St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas is a gorgeous little white weather board, non denominational wedding chapel. Located in amongst the palm trees and tropical gardens on the northern side of the Port Douglas water front. Just 40 meters from the beach, St Mary’s is a popular ceremony venue for destination weddings, attracting interstate couples to Port Douglas to escape the southern winter for over 25 years.
Seating around 100 people, St Mary’s by the Sea can comfortably accommodate most average sized destination weddings. It provides a perfect casual yet traditional setting for a wedding ceremony, with its beautiful wooden Silky Oak pews, original timber flooring, a high pitched ceiling and tropical themed stained glass windows. It’s white and bright with a classic yet tropical feeling. Another of St Mary’s special features and it’s real point of difference is it’s oversized crystal clear altar window. This allows clear views through the coconut palm’s, past the historic Sugar Wharf , over the Coral Sea to Thornton’s Peak and the Daintree rainforest beyond. It really is Amazing !
Another fantastic feature that St Mary’s by the Sea has is it’s handy location. It’s situated on the waterfront at the northern end of lively Macrossan stand opposite the Courthouse Hotel, ( where you’ll generally find wedding guests passing the time between the ceremony and the reception) The park that St Mary’s is in runs along the waterfront and is the perfect location for wedding photography. It has so many iconic Port Douglas images, palms, ocean, beaches, giant fig trees,tropical gardens, Rex Smeal Park, Little Cove, The Historic Sugar Wharf and St Mary’s by the Sea itself, all within a short stroll. It is also the only spot in the area where you can watch the sun set behind the mountains over water. It’s perfect for bridal parties that don’t want to travel to specific locations and would prefer to keep it real with a fun walk around the area.
If you would like to view a couple of St Mary by the Sea weddings you can find them here