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Local & Regional Events Calendar
For an up-to-date list calendar of local and regional events please visit the following page:

Website: http://www.geographebay.com/event/events-calendar

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Busselton Rotary Club Markets
Date: 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
Location: Signal Park, Busselton Foreshore

Busselton Foreshore Markets

Date: 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month

Location: Signal Park, Busselton Foreshore

Vasse Markets
Date: First and Third Saturday of the month
Location: Vasse Hall

The Cowaramup Hall Market
Date: First Saturday of every month
Location: Cowaramup

Happs Second Sunday Art Market
Date: Held on the second Sunday of each month
Location: Happs Vineyard and Pottery

January

Festival of Busselton

1  – 31 January 2016

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The Festival of Busselton started in 1964, aimed at making visitors to region more welcome, and offer plenty of activities to do during summer. The programme is jam-packed with events and activities. Whether you’re interested in arts and crafts, sporting events, or live entertainment; there is something for everyone.

The Festival is made up of many events including a float parade, free community concert, children’s treasure hunt, sandcastle competition, fireworks, street markets and more.

Petticoat Lane

2016 date to be confirmed

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Busselton CBD is closed to traffic to allow thousands of locals and visitors to browse through the extensive range of market stalls.

There are handmade craft items, plants, fruit and vegetables, jewellery, clothing and lots of yummy food.

If you’re feeling lucky you can purchase raffle tickets to support local charities or pick the winning number on the chocolate wheels to claim a prize.

Oz Rock Busselton

16 January 2016

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Email:  [email protected]

Website: www.downunderevents.com.au

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Oz Rock Busselton is back on Saturday January 16th, 2016 on Barnard Park, with another fabulous line-up of great Australian music artists seen on the one bill. This time once the sun has set we welcome Music Hall of Famers Hoodoo Gurus to headline a great line-up of Australian talent.

Along with Hoodoos taking to the Busselton stage for the first time will be:

  • Jebediah, as part of their 20 year Anniversary tour;
  • Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows who continue to be one of the country’s most successful touring bands;
  • Thirsty Merc after over a decade of making great music ,they’re still as thirsty as ever;
  • Stillwater Giants local lads now on the national stage, and
  • Courtney Conway, Best New Talent and Female Artist of the Year –WACMA

So again join the celebration of great Australian music and live musical talent at a time when all things Australian are celebrated in the glorious Geographe Bay Region of WA.

February

Busselton Jetty Swim

13 – 14 February 2016

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The premier ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty, in the south west of Western Australia. Since 1996, the Busselton Jetty Swim has grown from a local event to an internationally recognized event attracting in excess of 1200 competitors.

The Busselton Jetty Swim event takes place over 2 days with entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the Sunday morning.

The course is a swim of 3.6 km around the Busselton Jetty. Solos and relay teams of two and four are welcome. Be a part of the atmosphere and enter the best jetty swim in the world.

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2015 the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim — our 20th swim — will take place on
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February 2015

South West Craft Beer Festival

2016 date to be confirmed

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The best of the South West craft breweries will come together for a celebration of the region’s produce, music and of course beer! Festival goers will sample the region’s finest brews – from the more traditional pale ales and pilsner to creations like ginger and chocolate beer.

The South West Craft Beer Festival may be all about the amazing local breweries, but we want to celebrate the region’s fantastic produce as well. Check out what food you can sink your teeth into over the weekend.

Movies at Cape Mentelle

From November 2015 to March 2016

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Website:   www.capementelle.com.au

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MARGARET RIVER’S ACCLAIMED OUTDOOR CINEMA

Can you picture yourself lying back under the stars, enjoying a movie in beautiful winery gardens whilst sipping on award-winning wine and enjoying some local gourmet fare?

Margaret River’s acclaimed outdoor cinema ‘Movies at Cape Mentelle’ runs right through the summer months offering something for everyone. Whether you love a belly laugh with a good comedy or to get caught up in a twisted thriller, the programme offers both new releases and old favourites.

Our wine bar and lounge boasts a menu created with locally sourced produce, offering gourmet pizzas, empanada’s (stuffed baked pastry), salads, gourmet starter boxes comprising a range of small foods matched to wine and ‘old school’ movie treats, including ice cream and pop corn.

A popular French summer outdoor pastime and similar to bocce or bowls, Cape Mentelle has four official Petanque courts. So come early, enjoy a game with friends and a glass of Cape Mentelle wine before the movie. The boules and jacks can be borrowed without charge.

Take the ultimate comfort option and hire a bean-bed so you truly can lie back under the stars. There is no better way to spend a summer’s night in the Margaret River region.

March

Leeuwin Estate Concert Series

2016 date to be confirmed

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Each year Leeuwin stages a series of spectacular alfresco concerts in the picturesque grounds of the Estate as part of the Winery’s ongoing association and sponsorship of the Arts. Described as the most extraordinary concerts ever held in Australia, the annual Leeuwin Concert Series now enjoys a 29-year history and features an eclectic mix of the world’s finest musicians and entertainers from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Carole King and Sting.

Some 1400 Corporate Guests, invited by many of the country’s leading businesses, enjoy a sit-down black tie dinner by gourmet caterers with dancing in a stunning marquee at the conclusion of the performance. Meanwhile, other guests enjoy the live post concert entertainment as they continue to picnic in the main arena.

