Port Douglas and surrounds offers many stunning locations for your dream destination wedding. Every couple, and their wedding, are unique and all wishes can be catered for. There are some lovely non-denominational wedding chapels, beaches, rainforest and tropical garden settings to choose from, suitable for intimate to larger scale weddings.
Listed below are some of the many options:
Crystal Chapel, Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas – Located in the Sheraton Mirage Resort, the glass sides of this intimate, romantic chapel offers panoramic views over the beach and sea so you feel part of the natural setting. It is air-conditioned for comfort. http://deals.sheraton.com/Sheraton-Mirage-Port-Douglas-Hotel-370/weddings.htm
St. Mary’s by the Sea, Port Douglas – An intimate, heritage listed and restored old wooden chapel dating back to the 1880s. It is located next to the sea in Port Douglas. Painted in white and featuring a picture window above the altar, it offers stunning views of the sea and surrounding mountains. www.portdouglasweddings.com.au
Angsana Wedding Chapel, Palm Cove – Situated on the beachfront with bi-fold glass doors and 180o views over the beach and sea, this is a beautiful location. The chapel can seat 40 with standing room for a further 35 guests. Contact the Angsana Resort for more information – http://www.angsana.com/en/great_barrier_reef/occasions/angsana_great_barrier_reef_chapel
The Wildlife Wedding Chapel – Cairns Tropical Zoo – Situated beside a tranquil pond and surrounded by tropical plants and flowers, the chapel seats 50. It is air-conditioned and features a stained glass window. See www.cairnstropicalzoo.com.
The beautiful beaches at Port Douglas and surround areas offer some gorgeous options for your dream beach wedding. Council by-laws require you to obtain a beach permit which costs around $77. I can obtain this permit for you, if you wish. A beach permit entitles you to use of the beach for your wedding for up to two hours.
The 4 Mile Beach in Port Douglas offers many different areas; popular choices are the less populated areas in front of Solander Boulevard and Baler Street.
There is also Little Cove in Anzac Park in the heart of Port Douglas. This has a lovely grassy area with a nice tropical planting and overlooks the sparkling sea in front of the small beach. It is an easy walk from here to nearby restaurants for your reception dinner and the adjacent parkland and Sugar Wharf offers great photo opportunities.
Newell Beach is approx. 20kms north of Port Douglas and is a lovely secluded 3.5km long white sand, palm fringed beach. There are many absolute beachfront holiday let homes to rent. The area is popular for smaller wedding groups. You can either have your ceremony on the beach, or on house decks overlooking the sea, while accommodating your guests in the homes. You can then choose to have visiting caterers.
Other Outdoor Options
Rex Smeal Park – Suitable for larger weddings and offering 180o panoramic views, this area can be booked for your ceremony and reception. Port Douglas Catering and Events specialise in organising weddings in this location and can organise catering and marquees on request.
Sugar Wharf – The Sugar Wharf was original built to transport the sugar from the area. Over time it has been a Restaurant and Maritime Museum. Now it has been renovated and is used for functions. It is a good option for weddings where the weather conditions are doubtful as the ceremony can be held undercover, in the case of inclement weather, while still retaining the beautiful sea views. This venue is suitable for your ceremony and also for Receptions. Council permit fees are applicable, but are reasonable.
Sheraton Mirage Resort – In addition to the beautiful Crystal Chapel, The Sheraton Mirage also offers packages for weddings in their gardens. See their website for details. http://deals.sheraton.com/Sheraton-Mirage-Port-Douglas-Hotel-370/weddings.htm
Resorts offering Wedding Packages
Sea Temple Resort and Spa – Situated on the 4 Mile Beach in Port Douglas. Sea Temple offers wedding packages. See their website for details: http://www.mirvachotels.com/sea-temple-resort-port-douglas/weddings-at-sea-temple
QT Resort, Port Douglas – Recently acquitted by the QT Group. This Hotel is now offering wedding packages. http://www.qtportdouglas.com.au/meetings-events/overview/
Thala Beach Lodge – 35kms north of Cairns and 16kms south of Port Douglas. A lovely location with private beach and beautiful views, this resort offers wedding packages. Contact: www.thalabeach.com.au
Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman – A rainforest retreat on the banks of the Mossman River. Set in pristine rainforest, this resort offers wedding packages for the discerning couple. Contact: www.silkyoakslodge.com.au
Shangri-la Hotel, Cairns – Surprisingly affordable, this luxury hotel offers some great wedding packages with a choice of locations, both outdoors and indoors. Choose from the opulence of the Grand Ballroom, to poolside and garden locations. Their dedicated Wedding Specialist will design a unique personalized package for you.
Turtle Beach Resort and Spa – 15 kms south of Port Douglas. This is a gay friendly resort with an idyllic private beachfront. The whole resort with some 30 rooms can be booked, so that you and your guests can relax and holiday together.
Rainforest Estate, Mossman – a luxury home set in 9 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Suitable for smaller weddings and offering wedding packages which include accommodation. Contact: www.rainforestestate.com
Bali-Hai – Bali inspired and set in private, beautiful grounds, it is suitable for small to medium sized weddings. Contact: www.executiveretreats.com.au
Mali Mali – Shannonvale, Contact: www.executiveretreats.com.au
ReNewell, Newell Beach, Contact: www.executiveretreats.com.au
Boonooloo, Newell Beach, contact Ronni at firstname.lastname@example.org
You could consider being married on the Great Barrier Reef – you could hire a diving/snorkelling boat for yourself and your guests and spend the day following your wedding ceremony diving and snorkeling.
Alternatively – you could hire a helicopter to take you to a remote coral cay for an intimate celebration. Contact GBR Helicopters
Flames of the Forest – a magical natural setting in the Shannonvale valley. It offers special wedding packages. Contact: www.flamesoftheforest.com.au