Australia has many beautiful locations for an elopement wedding. From white sand beaches to rolling green hills. From bustling urban centres to iconic landmarks. Whatever your vision is for your special day, you’ll find the perfect destination for your elopement in Australia.
You’re spoilt for choice with places like these…
Awesome Places to Elope in NSW
1. Hunter Valley
As one of Australia’s most popular winery regions, the Hunter Valley is somewhat of an international landmark. Tourists flock here for the laid back country vibe, beautiful vineyard vistas and the many international events that are hosted among the vines.
There’s so much to do in the Hunter Valley that you can easily spend 5 days enjoying all that's on offer here. Hire bikes and enjoy a leisurely ride along the well worn scenic route between wineries. Stop to say hello to the Kangaroos grazing in fields along the way. And of course, enjoy some of the world’s finest food and wines at the many award winning restaurants in the area.
Elopement Tip - Take a hot air balloon ride and get married high above the vineyard dotted countryside!
2. Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour from Lavender Bay - Fiona + Bobby Photography
Sydney is home to many great landmarks and iconic locations. No more so, than Sydney Harbour. And you can get married at just about all of them including; under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, at the Sydney Opera House, in front of or at one of the many venues inside Luna Park.
There’s also many beautiful spots for wedding ceremonies and photos in the Rocks precinct. Hickson Road Reserve is a popular place for taking photos as it offers a plethora of backdrops from the iconic Sydney Ferries, to Circular Quay, the bridge and Opera House. Expect to see multiple wedding parties jostling for spots in the Spring and Summer months - and a queue of Limos parked in the nearby narrow streets.
Sydney harbour also offers many locations a little more off-the-beaten track including secluded beaches, corner cafes and local seaside swimming pools which are all perfect spots for small and intimate wedding ceremonies.
Around 100km from Sydney in the Blue Mountains National Park, you’ll find the sleepy town of Leura. Mount Solitary is a rocky peak just south of the town. The 360-degree view you have of the park from this vantage point, is truly sublime and quite possibly the single best place to elope in Australia.
The area is perfect for hiking enthusiasts with many bushwalking tracks on offer. Explore local waterfalls or bring your tent and head out overnight during spring and autumn. (There’s a high risk of fires during summer)
If shopping is more your thing, you’ll love the town’s quirky boutiques and cafes which offer cosy fires during the colder winter months. Leura is the perfect destination for winter elopements because you can stay secluded in luxury for a week without seeing a single other soul.
4. Jervis Bay
Situated in the south-east of New South Wales, Jervis Bay makes for a picturesque getaway. The incredibly soft and pristine white sand, see-through turquoise water and the seclusion from larger civilisation, is perfect for a micro wedding.
There’s hardly anyone around except for the occasional humpback whale, a few dolphins and a couple of cheeky wallabies. Just you, your lover, the wildlife and sun.
Further south on the Sapphire Coast is the happening little holiday spot of Tathra. This is a great spot for families with affordable accommodation. The heritage listed Tathra Wharf is a beautiful spot for wedding photos and a great place to stop for coffee.
Right by the town of Tathra is the Mimosa Rocks National Park and for those who love adventure, the Bundadung tracks offer some of Australia’s best mountain biking. There’s plenty of places to elope here, including Moon Bay where you can swim after. Or along the Middle Lagoon walking track which is a brilliant spot for an intimate photo session and champagne picnic.
Awesome Places to Elope in VIC
Street Weddings in Melbourne - Gold and Grit Photography
If you want to have an elopement in a city that never sleeps, be dazzled by lights and incredible street murals, shop until you’re ready to drop, enjoy great coffee, have a cocktail in an underground bar and generally feast your senses, then Melbourne is the perfect secret wedding location for you.
Often described as Australia’s cultural epicenter, Melbourne has a great choice of clubs, pubs, wine bars, restaurants and event venues. The Melbourne Cricket Ground in the centre of the city hosts many sporting events and there are plenty of theatres and concert venues for shows and music events. If there’s something happening right now, it’s happening in melbourne!
