Goodbye summer. We are already in love with the golden hues of autumn. The cooler nights, crisp mornings and promise of open fireplaces in the near future.
Don’t get your woollies out yet though, there is heaps to keep you out and about in the region this month. They don’t call it the road trip state for nothing. Sports fanatics will be keeping fit with plenty of fitness events, and there are lots of flavour packed options for refuelling in the South West’s restaurants and wineries.
The arts calendar is full too, and while Paul Kelly’s appearance at the Leeuwin Concert sold out months ago, there are plenty of other arty escapes to keep you busy around our great state.
It’s time for another long weekend so what are you waiting for? Throw a toothbrush and some clean socks in the overnight bag and hit the road Jack (or Jill, after all, 8 March is International Women’s Day).
Busselton Fringe Festival
You definitely won’t be left wondering what to do on your getaway down south with the Busselton Fringe Festival. Chock full of entertainment, the town is a buzz for the long weekend with all manner of artists. From theatre, to live music, to burlesque, visual art to culinary extravaganzas: it’s all here. Catch performances in diverse locations; from underground in caves, all the way out to the end of the Busselton Jetty.
Dunsborough Arts Festival
The Dunsborough Arts Festival is a fab little festival with the highlight being Sculpture by the Bay—WA’s premier regional sculpture competition. Check out some of the region’s top artistic talent competing for the top spot in public art installation. Enjoy free festival evening concerts each night and the Festival arts market on Sunday.
Nannup Music Festival
Normally a sleepy little country town set among lush rolling hills, the Nannup Music Festival sees the town burst with activity each year as It hosts one of WA’s most loved music festivals. This year is the 30th year of the weekend full of music, art, culture, connection and diversity.
Augusta River Festival
Augusta might be known for a host of reasons: the lighthouse, great water sports, whale watching and THOSE fish and chips. However, it is the Blackwood River that’s central to the livelihood of the region. The Augusta River Festival is a whole day of entertainment with music from acts such as Mamma Kin and over 60 stall holders. The Blackwood Regatta is not to be missed.
Porongurup Wine Festival
Jump in the car to one of WA’s under-the-radar wine regions. Producing some award winning wines, anyone in the wine biz is already a fan. The Porongurup Wine Festival is your chance to discover these cooler climate drops for yourself. Plus of course, there is the scenery, live music, food demonstrations and did someone say GRAPE STOMP?
Provenance Unearthed: International Women’s Day at Passel Estate
Could there be a better reason to drink wine and mingle with fabulous women? Be guided in the art of tasting wine by local winemaker and wine educator, Charlotte Newton at Passel Estate’s International Women’s Day. She will lead a short comparative tasting to build confidence for women in tasting, describing and choosing wine. Wrap up the evening with a glass of your favourite wine and a light platter.
Voyager Culinary Project Dinner
Here’s your chance for an insider’s view on how chefs develop their menu with Voyager’s Culinary Project Dinner. Join Chef Santi for an intimate dinner, as he test new dishes for the upcoming menu. Spend the evening dining and learning more about the process at Cordi House, Voyager’s private residence. Each dish is inspired by a different wine, which you will enjoy sipping with your supper.
Action Sports Games 2019
Adrenalin junkies, listen up. The annual Action Sports Games is back in Bunbury and is full of daredevil professional athletes competing for the crown of extreme sport. From the world’s best wakeboarders, through to top skateboarders, BMX riders and freestyle motocross athletes; there are ample chances to hold your breath as they risk life and limb. Best of all? It’s a free event.
RAC Karri Valley Triathlon
This is a favourite triathlon in WA for those runners, cyclists and swimmers that spend their early mornings sweating it out. Held in picturesque Pemberton, the RAC Karri Valley Triathlon will have you diving into the fresh waters of Lake Beedelup, riding under the majestic Karri trees and running in the fresh country air.
X Adventure Dunsborough
If you were inspired by the action in Bunbury earlier in the month, now is your chance to get hot and sweaty yourself at the X Adventure Race. Australia’s largest off road triathlon, it’s a beautiful yet tough course to complete solo. It’s worth it though, especially when you realise you have smorgasbord of wineries and restaurants to take your pick from to refuel.
Looking for more things to do? Here are all the best things to do in Perth this March.
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