It’s the middle of winter: the days are short, the nights are cold and the fireplaces are crackling throughout the Margaret River region. It’s the ideal time for a snug winter getaway, soaked in plenty of red wine and local produce.
If you are bunkering down and waiting for warmer days, this month’s major festival is for you. Get up, brush off your glad rags and get out to one of the many events in the region that fall under the umbrella of Cabin Fever. Whether you are a foodie, a wine lover, a music worshiper or simply want a fun day out with the kids: there is an event with your name on it this July.
Night Markets @ The River| 5 July
Family friendly and free to enter, warm up this winter at The River’s Night Markets. Fill up with delicious bites from food vans, enjoy live entertainment and a selection of tasty beverages at the bar. Kicking off from 4pm and fully undercover, it’s the perfect way to welcome in the weekend in the heart of town.
Kid Friendly Fun at Shire Libraries | Throughout July
Kids getting a bit restless at this point in school holidays? The Margaret River and Augusta Shire Libraries have come to the rescue with several free activities to keep little ones entertained. Lego Club will keep kids from 5 and up entertained for an hour, while you grab a good book and rekindle a love affair with reading. There’s a chance you too will be inspired to get craft with a Bunting Making Workshop for 5-12 year olds, or for young teens the art of natural skincare will be a welcome addition to their new beauty routine at the School Holiday Teen Face Food Workshop.
Rustico Kids Cooking School | 8 & 15 July
Let the kids loose in the kitchen after they have learnt from the pros at Rustico’s Kids Cooking School these school holidays. Even better, you get to sit down and enjoy a delicious degustation overlooking the vines with the grown-ups while they are busy in the kitchen. They will feast on Caesar salad, gnocchi and Eton mess while you enjoy a tapas style feast at the dining table. Suitable for kids from 8-14 years old.
Sip and Draw @ The Pourhouse | 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July
Unleash your inner artist every Wednesday at Sip and Draw @ The Pourhouse. Enjoy a glass of wine to get the creative juices flowing, and set your focus on the live model for the evening. Room for improvement? Simple, get back down the following week for some more practice.
Winemaker’s Long Table at Passel Estate | 20 & 27 July
Nobody is as closely acquainted with a wine as its maker, so get ready to learn the best kept secrets and attributes that the winemaking team looks for at Passel Estate’s Winemaker’s Long Table. Take your pick from consecutive Saturdays, and enjoy an intimate tasting experience with Passel Estate’s Senior Winemaker and winner of the recent 2019 Winemaker Choice Young Gun of Wine Award, Remi Guise. Finish the morning by sharing a gourmet cheese and charcuterie platter and a complimentary glass of wine with your fellow wine enthusiasts and winemaker Remi.
Megafauna Nightstalk @ Mammoth Cave | 10 and 17 July
Get your head torch at the ready for a night-time adventure at Mammoth Cave’s Megafauna Nightstalk. As the sun sets in the Karri trees, visit giant replicas of the extinct megafauna species and learn all about the life and death of these super-sized animals. Next, it’s into the cave on a private tour to discover how fossils from 38 species were uncovered in the early 1900s. Finish with a night walk through the bush, looking out for living animals along the way.
South-West Shorts | 13 July
Six original short plays. Six South West and Perth based writers. One theme: Changing Landscapes. Join in for an evening of exciting, never before seen theatre with this year’s South-West Shorts. Taking shape as rehearsed reading and full scale performances, this will be the first viewing of each piece and a valuable chance for the writers to receive audience feedback. Dramaturgs, prick up your ears: this night is for you.
Deja Moo – An Udderly Legend-Dairy Country Fair | 13 July
Smack bang in the middle of school holidays, Deja Moo – An Udderly Legend-Dairy Country Fair is a dairy-licious day out for all the family. This year’s theme is “vehicles”, and there are all sorts of vintage machinery and old fashioned cars on display. Kids will be kept busy with a jumping castle, pony rides, a bucking bull and laser tag. Of course, there will be plenty of delicious foodie goods on offer and craft stalls. The highlight of the day though goes to the “Cowpat” trophy race. The winner of the fastest home-made unpowered miniature wooden race car will take home the much coveted trophy.
Cabin Fever Festival | 19-28 July
Margaret River Region
With over 25 events (including many that are free and family friendly) as part of the festival there really is something for everyone at this year’s Cabin Fever Festival.
