Getting married should be a spectacular celebration, so why not host it in one of Australia’s most spectacular locations? If you’ve been thinking about a destination wedding in Port Douglas, here are five reasons why there’s no better choice than getting married in our Far North Queensland paradise.
1. ENDLESS SUMMER
There’s no need to travel overseas for your tropical escape. Port Douglas enjoys plenty of sunshine, deliciously warm days and balmy nights all year round.
At 16 degrees south of the Equator, our beautiful tropical climate can be compared to that of South Pacific islands such as Vanuatu, Fiji and Tahiti.
Winter doesn’t exist, with Port Douglas experiencing only two seasons – the ‘dry season’ and the ‘green season’.
From May through to October, the Dry Season sees warm, sunny days and temperatures ranging 17 – 26 degrees. Even in winter, the water is a divine 23 degrees, perfect for a dip in the Coral Sea or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
With the summer months comes the Green Season, starting around November and finishing by May, where you’ll soak up the heat during the day and refreshing tropical showers at night. The temperature rarely dips below 23 degrees (with daily highs around 31), so pack lightly.
Marine stingers love the warm tropical water along the North Queensland Coast during the summer season, so be sure to stay within the protective enclosure at Four Mile Beach or laze about your hotel pool.
2. RELAXED VIBES
Leave your cares at home and imbue your wedding day with the relaxed holiday vibes Port Douglas is famous for. It may be one of the biggest days of your life, but it’s hard to be stressed when you have your toes in the sand, a cocktail in hand and fluffy white robe waiting for you back at the hotel room.
Elegantly casual, Port Douglas is known for its distinct mix of sophistication and barefoot fun. It’s where you can go from beach to bar, and from sunset sail to sumptuous seafood feast. Adventure and activity opportunities abound but you’re also welcome to sit back on your pool lounge and watch it all roll by.
Sound like your style? Take the stress out of your big day even further – let us manage the details while you relax and let your dream wedding day unfold.
3. FOODIES’ PARADISE
Long hailed as a ‘foodies’ paradise’, Port Douglas is the ideal location for couples who want to combine their love for each other with their love of great food.
If you haven’t indulged in a 5-course degustation the night before slipping into your wedding dress, you haven’t lived!
From casual eats to five star a la carte, Port Douglas boasts a litany of the irresistible dining options in Queensland.
We are blessed with an abundance of the freshest seafood, locally grown produce from the Atherton Tablelands and tropical fruits aplenty. The sheer number of restaurants and cafes lining Macrossan St will have you wishing there were more meals in a day.
Research some of the best places to eat & drink and start adding to your short list now. Just be sure to save a night – or two! – for a magical evening of dining beneath the palm trees at Nautilus Restaurant. There’s a mango daiquiri and fresh chilli mud crab with your name on it.
4. HOLIDAY HAVEN
Why choose between a holiday and a wedding when you can combine the two? Treat yourself and your guests to a destination weddings in tropical paradise.
Not only do you get to celebrate your marriage in an incredible location, you then get to chill out and spend time with your nearest and dearest while soaking up the wonders of Far North Queensland.
From luxury homes and villas, to some 100 different hotels and resorts to suit all budgets, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation for you and your wedding party.
Create unforgettable memories that you’ll cherish forever, and that you’ll want to relive over and over. Many couples will tell you they loved their Port Douglas wedding so much that they return each year for an anniversary celebration. It’s the perfect excuse to book that annual escape.
4. PICTURE-PERFECT SETTING
Situated between the reef and the rainforest, Port Douglas is one of the most naturally stunning locations in Australia – and, dare we say, the world.
Idyllic and picturesque, Port Douglas is a wedding photographer’s dream. With scenery rarely seen outside of a postcard, Tropical North Queensland provides an unimaginably beautiful backdrop to your wedding day images.
Whether it’s an awe-inspiring sunset over the Coral Sea, majestic palm trees of Little Cove, golden sands of our iconic Four Mile Beach, a flowering field of sugar cane, or sunlight streaming through the lush rainforest canopy, the photo options are truly endless.
Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional or contemporary wedding, romantic or relaxed, Port Douglas offers a paradisical location to tie the knot. With its stunning natural landscape and laid-back glamour, it’s easy to understand why the Port Douglas region remains one of Australia’s top wedding choices.
There are so many good reasons to marry the love of your life in Port Douglas, we couldn’t possibly list them all. What do you think we missed?
If you’re feeling inspired to have a Port Douglas wedding, contact us and let us answer all your questions about planning your wedding in paradise.