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Things to do in Margaret River

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

About Margaret River

Things to do in Margaret River Central

Things to do in Margaret River Central

There's never a shortage of things to do in Margaret River Central, whatever the season. Although famous for its wineries...
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Places to go in Margaret River Central

Places to go in Margaret River Central

Beaches, caves, cafes & awesome country towns..
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Annual Events in Margaret River Central

Annual Events in Margaret River Central

The town of Margaret River is home to the region’s biggest events
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Margaret River Highlights

A romantic, eco-friendly glamping getaway in the Australian outback

A romantic, eco-friendly glamping getaway in the Australian outback

The deliberate separation of three eco-tents across 132 acres of ex-farmland means that you really feel like you are off...
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Shopping in Margaret River

Shopping in Margaret River

Enjoy a diverse range of local design and international fashion
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Things to do for kids in Margaret River

Things to do for kids in Margaret River

Margaret River is an indoor & outdoor paradise for kids and families
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Eating & drinking in Margaret River

Eating & drinking in Margaret River

Superb local produce & renowned chefs combine in foody’s paradise
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Caving in Margaret River

Caving in Margaret River

The Margaret River Region is as spectacular underneath the ground as it is on top. Home to more than 150...
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Breweries & distilleries in Margaret River

Breweries & distilleries in Margaret River

Fancy some hard liquor and a beer chaser? Then fear not
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Art galleries of Margaret River

Art galleries of Margaret River

Explore 100+ art galleries in WA’s home of fine art
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Surfing in Margaret River

Surfing in Margaret River

Once a sleepy surfing village, Margaret River is now an international surfing Mecca with a reputation as having the most...
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Whale Watching in Margaret River

Whale Watching in Margaret River

Spot one of 35,000 whales passing the coast from June to Dec each year
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Guides


enigmas of the outback

This exhibition presents different responses to and perceptions of the Australian outback as an enigmatic, mysterious, spirited and haunted terrain.

  • Dates:29 September 2019 - 9 February 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Holmes à Court Gallery @ Vasse Felix
  • Venue Address:Cnr Tom Cullity Dr & Caves Road, Cowaramup
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions

Description

It explores the dark undercurrents that inform mythologies of the Australian landscape across contemporary indigenous and non-indigenous art works. The selection of photographic, paint and sculptural works reflect upon how the outback triggers the imagination in unsettling ways. It is at once darkly evocative, psychologically compelling and peppered with spiritual and mythological stories of the land.

 

ARTISTS: Brook Andrew, Jane Burton, Rebecca Dagnall, Eva Fernandez, David Downs Jarinyanu, Nigel Hewitt, Janet Laurence, Rosslynd Piggott, Polixeni Papapetrou, Brad Rimmer, Jacqui Stockdale, Monique Tippet, Paul Uhlmann, Paddy Fordham Wainburranga, Toni Wilkinson.

 

For interviews, further information and images available for reproduction, contact Laetitia Wilson, P. +61 8 6217 2641  or email [email protected]

 

Metamorphosis | Ingrid Windram & Josh Windram | JahRoc Galleries

Metamorphosis is the title of Ingrid Windram and Josh Windram’s upcoming exhibition. It is about a transformational journey at a time in life that was met with great challenges. A reinvention of self gives rise to this new body of work that captures the true essence of each artist’s creative spirit.

  • Dates:27th December - 17th January
  • Venue:JahRoc Galleries

Details

  • Hosted By:JahRoc Galleries
  • Venue Address:83 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
  • Type:Art Exhibitions

Description

Metamorphosis by Ingrid Windram and Josh Windram


27th December 2019    6-8pm

To be officially opened by Helen Norton.

An interactive Q&A with Ingrid and Josh will follow.

Enjoy live music by Juni and fine wine by Swings and Roundabouts

All welcome to attend the opening celebration.

