February might be the shortest month of the year, but it certainly isn’t short on things to do in the Margaret River Region.
With the kids back to school it’s time to think about packed lunches, after school activities and daily routine after the freedom of the leisurely summer. Weekends are precious and perfect for a bit of extra indulgence with the abundant food and wine celebrations.
Energy bunnies will be making the most of this month’s sporting events, though be sure to get started early. Feb is traditionally the hottest month of the year in WA and that blazing sun has some serious bite.
Finally, it’s the most auspicious time of the year for many with Chinese New Year arriving on February the 5th. Welcome in the year of the pig at one of the fantastic events – from special release back vintages through to dumplings, live music and festivity.
Sunset Underwater Observatory Tour | 2, 16 & 23 February
Dive under the waves and enjoy a dinner with a difference at the Busselton Jetty Sunset Underwater Observatory Tour. Pick up a snack box and a complimentary glass of wine before exploring the observatory with a marine expert after a stunning sunset on the journey below the waterline. Get ready to see the real underwater action – after dark!
2017 Diana Madeline Release Lunch | 3 February
Wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss this one. One of the most anticipated releases each year, Cullen Wines are celebrating the new vintage of their flagship red with their 2017 Diana Madeline Release Lunch. Savour a delicious four course degustation and be treated to back vintages of Diana Madeline, all whilst overlooking their biodynamic gardens.
Sunday Sundowners in Pioneer Park | 3 & 10 February
Sunday Sundowners in Pioneer Park are a must do for any locals diary, but they are the perfect way to end a weekend of holidaying in the region as well. These free family-friendly concerts in Pioneer Park feature live bands, a bouncy castle, children’s entertainment and local community food stalls. Purchase some nosh or bring a picnic and relax to the sounds of
Doug & Cletus, Thee Goldentones, and Enthuze on the 3rd February. The 10th Feb plays host to Dizzy G’s, Pete Matthews and the 3 Day Locals, and Dan Howls Band to wrap things up with his raw and soulful blues.
UB40 Concert at Clancy’s Fish Pub | 3 February
Get ready to have those memories flood back when the band steps on the stage at Clancy’s for this epic show. UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey are celebrating the launch of their new album ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ with a world tour. Having reached #2 on the UK Album Chart and #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, the legendary reggae band will have you blissed out and swaying in the palm trees in no time.
Chinese New Year Buffet at Pullman | 5 February
Welcome in the Chinese new year full of health and prosperity at Chinese New Year Buffet at Pullman. Enjoy their luxe buffet filled with appetisers, fresh seafood, noodle station, hot buffet and carvery station. Be sure to leave room for a decadent feast of Asian-inspired desserts from Pullman’s Michelin-star experienced pastry chef Romain Lassiaille. You can even roll on back to your bed and enjoy waking up to a dreamy view of the Indian ocean too, with one of their accommodation options.
Waitangi Day with Garage Project @ Swings | 6 February
Waitangi Day with Garage Project @ Swings Taphouse is bound to be a busy night for beer lovers and Kiwis alike. The signing of the Tiriti o Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, occurred on February 6th 1840 and is now celebrated each year with a public holiday. The Garage hails from Wellington and is the perfect fit for a hopsy celebration of all things NZ.
Busselton Half Marathon and Fun Run | 9 February
The SunSmart Busselton Half Marathon and Fun Run has three courses to choose from depending on how ‘fun’ you find fun running. Take your pick from the half marathon (21.1km), 10km fun run, and 5km fun run. With prizes for each category and walkers welcome it’s a great way to start your weekend, thanks to the Busselton Running Club.
Busselton Jetty Swim | 9 & 10 February
The Busselton Jetty Swim is a favourite on the WA sporting calendar. Get set for a 3.6km ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty – either in teams of 2 or 4, or solo for the super fit out there. 2018 saw 2,560 swimmers don their bathing caps with the swim open to participants of all levels. Get set for a fun day filled with exercise, live music and festivity.
Lunar New Year at Passel Estate | 9 February
Gather friends and family, pack your picnic blanket and get the new Chinese Year of the Pig off to an auspicious start at Lunar New Year at Passel Estate. Could there be a better way to celebrate than a relaxing, golden afternoon in the stunning surrounds of Passel Estate with laid-back jazz, delicious dumplings from Ma La Dumplings Margaret River and a glass of their award winning wine?
Gin-A-Palooza Down South | 9 February
Gin-A-Palooza Down South. The name says it all really! Gin, gin and more gin. Enjoy ten half serves of gin and tonics from a wide range of stalls showcasing local and premium gins. Throw in some complimentary snacks and you have a winner of a weekend.
South West Craft Beer Festival | 16 February
Mark your diary! The South West Craft Beer Festival is back and bigger than ever, making itself at home in the heart of Busselton this year. With over 130 brews and 25 craft breweries and cideries there is bound to be a drop to tickle your tastebuds. Bevvies will be accompanied by beats from some of the regions hottest music acts and some tasty food pairings from local producers and restaurants.
Parterre Sundowner at Fraser Gallop Estate | 16 February
This is your chance to step into one of the most beautiful private estates in the south west. Not usually open to the public, the Parterre Sundowner at Fraser Gallop Estate will be your chance to enjoy new release wines, canapes and live jazz as the sun sets. Take advantage of the return bus transfer to/from Dunsborough, Cowaramup or Margaret River and top up your glass for a toast.
Geographe Bay Race Week | 17-22 February
Club Marine Geographe Bay Race Week is Western Australia’s premier yachting regatta and a much anticipated date on the boating calendar. There is plenty of festive fun both on and off the water as competitors, spectators, family and friends come along for race week. With some of the bets sailing conditions in the world, it is no surprise that competitors come from around the nation to join in.
South West Yoga Fest | 23 & 24 February
The South West Yoga Fest is the second of its kind, though we are certain it’s far from the last for this new annual event. Billed as a conscious living festival in the South West Of Western Australia, guests will be treated to a weekend of relaxation, awakening and adventure. There’s drumming, yoga (of course), mindfulness, sound healing and plenty of wholesome nosh to nourish your bod with. Located on the Solitaire Homestead, there will be bell tents for the resting of weary heads and over 110 acres for stretching space with views over farmland and vineyards.
Rufus Du Sol @ 3 Oceans | 23 February
Get ready for some serious beats to be dropped as one of the world’s top electronic acts hits town. RÜFÜS DU SOL will be visiting Margaret River as part of their Solace Australian tour with a revamped visual setup and new analog kit for a sonically distinct sound. Plus, it’s at a winery. Could there be a better reason for a dance?
For The Diary
Live on the Lawn | Every Sunday throughout February & March
A Sunday well spent brings a week of content. Lay out a picnic rug and enjoy some hot beef rolls, fries and delicious cheese platters from the Riviera Bar at Aravina Estate while listening to tunes from local artists Paige Valentine, Luke Fox and more.
Picnic in the Garden | 2 March
Enjoy a family friendly afternoon of pizza, lawn games, wine and lovely music with Picnic in the Garden – set in the azalea garden adjacent to the beautiful Fraser Gallop Estate vineyard. This garden is not normally open to the public, so this is your chance to catch a glimpse!
Augusta River Festival | 3 March
Make the most of your long weekend and head to Augusta for their annual River Festival. A family friendly fair set against the beautiful Blackwood River, the foreshore comes alive with a drink can regatta, live music, games, rides, community stalls, food trucks and evening fireworks.