbished Sunshine Beach Surf Club.
Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club
Maroochydore’s beautiful beach is the perfect spot to start a marriage. Inside, the top floor function room has taken full advantage of that million dollar view with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the beach. Good to know: They offer a wet weather back-up option, free of charge.
Step onto this quieter Sunshine Coast beach to begin married life in a blissful state. After all the “I dos” are said and done, you’re close by to some amazing reception venues, from the relaxed Coolum Beach Surf Club to the rustic Yandina Station.
You’ll need a permit to get married on one of the Sunshine Coast’s beaches. Visit sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for the application form.
Fraser Coast beach weddings
Sunset Beach, Fraser Island
Tucked away from the wind on Fraser Island’s sheltered western side, get married with calm ocean views behind you on Sunset Beach. As you can guess from its name, timing your ceremony for sundown is when this spot really shines. Kingfisher Bay Resort will provide you with a wedding coordinator to ensure your beach wedding is everything you imagined and more.
Southern Great Barrier Reef venues
Lady Elliot Island
Once you touch down, leave your wedding in the capable hands of the resort. The only things you need to worry about is choosing from the numerous remote beaches on this southernmost island of the Great Barrier Reef (hint: they’re all amazing) and keeping your guest list to 80 people or less.
To appreciate just how beautiful this island is, check out this real wedding.
One of Queensland’s best kept secrets, Pumpkin Island is small but sweet. Ideal for an intimate destination wedding, you can hire out the whole eco-friendly island for up to 34 guests. Exchange vows under a bamboo arch on the beach then opt for an indoor or al fresco reception. End the night with an island bonfire.
Check out this guide for more secret Queensland islands you’ve never heard of before.
It’s hard to pass up a wedding on a coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef, especially when they’re as charming at Heron Island. Those white sand beaches and the crystal clear water provide the most stunning backdrop for a casual, carefree wedding day.
Everything you’ve ever heard about Whitehaven Beach is true: the sand really is as white as your dress, the water is a sparkling turquoise blue shade, and it truly is one of the best beaches in Australia. Hamilton Island Weddings offer ceremony packages for up to 70 guests and can help you arrange all the finer details, including your helicopter arrival and reception on Hamilton Island.
Overlooking the Coral Sea, Mermaids Beach on the northeast side of the island is a tranquil spot to exchange vows in front of 150 of your nearest and dearest. The island resort has seven reception options, including a garden dinner under the stars and an intimate reception alongside a living reef.
The private property’s Palm Fringed Beach is as perfect as it sounds for exchanging vows. After marrying with the sand between your toes, this 6,000 acre property offers the best locations for your wedding photos, from a mountain lookout point to cattle yards and grassland paddocks.
The perfect destination wedding in the heart of The Whitsundays, you could transport your entire wedding party to Whitehaven Beach from here, although there’s a perfectly good beach right in front of you. Catseye Beach’s beautiful white sand and calm waters are just the ticket for a laidback, memorable beach wedding in Queensland. Work with Hamilton Island Weddings – the island’s dedicated wedding planners – to organise the finer details.
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
This island is a slice of paradise in The Whitsundays that offers five-star luxuries and seriously stunning beaches. The resort’s dedicated wedding coordinator provides a bespoke service to cater to your every whim.
Paradise Cove Resort
Just north of Airlie Beach, you’ll feel like you’re on your own tropical island on this private 4,000 acre property. You have it all here: white sand beaches lined with coconut palm trees and tropical gardens and bushland all around.
Tropical North Queensland
This island just a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville has 23 beaches and bays, each as beautiful as the next. Host your reception at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort where the food is as exceptional as the service and setting. They can also help arrange your beachside ceremony anywhere on the island.
Orpheus Island Lodge
Splurge on your special day with a beach wedding on Queensland’s ultra-luxurious Orpheus Island. With the turquoise Coral Sea on one side and an infinity pool on the other, you won’t find a bad angle on this resort.
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore
Absolute beachfront with a view that will take your breath away, this luxury resort knows how to throw a memorable wedding. From Kombi van hire to fireworks and tropical butterfly releases, it’s your day your way. The resort’s wedding planning consultants, South Pacific Bridal, will take good care of you.
Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
Those uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea will have you falling in love at first sight. Get married on the sand then finish the night at the resort’s marquee-style venue.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve Port Douglas
There’s only one beachfront nature reserve between Cairns and Port Douglas and it’s perfect for to-be-weds wanting to feel a million miles away without leaving the mainland. The eco retreat’s private Oak Beach is lined with coconut palms, giving it a tropical oasis feel. When it comes to heading off on your honeymoon the next day, you’re perfectly placed to explore two of Queensland’s World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics.
Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Treat yourself to beachfront luxury at this five-star resort. Wed right by the water or find yourself a shady nook on the sand to say “I do”. Dreaming of riding off into the sunset together? This is one of the few places you can ride a horse on the beach.
Marry on picture-perfect Nudey Beach, accessible via a stunning rainforest nature walk or glass bottom boat. Move the celebrations on to one of Fitzroy Island’s five venues, which all offer spectacular water views.
Ah, the serenity. It’s just you, a dozen or so of your near and dear, and this pristine island in the Great Barrier Reef. This exclusive resort is a dream destination for an intimate, bespoke wedding.
This whole island is a National Park, which gives you some indication of how beautiful it is: and its woodlands aren’t even the best part. The sugar-white coastline boasts 24 private beaches and the Lizard Island Resort is regarded as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World so you know you’re in for an unforgettable wedding here.