June brings with it the chills of winter, the warmth of the fireplace and the lush green of new growth out in mother nature. It’s officially halfway through the year: the perfect time for a Margaret Rive escape to relax and reflect on how your 2019 has shaped up so far.
June also sees the last long weekend we get until spring so there are countless activities to keep you busy before heading back to the office. A number of wineries are opening their cellars and Jazz by the Bay is a treat for music lovers. Of course, June is also smack bang in the middle of Singapore’s school holidays, so we have pulled together a few suggestions to entertain the kids (big and small) on your visit to the paradise that is the Margaret River region.
Singapore School Holidays | All of June
Margaret River Region
There are so many opportunities for the whole family to enjoy themselves when visiting Margaret River, with plenty of family-friendly trip ideas and action-packed itineraries available to make planning easy. You won’t want to miss a visit to the local markets – Margaret River’s award winning Farmers’ Markets are one of the best. Winter is also ideal to head underground to one of the regions many incredible caves. Above ground you can explore forest walks, lighthouses and much more. Kids love the great outdoors, and there are some great wineries and breweries with playgrounds to keep them busy while you enjoy the local produce and sample the region’s world class wines. Foodie stops for sweet-tooths and little ones are plentiful; the Margaret River Chocolate Factory always wins brownie points! If you really want to experience life as a local, why not join in one of the below events this June?
Margaret River Surf Pro | 29 May – 9 June
Margaret River Region
Over the 12 day period of the Margaret River Surf Pro, you’ll be in for some top sporting action, all for free. 50 of the world’s top ranked competitors in the World Surf League hit town to compete in the World Surf League’s World Championship Tour. Get down to Surfers Point early in the day though – a good wave waits for no-one. Keep your eyes peeled at the pub, you might be sharing a beer with one of the champs later on that night!
Jazz By The Bay | 31 May – 3 June
Margaret River Region
One of the state’s best loved music weekends, Jazz By The Bay is your chance to catch some of the Western Australia’s favourite musicians. A grass roots event, the festival has grown from humble beginnings to its current line up featuring international guest acts alongside local and national jazz stalwarts. Check out the full program for plenty of free and family friendly events from the Thursday through to the Monday. It’s definitely worth getting in early for ticketed performances, with some of WA’s best loved jazz musicians performing in the surrounds of wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and even below ground in a cave.
Drop Festival 2019| 1 June
What do Angus & Julia stone, The Jungle Giants and surfing have in common? All three will be on your radar this June long weekend. The Drop Festival is a music festival whose tour schedule runs alongside that of the three Australian World Surf League Championship Tour events. An epic Aussie music line up will be playing in Busselton while the Surf Pro hits Margaret River. This event is family friendly, celebrating good food, art and a sense of community, while promoting environmental responsibility.
Cullen Award for Excellence | 1 June
It’s time to dust off your best suit and ballgown as wine lovers and industry members come together to celebrate the esteemed Cullen Award for Excellence. Enjoy an exquisite degustation paired with current and back vintages of Cullen’s flagship wines: The Kevin John and Diana Madeline. This evening is one of the highlights of the calendar in the Margaret River region wine community as the award recognises an individual, group or business that supports or promotes the interests of the Western Australian Wine Industry.
Wine Buffs’ Long Weekend | 1-2 June
With the arrival of winter comes the temptation to hunker down with a glass of red, so it’s perfect timing for local wineries to open up their cellars and provide special wine offerings. A number of wineries will be a haven for wine lovers this long weekend including Howard Park’s Unlock the Cellar at Howard Park & MadFish Wines. Pop in for wine specials, champagne tasting and limited release wines to purchase. Just down the road is the Ute and Boot Sale at Thompson Estate, where previous vintages and case sales will be for the taking. Finally, head a little further up the road to Fraser Gallop for their annual Barrel Hall Pop Up. Alongside the current range will be magnums, rare finds and back vintages for you to stock up the wine rack.
