Elopement spots at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens

Elopement spots at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens

With Brisbane City Celebrants

As Mt Coot-tha locals and Marriage Celebrants, we often get asked by eloping couples if we can suggest any special little spots in the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens for their elopement to take place.

Before I go on to tell you about these gorgeous little spots, I need to mention:

a. The following elopement sites aren’t available for booking, while this does means there is no booking fee payable, we also don’t have the usual authority to politely move members of the public on (although we have only ever known people to be courteous and move on once they realise a wedding is about to take place).

b. The following photos were all taken on a camera phone, we are in no way, shape or form photographers so you can rest assured that the sites look much more picturesque in person and will look a thousand times better in professional photos!

Mt Coot-tha Elopement Site 1 – The Point

This picturesque spot that juts out in to the lagoon is simply beautiful, giving you the feeling that you are almost completely surrounded by water and photo opportunities looking on to this spot are abundant from around the lagoon. This is also a perfect spot for ‘reflection’ photos as the lagoon is tranquil and still.

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Elopement Site 1 20151128_081509_resizedAs the point isn’t fenced it may not be a suitable area if young children are in attendance.

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Elopement Site 1

During our visit the lagoon was full of pastel pink and blue lotus flowers with ducks floating between them and nesting in the lagoon.

Mt Coot-tha Elopement Site 2 – Lovers Jetty

This romantic little spot sits over the lagoon and could comfortably hold a group of 10 guests for an intimate elopement.

During our morning visit this gorgeous spot was very well shaded by the willow tree making it an ideal location for a summer elopement.

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Mt Coot-tha Elopement Site 3 – The Lawn

Looking back over the Gardens with the mount in the backdrop, The Lawn is a quiet spot for an intimate Mt Coot-tha Gardens elopement also suited for a larger number of guests. However wedding furnishings are not permitted so guests would need to stand.

This area has a covered gazebo on either side each with a picnic table and benches where the signing of the marriage documents, or post ceremony nibbles and drinks could take place.

This is considered the most child friendly area and a recently built children’s playground is just a few steps further around the path to keep the little ones entertained.

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What if it rains?

We thought of that too, every wedding ceremony spot needs a wet weather option and this little gazebo nestled just behind site 2 is our top pick of the perfect wet weather alternative location.

It overlooks the lagoon and is no more than a 5 minute walk from any of these elopement spots at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens.

It would also make a great spot for a post wedding celebratory drink and nibbles.

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The Brisbane Botanic Gardens are open daily between 8am- 5.30pm (closing at 5pm during April to August).

Entry to the main car park is from Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Park on the cafe side of the car park (to the left as you drive in) and follow the footpath beside the cafe and turn left, where you will walk past the back of the cafe and see the lagoon in front of you. The sites listed are shown on the following map.

Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens Elopement Sites Map

Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens Elopement Sites

We hope you found our overview of your potential elopement spots at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens helpful.

Brisbane City Celebrants are based just 5 minutes drive from the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and either of us would love to be the Celebrant to perform your Brisbane elopement.

We LOVE elopements!

Please contact us for more information and to confirm availability.