With 63 stunning beaches, 20 Mediterranean-style bays and vastly unique, dramatic landscapes; Rottnest Island is a holiday paradise and sets the perfect backdrop for a dream destination wedding.

Select from countless spectacular outdoor settings or hold a classic church ceremony in the charming Catholic Church or Anglican Chapel.

Outdoor Ceremonies

The island’s church and chapel are ideal for the perfect traditional wedding ceremony. However many happy couples choose to get married in Rottnest Island's unique and stunning outdoor locations. Popular beaches with toilet facilities close-by include; The Basin, Pinkys Bay, Little Parakeet Bay, City of York, Parker Point, Fays Bay and Geordie Bay.

Rottnest Chapel

The historical Rottnest Chapel provides a unique backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Built in 1858, the chapel features white-washed walls and a stained glass window, and has capacity for up to 50 people. A church service is held every Sunday at 9.30am to which all are welcomed and the chapel is available for weddings at other times. The Rottnest Chapel is located centrally in the Thomson Bay settlement, adjacent to the Rottnest Lodge.

For general enquiries, please contact the Anglican Chapel Coordinating Chaplain, Reverend Michael Wood on
0435 065 326 or spacemaker62@gmail.com  

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

The Holy Trinity Catholic Church, on top of a hill adjacent to the main bus stop in the Thomson Bay settlement, was built in 1975. With a light and airy atmosphere, the church has a capacity of 100 people, with provision for larger groups when the full length doors on each side are opened into the secluded courtyard. A bequest made possible a chime of eightbells to replace the original single bell house in the tower. The chime consists of a musical octave and simple tunes can be played. These bells are popular at the ceremonies.

For general enquiries, please contact the Catholic Church Coordinating Chaplain, Father Leon on +61 8 9292 5052.

Wedding Planner

Planning the most important day of your life involves searching for a breathtakingly beautiful, yet unique location that you will cherish forever. Rottnest Island is an increasingly popular destination for weddings and is in high demand from September to April as a wedding venue.

Our Wedding Coordinator will help plan everything you need in the lead up to the wedding. For couples wanting extra help, our Wedding Coordinator is also available to assist with the logistics on the big day of the ceremony. The coordinator can ensure everything runs to plan, so that the bridal party and guests can relax and enjoy the day.

A permit is required if you are conducting your ceremony or a photo session in any location on the Island. The processing of your permit will allow the Rottnest Island Authority to inform you of any other activities planned for the locations that you have chosen, and also ensures that adequate provision is made to meet public health, safety and environmental requirements for Rottnest Island. 

We want Rottnest Island to be the location you’ve always dreamed of on your wedding day, but it is difficult to give you the magic you desire during peak times, when the Island is at its busiest. Therefore, to ensure your day is as special as possible, beach wedding ceremonies are not available during school holidays. As this doesn’t affect the Rottnest Chapel and Holy Trinity Catholic Church, these can be used as alternatives. If you have any questions regarding dates and availability, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Enquire now about holding your wedding on Rottnest Island in 2021.  Please submit your Function Application Form and Flora Application Form to the Wedding Coordinator at least three months prior to your wedding to allow approval to be granted. You can contact the Wedding Coordinator on +61 8 9432 9300 or email events@rottnestisland.com


Reception Venues

Rottnest Island also has an array of beautiful reception venues, several boasting sweeping views of Thomson Bay. With numerous accommodation options, the Island can cater for your entire wedding party.

There are a selection of venues on Rottnest Island that are ideal for your wedding reception. Suitable licensed venues include Thomsons Rottnest, Hotel Rottnest, Karma Rottnest, Rottnest Island Country Club and Discovery Rottnest.

Hotel Rottnest 

Hotel Rottnest is thrilled that the much anticipated hotel resort development commenced in May 2019. 

We have a number of wedding locations for your special day including the Governors Private Dinning Room and Cocktail Bar for small interment affairs, Beachside Al Fresco for casual celebrations up to 150 persons and the brand-new Thomson Ballroom with private seating for 240 persons. Other venues will be available with the opening of the new resort within our Beach Club and Pool Gardens.

A wide range of catering options and wedding design is available by contacting the hotel directly. Our Thomson Ballroom will be able from 1st December 2019 and accommodation from September 2020

While the hotels former accommodation is now closed to make way for the resort, we remain open to host and cater your wedding celebration. Alternative accommodation options are available on island in conjunction with our wedding venues. The hotel new resort rooms will be available from September 2020 with reservations open from early 2020

We welcome expressions of interest for your Wedding celebration

Karma Rottnest 

The Rottnest Lodge aims to cater to your every need, working closely with you to create a perfect wedding day. Their selection of packages and diverse range of event spaces means every wedding is a tailored experience; styling the event to your personal vision.

