The recent circuit breaker lockdown in Perth and Peel has come to an end, and what better way to make the most of being able to get out and about than with a trip to the Margaret River Region!
The beginning of July marks NAIDOC Week, the annual national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Margaret River Region acknowledges the Wadandi (Saltwater) People as the traditional owners of this land. You can celebrate NAIDOC Week and support the call to ‘Heal Country’ by going to see the ‘Breathing Life Into Boodja’ film screening shows how the local culture can further the cause of environmentalism and how the Margaret River Region is leading the charge or taking part in the events being held across the region.
The calendar is jam-packed with winter friendly events this month, most notably the epic crowd-pleasing Cabin Fever Festival! It lights up the region from July 16 with its usual array of cheese, wine, fire and food events, but this year there are some shiny newcomers to keep an eye on – think sea shanties, drag queens and…doughnuts.
Whale watching season is also in full swing out of Augusta and is guaranteed to make these school holidays extra memorable, with lots of pods travelling north up the Humpback Highway and putting on a show.
Throw in a Christmas in July dinner and that’s our month just about made!
Megafauna Nightstalk @ Mammoth Cave | 6, 8, 13 & 15 July
These school holidays Mammoth Cave is playing host to their popular Megafauna Nightstalk. Suitable for adults and kids aged over 7 years, this guided tour will tell the stories of some of the extinct megafauna species that once roamed the region and whose fossils were uncovered in the early 1900’s. Make sure that you bring a torch (and warm clothing), as the cave tour is followed by a night walk through the karri tree forest.
Exhibition Opening: Djanga Boodja – Spirit of the Land | 8 July
As part of this years’ NAIDOC week, Margaret River HEART is hosting an exhibition by Dwardanan and Friends of Wardan. The opening evening will include bush tucker offerings and a smoking and dancing ceremony, along with the Indigenous art exhibition. The 2021 NAIDOC theme of ‘Heal Country’ calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protection of our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage.
Fist of Fury Noongar Daa | 8 July
Produced by Perth Festival and Boomarang and Spear, Fist of Fury Noongar Daa is a Noongar language version of Bruce Lee’s classic kung fu film Fist of Fury. Set in Shanghai in 1910, it stars Lee as Chen Zhen, a loyal student out for vengeance against racist bullies. The new Noongar dialogue is based on the film’s original Cantonese script, with new English subtitles created to best represent both languages. Like thousands of Indigenous languages worldwide Noongar is critically endangered, and it is projects such as this one that help to keep it alive for future generations.
Indigenous Workshop: Moort Bullargar – Family Coming Together | 9 July
These school holidays Wardandi Elder Vivane Brockman, along with her daughter and granddaughter, are holding workshops teaching traditional song, dance and language. Split into two sessions, under 12’s will run from 10am to 12pm, and then the older group of over 12 years old will be from 1pm to 3pm. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the oldest continuing culture on the planet, and this workshop is an opportunity to come together and celebrate this rich history and culture. There are limited spots available so make sure you book!
Christmas with the Coopers – Christmas in July Dinner | 10 July
The legendary folks of Tiller Farm are harking back to their UK roots for their annual Christmas in July knees-up. Expect a classic 3-course feast of comfort eating, a roaring fire and even secret Santa by the elite team helmed by chef George Cooper. Ugly Christmas sweaters are strongly encouraged!
‘Truffles Unearthed’ – Truffle Hunt & Lunch | 10 July
Make the most of the glorious truffle season with a very special Truffle Hunt & Lunch event hosted by the team at Cape Lodge. In collaboration with The West Australian Good Food Guide’s Truffle Unearthed series, learn all about the tricks of the trade and meet the (very cute) truffle dogs whose powerful noses work hard to search out the black gold hidden beneath the surface. This is followed by a 4 course lunch, starring the world-renowned Manjimup truffles, matched with fabulous wines from Cape Lodge Estate!
‘Breathing Life Into Boodja’ film + Live Q&A | 13 July
Hosted at the the Margaret River HEART, this ‘Breathing Life into Boodja’ film screening and event showcases the work of environmental organisation Gondwana Link, and the ways in which the First Nations community, local groups, farmers and scientists are restoring nature, respecting culture and renewing communities across southern WA. The interactive night will include a presentation by Wadandi elder Iszaac Webb, a Q&A panel and more.
Cabin Fever Festival 2021 | 16 – 25 July
Margaret River Region
Our toastiest and most indulgent winter pastime is back again – Cabin Fever! So dust off the coats and beanies and get amongst it. More than 40 food, wine, fire, cheese and chocolate events will hit the Margaret River Region from top to bottom, including cheese fondue and toastie battles, chef and restaurant collabs, bonfires and sea shanties, just to name a few!
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Cinefest Oz 2021 | 25 – 29 August
Margaret River Region
Tickets for Australia’s premiere destination film festival go on sale soon! Cinefest Oz returns in August, with more than 40 live events and screenings from Busselton to Augusta. The celebration of the Australian and international big screen brings five days of immersive film experiences in the region’s cinemas, wineries, boutique breweries, small bars and galleries.
Fine Vines Festival | 15 – 24 October
Margaret River Region
Tickets have also just gone on sale for the region’s shiny new Fine Vines Festival celebrating one of our favourite things – Wine! The recently released spring program covers off everything a wine aficionado could hope for, from in-depth masterclasses by local legends through to exclusive invitations to go between the vines and meet the makers at wineries that generally aren’t open to the public. From the masterminds behind our beloved Cabin Fever, these tickets are sure to be snapped up in a flash.
Western Australia Gourmet Escape | 17 – 21 November
Margaret River Region
After a hiatus in 2020, Gourmet Escape is back! And while November may seem like a while off, tickets go on sale the 22nd of July, so get ready for the event that has brought some of the world’s biggest culinary names to Margaret River. Gourmet Escape showcases the region’s finest wines, craft beers, and local produce through an array of fine dining and casual events, including the Gourmet Beach BBQ and Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate.
393 Yelverton N Rd, Yallingup Siding WA 6282
Margaret River HEARTMonday to Friday 10am - 4pm Open extended hours for events - check out our What's On pages on our website for event times!
47 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Mammoth CaveSelf-guided audio tours. Mammoth Cave Centre open 9.00am – 5.00pm. Cave entry from 9.00am - 4.00pm daily. Extended opening during peak holiday times. Closed Christmas Day.Great For: Disabled Access,Rainy Day,Sunny Day,Wildflower Spotting
Caves Rd, Forest Grove WA 6286
4.8 From $1375
Cape LodgeGreat For: WiFi
3341 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282