July might be one of the colder months in the Margaret River region but the experiences on offer are only heating up. From incredible food and wine events to special deals to keep the good times flowing throughout winter, there’s no shortage of reasons to schedule in a winter getaway in our corner of the world this month.
It’s not just the major events that are worth travelling for, either. Once you’re here, there’s a whole host of community events and well-kept secrets to uncover that’ll have you feeling like a local in no time. Whether it’s celebrating local Aboriginal culture during NAIDOC Week, embracing the love of all things dairy in Cowaramup or checking out the work of one of the region’s most talented photographers, you might find yourself so busy you forget it’s even winter.
Image Credit (featured): Martine Perret – martineperret.photoshelter.com
Deals Deals Deals | 1 – 31 July
As we head deeper into winter, the region starts to heat up with some seriously good specials on offer to help you experience the region in all of its winter glory. From enjoying premium wines and tasty eats to getting adventurous out in the region’s incredible natural landscape, and everything in between, there are lots of special offers to be taken advantage of when you download your Winter Play Pass from the App store this season.
You read right. Your Winter Play pass can take you to one of the region’s most beautiful wineries to enjoy wine and charcuterie for two for just $48. Relaxing by the fire in Vasse Felix’s contemporary Wine Lounge is what winter afternoons are made of!
Found an excuse for a cheeky mid-week getaway to the Margaret River region, and now searching for the perfect place to lunch? Allow us. Or rather, allow Aravina Estate, who are offering a two-course lunch and glass of ‘A Collection’ wine for just $55 per person!
Bushtucker Cave & Canoe Tour
For those who aren’t scared off by a little wintry weather, the guides at Bushtucker Tours are waiting to take you on a uniquely Australian, nature-based tour that visits amazing heritage sites, caves and Boogaloongar Island… for $20 cheaper than usual. Yep, it’s a whole day tour including lunch that’ll only set you back $75.
Martine Perret Photography Exhibition | 1 – 19 July
On display at Pullman Resort until 19 July are the latest works from aerial photographer Martine Perret, whose award-winning work documenting peacekeeping missions in conflict zones for the UN is only the tip of the iceberg. The new exhibition, ‘Best of Western Australia’, showcases wonderfully distinct images from each of the regions Martine has worked in across the state. The exhibition is free, but all works are for sale if you fall in love with one over a delicious Pullman lunch.
The image featured as the cover of this blog was taken by Martine Perret and is from her series ‘Margaret River Region From Above’. Find the full series here.
Deja Moo | 7 July
For anyone who loves a good pun or wearing cow onesies in public, Cowaramup’s annual Deja Moo Community Fair is indeed ‘udderly legendairy’. Expect heaps of activities for kids like bouncy castles, a bucking bull and laser tag, plus local craft and food stalls and a great line up of vintage machinery and cars on display in-keeping with this year’s ‘Vehicle’ theme. But of course, the main event is The Cowpat Trophy Race, in which home-made, unpowered miniature wooden race cars battle it out on a 10metre track for the win!
South West Mudfest | 7 July
If the idea of throwing yourself into pits of mud, down slippery slides and over unyielding obstacles gets your heart racing, then you’re in luck, because this year’s South West Mudfest isn’t far off and promises all of that and more. Mudfest will feature one obstacle and action-packed 5km mud course that’s open to the whole family – including your pooch! The course will be uniquely South West: think tractor tyres, bird netting, dams and beer kegs, all out the back of Bootleg Brewery in Wilyabrup.
NAIDOC Festival | 8 – 14 July
There’s a lot in store for the Margaret River region during this year’s NAIDOC Week, which holds the fitting theme of ‘Because of her we can’ – aiming to emphasize and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous women play in our society and communities. Kicking off on Sunday, 8 July with the official opening of the Undalup ‘Merenj Boodja’ Bushfood garden in Busselton, the week will also see art exhibitions, cultural weaving, bush foods and medicine workshops and cultural dance before culminating in a Family Fun Day full of stalls and entertainment on Saturday, 14 July. Check out full details of the Act-Belong-Commit Undalup Makuru NAIDOC Festival here!
Megafauna Funshops | 10 & 12 July
Looking to occupy the kids these school holidays? Getting along to Lake and Mammoth Cave for the Megafauna Funshops is the way to do it. Experience an interactive presentation from experienced guides, explore the wonders of Mammoth Cave and examine fossil casts and displays at one of the largest paleontological sites in the southern hemisphere. The Funshops are happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays across the school holidays and bookings are essential.
Cabin Fever Festival 13 – 22 July
If you haven’t planned your Cabin Fever Festival itinerary yet, drop everything and get to it because things are selling out fast. If you need a bit of help choosing which of the amazing 35+ food and wine events to head to, check out our top ten picks for the festival’s return this year! Don’t forget to book your event transfer service through local Visitor Centres too, to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Cabin Fever experience!
Busselton City 2 Surf | 29 July
Now in its fifth year, the Busselton Chevron City 2 Surf for Activ is a day full of fun and fitness, and a celebration of achievement for all whether you run, walk or roll your way to the finish line. Not only that, but you get to check out all the sights of Busselton as you make your way along the 4km or 12km event course!