Romantic Wedding Elopements near Sydney & Northern Coast


We’ve got the scoop on eloping in beautiful NSW.  Here you’ll find several exciting options for your stress-free Australian elopement.  From the famous Digger’s Beach at Coff’s Harbour, to the Blue Mountains just north of Sydney, you call the shots for your New South Wales nuptials.

And if you’re wondering about the legal stuff, we’ve included a brief summary of Australian marriage law to make it all official.

Elope near Sydney, NSW:

Chapel Hill Retreat - elope in the spectacular Blue Mountains at Chapel Hill, just 90 minutes drive from Sydney on 80 acres near the entrance of the Blue Mountains world Heritage area. Chapel Hill offers a beautiful setting for your ceremony at any time of year. There's luxury self-contained cottages and a small chapel if you choose.

The bride and groom only elopement package is available Monday to Friday and includes the following:

1.    Marriage celebrant fee and filing of necessary forms

2.   Fees for a chapel or scenic garden ceremony, including flowers, music.

3.   Witnesses if needed

4.   One night accommodation at the Lake Lodge with champagne and professionally-prepared meals.

An award-winning photographer is available for an extra fee. The cost of this package is $2200 and it’s available Monday to Friday only. The Boutique Elope Package is available for those wishing to have from 10 to 40 guests present.

In addition to the above ceremony, you may have a small reception lasting up to 4 and a half hours.  A three-course meal with beverages is available at a cost of $108 per person.   Additional services, such as a sound system, photographer, flowers and wedding cake can be arranged for an extra fee.

This package can be arranged any day of the week except Saturday, and a minimum of 25 guests are required for a Sunday reception.

NSW Central Coast Weddings

My name is Debra Jane Coffey, and I am a qualified Civil Celebrant. I can handle all the legalities, and perform a personal, memorable ceremony for your special wedding day. For your NSW elopement, consider the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales, just North of Sydney.

The NSW Central Coast is a picture perfect destination, with a multitude of pristine beaches, sensational national parks, wonderful wildlife reserves, and much more. Come to the Central Coast for the wedding elopement of your dreams!

Northern New South Wales Coast Elopements

NSW Elopement Packages by Loving Images - this photography company works together with local resorts and other service providers to give you an ideal elope experience. They have two packages to choose from.  The basic package starts at $937, and includes the Civil celebrant, all legal documents supplied and filed, your choice of ceremony at any Coff’s Harbour location, signing table, music player for your own recorded music, Witnesses if needed, and Professional photographers available for photo taking, enlargements etc.

The Total Deluxe Elopement Package is available at a cost of $1237. This includes all of the above-mentioned goods and services, as well as the following:

1. Two night’s accommodation at a 4.5 star resort near some of the most beautiful beaches in Coff’s Harbour. (note: First choice is Aanuka Beach Resort with a stay in the Paradise Spa Bure.  Availability is limited though, so book well in advance of your desired date)

2. Full buffet breakfast for two on both mornings

3. Professional bridal hair styling

4. Australian sparkling wine and chocolates upon your arrival

5. Ceremony organizing and coordination

Certain optional extras can be arranged for an additional fee: Bridal bouquet and matching buttonhole for groom, Bridal make-up, personalized CD in hi resolution with jpeg format, Movie DVD with music and your images, and a rehearsal of the ceremony if you wish.  Both packages apply to parties of 6 or fewer people.  See website for other conditions that may apply.

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  • Break Free Aanuka Beach Resort Elopement Package in Coff's Harbour NSW - this beachfront tropical-style resort is an ideal place to get married on the NSW North Coast. You can choose to have an intimate ceremony on the Aanuka grounds, or upgrade to the little chapel or beachside lawn area.

    Their Special Elopement Package costs $1645 and includes the following: 1 night’s accommodation in a Paradise Spa Bure, full buffet breakfast for two, sparkling wine, three-course dinner for two in the Finz Restaurant, a Civil Celebrant, Witnesses (if required), and professional photography.

    Certain additional upgrades may be available.  Conditions may apply.

  • Elope in NSW at Telegraph Retreat –this retreat is 4-1/2 stars of luxury self-contained rural cottage accommodation in Port Macquarie, NSW. Full-service, all-inclusive treatment is also an option for those who prefer to be completely pampered.

    Elopements are a specialty at Telegraph Retreat and will be arranged according to your specifications by experienced hosts. How about an aromatherapy treatment or spa to calm your nerves before the ceremony? Photography, catering, flowers, officiant/celebrant, and beauty stylists can all be arranged for you as well.

    Then cozy up by the fire in your private cottage and arrange for a picnic basket or special meal to be delivered to you.

NSW Honeymoon Inn

Smugglers on the Beach - one of Coffs Harbour's highest rated inns also happens to be an excellent spot for after-the-wedding honeymoon accommodation in New South Wales. Located just across from the beach near the corner of a quiet cul de sac, so it's perfect for relaxation and easy access to swimming and beach walks. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are well-equipped, with the 2 bedroom units including a large jetted spa tub. (36 Sandy Beach Road, Korora NSW) 

How to Legally Elope in NSW

You do not have to be an Australian citizen to get married in Australia.

In a nutshell, the Marriage Act of 1961 applies throughout all states of Australia.  That means you can live anywhere in the country and be legally married in NSW.

One option available to you is the Registry Office Marriage.  The Registry provides marriage vows and ceremony and the whole thing is over and legal in 15 to 20 minutes.  Bookings are available Monday to Friday and some areas allow for Friday evenings, Saturdays and some Sundays by special arrangement.  Total costs are between $400 and $510 depending on date and time.

What is NOIM? 

Both bride and groom must post a Notice of Intent To Marry at a registry office at least ONE MONTH before the ceremony. You may also give this document to your Marriage Celebrant (the person who is legally authorized to marry you) It is valid for 18 months, and an interview is required.  You must both bring your birth certificate, and if you were born overseas, you may also need to present your overseas passport.

You must be over the age of 18 and not directly related to each other, and may be required to show proof of dissolution of a previous marriage.

(Please Note: This page on New South Wales (NSW) elopements is a guide only. Prices for these wedding packages as well as requirements for marriages in Australia and the state of New South Wales can change. Please consult with suppliers and official agencies before making any purchases or set arrangements.)