10 Surf and Sand Venues


Sun, surf and sand – is there anything more appealing when summer hits? If you’re dreaming of an oceanside venue for your big day, look no further. We’ve got the list for you.

Wedding of Liana and Mark. KM Studios. Image via Facebook

Wedding of Liana and Mark. KM Studios, image via Facebook.

1. An Island Hideaway

Hop aboard a private boat and make your way to An Island Hideaway, hidden on picturesque South Stradbroke Island. Catering for both receptions and ceremonies, you can say ‘I do’ on the beach itself, or exchange vows in the open-air beachside chapel. You’ll then celebrate your new status as Mr and Mrs in the romantic reception room, indulge in a delicious feast, then be whisked away to a luxe hotel on the mainland for your first night as a married couple. Bliss.

Wedding of Tobey and Nathan. Photo: Jenna Tere.

Wedding of Tobey and Nathan. Photo: Jenna Tere.

2. The Rarotongan

If you’re planning on eloping or choosing a destination wedding, The Rarotongan is the paradise you’ve been dreaming of. The true essence of Cook Islands romance, you’re surrounded by white sands and turquoise waters, with gently-swaying palms towering all around. After you tie the knot on Aroa Beach, you and your partner will plant your very own baby coconut palm to symbolise your marriage and growing love. What an ideal escape for your wedding day!


Kingfisher Bay Resort

3. Kingfisher Bay Resort

There’s nothing like a Fraser Island sunset, so just take a moment or two to imagine your wedding day with that in the background. Swooning? If you are, the Kingfisher Bay Resort is the spot for you. The views across the Great Sandy Straits are simply stunning, while the water will lap gently behind you. You’re only moments away from your reception venue and accommodation, too – it’s an all-in-one location with unrivalled beauty to boot.

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort. Image via Facebook

4. Tangalooma Island Resort

This total beachfront location is only an hour or so away from Brisbane – can you imagine that? And with such exotic backdrops (think breathtaking sunsets or Tangalooma Wrecks) complementing your wedding, Tangalooma Island Resort is an experience you can’t pass up. You’ll be the only wedding on the day, so you’ll have your every dream catered for. The new Waterfront Pavilion is an exquisite reception venue, and with all weddings styled by Beautiful Beach Weddings, you’re in for the day you always dreamed of.

Wedding of Tanya and Chris.

Ocean View at North Burleigh

5. Ocean View at North Burleigh

Serenity and ocean beauty – Ocean View at North Burleigh has it in spades. Marry with the beach as your backdrop, then celebrate in a reception venue with panoramic views across the Burleigh ocean waters. As the sun sets and the lights of the coast twinkle into life, you’ll be thinking you’re in a fairytale. Event manager Karen will work to ensure that nothing is overlooked on the big day – except for the ocean, of course!

Image via Facebook.

Fitzroy Island Resort. Photo: David Nathan Kelly, image via Facebook

6. Fitzroy Island Resort

Sun-kissed shores in a tropical paradise… sounds divine! Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate island wedding, or a celebration with all those you call dear, get ready to indulge in one of Queensland’s most scenic locations. Fitzroy Island Resort offers both rainforests and beaches, with unparalleled views of the Great Barrier Reef. Welcome Bay is our ceremony location pick – a white coral beach meets tranquil blue waters, and natural seclusion creates a romantic atmosphere.

Wedding of Chloe and Tom

Sunshine Beach Surf Club

7. Sunshine Beach Surf Club

Walk down the aisle on Sunshine Beach’s Ocean Lawn, with the beautiful beach as your backdrop. You won’t get sand between your toes during your ceremony, but the views are to die for! For photographs, the beach is only footsteps away. Your reception room at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club also boasts incredible views of the ocean, whether you choose the Ocean Deck or Ocean View Room, while offering tasty cocktail or sit-down menus to suit a varied crowd.

Alan Hughes Photography.

Alan Hughes Photography

8. Maroochydore Surf Club

Celebrate in style and with views that will blow you away – Maroochydore’s a particularly special location, and the Maroochydore Surf Club is just an extension of the Sunshine Coast’s beauty. Their function room offers floor to ceiling windows, giving you pristine views of the coastline from Coolum Beach to Mooloolaba. The perfect location to celebrate your vows after a beachside wedding!

Mon Komo Hotel

9. Mon Komo Hotel

You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re on a lush Caribbean island when you’re at Mon Komo Hotel – after all, with stunning views across Moreton Bay and the verdant gardens around, it’s the epitome of island romance. Enjoy a tropical beach wedding before sitting down to a gourmet feast at your reception (you’ve got four incredible rooms to choose from, each with their own Caribbean-inspired decor), while the ocean shimmers outside.

10. Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel & Spa

A striking presence on one of Stradbroke Island’s natural bush headlands, Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel & Spa Resort is only moments away from the island’s famous white-sand beaches and rolling surf. Endless views across the Pacific Ocean add instant coastal atmosphere, while the sound of breaking waves is a soothing soundtrack to your vows. You also have access to three different beaches from the one hotel – it’s got all the perks of a destination wedding location, yet it’s so close to home.

– QB x

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