It’s one of the quintessential parts of an Australian summer: the outdoor cinema.

While urbanites have stamped their own twist on the tradition with the rooftop cinema in recent years, there is something magical about hearing the wind in the trees and the squawk of the cockatoos at the Margaret River Region’s outdoor movies.

Add in some local wine, a starlit sky that can only be achieved without the lights of suburbia and the fresh breeze of country air, and it’s as close to movie buff heaven as you can get. The region is home to some fabulous outdoor screen options; covering the north and south, so no matter where your bed is for the night, you’ll be able to find one in easy driving distance.

Hot tip: Once the sun goes down it can get chilly (even in the height of summer), so it’s recommended to bring a blanket and / or jacket to stay cosy.

Cape Mentelle - Outdoor Cinema
Movies at Cape Mentelle. Photo: Sean Blocksidge

Movies at Cape Mentelle

Margaret River

One of the most popular night-time activities in Margaret River, it’s a magical experience watching the sun turn pink over the vineyard backdrop of Cape Mentelle. The season runs nightly all the way from 19 December 2023 through to 31 January 2024 with films selected from new and recent releases, plus classics and family favourites thrown in the mix. The new programme will be released very soon, so stay tuned.

The gates open from 6pm and it’s definitely a good idea to get there on time so you can snag the best spot – seating is unreserved, and pre-purchase of tickets is definitely advised. For those that prefer an extra level of comfort you can hire a bean bed to recline in while you sip that glass of wine. It’s perfectly acceptable to bring your own picnic or pick up some hot food on offer from food truck Little Hand’s Dumplings – just be sure to keep the drinks at home. There is a fully licensed bar stocked with all sorts of options to sip, including some world class Margaret River wine of course!

Useful tips

  • Dates: 19 December 2023 to 31 January 2024. Screenings nightly.
  • Prices: Concession/children from $16; Adults from $22.50; Reserved seating with bean bed from $32.50.
  • Movies begin between 7.30pm-8pm depending on sunset (doors open from 6.00pm).
  • No smoking and BYO chairs must sit up the back of the outdoor cinema.

Lentedal Outdoor Movies


Lentedal outdoor movies are back this summer – starting from 16 December 2023. As one of the most family friendly cellar doors in the region there is plenty to keep all ages happy until the movie starts, so we recommend getting there early to snag a good spot and enjoy the atmosphere as the sun slowly sets. The cellar door and alfresco café offers wine, delicious woodfired pizza and platters available for pre-order.

Tickets are an absolute bargain at $10 per person making it a no-brainer for your next family fun night. This season’s programme will be released shortly on their website, so keep your eyes peeled.

Useful tips

  • The season runs from Saturday 16 December – Saturday 3 February 2024.
  • The movie will start between 7.30pm – 8.00pm (depending on light).
  • Bring your own picnic rug or low deck chair, warm clothes, a blanket and mozzie repellent.
  • Arrive early to score a prime position, there’s plenty of room for kids to run around and meet the friendly cellar door animals before the movie starts.

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