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Sports in WA

Perth continues to attract awesome national and international sporting events, spurred on with the completion of the new state-of-the-art Optus Stadium and spectators flying down from China and South East Asia. For willing participants, from the Kimberley to the deep south, there is an endless parade of running, swimming, cycling, fishing, driving and other events to sign up for. Check out some of the top annual events here.

Guides


Ord Valley Muster

A festival of music, art and culture in the Kimberley.

  • Dates:May 15 - 24
  • Venue:Kununurra
  • Festivals:All Festivals,Ord Valley Muster

Details

  • Hosted By:Ord Valley Muster
  • Venue Address:Jim Hughes Amphitheatre, Kununurra WA 6743
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Festivals,Food & drink,Music,Performing Arts,Sports,Travel
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Ord Valley Muster Festival Hub

Description

Through a diverse calendar packed with exciting events & experiences (rodeo, dining under the stars, music, yoga boats, comedy and more) to the the local characters & flavour that make Kununurra and the East Kimberley one of the most iconic destinations in the world, the Muster is a truly enthralling, enchanting and magical experience for all.

From humble beginnings in 2001, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster came to life quietly as a simple one night affair – a pleasant dinner in the outback for local businesses. Since then it has grown at lightning speed to be firmly established as a pre-eminent event in the national festival calendar,being a 3 time Hall of Fame Inductee (2017-2011-2008) at the WA Tourism Awards as well as being officially recognised as the Best Regional Event in Australia at the 2015 Australian Event Awards to name but a few notches of the Muster’s belt.

There are a range of amazing Land or Air Travel Packages available to help get you here starting at $405*pp (t&c’s apply), so you have no excuse to tick this one off your travel, foodie, adventure or 4×4 bucket lists…

The Muster’s major draw-card, the ‘Kimberley Moon Experience’ continues, deservedly so, to receive international attention and acclaim. Staged at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre on the banks of the Majestic Ord River, the ‘Kimberley Moon Experience’ is attended by celebrities, politicians and business leaders alike. Attracting over 5000 patrons, including 625 guests enjoying a 5 star concert and dining experience within the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Dinner, this truly is a unique and unforgettable experience – a place where city and country folk meet, mingle and dance under the stars.

Muster Rodeo | Ord Valley Muster

No Muster is complete without a nail biting, dust raising rodeo. The Kununurra Rodeo is only held twice a year and the Muster Rodeo is the largest in the region.

  • Dates:May 23
  • Time(s):3.30pm
  • Venue:Kununurra Rodeo Grounds
  • Festivals:Ord Valley Muster

Details

  • Hosted By:Ord Valley Muster
  • Venue Address:Victoria Hwy, Kununurra WA 6743
  • Type:Agricultural,Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Sports:Spectator Sports,Other Sports & Fitness

Description

It’s a serious competition with big cash prizes and the chance to watch local cowboys try to ride the longest 8 seconds of their life on the spectacular saddle bronc, bull and bullock rides.

If you have never been to a rodeo, it is truly an amazing experience full of, as they say, ‘Big bulls, big cash prizes and big falls’! It’s a contest of awesome skill and bravery dating back to the 1800s and attracts competitors from all over the Kimberley and Northern Territory.

It’s also a wonderful glimpse into the lifestyle and characters that live in the Kimberley and many of the attendees are from the region, so it’s a great chance to meet and mingle with the locals, who are relaxed and having fun and generally in very good form.

It’s a great day for adults and families and in addition to the bull rides, there are more than 20 events including the spectacular saddle bronc, barrel racing and more. For kids, there is a barrel race event and also a poddy ride.

Join us on Saturday 23 May.

Gates open 3.30pm and the night ends at midnight. The final nail-biting event is typically around 9.30pm and then the band kicks in til midnight.

Food & Drink
There is a fully licensed bar, live entertainment and various food outlets – no BYO alcohol is allowed.

Getting There
Located at the base of Sleeping Buddha, the setting is spectacular at the Kununurra Rodeo Grounds just 5km out of town. Courtesy buses pick guests up every 15 minutes from the Hotel Kununurra and every 30 minutes from Lakeside Resort. Departures from the Rodeo Grounds commence at 8.30pm, every hour until 12.30am.

Rickshaw Scavenger Hunt For Kids

Peddle Perth is back with a thrilling kids scavenger hunt!

  • Dates:Jan 17-19, 25-26 & 31; Feb 1-2, 4-9 &11-16
  • Time(s):3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm & 6:00pm
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Fringe Festival
  • Venue Address:Meeting point at corner of James St & Parker St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$14.50
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Type:Sports

Description

You saw the Peddle Perth crew all around Northbridge for Fringe last year, and their new scavenger hunt is an adventure for kids! There will be clues to solve, Simon Says, egg racing, and (watch out!) water guns!

