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Just a couple of hours south of the Perth CBD, Western Australia’s South West region is the states’ most popular tourism destination for both local and visiting travellers. Home to the Blackwood River Valley, Margaret River, Geographe and Southern Forests regions, a trip down the South Western Highway will take you through beautiful countryside of rolling hills and historical towns tucked away in the valleys. The region also boasts a rich viticulture industry, with lots of wineries open for tastings and cellar door sales.

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Explore the map of South West WA Bunbury Busselton Dunsborough Margaret River Town Margaret River Augusta Manjimup Pemberton Kojonup Frankland River Mt Barker Walpole Denmark Albany Geographe Blackwood River Valley Margaret River Region Southern Forests Great Southern

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Busselton Performing Arts Festival

A festival to celebrate regional arts and culture.

  • Dates:May 27 - Jun 6
  • Venue:The Esplanade, The Weld Theatre, Prince Street Hall, Church hill Park Hall

Details

  • Music:Jazz,Indie & Alternative
  • Type:Community,Kids,Festivals
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Musicals,Comedy,Circus
  • Hosted By:Bare Naked Events
  • Ticket Price:Checkout our website for information about tickets

Description

The festival run over a few weekends at the end of May featuring an array of amazing performances from Drama to Jazz. This new regional event is not one to miss.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022 Roadshow

Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings!

  • Dates:May 27
  • Time(s):Doors and bar open 6.30pm. Show commences 7.30pm
  • Venue:Margaret River HEART

Details

  • Type:Adults Only
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Hosted By:Arts Margaret River
  • Ticket Price:$55 adult, $50 concession

Description

Strap yourself in Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the highways to home-deliver the freshest and funniest from the 2022 Festival to neighbourhoods across the nation. For 24 years the Roadshow has presented an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers to comedy fans far and wide. Buckle up for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song in this rip-roaring road trip designed to satisfy all your comedy cravings!

Meet our Pizzaiolo

A delightful afternoon of authentic pizza and exquisite wines, in one of Margaret River's prettiest settings

  • Dates:June 4th-5th
  • Time(s):Midday to 4pm
  • Venue:Juniper

Details

  • Type:Pet-Friendly
  • Accessibility:Wheelchair access to cellar door & dedicated rest facilities
  • Hosted By:Tom Hill
  • Ticket Price:Entry to venue is free, wine by the bottle or glass, & pizza may be purchased
  • Food & Drink:Wine

Description

Maestro pizzaiolo Tom Hill will have the wood-fired pizza oven turning out some of the tastiest pizza to be had this side of Naples over the WA Day Long Weekend Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June between midday-4pm (weather permitting). Join us on the lawns in front of the Juniper cellar door (98 Tom Cullity Drive, Cowaramup) for a carefree afternoon of delicious wine and superb pizza - no bookings required.

Cabin Fever Festival 2022

Keep toasty with 10 days of wintry goodness from 15 to 24 July 2022.

  • Dates:Jul 15 - 24

Details

  • Food & Drink:Food Event

Description

The kind of fever you want in 2022 is back and we’re bringing back all the fire, food and fun you know and love, bigger than ever with over 40 events from Busselton to Margaret River and everywhere in between.

Margaret River Region Open Studios

Margaret River Region Open Studios, one of WA's greatest arts events, is back from 10-25 September 2022.

  • Dates:Sep 10 - 25
  • Time(s):10am - 4pm
  • Venue:Various locations in the Margaret River Region

Details

  • Type:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Photography,Craft
  • Hosted By:Margaret River Region Open Studios
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

Art lovers mark your diaries for two incredible weeks of immersive and interactive personal art experiences in the Margaret River Region. During Margaret River Region Open Studios, more than 100 artists across a rich array of mediums throw open the doors of their private studios and invite you in to meet, chat, be inspired and possibly purchase a piece for your collection. Create your own artistic adventure from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin following a trail of your favourite artists, styles, or discover new talent. The event features, painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, printmakers, mixed media artists plus there’s always some creative surprises. Springtime is the perfect time to visit the Margaret River Region and experience something new, road tripping the quiet back roads to discover studios on farms, on rural properties, in quaint towns, in the forest and by the beach. There’s a depth of artistic talent in the region and this event is a celebration of its artists and their works, providing the opportunity to visit their working studios, talk to them about their craft and process. Pick up a guide closer to the event from your nearest Jackson’s Drawing Supplies or Visitor Centre and visit www.mrropenstudios.com.au for more information and inspiration. Studios typically open from 10am to 4pm daily, but please check the website or event guide for details.

Good Day Sunshine Festival

Almost 2 years on from the last Good Day Sunshine Festival comes our biggest line up yet. It's time to dust off your favourite boots and pack your bags for the festival of the year!

  • Dates:Sep 24
  • Time(s):1pm
  • Venue:Barnard Park

Details

  • Type:Festivals
  • Music:Music Festival
  • Hosted By:Macro Music, Knucklehead Shipping Co and Dillinger Optics

Description

Taking over the Busselton Foreshore on Saturday 24th September 2022, Good Day Sunshine is all about good times by the ocean, listening to music that feeds your soul whilst sipping some of the WA's finest beverages and tasting some of the South West region's delicious food – all the things best enjoyed with friends and family. ## FEATURING LEON BRIDGES • THE TESKEY BROTHERS • THELMA PLUM • JOSH PYKE • ABBE MAY • LITTLE QUIRKS • SIOBHAN COTCHIN & MORE

Pop-up Elvis Wedding Day in Margaret River

WA’s first tiny wedding chapel on wheels, Big Love Tiny Chapel, will host 10 lucky loved up couples for a wedding ceremony or vow renewal in the presence of ‘Elvis’ this October.

