March 16, 2020
This is the ultimate guide to the best places to elope in Australia, including the best places to elope in Tasmania as well.
In this guide I’ll start with where to elope in Australia if you’re looking for the most amazing eloping locations. These are my personal favourites from all across Australia.
After this you’ll find a list of my favourite elopement locations by state. At the very bottom is a map of all of the locations.
If you’re new to eloping and wondering how to do it, I have a handy video here which walks you through how to elope!
The snowy mountains elopement hot spot, this is perfect for couples who want an unbeatable view surrounded by alpine forests. Grab some photos for your elopement and say your vows, before heading to the Wild Brumby Schnapps distillery.
The perfect backdrop for adventurous elopements who want a cliffside elopement ceremony. Comes complete with a tonne of stunning waterfalls to explore, and perfect views for a sunset elopement. Plenty of lookouts, with an unlimited number of stunning backdrops.
One of the best places to see the ranges of Western Australia, and for you to have a mountain elopement. Accessible for anyone of average fitness, this stunning elopement location is perfect for fun loving couples who want to elope with a view. This is perfect for a couple who are eloping in Australia and want an easy and epic mountain view.
Vast and green, with lots of different scenic sites for your elopement. You can share vows, enjoy nature, and find a lot of different eniovrmnets to suit your tastes.
Lush forests, waterfalls and a lot of different trails for you to find that perfect spot to elope in and say your vows. An excellent array of walks and areas for you to revel in, and have a real forest adventure for your elopement.
If you’re looking for elopement packages Queensland, look no further than here. Rainforests which provide an exotic backdrop for your australian elopement. Get some incredible photos and explore all of the jaw-dropping gems that Daintree has to offer.
If you’re looking for the perfect beach elopement location, hyams beach has stunning white sands and an awesome view. A hotspot for elopement package nsw based, Hyams beach is near Jervis Bay, which is complete with tasty fish and chip locations and great scenery.
If you’re looking for ways to elope to the coast, and have some insane mountain ranges as well, a wineglass bay elopement may be the perfect thing for you. Providing a great trek, and some of Tasmania’s best views for elopements, wineglass bay should be seriously considered for your australian elopement.
The perfect spot for a whitsundays elopement, the white sands of Whitehaven Beach are unrivaled in Australia. Charter a boat over to Whitehaven beach to take in the views, and enjoy the crystal clear blue ocean along the way.
Like the idea of eloping with jaw-dropping waterfalls in the background? Crystal Shower Falls will give you just that, with the perfect spot to say your elopement vows, and celebrate. Then take a stroll through the National Park for some gorgeous couples photos.
Having a Tasmania elopement wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Tasmania’s (not so secret) Secret Falls. Providing a cute grotto, Secret Falls is a great place to elope if you want a stunning waterfall and lush forest vibes.
This 20m tall waterfall comes with rich green forests, and is best suited to couples who love a waterfall elopement location with moody vibes. Don’t be afraid to jump in for some extra flair for your elopement photos!
Boasting great ski slopes, and even better views, Mount Hotham is the perfect place if you’re looking for a snow elopement. On the way you’ll go through some quaint towns and don’t forget to take the time to visit the ski resort itself.
Adjacent to one of Australia’s most stunning mountains, Mount Kosciuszko, Charlotte’s Pass is a great vantage point for couples looking to elope to the snow. Make sure you go during the Australian winter time, and be sure to stop at Perisher on the way back for a day’s skiing. If you’re trying to search for where to elope in Australia and want to include some skiing, this is the perfect place for you.
One of the jewel’s in Tasmania’s crown, Cradle Mountain is hard to beat when it comes to epic snow and mountain elopement locations. If you’re in love with the idea of a hiking elopement, this will also be perfect for you. Lots of spots along the way for scenic views and beautiful couples photos. It really is one of the best places to elope in Australia.
There are some amazing reasons to elope:
Whilst the idea of having a wedding appeals to a lot of couples, couples who elope prefer to have a day that is more focused on them, rather than trying to please everyone around them.
Instead of having to battle with families and deal with big family drama, they instead prefer to have a ceremony and experience which has a focus more on them.
One of the biggest reasons to elope is that couples prefer the idea of experiences over things. For example, couples eloping in Australia prefer the idea of travelling around the national parks of New South Wales, over spending tens of thousands of dollars on a stuffy venue.
Couples who elope believe that they are better off investing their money in the adventure of a lifetime, rather than on hundreds of guests and a fancy venue that simply doesn’t reflect them.
If you’re a couple who values having experiences over things, and doesn’t want the big family drama associated with a traditional big wedding, elopements are for you.
The differences between weddings and elopements are:
The term elopement means something a little big different from what it used to. Whilst eloping used to mean running away it’s a bit different now. In this context, the meaning of elope is not to run away for good, but rather to have a more intimate and private ceremony and experience.
Couples want to elope in Australia but are unsure of how to elope. Looking where to elope in Australia is one part of the equation. Whilst the experience is different (and more exciting), the legal process is the same. When it comes to legally getting married and eloping in Australia, there are a few key things you need to do:
You also need to:
It’s that straightforward!
When it comes to planning one of the biggest and most exciting journeys of your life, you want someone to capture the experience for you so that you can live in the moment, instead of taking your phone out every two minutes.
An experienced elopement photographer will:
If you want to learn more about the elopement packages I can create for you, please click here to have a chat with me about your dream elopement!
From the end of 2019 to the start of 2020, Australia faced serious damage and destruction from bushfires around the country.
