Why would you want to marry anywhere else other than Bunbury, Ferguson Valley or the local surrounding area? The beaches are beautiful, there are stunning views of the hills and countryside plus there are so many wonderful green shady parks – you just need to know where to look! The parks in Bunbury are not well known – that’s because they’re tucked away beautifully! There’s the park underneath the Marlston Hill lookout with amazing views of Bunbury and the ocean. Centenary Park next to the Bunbury City Council has a lovely water feature. Guppy Park (on Victoria Street) is small and private. St Mark’s Park is popular because of the “duck pond” for water views and the gorgeous little old church. On the outskirts of Bunbury, some wonderful parks can also be found in areas like Dalyellup, Eaton and Australind. All of these parks have suitable shade and generally good parking too.
The beach is very popular but be mindful that it gets very windy in the late afternoon and shade is limited! The Back Beach is extremely popular, especially Rocky Point – it looks just like an amphitheatre! The beach areas at Jetty Baths and Marlston Waterfront are a little more sheltered but they are quite public and you can attract quite an audience of onlookers! Just out of town there are other local beaches such as Buffalo Beach, Dalyellup Beach, Binningup Beach, Myalup Beach and Peppermint Grove Beach. Just be sure to check out accessibility and consider what impact other beach users such as boats, 4WD vehicles, surfers and fishing enthusiasts might have on your ceremony plans.
Check out these local government links for more details on booking a wedding at a public park or reserve. You may have to complete a form and provide some details about your plans to book a particular location. Don’t forget there are laws around the consumption of alcohol in public places so you will need to apply for a Liquor Licence if you plan to serve alcohol to your guests after the ceremony.
Don’t forget to ask our wedding professionals for suggestions and feedback on various locations. Our celebrants, decorators/stylists and photographers will be able to provide you with valuable first-hand experience and feedback.