November is one of the busiest months for your down south diary as festivities kick off leading into Christmas. One of the most anticipated weekends of the year, Western Australia Gourmet Escape arrives back in the Margaret River region about mid-way through the month. If you haven’t already booked tickets to a dining event, it is definitely worth having a double check if there are any left as you’ll not want to miss some of the world’s best chefs as they visit Margaret River. Before that, get down to Augusta to join in on the town’s last ever Adventure Festival after 14 years of the annual event – spectators are warmly welcomed. There’s also vintage fairs, disco parties and plenty of wine to be enjoyed.
Busselton Show | 1 – 2 November
It’s showtime. Who doesn’t love a day at the show? Oodles of rides, a sideshow alley, market stalls, exhibitions, competitions, food trucks and show bags…not to mention the obligatory piping hot cinnamon donuts. The Busselton Show is one of the oldest community events in the region, having formed way back in 1861. Stick around until after dark and you’ll be able to ooh and ahh at the fireworks display.
Augusta Adventure Festival | 2 – 3 November
It’s probably a bit late to start training if you are only just reading about the Augusta Adventure Festival now, but there is plenty of space for spectators and the athletes will need all the cheering they can get! Competitors with be running, cycling and paddling their way through some of the region’s most spectacular scenery for the last ever race after 14 years of the annual event. Get down and celebrate these superhumans who have been training for months towards an epic finish line.
Witchcliffe Vintage Fair | 2 November
A key event of any vintage lovers calendar, The Witchcliffe Vintage Fair brings out the best of the best to rifle through for that golden find. First in best dressed, so get a crack on with the day as things kick off at 9am at the Druid Hall. Gold coin entry with find you plenty of retro goodies, vintage cars and delicious food to be eaten in this charming little country town just south of Margs.
Wine Club Magnum Masterclass | 2 November
Fraser Gallop is always a treat for wine enthusiasts, and their latest event is no exception. Visit the Barrel Hall for a Wine Club Magnum Masterclass and you’ll enjoy VIP treatment and the chance to take home your own magnum to wow guests with. Enjoy tasting through back vintages with winemaker Clive Otto and leave a little more enlightened about the joys of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Non wine club members are invited to join in the fun for $40 alongside wine club members.
Death by Disco at Yonder Bar | 2 November
As far as options go to part ways with this world, Death by Disco sounds up there with the most enjoyable. Hit up the guys at Yonder Bar in Margaret River and you’ll be boogying down with a night to rival Studio 54. Kick up your heels to epic tunes and keep your best outfit from Halloween on standby as there are plenty of prizes to win for the ghouliest get up. Be sure to get in nice and early for a tot of ‘Dancing Punch’ on arrival.
Margaret River Bioblitz | 2 – 3 November
There is always something new to learn when it comes to the natural world and what better way to spend a weekend than discovering the local flora and fauna in Margaret River’s bushland? Join Nature Conservation for the 2019 Margaret River Bioblitz. Over the course of two days you can enjoy as few or as many of the activities on offer for just a gold coin donation. Take your pick from nocturnal sightseeing, bird watching, native plant discovery and Indigenous connections.
Melbourne Cup | 5 November
Margaret River Region
There is no shortage of events to take your pick from if you want to celebrate Melbourne Cup in the region. Early birds have got Brunch at Amelia Park Lodge, while those in for a classic lunchtime celebration can enjoy a three course lunch at Yarri or Woody Nook. Canapes, grazing boards and bubbles aplenty are on offer at The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen, Stilts, Eagle Bay Brewery, Fairlawn Estate and The Ship Inn. In the heart of Margaret River town, you’ve got Settlers Tavern filled with meal and drink specials and the good vibes keep kicking on at The River’s Melbourne Cup After Party.
The Switch: Live Mystery Event | 7 – 9 November
What on earth is The Switch? You’ll just have to experience it first hand for the full low down. Put simply: it’s a live mystery adventure. You’ll meet The Moderator at a top secret location in Busselton, before racing friends to the finish line. The fastest to dissect and discover the secrets to the mysteries along the way will be the winner as the first to throw the switch!
Dunsborough Song Fest | 9 – 10 November
Celebrating its 10th year, The Dunsborough Song Fest will see over 700 singers from 40 singing groups descend into Dunsborough’s town centre. Make the most of it all with a weekend pass, and sample a whole host of different styles; from electro pop duets to mass choirs, barbershop groups and even a ukulele playing group. Warm up those vocal chords and give things a go at one of the eight singing workshops, or just settled back and let your ears soak up the sounds of over 12 concerts from the musical masters.
The Sou’West Vintage Festival | 9 November
Get those pin curls out and pull your best get up to the top of the pile, The Sou’West Vintage Festival is a whole day (and eve) of fabulous retro music, fashion, cars and more. Held in the perfect setting – the beautiful heritage listed Caves House – the festival will host vintage market stalls, beard competitions and a whole lot of swing dancing with the best of the South West on the dance floor.
