November is choc-a-block full with opportunities get out into the sunshine and be grateful for the amazing place we call home. It’s the last chance before the heat of summer kicks in, so be sure to make the most of the sun before it turns from a simmering warmth to a sweltering heat.
Whether you choose to indulge at one of the many food festivals, or lace your sneakers up and get moving—you can almost be guaranteed of a perfect spring day. Sip your brews with beachside beats or swirl your wine with a view of the vines.
Here's what's on around WA this month.
Augusta Adventure Festival | 3—4 November
One of the best weekends of the year for those that enjoy keeping fit—or have friends that like to keep fit. Moral support is just as important as taking part, though we aren’t going to lie: it does help that there are plenty of pristine beaches, forests and wineries nearby! The Augusta Adventure Festival is packed with swimming, cycling, running and paddling. Choose to do it all yourself, just one leg or share the work in a team.
Tour Of Margaret River | 8—11 November
Margaret River Region and South West
The Tour de France ain’t got nothin’ on the Tour of Margaret River. One of the largest stage races in Australia, gather a team up and get ready for one of the most picturesque rides you will do in WA. Unlike other races, both amateurs and professionals compete side by side—no need to stay stuck behind the barricades just watching the pros during this race!
Indian Ocean Festival | 10 November
Dobbyn Park in Jurien Bay transforms to host the much-anticipated Indian Ocean Festival again this November. Rides, games, market stalls, fireworks, live music…and plenty of sunshine and fresh salty air. Don’t miss the blessing of the crayfishing fleet at 10am on the jetty—a Summer BBQ isn’t the same without a stash of crays.
Brew And The Moo | 10 & 11 November
Beer and beef. Need we say more? Chill out at the beachside in Dampier and enjoy life’s simple pleasures at Brew & The Moo. The Pilbara’s best beef and a selection of local, national and international beers will keep you going well past sunset. The grooves on the main stage will be pumping with bands and DJs to help work up an appetite for round two from the food stalls.
Bazaar At The Farm | 16 November
A little slice of the Middle East comes to Margaret River with Bazaar at the Farm at The Beer Farm. In a collab with Saharan Daze, the brewery will be shinier than a genie’s lamp with jewel encrusted market stalls, spicy Moroccan feasts and shimmy-inducing music. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s also conveniently timed for building up the pressie stash.
Gourmet Escape | 16—18 November
It’s the festival that draws food and wine lovers from all over Australia. In fact, over 100,000 foodies have savoured the delights of Margaret River since the festival's launch. The Gourmet Escape is back and this year brings a stellar line up. Nigella Lawson headlines the superstar list of chef talent and the Gourmet Village is always guaranteed to fill your weekend with culinary capers.
Donnybrook Food And Wine Festival | 24 November
Why not make a week of food and wine in the South West and stay for the Donnybrook Food and Wine Festival? Yes, Donnybrook produces some amazing apples but there is so much more to the food and wine from the region. Think olive oil appreciation sessions, wine tasting, cooking demos, vintage cars and live music. Oh, and plenty of food of course!
Saint Barbaras Festival | 29 November—2 December
Get ready to cover your wheels in red dirt with a road trip to Kalgoorlie Boulder for the annual Saint Barbaras Festival. One of the most unique events in Australia, the festival is a celebration of the partnership between the mining industry and the local community. Sunday sees the big finale with thousands of people filling historical Hannan Street to watch the parade through town. It’s not every day you see a 6 metre tall, 8 metre wide, 13 metre long haul truck coming your way!
Want to stick around Perth? Here's everything to do in Perth this November.
Image credit: Gourmet Escape