5 TOP LOCAL PLACES TO TIE THE KNOT
WHITSUNDAYS’ enhanced reputation as a destination wedding location could have helped drive the 45% jump in tourist spending within the past year.
Tourism Whitsundays chief executive officer Craig Turner said the organisation had worked closely with Weddings Whitsundays to get the region on the radar of those planning to tie the knot.
“There’s those who want the big weddings out on Hamilton Island,” he said.
“Then there’s those that just want to get a celebrant in a cane field.”
Another popular option, he said, was to get married on one of Bowen’s beaches before taking the wedding party back to Airlie Beach.
When asked what the top five wedding destinations for the region would be, Mr Turner said there were a lot of options.
But for those wanting some tips on the best of the best available in the region, he listed the following top five Whitsunday wedding spots: Whitehaven Beach: Mr Turner said it was popular to get married on the iconic white sand beach before the wedding couple took a helicopter ride over Heart Reef and returned to join the party on the silica sands.
Villa Botanica: A multi-million dollar estate and wedding venue at Woodwark Bay, north of Airlie Beach.
Bowen beaches, including Rose and Horseshoe bays:
Mr Turner said the wedding party would often then head back to Airlie Beach after the ceremony. Hamilton and Daydream Islands: Particularly for larger wedding parties. Palm Bay Resort on Long
Island: Mr Turner said the boutique resort catered particularly well to smaller wedding parties of 25–30 people, who stayed in the 14 beachfront cabins.