[credits: Ryder Evans]
In most peoples’ minds Tasmania seems far away, a distant island girt by sea, not at all what you’d call an easy weekend wedding destination. But if you make it a long weekend or you have a week or two or three, then it is the absolutely perfectly situated for wildly romantic weddings and to die for honeymoon spots. Tasmania has a wild soul, a craggy wilderness, seductive coastlines, temperate climate and a stunningly picturesque landscape that is so alluring you can not resist this island for its charm and beauty – perfect ingredients for weddings with deep love and soul.
Tasmania’s agricultural abundance is defined by farmlands that stretch out across the island, nestled amongst stunning National Parks, beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs. Homegrown and family owned is important to the local economy and popular for good reason. Tasmanian cuisine is sublime; the combination of fresh produce, gourmet cheeses and local meats is truly sensational. Farm-to-table long lunch receptions and decadent feasts are a must for any wedding celebration on the island. Fresh salmon and oysters would definitely be on the menu, washed down with local wine from one of the four thriving wine regions. This is a foodie’s paradise.
[credits: summer grasses, barn, couple in field, vineyard wedding, french table, cheese cake, oysters]
There are so many options for couples who love rural settings; from rustic farm style wedding, to the elegant vineyard soiree or the very charming and fun pick-your-own fruit farm. During the summer fruit season this is the place to be. Guests will love the novelty of picking sweet berries and stone fruits in the orchard to be devoured during the day or take home as favours. We also couldn’t go past these beautiful guest favours by Evermine that are just divine.
From farmland to the rugged wilderness of Tasmania’s natural wonders; you can not go past the breathtaking Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in the west or the Freycinet Peninsula in the east, home to the world-renowned Wineglass Bay. There is so much on offer – hiking, kayaking, wine tasting, bike riding and sailing – which inject adventure and spirited magic into a wedding week experience or a honeymoon getaway.
[credits: Freycinet National Park]
For those looking for architectural beauty, it can be found everywhere. Along the east coast gorgeous bed and breakfast retreats, rustic stone homes and historic farmhouses provide perfect settings for those country style weddings. Quaint and elegant English gardens abound and the roses you find there are just simply superb. A breathtaking flower farm to put on your radar is Bridestowe Lavender Farm. You can see why.
[credits: National Geographic]
And then there’s the MONA. Do we need to go on? This venue is absolutely incredible. The coveted art gallery is so intriguing in its architectural design; its dark and light, raw, industrial and jarring spaces are so alluring you will fall in love with it instantly. This is definitely for couples who what something different, an out of the box and wildly eccentric wedding venue. Guests can even travel to the wedding via helicopter or catamaran right to the MONA’s doorstep.
[credits: MONA ext]
If you are looking for that end of the world type wistful wedding then you could take a sailboat to the little southern escape just off the mainland, Bruny Island. The island boasts lots of outdoor activities that take advantage of the natural landscape, including cruises along the rugged coastline. You can also find the southernmost Australian vineyard and enjoy fantastic wine and food.
[credits: landscape, cherry favours, picnic under tree, apple orchard]
To get started, here are some of our top spots to indulge in fine food and body rejuvenation.
Places to Stay
- The Henry Jones Art Hotel – Amazing history (Emma, their in-house historian does daily walking history tours).
- Saffire Freycinet – Posh digs. Perfect for a honeymoon getaway!
- Avalon – Awesome sea views along the coast line near Swansea.
Places to Eat
- Breaky – Pilgrim Coffee – Best coffee in town; a hole in a wall with a difference, hipster, interesting menu packed with green goodness, great staff.
- Lunch – Pigeon Hole – fabulous bread, simple wholesome food.
- Dinner – Franklin, Ethos and Garagistes – for Tasmania’s finest local produce, organic wines and degustation delights!
Whatever your budget, style and time allowance, Tasmania has so much to offer couples planning a full wedding experience or a blissful honeymoon. We can’t wait to create your wildly romantic wedding or honeymoon in Tasmania. Ask us how here.