St. Mary's by the Sea Chapel
Couples book months in advance to tie the knot at the quaint, non-denominational chapel of St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas, and it’s easy to see why. Surrounded by palm trees and manicured lawns, the white timber chapel was built in 1914 with picturesque stained-glass windows and views of the sea.
This picturesque, non-denominational chapel is worth a visit for the views alone. A window behind the altar overlooks the Coral Sea. The chapel is available for weddings throughout the week in 90-minute blocks, with a capacity for 100 guests. Since it’s within walking distance of both Downtown Port Douglas and the nearby beach, it’s an easy and quick diversion when exploring the town.
Things to know before you go
- St Mary’s by the Sea Chapel is a must-visit for couples and first-time visitors.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera as the views from the chapel are truly photo-worthy.
- The chapel is wheelchair accessible, though advanced notice is required.
How to get there
St Mary’s by the Sea is in Port Douglas Park, overlooking the Coral Sea at the top of Macrossan Street. It’s within easy walking distance of much of downtown.
When to get there
The chapel is mainly used as a wedding venue, so plan to arrive in the morning to see the building before the day’s first event.
History of the Chapel
While this heritage-listed chapel was built in 1914, its history dates back to 1877 when the Roman Catholic Vicariate was established. The first chapel, built on a hill in 1880, was destroyed by a cyclone in 1911. The new chapel was built from the scattered debris in 1914, and the structure was restored and moved to its current location in 1988.