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Best places to elope in Australia [updated for 2020]

March 16, 2020

Best places to elope in Australia

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!

Mountain elopement locations

Mount Kosciuszko, NSW

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.

Blue Mountains, NSW

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.

Bluff Knoll, WA

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.

Forest elopement locations

Namadgi National Park, ACT

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.

Dandenong Ranges National Park, VIC

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.

Daintree National Park, QLD

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.

Coastal and beach elopement locations

Hyams Beach, NSW

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.

Wineglass Bay, TAS

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.

Whitehaven beach, QLD

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.

Waterfall elopement locations

Crystal Shower Falls, NSW

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.

Secret Falls, TAS

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.

Beauchamp Falls, VIC

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! 

Snow elopement locations

Mount Hotham, VIC

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.

Charlotte’s Pass, NSW

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.

Cradle Mountain, TAS

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.

Why should I elope?

There are some amazing reasons to elope:

  • It provides a more authentic and intimate experience together
  • They value experiences over things
  • They don’t want the stress of families
  • They are more introverted and prefer to have a more private ceremony

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.

Difference between wedding and elopement?

The differences between weddings and elopements are:

  • Elopements are based around a location outside in nature, for example by the coast or on top of a mountain, whereas weddings can be held inside a venue.
  • Elopements are just the bride and groom, with two witnesses, whereas weddings will have many guests present and watching the ceremony.
  • Elopements can revolve over several days and turn into an adventure travelling around a country or location, whereas weddings are typically done in one day.

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.

What you need to do to elope in Australia

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:

  • Not be married.
  • Not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister.
  • Be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where 1 person is 16-18 years old.
  • Understand what marriage means and freely agree to marry.
  • Use specific words during the ceremony.
  • Give a notice of intended marriage form to an authorised marriage celebrant at least 1 month and no more than 18 months before your wedding.
  • Be married by an authorised marriage celebrant.
  • You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.

You also need to:

  • Complete a notice of intended marriage form.
  • Give it to an authorised marriage celebrant at least 1 month (but not more than 18 months) before your wedding.

It’s that straightforward!

Bonus: hire an elopement photographer

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:

  • Plan a timeline of your day from start to finish.
  • Provide all details of what should be required for you to elope, country specific.
  • Location scout and provide a set of recommended elopement locations based upon what you are both drawn to in terms of landscape and climate.
  • Be there to capture and immortalise your day and experience in real artwork that you will look back and relive for the rest of your days.
  • Be able to create and design an archival wedding album for you to read and relive.
  • Deliver all final images within 4-6 weeks.

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!

A note on the Australian Bush Fires of 2019-2020

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.

Eloping in Australia by State 

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.

Best places to elope in New South Wales

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.

Click here to see my Sydney elopement packages.

Waterfalls

Minnehaha falls
Nellies Glen
Crystal Shower Falls
Upper Gledhill Falls
Fairy Bower Falls

Mountains

Blue Mountains
Mount Kosciuszko
Tabletop Mountain
Brokers Nose
Carruthers Peak

Coastal

Hyams Beach
Seal Rocks
Cave Beach
Greenfield Beach
Byron Bay

Forests

Barrington Tops National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Grand Canyon Track
The Falls Walk Budderoo National Park
Washpool National Park

Best places to elope in Canberra

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.

Click here to see my Canberra elopement packages.

Waterfall

Gibraltar Falls
Coree Creek Falls
Pierces Creek Falls
Stockyard Creek Falls – lower
Swamp Creek gorge and falls

Mountain

Pryors Hut
Shepherds Lookout
Mount Taylor
Gibraltar Peak
Booroomba Rocks

Forest

Namadgi National Park
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Legoland
Bendora Arboretum
Lake George

Best places to elope in Victoria

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.

Click here to see my elopement packages Victoria wide.

Waterfalls

Erskine Falls
Wannon Falls
Beauchamp Falls
MacKenzie Falls
Hopetoun Falls

Mountains

Mount Hotham
Mount Stirling
Mount Buller
The Grampians
Mount Feathertop

Coastal

Betka, Quarry and Secret Beaches – Mallacoota
Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove and Little Waterloo Bay – Wilson’s Promontory
Half Moon Bay – Black Rock
Point Addis
Bells Beach

Forests

Dandenong Ranges National Park
Tarra-Bulga National Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park
Baw Baw National Park
Mornington Peninsula National Park

Best places to elope in Queensland

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.

Click here to see my Queensland elopement packages.

Waterfalls

Crystal Cascades
Windin Falls
Buderim Waterfall
Stoney Creek Falls
Kearneys Falls

Mountains

Glass House Mountains
Mt Greville
Mount Superbus
Mount Greville
Mt Edwards

Coastal

Whitehaven Beach
Lizard Island
Port Douglas
Noosa Main Beach
Four Mile Beach

Forests

Daintree National Park
Paluma Range National Park
Eungella National Park
Girringun National Park
Barron Gorge National Park

Best places to elope in the Northern Territory

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.

Click here to see my Northern Territory elopement packages.

Waterfalls

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

Mountain

Mount Giles
Central Mount Stuart
Macdonnell Ranges
Mount Sonder
Simpsons Gap

Coastal

Cossies Beach
Maccassan Beach
Mindil Beach
East Woody Island
Lonely Beach

Best places to elope in Western Australia

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.

Click here to see my Western Australia elopement packages.

Waterfalls

Serpentine Falls
King George Falls
Fern Pool,Karijini
Horizontal Falls,Kimberley
Mitchell Falls, Kununurra

Mountain

Bluff Knoll
Toolbrunup Peak
Mount Augustus
Mount Meharry
Mount Bruce

Coastal

Turquoise Bay
D’entrecasteaux National Park
Dirk Hartog Island
Cable Beach

Forests / Deserts

Nambung National Park
Kalbarri National Park
Cape Range National Park
Windjana Gorge National Park
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Cottesloe Beach

Best places to elope in South Australia

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.

Click here to see my South Australia elopement packages.

Waterfalls

Mannum Waterfalls
Three Falls Grand Hike, Morialta
Sturt Gorge
Hindmarsh Falls, Fleurieu Peninsula
Deep Creek Waterfall

Mountain

Onkaparinga Gorge in Onkaparinga River National Park
St Mary Peak
Mount Mckinlay
Mount Woodroffe
The Dutchmans Stern

Coastal

Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island
Rapid Bay
Memory Cove
The Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard Maritime Trail 
Innes National Park

Forest / Desert

Witjira National Park
Gawler Ranges National Park
Alligator Gorge
Hallett Cove Conservation Park

Best places to elope in Tasmania

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.

Click here to see my Tasmania elopement packages.

Waterfalls

Russell Falls
Nelson Falls
Myrtle Gully Falls
Secret Falls, Mt Wellington National Park
Snug Falls

Mountain

Cradle Mountain
Mount Wellington
Mount Geryon
Barn Bluff
The Acropolis

Coastal

Wineglass Bay
Lake St Claire
Fortescue Bay
Little Blue Lake
Bay of Fires

Forest

Guide Falls Reserve
Fern Glade Reserve 
Franklin River Nature Trail
Tall Trees Walk 
Waterworks Reserve

More of the best places to elope in Australia

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.

Let’s chat about designing your dream elopement!

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