The ultimate guide to eloping in Tasmania
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for an adventurous Tasmania elopement
Tasmania is an island state of Australia – easily accessible from the mainland, but an incredibly underrated elopement destination! With waterfalls, mountains, wildlife, and so much natural beauty, you’re guaranteed an amazing adventure when you elope in Tasmania. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to plan your once in a lifetime wedding day!
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Hey! I’m Amber.
Your Tasmania elopement photographer + planner
Planning an elopement is hard work – but it shouldn’t be stressful! This day should be all about you, and it should be exactly what you want it to be. So, my job as an elopement photographer and travel planner is to make this easy! I’ll help you with location scouting, guide you through international marriage laws and help you with logistics, recommend vendors, places to stay, and things to do, and make a timeline for your day – keeping your unique needs in mind and creating a customized day that’s made just for you!
If you’re ready to elope in Tasmania, contact me to learn more about elopement packages and to start planning!
First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:
What is an elopement?
Let’s get one thing straight – an elopement isn’t what it used to be. It’s not a quick courthouse ceremony or a scandalous way to tie the knot. Today, an elopement is a wedding day that’s all about you! Eloping means making sure your wedding is exactly what you want, whether that’s a long hike just the two of you or an intimate ceremony with a few loved ones around.
How to Get to Tasmania for Your Elopement
When your adventure elopement begins, the first thing you’ll need to do is get here! Tasmania is an island, so you can get here by plane or by boat.
Get to Tasmania by Plane
Flying is typically the easiest way to get to Tasmania for your elopement. The largest airport is the Hobart International Airport, but despite its name, it actually only has flights from Australia! This means that if you’re traveling from abroad, you’ll have a layover in Australia. Then, you can hop on a flight to Tasmania from – you can get there from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast.
There are two other airports in Tasmania – Launceston and Burnie, but they are much smaller, so most visitors land at the Hobart Airport.
Get to Tasmania by ferry
Another way to get to Tasmania is to take the ferry. The Spirit of Tasmania goes from Melbourne in Australia to Devonport in Tasmania. The journey to Tasmania takes about 10 hours, but this can be a fun way to start your adventure early and enjoy the views of the ocean! If you live in Australia, this also has the advantage of allowing you to bring your own car to Tasmania.
Getting Around Tasmania During Your Elopement
The best way to get around Tasmania is with a car – whether you bring your own vehicle over on the ferry or you rent a car once you’re there. A car gives you the ultimate freedom and flexibility, allowing you to go wherever you want and to adventure around Tasmania! Driving through the gorgeous landscapes is amazing, and the highways are well developed – but there are also tons of forest roads for couples who want some extra adventure.
One thing to look out for when you’re driving in Tasmania is the wildlife – especially at night, since many of the animals are nocturnal.
You can also take public transportation to go between major cities in Tasmania, but I definitely recommend renting a car for at least part of your stay. Cycling is also popular here – with plenty of bike routes, this can be a great way to explore as well!
How to Legally Elope in Tasmania
Getting legally married abroad can be tricky sometimes – so some couples decide to do the paperwork at home, before they have their ceremony. If you want to get legally married when you elope in Tasmania, here’s what you’ll need:
- An authorized celebrant
- A Notice of Intended Marriage Form, submitted to your celebrant at least one month before your ceremony
- Evidence of date and place of birth
- Proof if identity
- Evidence of termination of previous marriage or death certificate, if applicable
After your ceremony, the celebrant will submit your documents to the proper office, and then you can apply for a certified copy of your marriage certificate!
Why Elope in Tasmania
Tasmania’s nature is absolutely incredible – and if you want beautiful landscapes for your elopement ceremony, this is one of the best reasons to elope in Tasmania! With waterfalls, beaches, and gorgeous tropical landscapes, there’s plenty to explore. Tasmania is also famous for its blooming lavender fields!