Wedding at Discover Rottnest on Pinky's beach hand in hand

Discovery Rottnest Island and Pinky's Beach Club

The function lawn at Discovery Rottnest is the ideal place to say, “I do”. With picture-perfect views overlooking Pinky Beach and Bathurst Lighthouse, celebrate with family and friends at one of Australia’s most beautiful locations. Enjoy locally sourced food and wines over a seated or cocktail reception at Pinky's Beach Club.

Geordie Bay Café and Art Gallery

After something slightly different? Geordie Bay Café is an unique venue for small wedding receptions of up to 40 people. Please note Geordie Bay Café can cater for marquee weddings off-venue.

Thomsons Rottnest

With its idyllic beachfront location nestled on Thomsons Bay, the restaurant is the perfect location.   Be it an intimate dinner, or interactive cocktail reception, with its stylish décor Thomsons provides beautiful ambience with supreme views your guests will adore. For further information, speak with our functions team.

Rottnest Island Country Club

The Rottnest Island Country Club is a two storey clubhouse with a function room located upstairs and extraordinary views that give an exotic feel that cannot be topped.

Hotel Rottnest

Hotel Rottnest offers a unique experience and location for your special day. With the iconic and undisturbed view of Thompson Bay and Perth in the distance, the Thompson Bay Marquee is the perfect venue for your island wedding experience. The venue can hold up to 250 guests, and the hotel also has 18 fresh and bright rooms.

Hotel Rottnest

Hotel Rottnest offers a unique experience and location for your special day. With the iconic and undisturbed view of Thompson Bay and Perth in the distance, the Thompson Bay Marquee is the perfect venue for your island wedding experience. The venue can hold up to 250 guests, and the hotel also has 18 fresh and bright rooms.

Hotel Rottnest

Hotel Rottnest offers a unique experience and location for your special day. With the iconic and undisturbed view of Thompson Bay and Perth in the distance, the Thompson Bay Marquee is the perfect venue for your island wedding experience. The venue can hold up to 250 guests, and the hotel also has 18 fresh and bright rooms.

Special Services

Vehicle & Bus Charters

We have a range of options available to transfer guests to your ceremony and reception. Small vehicles are available for intimate photoshoots of the newlyweds’ after the ceremony. We can also arrange hire of a 34 or 43 seat bus, to move the whole bridal party. Your wedding coordinator can arrange these services when booking your wedding.

Group Tours and Activities

Want to arrange something a bit different for your guests? We can help you create an itinerary filled with activities and experiences for your wedding guests. From lighthouse climbs to Segway tours or even special welcome notes in their accommodation… there are endless options to ensure your guests have the best experience ever.


There are several restaurants and cafes to pick from when considering catering services for your special function or event. For enquiries, please contact each business directly or speak to the Rottnest Island Event Coordinator on +61 8 9432 9300
or email events@rottnestisland.com

Group Accommodation

The Rottnest Island Authority has a dedicated Group Bookings Coordinator to ensure the process is as easy as possible. Alternative accommodation is also available at Hotel Rottnest and the Rottnest Lodge. For group booking enquiries, please contact groups@rottnestisland.com or phone 1800 111 111.

Ceremony Set-up

With the picturesque backdrop already taken care off, you just need to arrange your ceremony set-up. Many couples want to create their own unique atmosphere, while others prefer to have everything taken care of.

We have a range of wedding ceremony packages available to compliment your style. Our packages can also be tailored and if there is anything that we do not have, we can assist in sourcing it for you. We are also able to assist in ensuring that everything is set up on the day, so that you only need to think about getting to the ceremony on time.

Our selection of items include:

  • Arbour (white or brown wooden, bamboo or garden style)
  • Signing table and 2 chairs (wooden or garden style)
  • Artificial flowers for garden arbour
  • and signing table
  • Ceremony directional sign
  • Mr and Mrs wooden seating signs
  • Wooden reserved seating signs
  • Variety of blackboards from
  • Unplugged ceremony sign
  • Easel
  • Shoes Here Sign
  • White Americana chairs
  • Ghost Bentwood chairs
  • Hanging jars for flowers
  • 6 wooden stumps to hand jars
  • Shells from
  • Silver rustic tubs
  • Wedding bunting
  • Tubs with water and ice from
  • White lace parasols
  • White shepherd’s hooks
  • Small lanterns
  • Large lanterns
  • Small PA system
  • Linen beach umbrellas (sand or grass)
  • 3m x 3m Gazebo