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How to have a Top End wedding in the dry season

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You have just become engaged. Now it’s time to start planning your dream wedding.

Without leaving Australia’s shores you can choose the ultimate destination wedding closer to home in the balmy Top End of Australia. If you are looking for something a little bit different then the Top End will impress with its combination of sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, rugged bush landscapes and unique culture.

TROPICAL FACT: Access to the Top End via Darwin is an easy three to four hour flight from most Australian capital cities.

Top End weddings we love:

Here are our picks of the seven best destination wedding venues in the Top End. Whether you want beach, city or an outdoor wedding, we’re positive one of these gorgeous locations will have exactly what you’re looking for — and we’ve got a list of the best vendors in each location to help make your destination wedding one nobody will forget! 

1. Pee Wee’s at the Point - East Point, Darwin

One of the many fine dining options in the Top End is Pee Wee’s at the Point. You will find yourself enjoying the unique bush setting with ocean vistas and the cityscape in the distance. This award winning restaurant has been host to many spectacular weddings with capacity for both large group weddings or more intimate experiences.

TROPICAL FACT: Pee Wees is ranked as number 1 of 270 restaurants in Darwin on Tripadvisor.

2. Wharf One - Darwin Waterfront

The lively Darwin Waterfront is home to Wharf One specialising in delicious wood grill cooking combining seasonal local produce. Your wedding party will be treated to absolute elegance and scenic waterfront dining. Wharf One is a great place for a sophisticated wedding reception with a touch of class.

TROPICAL FACT: The average maximum Dry Season temperature is 31 degrees.

3. Mindil Beach Casino Resort - Mindil Beach

For an all-in-one wedding experience the Mindil Beach Casino Resort is a high quality wedding location. Turn your dream wedding into a magical holiday with superior accommodation options where you can enjoy a champagne on the deck before stepping straight into the lagoon pool. If you are after something indulgent Mindil Beach Casino Resort have it covered with numerous reception venues on offer including an elegant garden wedding, the Beachside Pavilion, or Grand Ballroom.

TROPICAL FACT: The honeymoon suite, overlooking the glistening ocean, offers champagne and strawberries to celebrate your unforgettable day.

4. Char Restaurant - Darwin City

Char offers a spectacular dining experience with a magical atmosphere on the Darwin Esplanade. Char specialises in luxury weddings and offers both indoor and outdoor wedding settings. Imagine your perfect day in the picturesque courtyard surrounded by lush tropical trees, the setting sun and enchanting fairy lights.

TROPICAL FACT: The best time to say ‘I do’ in the Top End is from May to September.

5. Darwin Harbour Cruises - Darwin Harbour

Weddings on the water is a personalised package offered by Darwin Harbour Cruises. This magical experience can be tailored to your budget with delicious food and beverage packages. They have two vessels suitable for large or small weddings, both with shaded deck areas to keep all your guests comfortable. You will be awed as you say ‘I do’ with the magical sunset hues fading into the background.

TROPICAL FACT: 2000 bottles of champagne are popped on Darwin Harbour each Dry Season.

6. Wildman Wilderness Lodge - Mary River

Nestled in the beautiful Mary River wetlands, just two hours drive from Darwin, is the luxury Wildman Wilderness Lodge. This is the perfect location for a destination wedding with a difference. Your wedding guests will feel truly connected to nature whilst experiencing a five-star glamping adventure. If you want to create memories of your special day in a secluded bush environment then this is the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding you won’t forget.

TROPICAL FACT: The Top End is the gateway to National parks including Nitmiluk, Litchfield and Kakadu. All geographically located within a three hour drive from Darwin.

7. Cicada Lodge - Nitmiluk National Park

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge is home to the idyllic Cicada Lodge positioned within Nitmiluk National Park. Imagine your wedding in this stunning location with a menu that combines native Australian foods, matched with exquisite wines and quality service. Cicada Lodge is an escape from the city that combines comfort and elegance for your wedding party.

TROPICAL FACT: Cicada Lodge is ranked as number 1 of 7 hotels in Katherine on Tripadvisor.

The Top End is a popular wedding destination with many couples choosing to turn their dream wedding into a holiday celebration with family and friends. Enjoy the romance, fun, festivals and adventure on offer in the Top End. Find out what’s happening in the Top End via the links below:

Festivals and events

Art and culture

Family activities

Outdoor activities around Darwin

Nature and wildlife around Darwin

More to see and do around Darwin

Take the stress out of planning your big day by getting in touch with our wedding planners and vendors. View the full list of providers in our comprehensive wedding vendor directory.

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