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Queensland Ties the Knot:
The Most Unique Places to Get Married in Queensland


Nowhere is more romantic than a tropical wedding and honeymoon. Queensland offers the most romantic – and some of the most unusual – ways to tie the knot.

TIE THE KNOT ON THE REEF

When people ask where you were married, not many will be able to match the experience of tying the knot out on the Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef cruise operators offer wedding packages including helicopter flights over the Reef, celebrant, gourmet meal and champagne. You can even have an underwater scuba wedding. Options are available from:

BREAKFAST ON THE REEF

Escape to paradise with breakfast on a deserted Great Barrier Reef sand cay. This luxurious Reef experience includes a scenic heli flight over spectacular Green Island and unique Arlington Reef. Land in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on secluded Vlassof Cay surrounded by magnificent reef and crystal blue waters. Two hours of privacy allows couples to swim and sun themselves with no one around. A sumptuous buffet brunch is also provided by Red Ochre Grill.

HAYMAN ISLAND

The ultimate in luxury and indulgence, Hayman Island in the Whitsundays is the perfect setting for a wedding and/or honeymoon. From the exclusive Hayman Beach Villa situated on the sands of Hayman Beach away from the main resort, to one of the resort’s superbly appointed rooms, Hayman has it all. The island’s team of wedding professionals offer a full coordination service including ceremony location and setup – including the Hayman Chapel, located high on a hill overlooking the beautiful Whitsunday Passage, celebrant or religious representative, Rolls Royce transfer to the ceremony, wedding cake, reception, photography, flowers, and of course – the honeymoon.

THE HORIZON AT MISSION BEACH

Perched high on the point among the rainforest of Mission Beach south of Cairns is The Horizon. A boutique reef and rainforest resort, The Horizon has one of the most romantic settings in Australia. With just 55 rooms and suites, intimacy is guaranteed and honeymooners can be as active – or not – as they like. Activities include Great Barrier Reef trips, island cruises, whitewater rafting and guided rainforest walks.

CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL PLANS WEDDINGS FROM BEGINNING TO END

Located in the heart of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, the five star Cairns International Hotel offers a range of wedding packages which take the hassles out of wedding planning. Including celebrant fees, marriage licenses, cake, flowers, photographer and choice of wedding venue, everything is taken care of.

DAYDREAM ISLAND MAKES DREAMS COME TRUE AROUND THE WORLD

Ever dreamed of eloping to a tropical island, but don’t want to disappoint family and friends? Daydream Island Resort and Spa can make both dreams come true. While couples marry, their ceremony can be broadcast to friends and family around the world via the Internet. The island’s new multi-million dollar wedding chapel has two extraordinary features – state-of-the-art cameras placed inside and outside the chapel which allow the ceremony to be recorded and broadcast live around the world. The chapel’s floor to ceiling glass wall backing the alter also provides a breathtaking backdrop of the blue waters of the Whitsunday Passage. An on-site wedding organizer is also available to help arrange everything from the flowers to the reception.

STROLLING DOWN THE HAMILTON ISLE

Hamilton Island in the heart of the Whitsundays offers complete wedding arrangements in one of Australia’s most beautiful tropical island locations. The island’s All Saints chapel overlooks the blue waters of the Whitsundays and is ideal for small, intimate gatherings. For those who want a less traditional ceremony, Hamilton Island wedding organizers can plan everything from a floating pontoon to an underwater scuba diving ceremony. With the island’s wide range of activities and accommodation options, it’s common for guests to stay on and turn the wedding into a vacation.

CRUISE THE WATERS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WITH CAPTIAN COOK

Unforgettable honeymoon memories are guaranteed on a Captain Cook cruise. This small ship cruise line caters to just 100 guests and has all the advantages of a large cruiser without the crowds. Three, four and seven night cruises take guests through the waters of the Great Barrier Reef with plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, diving and exploring tropical islands.

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