5 Uniquely Natural Settings for your Whitsunday Wedding that aren’t Whitehaven Beach

July 27, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Ideas & Inspiration,Whitsunday Wedding Planning

Getting married in the canefields in the Whitsundays


The Whitsundays are known as the wedding heart of Australia and offer stunning natural beauty and amazing views of the Coral Sea. Well known for Whitehaven Beach and the Airlie Beach foreshore it is easy to overlook the many other stunning and uniquely natural settings we have here in the Whitsundays. Here’s our top pick of places to marry if you want an ‘out of this world’ wedding with Mother Nature as your backdrop.


Great Barrier Reef Weddings with Cruise Whitsundays
Cruise Whitsundays


A Great Barrier Reef wedding

You and your wedding party can cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and say ‘I Do’ with the incredible backdrop of colourful corals and the ocean stretching into the horizon.

Event designers prepare the exclusive-use pontoon to complement the natural beauty of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, including an elegant wedding arch on the upper deck for your vows. The lower deck can be set for formal sit-down or cocktail receptions.

Then enjoy a romantic sunset cruise back through the Whitsunday Islands with your husband – the perfect end to a perfect day.



Whitsunday Cane Fields Wedding Photography
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Rustic charm

For a wedding with a country flavour, there’s the swaying canefields of inland Proserpine complete with rusty old tractors and weather-beaten barns, which provide a charming backdrop for your photos.

Enjoy good old-fashioned hospitality in a farm stay or bed & breakfast or why not “go bush” and hire out the Bowen River Pub, about an hour’s drive inland from Bowen.

There’s even a working cattle farm with stunning valley and rural views for a wild west feel!



Great Barrier Reef Honeymoons
Great Barrier Reef Wedding Elopements
Cruise Whitsundays


Make a splash

The Whitsundays are an aquatic playground where you can scuba dive, snorkel and sail.

For an out-of-this-world experience why not be married as you dive beneath the sea! Be dazzled by thousands of different colourful corals and more than 1,500 species of iridescent fish as you become husband and wife. Not a diver? No problems, Cruise Whitsundays have an underwater viewing chamber that you can hire for an underwater wedding where you don’t get wet!

Or why not impress your guests and arrive on a jetski! Zoom up onto the beach and say your vows in front of your waiting friends and family with tousled hair and saltwater on your cheeks.



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Flying high

If you feel more at home in the sky, there’s plenty of aerial options for getting to your wedding in the Whitsundays.

You can charter your own seaplane or helicopter and be dropped off at a remote beach for an intimate ceremony with just you, your celebrant and your witnesses.

The sparkling white sands of Whitehaven Beach are a natural encounter like no other, but there are so many other beautiful beaches to choose from in the Whitsundays. Talk to our local aviation companies for their insider tips and to see where in the Whitsunday Island National Park they can land.



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Romantic idyll

An incredibly romantic and out-of-the-way spot for a Whitsunday wedding is the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls, just 40 minutes from Airlie Beach in the hinterland.

The falls are surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of ancient cycads and towering Alexander Palms to enclose you and your guests in a perfect crescent with the falls as a backdrop to your vows.

Early morning is a magical and mystical time to hold your ceremony as the sun peeps up from behind the rock face and lights up the green-tinged water.



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Featured image by Summer Rain Photography