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Alexandrina Council has beautiful parks, gardens and beaches within our district which are very popular for holding wedding ceremonies and events.

The Booking Process:

1. For bookings of Parks, Gardens, Reserves and beaches for Weddings: please phone 8555 7000 to enquire about your booking date.

2. Once the date is checked and approved by Council, a Wedding Booking form will be sent out for completion and payment to confirm your booking.

Terms and Conditions:

  • A booking is for wedding ceremony only. Council does not permit wedding receptions to be held in any of our parks or gardens.
  • Exclusive use is unable to be given therefore members of the public are able to access the area.
  • Council requests no confetti be used and the gardens be left in a clean and tidy condition. Flower petals are permitted.
  • A liquor licence may need to be obtained for the consumption of alcohol in any public space  (please call Council switchboard on 8555 7000 to enquire)

Please refer to Council's Weddings Brochure for more information.

Popular locations and facilities include:

  • Soldiers Memorial Gardens at Port Elliot
  • Soldiers Memorial Gardens at Strathalbyn
  • Commodore Reserve, Port Elliot
  • Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot
  • Bashams Beach, Port Elliot
  • Freemans Knob Lookout, Port Elliot
  • Harbour Masters Reserve, Port Elliot


Beaches are available (free of hire-charges) for Wedding ceremonies. Council advise bookings to be necessary, as public and privately held events (e.g. life-saving, aquatic activities) may effect the availability of particular locations.
Bashams Beach and Horseshoe Bay are popular locations for ceremonies, whilst other beaches in Alexandrina Council region are available for use upon request.

Bashams Beach:

Facilities Available:

  • Whale viewing platform
  • Toilet
  • Large car-parking space

Horseshoe Bay:

Facilities Available:

  • Free BBQ
  • Jetty
  • Playground
  • Table & Chairs
  • Toilets (includes Disabled)

Ladies Beach, Port Elliot:

Facilities Available:

  • Sheltered Bay off Horseshoe Bay

Crockery Bay

Facilities available:

  • Access via walking paths from Bashams Beach Regional Park or via pathway from Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot
  • Stair access down onto beach
  • Disabled access not available

Gardens- Port Elliot

Port Elliot has an array of popular seaside locations and facilities available for holding wedding ceremonies and events.
Popular locations include:

  • Commodore Reserve
  • Freemans Knob Lookout
  • Harbour Masters Reserve
  • Soldiers Memorial Gardens overlooking Horseshoe Bay
  • Commodore Reserve

Commodore Reserve

Located at the south east end of  the foreshore at Horseshoe Bay.

Facilities Available:

  • Bench Seating
  • Free BBQ
  • Table & Chairs
  • Toilets
  • Shelter
  • Large grassed area
  • Seaside location

Soldiers Memorial Gardens– Port Elliot

The Soldiers Memorial Gardens at Port Elliot is a picturesque garden overlooking Horseshoe Bay. This A class reserve is also very popular for wedding ceremonies and picnics.

The garden is located off Murray Place, Port Elliot but can also be accessed from Horseshoe Bay.

Facilities Available:

  • Free BBQ
  • Bench Seating
  • Table & Chairs
  • Shelter
  • Beach and Caf├ę close by
  • Electricity Access (Available upon request)

**Please note, this area is a Dry Zone from 10pm til 6am

Harbour Masters Reserve

Harbour Masters Reserve is a picturesque grassed reserve overlooking Horseshoe Bay.

Facilities Available:

  • Toilets
  • Close to Beach and Beach front
  • Scenic location for photographs

Gardens-  ´╗┐Strathalbyn

Soldiers Memorial Gardens– Strathalbyn

The Soldiers Memorial Gardens at Strathalbyn is a centrally located scenic garden which wraps around the River Angas and captures the charm of Strathalbyn.

The garden is located on Commercial Road, Strathalbyn and can also be accessed from Colman Terrace.

Facilities Available:

  • Rotunda
  • Bench Seating
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Toilets
  • Playground
  • Shelter
  • Bike Rack

The Strathalbyn Soldiers Memorial Gardens are centrally located close to the public swimming pool, shops, hotels and cafes.

**Please Note: This garden is a Dry Zone from 9pm to 6am.

Port Elliot Popular Wedding Locations Map

  1. Bashams Beach Lookout
  2. Sandy Bay
  3. Crockery Bay
  4. Lakala Reserve
  5. Commodore Reserve
  6. Horseshoe Bay
  7. Soldiers Memorial Gardens
  8. Harbor Masters Reserve
  9. Centennial Steps
  10. Freemans Knob Lookout