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So, you’ve been dreaming about that beach wedding you’ve always wanted. But where? Hawaii, Bali, Thailand… nope those are out (Thanks COVID!). But don’t worry we have some of the most amazing beaches right here in Australia. Byron Bay and the Tweed Coast offer some of the most insta worthy locations in the world. There’s a reason the Hemswoth’s and Zac Effron call Byron home.

Whether you’re planning a beachside ceremony or an intimate beach elopement, we are here to help get you find the perfect place to say your I-do’s. We’ve put together this list of our top 6 best ceremony locations dotted across Byron Bay or Tweed Coast.

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1. Broken Head Beach and Headland, Byron Bay
  • Away from Byron Bay tourists 
  • Private with only locations around 
  • EPIC headland for portraits 1.5km round trip (not suitable for kids)
  • Secluded beach cove for wet-portraits 
  • Plenty of parking 
  • Nature Reserve: Not dog friendly 
  • Council permit: FREE


This is one of our favourite locations for a Byron Bay wedding ceremony, protected by the headland and offering unbroken views of the Cape Byron. Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay, its secluded bush nature makes it feel like you’re miles from anywhere. Surrounded by a literal rainforest, the Broken Head Nature Reserve extends to the headland and the Three Sisters Lookout, an easy to medium walk that is a 1.5km round trip. The walk made totally worth it when you take in the panoramic coastal vistas. The beautiful location creates a dramatic backdrop for your wedding portraits. 

The Tweed Coast – a hidden gem!

What about the Tweed Coast? It’s a hidden gem so many couples overlook. Tucked in between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay the Tweed Coast has as much, if not more, to offer that Byron Bay for your wedding or elopement (Tweed Coast Guide).

Say goodbye to tourists and hello to the number #1 rated beach in Australia – Cabarita!

Why not avoid the “Byron price tag” and elope to the Tweed Coast instead at any of these great locations. Kingscliff is the main beach town surrounded by Cabarita, Casaurina, Hastings + Fingal. 


2. Cabarita Beach and Headland, Tweed Coast
  • Voted number 1 beach in Australia
  • Ceremony options: in the middle of black rock circle or Pandama trees or headland
  • Easy boardwalk for sunset portraits (kid-friendly) 
  • Plenty of parking 
  • Dog friendly 
  • Council permit: $110


Cabba, as the locals call it, has recently been voted the number 1 beach in Australia. Cabarita Beach and Headland or more specifically Little Cove is one of our absolute favourite spots for a Tweed Coast elopement. Hold your ceremony with the amazing black rocks or under the Pandanus trees or make the easy trip along the boardwalk to the top of the headland for your sunset portraits.

3. Hastings Point, Tweed Coast
  • Easy access: great for elderly and prams
  • Ceremony options: headland on the grass with the ocean behind you, rock pools or in the sand
  • Easy walk around the headland for portraits
  • Plenty of parking 
  • Dog friendly 
  • Council permit: $110

This gorgeous spot offers so much variety to couples looking for more than a beach wedding or elopement. Hastings, has three grassed areas that are perfect for your wedding ceremony and are pet and child friendly.  There is plenty of parking and you can drive right up to the ceremony location. Hastings also is the perfect location for a beach ceremony with pretty rockpools for photos and portraits as the sun sets.

4. Lovers Rock, Tweed Coast
The Pink Hotel @ Coolangatta
  • On the literal border of QLD (Coolangatta) + NSW (Tweed)
  • 2mins from Gold Coast airport
  • Ceremony on the grass, easy access + parking 
  • Our couples love portraits at Lovers Rock followed local spots at The Pink Hotel, Froggys Beach or Fingal Headland 
  • Council permit: $110

Lovers Rock is a hidden gem, located only 2 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport it is truly a beautiful spot with breathtaking ocean views, rugged cliffs and pandanus trees. Following your ceremony take the easy walk down to Froggy’s beach for your newlywed portraits. This location is also conveniently close to local accommodation options like the iconic Pink Hotel and just a stones throw away from the beautiful reception venue Ancora (see our venues and accommodation blogs for more).

5. Fingal Headland and Dreamtime Beach, Tweed Coast
  • Crown Land – need permission for a ceremony
  • Don’t need permission for portraits
  • Drive to Fingal, 5min walk to headland or beach
  • Headland can get windy but it’s worth it!
  • Not kid friendly at the headland
  • Dreamtime Beach is below + kid and dog friendly
  • Council permit: $110


With a name like Dreamtime Beach you know it’s going to be an amazing spot. Known for its natural beauty Fingal Headland and Dreamtime Beach is a stunning location for your beach wedding. This area is rich in Aboriginal history, the headland is an amazing basalt rock formation that contrasts strikingly with the ocean and sand. We’ve had some amazing moments here, even getting to take portraits with a local pod of dolphins as they swam by. Although this location is on Crown Land we can request a permit to hold your ceremony here.

ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT: Killen Falls, Byron Bay

This couples only location will have you feeling like you’ve entered another world. Only a 30 minute drive from Byron Bay Killen Falls is a magical spot, however it is not for the faint hearted. The rocky path down to the falls can be a little treacherous, a handrail has recently been installed which helps to descend the uneven path, which is why we recommend this location for elopement couples only.

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