The resort’s Weddings and Events Manager, Corey Law, said that whilst his team was more than happy to use raw timber chairs and hessian and white lace to artificially create an organic theme; the design of the resort, and its location on Fraser Island, won hands down when it came to delivering on organic elegance.
From beginning to being, Kingfisher Bay Resort had to measure up as a place fit to grace the environmental treasure – the Great Sandy National Park and Great Sandy Marine Park - it borders. Architects Guymer Bailey designed the hotel rooms, villas, houses and resort buildings to reflect the island itself, in homage to its organic beauty. The lines of the flooring are swirls of rainforest lianas, the upholstery glows with wildflower colours, and the swimming pool is designed to remind one of the lovely Lake McKenzie - a perfect clear lake with glistening white sand beaches that is arguably the prettiest of Fraser's many perched lakes.
External colours also echo the natural hues of the island. The buildings are a deep, dark foresty brown, like the trunks of many of its incredible variety of trees, and like the coffee rock that protrudes from the beach sand. The brown is complemented with a pop of turquoise in many strengths on walls, trim and furnishings, echoing the sea, the lakes, the bluey-green of Australian eucalypt leaves, and a deep, rich red, like the berries and tree barks from the dark rainforest of Fraser's interior.
The resort's interiors are mainly timber, light and cool, and decor is minimal and refreshing and the Centre Complex’s atrium and cathedral ceilings make it a top choice as a wedding venue or a wet weather back-up.
And when it come to the all-important wedding photos, the western side of Fraser outdoes itself with mirror lakes as well as natural bush and beach settings – and all just a stone’s throw from the resort.
According to Corey, the resort’s carbon neutral events program provides the icing on the cake for most brides when they’re planning their Fraser Island destination wedding.
“We work closely with the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) to calculate and offset greenhouse gas emission sources, such as a travel and accommodation, and to provide a full range of services to guests without impacting the environment,” he said. “You could say it is the perfect complement to a bride’s eco-conscious, organic approach to her wedding.”
The resort, on Fraser Island’s sheltered western side, caters for all types of wedding events from hen’s and buck’s parties to informal ceremonies; cocktail parties; barbecues; or elegant dinners. Receptions can be held in the spacious air-conditioned ballroom, on the deck overlooking the pool or in the truly magical, outdoor beach setting. The onsite signature restaurant, Seabelle, is perfect for small, intimate wedding suppers for those who just want closest friends and family and for couples who have eloped.
“Our Resort Rangers are on hand to take group or personalised eco-tours around Fraser; or guests can hire a four-wheel drive and make their own adventure,” Corey said.
“You could say that Fraser Island’s coloured sands, majestic forests, and lakes rimmed with gold set the scene for a great destination wedding – and the resort’s dedicated wedding team just add the finishing touches with events and activities.”
Visit the dedicated weddings website or call +61 7 4120 3314 for competitive rates on ceremonies and guest accommodation; winter wedding specials or special honeymoon packages.