Donnelly River Village

4.8  ( 11 reviews ) · Cnr Sears and Andrew Road, Donnelly River, Western Australia (View Map) · Show Phone
Donnelly River Village 28 +


Spend more than "just a moment" with the people you love (and maybe a few friendly kangaroos) in a magical village set in the forest.

A historic mill town (over 34 cottages) nestled deep in the heart of Australia's South West karri forests, it's the perfect place for a unique escape from the hustles and hassles of modern life. 

Donnelly is the only forest holiday destination in the region that has both large function centre facilities and ample accommodation to house hundreds of guests all in the one place. 

To be honest, there's nothing fancy five star or silver service about a Donnelly wedding. It is a canvas for you to create your own unique idea of a perfect wedding.

What we do have is billions of stars twinkling over-head at night, dappled morning light through the trees and old world charm.

A growing number of happy couples have picked up the tradition and staged their ceremony under the karris of Donnelly, with their families and friends staying in their own cottages and the bridal party in either the Old Boarding House or Loco shed.

We have seen many different event scenarios as the village is a wonderful blank canvas. We will go the extra mile to help you and your guests have a wonderful day and can put you in touch with many talented and professional local wedding suppliers.

A Donnelly wedding is full of heart and laughter and love and we encourage you to get in contact with us if you would like to find out more about this or any other idea you have for a special event and gathering.


The magical charms of Donnelly can make any wedding truly unique and memorable.

Ms Sharon Edward

Business Owner

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 30 / Max 250 Reception guests

Price per head: Low $15 / High $ 100

Min 1 / Max 999 Ceremony Guests

3rd Party Catering

48.00 hours Event time included



Cnr Sears and Andrew Road, Donnelly River, Western Australia

Margaret River / Bunbury
Margaret River / Bunbury

Nearby Accommodation


We are not licenced for caravans and campers.  The only accommodation on site are our self contained cottages (we can accomodate up to 350 pax). We can offer a safe parking spot for caravans and campers whilst you stay in our cottages.  Please let us know if this is required and we can point you in the right direction.

We do have some cottages that are more readily accessible for people who rely on wheelchairs etc. Please talk to us to make sure you have booked these cottages if required. The pathways around Donnelly are uneven gravel but there is vehicle access to the Workers Club and around the village.

Yes, we have a number of excellent local caterers that we recommend and who have catered for weddings at Donnelly River in the past. Local photographers, hairdressers, and local florists love coming to do a Donnelly weddings. We can also recommend carriage rides, hay bale suppliers, babysitters, bar staff etc. Please see our suppliers list for more information.

Each cottage is a self-contained 1950's mill workers cottage.  The cottages are people's holiday homes and they lease them to guests via our management company.  The furnishings vary in decor and the kitchens have fridges, stoves, microwaves and enough crockery and pans for the number of beds.  Each cottage is heated by a wood burning heater and you will find wood provided for the heater at the various wood heaps around the village.

As we have resident wildlife roaming the village we are unable to allow pets onsite.  We can make an exception if you wish to have your dog at the ceremony. We ask that your dog is transported in and out for the ceremony only for the safety and well being of all animals involved.  Please discuss this on booking and we will help you to arrange it.

We do provide fire pits for outdoor fires during the non fire ban period (May-Nov).  Please check with us on approximate dates as these may change according to weather conditions. You will  need to bring your own wood for the outdoor fire pits. 

11 reviews 4.8 Write a Review

January 2018

I have just one word for our wedding at Donnelly River...perfect! If you're looking for a rustic, classically Australian wedding with all of your guests on site then Donnelly is the venue for you. With a host of different options for ceremony and reception locations, each more beautiful than the next! The staff was amazing and our guests were simply in awe of the location that brought young and old back to basics, taking in nature at every turn and winding down. I can not recommend it enough, it's the way weddings should be, simple, stress free and all about the love!

Sophie R.

Donnelly River Village

Thank you Sophie - we really appreciate your terrific feedback and wish you all the best

August 2016

amazing, rustic/rural venue. everything is DIY so you can keep costs down and do it your own style. simple chairs, tables, crockery, cutlery, glassware included in the price.

Andrew H.

Donnelly River Village

Thanks Andrew, thank you for your feedback!

May 2015

A great destination for a wedding slightly different to the norm. The wedding package at Donnelly allows you to sleep roughly 100 of your guests. Set in the Forrest its simply a magical place. Would highly recommend Donnelly River Village to anyone wanting a great wedding.

Ricky W.

Donnelly River Village

Thank you Ricky!!

September 2019

The most stunning and perfect venue for our relaxed and fun wedding weekend away! The setting was incredible, as were Sharon and Daniel! They were so helpful and supportive of our vision and we can’t imagine trying to plan it without their involvement! We can’t thank you enough for helping make our dreams a reality and allowing us the flexibility to let us create something truly unique and very “us”!!!

Erin L.

Donnelly River Village

Thank you Erin for your lovely feedback. We understand that all couples have a vision of their perfect day. We will always try our very best to make this happen.

July 2019

Very beautiful setting. Exactly the forest setting we wanted. Venue is quite pricey for very basic amenities. However, we will be back at some stage for a quiet weekend.

Candice O.

Donnelly River Village

Thank you for your review Candice. It was unfortunate that you needed to hold your wedding during one of our peak periods. Thank you for returning with your family - it was lovely to see you all.

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Who sits on what tables at a reception?

Hi there. Can we get a basic idea of who goes on what tables at the reception? Is there an “order” to who sits closest to the front and the bridal table? Would love some ideas for groupings. Thanks.

Donnelly River Village

With the majority of weddings at our venue, the bridal table is closest to the action. The bridal couple then chooses who they wish to have closest to them. 

whats the price difference between a weekend and week day wedding?

Do most venues have a discount?

Donnelly River Village


We offer a mid week special of stay for 4 nights and pay for 3.  Plus the venue hire is at a discounted rate.

Availability midweek is more flexible than weekends.

Feel free to ring me on 08 9772 1244 for any more information.

Kind regards


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