Whitehaven BeachCeremony Location
Whitehaven BeachCeremony Location
Whitehaven BeachCeremony Location
Whitehaven BeachCeremony Location
Whitehaven BeachCeremony Location
Whitehaven BeachCeremony Location

WHITEHAVEN BEACH

Voted Australia’s Top Beach in Trip Advisor’s 2016 Travellers Choice Awards, the silica white sand and clear blue water make Whitehaven Beach simply the most stunning and unique location to be married. With your feet in the sand you’ll feel a million miles from anywhere, but you are only a short helicopter flight away from Hamilton Island. Allow us to take care of everything, so all you need to do is relax and soak up the love.

Planning to invite less than 10 guests? Or maybe none at all?

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Decoration, Music & Flowers

Due to recent changes in Queensland Government legislation, you will not be able to take flowers to Whitehaven Beach,  Butterflies are also unable to be released, and only light decorations, set up and theming can be supplied (I DO Events can provide further details of what is allowed).

Low volume amplified music can be used, provided it does not impact the enjoyment of the area by other members of the public.

Whitehaven Beach Ceremony Times

Due to pre-set flight schedules, only the following ceremony times are available for Whitehaven Beach Ceremony:

April – October: 12pm & 4pm
November – March: 9am, 1pm & 3pm

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Whitehaven Ceremony Upgrade

Upgrade your Hamilton Island Wedding Fee to include a Whitehaven Beach Ceremony.

Upgrade Price – $5,000
Valid for weddings held between 1st April 2015 & 31st March 2016

Upgrade includes:

-Helicopter transfers for yourselves, your Photographer, Celebrant,
Wedding Planner & Videographer (if video is booked)
-Whitehaven Beach Ceremony Photography Package

 

Add Whitehaven Video Package

Specifically designed for couples getting married on Whitehaven Beach.

Includes full coverage ‘tarmac to tarmac’, from the moment you board your aircraft to the moment you return to the airport and everything in between. (Helicopter transfers additional cost, please see below).

$2300
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Whitehaven Beach Ceremony Times

Due to existing and stringent flight schedules, bookings for Whitehaven Beach ceremonies must fit within specific time slots.
Please see below for available time slots, to be used as a guide only. Your Wedding Planner will advise of the best time slots based on your requirements.

Guest Transport Options

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There are a number of options available to transport your guests to Whitehaven Beach.

Keep in mind that your Celebrant, Planner, Photographer & Videographer also need to be included in your numbers, and are required to be transported to & from Whitehaven by the included helicopters (or substituted seaplanes).

When choosing a boat option for guest transfers we recommend you still utilise the helicopters transfers for your own arrival (travelling separately). This adds a unique and exciting twist to your arrival, sure to wow your guests!

Please note: Helicopters and seaplanes cannot both be utilised for the same ceremony, as their landing areas are a large distance from each other on the beach. Destinations also vary for different styles of vessels and aircraft, therefore your ceremony location must be approved & confirmed by all individual skippers and Hamilton Island Air. Ceremony location is subject to weather conditions & skipper/pilot discretion.

Seaplane/s

Up to 15 people inc. staff

Exchange your included Helicopter transfers ($1400) towards the cost of the Seaplane/s. Both options below include 1 hour on Whitehaven Beach. HIW staff will travel on the Seaplanes with you.

Cessna Caravan (11 Seats / 800kg) – $2,200
DH8 Beaver (5 seats / 425kg) – $1,100
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Sir Thomas Sopwith

Up to 28 people exc. staff

Guests enjoy a leisurely sail or motor  (90 minutes each way) aboard the graceful Sir Thomas, bride & groom can arrive a few minutes after each other to their awaiting guests via the 2 included helicopter transfers. HIW Staff return after the ceremony via helicopters, couple and guests sail or motor home on Sir Thomas Sopwith. Maximum passengers 22 people sailing / 28 people motoring.

