A wedding on the East Coast of Tasmania tends to be an unforgettable experience. The landscape is varied and spectacular; dense forest meandering up to parched and rugged granite coastlines, framing crystal clear waters rippling along silky white sand beaches.
Perhaps you’d like to be married amongst the vines at your favourite vineyard? Or next to a river, in a forest, on a mountain, or one of our extraordinary beaches? The possibilities are endless, but one thing is certain, this is a day you will remember forever.
Venues are designed to make the most of the locations so your photos are always superb. And as a destination wedding, the guest list is usually smaller, but closer, so the celebrations tend to start the day before the ceremony as everyone arrives, offering plenty of quality time to enjoy each other and fully immerse in the experience.
The options for wedding venues are endless with everything from pristine beaches, luscious native forests, lavish green vineyards, rustic mills, luxury resorts and boho beach shacks on offer.
There is a growing trend for simple, intimate ceremonies, and elopements. We curated a selection of locations that could be perfect for your special day – but the choices are really boundless, limited only by your imagination.
The original homestead at Twamley Farm was built in 1842, and the Turvey family have run the property for over 125 years. Until recently, the family business was farming, however its rustic charm is now setting it apart as a unique space to host events and small gatherings (such as weddings and elopements), with accommodation offered both onsite and in the nearby towns of Buckland, Orford and Triabunna.
For boutique accommodation with a breathtaking view, and ultimate privacy, it’s hard to go past Thalia Haven, just an hour north-east of Hobart. A little further up the coast you will also be impressed with Avalon Coastal Retreat. Both properties are unique, with quite different styling, but the thing they have in common, is a perfect perch on the edge of the coast, with particularly enviable views across Great Oyster Bay.
Riversdale Mill, near Swansea, is hard to beat for a garden wedding. It’s one of those old homesteads, with old gardens, that has thrived through generations of home owners. Every corner has a secret to tell, if you take the time to listen. The Mill itself can be set up for a rustic celebrations, with vineyards and catering options readily available.
Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of a wedding on an island paradise? Look no further than Picnic Island – your very own, very private, utterly unique piece of paradise.
For a vastly contrasting experience to the previous suggestions, get lost in the wilderness at The Keep. Perched upon a 650 metre rocky pinnacle overlooking Tasmania’s North East, the Keep is in Goulds Country, 45 minutes from St Helens. Boasting an outdoor bath, it is specifically designed for romance and connection. With a maximum sleeping capacity of 2, this is as intimate as it gets.
Or imagine being whisked away aboard a private cruise for the ultimate private nuptials. Surrounded by nothing but crystal clear blue waters, stunning granite coastlines, wildlife guest appearances, take in the sheer beauty of our spectacular coastline on your special day. Wineglass Bay Cruises, East Coast Cruises or Bay of Fires Eco Tours are your go-to for cruising on the coast.
If you are looking for somewhere that can cater for a few more people, following now are a few options:
At the southern end, the tranquil back drop from Spring Bay Mill is just an hour out of Hobart, rich with history but revitalised with every modern and sustainable amenity you can think of, Spring Bay Mill has been given a new lease of life by innovative and progressive owners. A stunning and convenient location for an elopement, or a more traditional wedding.
Piermont Retreat, a little further north in Swansea is another breathtaking option, offering a venue for ceremony, dinner, drinks, and nibbles as well as accommodation for the Bridal party as well as guests.
Just north of Swansea, Craigie Knowe Vineyard offers a delightful location for a wedding ceremony and celebration. The picturesque homestead and cellar door were constructed in the 1840’s by first settlers to the area making this location a delightful step back in time.
Heading to Freycinet, a beach ceremony is hard to go past. Both Freycinet Lodge and luxury resort Saffire Freycinet are located at the end of a beach, overlooking the magnificent Hazards and have wedding / elopement packages available.
Further north, near St Helens, the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat – we can’t go past this stunning and earthy location. Catering for elopements or small weddings, you will be hard pressed to find a more down to earth, but somehow luxurious wilderness meets beach location.
A wedding or elopement on the East Coast of Tasmania is unique and therefore, memorable. Opportunity abounds to make this very important day, truly one of a kind. Every romance is unique, and every wedding should be too. What does your perfect day look like?
For resources that may help plan your special day, including celebrants, caterers, photographers, hairdressers, vineyards, and entertainment, click here.
Important Information! If you are holding your ceremony in a National Park or Reserve, applications must be made to [email protected]
Thank you to our Photo Credits and Contributors: Craigie Knowe Vineyard, Katie Scott, Sophie Sullivan, Freycinet Lodge, Spring Bay Mill and The Keep