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QB’s guide to Noosa nuptials: Riverside weddings

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We’ve explored Noosa’s beach, hinterland and riverside regions, and found a few gems that anyone planning on tying the knot here should seriously know about…

Gondolas of Noosa offers the perfect post-ceremony catchup. Image: Phill Jackson Photography

For making an entrance…

It’s impossible not to feel enamoured floating venue boasts 180-degree views with the Noosa River when you’re cruising along its glassy surface under a fairy-floss pink sky, as Italian sopranos serenade you and your brand new husband. A ride with Gondolas of Noosa provides the perfect opportunity to catch your breath and bask in each other’s company post-ceremony before being dropped at your riverside reception. Of course, these guys are also experts at planning romantic surprise proposal cruises, transfers for the entire bridal party, and offer an entirely unique way for you to arrive at your ceremony.

A unique venue, Noosa Boathouse floats on the river

For celebrations right on the river…

Taking in the beauty of the river is also one of Noosa Boathouse’s major selling points. They can tee up an awesome river cruise for your entire bridal party to fill in the time between your ceremony and reception. This impressive three-level floating venue boasts 180-degree views out over the river.

Ricky’s is where you’ll find river views and amazing food

For foodie heaven…

With abundant local produce and an ocean full of seafood right out the front, you’re pretty much guaranteed the food at a riverside wedding will impress at the inimitable Rickys. The seasonal menu draws on produce from the company’s own Maravista Farm in the Noosa hinterland, with a bounty of vegetables, citrus, honey, beef and macadamias.

Riverdeck is a laid-back spot with million-dollar views

For laid-back receptions…

Saying “I do” on the helipad at the Noosa Marina adds a different twist on the usual riverside ceremony spot. From there, you’re within a few heel clicks of River Deck, which offers a relaxed vibe with million-dollar views and strong seafaring bones to create the reception of your dreams. If the awards weighing down the wall at the restaurant’s entrance doesn’t hint at their wedding expertise, meeting owner Sue Baxby will certainly make you feel at ease. “I’ll be there to greet you and I’ve even driven the bride and groom home at the end of the night,” she laughs.

Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar – from the wedding of Esther + Jonathan

For gardens by the water…

Another popular ceremony location is Chaplin Park, opposite the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club, where you and your guests can wander across the footbridge to a little slice of Italy on the canal at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar. Here, the private lawn area, bound by the willowy branches of ancient Moreton Bay Fig trees, makes a fabulous ceremony spot for smaller, more intimate weddings. And while the bride should be the absolute star of the show, the food here fights for first place, with mouth-watering modern Italian dishes served with flourish on handmade Kim Wallace ceramics.

Inspired? Check out our guide to beach weddings in Noosa here

The writer visited Noosa courtesy of Noosa Tourism


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