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Explore over 120km of stunning coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin, pristine beaches, epic surf, world famous vineyards and 120+ cellar doors and superb locally grown and caught food. Summer or winter, on the perfect day, you can still be the only one on the beach. It doesn’t get any better than this, and it all starts just 2.5 hours south of Perth.
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Food & Wine

Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, the Margaret River region is internationally renowned for its premium grape-growing, and is peppered with more than 215 wine producers and 120 cellar doors.

With great wine comes great food. The region’s seasonal bounty is served in eateries from Busselton to Augusta – from homegrown and artisan delights at weekly farmers markets, to fine dining in gold-plate winery restaurants. Beer lovers can go to town at nine boutique breweries, most with gourmet pub grub. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape in November is a must-do for foodies, with celeb chefs and pop-ups galore.

Things to do

Part of the southwest’s biodiversity hotspot, the region is ideal for nature lovers, and home to many endemic plant species found nowhere else on earth. Whale-watching, birdwatching and wildflowers are just some of Mother Nature’s offerings.

Explore on foot or mountain bike – choose from the diverse 135km coastal Cape-to-Cape Track or the Meelup Reserve Trail, or there are walks and rides through the Boranup Forest, and along the dual-use Rails to Trails network.

Along the coast, there are spectacular sights at every stop. Gorgeous views of giant granite rocks, rugged cliffs, and pretty sandy beaches fringed by peppermint-tree heath abound. You might spot frolicking dolphins or the occasional seal in the water.

If indulgence is your idea of a holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with day spas and retreats sprouting from a strong wellness culture.

Lavish architecture and a flourishing art scene draw culture cultures in droves – literature, film and music festivals ensure there’s always something on. Margaret River’s nationally acclaimed painters, sculptors, furniture makers, metal and wood artisans, jewellery designers, and glass artists draw inspiration from their surroundings, and show at the many local galleries and studios.

Beyond its wine, produce, beauty and activities, the Margaret River region has an irresistible energy that radiates from the ocean and ancient landscape, captivating visitors time and time again. It’s something visceral, and simply must be experienced.

When to go

Summer is busiest, and it’s all about the beach. The surf is spectacular in early autumn, while winters are cool and great for cosy fires, red wine and whale spotting. Spring is perfect for bush walking, with the wildflowers in full bloom.

Tip: Pack a jumper for cool nights.

Where to stay

There are more than 160 places to stay in Margaret River, not including Air B&B and the various luxury holiday homes for hire. The region is huge, so the first decision to make is which part of Margaret River you want to spend your time, and then select your accommodation from there. Summer and holiday periods are often booked in advance.

Image Credit(s): Hiking beach view – Tourism WA, Vineyards & beach – Shutterstock

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Open Edible Gardens Weekend

Join us for a weekend of garden exploration and inspiration!

  • Dates:May 29 - 30
  • Venue:Multiple Venues

Details

  • Hosted By:Open Edible Gardens Weekend
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Other:Flowers & Gardens,Agricultural

Description

Open Edible Gardens 2021 is a fundraiser for the Margaret River Regional Environment Centre, who host the Margaret River Community Garden. Visit 11 diverse food producing gardens over the May 29-30 weekend, touring the properties and picking up tips from the gardeners. From small plots to paddocks, private to public, ordered to eclectic. Walk and talk with the gardeners and share their knowledge and experiences. See inspiring real life productive gardens created to suit local conditions. The gardens include suburban gardens, bush blocks, large rural properties, a community garden and edible school garden. Many of the productive gardens are based on permaculture principles, including practical elements like composting, worm farms, growing vegetables, netting an orchard, improving fertility, using animals, upcycling, and saving water.

Augusta Whalesong Festival

The Whalesong Festival is a celebration for all to experience and enjoy what the Southwest has to offer in its natural beauty and community spirit.

  • Dates:Jun 4 - 7

Details

  • Hosted By:Augusta Whalesong Festival
  • Ticket Price:Free - $95 AUD
  • Type:Community,For Kids
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Music:Music Festival

Description

Welcome to whale season. Start winter off right by booking accommodation in Augusta for the June long weekend. The Whale Song Festival will coincide with the Blessing of the Fleet and the opening of the whale watching season. There will be tours, live music, market stalls, workshops and family activities all weekend long by the Blackwood river and at various venues throughout Augusta. For the full program and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Barrel Hall Pop Up – Fraser Gallop Estate

Margaret River's most anticipated wine sale is back.