Foodies won’t want to miss out on degustation delights at Farm, Fire, Food: Round 2, food truck feasts at Food Truck Frenzy, a collaboration focusing on sustainable produce with Arimia x Young George Go The Whole Hog, dumpling delights at Sunday Yum Cha @ Caves Road Collective or the ultimate surprise at the Cabin Fever Secret Dinner. Enjoy breakfast with vineyard views at Rise and Dine @ Xanadu, learn the art of Japanese cooking at Sensei Miki’s Umami Masterclass, or take a holiday at the dinner table at Many Hands, Many Lands – A World Feast. Cheese fiends will revel in The Cheese Party, a Cheese Toastie Battle @ The Common and Fondue by the Fire at Howard Park.
Are you a wine or beer aficionado? Wine lovers should get on down to a Wine Blending Masterclass, a celebration of Pinot at Night of Noir, crack into the sweet stuff at Get Porty @ Happs Wines or learn the art of spice and wine matching at The Spice is Right. Beer more your thing? Head along to the Backyard Brewing Tournament Awards, a Brewer’s Block Party, Blazing Brews @ The Beer Farm or six courses of the good stuff at Grape Vs Grain.
If it’s something completely different you’re after, there’s options. Get moving and warm up with Hip Hop Yoga Brunch, enjoy all the good things in life at The River Lock-In and get ready for a belly laugh at The Sunday Roast @ Cheeky Monkey Brewery. Head down to meet some local artistic talents at On Location: Margaret River, a Joe Webster & Stu McMillan exhibition. Finally, celebrate with the best of Margaret River at the grand finale, Settlers Tavern Carpark Collective.
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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience | 31 July
Based on one of the world’s most beloved TV series, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a live interactive piece of theatre and the longest running tribute to the iconic series. Running for over 21 years, this is a night of some seriously cracking entertainment. Perfectly situated in the setting of iconic Caves House Hotel, get ready for a ride through your evening with Basil, Manuel and Sybil. 70% of the show is improvised, so no two dining experiences are ever the same. If you are looking for a night out to dine like a prince and laugh like a court jester then book your tickets soon.
FOR THE DIARY
CinefestOZ | 28 August – 1 September
Margaret River Region
Pop the last weekend of August in your diary, Hollywood is coming to town with the nation’s richest film prize at CinefestOZ. Venues throughout the region will be chock full of film buffs, stars of the silver screen and industry professionals at film premieres, panel discussions, screenings and industry workshops. Be sure to get your tickets early, the hot tickets sell out quickly!
Now you know what you’ll be doing, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Book now with one of our local experts.
Image Credits: Tim Campbell Photo, Elements Margaret River
Rustico at Hay Shed HillMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly
511 Harmans Mill Rd, Wilyabrup, WA, 6285
Passel EstateMonday - Sunday: 10:30am until 5:00pm
655 Ellen Brook Road, Cowaramup WA 6284
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
Caves Road, Forest Grove, WA, 6285, Australia
6/9 Griffin Drive, Dunsborough WA 6281, Australia
Arimia EstateMonday: 10:00am until 5:00pm
Thursday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access
242 Quininup Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6282, Australia
Caves Road Collective, home of Black Brewing CoMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground,Rainy Day,Sunny Day,Vegan Beer
3517 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
Xanadu WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Vegan Wines
Boodjiup Road, MARGARET RIVER, 6285, WA
Mikis Open KitchenMonday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm until 9:30pm
Shop 2-131 Bussell Hwy Margaret River WA 6285
The CommonMonday - Thursday: 4:00pm until 9:30pm
Friday: 4:00pm until 10:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm until 10:00pmGreat For: Fireplace,Scenic Spot,WiFi
1 Resort Place , GNARABUP
Howard Park & MadFish WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area
543 Miamup Road, COWARAMUP
Happs WineryMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground
575 Commonage Road, DUNSBOROUGH WA, Australia
The BeerfarmMonday - Thursday: 11:00am until 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am until 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am until 7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Vegan Beer
177 Gale Road, Metricup WA 6280
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & CideryMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 6:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Outdoor Playground
4259 Caves Road, Metricup, Western Australia, 6280, Australia
Settlers TavernMonday - Saturday: 11:00am until 12:00am
Sunday: 11:00am until 1:00amGreat For: Child Friendly,Fireplace,WiFi
114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia