Yes, it’s been stormy. The rain has been falling, the wind has been howling and the hot water bottle has been getting a workout.
What better timing to get out and escape from the depths of winter than with a minibreak?
There is plenty to keep you busy throughout the state this month, from foodie festivals through to beach marathons. If you sign up to both you won’t even need to worry about the winter kilos creeping on.
Broome International Airport Marathon
Can you think of a better way to escape the winter chills than to run 42 kilometres along one of Australia’s most iconic beaches in the warmth of the dry season? The Broome International Airport Marathon is held on the pristine shores of Cable Beach and if the above distance scares you there is an easy 10.5km entry level run or half marathon to sign up for. Held at low tide, the sand is packed nice and hard so you can be sure of a very pleasant run. Plus, you can rehydrate with a refreshing Matso’s mango beer afterwards. What better motivation is there?
Western Australia’s oldest open access Indigenous dance event, the Mowanjum Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from across Australia and all over the world every year. The living cultures of the Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal peoples are rich and the festival sees performers from as young as three all the way up to 83 joining in the celebration, dancing traditional dances and telling the stories of their people. It’s a magical feeling to watch these traditions continued in celebration, and there are ample avenues to learn more about the Mowanjum culture with workshops, food tastings, bushcraft and community events with the locals.
South West Shorts
Think you need to stay in the city for your theatre fix? Think again. South West Shorts is an evening of exciting and never before seen pieces of theatre. Six original short plays by six South West and Perth based writers exploring the theme of ‘Changing Landscapes’. This is the first viewing of each piece and a valuable chance for the writers to receive audience feedback. Taking shape as rehearsed reading and full-scale performances, it might not be what you had expected to find on a weekend out in Margaret River, but you will leave invigorated and inspired by these new creative works. Plus, you are in the prime location for a quality post-theatre wine.
Cabin Fever Festival
Margaret River Region
There is no excuse to miss out on this one. You have over 25 events over two weeks to pick from at the South West’s remedy to winter hibernation; Cabin Fever Festival. There are more wine and beer events than you can shake a stick at, hot picks include the Backyard Brewing Tournament Awards. For winos, you can’t go past Clairault Streicker’s Wine Blending Masterclass or Cape Mentelle’s Black Glass Tasting. With a Cheese Toastie Battle, Fondue by the Fire and The Cheese Party there is ample chance for you to evoke cheese dreams as well.
Of course, Margaret River has some of the best foodie hotspots in the state so there are degos and feastings galore. Take a trip around the world with Voyager’s Many Hands, Many Lands; each chef will be drawing inspiration from their heritage and battling it out for the best dish. Enjoy breakfast among the vines at Xanadu’s Rise and Dine, or settle in for one of the epic collabs such as the Arimia x Fervor Pop-Up Restaurant or Long Chim x Vasse Felix with The Muralist. If you prefer to keep it casual, you’ve got a Food Truck Frenzy and the grand finale at Settler’s Carpark Collective. Need some zen? Hip Hop Yoga Brunch is relaxation with an edge. Book your tickets and start the car—there’s just too much to miss out on.
Winemaker’s Long Table At Passel Estate
20 & 27 July
Join Passel Estate’s Senior Winemaker and winner of the recent 2019 Winemaker Choice Young Gun of Wine Award, Remi Guise, for an intimate tasting experience at Passel Estate’s Winemaker’s Long Table. With one of the most stunning cellar doors in Margaret River and their wine picking up awards left, right and centre, Passel Estate is one of the region’s newest wineries and already a favourite with wine lovers. Take a trip this winter and you’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with one of the winemakers influential in crafting their single vineyard and small-batch wines. Nobody is as closely acquainted with a wine as its maker, so get ready to learn the best-kept secrets and attributes that the winemaking team looks for in creating an award-winning bottle of wine. Finish the morning sharing a gourmet cheese and charcuterie platter and a glass of wine.
Toodyay Food And Picnic Trail
You might have noticed a number of new food and wine trails popping up throughout the state as part of the WA Food and Wine Trails series. The Toodyay Food and Picnic Trail is the latest to be launched and is filled with a whole host of tasty treats. The best bit? At just an hour from Perth, you can easily do this in a day trip and enjoy the lush winter greenery that the rains bring at this time of year. Hit the Toodyay bakery, Coorinja Winery, Esslemont Estate Olive Grove and enjoy a hot date of a different variety at the Julimar Date Garden.
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