6 hour charter rate
$4400 – up to 20 guests
$4900 – more than 20 guests
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MY Alani

Up to 35 people exc. staff

Guests enjoy a leisurely cruise (approx. 1 hour each way) aboard this magnificent 82 foot Sunseeker, bride & groom can arrive a few minutes after each other to their awaiting guests via the 2 included helicopter transfers. HIW Staff return after the ceremony via helicopters, couple and guests cruise home on Alani.

4 Hour charter rate
$6500 up to 14 people
$1000 
each extra hour

$6800 15 – 35 people
$1075 
each extra hour

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M.V. Pure Dive

Up to 40 people exc. staff

Guests will enjoy a fast, comfortable transfer to Whitehaven Beach (only 35 – 50 minutes each way, depending on location on Whitehaven Beach), bride & groom can arrive a few minutes after each other to their awaiting guests via the 2 included helicopter transfers. HIW Staff return after the ceremony via helicopters, couple and guests motor home while enjoying a nice cold celebratory drink. Maximum passengers 40 people.

Please note: It will take approximately 30 minutes to transfer all your guests to the beach, in multiple trip of 8 people, and again to return everyone to the boat. Additional tender can be hired at additional cost, approximately $750, this would halve transfer time.

The 4 hour charter option is only available for a 3pm ceremony timeslot.
For any other ceremony timeslot, a full day hire is required.

4 hour charter rate
$3500
up to 25 people
$65
 each additional person

7 hour charter rate
$6000 up to 25 people
$115 each additional person

M.V. Reef Explorer

Up to 70 people exc. staff

Guests will enjoy a fast, comfortable transfer to Whitehaven Beach (only 35 – 50 minutes each way, depending on location on Whitehaven Beach), bride & groom can arrive a few minutes after each other to their awaiting guests via the 2 included helicopter transfers. HIW Staff return after the ceremony via helicopters, couple and guests motor home while enjoying a nice cold celebratory drink. Maximum passengers 70 people

Please note: It will take approximately 30 minutes to transfer all your guests to the beach, in multiple trip of 8 people, and again to return everyone to the boat. Additional tender can be hired at additional cost, approximately $750, this would halve transfer time.

The 4 hour charter option is only available for a 3pm ceremony timeslot.
For any other ceremony timeslot, a full day hire is required.

4 hour charter rate
$5200
up to 35 people
$65
each additional person

7 hour charter rate
$8800 up to 35 people
$115 each additional person

MY AWOL

Up to 8 people exc. staff

Guests enjoy a leisurely cruise (45 – 60 minutes each way) aboard this magnificent 78 foot Custom Motor Yacht, bride & groom can arrive a few minutes after each other to their awaiting guests via the 2 included helicopter transfers. HIW Staff return after the ceremony via helicopters, couple and guests cruise home on AWOL. In rough weather trip to Whitehaven Beach can be to 1.5 hours.

Half day charter rate (4 hours)
$4400

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See below if your chosen ceremony time allows for a Whitehaven Beach ceremony within the existing Hamilton Island Air flight schedule.

April – October

10am Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony not available

12pm Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony available

Briefing begins at 11.20am
Helicopter departs at 11.30am
Helicopter must return by 1pm

2pm Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony not available

4pm Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony available

Briefing begins at 3.20pm
Helicopter departs at 3.30pm
Helicopter must return by 5pm

November – March 

9am Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony available

Briefing begins at 8.20am
Helicopter departs at 8.30am
Helicopter must return by 10am

11am Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony not available

1pm Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony available

Briefing begins at 12.20pm
Helicopter departs at 12.30pm
Helicopter must return by 2pm

3pm Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony available

Briefing begins at 2.40pm
Helicopter departs at 2.50pm
Helicopter must return by 4.20pm

5pm Ceremony Timeslot
Whitehaven ceremony not available

Legislation was recently changed and permits are no longer required to hold a ceremony on Whitehaven Beach.

Whitehaven Beach is best suited to eloping couples or very small groups under 10, and the most efficient and cost effective mode of transport is via helicopter or seaplane.

Please note: Helicopters and seaplanes cannot both be utilised for the same ceremony, as their landing areas are a large distance from each other on the beach.

Larger Groups
It is however possible to have larger ceremonies on Whitehaven Beach.

