Getting married on the Great Barrier Reef

More and more couples are going for adventure weddings in Tropical North Queensland-- with ceremonies on the beach, under water or in the rainforest. Latest figures indicate this niche market is worth AUD 146 million to the local economy every year, with AUD 32million coming from international couples. And that does not include the honeymoon.

Destinations that are attracting the international wedding market are Port Douglas and Mission Beach, as well as island resorts such as Lizard and Heron. Wilson Island, a small coral cay close to Heron Island is also making a name for itself with uber-romantic honeymooners.

Surrounded by 24 powdery white beaches and 1,000 hectares of National Park, Lizard Island is the ultimate wedding destination – and it’s consistently rated as one of the top ten resorts in the world. The resort offers a range of wedding and honeymoon packages.

Heron Island is one of the world’s best dive sites. In fact, there are more than twenty Great Barrier Reef dive sites accessible from Heron Island, half of which are within fifteen minutes of the resort – making it a great place to plan an underwater wedding.

Looking for somewhere really different? Wilson Island could well be the the destination you are seeking for that memorable wedding or honeymoon. Just 40 minutes from Heron Island, this tiny coral cay right on the Great Barrier Reef offers designer-inspired tented accommodation for just six couples, each with a magnificent private ocean view.