Want a laid back elopement? Think the Northern Rivers of NSW

woman running and turning, cream dress, sand and trees
Want a more laid back vibe for your elopement? A Byron Bay ceremony might just be perfect. 

New South Wales (NSW)

The Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers is the unofficial region that covers the main town of Tweed Heads, Byron Bay (Australia’s most eastern point), Lennox Head, Evans Head, Kingscliff, Yamba and Ocean Shores, and it’s just over the border between Queensland and NSW: All these areas are perfect to elope or hold a small wedding.  The region is rich with catchments and fertile valleys fed by the Clarence, Richmond and Tweed Rivers.  The beaches are ridiculously beautiful and unless it’s high season, when you marry, you may well be the only people on the beach. 

The northern Rivers is a slower pace to the Gold Coast, but you’ll still find plenty to do with health tourism high on the list, hobby farms, national parks and reserves, mountains to climb and shops in cute out of the way villages.  

The best of both worlds: Aussie bushland or Aussie coastline

What’s the weather like? (thanks to our source byronbay.com.au)

Winter in Northern Rivers(June-Aug)
The coldest month in Byron Bay is July where the average daily maximum is 19.4ºC and the minimum 11.7 ºC. Surfers will need a wet suit, but the water is clear,and the skies are generally cloud free and perfect for warming yourself in the sun.

Spring in Northern Rivers (Sep-Nov)
Spring in Byron Bay is a premium time to visit with smaller crowds and the days growing longer and warmer. This time of year also has the lowest average rainfall, making it a great pre-summer break. The water at this time is warming up and wetsuits begin to peel off.

Summer in Northern Rivers (Dec-Feb)
Although this period has the hottest days (average around 27 ºC), the evenings often have showers, cooling the temperature down. The ocean is warm and perfect for days on the beach, but don’t forget your sunscreen and hat, as sunburn is common. The hottest time of year in Byron Bay is also the busiest, coinciding with school holidays.

Autumn in Northern Rivers (Mar-May)
Average temperatures in Byron Bay stay warm (in the mid-20’s) right up to the onset of Winter. The water is still warm though and the end of daylight saving also means warmer mornings. The crowds thin as school begins and the drop in heat makes it easier to stay longer on the beach.

bride, groom, sand beach guitar
The perfect elopement: no-one on the beach but you and me 

Where to marry in the Northern Rivers?

If you love the idea of eloping to the stunning Northern Rivers,we’ll put you in touch with your celebrant and your wedding photographer and they’ll give you advice as to where the best place to elope will be.  We love to rely on the experience of our local Elope to Australia experts!

 Love the idea of running away for a bit of a sea change?  The Northern Rivers is perfect for a getting back to nature, avoid all the people, healthy and quiet elopement choice.  (And it’s a quick drive to the Gold Coast if you need a change in pace).  All we need is a date and we can have your wedding booked in fast.  Contact us here.

Male hand and female hands with fingers entwined.  Wedding rings sand.
Make your love legal with an elopement or small wedding in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales

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    We’ll take the stress out of organising your elopement or small wedding. We’ll save you money and only the best wedding suppliers. Your paperwork will be handled by a registered Marriage Celebrant and they’ll walk you through the process of what you’ll need for a legal wedding in Australia.

    We organise elopements (no guests or up to 8 guests) and small weddings (up to 20 guests) – so you can either sneak away or bring your friends.

    What a story to tell your family and friends!