‘I do’ with a view: Scenic spots for a Gold Coast ceremony

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There are so many magical outdoor ceremony locations on the Gold Coast that couples are spoiled for choice. While your reception venue may ultimately guide the final decision of where to exchange your vows, if you’re starting your search for the perfect spot to say ‘I do’, these local favourites need to be on your radar.

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For… coastal charm

Point Danger Park at the southern end of the coast offers impressive views from Byron Bay to the high-rises of Surfers Paradise, giving a magical, ‘on-top-of-the-world’ feeling to your nuptials. Other locations with stunning views of the spectacular coastline include Pat Fagan Park at Greenmount and John Laws Park at Burleigh Heads (above). A ceremony with a world-class view will set the scene for a magical event!


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For… toes in the sand

With more than 30 kilometres of white-sand beaches from The Spit in the north to Snapper Rocks in the south, the options for a toes-in-the-sand ceremony are endless. Currumbin (above), with its dramatic rocks and wide beach, is a popular choice; Froggy Beach has a private, tucked-away location between Snapper Rocks and Point Danger; and both the southern end and the northern tip of Burleigh Beach offer a photogenic backdrop of waves crashing over rocks. If you prefer a more tranquil beach scene, the serene Budds Beach on the Nerang River at Surfers Paradise might just be your perfect wedding oasis.


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For… gorgeous gardens

The backdrop of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens (formerly known as the Rosser Park Regional Botanic Gardens) is a popular option for garden ceremonies, while Macintosh Island Park makes a convenient choice as it’s located opposite the beach between Main Beach and Surfers Paradise, handy to many nearby hotel reception venues. Take your pick of charming backdrops there, including an impressive soaring metal bridge and walkway, a classic garden bridge, waterfalls and waterways, wandering peacocks and even a Bigfoot cave. Cascade Gardens at Broadbeach is another photo-bonanza location with lush rainforest, river and colourful garden backdrops guaranteed to make your wedding photos gorgeous. Plus, there’s plenty of parking and public amenities for your guests, and a lovely rotunda for your ‘I do’.


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Bonus tip

If you decide on a beach or park ceremony, you will need to book the location well in advance as availability can be limited and often fills fast. You must get a permit from, and pay a fee to the Gold Coast Council, so check out all the details and download your forms at

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