Weddings in Public Parks and Gardens

If you're thinking about holding your ceremony in a public park or botanic garden, be sure to check with the governing authority for booking information, fees, permits and other rules and regulations that may apply.

For example: Approval to take flowers onto QPWS managed areas Department of National Parks, Sport & Racing/Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

In many cases, the authority concerned will be the local city or shire council. Some nature reserves may be under the control of State or Commonwealth government. If you have a particular park in mind, check signage on the park for contact information, or go to a search engine and search for it by name.

Links to many councils and gardens in Queensland are provided on the regional pages. When you get to the relevant organisation's site, try their own search function to look for information on "weddings", or enquire using the contact details they provide.

More Online Information

Links to some locations and associated permits/requirements have also been provided below for your convenience. These aren't necessarily up-to-date. if the page has been removed, check the authoritiy's search function.
Weddings at Daisy Hill Forest Reserve Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland
Newstead House (Brisbane) Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland
Brisbane Forest Park Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland
Gold Coast Parks Information about Gold Coast City Council parks, including booking information
Garden weddings in a council park Toowoomba Regional Council
Parks and gardens Fraser Coast Regional Council. Includes information on wedding bookings.
Botanic Gardens, Bundaberg
South Burnett Parks and Gardens (Kingaroy, Murgon, Nanango, Wondai area)
Parks Services Townsville City Council
Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park (near Townsville) Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland
Weddings Cairns Botanic Gardens

More links to local councils in Qld via the Regional pages

Older news

NB: Be sure to contact authorities concerned for the most up-to-date information and requirements regarding use of parks etc.

New-look Mitchell Park, Tulley has wedding potential

The River Improvement Trust with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council have recently completed improvements to the creekside parklands at Mitchell Park, including bank stabilisation, rock work, revegetation and walkways. The project will serve as an example of erosion control and water management to residents with small creeks and dams on their own properties. It's also hoped that the improvements will also attract more recreational vistors, weddings and wedding photography. Source: A greener, healthier Mitchell Park (August, 2010)

Wembley Falls to receive makeover
Wembley Falls at Logan Central is to undergo refurbishment, although the waterfall, which was switched off during the drought, will not be switched back on. Instead, plants in the new landscaping will be chosen to evoke the cascading nature of the original falls. With these and other developments, Logan City Council is certain that Webley Falls will be even more popular for wedding photography than it has been in the past. More information at the Council's website here: Water stops but flowers set to flourish. (April 2010)

Garden weddings grow in Townsville
Weddings in Townsville's public parks and gardens have become so popular that the authority may introduce a hire fee to cover management costs. More from Townsville City Council here: Parks and weddings a match made in heaven (June 2008)

Splinters for Rockhampton wedding spot
An Enterolobium cyclocarpum that had been a feature of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens for over 30 years has collapsed during heavy wind and rain. In spite of the unromantic common name of "Ear Tree" (due to the shape of the seedpods), the old tree was a popular site for weddings. Staff intend to plant another one soon. Meanwhile, anyone who has a booked a function at the Ear Tree should contact the Gardens. More information from the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens here: Botanic Gardens Icon Collapses January 2008

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