When it comes to epic locations, there’s no shortage of places to elope in South West WA. From lush forest retreats to breathtaking coastlines, there is so much to choose from.
There’s something so simple and romantic about eloping. Whether that’s in the traditional sense by getting married just the two of you in a far-flung location, or surrounded by your closest friends and family on your magical day with no fuss, just love.
Eloping in South West WA tends to fall into two categories: coastal or a celebration surrounded by nature. So, if you’re considering ditching tradition but not sure where to start, you’ll find something in this list that suits you, no matter how you imagine your day looking.
1. Karriview Margaret River
Located on 40 acres of private bush, Karriview Margaret River is an easily accessible venue full of secluded beauty, great for couples wanting to escape into nature. Hold your ceremony on their lush lawns, surrounded by the green forest and have your reception in the lodge, perfect for a party with your loved ones or an intimate celebration.
Two different accommodation options are also available, including the cosy lodge that sleeps up to 14 or a number of chalets. Book a night stay (or maybe three) and wake up in the fresh air with views of the karri forest whilst having your morning cuppa.
Not only are the Karriview Margaret River elopement locations absolutely gorgeous, but the easily accessible destination (like Gracetown Beach) means you have white beaches, wineries and great hiking trails all at your fingertips.
2. Gilgara Retreat Margaret River
Looking for a garden wedding in WA with a mix of old-world charm and luxury? Well, you might want to consider a Gilgara Retreat elopement! Just 5 minutes from Margaret River this traditional farmhouse offers a magical backdrop for a private and peaceful celebration.
Get married under the London plane tree, by the weeping willow or on the expansive lawn and share your vows in this peaceful oasis. Celebrate your love afterwards in the grassed courtyard with views of the charming house or have a cocktail or sit-down meal in the marquee — great for even rainy occasions.
Accommodation is available for the happy couple and some of their guests. Whether you stay in the cosy country-style homestead or in the modern suits with a private view of the gardens, you’ll have a luxurious and peaceful stay, getting your new chapter off to a great start.
3. Margaret River Secret Garden
Wondering where to elope in Margaret River? Let me introduce you to a Secret Garden elopement, an intimate wedding venue set in a peppermint forest, surrounded by elegant European-style gardens. A place that’s gorgeous no matter the season!
The real stars of the show are the flora that pops up at different times of the year. From a draping wisteria walkway, and gorgeous blossoms, to the blooming hydrangeas, it transforms the space with vibrant colour for the fairytale wedding of your dreams.
An all-inclusive elopement package allows for up to 90 guests, so it’s a wonderful setting for couples who want to include family and friends. Use the Iris Garden Guesthouse on the property for stress-free wedding day preparations.
The wonderful team at Secret Garden will take care of everything including setting up the venue, providing garden games, and organising a tailor-made menu from their chef for your sit-down or cocktail-style dining, allowing you to have the most stress-free day possible!
4. Eight Willows Retreat
Set on 75 acres of natural bush and native parklands, this luxury retreat provides a great destination for micro weddings in South West WA! With a dedicated elopement package invite 15 of your closest, great for couples who want to step away from traditional ceremonies.
Eight Willow Retreat elopements are very customisable to suit each couple’s style. Choose from one of four outdoor locations that even include an undercover option if the weather takes a turn: a secluded Bush Chapel, lakeside by the Willow Tree, a charming gazebo or an “outdoor alfresco” area — all great options with stunning nature backdrop.
With many optional add-ons such as a private chef and BYO beverage package, it suits couples no matter their budgets and allows the elopement vision to come to life. Accommodation for the bride and groom is included in the package, with options for your guests to stay here too, unless they want to find alternatives just 20 minutes down the road in Margaret River.
5. Bina Maya, Yallingup
Bina Maya is surrounded by 7.5 acres of Jarrah and Marri woodland and is the perfect location for small elopements in South West WA. Whether it’s just the two of you or you want 30 of your closest, with six varied elopement packages, they can cater to your vision.
Say “I do” on a private balcony surrounded by peaceful nature or on beautifully landscaped lawns, and enjoy a reception filled with curated food and indulge in the region’s famous wine. With many years of experience behind them, the catering team are expert at providing only the best!
