Cottesloe Civic Centre

Surrounded by luscious greenery and historical buildings, the Cottesloe Civic Centre is an iconic location for weddings & events.

The Cottesloe Civic Centre lies on the corner of Broome and Napier Streets, Cottesloe. It is a local landmark featuring a substantial two storey building with white walls and an orange tiled roof in the Spanish Mission style. Over 5 acres in area the site offers extensive views westwards over the Indian Ocean and is a popular venue for picnics, concerts, meetings and weddings. It includes the administration centre for the Town of Cottesloe, the War Memorial Town Hall and extensive walled and landscaped grounds with stunning Norfolk Island pines.

The Laurels was originally built in 1897-8 for Richard Pennefather. It was an elegant example of the Federation Queen Anne style. Claude de Bernales, a mining entrepreneur, bought the house in 1911 and renamed it Overton Lodge, after his birthplace in Brixton, London. In 1937 he redeveloped the house in the Spanish Mission Style. In 1950 it was bought by the Town of Cottesloe and remodelled again, this time for use as a civic centre. It is included on the State Register of Heritage Places for Western Australia and the Municipal Inventory for the Town of Cottesloe.

There are various areas available to the public for hire;

Main Lawn & Main Lawn Stage

The Main Lawn is the largest lawn area in the Civic Centre grounds. It is used regularly for wedding ceremonies, receptions and community events.  The stonework of the stage creates a beautiful setting for special occasions.

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (also know as Playground 2) is a smaller lawn area nestled into the lower leafy section of the grounds. As the title suggests, this garden is a well kept secret and a perfect location for wedding photographs. I

Sunken Lawn

The Sunken lawn is regularly used for smaller wedding receptions and corporate events. The intimate feel of the lawn section creates an exclusive section of the grounds for guests. This area of the grounds is closely linked to the Civic Centre building and toilets and parking is easily accessible.


The Rotunda, also known as the ‘Summer House’, has been restored to its former glory. A peaceful setting to have an intimate wedding ceremony.

Beach Locations

Cottesloe can offer the beautiful Arch Monument, located overlooking the beach at Cottesloe.


Cottesloe Civic Centre

Venue Capacity: Various

Location: Claremont

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