Josh Windram, from a young age, was an outgoing, fun, life of the party person.  For a number of years, he worked as a talented framer for his family’s framing and art gallery business.  Josh’s personality naturally led him to more good times and, ultimately, substance abuse.  When at rock bottom Josh realised the need to get out of the dark place that he was in and made the decision to change.  He was introduced to art as a way of therapy and a way for him to release his unresolved issues and pain without having to talk about them.  For Josh, his transformational journey began when he realised how healing it was putting paint to canvas, and this cathartic process helped to reveal his path forward as an artist. It was a bonus when the public started embracing his work. Josh’s abstract paintings are textural, and often luminous, with a strong sense of home represented in each piece.

Ingrid Windram has forged a strong career as a professional artist. In 1992, she moved to the Kimberley region of WA where she immersed herself in its vibrant and vastly inspirational landscape. Her work reflects the essence of her surroundings, however during this period of darkness the influence of her son’s addiction facilitated the metamorphism and emerged as a theraputic process. In her mind, she waited for the storm to pass never giving up hope.

Ingrid now spends her time between Perth and the Margaret River region where she shares her art studio with son Josh.

Metamorphosis is showing at JahRoc Galleries from 27th December until 17th January.

View online: https://www.jahroc.com.au/metamorphosis-exhibition-ingrid-windram-josh-windram-27th-december/

Hoodoo Gurus

Hoodoo Gurus with special guests End Of Fashion to play Driftwood Estate Winery Wilyabrup on Saturday Dec 29th

  • Dates:Dec 29
  • Time(s):5.00pm
  • Venue:Driftwood Estate

Details

  • Hosted By:Driftwood Estate
  • Type:Food & drink,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Music:Gig Guide,Popular Music
  • Food & Drink:Wine

Description

Hoodoo Guru in Chief, Dave Faulkner was once asked whether the band he sings and plays guitar for, had left an influence. “I know we have,” he replied. “I see it in lots of things going on, but whether it’s our influence or people that we were influenced by, who can tell? I see our way of thinking, which is something that when we started I didn’t see as much of.”

The Hoodoo Gurus formed in Sydney on January 1, 1981 to play their first "show" in an inner city lounge room. Core members are Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd joined along the way by Mark Kingsmill (’83) and Rick Grossman (’89)

The band’s debut Stoneage Romeos, full of garage punk songs and pop references, was named Australian Debut Album of the Year and was released in America where it stayed at number 1 in the Alternative / College charts for 7 weeks, becoming one of the most played albums for the year on the college network.

Mars Needs Guitars, the band’s second album, topped the charts and went gold within three weeks and platinum shortly afterwards. Blow Your Cool, released in 1986, was a massive pop hit propelled by the band’s highest charting single 'What's My Scene”. Album 4, Magnum Cum Louder, reaches Number One on the American College and Alternative charts. Followed by albums Kinky, Crank, Blue Cave, Mach Schau and Purity of Essence the band continued to tour regularly through Europe, North America, Australia and Brazil.

The Hoodoo Gurus were inducted into Australian Music Hall of Fame in July, 2007.

“I mean it’s all just music anyway I don’t care how it’s made and where it’s coming from as long as it gets me some where I want to go.” - Dave Faulkner

Cold Chisel - Busselton Show

BY THE C, Mix 94.5 & MAX PRESENTS 'BEST OF THE WEST' - COLD CHISEL WITH THEIR FIRST EVER OUTDOOR SUMMER TOUR!

  • Dates:1st February 2020
  • Time(s):1:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Venue:Barnard Park, Busselton, WA

Details

  • Ticket Price FROM:$69.90
  • Ticket price TO:$450.00
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Music:Concert Tours

Description

For the first time ever, this legendary Australian band will play a very special outdoor show at Barnard Park, WA. You’ve never seen anything like it before. You’ll never see anything like it again.