An Underrated Destination
Most people who visit Australia stay close to Sydney or Melbourne, and because you need to book a flight or take the ferry to this island, fewer travelers venture to Tasmania – which means that it’s much easier to find private places to exchange vows!
Another reason to elope in Tasmania is the chance to see the wildlife. You might spot platypus, dolphins, whales, tiny penguins, and of course, the famous Tasmanian Devil – a marsupial found only in Tasmania!
Top 5 spots to Elope in Tasmania
Choosing the place where you’ll tie the knot is so exciting – and there are countless beautiful places to elope in Tasmania. Here are a few ideas!
Cradle Mountain is located in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, and it’s one of the most incredible places to elope in Tasmania. The dramatic peaks and glacial lakes, surrounded by grasslands and lush rainforest are a unique place – and at Cradle mountain, you’ll find amazing hiking trails and plenty to explore.
Bruny Island is located off the coast of Tasmania, and it’s one of the most unique elopement destinations in the world! With sparkling beaches, one of a kind wildlife, and plenty of adventures, you’ll never run out of trails to hike or restaurants to try. You can take a boat here, or soar over the landscape in a helicopter!
If you want to get married on the beach, Wineglass Bay is one of the best places to elope in Tasmania! The clear blue water and white sand beach make for a stunning backdrop, and the cove is surrounded by rocky cliffs.
Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires on the coast of Tasmania is famous for the unique orange boulders. The boulders, covered in orange lichen, sit on the clear water of the bay, and it’s a gorgeous place for an elopement!
One of the things Tasmania is famous for is the lavender fields. They’re in full bloom in January and February, and the purple flowers make a really unique, stunning place to elope!
When to Elope in Tasmania
The best time to elope in Tasmania will depend on what you want to do, as weather can change throughout the year. Here’s what you need to know before you set a date!
WINTER IN Tasmania
Winter in Tasmania is June through August, and it can get chilly. The mountains are often snowy, which can make driving difficult – but places around the coast are a little warmer, so while you probably won’t want to dive into the water, it can be a good time to enjoy coastal hikes without as many people around!
SPRING IN Tasmania
In the Spring (September – November), temperatures warm up a bit and it can be a great time to elope in Tasmania if you want to avoid crowds. The mountains will likely still be covered in snow for much of the season, but lower elevation areas can be great for exploring! Rain falls frequently at the start of spring, so I definitely recommend bringing some waterproof gear.
SUMMER IN Tasmania
Summer is the most popular time to visit, which means there will be more people around and prices can be higher. Still, summer is an incredible time to elope in Tasmania, as it’s a great time for hiking and exploring outdoors. December is usually still rainy, but the sun starts to come out in January and February!
FALL IN Tasmania
Like spring, fall is a great time to elope in Tasmania if you want to avoid the crowds. You can often spot fall foliage, but starting in April, snow usually begins to accumulate in the mountains.
Example budget of an elopement in Tasmania
All-inclusive, 7-day ELOPEMENT + Honeymoon
6 nights in accommodation (3* or more)
Award-winning elopement photographer for 3 days
All meals for the 7 days
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
Hair and makeup
TOTAL FOR An all-inclusive ELOPEMENT IN Tasmania:
Award-winning elopement photographer for 12 hours
4-5 beautiful, natural and raw ceremony location options
Custom timeline of the day
TOTAL FOR A 12-hour ELOPEMENT IN Tasmania:
Lodging for your elopement in Tasmania
The place you stay during your elopement will be a part of your overall experience, so find a place that you’ll love coming back to after all of your adventures! There are plenty of options for lodging in Tasmania, from luxurious resorts to wilderness retreats.
Hotels and Resorts
A resort or hotel is a great place to stay if you’re looking for luxury and relaxation. When you elope in Tasmania, check out the Piermont Retreat for cottages on the seaside, and Saffire Freycinet – a gorgeous resort surrounded by incredible natural landscapes.
