All our ceremonies take place on Gnarabup Beach with the reception venue just steps away at the White Elephant Cafe (no saying your vows in
one place and having guests have to break the mood by driving somewhere else for the party!).
At 1.6km, Gnarabup is one of the longest swimming beaches in the Margaret River area. It starts at the southern headland and curves its way up to Surfer’s Point, with smaller waves on the shore and bigger ones for the surfers off the reef about 500m away. It’s also one of the most protected beaches from the prevailing south-westerly breeze, so you (probably) won’t get tangled in your own veil. If you grew up spending your holidays on the surf and sand, Gnarabup will bring those easy summer days flooding back.
Margaret River is less than 15 minutes away so, if you’re planning a destination wedding, your friends and family will have loads of
accommodation to choose from. It’s also within super-easy reach of other towns like Busselton, Prevelly and Dunsborough. Not to brag,
but Gnarabup truly is a great spot on the WA coast.
Summer brides (from about November to March) will be happy to hear that the average daytime temperature is in the mid-20s and rainfall is at its absolute lowest for the year (if a random passing shower does come through, we’ll roll with it. A little water is no reason not to get married and have a fantastic party). The sunshine is also at its peak, with about 14 hours of daylight.
If you’re thinking of a mid-year winter wedding, no problem. We have an extensive indoor area with an open fireplace. In fact, the
wild waves and dramatic clouds make for fantastic photos (and perhaps even symbolise everything you’ve conquered to get to this happy
Although Gnarabup is a public beach, most beachgoers will have packed up for the day by mid-afternoon. By 4:30pm when our ceremonies kick off and your guests begin to arrive, the beach will generally be pretty clear. Besides, nothing wrong with extra good wishes from a passerby or two on such a joyful occasion!
The White Elephant Cafe has a convenient car park and a large deck overlooking the sea. You and your guests will be able to stroll between the sandy beach and the venue, making it easy to mingle.
Most quickly take off their shoes - in fact, the piles of heels, sandals, brogues and loafers left on the deck inspired us to name ourselves Barefoot Beach Weddings.