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If running, canoeing, swimming, equestrian or cycling is your activity of choice, you may wish to enter a notable relay marathon of the Southwest region set throughout some truly beautiful terrain.
- Dates:Oct 26
- Time(s):Starts 9.00am
- Venue:Boyup Brook Oval
- Venue Address:Beatty Street, Boyup Brook
- Sports:Cycling,Running,Swimming,Other Sports & Fitness
The competitors enter this event in teams comprising of 5 members, or ironmen and ironwomen. A runner, a canoeist, a swimmer, an equestrian and a cyclist. The race begins in the town of Boyup Brook and finishes in Bridgetown after journeying around 60kms through some of Western Australia’s most picturesque countryside in the Blackwood River Valley.
The relay begins with the running leg. A 12km course, along bitumen and gravel roads that take the competitors from Boyup Brook to the Blackwood River. At the end of the running leg, the team number, which is on a bib worn by the competitor, is handed to the canoeist who begins their journey of 8.5km. The course is mostly open water, with some narrow sections of running water over rocks or downed trees. The canoe leg finishes at Jayes Bridge. The race is then suspended while all the competitors and their supporters come together for a picnic lunch and a swapping of stories. At the end of the lunch break the swimmers begin their leg in the order that the canoeists arrived at Jayes Bridge. The swimmers have a distance of approximately 1km before running up the riverbank, where they are handed their team number. This is then passed to the equestrian who begins their leg of the race.
The 16km horse course takes part on gravel roads, through lush green paddocks and along the side of the Blackwood River. The course is quite undulating with several challenging hills that does require a fit, well trained horse if the team does not wish to be vetted out. Teams are vetted out if, 30 minutes after finishing their leg, the horse’s heartbeat does not return to below 60 beats/min. Horse riders pass their team numbers onto the last team member - the cyclist. Then the final leg 22km course with some challenging hills takes the race into the town of Bridgetown. The course is along bitumen except for the first 50m and the final 200m which is a gravel track that takes competitors onto the trotting track for a lap to the finish line.
The race concludes at the Bridgetown Sports Ground where everyone meets for good old fashioned country hospitality and the presentations. There is a variety of food on offer, massages(!) and of course a bar to help you celebrate a successful day. This time is often the highlight of many people’s day. While waiting for all teams to finish and the timing to be completed, everyone has time to socialise and spin a few yarns about how they went.
There is something for everyone at this local country show in Dinninup on Melbourne Cup Day, especially those who enjoy classic show entertainment such as log-chopping, shearing, arts and crafts.
- Dates:Nov 6
- Time(s):8.00am to 6.00pm
- Venue:Dinninup Showgrounds
- Venue Address:Boyup Brook/Arthur River Road, Dinninup
Join us on the first Tuesday of November for the Upper Blackwood Agricultural Society's Dinninup Show. Packed full of local produce, art and exhibits, from log chopping to fashion parades, machinery and animals there's something for everyone.
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Australia's professional and amateur cycling tour featuring a unique format with spectacular scenery.
- Dates:Nov 7 - 10
- Venue:Margaret River
- Hosted By:Tour of Margaret River
- Ticket Price FROM:$360
- Ticket price TO:$380
The first three stages of the race will begin at the event village in Nannup and take riders on a picturesque tour of various towns including Balingup and Bridgetown. The final stage will begin at the hilltop of Balingup, with riders barrelling down towards Nannup for the conclusion of the tour.
For a test of physical endurance and an unforgetable touring experience, get on your bikes and ride!
There may not be a better way to see a range of international blues and roots artists amidst the beautiful natural scenery of WA's Southwest than this, for both the novice and seasoned listener.
- Dates:Nov 8 - 10
- Festivals:All Festivals
- Music:Rhythm & Blues,Other Music
2019 Blues at Bridgetown will be the 27th Festival with various artists. You can check out the list and their profiles on the Blues at Bridgetown website.
Closer to the date, tickets will be available for purchase through the Blues at Bridgetown website with options for weekend tickets (3 day pass), or day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Blues at Bridgetown will mark its 27th year with another stellar line-up that tips its hat to over a quarter-century of good times and great music and looks forward to many more years ahead.
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The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is a friendly celebration of all country music in a relaxed and natural bushland setting.
- Venue:Music Park
- Dates:Feb 13 - 16
- Music:Country & Folk,Music Festival,Busking,Gig Guide
- Venue Address:Jackson St, Boyup Brook WA
The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is a Festival steeped in the local community. This Festival doesn’t just happen; the local community with hard work, patience and an unending love creates it. Dedicated volunteers from Boyup Brook and various other towns in WA have, for the last 34 years, given their blood, sweat and a few tears, to make it the iconic Country Music Festival of Western Australia it is today!
