Thursday, January 24, 2019
Leeuwin to Yoga: What’s on in the South-West
The summer holidays are almost behind us but there are still plenty of great reasons to head down to the South-West over the coming months – including the iconic Leeuwin Concert on 9 March.
Let’s take a look at some of the key events on the region’s calendar in January, February and March 2019.
The Leeuwin Concert with Paul Kelly
9 March 2019, Margaret River
Headlining the South-West’s premiere music event is legendary Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly.
Kelly’s music has influenced the Australian psyche over the last 40 years, thanks to hits like “Before Too Long”, “To Her Door” and “From Little Things Big Things Grow”.
The already-sold-out concert, on 9 March, will see thousands of music fans head to Margaret River for the concert.
Leeuwin Australia Day Long Weekend Concert
27 January 2019, Margaret River
If you missed out on tickets to Paul Kelly, perhaps seeing a couple of other legends of Australian music live on stage will do?
On the Australia Day long weekend, Leeuwin will host the John Butler Trio in concert with Missy Higgins. It’s a casual gig, with guests invited to take a picnic and enjoy an evening of summertime alfresco music.
Australia Day long weekend in Margaret River
25 – 27 January, Margaret River
There’s a full weekend of events planned in Margaret River for the Australia Day long weekend – so there’s always something to do, no matter where your interests lie.
Take in our spectacular coastline with a helicopter ride at Cheeky Monkey, enjoy a sundowner session with live music at a local winery or brewery, see a movie at an outdoor cinema, try the foods of the world at the Night Market, or enjoy a glass of bubbles at a champagne brunch.
The champagne brunch, hosted by Lamont’s, includes five courses, six champagnes and two sparkling wines.
Movies at Cape Mentelle
Until 23 March 2019, Margaret River
All throughout summer and right up until 23 March, Cape Mentelle winery is hosting their annual open-air cinema.
Lie back under the stars and watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters and art-house films, including Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Ladies in Black and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
See the full line-up here.
Jazz in the Vineyard at Passel Estate
9 February 2019, Cowaramup
Usher in the Lunar New Year with an afternoon of summer wines and laid-back jazz music from chanteuse Cassandra Charlick, at Passel Estate.
Welcome the Year of the Pig, surrounded by friends, out on the lawns of the estate, while enjoying fantastic music, Passel Estate wines and a delicious helping of Chinese-style dumplings.
Find out more here.
Star-gazing on the lawn at Clairault Streicker Estate
15 February 2019, Wilyabrup
Explore the cosmos with your family and loved ones. The Mobile Observatory will be at the estate to provide you with a close look at what makes up our night sky.
Nebulas, clusters, alpha and beta Centauri, and a very bright star Achernar.
Package includes: picnic hamper, telescope viewing, stargazing talks, a glass of wine & kids activities. Tickets to this event are limited however.
Parterre Sundowner at Fraser Gallop Estate
16 February 2019, Wilyabrup
Fraser Gallop Estate will host a sublime afternoon for lovers of Parterre wines.
Taste the winery’s award-winning Chardonnay, Cabernet and newly released 2018 Parterre Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, and enjoy a selection of delicious canapes as the sun sets over grapevines heavily laden with fruit. Local jazz band, The River Bugs, will provide more atmosphere at this very special event.
They also have another event on Saturday March 2nd, Picnic in the Garden, 12-4pm.
Details will be available on their website soon.
South-West Craft Beer Festival
16 February 2019, Busselton
While the South-West is a region best known for wine, increasingly craft beer brewers are calling the region home, too.
Twenty local brewers will have more than 120 craft beers available for tasting at the South-West Beer Festival, which will take place on the Busselton foreshore on 16 February.
There will be live music, food options, and cider and wine tastings for those looking for an alternative to beer. More information is available here.
Geographe Bay Race Week
17 – 22 February 2019, Busselton
Whether you’re out on the water or watching from the shore, the Geographe Bay Race Week is a fantastic spectator event.
If your trip down South coincides with race week, you’ll be treated to the spectacular sight of dozens of yachts zipping around the bay, in some of the best sailing conditions in the world. It’s an exciting and visually stunning way to spend some of your holiday, and the whole event has a real festival atmosphere.
Find out more about the event, here.
South-West Yoga Fest
23 – 24 February 2019, Yallingup
Whether you are new to the world of yoga or you’re a fully-fledged yogi, the South-West Yoga Fest is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to enjoy yoga, culture and adventure with a group of like-minded individuals.
This conscious-living festival takes place at Solitaire Homestead and brings together exceptional teachers of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, from across the country.
Yoga Fest founder Heather Starr said: “I truly feel yoga and meditation should be practiced from a young age, as the benefits are astounding. With the increase in childhood anxiety and mental illness on the rise, I believe that yoga and meditation at school is the key to reducing and even eliminating these issues, which is why our proceeds go to providing South-West schools with free yoga classes.”
Find out more about South-West Yoga Fest here.
Sculpture by the Bay
1 – 3 March, Dunsborough
The Dunsborough Arts Festival kicks off in March with a key exhibition being Sculpture by the Bay. Some 30 pieces of incredible, original sculpture will grace the shores of Geographe Bay, inspiring, challenging and entertaining the observer.
The festival is a huge local celebration of art, with exhibitions, workshops and performances occurring throughout the three days.
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