8 Best Northern Territory Wedding Venues
Are you looking for an awesome wedding venue in the Northern Territory? Hi, I’m Adam and I am an Australian wedding photographer that covers the Red Centre including Alice Springs, Uluru and Darwin.
I have shot over 600 wedding in around 12 years, so I have seen my share of wedding venues. The good, the amazing and the… not so good. So I’ve put a little list together of my favourite wedding venues in the region. They are either wedding venues I have photographed or venues that I would love to photograph.
The Northern Territory (NT) is a massive and expansive Australian federal territory located in the central north of Australia. It is well renowned for its high temperatures and red outback desert scenery. So when you are planning a Northern Territory wedding the temperature and climate is one of the most important things you have to consider.
Here is my list of the best Northern Territory wedding venues. Some of these venues I have photographed weddings at, and some are on my bucket list of place I would love to photograph.
1. Longitude 131
Without a doubt, the best wedding venue in the Northern Territory is Longitude 131 at Uluru-Kata Tjuta. It’s hard to call it a wedding venue, because it really isn’t. It is an ultra-luxury accommodation that sometimes does weddings and elopements.
Longitude 131 is located in Australia’s spiritual heart, just outside the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and wow what a location for a wedding.
This exclusive property has just fifteen luxury tents which all have stunning views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. I’ve done an elopement here and it was spectacular. If you were wanting to have a wedding here I would suggest booking out the whole place.
Wedding ceremonies happen up on the dune top deck overlooking Uluru and the desert landscape. And there are a few wedding reception options available to you depending on your wedding size and where your guests are staying. This is one of my best wedding venues in Australia because of the location and the luxury. It is pretty awesome.
Address: Yulara Dr, Yulara NT
2. Ayers Rock Resort
Ayers Rock Resort is the main location where you can have your wedding at Uluru and one of the best Northern Territory wedding venues. This Aboriginal-owned resort has a range of accommodation options to choose from. Five-star resorts all the way through to backpackers and campgrounds.
Wedding ceremonies will generally happen at the top of a sand dune called ‘Uluru Lookout’. Which is located very close to the resorts. Then you can have your choice of reception options depending on the size of wedding and the resort.
If you are looking to have a wedding at Uluru, then Ayers Rock Resort would have to be the place to have it.
Address: Yulara Dr, Yulara NT
3. Old Outback Quarry Alice Springs
One of the best wedding venues in Australia is the Old Outback Quarry in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea but I just love it.
Get married in the red dirt of an old quarry mine with the Australian landscape as your backdrop. The landscape at sunset is simply stunning with the red early colours coming out even more. Then you dine outdoors under the stars. And it rarely rains in Alice Springs so there is no wet weather backup needed. It is a pretty amazing and unique experience.
Address: Stuart Hwy Alice Springs, NT
4. Simpsons Gap
Simpsons Gap is one of the most iconic places in Alice Springs. Located just 18 kilometres from town, it is a gap in the West MacDonnell Ranges with towering cliffs and a waterhole and it is a beautiful location for a wedding ceremony.
Access is really easy as it is only a short walk from the car park and I would recommend having your ceremony towards sunrise or sunset so that the temperature is cooler, the light is better and also so that the glow of the red rocks really shows.
Address: Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs
5. Earth Sanctuary
Earth Sanctuary is a family-owned business located just 15 minutes from Alice Springs. It sits among the red sands with stunning views of the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges.
I’ve never photographed a wedding there but it would be a place I would love to. I love that is family have created a business that focusses on sustainability and experiencing the native wilderness, mixed with astronomy.
It also looks like a pretty awesome place for a wedding particularly if you are after an authentic outback experience. They source Indigenous suppliers with bush foods and incorporate it into their menu.
Address: Colonel Rose Dr, Kilgariff, NT
6. Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Alice Springs Telegraph Station is located just 4 kilometres from town, within the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. It is a really unique location where the historical setting and the natural surroundings of the outback really showcase this Northern Territory wedding venue.
Wedding ceremonies can take place in a number of areas around the property and the landscape of the surrounding area is absolutely perfect for wedding photos
You can dine outside under the stars surrounded by historic Australian buildings and under a million stars. Sounds pretty awesome.
They can accommodate up to a massive 500 guests.
Address: Herbert Heritage Dr, Stuart, NT
7. Ooraminna Station Homestead
Ooraminna looks amazing property and I think it would be such a great venue if you are looking for an Outback Australian wedding.
It is a family-owned property with 600 acres of land to explore. There are a number of accommodation options available, including cottages, cabins, camping and swag hire. And they seem to be able to cater for whatever you can dream of. Looks like an awesome Northern Territory wedding venue that is worth checking out.
Address: Maryvale Road, Hale, NT
8. Ross River Resort
This was a recommendation from the locals last time I was in Alice Springs. The Ross River Resort is located one hour (83kms) from Alice Springs by car. It looks like a beautiful place surrounded by hills, nature and the desert.
It has a homestead and campground on-site, as well as a full commercial kitchen and can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Address: 7829 Ross Highway, Hale, NT
Alice Springs Weddings
Alice Springs is a small town located in the middle of Australia, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. It is absolutely beautiful as the town lives in the shadow of the MacDonnell Ranges with the Todd River (which is usually dry) running through it. The town has a population of only around 26,000 people so you are not going to get the variety of wedding venues that you do in major cities. But you will get something very unique.
I think Alice Springs would be a great place for Australians, not living in Alice, to have a destination wedding. Particularly if you have family living all over Australia. It is only a short flight from all major Australian cities and it has fantastic five-star hotels & resorts with all the facilities that you would expect in major cities.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is located about 450km from Alice Springs. It is a gigantic sandstone monolith and is one of Australia’s most sacred and most famous places. If you want an Australian outback wedding, then it doesn’t get more Australian than this. And it doesn’t get any better than this!
All wedding ceremonies have to take place outside the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, but you can go inside the park for photos around Uluru or Kata Tjuta. You must have a photography permit which has to be arranged well in advance. And there are many sacred site around Uluru where no photography is permitted.
Uluru is the perfect location for a destination wedding. It is just a 2-3 hour flight from every major Australian city. Ayers Rock Resort offers accommodation for every budget. There are campgrounds, apartments, three-star, four-star, five-star and even six-star accommodation available.
The best time of year for a wedding is between April and September. The temperature is cooler, between 20°C to 30°C, and there is less chance of rainfall. October to March the temperatures can get extremely hot, with temperatures averaging over 35°C.
Hey, I’m Adam. An Australian wedding photographer who loves to shoot fun, relaxed couples in a natural and candid way.
I shoot weddings all over Australia, so if you are engaged and looking for a photographer, please check out my work. If you can see yourself in these photos, feel free to get in contact to check my availability. Thanks :)