Down South Mountain Bike (MTB) Festival | 1-2 June
Margaret River & Dunsborough
Margaret Rive is a mecca for mountain bikers. With kilometres of fantastic world class trails it is little wonder that there are numerous MTB races and competitions throughout the calendar year. The Down South Mountain Bike (MTB) Festival is the ideal entry into the world of biking if you are a beginner or to challenge yourself if you are a skilled pro. With lots of family friendly, free events over the festival, MTB coaching, and racing for over 500 participants, there truly is something for everyone.
Meet the Winemakers Masterclass at Xanadu Wines| 1-2 June
You might have heard Xanadu’s name a few times over the past few months. It’s with very good reason: their 2016 Steven’s Road Cabernet Sauvignon recently won Australia’s coveted wine trophy, the Jimmy Watson. Head Winemaker Glen Goodall and his team will be taking wine aficionados on a journey to remember with a Meet the Winemakers Masterclass on Saturday 1 June. Follow the session with paired flagship wines and a two course lunch by one of Margaret River’s most talented chefs, Melissa Kokoti.
Augusta Whale Song Festival | 1-3 June
30 minutes south of Margaret River you’ll find Augusta, the region’s classic seaside town full of charm, history, culture and some of the best fish and chips for miles. The Augusta Whale Song Festival is a family friendly weekend that celebrates the start of the whale migration season in Augusta. Join in the family fun with events including the blessing of the fleet, market stalls, live music, cultural and nature tours, workshops and a sundowner on the Saturday afternoon. See the website for the full listing of free and paid activities.
Black Mushrooms and Truffle Cooking Class @ Cape Lodge | 15 June
Can’t get out to the upcoming Truffle Kerfuffle Festival? Never fear. Right here in Margaret River you can learn all about these earthly delights at Cape Lodge’s Black Mushrooms and Truffle Cooking Class. Chef Tony Howell will educate and inspire with a cooking demonstration before you get to sit down and devour the culinary delicacies over a three course long table lunch.
Busselton Blackout @The Firestation | 21 June
Something a little bit different for the doing. Busselton’s beloved bar, The Firestation, is celebrating WA Beer week on the shortest day of the year with their Busselton Blackout. The winter solstice is the turning point in the year, when short days to start tipping back to the sunshine and warmth of summer. The lights will be out, the local beers will be dark and the DJ will be dropping some moody beats to add to the atmosphere.
Truffle Kerfuffle Festival | 21-23 June
It’s a short season for one of the world’s most expensive culinary delights, so what better reason than to celebrate the glorious truffle with an entire festival? Just a 90-minute drive from Margaret River, the Truffle Kerfuffle Festival is full of opportunities to taste and learn about the ingredient that drives food lovers wild with excitement. The festival village at Fonty’s Pool is your base for the weekend, from which you can explore the regional food and wine and, of course, all things truffle. Ensure you get in early to book tickets for the special chef lunches and dinners.
A Barolo Experience At Yarri | 26 June
Winter wine experiences don’t come much better than this. Join the incredibly knowledgeable Rob Gherardi of Mr Barval to taste some of the world’s best Barolos alongside a specially curated menu from the Yarri kitchen. We’re anticipating good times and extremely satisfied palates.
Soft Pastel Workshop At Aravina Estate | 29 June
FOR THE DIARY
Cabin Fever | July 19-28
Margaret River Region
Tickets have already gone on sale for the winter festival you don’t want to miss. Pop the above dates in your diary for Cabin Fever Festival and jump online to check out the event schedule. There are over 30 events this year, with everything from feasting delights, delicious wines and plenty of live music. Take your pick from fondue by the fire, cheese toastie battles, wine-tasting masterclasses and much more this winter.
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Image Credits: Tim Campbell Photo, Elements Margaret River
Cullen Wines & RestaurantMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 4:30 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Seated Tastings,Vegan Wines
4323 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
Thompson Estate10:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday.Great For: Cellar Sales,Disabled Access,Seated Tastings,Takeaway
Howard Park & MadFish WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area,Seated Tastings
543 Miamup Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284
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
Xanadu WinesCellar Door: Daily 10am-5pm Restaurant: Thursday to Sunday from 11.45am.Great For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings,Vegan Wines
316 Boodjidup Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
4.7 From $565
Cape LodgeGreat For: WiFi
3341 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282