  • Dates:Jun 5
  • Time(s):10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Venue:Fraser Gallop Estate

Details

  • Hosted By:Fraser Gallop Estate
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Food & Drink:Winery Events,Wine

Description

Don't miss this opportunity to buy our rare museum wines, award-winning current and back vintages and large format bottles at exceptional prices. Once a year we throw open our cellar and let loyal customers in to forage for treasure and bargains, to top up on favourites or try something new.

Cullen Wines 2021 Cullen Award For Excellence

Please join us for a celebratory dinner on Saturday 5th June where we’ll announce the winner of the 4th annual Cullen Awards for Excellence.

  • Dates:Jun 5
  • Time(s):6.30pm for a 7pm start until late
  • Venue:Cullen Wines

Details

  • Hosted By:Cullen Wines
  • Ticket Price:$195pp
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Wine,Winery Events

Description

Please join us for a celebratory dinner on Saturday 5th June where we’ll announce the winner of the 4th annual Cullen Awards for Excellence. This award honours the contribution made to Western Australian wine by Dr Kevin John Cullen and Diana Madeline Cullen, who together founded Cullen Wines in 1971. They had an unwavering belief in the potential of WA to produce world class wines and were dedicated to achieving this and helping others in the industry to do the same, by sharing their knowledge and support. The Cullen Award for Excellence was created to recognise and reward outstanding contributions to the Western Australian wine industry. Previous winners include James Halliday AM, Dr John Gladstones and the Horgan family from Leeuwin Estate. We will also be celebrating Cullen Wines' 50th anniversary, and we would love for you to join us. Date: Saturday 5th June 2021. 6.30pm for a 7pm start until late. Tickets: $250 per person Event details: A 3-course set dinner will be served in our Biodynamic Wine Room paired with our wines including the latest release Diana Madeline and Kevin John. We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating.

Helen Norton "Life's Contents" Exhibition at JahRoc

JahRoc Galleries warmly invite you to view: HELEN NORTON "Life's Contents"

  • Dates:Jun 5 - 27
  • Venue:JahRoc Galleries

Details

  • Hosted By:JahRoc Galleries
  • Art Exhibitions:Painting

Description

"What have our lives become? The new guiding principal, the internet of things, has whipped up a frenzied world of emotionally charged lunatic ideas through indignant holograms and magic tricks mostly delivered via social media, streaming into our pockets or handbags every minute of the day and night with our permission – attacking our sanity and concentration not unlike water torture … drip, drip. It’s getting harder to dodge the nonsense of these unreal robotic times, with all the panic and chaos it can create through ‘thin air’ so quickly, but if you turn it off it just stops!. Being recalcitrant and earthy, and living a sensual life is important in the face of the current nonsense that has gripped the world. Eat well, walk, run, love, laugh, paint, write, kiss dogs on the face, sleep with your cat, read real paper books, grow vegies and chooks, eat meat if you want, and burn wood in a fire place, with your phone turned off, inserted in a zip lock bag, buried deep in the freezer." Helen Norton 2021 For more details and to view the exhibition online visit: https://www.jahroc.com.au/ JahRoc Galleries is open daily 10am-5pm.

Saturday 5th June opening at 5pm-7pm
Meet Helen Norton
All welcome

Exhibition will be on show until 27th June.

Cabin Fever Festival 2021

Put a hold on hibernation this winter with more than 30 unique events throughout the Margaret River Region in Western Australia, designed to help you break the boredom!

  • Dates:Jul 16-25
  • Venue:Margaret River

Details

  • Hosted By:Cabin Fever
  • Type:Community,Adults Only
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Coffee,Festival,Wine,Winery Events
  • Other:Travel
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Description

10 days of wintry goodness are coming your way this July 16-25. All your festival favourites are back with plenty of fire, food and fine tunes planned for your winter down south. Plus, a line-up of new and exciting events coming your way. More than 40 experiences dotted from Busselton to Margaret River and everywhere in between. Will feature chocolate and coffee appreciation, secret speakeasies, wine dinners, wine-fuelled crafts, bonfires, brews, live music and more. Tickets go on sale mid-April. Sign up to the newsletter below for updates, or follow along on social media.

Margaret River Region Open Studios

One of WA's most popular visual arts events, Margaret River Region Open Studios, returns in September! Make a holiday of it and plan a colourful journey through this beautiful region.

