Winter may be coming, but that doesn’t mean we should be going into hibernation! Technically winter is considered the “low season” for our State’s southwest region, but winter down south very much has its own special kinda magic.
It’s a time to get cosy by the fire sipping on a glass of red, explore lush green forests, watch whale migrations and so much more. And outside of these – admittedly awesome in their own right – activities, this winter the South West region will be host to a huge array of festivals and activations to keep you warm.
For a full run down of what’s coming up head to Australia’s South West’s Fireside Stories Calendar, and read on below for five must-visit events coming up:
Cabin Fever Festival
A festival of festivals in many ways, Cabin Fever takes over the Margaret River region for 10 days in July with over 40 unique events to enjoy anywhere from Busselton down to Margs. They’re already selling out fast, but a few remaining highlights include a Winter Wine Walk around Margaret River; Toasties & Tunes at Toastface Grillah; mussels and fries at Cheeky Monkey; a Mexican Street Food Fiesta at Black Brewing Co.; Blazing Brews at Beerfarm and much, much more.
Dates: July 16-25, 2021
More info/bookings: Cabin Fever WEBSITE
CinefestOZ Film Festival
Having just wrapped up their debut Albany event, CinefestOZ returns to its normal homes in Busselton and Margaret River in late August for its 14th anniversary. Taking over the region’s various cinemas and other picturesque venues, there’ll be premiere screenings of brand new films, In Conversation lunches, short film screenings, gala nights and loads more. An absolute must-do for film-lovers out there.
Dates: August 25-29, 2021
More info/bookings: CinefestOZ WEBSITE
Nannup Flower & Garden Festival
Perhaps gardening and flowers are more your speed, and if that’s the case the Nannup Flower & Garden Festival makes for a tantalising proposition over the second half of August and early September. Over 20,000 tulips have been planted in preparation, to go with a program jam-packed with open gardens, market stalls, workshops, celebrity garden tours and more, all set within the delightful surrounds of Nannup.
Dates: August 14-September 5, 2021
More info/bookings: Nannup Flower & Garden Festival WEBSITE
Lost & Found Festival
Continuing its rise as a must-visit southwest destination over the past few years, Bunbury’s spectacular Ferguson Valley comes alive in early Spring for a long weekend of great food, better wine, craft beer and live music at Lost & Found Festival. This will be the first edition of this brand new festivals, and similar to Cabin Fever there’ll be sneaky after-hours tastings, pop-up restaurants in barrel halls, wine workshops, boozy brunches and a raft of events popping up all over Bunbury.
Dates: September 9-12, 2021
More info/bookings: Lost & Found Festival WEBSITE
Don’t think Augusta will be missing out on any of the fun over winter with the coastal town coming alive over the WA Day long weekend. Experience that unique southwest community spirit and natural beauty at events like the Tastes Of Augusta Dinner at The Colour Patch Cafe; The Magic Of Dance with Wadandi Cultural Custodian Iszaac Webb; the huge Sunday market; guided historical tours and more.
Dates: June 4-7, 2021
More info/bookings: Whalesong Festival WEBSITE
For a full rundown of all that you can experience down south this winter head to the Australia’s South West WEBSITE now.