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Rottnest Island


Rottnest Island is an increasingly popular destination for weddings and receptions. With an Anglican and Catholic Church on the Island, as well as an array of beautiful outdoor locations at which to celebrate a ceremony, Rottnest Island is in high demand from September to April as a wedding venue.

A permit is required if you are conducting your ceremony or a photo session in any location apart from the Rottnest Chapel, Holy Trinity Church or licensed venue.

Please note

  • that alcohol consumption is not allowed outside licensed premises or private domiciles. Currently there are three licensed venues on the island - Hotel Rottnest, Aristos Waterfront Rottnest and Rottnest Lodge.  If you would like to enquire about any of these venues, please contact them directly.
  • you must allow 30 working days from the date you submit your event/function application to receiving a response from us.

Please submit the Function Application at least three months prior to your wedding to allow approval to be granted.

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.

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 40 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 Church Coordinating Chaplain, Reverend Michael Wood on +61 8 9272 2166 or

Further information about weddings at the Rottnest Chapel can be found in the Rottnest Chapel Brochure (pdf 712KB).

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.

Please phone +61 8 9292 5052 for further information.


There is a selection of venues on Rottnest Island that are ideal for your wedding reception. Currently, the Rottnest Lodge and Aristos Waterfront are the available licensed venues on the Island. If you wish to hold a beach function, you will need to apply using the Event Application form (pdf 48.1KB). Please note that restrictions are placed on functions for health, safety and environmental reasons.


If you are getting married on Rottnest Island, you may require accommodation for friends and family. It is important to book in advance, and note that special booking requirements apply for RIA accommodation during school holiday periods. Please see the Accommodation pages for further information about your choices of accommodation on Rottnest.

More information

Organising a wedding on Rottnest Island involves several steps - take a look at these pages for more info:
For more information about celebrating your wedding on Rottnest Island, please email or telephone +61 8 9432 9300.