Shed your winter woollies and get out to the great outdoors with a plethora of events happening in regional WA now that the sun has started peeking through the clouds.
Whether it is flowers or feasting, racing or relaxing there is bound to be an event in September that will float your boat. From the Great Southern all the way up to the red dirt of Kununurra, spring has sprung and there is heaps on.
Read on for our round up of the top nine events in regional WA to escape to in September.
Shinju Matsuri | 25 August—2 September
One of the WA’s most iconic events continues from August through until early September in Broome. Shinju Matsuri translates from Japanese as ‘the Festival of the Pearl’. A week of festivities celebrates the end of the pearl harvest season and the history and culture of Broome. Long table dinners, music, art awards and more finish with a bang on the Sunday with a family-friendly finale on the beach. What better excuse for a trip north!
Kimberly Writers Festival | 7—9 September
The Kimberly Writers Festival gives book lovers and aspiring authors a chance to meet and greet with literary leaders. Located in one of WA’s most dramatic landscapes, run away to the remote landscape of Kununurra and be inspired by readings, workshops and some fabulous storytelling. Oh, and you would be crazy to miss the Sunday Ord River Cruise champagne brunch. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.
Australia’s Biggest BBQ At The World’s Biggest Rock | 8 September
Mt Augustus Outback Tourist Park
Spend a night under the stars feasting on a BBQ to remember at Mt Augustus aka the world’s biggest rock. Outback beef and local produce will tickle taste buds while the night sky provides a magical light canopy to dine under. A gift that keeps on giving, tummies will continue to be stated with a complimentary breakfast the next morning after indulging in the World’s Biggest BBQ.
Southern Art and Craft Trail | 15—30 September
Art lovers and fans of crafternooning will delight in this spring awakening with 93 exhibitions and open studios as part of the 2018 Southern Art and Craft Trail. Throughout the Great Southern catch artists opening their doors, galleries featuring local exhibitions and a number of different workshops for those that prefer to get their hands dirty.
Wave Rock Weekender | 21—23 September
Over 270 million years old, Wave Rock comes to life during the long weekend in September for the annual Wave Rock Weekender. A boutique festival filled with soul; dig out your camping gear and get down to earth with like-minded festival goers on the edge of the desert. Celebrate music, art, food, films and all round good times with nature lovers and those that value community over commodity.
Southern MTB | 21—23 September
Get your bike shorts on and your water bottle filled to the brim. Pedal power arrives in Albany for the annual Southern MTB. Take in the scenic surrounds while leaping, racing and cruising through the course and one the six comp options. If you aren’t into the challenge simply enjoy the atmosphere as a spectator and you never know where a little fitness inspiration might lead!
Shark Bay Rendevous | 21—23 September
Oh la la! C’est ce bon at the Shark Bay Rendevous in the town of Denham for this festival celebrating 200 years since the landing of French explorer Louis de Freycinet and his wife Rose on the Shark Bay peninsular. Food, dancing, live music, costumes, speedway and stargazing are just some of the plans underfoot to keep revellers entertained over the long weekend.
Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival | 22 September—21 October
Covering eight shires from Frankland River all the way out to Bremer Bay, the Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival has over 80 events to capture your attention when visiting the Great Southern this spring. Let locals uncover their ‘hidden treasures’—hot dining spots, wildflower lookouts and insider tips that travellers often miss. Feasting, wildflowers, art appreciation, wine tasting—where do we sign up?
Women’s Masters Hockey Australian Championships | 27 September—6 October
With over 140 matches and 900 competitors, The Women’s Masters Hockey Australian Championships is an event hockey fans won’t want to miss. See Australia’s elite hockey talent compete for the national championship crown and make the most of holidaying in the South West at the same time. Let the Hockey stars hit the field and you can hit the regions hot spots, local wineries and restaurants.
Want to stay closer to home? Here's what's on in Perth this September.
Image credit: Shark Bay