The Gold Coast is world-famous for its magnificent surfing beaches, but it is also a fabulous spot for weddings and honeymoons. It is one of Queensland’s most attractive destinations because it combines stunning coastal scenery with UNESCO heritage-listed national parks and the beautiful Tamborine Mountain. Whether you want to tie the knot on the sand, in a lush rainforest, on a mountain top or in lavish venue, we are sure you will find just the perfect location for your big day.
With sunny weather year round and temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, the Gold Coast is a great destination for beach weddings. Its 42 kilometres long coast stretches from the southern end at Rainbow Bay to South Stradbroke Island up in the north, and there are more than 30 immaculate sandy beaches. However, not all of them are suitable for wedding ceremonies because of the wind, particularly high or low tides and a high number of surfers, but local wedding planners can find just the perfect spot for you. You can find beautiful sheltered stretches at Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Greenmount Beach, Rainbow Bay, and even on most popular beaches such as Miami, Surfers Paradise and Main Beach. Froggy’s Beach in Coolangatta is one of the best spots for wedding ceremonies as the surrounding mountains provide the perfect shelter from winds.
Before you set the wedding date, it is important to check the tide charts because they can affect your wedding photos. Having a backup plan in case of strong wind or rain is a good idea, so find a reception venue which also hosts ceremonies so that you can quickly change your plans and have your ceremony inside. And if you are planning a summer wedding when the temperatures are very high, it is best to schedule your ceremony for late afternoon when the sand gets cooler.
Your perfect itinerary for a beach wedding is a sunset ceremony on the sand followed by an alfresco dinner at one of the oceanfront venues, and with so many fabulous locations and exquisite wedding vendors, planning will be easy. You can also tie the knot at one of the parks, but make sure to obtain the permission from the Gold Coast City Council to organise a beach or park ceremony and check if there are any events happening on that day.
The Gold Coast hinterland also boasts other wonderful locations such as lush, heritage-listed rainforests, wineries, hilltops and private gardens. Tamborine Mountain offers everything from beautiful backdrops and sweeping views of the Gold Coast to rainforests, vineyards and botanical gardens, the Springbrook has venues next to the magnificent waterfalls and places such as Canungra, Tallebudgera and Mudgeeraba provide the perfect countryside setting for a rustic wedding.
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