Tory van Brugge In The Whitsundays

Could this be one of Australia's most romantic Honeymoon Destinations? i-do travels to the Whitsunday Islands to find out.

If a dreamy destination wedding (or a heavenly honeymoon hideaway) is at the top of your wedding wish list, look no further than Australia's very own playground for the loved-up - the spectacular Whitsundays.

In fact, the Whitsunday Islands host around 800 weddings each year across 74 islands enjoying gorgeous weather (23 to 26 degrees in winter and a balmy but blissful 27 to 30 in the summer months), clear protected azure waters, pristine sandy beaches and fabulous facilities for every conceivable wedding style - from couples-only exclusivity to family-friendly fun. (Just imagine how divine your photos will be...cavorting in the water, golden get the picture!)

Whatever your idea of romance - marrying in resort-style luxury, barefoot on the beach, sporting a bikini and snorkel, or sipping cocktails aboard an oh-so-elegant yacht - there'll be a Whitsunday Island or location so suit.

Perhaps you could splash down in a seaplane to make your entrance, or sweep in on a speedboat en route to one of the area's exotic, secluded ceremony locations - think private pavilions, rainforest retreats or deserted beaches - or, if you'd like to stay true to tradition there are a number of beautiful churches on hand to tie the knot.

As for accommodation, the region boasts everything imaginable from eco-resorts to glamping, six-star style to action-packed adventure for everyone (your toddler niece, great grandma and golf fanatic father included).

Fresh produce is flown to the islands daily and the region's wedding industry is well established, offering a wide range of photographers, caterers, videographers, hairdressers, florists, DJs, make-up artists and of course wedding planners to make planning your wedding fuss-free, no matter where in Australia (or overseas) you live.

The Whitsundays is not just a magnificent wedding destination, it's also a firm favourite for a honeymoon that's both luxurious and laidback. If you've opted to marry on one of the islands, you can take advantage of the region's terrific transport to jet off to an exclusive adults-only resort for a well-earned break (watch your guests drool in your wake), or perhaps island-hopping aboard a cool catamaran is more your style. This is a place where almost anything is possible.

And with direct flights to Hamilton Island taking just 90 minutes from Brisbane, two-and-a-half hours from Sydney, three-and-a-half from Melbourne and four hours from Adelaide - you can be worlds away in no time at all.

Best Whitsunday Ceremony Locations

  • Lovers Cove Daydream Island
  • Hanging Gardens HAYMAN
  • Shingley Beach Airlie Beach
  • The ceremony venue at Villa Botanica
  • Whithaven Beach (if you have a small wedding party)
  • The park at Mandalay Point, about 10 minutes out of Airlie Beach. Gorgeous views over the water to Airlie Beach, and a few 'pews'. This beautiful green setting for couples to get married.

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