April is a bumper month. Straddling the warmth of early autumn and the crisp nights that herald the onset of winter, it’s ideal for all sorts of adventures in the Margaret River region.
Cooler days are perfect for getting hot and sweaty on the trails, so it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of running, cycling and swimming events to get active with. Of course, it’s with huge anticipation that the Margaret River Pro comes to town, just as the month comes to an end.
With the Easter long weekend, school holidays and the Anzac Day long weekend all in the space of a few weeks, there is plenty of live music in the diary too, and luckily you’ve got a countless choice of local produce to help keep energy levels up.
With so many public holidays and events in the pipeline, do be sure to get in early with accommodation, dining, and experience bookings. It would be a shame to miss out on all of the fun, so book in advance and check out our guide to What’s Open this Easter Holidays.
Koomal Dreaming School Holiday Tours | 3, 6, 15 April and 1 May
Margaret River Region
An experience with cultural custodian Josh Koomal Whiteland is one to remember. Join Josh this school holidays for four special tour dates, where he’ll be sharing Aboriginal culture with the next generation of Australians. To help share the Wadandi history and make the educational experience accessible to everyone, Josh is offering special tour pricing over school holidays for the above dates. Take your pick from the Food, Cave, Culture Didge Tour, The Ngilgi Cultural Tour, or Kaya at Cape Naturaliste. Book at koomaldreaming.com.au where the discount is automatically applied at checkout.
Megafauna Night Stalk | 6, 8, 13, 15 April
What on earth is megafauna, we hear you say? Well head on down to catch the sun set through the Karri trees at Mammoth Cave, and you’ll learn all about these ancient animals with a Megafauna Night Stalk. Bring a torch and get ready to have your mind blown as you find out about these extinct supersized animals and you’re guided around the cave and surrounds.
SouthWest Youth Fest | 9 and 13 April
Busselton and Dunsborough
SouthWest Youth Fest is two days of free all ages activity. Head to the Dunsborough event for skate competitions, face painting, henna tattoos, plenty of live music and DIY dreamcatchers. Busselton bound? There’s a live DJ to get things pumping, circus workshops and colour powder for colour throw games. Keep hydrated at both events with free mocktails.
Live Music on the Lawn at Aravina | Every Saturday & Sunday in April
Every Saturday and Sunday throughout April you can head along to chill out on the lawn at Aravina Estate for live music. Relax with a glass of wine and a bite to eat overlooking the vines, while West Aussie acts including Laine Wolf, Katie White, Ricky Green and SoWhat fill the air with a soundtrack to accompany the scene.
X-Adventure Dunsborough | 10 – 11 April
An off road challenge for athletes, Dunsborough’s X-Adventure race is back and bigger than ever. A combo of triathlon and adventure racing, you can take you pick to tackle the whole thing solo, or team up with some fellow adventure buddies. Get set for a combo of ocean swimming, trail running and mountain bike riding.
Wine, Cheese and Blues @ Yallingup Cheese Company | 10 April
Celebrate WA’s Great Graze with an afternoon of Wine, Cheese and Blues at the picturesque Yallingup Cheese Company. With grazing boxes and wine available to indulge in, and cheese and wine pairing masterclasses on the hour; you’ll be sure to fill up on the best of the region’s produce. Of course, an afternoon of live blues to accompany things is the cherry on top!
Missy Higgins Live | 17 April
A concert starring two of Australia’s most loved artists that need no introduction. Missy Higgins will be taking to the stage with Ben Lee at Three Oceans Winery for an unmissable performance.
Grazing and Glazing | 17 April
What could be more fun than getting your hands messy crafting a clay masterpiece? Try adding in some delicious local produce to nibble on, and a glass or two of Margaret River wine to get those creative juices flowing. You’ll walk away from Grazing and Glazing with your finished product – a ceramic cheese board with your personalised glaze.
Here Comes the Sun Concert Series | 23 – 25 April
Get set for an epic line up over the Anzac Day long weekend. Kicking off things at Three Oceans Winery on the Friday, Shockone headlines a line-up of bass heavy acts. Saturday sees things amp up a notch on the dance floor with heady vocals, delicate instrumentation and synth heavy acts supporting Crooked Colours. Finally, Sunday see the concert series flex the big guns as Tame Impala Sound System take to the stage, along with a stellar list of support acts.
Claret Ash Tour at Fraser Gallop | Saturday 24 April
Join estate owner and garden expert, Dorothy Gallop for an unmissable autumn experience at Fraser Gallop Estate. For one day only, Dorothy will host a guided tour of the private gardens which features 269 Claret Ash trees that explode with seasonal foliage for a short time each autumn followed by a tasting of their award-winning wines.
Drug Aware WA Trails | 27 April
A week before the Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro begins, Main Break will host the Drug Aware WA Trials, guaranteeing a place in the Margaret River Pro a male and female West Australian surfer to compete alongside the world’s best. Head down and watch the action.
FOR THE DIARY
Margaret River Ultra Marathon | 1 May
Margaret River Region
If you’ve ever wanted to pick up the pace while trekking the Cape to Cape track, then the Margaret River Ultra Marathon is your time to shine! An 80km route winds up from Hamelin Bay through to the Wilyabrup cliffs, passing through coastal vistas and the cool shade of Boranup Forest on it’s way. Tackle the challenge solo or in a team , or simply settle in at the side-lines to cheer on the athletes.
Busselton Festival of Triathlon | 1 – 2 May
Margaret River Region
Celebrating 20 years in 2021, the Busselton Festival of Triathlon is a favourite event in Western Australia’s sporting event calendar. Yes, the headline event of the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 is a fight for the fittest, but there plenty of fun for spectators with food vendors and live entertainment, as well as the family friendly SunSmart Kids Triathlon and the Funman Teams Triathlon.
Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro | 2 – 12 May
One of Australia’s most anticipated surf events, the Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro sees the world’s top surfers descend on Margaret River’s coast to compete over twelve days. Part of the World Surf League (WSL) World Championship Tour (WCT), this annual event has helped place Margaret River on the global stage, so be sure to secure your spot for all the free spectator action down at Surfers Point!
Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival | 14 – 16 May
Margaret River Region
Whether you are a budding writer, an avid reader, or simply a curious cultural supporter, The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival is here with a line up to make pens quiver. Author talks, Q & A’s, panel discussions, and workshops are all bookable alongside a heap of free and family friendly entertainment. Be sure to book early, as once tickets go on sale on the 26th March they sell out quick.
For a comprehensive list of what’s on this month, check out our events guide.
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
Yallingup Cheese CompanyMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Grazing Platters & Hampers
1071 Wildwood Rd, Yallingup Siding WA 6282
Koomal DreamingMonday to Sunday 9-5pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Sunny Day,Walking & Hiking
Yallingup Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Happs WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Grazing Platters & Hampers,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings,Takeaway
575 Commonage Rd, Quindalup WA 6281
Aravina EstateMonday to Thursday - Closed Fri, Sat & Sun - 10am - 5pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings
61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
4.4 From $95
Fraser Gallop EstateMonday - Sunday: 11:00 AM until 4:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Vegan Wines
493 Metricup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280