The scavenger hunt is an interactive and educational experience for kids, and if the parent want to join in, the whole family too! Come along, dress up, and have a ride around!

Bookings are essential and limited slots are available. Use the booking link to secure your spot.

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. 

NRL Nines

NRL Nines. Let's play. A festival of rugby league and live entertainment hits HBF Park. With all 16 NRL and 4 NRLW teams heading to the West for the first time ever.

  • Dates:Feb 14-15
  • Time(s):Fri 4 - 8.30pm, Sat 11am - 7.30pm
  • Venue:HBF Park

Details

  • Hosted By:NRL Nines
  • Venue Address:HBF Park, 310 Pier Street, Perth
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Sports:Rugby

Description

NRL Nines. Let's play.

A festival of rugby league and live entertainment hits HBF Park. With all 16 NRL and 4 NRLW teams heading to the West for the first time ever, superstars of Rugby League will be playing for preseason bragging rights and $1,000,000 in prize money.

Modified Rugby League rules will create nonstop action on the field, a range of food, drinks and live entertainment will provide plenty of fun in the sun. Fun is the focus of the two-day tournament. Supporters are encouraged to dress extravagantly and join in the party while enjoying some high-octane summer rugby league.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

The ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 will take place in Australia from 21 February - 8 March, 2020 across venues in Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne.

  • Dates:Feb 22 - 24
  • Venue:WACA Ground

Details

  • Venue Address:WACA Ground, Nelson Cres, East Perth WA 6004
  • Ticket Price FROM:$5
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Sports:Cricket,International Comp

Description

Fixtures for matches (in local time) are as follows:

22nd February 2020 – WACA Ground, Perth 2pm (West Indies Women vs Thailand Women)

22nd February 2020 – WACA Ground, Perth 7pm (New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women)

23rd February 2020 – WACA Ground, Perth 7pm (England Women vs South Africa Women)

24th February 2020 – WACA Ground, Perth 2pm (Australia Women vs Sri Lanka Women)

24th February 2020 – WACA Ground, Perth 7pm (India Women vs Bangladesh Women)

MSWA Albany Ride

By popular demand, the MSWA Albany Ride returns for another year on Saturday 14 March 2020.

  • Dates:Mar 14
  • Time(s):From 6am
  • Venue:Emu Point, Albany

Details

  • Hosted By:MSWA
  • Venue Address:All rides start/finish at Emu Point, Albany
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20 for 10km Family Ride early bird registrations
  • Ticket price TO:$120 for 135km Challenge on the day registration
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors
  • Sports:Cycling

Description

After great success over the past two years, and an overwhelming show of support from the local council and community, the MSWA Albany Ride is set to return for another year, on Saturday, 14 March 2020.

This unique, family friendly event now includes four ride distances to cater for people of all ages and capabilities. It follows some of the most beautiful scenery in the Great Southern region, starting and finishing at Emu Point, Albany.

The routes will take riders through scenic Albany, and the various courses explore some of its most iconic spots including the National ANZAC Centre, the Historic Whaling Station, the Wind Farm and Middleton Beach – the new 135km Challenge heads all the way to Denmark and back!

  • 10km Family Ride
  • 40km Ride
  • 80km Challenge
  • NEW 135km Challenge

The event allows participants to not only experience the stunning region, but also help make a real difference to people living with neurological conditions in the Great Southern region. This includes people living with multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, and acquired Brain Injury, to name a few.

Easter Races

It's on again! Dongara Irwin Race Club presents the annual Easter Races.

  • Venue:Dongara-Irwin Race Track

Details

  • Type:Sports
  • Sports:Horse Racing
  • Venue Address:Flanagan Way, Dongara, WA 6525
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly

Description

Held on Easter Saturday, this is a day out for the whole family not to be missed! Gates open at 12pm. More information to come in 2020!

Wings for Life World Run

Run, walk or skip for those who can't at the Wings for Life World Run in Perth. Join 200,000 runners from across the world in support of spinal cord research and take on the worlds most unique race.

  • Dates:May 3
  • Venue:Perth CBD

Details

  • Hosted By:Wings for Life World Run
  • Venue Address:Perth CBD
  • Type:Charity / Fundraising,Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Sports:Running

Description

On Sunday 3 May 2020 at 6pm AWST, it is estimated over 200,000 runners from across the world will take on the race with no finish line in support of spinal cord research. Back in its sixth year, Wings for Life World Run will hold official events in seven Australian locations, including the flagship event which has moved to Perth and organised app runs in Melbourne, Sydney, Manly, Newcastle, Adelaide, and Brisbane. If none of these locations suit, runners can join via the mobile app no matter where they are.

