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Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Elopements

Elopements at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens always take our breath away. With a fantastic variety of lush greenery, a lake backdrop and some off the beaten track hidden gems, there are some really beautiful elopement locations to choose from.

While the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens have official ceremony lawns that can be booked for standard weddings to accommodate a number of guests, with an elopement you have the freedom and flexibility to pick a spot you like and if it’s available on the day, we can simply set up and you can tie the knot.

Here we describe some of our favourite spots for Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens elopements.

Lake Backdrop

We are particularly fond of this beautiful lake backdrop area, which offers a stunning backdrop of the lake off a quieter pathway, offering more privacy than other areas.

The lake backdrop offers ample photo opportunities and being relatively close to the entrance of the gardens, it’s easy for witnesses and guests to locate.

Elopements at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens weddingAs part of our professional service, we like to make sure your Photographer gets shots of you both during the ceremony, without us being in shot, so we step off to the side resulting in images like these.

Special mention to Still Wild Love Photography for capturing this Mt Coot-tha elopement.

Lovers Jetty

For small intimate elopements at the gorgeous Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, Lovers Jetty is a picturesque spot on the lake. Perfect for intimate elopements with just 2 witnesses present. Please note the willow tree pictured is no longer there.

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“Thank you so much for making our wedding such a smooth and easy process. My small anxiety was quickly gone as soon as I met all of you at the jetty, and we both had a wonderful time. The weather too could not have been better. Thank you again from us for making our special day both a breeze and a joy!” S+W

This couple enjoyed a relaxed, stress-free intimate elopement and we love these photos of them beaming with happiness.

To keep their ceremony as small, intimate and private as possible some couples opt to have a Photographer as one of their witnesses, and sometimes one of us Celebrants can be the second witness, while the other delivers the ceremony. This format works well for short and simple legals only weddings.

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Images by Still Wild Love

This couple planned most of their Brisbane wedding from overseas, with ceremony décor by Brisbane Wedding Decorators and Photography by Evoke Studios

View an intimate elopement featured on Polka Dot Bride.


This stunning tree sits on a spot which juts out into the lagoon, surrounded by the lake.


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Pictured here with our elegant elopement ceremony decor package.

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Intimate elopement wedding decor by With Love – Brisbane Wedding Decorators

The Native Plants Garden

The Native plants Garden is located well and truly off the beaten track at a quiet secluded area of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in the native plants for Brisbane gardens area.

This hidden gem can be reached by vehicle during week days, or via a 15-20 undulating trek from the main car park at the weekend and on public holidays. This private lawn is surrounded by native Australian plants and trees and even has an under cover area, with picnic tables and benches. Ideal for a cool drinks station, and perfect for shade on hot days and providing some for small ceremonies in the unlikely event of rain.

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Elopement locations Mt Coot-tha

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Images kindly provided by Two Wild Hearts. To see more view the full blog post of this wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate here.

Bush Chapel

Another true hidden gem of an elopement location at Mt Coot-tha is the somewhat secret Mt Coot-tha Bush Chapel. This is a designated site that can be booked through the council.

Accessible via a short uphill walk, the outdoor Mt Coot-tha Bush Chapel is surrounded by magnificent old trees providing shade and the ultimate in privacy. The area has built in log seating and is perfect for weddings and elopements with a small number of guests.

This site can be booked through Brisbane City Council here.

The following images show how the Bush Chapel wedding site looks with simple styling by With Love – Brisbane Wedding Decorators.

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Images by Still Wild Love

Hamptons style wedding backdrop

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The following image shows how the Bush Chapel site looks on arrival without styling, with built in wooden log pew seating.

Bush Chapel Mt Coot-tha

Please note: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha respectfully advise that weddings are not permitted in the Japanese Gardens.

We would love to hear from so we can start planning your Mt Coot-tha elopement. Contact us for more information.