  • Time(s):Most studios open from 10am to 4pm and some by appointment on certain days. Visit the website for details.
  • Venue:Various
  • Dates:Aug 11 - Sep 26

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free,Workshops
  • Art Exhibitions:Craft,Drawing,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Other Visual Arts
  • Other:Arts & Crafts,Travel
  • Hosted By:Margaret River Open Studios
  • Festivals:All Festivals,Margaret River Open Studios

Description

One of WA’s most popular arts events, Margaret River Region Open Studios, returns in September following the popularity of a Springtime event in 2020.

Open Studios promises to be more vibrant than ever, capturing the colours of spring and wildflower season and providing an opportunity for you to enjoy the Margaret River region in all its glory.

More than 100 artists from Busselton to Augusta will be opening their studio doors to welcome in art lovers and share their passion.

The event, marking its eighth year, features painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, potters, photographers, furniture makers, woodworkers, textile artists, metalworkers, mixed media artists and upcyclers who share a love of this beautiful part of the world.

Roadtrip to the region and make a holiday of it, going off the beaten path to visit studios of artists you know and love, and some new talent who might just be the next big thing! Renown artists who regularly participate include Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Lauren Wilhelm, Ian Mutch, Rebecca Cool, Mary-Lynne Stratton and Christian Fletcher.

 

Cinefestoz Film Festival Western Australia - 2021

A must attend film festival, with an array of great films set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australian iconic south west region.

  • Dates:Aug 25 - 29
  • Venue:Australia's South West

Details

  • Hosted By:CinefestOZ
  • Ticket Price:TBA
  • Other:Film Festivals

Description

Celebrating great films, the festival incorporates some of Australia's most beautiful locations, world-class Margaret River wines and gourmet fresh foods.

Visitors, filmmakers and film-lovers converge to enjoy premiere events, in conversation lunches, general screenings, family activities and free community events over six days in August.

Live events are to be held from August 25-30. This makes CinefestOZ the first Australian film festival to host screenings for live cinema audiences in Western Australia’s South West since the easing of restrictions.

Special guests who have enjoyed the film festival dubbed "Australia's friendliest" include David Wenham (Patron), Sigrid Thornton, Ben Elton, Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving.
 

Margaret River Region Open Studios 2021

The Margaret River Region Open Studios returns 11 to 26 September 2021, a 16-day event offering a trail of discovery for all art lovers. With over 100 artists, this is the largest event of it’s kind.

  • Dates:Sep 11- 26
  • Venue:Margaret River Open Studios Inc.

Details

  • Hosted By:Margaret River Region Open Studios
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Festivals:Margaret River Open Studios
  • Art Exhibitions:Painting,Sculpture,Drawing,Craft,Other Visual Arts

Description

Artists and artisans open the doors to their art studios and workshops, delivering a unique experience for art lovers to meet the creator of the artwork, peruse original artworks and of course purchase artwork. Work may include painting, drawings, sculpture, hand blown glass, print making, handmade furniture, as well as jewellery, ceramics, textiles and other mediums. Geographically grouped venues across Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta, Vasse, Yallingup, Quindalup, Dunsborough, Cowaramup will be shown on maps so visitors can design their own art trails. Entry is FREE to all Art Lovers.

Strings Attached Festival 2021

Staged over 3 days in Margaret River, Strings Attached is a celebration of Players, Makers & Collectors; lovers of guitars, basses, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos and more.

  • Dates:Oct 8-10
  • Venue:Margret River

Details

  • Hosted By:Strings Attached
  • Type:Community
  • Music:Country & Folk,Blues,World,Jazz,Rock,Classical,Music Festival
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Description

Showcasing Exhibitions, Performances, Masterclasses & Workshops, this will be a festival with much to offer both the local community from which it has sprung, and enthusiasts from abroad. Lovers of live music can expect everything from Blues to Roots, World to Jazz, Metal & Rock, Country, Classical and more, featuring players from around the country showcasing the magic of strings – be it electric or acoustic, bass or mandolin, banjo or ukulele and beyond. The inaugural 2019 event attracted close to 8,000 attendees across 27 stages and venues in and around Margaret River. The festival received a swathe of positive reviews and feedback from attendees; notably Yorgos Bechlivanoglou, Director of “All That Guitar” festival, Greece, internationally renowned performer & lecturer and maker of Moov Travel Guitars, who said it was “an amazing, open minded, perfectly organised, highest level guitar festival, already from its first edition!” Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival showcased over 60 artists and featured 40+ workshops, masterclasses, Q&A’s and presentations across the weekend in a massive first year program.