Transport options include large private luxury vessels, tourist charter vessels and smaller private sailing yachts.

No standard options are available as they are all varied and require assistance of your Wedding Planner and knowledge of your expected number of guests and approximate budget.

As a rough guide, costs to have larger groups of guests transported to Whitehaven Beach are between $5,000 & $15,000.

Generally decorations and theming are allowed on Whitehaven Beach & can be provided by I Do Events, HIW’s decoration specialists.

Below is the official information from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing:

Marine Parks -Information Sheet
Wedding Ceremonies on beaches in the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park (September 2013)

Background
Beaches are popular places to conduct wedding ceremonies. These are generally organised privately by the wedding party but increasingly, on popular beaches such as Palm Cove near Cairns, Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas and Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, weddings are organised as part of a business.

For most of the East Coast of Queensland and offshore (islands and coral cays) beaches are within Queensland Marine Parks (Moreton Bay, Great Sandy and Great Barrier Reef Coast). Beaches between Bundaberg in the South and the tip of Cape York in the North are within the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park.
On a National Park and Recreation Area any commercial activity requires a permit. However in a Marine Park the same is not necessarily true. Certain activities such as ‘tourist programs’ require permission however ‘low impact’ activities that are not of a category specifically listed in the Zoning Plan can occur without the requirement for a permit.
Within certain parameters, weddings are low impact activities and do not require a marine park permit regardless of whether they are organised privately or as part of a business. The parameters that define ‘low impact’ apply to everyone.
In recognition of the sensitivity of island national parks to the introduction of weeds and pests, no plants or
plant parts (including flowers) are allowed.
Parameters for low impact wedding ceremonies on State Marine Park beaches

  • The activity should not impinge on other people’s reasonable use of the area. The organisers should take all reasonable precautions to ensure that their activities do not impinge on the enjoyment of other park visitors nor interfere with the general public’s access to an area.
  • Simple equipment and accessories are allowed for the duration of the wedding ceremony and should be removed from the Marine Park as soon as practicable after the ceremony. This equipment must be able to be carried by a person, easily assembled and disassembled, and free standing. Such equipment and accessories include for example an archway, a table, chairs, aisle carpet and a small sun shade.
  • It is the organisers responsibility to ensure that the area is left without any litter. To this end confetti, rice, flower petals and the like should not be used as it cannot be contained or cleaned up. Likewise, the release of balloons or lanterns into the air or ocean is not allowed . All rubbish such as cigarette butts should be collected and removed.
  • Our natural environments must be protected from weeds and pests. Islands are particularly sensitive to the introduction of weeds and pests. For this reason, for SMP beaches adjacent to island national parks, no flowers, plants or plant parts are allowed.
  • For SMP beaches adjacent to non-protected areas, plants or plant parts (particularly flowers) should be:
    In the form of non-seeding cut plants restrained in bunches, baskets or similar devices; and free from soil, insects and larvae (i.e. plant material should be treated with insecticide prior to being brought on the State Marine park); and removed from the site at the conclusion of the ceremony (e.g. please don’t leave them in bins.) Environmental weeds are not permitted for use
  • No animals are to be brought into the Marine Park (with the exception of guide dogs for
    assistance)

Further Information:

  • Some SMP beaches fall within Regional Council managed areas and approvals and booking requirements may apply. Please contact your local council for further information on their requirements.
  • Marine Parks are natural areas, please check our park alerts on our website www.nprsr.gld.gov.au for information relating to site closures and fire restrictions.
  • If you are a commercial business such as a wedding celebrant, and would like to conduct weddings on a QPWS Managed Area (excluding State Marine Parks) or the Green Island Recreation Area you will require a Commercial Activity Permit, please visit our industry portal at www.business.gld.gov.au for further information on Commercial Activity Permits or phone us on 13QGOV (13 74 68).

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Have you also considered...

If Whitehaven Beach doesn’t suit the requirements of your wedding, due to number of guests or logistics, why not consider stunning Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island? Then choose to have a 20 minute photo and video tour on Whitehaven Beach by helicopter, immediately after your ceremony.

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