FYI, many of the best drinking and eating spots in town have no street signage so you’ll need to do a little investigative work to find out where to go. You can ask your wedding celebrant to point you in the right direction. There's several groovin' Melbourne celebrants in our list of the 25 best elopement celebrants in Australia. They'll give you the run down on current happening places.
Those of you that love to go sailing or boat riding, this public port is a great option for an elopement location. Quiet yet not too quiet, the shoreline offers some great spots for a low key reception dinner. And for your ceremony, Geelong is a place for those that want to get married out on the water. It's also home to many classic car shows.
8. West Gippsland
For those that love adventure and the great outdoors, West Gippsland will top your list of perfect elopement locations. The area is an hour and 15 minutes drive from Melbourne and offers lots in the way of bushwalks, hidden waterfalls, secluded wooden walk bridges and seemingly unexplored forest. There’s loads of places for completely private wedding ceremonies surrounded by some of nature’s best treasures.
Toorongo Falls Reserve by Bonnie Pix & Flix
The Toorongo Falls Reserve is Jurrasic, lush with thick lime green vegetation and rocky flowing streams. Grand Ridge Rail Trail is a must do! The mining town of Walhalla can be explored on foot, making it a great activity leading up to your ceremony.
9. Aire Valley
Slap bang in the center of the Olangolah Plantation lies the Aire Valley. The breathtaking waterfalls are surrounded by very dense foliage. There are hiking paths around the falls, but there’s no direct route to them. Those who want utter privacy coupled with a beautiful background, need not look any further.
One of the best experiences in the Aire Valley includes having breakfast with Australia’s friendliest Koalas at Lavers Hill. (Fancy having your wedding ceremony witnessed by a Koala?)
10. King Valley
Excellent wineries, artisan food, gorgeous coastlines and a brilliant choice of accommodation. King Valley is located in Victoria, just north of the Gracebrook Vineyards. Bright green fields are left undisturbed, right by the vineyards, so you can have a small private elopement outside. Take a stroll by the bank of the King River for amazing wedding photographs.
Elopements Places in Tasmania
The stunning country landscape surrounding Launceston provides a gorgeous backdrop for your elopement - Jonathan Wherrett Photography
The final stop of the River Tamar, this beautiful town and it’s gorgeous hillside suburbs are a treat for your weekend strolls. One of the city’s best places to get married is Cataract Gorge Reserve. A unique basin with walking trails, a public swimming pool, beautifully maintained gardens and spectacular views of the gorge waterway from atop its own chairlift.
Have photos with the local barefoot kids playing at the waters edge, in the beautiful gardens and of course, while you experience a ride up the hillside.
Places to Elope in the ACT
The nation’s capital city is actually a lot quieter and more spacious per person, than almost any other capital around the world. The Australian War Memorial is definitely one of the largest attractions and would make for a nice backdrop to your elopement.
Science and technology buffs will love a Questacon wedding while the more politically minded among us could venture to Parliament House.
Australia's quintessential farming landscape just outside of Tidbinbilla - Translucent Photography
In the heart of the Australian Capital Territory, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve lies silently in one of the most beautiful mountainous regions in the Australia. Take a hike through the jungle, out onto the plains, stand on the boulders and watch the sunrise together. With almost no one for hundreds of miles around, you couldn’t ask for a more secret wedding location.
Tidbinbilla gates open at 7.30am and close 6pm in winter and 8pm in summer. The nearby Gibraltar Falls offers another stunning option.
Awesome Places to Elope in Queensland
14. Albany Island
Right at the most northern part of Queensland, is Albany Island. As if you weren’t already in paradise, you’ll find palm trees, soft golden sand, small wooden cottages and all the coconuts you could possibly eat. There’s plenty of privacy on the island, especially on the beaches as most of the coast is bare.
