Top 10 wedding venues in Tasmania
Planning on popping the question? Tasmania is packed with romantic destinations.
There’s nothing like the romance of an island, especially one wrapped in beaches, wilderness and dreamy retreats. Whether it be a grand wedding party, an intimate elopement or just a romantic getaway, Tasmania provides countless opportunities for those special moments. Here are 10 top venues for a day you’ll never forget.
Wedding arrivals come no more spectacular than at Peppermint Bay, where parties set out from Hobart in the hotel’s luxury catamaran, cruising down the River Derwent and D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The catamaran can carry up to 160 guests, and walking ashore across the jetty and through the gardens to your ceremony beside Peppermint Bay’s 150-year-old oak tree, is a special moment. Three menu options are available in the hotel’s Stackings restaurant, all focusing on seasonal Tasmanian produce.
This grand mansion, built by a former Hobart mayor on slopes above the CBD, features one of Tasmania’s finest private gardens, creating a stunning and photogenic setting for a wedding. Among the formal gardens, there’s space for 120 guests, and gastronomic receptions see co-owner Chaxi Afonso Higuera bringing her grandmother’s culinary touches from the Canary Islands – tapas, pintxos and paella will add a sultry Spanish touch to the day. The bridal couple and guests can stay on the night (and beyond) in Corinda’s stylish cottages and pavilions.
Named as Tasmania’s most romantic hotel in TripAdvisor’s 2020 Best of the Best awards, this waterfront Hobart hotel can create the cosiest setting for an elopement or romantic escape. The third-floor waterfront suites, with their deep balconies overlooking Hobart’s docks, are ideal for an intimate ceremony before you head out as newlyweds to soak up the street vibe of the city. Casual feeds have been the trend for these elopements – the likes of Billy’s Burgers or Mures at the water’s edge.
How about an island off an island to further fuel the romance of your wedding day? BrunyIslandAu has a selection of properties across the island, including three coastal homes along its southern (and wildest) edge that offer a range of options for elopements or intimate weddings. Each one commands a spectacular location on or near Cloudy Bay. Cloudy Bay Beach House can cater for up to 16 guests, while The Lodge and Cloudy Bay Villa can accommodate weddings for up to 40 people. For something very special, BrunyIslandAu offers a three-day package for weddings of up to 10 guests, sailing to the island from Hobart.
BANGOR VINEYARD SHED
It’s a short journey from ‘I do’ to ‘Cheers’ when you get married among the vines at historic Bangor, a Dunalley farm that’s been in the Dunbabin family since 1890. Perched on a rise overlooking Norfolk and Blackman Bays, the Vineyard Shed, partly constructed from convict-made bricks sourced from the property, has fantastic views across the vines (which are in leaf from November to May) and offers a range of wedding options – marry among the vines or in nearby Dunalley Hall and then roll into the evening with a standing or seated reception in the Vineyard Shed, or a marquee for large groups. Venue hire includes a night’s stay for the happy couple in Bangor Cottage, the property’s original farmhouse.
Private and picture-perfect are the hallmarks of this popular elopement and micro-wedding retreat. Set on a private peninsula along the Great Eastern Drive, Thalia Haven brings a touch of the Mediterranean to your day, with its four stone cottages set around olive-tree-lined courtyards, and five kilometres of secluded coastline and beaches stretching along its edge. Weddings can have up to eight people – suitably, the stone cottages will accommodate up to eight – and there’s no finer way to wind down after your big day than under the stars in Thalia’s outdoor bathtubs.
Could there be a more fitting place to make your wedding vows than Honeymoon Bay? The vision well matches the name, with this impeccable notch of sand in the coastline of Freycinet National Park set beneath the pink granite slopes of the Hazards. Tying the knot on Honeymoon Bay is made simple, with adjoining Freycinet Lodge offering an Elopement Package that includes a ceremony (and celebrant) on the beach, two nights in one of the lodge’s new Coastal Pavilions with the outdoor bathtubs, and a four-course wedding dinner for two.
This grand 1828 estate – the ancestral home of the first Tasmanian-born premier, Sir Richard Dry – is a wedding favourite (actress Kate Ritchie famously married here). The romance begins the moment you drive through the avenue of trees lining the driveway to the manor-like homestead. The English-style gardens offer countless ceremony options – beneath the old hornbeam tree in front of the homestead is the popular choice – while receptions can range from inside the homestead dining room to a pavilion to a marquee on the lawns. The estate has 10 exquisite guest rooms.
This 1850s Tamar Valley mansion, just 40 minutes’ drive from Launceston, is the centrepiece of Waterton Hall Wines, creating a wedding venue that combines history with the finest flavours of Tasmania, and a spectacular view to boot. Cross the circular lawn – a great spot for canapes and Tamar Valley sparkling – and you’ll find two pillars framing the Tamar River that make the ideal setting for the ceremony. Photo opportunities abound across the property, from among the vines to a beautiful boatshed and deck on the river, to the restored 19th-century stone barn that doubles as the reception venue. And the wines have never been more local.
Fancy a west-coast elopement that’s full of character and a uniquely wild atmosphere? This historic shack, just three kilometres from Strahan, is the perfect choice. Situated in Lettes Bay, a village of shacks built in the 1920s to boost morale among local mine workers, it’s been fitted out with hand-selected furnishings and linen to create the ultimate in remote romance – antique windows, clawfoot bath, moody Macquarie Harbour views, and a private jetty for the nuptials.
Top Image: Escape to Friendly Beaches on the east coast for a romantic picnic
Credit: Stu Gibson