Western Australia Gourmet Escape | 15 – 17 November
Margaret River Region
It’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever. That’s right, it’s time for the Western Australian Gourmet Escape and this time there are ten days of extraordinary events which will be taking place across three of Western Australia’s most renowned regions. With a finale in Margaret River, the best has definitely been saved until last. If you’ve missed out on the well-loved returning events such as the Gourmet Beach BBQ, The Safari Club Cookout and Sunset Beats and Bites, be sure to check out what’s happening in the way of satellite events. Of course, the Gourmet Village is well worth setting a whole day aside for; the festival hub is the heart of all of the action.
Wood-Fired Chianina Feast | 16 & 30 November
One of the newest superstars of regional dining, Glenarty Road is hosting their first long table dinner in celebration of the newest addition to their farm: some beautiful Chianina beef cows. Join in the Wood-Fired Chianina Feast and let chef Joaquin Diz serve you a true nose to tail dining experience. Coupled with fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, stay hydrated with delicious wine also produced from the estate. You’ll be hard pressed to find lower food miles than here at this dinner!
Arimia X Haoma | 16 November
Two of the Southern Hemisphere’s most sustainably minded chefs are cooking together in Margaret River. Haoma and Arimia are living examples of what the restaurants of the future need to look and taste like. On Saturday November 16, Chefs Deepanker Khosla and Evan Hayter will be joining forces at Arimia to share ideas, knowledge and delicious food. Together, they will cook and host an eight-course lunch highlighting Margaret River’s best local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients.
Brunch de Recuperation at Vasse Felix | 17 November
Who doesn’t love a helping hand when it comes to Sunday morning? You’ll be in good hands when you sit down to Vasse Felix’s Brunch de Recuperation. Head chef Brendan Platt will tickle taste buds with his take on a classic European share-style brunch. Wash it down with a glass of the winery’s method traditionelle Blanc de Blanc and you’ve got the perfect start to the day or end of the weekend: the choice is yours where to head from here.
2019 Life Ride | 24 – 26 November
Margaret River Region
Don’t miss the inaugural Life Ride, which will see a team of 120 riders and support crew cycle out 300-450km over 3 stages. It’s all for a good cause, raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation and in collaboration with Tour De Cure. If you are a roadie, a more casual club rider or a newbie this is for you.
Vino & Vinyasa at Clairault Streicker | 29 November
What’s your stress relief winner? Whether it’s wine or winding yourself into a zen yoga pretzel, Vino & Vinyasa is the ticket for you. Kick the half day retreat off with a few downward dogs, before learning the ins and out of the vino side of things with a guided tasting. You’ll finish the morning off in complete relaxation as a long table lunch is laid out for you to fuel up on and get ready to head home with the tranquillity of a Buddhist monk.
Bubbles & Blooms at Howard Park | 30 November
Outdoor sparkling bar, food and a flower market – need we say more? Howard Park is seeing out spring in style with its annual Bubbles & Blooms event and this year is set to be bigger than ever. Wander the flower market stalls, relax to live music on the shady lawn, feast on dumplings, tacos and artisanal gelato with a glass of your favourite bubbles in hand.
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Fraser Gallop EstateMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 4:00pmGreat For: Vegan Wines
493 Metricup Road, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
Amelia Park LodgeThe Restaurant is open Wed-Sat 5:30-late and Fri-Sat for lunch from 11:30 The Tavern is open 7 days a week 11:30 til lateGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Sunny Day
5850 Bussell Highway, Abbey WA 6280
Woody Nook WinesMonday - Sunday: 8:30am until 4:30pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
Metricup Road, Wilyabrup
YarriMonday - Wednesday: 4:00pm until 11:00pm
Thursday - Sunday: 12:00pm until 11:00pm
7/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough WA 6281 Australia
The Goose Beach Bar + KitchenMonday - Tuesday: 7:00am until 5:00pm
Wednesday - Sunday: 7:00am until 9:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,WiFi
Geographe Bay Road, Busselton (Next to the Jetty)
Stilts Beach Bar + RestaurantMonday - Friday: 9:00am until 10:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am until 10:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground,Rainy Day,Sunny Day,WiFi
11 Holgate Road, Busselton WA 6280, Australia
Eagle Bay Brewing CoMonday - Sunday: 11:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground
252 Eagle Bay Road, Eagle Bay, Western Australia, Australia
The Ship Inn Bistro & BarMonday - Wednesday: 10:00am until 10:00pm
Friday: 10:00am until 12:00am
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am until 1:00amGreat For: Child Friendly,Outdoor Playground
8 Albert Street, Busselton WA 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
Glenarty Road | Kerfuffle WinesMonday: 10:00am until 5:00pm
Thursday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly
70 Glenarty Road, Karridale, WA 6288, Australia
Clairault Streicker WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Picnic Spot
3277 Caves Road, WILYABRUP, Western Australia, 6280, Australia