Spring Bay Mill is on a mission; by hosting weddings and events, the site of an old wood chip mill that once created environmental devastation, is now a space dedicated to conservation, flourishing native vegetation and restoring the space to its natural beauty. So by holding your wedding at this eco-luxe venue on Tasmania’s east coast, you are actively supporting ecological and wildlife regeneration, as well as helping locals transition into employment that is environmentally sustainable.
Team Less Tasmania recently gathered together to showcase industrial x sustainable luxury here at Spring Bay Mill. Our couple Nick and Ezra wore pre-owned outfits, blooms were sourced from local Tasmanian growers by Wildly Abigail, and images were captured by Nina Hamilton Photography and Less Stuff, More Meaning. Styling was included gratis thanks to the uniqueness of Spring Bay Mill.
Spring Bay Mill has a really interesting story and mission, could you please tell us about that?
When the Spring Bay Mill site was the Triabunna Wood chip Mill it exported thousands of wood chips to Japan every year. It was a significant cog in the logging of old-growth forests in lutruwita/Tasmania, but the practice was increasingly becoming economically (and environmentally) unviable. In 2017 philanthropists Graeme Wood and Jan Cameron bought the mill in a move to place it on more of an ecologically sustainable path.
With its history as an important part of the Triabunna community (particularly in employment), the vision for the new mill had to be about both people and the environment. So Spring Bay Mill became a sustainable events space, employing the local community across the site. We’re upcycling the industrial architecture, planting loads of trees, building habitats, growing our own wholesome food while bringing guests in to host their events – and by doing so, be part of our vision.
Weddings at Spring Bay Mill combine eco-friendly with sophistication…how do you go about creating your eco-luxe weddings?
We think all weddings can lessen the impact without, lessening the impact, if you know what we mean.
Choosing us as your wedding venue is a great start to being more eco-friendly because sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Not only that, it’s the whole reason we exist in the first place.
The old wood chip mill infrastructure has been up-cycled by the architects at Gilby+Brewin, who added a touch of modern flair that embraces the rich history of Freestone Point.
A history that begins with the many generations of Indigenous people with whom the tradition of gathering here began. And then the four decades of wood chip mill workers earning a living, to where we are now.
To us, the embracing of this history and all its intertwining stories are crucial to the kind of ecological restoration we desire for all people, plants and animals. And it is visible, from the patinas of rust on the Tin Shed to all the new flora sprouting, growing and melding with our industrial past – making the spaces so striking that you don’t need a whole heap of disposable decorations to dress them up.
We grow wholesome food on site in our organic veggie gardens, then our inhouse chef creates mouth-watering dishes. Bringing you that true garden-to-plate experience. And nothing goes to waste, with our thriving worm farms never going hungry.
Lastly, our range of venues and cosy eco-accommodation means guests get to spend more time with their loved ones and they can cut back on the driving. Because petrol is getting expensive these days, hey?
What are some of the unique experiences available for weddings/guests held at Spring Bay Mill?
We invite couples to create special memories with activities in horticulture, history, Indigenous culture, and ecology. We love the concept of contributing the to regeneration of the landscape and marking your love with a tree-planting ceremony. Shared experiences deepen our connection to those around us, as well as to the environment.
What is the best season for weddings at Spring Bay Mill?
Spring Bay Mill has great options for all seasons. Stunning outdoor spaces for Spring and Summer, and for the cooler months, cosy interiors with indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Plus all the great seasonal food. Here in Tassie, we’re lucky to feel every season. Everyone loves a spring or summer wedding, but we think winter weddings invite a different kind of creativity, atmosphere and beauty – so we’re knocking 25% off venue hire for couples embracing the cooler season. Find out more HERE.
Do you offer small wedding/elopement experiences also?
Yes, the Mill is a special elopement place. We have some great spaces for small ceremonies just your nearest and dearest. Plus our off-grid Beach Shacks offer a private getaway vibe, luxe bedding and an outdoor bath overlooking Windlass Bay and Maria Island.
Mesmerised by Spring Bay Mill and want to learn more? You can contact them HERE.
And if traveling from interstate, remember to offset your carbon emissions! We recommend Team Less member GreenFleet, who re-forest landscapes in Australia and New Zealand, for carbon capture and wildlife protection, with each site protected for a minimum of 100 years.
Happy wedding planning. xx