Natural terracing, winding pathways, gardens and the glorious royal palms of Mary River Parklands combine to create a superb setting for weddings.
Marriage celebrant David Proctor rated the parklands, created as part of Maryborough’s urban renewal project, as the most popular outdoor location for weddings in the Heritage City.
Nipping at its heels in the popularity stakes is nearby Queens Park with its bush chapel and historic rotunda appealing to many bride and grooms.
“There are lots of spots in Queens Park where people choose to marry but the bush chapel and rotunda are the most popular. Although I have to say, Mary River Parklands gets the edge over Queens Park,” David said.
“The terracing goes right down to the water’s edge but I don’t recommend getting too close because from the lowest level all you see of the river is the muddy water. There’s also a danger that if the ring is dropped it may fall through the cracks of the timber wharf.”
Mary River Parklands and Queens Park are both within easy walking distance of the Wharf Street precinct where the heritage buildings serve wonderfully as backdrops in bridal party photography.
David said some couples chose Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens but Furber Park, despite its attractive natural surroundings, wasn’t popular.
“Couples don’t seem interested in Furber Park, perhaps because older people may find it difficult walking to the ceremony.”
Maryborough’s old churches were perennial favourites.
At Hervey Bay, the Matthew Flinders Lookout at Dayman Point, botanic gardens and long stretch of beaches from Point Vernon to Urangan offer numerous options for couples choosing the area for their nuptials.
On Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village is the No. 1 spot, where saying “I do” against a brilliant sunset adds to the romance of weddings.