Set up camp and bring your own hammock. For the evening of your wedding, hire a wedding stylist & caterer to create a romantic dinner for two on the beach. Imagine just the two of you and your very own stretch of the whitest sand and bluest water you’ve ever seen.
There’s a restaurant on the island and organised fishing trips.
Brisbane River Weddings - Oakman Photography
Brisbane is a great urban setting for a small wedding. Sitting pretty on a river, there are plenty of water activities to do with your short list of guests. You can go jet skiing, boating, parasailing, or snorkelling in Moreton Bay. At night, you can book a private table at one of the city’s skyline restaurants and watch the city lights from above.
Just outside the Bellthorpe Forest Reserve 2, Woodfordia is a small town that holds one of Australia’s top arts and music festivals. Those that love folk music and dancing, should make this their elopement location. You’re right by the forest to hold your secluded ceremony but at night, you can sing and dance away with your small troop or newly made like-minded friends.
Elopement Destinations in Western Australia
Taking the title for the greatest coastal city in Australia is Perth. What a jewel, this place is. Unlike Melbourne or Brisbane, Perth doesn’t have a bay. Instead, it’s suburbs are open to the Indian Ocean. This means you can go surfing during the daytime and then have your ceremony on the beach at sunset.
Ride or walk along the flat cycle paths that follow the Swan River. Experience the affluent suburbs and make plans for your retirement here. The weather is perfect, the people are friendly and the pace of life is more country than urban.
18. Gibson Desert Nature Reserve
If you want a small wedding with absolute privacy and loads of open space, then the Gibson Nature Reserve in Western Australia is one of the top elopement locations for you. It is exactly as it is in the photos. Red sand, barren flatlands, in the middle of nowhere and with just a few termite mounds to keep your company.
You might be the first couple to elope here!
19. Cape Le Grand
This isn’t just any old beach location. It's completely empty of people. Situated in the south of the Western Territory, you have an entire coastline to yourself. You can, of course, visit tourist hotspots such as Frenchman Peak, giving you a view for hundreds of miles around.
20. Pink Lake
Pink Lake - WA
Standing in front of a biological marvel like Pink Lake will make your wedding unique. The pink water occurs to the algae that react to the light and heat on certain days. A large swell of water that is literally pink, could also be used to symbolise your love for one another.
Hire a wedding photographer that offers drone photos to capture the best of your experience in this unique place.
21. Prince Regent National Park
In the northern part of Western Australia, this protected UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve can be surveyed from the air. Book yourself a plane guide that will whizz you and your lover around the skies, so you can observe the waterfalls, convergence of rivers and the incredible orange rock cliffs.
Elopement Destinations in South Australia
There's a growing number of murals appearing in Adelaide - Bridget Quain Photography
If you want your elopement to be in an urban city without the hectic vibe, then Adelaide could be your first choice. It's a coastal city so you get the best of both worlds. The world-famous Adelaide Central Market is where you can buy exotic produce if you’re planning on cooking yourselves. It’s also a short drive away from the Cleland Conservation Park where you can walk among emus.
23. Granite Island
Jump aboard the horse drawn tram and cross the wooden causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island. Make friends with a penguin, get married on a huge granite boulder, walk the Kaiki track and spot a southern right right whale between June and October.
Take a picnic and enjoy the spectacular views. Watch out for sheep poo on the west side of the island!
24. Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Take an adventure to an outback wedding destination in South Australia. A stupendous example of ancient aboriginal art, this park is for those that want a backdrop that has stood the test of time. Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, you have ultimate privacy but more than enough room to hold a small wedding.
Australia is truly blessed with many serene and empty spaces that could be the backdrop for your secret wedding ceremony. Elopements are special because they’re private, intimate and perhaps that little bit extra meaningful. Get our guide to the 25 most recommended elopement celebrants in Australia. They can help you find the perfect location for your elopement.
Cover Image: Cavanagh Photography