Airbnbs in Tasmania
Airbnb is a great way to find private accommodation, and there are plenty of options for places to stay in Tasmania. You’ll find deluxe lakefront cottages, gorgeous cabins, and one of a kind tiny homes!
Camping in Tasmania
For some added adventure, you can go camping in Tasmania! You can find wild camping and immerse yourself in nature, go on a backpacking trip, or rent a campervan. If you don’t want to totally rough it, you can also book a stay at a glamping retreat.
Unique Things to Do When You Elope in Tasmania
Your elopement should be an adventure, and it should be unique to you. So when you plan your elopement, think about what would truly make this the best day of your life, and how you want to get married! Here are a few unique ideas for things to do when you elope in Tasmania.
See the Lavender Fields
The blooming fields of lavender are a unique sight, and definitely worth checking out when you elope in Tasmania. Summer (January and February) is the best time to see the flowers, and you can try delicious treats like lavender ice cream!
Hiking is an incredible way to explore nature, and Tasmania is no different. You can hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain, go underground and explore a cave, or choose from one of the many hiking trails through jungles and waterfalls.
See the wildlife
The wildlife of Tasmania is unique, and while you’re here, you should take some time to spot some animals! You can visit a sanctuary like the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, or see animals in the wild with a tour – you can go whale watching, bird watching, or take a 4×4 in the backcountry to spot some land animals.
What to Wear to Elope in Tasmania
Choosing what to wear for an elopement is different from choosing what to wear for a traditional wedding! You’ll be moving around a lot more, and you definitely want to make sure that the outfit you choose allows you to explore freely and be comfortable all day. This, along with keeping the weather in mind, will ensure that you have the perfect elopement outfit!
When you shop for elopement dresses, I recommend sticking to styles that have looser skirts. This is typically more comfortable, and better for walking, hiking, sitting, and every adventure you might have on your elopement day. Avoid mermaid or trumpet styles that restrict movement, so that you can enjoy your day to the fullest! Weather is a consideration too, so think about when you plan to elope – lighter dresses can help you stay cool in the summer, while heavier fabrics might keep you warm in the winter. You can also layer with jackets, shawls, and other accessories for added warmth.
Shoes are just as important as the rest of your outfit! Hiking boots are best for an adventure elopement if you plan to walk a lot, but no matter what you have planned, make sure your shoes are comfortable, and that you break them in before the big day. You don’t want blisters!
Finding the perfect suit isn’t too different from finding a dress – you want something comfortable that lets you move freely and enjoy the day! Make sure that your suit fits well, and doesn’t restrict your movement. Suits make layering easy, but if you need more warmth for a cold-weather elopement, you can add base layers or opt for thicker, warmer fabrics.
Elope in Tasmania – Your Checklist
Choose a Location
It can definitely be hard to narrow it down! I’ll help you with this by giving you a list of personalized recommendations, with places that are perfect for you. Contact me to start working on finding the best places to elope in Tasmania!
Pick a date
Learn about weather, crowds, and travel costs, then decide when the best time to elope in Tasmania is for the two of you.
Find more information about travel visas and wedding documentation
Most couples won’t need a travel visa to elope in Tasmania, unless you plan to extend your stay for more than a few months. Make sure your passports are up to date, and that you have all the necessary paperwork.
Book your flights and accommodation
Finding flights and accommodations early on is helpful, as it can save you money and ensure that you can stay close to your elopement location! Book your flights and lodging to finalize your travel plans.
Book your vendors
Vendors are really important, and they’ll be the key to making your elopement day come together! Reach out as soon as possible, because we often fill our calendars up to a year in advance.
Live your dream elopement
After all that planning, it’s time to elope in Tasmania – to exchange vows and marry the love of your life in a wild, unique place! Then, through your photos, you’ll get to relive this adventure forever. So if you’re ready to plan a wild, once in a lifetime elopement day in Tasmania, contact me!
DOES Tasmania SOUND LIKE YOUR DREAM?
How it works to plan your elopement in Tasmania
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