With June approaching we’re wondering where half the year has gone? And then all of a sudden comes the realisation that we only have one more public holiday until September! How are you making the most of your last long weekend until spring?
Fortunately, the Margaret River Region, doesn’t let long weekends slip away quietly. This WA day, the region comes alive with events and activities for all. We can guarantee your issue won’t be what to do, it will be how to squeeze it all in.
For literary lovers
The annual Margaret River Reader and Writers Festival, a three day festival where stories come alive, is the place to be. Each year it brings an array of thought-provoking writers to the region including novelists, journalists, academics and established and emerging storytellers from WA, interstate and overseas.
Tickets are going fast, a number of the feature events have already sold out, but with 50 events spread among 8 locations, there is no shortage of events to ‘book’ into. Our pick? Surfing: sport or art with Tim Baker at Limeburners Distillery.
You can save a few dollars for a delicious winery lunch by attending some of the free events including the Beautifully Mad Song Writing workshop for under 25’s or head to the Margaret River Cultural Centre for free lunch time talks, readings in the story telling tent, acoustic music and market stalls with local goods. Plan your epeolatry weekend using their festival planner.
Head to the bay for the cool sounds of Jazz
Make sure to pack your dancing shoes, with over 40 performances at an array of spectacular venues, Jazz by the Bay is a feast for music lovers from all walks of life.
Immerse yourself in a unique experience that takes advantage of the amazing natural acoustics of Ngilgi Cave while soaking in the delightful sounds of songstress Cassandra Charlick. Talk about music with a view!
If you fancy a bit of Latin flavour, Piano Box Jazz Bar at Old Broadwater Farm in Busselton is a night not to be missed. Three young Cuban musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club will play alongside Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys. Paired with a roaming gourmet feast by Supper Road, this event ticks all the boxes.
More than half the Jazz by the Bay events are free. Check out the full program here.
Down South Mountain Bike Festival
Outdoors and adventure more your thing? There really is a festival for everyone. The Down South Mountain Bike Festival is a great family activity for enthusiasts and newcomers alike, with competitive and fun events over the whole long weekend. Get involved in the coaching clinics for all levels and ages on Saturday then watch the MTB X- Country State Round’s on Sunday and Monday. If you ever want to see what all the fuss is about with mountain bike riding this is a great way to try it out for size.
Bike hire is available.
Barrel of fun
Fraser Gallop Estate will again be hosting a ‘Barrel hall pop-up’, which has now become so popular the team decided to make it the highlight of their annual calendar. Each year they open the barrel hall and line-up a range of vintages of the highly awarded Parterre Cabernet and Chardonnay – this year, from vintage 2008 onwards.
There will be magnums, double magnums and impressive six-litre bottles, with some great bargains, including rare and limited museum wines. All wines will be available to taste and purchase over the weekend. Be quick, be early – wines will sell out, so don’t miss out.
You’ll have a whale of a time!
Because conveniently, whale watching season also starts in June. During the season an estimated 35,000 whales migrate from the Antarctic to our warmer waters. Humpback, southern right, minke and blue whales all make the epic journey. Their first port of call is Flinders Bay in Augusta, where the best time to see them is June to August. Augusta is one of the few places where you’ll see the southern right and humpback whales interact. Humpbacks, renowned for their agility, gather in groups of males and engage in breaching, spy-hopping, lob-tailing and tail-slapping. Acrobatics play out during courtship. Southern right whales will often calve in the bay and sometimes can be seen doing so in the shallows.
August will hold their annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on Sunday, June 4 at 9am to celebrate to the start of whale season. A fantastic community event with market stalls selling woodwork, plants, toys, crafts and fresh produce.
We have a bunch of awesome charter companies that can get you the best vantage point to view these beauties or take a punt and check out some of our land based viewing points – as Australia’s tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a great choice.Learn more