Now that the south west is emerging from winter hibernation, there is a palpable sense of excitement in the air. The cooler months are behind us and it’s time to start planning for all the good times ahead. Whether you are a self-proclaimed foodie, certified wine aficionado, or fitness fanatic, October is here to jump start your spring.
Out in the vines, little, fluffy buds have begun to burst from the canes, aka ‘budburst’. This is a sure sign that they have, just like us, left winter dormancy behind them and are ready to embrace the new growing season ahead. Perfectly timed with this appearance of spring in the vineyard comes Fine Vines Festival, a celebration of our region’s extraordinary winemaking and viticulture. This festival will take you behind the scenes opening the doors to small producers, museum tastings, decadent degustations, and much more. Whether you are a wino or more of an ‘I don’t know’, you will gain a whole new understanding and appreciation of our region’s unique terroir.
Spring sun means that muddy tracks are starting to dry up. Now kudos to all those hardcore devotees that rode through muck and grime all winter long, but for those who parked their bikes until brighter days, October is full of signs that it is time to get back in the saddle… or seat! First up is a cycling film night in Busselton to awe and inspire. Next there is the Cape to Cape MTB, our very own Tour de France, where we swap alpine mountains for sandy beaches and rocky trails winding along our favourite coastline.
Is all of this adrenaline and action a bit too overwhelming? Well kick back and vibe out at Strings Attached, the West Australia Guitar Festival. Revel in the musical stylings of Australia’s best guitarists, mix and mingle with the musicians, and learn all about this iconic instrument.
Whatever you decide to do with your October, be sure to get out and about to enjoy the breathtaking display of spring. It’s all sunshine, wildflowers, and stellar surf here on out until summer!