TIMES: (Subject To Change)
Gates for VIP and Premium GA: 1.30pm
Gates for GA: 2.30pm
Carla Geneve: 3.00pm - 3.25pm
The Southern River Band: 3.45pm to 4.10pm
Gyroscope: 4.35pm to 5.15pm
Jebediah: 5.45pm to 6.30pm
Birds of Tokyo: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Cold Chisel: 8.30pm to 10.30pm


PRICES:
- VIP: $450.00
- Premium GA: $199.90
- GA: $129.90
- Kids: $69.90


VIP: "Blood Moon VIP Package"
- Dedicated VIP entry
- Exclusive VIP area opens at 1.30pm
- A Gourmet BBQ will be available from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. (Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available)
- Patrons will each be provided with 5 drink tokens which can be redeemed at any time for beer (cans), wine (by the glass), or spirits (pre mixed cans). Complimentary Soft drinks and water.
- Cash bar available.
- Access to the Premium GA or GA areas at any time to watch the performances. VIP patrons can move in and out of the VIP area at any time. (VIP area does not have full viewing of the stage area.)
- Dedicated toilets.
- Occasional furniture
- VIP host


Premium GA - "Standing On The Inside"
- Early entry one hour before GA patrons
- Dedicated area closest to the stage (standing only)
- Dedicated entry
- Dedicated bar lane
- Dedicated toilets
- This area is Standing ONLY - Strictly NO fold up chairs or blankets or eskies. You may bring a small bag only.


General Admission:
- BYO fold up chair (normal height)
- No picnic blankets or low fold up chairs


Kids:
- Children under 2 do not need a ticket
- Children aged 3-17 must have a Kids ticket and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Oysters & Riesling 2020

Howard Park Cellar Door’s signature outdoor event, Oysters & Riesling, is back in January 2020!

  • Time(s):12noon - 4pm

Details

  • Hosted By:Howard Park Wines
  • Venue Address:543 Miamup Road, Cowaramup, WA 6284
  • Type:Food & drink
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Food & Drink:Food Market Events,Wine

Description

Now in its 6th year, the summer weekend is always circled on the calendar by locals & visitors alike for celebrating one of the culinary world’s most decadent pairings. Citrusy, crisp rieslings with salty, rich Australian oysters will be the stars of the show from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12.

At this steamy time of year, the winery grounds turn into an oasis of greenery – lush vines & cool shady lawn – for an afternoon of relaxing & unwinding with delicious seafood & perfectly chilled wine.

The weekend will proceed with the usual free entry & festivities, with the oyster bar up & shucking, more substantial seafood & tacos on offer for a long & lazy picnic lunch, while local favourites Kachina DJs return to spin chilled-out tunes from 1pm.

As for Riesling? Expect the usual selection of renowned classics from Howard Park as well as some cracking back vintages brought out from our museum cellar for the occasion.

Bring your friends, borrow a bocce set & lay back on the lawns to while away a summer afternoon.

 

Oysters & Riesling

Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12

12pm – 4pm

Free Entry

The Beautiful Girls At The River

  • Dates:Jan 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm-11.30pm
  • Venue:The River

Details

  • Hosted By:The River
  • Venue Address:The River, 40 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285
  • Ticket Price:TBA
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Didirri

Didirri returns to WA for one night only to sooth your heart and tug at your emotions - you won't want to miss this!

  • Dates:Jan 31
  • Time(s):Opens 7:00pm
  • Venue:The River Hotel

Details

  • Hosted By:Fourtone Artists
  • Venue Address:40 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:$33.70
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Concert Tours,Gig Guide

Description

Didirri's challenging and thoughtful writing, combined with on-stage charisma and relatable depth has continually won over listeners around the world. Simultaneously heartbreaking and healing, and approaching real issues with smile and charm, Didirri is an artist with something to say. His uninhibited lyrics tug at raw nerves, while his charming melodies soothe your heart - all at once provoking a wild thought and calming your heavy mind.

Sugarloaf Rock Festival

For music fans, this is set to be the Margaret River Region's hottest summer on record.