Competitors from around the globe will once again run at the exact same time, regardless of their location, meaning some competitors will run at sunset, some will run at sunrise while others, like Australia, will run into the night.

Unlike a traditional race, the Wings for Life World Run finish line is mobile and behind the participants. The iconic Catcher Car starts its engine 30 minutes after the run begins, chasing down the runners one by one until the very last remains. Whether participants are looking to spend a fun evening with friends or aiming to achieve high performance, the thrill of trying to stay ahead of the Catcher Car often motivates them to achieve more than they imagined.

The run is the primary fundraiser for the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation, and 100% of entry fees and donations go directly to important spinal cord research projects. With 211 research projects funded to date (63 ongoing in 2019 alone, including 3 right here in Australia), real progress is already happening to help the millions of people around the world living with spinal cord injury.

Registration for the Wings for Life World Run is easy, and options are flexible. Some will participate shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands at Perth’s Flagship Run, where they'll be pursued by a real Catcher Car as they run around the city’s landmarks. Others will register for an App Run to be chased by a virtual Catcher Car wherever they are.

The run is livestreamed worldwide, and the vibe is purely positive - groups in creative costumes, inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles and surprises like marriage proposals add to the joy. The 2019 edition included participants of 186 nationalities. Across 323 locations they collectively covered 1.1 million km and raised over $5.6 million AUD for research toward a cure.

There's no better time to sign up for the Wings for Life World Run 2020. To find out more and register for the race visit: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com

 

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.

 

Seven

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
  • Time(s):7.00am
  • Venue:Melo Velo Nannup

Details

  • Hosted By:Tour of Margaret River
  • Venue Address:8 Warren Rd Nannup
  • Ticket Price FROM:$95
  • Ticket price TO:$165
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults
  • Sports:Cycling

Description

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. 

 

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is being played in Australia from October – November 2020. The World Cup will involve 16 teams playing 45 matches from 18 October to 15 November 2020. Eight host cities across Australia and 13 venues throughout Australia will host matches.

  • Dates:Oct 24 - 30
  • Venue:Optus Stadium, 333 Victoria Park Dr, Burswood WA 6100

Details

  • Ticket Price FROM:$5
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Optus Stadium
  • Sports:Cricket,International Comp

Description

The World Cup will involve 16 teams playing 45 matches from 18 October to 15 November 2020. Eight host cities across Australia and 13 venues throughout Australia will host matches. Fixtures (in local times) are as follows: 

24th October 2020 – Optus Stadium 7pm (India Men vs South Africa Men)

26th October 2020 – Optus Stadium 2pm (Afghanistan Men vs To Be Decided)

26th October 2020 – Optus Stadium 7pm (England Men vs To Be Decided)

28th October 2020 – Optus Stadium 2pm (Afghanistan Men vs TB Decided)

28th October 2020 – Optus Stadium 7pm (Australia Men vs West Indies Men)

30th October 2020 – Optus Stadium 7pm (West Indies Men vs To Be Decided)

Eagle Bay Epic

The Eagle Bay Epic is the ultimate mix of off-road adventure racing: mountain bike, ocean swim, kayak and trail run traversing the rugged and pristine coastline in south western WA.

  • Dates:Nov 7 & 8
  • Venue:Eagle Bay

Details

  • Hosted By:Rapid Ascent
  • Venue Address:Eagle Bay, WA 6281
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults
  • Sports:Cycling,Endurance,Running,Swimming

Description

The Eagle Bay Epic has been designed as the ultimate mix of off-road adventure racing. Imagine a mountain bike, ocean swim, kayak and trail run traversing the rugged and pristine coastline in south-west, Western Australia.

The Eagle Bay Brewery is the official event venue offering sweeping views out to Cape Naturaliste in Geographe Bay. Indulge in a refreshing beer for post-race celebrations.

Step up to the challenge solo or team up with your friends and be a part of the maiden Eagle Bay Epic Adventure Race in November 2020.

Event Options For Everyone:
Naturaliste Short Course
13km Mountain Bike
1.2km Ocean Swim
5km Paddle
7.9km Trail Run
300m Team Run
Event details…

Leeuwin Long Course
23km Mountain Bike
2km Ocean Swim
13.5km Paddle
12.5km Trail Run
300m Team Run

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