Their accommodation (that sleeps up to 16) is the place to reconnect with nature with incredible views of the forest and gardens. This family-owned retreat knows just how to make its guests feel right at home.
6. Sugarloaf Rock
For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Sugarloaf Rock is the place for your micro wedding in South West WA. Located in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, celebrate your love surrounded by stunning coastal views, glistening ocean, and the impressive Sugarloaf Rock as your backdrop!
For those who fancy a bit of an adventure on their day, why not hike the Cape Naturaliste coastal trail? Finish the day back on the coastline surrounded by rugged beauty that’s honestly gorgeous no matter which direction you face.
If you’re lucky, you might even be able to see some dolphins playing in the ocean or even some whales cruising by. So romantic and special!
7. Golden Valley Tree Park
Do you imagine your ceremony surrounded by rolling hills, towering trees and stunning nature as far as your eyes can see? Consider a Golden Valley Tree Park elopement — with sixty hectares of impressive land, there are so many places to unite as one.
Home to the largest arboretum in WA, it’s great for couples after that rural countryside look. It’s especially striking in autumn when the rich oranges and red leaves spread across the park and sprinkle the ground with splashes of golden hues.
Get married under the huge oak tree and use the park as your outdoor studio to capture timeless South West WA elopement photography. Then end the magical day with an intimate dinner somewhere close by to celebrate your new beginning.
8. Injidup Natural Spa
Just 12 minutes south of Yallingup, and a 35 minute drive from Margaret River, you’ll find Injidup Natural Spa with striking natural rock formations. This is one of the best places to elope in Western Australia for an impressive coastal view on your big day!
This stunning location by the edge of the ocean needs no decoration as the warm-toned rocks, blue waters and white sand are more than enough. Imagine a sunrise elopement at Injidup Natural Spa. Just the two of you on these impressive rocks as the sun comes up and casts a warm glow over the beautiful rocky landscape.
It would make for an unforgettable day, not to mention how beautiful your photos would look too!
9. The Old Church, Thomson Brook
Sitting on half an acre of land, this small church is surrounded by spectacular nature no matter the season and offers ample photo opportunities both inside and out (with capacity for 40 seated or 70 for cocktail dining).
Originally built in the early 1900s, it’s been beautifully restored and features striking red bricks, arch details throughout the building as well as a wooden floorboard and ceiling. This church is filled with so much gorgeous character and charm, making it one of the most romantic, intimate places to elope in South West WA!
You get a lot of freedom with this intimate venue, from BYO alcohol, catering, and choosing your own awesome vendors. You can totally put your own stamp on it! A package is on offer to hire out furniture such as church pews or wooden easels to bring your dream ceremony to life. As this venue is nestled away, you’ll only be disturbed by the whistling birds.
10. Canal Rocks Yallingup
Eloping at Canal Rocks is pretty epic! Located on the rugged coastline of south Yallingup, with spectacular seascape views and organic rock formations it truly makes you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.
Stand on top of the rocks whilst listening to nature’s music swooshing by below and read out your vows to one another in this stunning landscape. No matter if you choose to unite just the two of you or choose to share it with your loved ones, this is truly one of the most unforgettable places to elope in South West WA.
Walk along the rock pools and shrubs or stand on the boardwalk whilst the swells roll in for some breathtaking elopement photography, there’s definitely no shortage of incredible photography spots here.
11. Lake Cave
After a unique ceremony location for a Margaret River elopement? Lake Cave should be high on your list! Get married on the suspended wooden deck surrounded by towering trees for a memorable ceremony amongst breathtaking scenery.
Explore the cave beneath the earth’s surface that looks like it’s straight out of Avatar. Filled with a tranquil lake and crystal formation, marvel at the spectacle that is said to be around a million years old!
Just 15 minutes away from Margaret River it’s easily accessible for you and any guests you may want to invite.
Could one of these epic places to elope in South West WA be your elopement location? If you want to discuss your options and you’re in need of an elopement photographer in South West WA, get in touch — I can’t wait to hear from you!