The locations noted in this ultimate guide do not take into account areas which have been damaged by bushfires. Unfortunately for me to assess the individual damage of each recommended elopement location, it would take an insane amount of time.
I recommend that if you are interested in a location, simply google the location and ‘bush fire damage’. The main states which were affected heaviest were New South Wales and the ACT.
A very important note is that whilst there was significant damage done to the landscape, with early rains in 2020, a lot of sites are now displaying signs of regeneration. Indeed, indigenous Australians managed the landscape by burning it.
This means that when you’re looking where to elope in Australia, and come across an area you really like and believe the damage to be minimal, I say there is nothing wrong with using this as your preferred elopement location.
This is a list of my best places to elope in Australia. It is broken up by state, and then by the environment. This list is always being updated for the new years and after I’ve done more scouting for the best places to elope.
Home to most notably the Blue Mountains and Sydney, New South Wales provides an incredibly large array of elopement locations in Australia. From deep forest gullies, to some of the most amazing waterfalls across Australia, New South Wales is perfect for couples who want to have a wild national park forest or mountain elopement. If you’re thinking of where to elope in Australia and want diversity, look no further than NSW.
Crystal Shower Falls
Upper Gledhill Falls
Fairy Bower Falls
Barrington Tops National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Grand Canyon Track
The Falls Walk Budderoo National Park
Washpool National Park
Canberra, or the ACT, is the capital of Australia, and is also known as the bush capital of Australia. Surrounded by national parks and stunning mountainous landscapes, Canberra is perfect for couples who prefer more wide open spaces, with a speciality in forest elopements. When eloping in Australia and nailing down locations, don’t let the bush capital go amiss.
Coree Creek Falls
Pierces Creek Falls
Stockyard Creek Falls – lower
Swamp Creek gorge and falls
Namadgi National Park
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Eloping in Victoria can be perfect for couples who love the slightly cooler climate of what Australia has to offer. Most well known for being home to Melbourne, Victoria has a plethora of stunning National parks, for couples that love the idea of a hiking elopement. It’s coastal areas are particularly vast and stunning. If you’re looking for places to elope in Victoria, this list will help you work out what places may suit you best.
Betka, Quarry and Secret Beaches – Mallacoota
Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove and Little Waterloo Bay – Wilson’s Promontory
Half Moon Bay – Black Rock
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Tarra-Bulga National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Baw Baw National Park
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Queensland is the perfect destination for couples that love the idea of a beach elopement. Boasting some of the most incredible beaches in all of Australia, Queensland is also home to the Whitsundays, which has been noted as one of my favourite elopement destinations in Australia.
Stoney Creek Falls
Glass House Mountains
Noosa Main Beach
Four Mile Beach
Daintree National Park
Paluma Range National Park
Eungella National Park
Girringun National Park
Barron Gorge National Park
Most well known for its outback desert landscapes, and in it’s centre, the iconic red monolith that is Uluru. It’s a common place people look at when searching where to elope in Australia, and for good reason. It is also the perfect elopement destination for couples who love the idea of a desert elopement. If you can take the heat, eloping in the Northern Territory may one of the best places to elope in Australia for couples who like it hot and have a passion for deserts.
Gunlom Plunge Pool
Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park
Mataranka Thermal Pool, Katherine Region
Ormiston Gorge, West Macdonnell Ranges
Berry Springs Nature Park
Ormiston Gorge, West Macdonnell Ranges
Redbank Gorge, West Macdonnell Ranges
Central Mount Stuart
East Woody Island
Australia’s huge chunk of varied land, with most of it in the arid outback. Notably home to the Margaret River wine region and the riverside capital, Perth. Western Australia has a huge variety of elopement locations, with notable red arid deserts being well suited to adventure loving couples, and some gorgeous coastal elopement locations.
King George Falls
Mitchell Falls, Kununurra
D’entrecasteaux National Park
Dirk Hartog Island
Nambung National Park
Kalbarri National Park
Cape Range National Park
Windjana Gorge National Park
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
South Australia has an arid landscape, with a gorgeous mix of flora and fauna, and some beautiful coastal elopement locations. South Australia is the perfect elopement destination if you’re looking for somewhere with arid desert, and a whole heap of incredible coastal locations.
Three Falls Grand Hike, Morialta
Hindmarsh Falls, Fleurieu Peninsula
Deep Creek Waterfall
Onkaparinga Gorge in Onkaparinga River National Park
St Mary Peak
The Dutchmans Stern
Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
The Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard Maritime Trail
Innes National Park
Witjira National Park
Gawler Ranges National Park
Hallett Cove Conservation Park
The island just to the South of the Australian mainland, Tasmania really is a playground for nature lovers. Containing some of the most impressive mountains in all of the Australian continent, if you’re looking to elope in Tasmania, you won’t be disappointed. It is also small enough to get so much done in a week if you were going to rent a camper van. The best part about having a camper van is that you can visit a whole load of different places to elope in Tasmania.
Myrtle Gully Falls
Secret Falls, Mt Wellington National Park
Lake St Claire
Little Blue Lake
Bay of Fires
Guide Falls Reserve
Fern Glade Reserve
Franklin River Nature Trail
Tall Trees Walk
If you’re looking for even more of the best places to elope in Australia, or need help trying to nail down which one of these may be best, I recommend having a read of my guide to reading about your perfect elopement location. This can help further your idea of what you’re looking for in your search for where to elope in Australia.