  • Dates:Feb 8
  • Time(s):1.00pm
  • Venue:3 Oceans Winery

Details

  • Venue Address:8141 Bussell Hwy, Metricup WA 6280
  • Ticket Price:$79.90
  • Type:Festivals,Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Gig Guide,Music Festival

Description

The good folk behind Here Comes The Sun Festival are proud to announce Sugarloaf Rock – an all-day fiesta of great food, great wine, and the best musical talent in Australia.

Taking over its spiritual home of the beautiful 3 Oceans Winery on Saturday February 8, 2020, Sugarloaf Rock will treat fans to the spectacular line-up of Grinspoon, Wolfmother, Dead Letter Circus, Stonefield, Abbe May, The Southern River Band and Legs Electric... plus artisan stores, local artists and more!

Busselton Jetty Swim

The premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, in the south west of Western Australia.

  • Dates:Feb 9
  • Venue:Busselton Jetty

Details

  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Sports:Swimming,Participation Sports

Description

Since 1996, the Busselton Jetty Swim has grown from a local event to an internationally recognized event.  In 2020, the event will attract 3000 competitors.

The Sunsmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2020 event will be our 25th year and we are planning to celebrate over 2 days with entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the morning of Sunday 9th February 2020. 

Vivaldi In the Vines

Vino and Vivaldi? A marriage in Heaven!

  • Time(s):5:30PM-7:30PM
  • Venue:Swings and Roundabouts Winery
  • Dates:Feb 15
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Australian Baroque
  • Venue Address:85 Bussell Highway Margaret River
  • Ticket Price FROM:$24.50
  • Ticket price TO:$35.00
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Classical

Description

Vivaldi in the Vines - Fringe World Festival 2020

Join Australian Baroque for Vivaldi in the Vines at award wining winery Swings & Roundabouts, based in the northern end of the Margaret River wine region on Caves Road. Picnic on the lawn and take in a sublime concert of works by Vivaldi, with a backdrop of the the lush vineyards at Swings and Roundabouts.

https://fringeworld.com.au/

Hotter Than Hell

The sizzling Hotter Than Hell line up has arrived in style, with 90s and 00s USA rock and punk royalty Everclear and Unwritten Law leading the announcement.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):2pm-5pm
  • Venue:Dunsborough Tavern

Details

  • Hosted By:Dunsborough Tavern
  • Venue Address:2 Dunsborough Pl, Dunsborough WA 6281
  • Ticket Price FROM:$70
  • Ticket price TO:$150
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Gig Guide,Other Music

Description

Everclear (US) head up the bill with memories of triple j Hottest 100 hits like 'Santa Monica' and 'Father of Mine' due to come burning back as Hotter Than Hell unleash their first ever international headliners. Previously laying low after a 14 year absence, Everclear last made an appearance down under celebrating their 20th anniversary tour in a string of hugely successful shows and return for the first time in three years to pump out their unique brand of singalong rock. Adding more fuel to the fire, multi-platinum punk outfit Unwritten Law (USA) heat things up in Mt Evelyn. The Southern Californian punk legends have endured with Aussie fans for their high energy live shows and distorted power riffs across favourites such as 'Celebration Song' to 'Seein' Red' and 'Save Me'.

A strong Australian contingent will make sure punters have 'never had so much fun' with Frenzal Rhomb jumping on board, bringing their supreme on-stage banter and guitar wielding goods along with them. Beloved Adelaide rockers The Superjesus warm things up with spicy hits and fiery guitar licks, while the melodic pop rockers Motor Ace play all your faves. WA locals Axe Girl provide local flavour on an epic scale to set the tone for the day.

