If you’re searching for a unique and stunning elopement location that combines natural beauty, adventure, and romance, then look no further than Mount Ngungun in the Glass House Mountains National Park in Queensland, Australia. This breathtaking location offers a one-of-a-kind setting for a beautiful elopement, with its iconic volcanic peak, breathtaking views, and diverse natural beauty. Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventurous couple, Mount Ngungun provides the perfect backdrop for your special day.
In this blog post, we’ll share the story of Caro & Aaron, who exchanged their vows on Mount Ngungun in an unforgettable ceremony, by Your Story Celebrant, that combined natural beauty, adventure, and romance. So come along with us as we relive the magic of this unforgettable day and view some of their beautiful elopement images taken by the always amazing Naturally Jek Photography.
This is Caro & Aaron’s love story…
“A mutual friend made the introduction. After years as friends, I (Caro) made the first move. Because we knew each other so well, the relationship settled quickly. Aaron proposed in the only way he knew would embarrass me, by setting it up with the owner of the cafe I work at, who gathered all the regulars during my shift.”
Over the last few years, COVID has played a part of why people have chosen to elope. This was one of the deciding factors for Caro & Aaron as well….
“Why did you choose to elope or have a small wedding? “My (Caro’s) family lives overseas. COVID was a great excuse to elope – if we couldn’t have both families present, then we should have none. Neither of us like being the centre of attention. We have formed a strong relationship by being with each other, and not letting others in. Eloping made sense – our wedding should represent our relationship.”
Choosing to go against tradition can be tricky for couples thinking of eloping. This is how this couple told their family & friends of their plans to elope…
“We got engaged during the height of COVID. People would ask if we would wait for restrictions to ease before getting married so we could have people attend. From the start, we joked that we wouldn’t wait, because we would elope instead. Aaron’s mum had the hardest time accepting it; but once she saw the photos, she understood why we chose to get married the way we did.”
This is how they chose their elopement location…
“Our photographer Jekka was an amazing help in pinpointing our location. We wanted somewhere that showcased our beautiful country, where we could be one with nature. Original thought was to climb to the top of Mt Ngungun, however, half-way up, there is the beautiful cave; which we thought would make a wonderful backdrop. That, and hiking to the top would have been a little tricky in a dress. We also wanted to include our dogs in the sunset photos, and Jekka knew just the spot; in the nearby pineapple fields, with the Glasshouse mountains as the backdrop.”
It was an intimate ceremony, as we didn’t have to worry about others. We could be ourselves and enjoy the moment to the fullest. Our vows were lengthy, but personal, and our celebrant Danielle made it a point to let us have that moment, to share what we wanted with one another, and let the moment be about us. We had a sprinkle of rain at the start of our first dance, which cleared up quickly and made for some stunning photos.”
“We came across an elderly Aboriginal man, who was hiking the mountain to bless it. On his way down, as we were packing up to walk back down, He kindly blessed our marriage, saying that the fairies, tree wizards and elders were present at that moment to bless our marriage too. Will, the musician that accompanied us, broke out in an acoustic edition of ‘Praise You’, by Fatboy Slim, as our first dance, which took us by complete surprise, but was so perfect.”
“It was important for us to have our wedding reflect what our relationship is: comfortable and intimate. We took account of the moments that were important to us. Not a single moment was about what is ‘expected’ at weddings, or worrying about anyone or anything.”
“Most people have said they wished they had eloped when we show them our pictures. We lived the lead-up to the wedding with the motto “no one is invited, but everyone can have a USB stick with the photos and video”. Thinking back, nothing about our day would have been better by having other people there. We did choose our elopement team carefully, and everyone played a very special role on the day. Their professionalism and amazing attitude on the day helped us enjoy every moment of the day.”
Elopement vendors featured in this elopement:
Photography: Naturally Jek Photography
Celebrant: Your Story Celebrant
Videography: Jensen Creative
Music: Call me Will
Flowers: Branch and Blossom
Hair & MU: C Styling Bridal
Pet assistants: First Class Pet Wedding Assistants
Dress: Exquisite Gowns by Yvonne
Glass House Mountains Nation Park Elopement Information
The Glass House Mountains National Park is a stunning protected area located in Queensland, Australia, that is renowned for its unique and dramatic landscape of volcanic peaks. These peaks, which rise abruptly from the surrounding flat plains, were formed by volcanic activity around 26 million years ago. The park covers an area of approximately 12,000 hectares and is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, nature lovers, and photographers.
The park is home to a diverse range of vegetation, including subtropical rainforest, eucalypt forest, and dry sclerophyll forest, which provide habitat for a variety of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the park, including hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, and picnicking. There are a number of established trails, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes, that offer spectacular views of the park’s natural beauty.
In addition to its scenic beauty, the Glass House Mountains are of great cultural significance to the local Indigenous people, who have a rich spiritual and historical connection to the area. The park provides opportunities for visitors to learn about the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the local Indigenous communities, and to experience the unique beauty of this special place.
It is also possible to get married in the park, with couples having the option to exchange their vows in a variety of outdoor locations, such as scenic lookouts, picnic areas, and designated wedding venues. However, it is important to note that weddings and elopements in the park are subject to permits and regulations, and must comply with park rules and guidelines.
The Glass House Mountains National Park is a unique and stunning destination that offers a diverse range of breathtaking scenery, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you are looking for an elopement location or just a scenic hike, then the Glass House Mountains National Park is a must-visit destination in Queensland, Australia.
Information on Eloping on Mount Ngungun
Mount Ngungun is a volcanic peak located in the Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia. The Glass House Mountains are a group of distinctive volcanic peaks, formed approximately 26 million years ago, and are a well-known landmark in the region.
Mount Ngungun stands at an elevation of 284 meters and is considered to be one of the easier peaks to climb in the Glass House Mountains. But having said that, climbing a mountain is much more challenging when dressed in wedding attire and carrying equipment etc. The summit of the mountain offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the nearby coastline and other nearby peaks.
Hiking to the top of Mount Ngungun is a popular activity for both locals and tourists. The hike typically takes around 2-3 hours to complete and is considered to be of moderate difficulty. The trail to the summit is well-defined and there are several lookout points and caves along the way that offer breathtaking views.
However, you should be cautious when attempting to reach the summit of Mount Ngungun. The mountain can be slippery and dangerous, especially in wet conditions. It’s important to bring appropriate hiking gear, including sturdy shoes, plenty of water, and a map or GPS device. Additionally, visitors should always be prepared for changes in weather and plan their hike accordingly.
Mount Ngungun is a beautiful and unique geological formation that offers stunning views of the Glass House Mountains and surrounding areas. But as with all elopements in National Parks, it is important to respect the environment, leave no trace of your elopement, and get the necessary permits and clearance from the local authorities responsible for managing the area.