The start of a new season is always filled with possibility. Spring is here and you are spoilt for choice when visiting the Margaret River Region.
Of course, the natural wonders are putting on a show with wildflowers bursting and whales still leaping out of the ocean. The rolling pastures are lush and green and baby lambs are almost cute enough to take home to cuddle (note: this is not a good idea. They love to eat roses, veggie patches and anything within reach. They also grow up. Fast.).
Get your fill of fresh spring bites and beverages, alongside some culture and even a good belly laugh with this month’s eclectic round up of events on offer.
Father’s Day | 1 September
Margaret River Region
There’s always plenty to choose from when it comes to Father’s Day in the region. Whether dad is keen on getting out in the sunshine, up on the surf or sipping some local beverages, you’ll find the ideal spot to head to. Try The Berry Farm for BBQ, beer and balls, four whiskies paired with four slices of different pizza at Limeburner’s Distilling Company, live music and $15 steak sandwiches at The Ship Inn, a Father’s Day fishing competition at Eight Willows Retreat, or a Father’s Day BBQ on the coast with Squid at The Common.
Darleen’s Dirty Dancing Night | 6 September
It’s time to pull those 80’s outfits out of the closet. Darleen’s Dirty Dancing Night is bound to fill your Facebook feed with some hilarious photos after this night out. Serving as a release party for their Rocky Ridge collaboration with winemaker LS Merchants, the best dressed punter will also win a four pack of the new beer. Nobody puts Darleen in the corner.
National Threatened Species Day | 7 September
If there was a better excuse for a trip to Jewel Cave, it’s hard to think of it. National Threatened Species Day is an important chance to stop and learn about the precious native animals that need our help. You’ll find out about the mysteries surrounding WA’s Thylacines and meet some of the cutest Western Ringtail Possums around. Presentations are running every half hour from 10.30am until 4.30pm so jump in and learn some of the steps you can take to save our wildlife from disappearing.
Women’s Adventure Film Tour | 7 September
If you need some inspiration to get out into the great outdoors down in the Margaret River Region, then this is it. The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is presented by Paddy Pallin and is back for its third season. A short film festival that is part of Women’s Health Week, the films chart the challenges that some of Australian’s fittest and most courageous women have stood up to tackle. Cliff diving, trail running, climbing, and mountain biking are just some of the arenas that these ladies operate in.
LIFE Stand Up Comedy | 12 September
Mid-week laughter is definitely the doctors best remedy. Join three of Perth’s best comedians who are bound to tickle your funny bone at Settler’s Tavern’s LIFE Stand Up Comedy. Jon Pinder, Michael Gledhill and Simone Springer are three diverse talents who have wowed the panel at RAW State finals. The topic for tonight? Life. We’ve all got one, and at some point it gets messy!
The River Spring Fizzfest | 14 September
The arrival of spring is definitely a cause to pop the cork, so pop on down to The River Spring Fizzfest where you can sample several different styles of bubbles. Included in the ticket price as garden party beats from DJ Erik, along with some tasty canapes to soak up the fizzy delights. You’ll have the chance to find your favourite with 10 half glass serves of different varieties; from prosecco to cava, Aussie sparkling to the real deal: champers.
The Annual Margaret River Art Auction | 21 September
This is the 14th year of the annual Margaret River Art Auction, a favourite on the calendar of art fans in the region. Get in quick to have a look around as the TAFE Winery Campus will fill up fast with over 300 people predicted to get ready to bid on the 60+ pieces. Amongst highly regarded local artists works you’ll be treated to high profile interstate additions and up and coming creatives. Grab a ticket and you’ll be fed for the night by the local TAFE cookery students, along with a glass of Margaret River wine to help flex those bidding muscles.
Busselton Wildflower Exhibition | 26-27 September
Now hitting it’s 94th year, the Busselton Wildflower Exhibition is a treat for flower lovers, and perfect for those that might not be able to get out into the hiking trails of the region. The flowers are picked by volunteers with a special one day ‘Pickers License’ and only species that are safe to gather are brought in. You’ll be pleased to know none of the rare or endangered species are going to be found under the roof of the United Church. There are also cake stalls, professional gardening advice, second hand books for sale and light refreshments to tempt you to stay a little longer and smell the wildflowers!
Next Wave South West Music Showcase | 27 September
Catch the batch of upcoming local musicians at the Next Wave South West Music Showcase. One of the busiest music venues at the northern end of the cape, Clancy’s has seen some world class acts over the years. Pop down and support the next gen of musicians while you enjoy $8 Gage Roads pints all night. With 6 acts in total ranging from chilled acoustic to all out punk and rock, there’s something for everyone.
South West Mudfest | 29 September
This year the messiest race in the south west has been moved to a slightly warmer time of year, bound to be filed with sunshine and less chilled tootsies than previously. As if you needed even more incentive to get slathered in mud, caught up running through obstacles and sliding down mud slippery dips! Fun for all ages, South West Mudfest is a kid friendly and dog friendly event for mud enthusiasts of all fitness levels.
Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2019 | 29 September
Get your glad rags on and your oily rags back in the toolbox as the largest and most stylish charitable motorcycle ride comes to town with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. Over 12,000 people in over 700 towns around the world will be getting on their vintage and classic styled bikes in the name of charity. Men’s Health is the cause that funds will be raised towards, as the event is run in conjunction with the charity partner, the Movember Foundation.
FOR THE DIARY
Strings Attached Festival | 11-13 October
Margaret River Region
This is the first year that the region has seen a festival of this kind, so you’ll not want to miss out on Strings Attached; a celebration of string instruments of all kinds. Whether you are a player, maker or collectors you’ll find your niche here. From guitars through to basses, ukuleles across to mandolins, banjos and more. There will be plenty of performances of course, along with lot of learning experiences at exhibitions, masterclasses and workshops. Jump over to the website for the full line up. It’s a biggie.
Cape To Cape MTB | 17 – 20 October
Margaret River Region
The southern hemisphere’s largest multi stage mountain bike race returns for it’s 12th year in the pristine Margaret River Region. Get on your bike and join 1500 riders for the Cape to Cape MTB race. Covering 210km over four days, you’ll feel it in your muscles but you’ll also be rewarded with epic scenery, awesome memoires and of course some great food, wine and beer to refuel with!
Now you know what you’ll be doing, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Book now with one of our local experts.
Image Credits: Russel Ord Photography
Margaret River Distilling CompanySunday to Thursday, 10am - 6pm. Friday & Saturday, 10am - 7pm.Great For: Dine In,Open for Business,Workshops & Classes
Maxwell St off Carters Road, Margaret River, WA 6285
The Ship Inn Bistro & BarMonday - Thursday: 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 AM until 12:00 AM
Sunday: 10:00 AM until 10:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Open for Business,Outdoor Playground,Takeaway
8 Albert Street, Busselton WA 6280, Australia
Eight Willows RetreatMonday - Sunday: 8:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Disabled Access,Fireplace
266 Metricup Road, METRICUP
The CommonMonday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 5:00 until 8:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 until 8:00 PMGreat For: Dine In,Fireplace,Open for Business,Scenic Spot,Takeaway,WiFi
1 Resort Place , GNARABUP
Clancys Fish Pub DunsboroughMonday: 12:00 until 8:00 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Sunday: 12:00 until 8:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Open for Business,Outdoor Playground,Takeaway
1710 Caves Road, Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia