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The 7 most epic locations for your NT wedding

 

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable moments of your life, and you want it to encompass your values and dreams in an exquisite location. Find your perfect setting at these unique wedding venues and romantic locations across the NT. These epic wedding locations are like nowhere else in Australia and guarantee memories to last a lifetime.

Bamurru Plains – Top End

In Kakadu National Park be mesmerised by balmy evenings, romantic long lunches that flow into twilight, and starry conversations under a full moon. If you’re looking for a no-fuss and down to earth bush wedding, Bamurru Plains, located on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River, is an exclusive hideaway for lovers wanting to elope or put on an intimate event under the stars. Set on a 300km² private property with 10 safari bungalows and a myriad of activities within arm’s reach, you’ll want to turn your wedding vows into a weekend-long jubilee.

Local’s tip: Celebrate being newlyweds at a treetop Bird Hide with a private picnic lunch six metres above the floodplain.

 

Nitmiluk National Park – Top End

Picture your ceremony with some of the most ancient and spectacular terrain on earth as a backdrop. Imagine looking into the eyes of your soul mate and repeating your vows surrounded by awe-inspiring sweeping gorge views over the mighty Katherine River. Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge is deeply spiritual to Traditional Owners the Jawoyn people, making it a beautifully spiritual place to hold your ceremony. Then, hold your wedding reception and spend your first night as a married couple at the eco-luxe Cicada Lodge. Celebrate your vows with a relaxed reception at the award-winning restaurant which features local produce and Australian native foods.

Local’s tip: Contact NT Parks and ask a local ranger to find that perfect location for you to tie the knot!

 

Kakadu National Park – Top End

Kakadu National Park in the Top End, just 3 hours from Darwin, offers some of the most spectacular landscapes, wildlife and culture than anywhere else in Australia. There are a select few places to tie the knot, and plenty of opportunities for perfect photographs that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.

Kakadu is a World Heritage-listed national park, recognised for both its natural and cultural values, ensuring a destination wedding amongst Kakadu’s diverse and exotic landscapes. The Kakadu region is home to two venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions – the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Lodge. Both these venues can cater for your ceremony, your reception as well as accommodate guests overnight.

Turn your wedding into a Top End holiday while exploring lily-covered billabongs, hiking to the top of Ubirr overlooking the Arnhem Land escarpment or swimming amongst the spectacular waterfalls and plunge pools that Kakadu is known for. A Kakadu wedding means bragging rights for guests who get visit Kakadu while also sharing your wedding celebrations.

Local’s tip: April or May is a perfect time of year to marry in Kakadu as waterfalls are still pumping and vegetation is green and lush.

 

Simpsons Gap – Red Centre

Say ‘I do’ amongst the red dirt tracks, the ancient ghost gums and the towering cliffs of Simpsons Gap. The dramatic backdrop of the red cliff face with the sunlit hues creeping through the shade of the trees make Simpsons Gap a magical location for an NT wedding.

A spiritually important location to the local Arrernte people, you may even wish to explore the idea of a Welcome to Country ceremony before your own wedding ceremony. A Welcome to Country shows Traditional Owners that you respect their lore and may be considered as gratitude for permission to marry on this beautiful piece of Australian landscape.

Local’s tip: The terrain of Simpsons Gap can be tricky so it's worth suggesting that guests bring walking shoes to get to and from the weddingceremony location.

Uluru & Yulara – Red Centre

Celebrate one of the happiest days of your life in one of the most epic locations on Earth, with the fabled Uluru as your backdrop. Uluru is one of the most recognised icons in the world which exudes a truly spiritual aura. Ayers Rock Resort offers a number of unique wedding ceremony and reception venues. The resort can cater for intimate ceremonies for two right through to large celebrations for 300. Consider a sunrise or sunset wedding atop a sand dune or, for something truly unique, walk down a red desert aisle with Uluru as a backdrop.

Local’s tip: Capture unforgettable photos of your special day featuring Uluru and its red desert sands as a contrast.

 

Kings Canyon – Red Centre

Fringed with ancient cultural tales, starlit skies and 400 million years of history, Watarrka National Park, also known as Kings Canyon, has plenty of picturesque locations to begin married life. You could hold your wedding ceremony at an accommodation venue or perhaps take things up a notch with a hike to the top of Kings Canyon and say ‘I do’ in the most dramatic way in a unique location.

Sweep your guests off their feet with a ceremony at Kings Canyon Resort or embark on a true Outback experience at Kings Creek Station. The station offers a luxurious glamping experience with a beautifully appointed tent including a private ‘outdoor’ bathroom which takes in stunning landscape views.

Tie the knot in the NT

From the rugged landscapes to the starry night skies and enriching culture, the Northern Territory is a spectacular location to exchange your vows. You might be a couple that embrace the outdoors, love the idea of eloping, or simply want to do something outside of the box. No matter the reason, or the season, be warmed and welcomed by the NT as you start your lives together in wedded bliss.

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