Best Places to Elope in the Scenic Rim

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Top 6 Places to Elope in the Scenic Rim region

Joyce & Eddie exchanging vows as the sun sets in Girraween National Park

As a reasonably new resident to The Scenic Rim region of Queensland (honestly, why didn’t I move here earlier, its SO BEAUTIFUL!!), I’ve completely fallen in love with this area of the Great South East! This region is known for its picturesque landscapes, unique flora and fauna, and abundance of outdoor activities. Wait until you see this place come alive in Wildflower season (from late Sept – November), it’s beauty is unmatched!

If you’re an adventurous couple, that enjoys great food, great wine, great nature — and looking for the perfect blend of all of that for your Elopement or Intimate Wedding, here is everything you need to know to plan your perfect Scenic Rim wedding.

Why Elope to the Scenic Rim?

The Scenic Rim is a hidden gem in Southeast Queensland, located just a short drive from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This region boasts everything from national parks, lakes & dams, and a range of charming towns, all of which offer breathtaking views and endless possibilities for your heartfelt ceremony!

Whether you’re looking to hike to the top of a mountain, kayak down a river, or simply relax and take in the beauty of nature, the Scenic Rim has something for everyone.

Where to Elope in the Scenic Rim

There is absolutely no shortage of stunning locations to tie the knot in the Scenic Rim, but here are a few of my favourites:

1. VH Country Estate, Tamborine Mountain:

Revered within the Top Ten Travel destinations in the world as voted by Lonely Planets Best in Travel for 2022, The Scenic Rim welcomes its newest luxury accomodation: Verandah House Country Estate. VH Country Estate & the Tamborine Mountain is a beautiful, and picturesque landscape known for its lush rainforests, and scenic surrounds – inviting you to reconnect with nature, and ground yourself in the healing and restorative energy of this area. Your VH hosts Jude & Lawrence invite you to let go, unwind, and immerse yourself completely in the lavish experience on offer.

2. The Overflow Estate, Lake Wyaralong:

A winery that began as an affair of the heart for the Morgan family is now Queensland’s newest boutique vineyard and luxe wedding venue. Purpose built for special events the rolling vines and scenery are breathtaking. The Overflow Estate promises a ceremony site and reception venue with limitless photo opportunities. From the moment you and your guests drive through our front gates you will find a home at our stunning historic Estate.

3. Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale:

Why just walk down the aisle when you can walk amongst the clouds? Spicers Peak Lodge is one of Australia’s most awarded and luxurious venues, specialising in exclusive destination weddings. The scene for your perfect day is set 1100 metres above sea level on a stunningly beautiful grassy plateau where a majestic, architecturally designed cedar and bluestone lodge frames your perfect day.

4. Spicers Hidden Vale, Grandchester:

Spicers Hidden Vale is a traditional homestead wedding venue perfect for romantics. It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque, enchanting setting for your wedding than the rolling hills and natural bushland of Spicers Hidden Vale. You will be in professional hands all the way, with our dedicated wedding coordinator on hand to help with any questions. Such a memorable day deserves the best and here at Spicers Hidden Vale, we would feel honoured to play a part in the creation of those wonderful memories.

Neil & Lucy enjoy a beautiful sunset of pastel pinks and purples at Spicers Hidden Vale

5. Girraween National Park:

At the heart of the Scenic Rim, Girraween National Park boasts massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders, clear running streams and spectacular wildflowers in spring. In the Spring, the landscape comes to life in all the colours of the rainbow with Golden wattles, yellow, red and purple pea flowers, dainty orchids and flannel flowers grow amid forests of red-gum, stringybark and blackbutt. It’s the perfect spot for Adventurous Couples looking for a picturesque backdrop to share their nuptials.

6. Nightfall Camp, Lamington National Park:

A secluded “hidden gem” is Nightfall Camp, the perfect intimate elopement site on the edge of world heritage Lamington National park in the Scenic Rim ~ only 90 minutes from Gold Coast and Brisbane. It’s organic, natural, minimal impact, and relaxed styling allowing the Nightfall grounds and nature to be the backdrop to your special day. Indulging in a naturally rich experience. We have 4 x eco-luxury safari tents on-site (sleeping 8 x adults comfortably) with only a handful of attendees allowed (maximum of 10) Makes for a special event with your nearest and dearest. Or it can just be you and your beloved private and intimate ceremony on the tumbling water’s edge a “forest fairytale!” Another highlight to eloping at Nightfall is to receive your wedding and honeymoon all in one!!!

Things to Do in The Scenic Rim

Looking to make the most of the adventurous Scenic Rim and all it has to offer?

  1. Hikes: If you’re in to hiking, there are plenty of unmissable hikes offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. From ancient rainforests, waterfalls, creeks, to rural Australiana countryside. Click here for Lonely Planets 5 best hikes in the Scenic Rim.
  2. Visit the Glow Worm Caves: The Glow Worm Caves at Tamborine Mountain are a natural wonder that are not to be missed. Take a guided tour through the caves and marvel at the thousands of twinkling glow worms.
  3. Kayak on Lake Moogerah: Lake Moogerah is a beautiful lake surrounded by the stunning Scenic Rim landscape. Rent a kayak and explore the lake with your partner, taking in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and forests.
  4. Enjoy a Romantic Dinner: The Scenic Rim is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes, many of which offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a romantic dinner with your partner, savoring the delicious local cuisine and sipping on a glass of wine. My husband and I have our absolute favourite restaurant at Homage, Spicers Hidden Vale.
  5. Scenic Rim Food Trail: Treat your tastebuds, to the regions best food and wine on offer! These fertile lands have everything on offer from Cheese, Wine, fresh produce and bakeries. Sample the best of the Scenic Rim Food Trail.

The Scenic Rim region of Queensland is the perfect destination, and the ultimate romantic getaway for couples looking to elope. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

And if you’re looking for a completely done-for-you solution to your Elopement or Intimate Wedding, check out my Scenic Rim Elopement Packages!

Let’s start planning your Scenic Rim Elopement!

Take a deep breathe, and relax in to your Intimate Wedding experience, knowing that most of the work has already been done for you!

Make an adventure of it and take the opportunity to explore the Scenic Rim region, with plenty of Waterfalls, Wineries, and Boutique shops to explore!

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