Conrad Sewell 'Big World' Tour | Dunsborough

A local concert featuring Australia-raised and Los Angeles-based ARIA Award-winning, platinum-selling singer and songwriter Conrad Sewell

  • Dates:Mar 7
  • Time(s):8pm
  • Venue:Dunsborough Tavern

Details

  • Hosted By:Dunsborough Tavern
  • Venue Address:2 Dunsborough Place, Dunsborough, WA, 6281
  • Ticket Price:$44.90
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Concert Tours

Description

He garnered the coveted “Song of the Year” honor at the 2015 ARIA Awards for his breakout solo single “Start Again.” Next up the hit “Hold Me Up” clocked over 53 million Spotify streams and preceded his debut EP, All I Know . Between touring with Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and Kygo, he earned praise from Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Vice, NBC, and Nylon who proclaimed him to be “Australia’s next great pop export . ” Simultaneously, his voice carried to nearly every corner of the globe on Kygo’s “Firestone,” reaching RIAA platinum status, generating over 1 billion cumulative streams, and entertaining audiences everywhere from Coachella to Madison Square Garden. He joined forces with the late Avicii for the hit “Taste the Feeling” in addition to bringing “Sex, Love & Water” as a worldwide magical hit for Armin van Buuren. However, listeners truly get to know Conrad with the releases - “Come Clean,” “Changing,” & the platinum hit “Healing Hands” - all featured on his debut studio album, ‘LIFE.’ ‘LIFE,’ debuted at number one on the ARIA charts with Conrad holding nothing back, he confesses mistakes and tells his uncut story over minimal production driven by his bold, big, and bluesy wail. Sewell, recently wrapped up his biggest Australian tour to date, while his latest single ‘Big World’ is currently climbing the Australian charts.

Good Day Sunshine Festival

Hot on the heels of Here Comes The Sun Festival and Sugarloaf Rock Festival, the Margaret River region continues its run as the live music hot spot of summer with Good Day Sunshine Festival!

  • Dates:Mar 21
  • Time(s):1-11pm
  • Venue:3 Oceans Wine Company

Details

  • Hosted By:Good Day Sunshine Festival
  • Venue Address:8141 Bussell Highway, Cnr Boundary Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6280
  • Ticket Price:$99.90
  • Type:Festivals,Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Music Festival

Description

Taking over the beautiful grounds of 3 Oceans Winery on Saturday, March 21 2020, Good Day Sunshine features the absolutely stellar lineup of John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Josh Pyke, Ainslie Wills, Kyle Lionhart, Dulcie and Moon & Honey... plus a glorious array of local artisan food, drinks, stalls and artists.

Margaret River Ultra Marathon

80km Ultra Marathon along the epic Margaret River region

  • Dates:May 9
  • Venue:Hamelin Bay

Details

  • Hosted By:Rapid Ascent
  • Venue Address:Hamelin Bay 6288
  • Type:Charity / Fundraising,Sports,Travel

Description

Saturday 9 May 2020. Entries Now Open!

An incredible journey through the forests, trails, beaches and bluffs on the beautiful Cape to Cape coastline in South West WA.

You will run past famous surf breaks, iconic wineries and charismatic coastal villages in a journey that is as magical as the Margaret River region is beautiful.

Tackle the race as a solo competitor and run the full 80km course or team up with a group of friends and complete the course as a relay team of up to 5 people doing one (or more) legs each.

Whether you’re an ultra-marathon rookie or long-distance devotee, make The Margaret River Ultra Marathon your next goal! 

DATE Saturday 9th May, 2020
DISTANCES 80km solo ultra marathon, or 80km relay team (of 2 to 5 runners)
Leg breakdown: 11km, 18km, 19km, 20km, 12km
LOCATION Start – Hamelin Bay, Western Australia
Finish – Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery, Caves Road, Wilyabrup
WHO Australia’s elite runners through to trail running newcomers who are keen to experience the beautiful south west – all welcome.

 

Jazz By The Bay 2020

Held across more than 20 venues in Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River Jazzy the Bay gets people swinging, scatting and jiving

    Details

      Description

      Providing more than 40 performances by over 200 artists across four days Jazz by the Bay Jazz by the Bay is Western Australia's premiere regional jazz festival.

      The festival features free and ticketed live soul, funk, jazz big band, bebop and swing performances during the day and into the night on the street, in wineries, bars, theatres and private properties.

      Jazz by the Bay provides a complete feast for the senses with many events including stunning local food and wine in the experience. In the words of Dave Brubeck, 'Take Five' and go where the in-crowd go this June.

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