The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is one of Western Australia’s most popular music and camping festivals, held annually on the third weekend in February.
It is a friendly celebration of all Country Music in a relaxed and natural bushland setting. Our Music Park is a charming family festival venue, with mature river gums over grassy knolls on the banks of the beautiful Blackwood River. During Festival days this picturesque venue, and sleepy town, comes alive with delightful music on the main stage and throughout the streets.
The Country Music Capital of WA, Boyup Brook, is located in the southwest, some 270 kilometres from Perth. Country Music fans from around the state and further afield make the trek to Boyup Brook for fun-filled days and star-filled nights. Boyup Brook’s normal population swells dramatically with thousands of caravanners and campers, utes and trucks utilising the variety of community run camping ground, all vying for the best spot to settle for a few days of clean country fun.
31st Nannup Music Festival - A weekend of discovery | 28th February - 2nd March 2020 It is an amazing and inspiring weekend for everyone and a special place to share a festival experience and authentic good times with your family and friends; a colourful celebration of original music, art, nature, community and diversity. We offer an eclectic mix of incredible acts over free and ticketed venues, camping, street performances, markets, workshops and panels, poetry, an Art Walk and a space full of
- Dates:Feb 28 - Mar 2
- Time(s):Friday 5pm - Monday 12noon
- Venue:Nannup Region
- Festivals:All Festivals
- Hosted By:Nannup Music Club Inc
- Ticket Price:http://nannupmusicfestival.org/tickets/
- Ticket Price FROM:$5
- Ticket price TO:$200
- Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
- Music:Music Festival
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SEVEN links together Western Australia’s best trails and most spectacular climbs to form the ultimate one day challenge in Australian cycling.
- Dates:May 16
- Venue:Melo Velo Nannup
- Hosted By:Tour of Margaret River
- Venue Address:8 Warren Rd Nannup
- Ticket Price FROM:$95
- Ticket price TO:$165
The 125km route features ten categorised climbs, with over 3000 metres of elevation gain. The scenery along the way is more typical of North American landscapes than how people typically imagine Australia to be. The route has been designed to be difficult, completion of all seven sectors will represent victory, SEVEN will redefine your limits, and succeed or fail, it will be an experience that you will remember forever.
With 237 competitors in 2018, 550 in 2019 and over 800 expected in 2020, SEVEN is fast becoming one of the most popular off-road events on the WA cycling calendar.
The course starts and finishes in the picturesque township of Nannup, approximately 40 minutes drive from the major regional centres of Busselton, Bridgetown and Margaret River. The Melo Velo Cafe and Bike Shop is our event village host, and their delightful grounds along Brockman Street provide the perfect starting point for your SEVEN adventure. The route winds its way around the golden triangle of cycling in WA that is formed by connecting the townships of Nannup, Bridgetown and Donnybrook. This area is estimated to be around 30,000 acres and have in excess of 1000km of rideable roads and trails.
Thanks to the unique topography of the valley and peaks between Nannup and Balingup, the ten major climbs of SEVEN are amongst the best that the State has to offer. These climbs range in length from 1.2km to 4.5km long with gradients frequently touching on 20%. Our advice is to not use too much energy too early. The primary climbs of Brockman Farm, The Crucible, Kinky, Arcadia, and Chainsaw Ridge are in particular challenging to tired legs.
The route has only 2.6kms of single track at the finish and virtually no fire trails. All the roads used in SEVEN are unpaved and well-formed with a mix of dirt, gravel, hard-packed clay, quartz grit and mica. They wind, climb, switchback and descend through pine plantations, state forest and farms. The best way we can describe the roads of SEVEN is “parallel single track”. They are exciting, challenging and magnificent to ride.
SEVEN is open to riders of all abilities, however a medium to high level of fitness will be required to complete all seven sectors in the allotted ten hours. The event is not suitable for road bikes. For riders from non MTB backgrounds we strongly recommend the use of caution on descents, as for every epic climb in the event there is a corresponding downhill.
Enter with the intent to try and ride all seven sectors (SEVEN) or choose from an 85km/1700m option that takes in five sectors (FIVE) or a 50km/1100m option that takes in three sectors (THREE). There is also an option for people to sign up to be a part of our crew if you would like to be a part of the event, but don’t feel that you are up to riding.
Rider registration is from 4pm to 7pm on the Friday before the event at the Melo Velo Event Village along Brockman Street, Nannup. A rider briefing will be held immediately after from 7pm to 7:30pm. We ask that all riders make the effort to register on Friday evening and attend the rider briefing.
The race starts on Brockman Street in Nannup at 7am sharp. We ask that all riders be on the start line by 6:45am for the pre-race briefing at 6:50am. All riders must be officially registered to start. Those who cannot make registration on Friday are asked to be at the registration desk at 6am on Saturday to collect race packs.