Cape to Cape MTB

Cape to Cape is a 4 day mountain bike stage race held in Margaret River, WA in October each year. Riders come from to enjoy fun trails, with great mates, and with cold beers at the finish line!

  • Dates:Oct 21-24
  • Venue:Margaret River

Details

  • Hosted By:Cape to Cape MTB
  • Type:Community,Adults Only
  • Sports:Cycling

Description

Cape to Cape, Australia’s largest, longest running and most popular four day MTB stage race. Based in Margaret River Western Australia, this iconic riding experience includes access to stunning private trails, vineyard visits, brewery finishes and some of the warmest hospitality the region has to offer. Starting at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, and finishing four days later at the fabulous Margaret River Distillery, the course makes its way through a network of trails along the coast, through National Parks, forest, farm lands, mountain bike parks, and bush. Roughly 205km and 2,500m of climbing in total, each day’s riding is between 37km and 72km and has its own special terrain and environment to keep things interesting with a mix of fast flowing single trail, farm tracks, groomed downhill trails and fire trails – many through private land that can only be ridden while racing the Cape to Cape. There’s nothing too technical and it's ridable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and MTB skills.

Western Australia Gourmet Escape

Western Australia Gourmet Escape returns in November 2021, transforming WA into an epicurean hub of culinary delights!

  • Dates:Nov 17-21
  • Venue:Leeuwin Estate

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australia Gourmet Escape
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Celebrity Chef,Food Event,Restaurant Events,Spirits,Wine,Winery Events

Description

This once-a-year chance to feast, sip and party your way through an array of new fine dining and casual events plus the old favourites, including the Westpac Gourmet Beach BBQ and the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate will be here before you know it! In the past seven years, some of the biggest names in the culinary world have visited Margaret River including the likes of Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White, Curtis Stone, and Rick Stein to help us showcase the region’s finest wines, craft beers, and amazing local produce. Don’t miss out on the chance…. To TASTE fine local produce from Western Australia, curated by culinary talent. To MEET world-renowned celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs. To SIP celebrated Australian wines, beers and spirits with famous critics in the award-winning wine regions of Western Australia. To EXPLORE extraordinary locations in Western Australia.

Ironman Western Australia 2021

A stalwart of the Asia Pacific triathlon scene since 2004, IRONMAN Western Australia 2021 will be in the scenic town of Busselton, in the south-west region of the vast state of Western Australia.

  • Dates:Dec 5-6
  • Time(s):starts 6:45am
  • Venue:Busselton Foreshore

Details

  • Hosted By:Ironman
  • Type:Community
  • Sports:Spectator Sports,International Comp,Triathlon / Ironman

Description

Since its debut on the Australian calendar in 2004 the IRONMAN event has seen tremendous growth, both in size and reputation among the triathlon community, and widely recognised globally as a world class sporting event. The event has become enormously popular with athletes and spectators alike and is renowned as a spectacular destination race and holiday venue. A tribute to the City and people of Busselton who support and contribute to the huge success the event has become. Incorporating the iconic Busselton Jetty, IRONMAN Western Australia is renowned worldwide for being the place to go for a personal best, with the bike and run courses amongst the flattest on the global IRONMAN circuit.

Busselton Jetty Swim

A 3.6 km open water swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty plus family fun, entertainment and activities all weekend long.

  • Dates:Feb 12 - 13
  • Venue:Busselton Jetty Beachfront

Details

  • Hosted By:Busselton Allsports Inc
  • Type:Community
  • Sports:Swimming

Description

The premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, in the south west of Western Australia. Since 1996, the Busselton Jetty Swim has grown from a local event to an internationally recognized event. The SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2022 event will be our 27th year and we will celebrate over 2 days with entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the morning of Sunday 13th February 2022.

Busselton Rotary Markets

  • 0428 354 017

Start your Sunday morning right with a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, browse stalls with local arts and crafts, fruit and veg.

  • Dates:Every 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month.
  • Time(s):7am - 12:30pm
  • Venue:Signal Park, Busselton

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Other:Markets
  • Type:Community,Free

Description

The Busselton Rotary Markets are held every 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month, at Signal Park near the Busselton Foreshore.

For stallholder enquiries contact Lawrie Walter on 0428 354 017 or visit the Busselton Rotary Markets Facebook page.