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4 ways to have a destination wedding without buying a plane ticket

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Picturesque rivers, Instagram-worthy mountains and sweeping vineyards – Queensland has it all. 

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Forget expensive plane tickets, lost luggage and hours upon hours of travel time, you don’t have to go far to score yourself a one-of-a-kind and beautiful wedding venue. From refurbished industrial spaces, panoramic vineyards and even an art gallery, Brisbane has you covered. To help you out we’ve put together 8 venues all within a three-hour drive of Brisbane that will leave your guests in ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’. 

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For breath-taking views… 

If you’re after magnificent views and serene beauty, Tranquil Park Resort has you covered. Nestled above the Glasshouse Mountains, this picturesque venue is just over an hour’s drive from Brisbane CBD. Flaunting huge glass ceilings from window to floor, your guests will continually be spoilt to panoramic scenes, providing the perfect backdrop for an elegant and idyllic ceremony. Included in the venue hire are the morning-after buffet breakfast (a must), your choice of dining menu and the perfect dance floor. 

For picture-perfect vineyards…

If you’re keen to pledge your love surrounded by the beautiful ambience of lush grape vines and panoramic mountain views than look no further than Albert River Wines. This exquisite venue boasts remarkable architectural designs, manicured gardens and sweeping vineyards. Your ceremony can be customized to what ever your heart desires, be it a garden ceremony, traditional chapel vows or gazebo nuptials. 
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5. Bruges, Belgium


For saying ‘I do’ barefoot… 

Dreamt of getting hitched on your own private island destination? Island Hideaway takes the prize for the perfect beach wedding paradise. This slice of heaven is tucked away in the beautiful national park of South Stradbroke, just an hour’s drive outside Brisbane. Soft lighting and candle-lit decorations create the perfect relaxed atmosphere, not to mention there’s a stunning open-air beach side chapel. The best part of it all - the venue caters for all weather, meaning hail, rain or shine your wedding will go on.

6. Amalfi Coast, Italy

For the Hamptons with an edge…

An easy one-hour drive from Brisbane, The Lakehouse offers a charming space for any nuptials. Let us set the scene – distressed wood planked floors, antler chandeliers, timber furniture and old oars, buoys and ropes. This venue screams rustic, offering a mix of contemporary styling. Add an extra-personal touch to the space by placing your own family photographs, heirlooms and personal mementos on the fireplace mantle. 

7. Corfu, Greece


For an industrial, chic edge…

Quite literally on the banks of a river, the recently refurbished WATT offers the perfect contemporary wedding venue. Think edgy, industrial chic. Creating delicious and seasonal menus that bring produce to plate, your guests will be sure to leave with a full stomach. Forget organising those stressful details, the venue offers bits and bobs such as white linen napkins and tablecloths, a cake table, tea-light candles and even background music. Knockout and stress-free.
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