It’s the middle of spring already. Somehow September has flown by and the warmer weather is now a permanent fixture. You better have your feet sandal-ready as there is no hiding back in the boots from here on!
This month, music enthusiasts will be sure to get their tickets early as there are almost too many incredible acts to list here. Strings Attached is Margaret River’s first guitar festival and has some of the biggest names in the biz’ visiting. Even if you don’t know your uke’ from your bass, you’ll be certain to get the blues if you miss out on this event.
The mid-spring sunshine without the dry heat of summer means perfect conditions for outdoor pursuits. The Cape to Cape MTB will see a flood of lycra clad bike riders having the time of their lives though the region’s picturesque locations. Of course, cheering from the sidelines is always appreciated once muscles start to burn and the finish line is still miles away.
It’s also time for the annual Agricultural Show, so take the chance to indulge in some child like fun – no child necessary. Grab a bag of fairy floss and settle in for the fireworks after the obligatory attempt at the shooting alley.
Spring has well and truly sprung.
Megafauna Nightstalk | 2 & 9 October
Heading through the forest by dark is always an adventure – no matter how many years you have on your birthday cake. Head down to the majestic Karri trees of Boranup as the sun sets and eyes adjust to the dark for a Megafauna Nightstalk. Yep, you’ll be guided through the forest and into Mammoth Cave on a private tour to learn all about these extinct super-sized creatures. Over 38 species have been discovered through fossil finds. You’ll finish the tour spotting some of the living and breathing night time inhabitants of the forest. Suitable for ages 7 and up.
Oktoberfest at The Lodge | 5 October
It wouldn’t be October without at least one chance to get your lederhosen out of the wardrobe. Oktoberfest at The Lodge is your chance this year where you’ll enjoy a pretzel and a full stein on entry to Amelia Park Lodge. With a German menu, German music and German dancers, you’ll be right at home rocking up with a feather in your cap. There’ll be plenty of games and prizes, so now is the time to brush up on those yodelling skills.
Chase the Thylacine Ride | 5 – 6 October
Margaret River Region
Now in it’s 9th year, the annual Chase the Thylacine Ride sees riders set off from the Busselton Jetty and embark on an 80km ride to Nannup. Rolling through the carpets of wildflowers, riders will earn their supper for the night and a good night’s sleep before hitting the tarmac again the next morning for the return ride. There’s no cost to take part, simply a willingness to push those pedals all the way there and back!
Strings Attached | 11 – 13 October
Margaret River Region
A chance to immerse yourself fully into the world of all things strings, this month marks Margaret River’s inaugural Strings Attached. Whether you are a maker, a player or merely an appreciator there is bound to be plenty to keep you occupied. From workshops through to performances, masterclasses and exhibitions – it’s a packed full program. The line-up includes some of the world’s best including Larry Mitchell (USA), George Bechlivanoglou (Greece), Kav Temperley, (Eskimo Joe), Grammy Award winner Lucky Oceans and ARIA award winner Glenn Sarangapany (Birds Of Tokyo).
Here Comes The Sun Music Festival | 12 October
The music just keeps coming this month. Get set for an epic night at 3 Oceans Wine Company with the stellar line up for the Here Comes The Sun Music Festival. Headline acts include Amy Shark, San Cisco, Seth Sentry, Sly Withers and local songstress Paige Valentine. The after party (complete with disco-bar) will keep things pumping all the way until midnight thanks to the local crew from The Get Down Club. Get your dance shoes on!
Busselton Cancer Walk | 13 October
Walk4BrainCancer is a movement that has gathered momentum throughout Australia, reaching thousands of people and earning $2 million last year. Head on down to the Busselton foreshore for the Busselton Cancer Walk, and do your bit to help brain cancer research. Plus, you’ll be able to finish up with a dip in the ocean if you work up a sweat.
Cape to Cape MTB | 17 – 20 October
Margaret River Region
This October will see up to 1500 mountain bike riders descend onto the region for Australia’s longest running multi-stage race, the Cape to Cape MTB. Held over four days riders will get to experience the region’s most stunning rides, clocking up over 205km in total. Spectators will have just as much fun with winery and brewery visits and plenty to enjoy from the side-lines. Tempted? Sign up; the course is perfect for beginners through to the pros. Just ensure you have a decent level of fitness and basic MTB skills – you’ll still need to make it up those hills before you get to roll on down the other side.
Margaret River Ag Show | 18-19 October
It wouldn’t be spring time without the annual Ag show. Get on down to enjoy all the fun of the fair at Gloucester Park Football Oval. This year see the 90th anniversary of the Margaret River Ag Show so there couldn’t be a better time to try your hand at the tug of war, check out the craft entries and enjoy munching on a bag of fairy floss while watching the fireworks explode overhead.
Augusta & Districts Annual Spring Show | 19 – 20 October
‘Tis the season to venture out to as many spring fairs as possible! This time it’s off to the Augusta & Districts Annual Spring Show. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy something for all of the family with displays of roses, flowers, pot plants, floral art, cooking, jams, preserves, fruit and vegetables, photography, arts and crafts. The $5 entry fee includes morning or afternoon tea and be sure to stick around for the finale: the pet show.
Yum Cha at Vasse Felix | 20 October
Ask any local for a list of their unmissable events on the annual calendar and chances are that Yum Cha at Vasse Felix is up there on most lists. Seated at tables of ten, you’ll be treated to a feast of ten dishes from the culinary team headed by Brendan Platt. What better match to such an indulgence than the new release 2019 classic dry rose? Yep, there is a reason these tickets sell out soon after they are released.
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Augusta Adventure Fest | November 2 – 3
On the first weekend in November each year, Augusta’s annual Adventure Fest hits. This year, it does so for the last time. After 14 years of adventure, the event will be held for the last time in November – so whether you’re a first timer or a veteran, you won’t want to miss it. See this humble seaside town come alive with an electric atmosphere of wild adventure, with a race through some of the region’s most iconic and rugged natural landscapes.
Gourmet Escape | November 15 -27
Margaret River Region
The nation’s premier food and wine festival, Western Australia Gourmet Escape is back to Margaret River for a spectacular weekend for food and wine lovers. The hottest tickets tend to get snapped up fast so make a beeline if you haven’t already booked. From beach BBQs through to degustations with some of the world’s best chefs, tastebuds will be saturated with pleasure. For a more causal weekend, pop by the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate and browse the stalls filled with wine tastings and foodie finds.
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Image Credits: Russel Ord Photography
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
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
3 Oceans Wine CompanyMonday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Thursday - Sunday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Cnr Boundary Road and Bussell Highway, Metricup,WA 6284