  • Dates:October 22
  • Time(s):10am - 6pm
  • Venue:Colonial Brewing Co.

Details

  • Type:Adults Only
  • Hosted By:Big Love Tiny Chapel
  • Ticket Price:$1850

Description

WA’s first tiny wedding chapel on wheels, Big Love Tiny Chapel, will host 10 lucky loved up couples for a wedding ceremony or vow renewal in the presence of ‘Elvis’ this October for a Vegas-esque ceremony. The couples will legally wed on October 22 in this whimsical tiny chapel on wheels, which will be stationed on the grounds of Colonial Brewing Co in Margaret River. You and your hunka hunka burnin’ love can exchange Elvis-themed vows led by professional Elvis impersonator Frank Pesely and boogie your way back down the aisle for photos with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, in or outside of the chapel. Taking about an hour, your ceremony is easy, affordable, unique and fun, and afterwards you’re set to party it up, or take it easy in the dreamy and honeymoon-appropriate Margaret River region. Budget friendly, each ceremony is just $1850 per couple, with catering, photography, flowers, hair and make-up and transport all optional additions. For more information and to secure your ceremony before they are booked out, visit biglovetinychapel.com or find BigLove.TinyChapel on Facebook and Instagram.

Vance Joy: The Long Way Home

Busselton is in for an absolute treat with Van Joy pumping up the volume along with special guests The Rubens, Thelma Plum, Middle Kids, Mia Wray and more.

  • Dates:Nov 12
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Barnard Park

Details

  • Music:Pop,Indie & Alternative,Concert Tours
  • Hosted By:Frontier Touring
  • Ticket Price:$99.90- $269.90

Description

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce Vance Joy’s The Long Way Home Tour. Multi award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy is ready to embark on the tour he's been waiting his whole career for. Joined by his full band, and some very special guests, the tour will see Vance travelling across Australia for more than two months, playing regional towns and major cities from early September to late November 2022. 

Gecko Ensembles Margaret River – weekly drama classes with Barking Gecko Theatre

Margaret River Gecko Ensembles are on sale for Term 2! It’s where self-expression leads to self-confidence, as children stretch their imaginations in exciting directions.

  • Dates:3 May – 28 June
  • Time(s):4pm – 5.30pm
  • Venue:Margaret River Baptist Church

Details

  • Type:Kids,Workshops
  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko
  • Ticket Price:$180-200

Description

Gecko Ensembles are Barking Gecko Theatre's weekly drama classes for children. It’s where self-expression leads to self-confidence, as children stretch their imaginations in exciting directions. Gecko Ensembles focus on the learning that comes from engaging with drama processes. Children question, explore, imagine and create. Through exploring some of life's big questions children develop collaboration and communication skills and build resilience and empathy. They challenge themselves, listen to each other, learn new skills and most importantly, have fun! Gecko Ensembles celebrate children’s diverse ideas, interests and imagination. Children act as our creative consultants, exploring the same content as Barking Gecko’s artistic teams are exploring in our rehearsal rooms. Classes are facilitated by our Teaching Artists, who are accomplished industry professionals, passionate in helping young people discover their potential through drama. Available for Little Geckos (5 - 7), Junior Geckos (8 - 12), Senior Geckos (13+) at a number of locations across metropolitan Perth and regional WA. Junior Geckos (ages 8-12) 3 May – 28 June Tuesdays 4pm – 5.30pm To enrol or for more information about Gecko Ensembles, and other Barking Gecko Theatre workshops and productions visit www.barkinggecko.com.au or email [email protected]

Coastrek Margaret River 2022

This October join Australia’s premier hiking challenge for women and walk 35km along Margaret River's famous Cape to Cape track and wildly spectacular coastline.

Details

  • Type:Charity and Fundraising
  • Ticket Price:VIP Pre-Sale - $147. Early Bird - $159.50. Standard Registration $172
  • Sports:Walking

Description

WALKING FOR MENTAL HEALTH This October join Australia’s premier hiking challenge for women and walk 35km along Margaret River's spectacular coastline and the lush forest scenery of the famous Cape to Cape track. From beautiful bays to rugged cliffs, whale-watching and wildflowers, this is our wildest Coastrek yet. Explore the fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations of Western Australia's Coast and join thousands of wild women (and a few awesome men!) in teams of four as we immerse ourselves in nature for an epic adventure of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising. Get outdoors and get moving with your mates to boost your mental and physical health, while raising funds for Beyond Blue. • Friday 28 October 2022 • Hike 35km along magnificent coastline • Teams of 4 • Margaret River • Raising funds for Beyond Blue Coastrek is a life-changing adventure which has inspired more than 42,000 people to get moving out in nature and raised over $37 Million for charity. Register here: https://www.coastrek.com.au/events-margaret-river?utm_campaign=mgrct22_localista&utm_medium=direct&utm_source=online-listing