April

Ironman 70.3 Triathalon Busselton

30 April – 2 May 2016

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Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman-70.3/busselton.aspx#axzz3eWdADDkS

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SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton is one of the largest events of its type in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Many spectators line the foreshore of Busselton to cheer on the athletes over the 1.9km swim in the pristine waters of Geographe Bay, 90.1km flat and fast bike leg thru the Tuart Forest and a 21.1km run along the foreshore of Busselton.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

April 2016

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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Margaret River, 2 – 13 April 2014.

Surfers Point in Prevelly is the home of the event with all three surf breaks visible to patrons. Mainbreak is the main event arena, with Southsides also available; however the notorious and hollow, shallow reef barrel of The Box is the newest addition to the event and the organisers are all excited to see what happens when the surfers tackle this tricky break.

The top 32 ranked male and top 18 ranked female surfers in the world will descend upon the Margaret River Region to surf its world-class waves in April.

The event is expected to see thousands of spectators flock to Surfer’s Point in Prevelly to watch the world’s best surfer’s take on the famous Margaret River Mainbreak, and an unprecedented level of media attention will showcase the event to the rest of the world.

XAdventure

16 April 2016

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An adventure triathlon in paradise with Long Course, Short Course and Kids Races over a 2 day weekend.

If you’re going to put your body to the test you may as well do it amongst some of the best landscapes Mother Nature has to offer, and what better example of that is there than Dunsborough on Geographe Bay, WA, host of this adventure escapade.

Tackle the course and you’ll swim in an ocean of turquoise water, run along a sculpted granite coastline interspersed with golden sandy beaches and mountain bike on roller coaster single track through fields of wildflowers and native grasstrees.

Step up to the challenge and get OFF-ROAD for a triple treat multisport adventure with the annual X-Adventure off-road triathlon!

We look forward to seeing you all there for another fantastic event!

May

Ironman 70.3 Triathalon Busselton

30 April – 2 May 2016

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Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman-70.3/busselton.aspx#axzz3eWdADDkS

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SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton is one of the largest events of its type in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Many spectators line the foreshore of Busselton to cheer on the athletes over the 1.9km swim in the pristine waters of Geographe Bay, 90.1km flat and fast bike leg thru the Tuart Forest and a 21.1km run along the foreshore of Busselton.

June

July

Deja Moo

2016 date to be confirmed

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In 2012, Cowaramup installed 42 life sized Friesian cows and calves around the main business district. This was a community project, sponsored by the local Lions Club to celebrate the local dairy industry and the town’s love of all things cow! Deja Moo is the “birthday” of these new Cowaramup residents and everyone is invited to join in the fun.

Join in on the country fair activities. Test your aim with the Gumboot Toss and Dunking Pool. Have some fun on the Bouncy Castle and unleash your inner cowboy on the Mechanical Bull.

Browse through the market stalls and find something yummy to eat.

Don’t forget about all the welcoming Cowaramup business that would love to see you enjoying a fun day out in their lovely little town.

August

Cinefestoz Film Festival

2016 dates to be confirmed

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Set in the seaside centres of Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough and the Margaret River wine region, CinéfestOZ premieres feature films and events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, small bars and galleries, making it a feast for the senses and an unforgettable five-day getaway.

CineféstOZ has consolidated its position as the premiere destination film festival in Australia with record numbers of high calibre film guests, a sensational line-up of new Australian and French films and unprecedented audience numbers

Down South MTB

2016 dates to be confirmed

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Email: [email protected]

Website: www.dunsboroughcycleclub.org.au/Festival%20Home.html

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The DOWN SOUTH MTB Festival is on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of August 2015.

This festival seems to get bigger and better every year! There are many events to be held over the weekend for those looking for a bit of fun or some serious competition. There are also clinics to help you hone and expand on your mountain biking skills.

Chevron City to Surf

2016 dates to be confirmed

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Email: [email protected]

Website: http://busselton.perthcitytosurf.com/

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The Chevron City to Surf will be run, walked or wheeled on the 16th of August from Signal Park.

Choose from the 12km or 4km course. Register soon! Fancy dress is encouraged to add a bit more fun to the event.

Funds raised support Activ or your chosen charity.

September

The Festival of Love

5 September 2015

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THE FESTIVAL OF LOVE
A day to connect soon-to-be-weds with awesome industry professionals.

Silk marquees and garden rooms filled with creatives and professionals who will share and inspire. Tipi Runway Fashions set to the live tunes of the talented people of the Margaret River region. Delicious food, wine and the ambience that will make planning your big day of love down south , inspiring and a joy!

A day of exploration and investigation as you bring your wedding style to life in the Margaret River region.

Whale Watching

September – November 2015

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Legend Charters

Phone: 0419 908 742

Website: http://legendcharters.net.au/

All Sea Charters

Phone: 0417 794 008

Naturaliste Charters

Phone: 08 9750 5500

Website: http://whales-australia.com.au

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Humpback Whales arrive in Geographe Bay in September each year as they make their way back from the northern waters with their new calves. We are luck enough to host them through until November.

There are many Whale Watching Cruise companies that operate from Port Geographe Marina in Busselton or from the Pro Fisherman Boat Ramp in Dunsborough.

Bookings can be made through Mandalay reception during your stay.

October

Cape to Cape MTB

22 – 25 October 2015

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The Cape to Cape MTB is a four day mountain bike race through the south west of WA, it is one of WA’s most successful home-grown events, having gone from inception to the nation’s largest multi-stage mountain bike race in just five years.

It is now a permanent fixture on the world’s MTB calendar and attracts an enviable field of elite and recreational riders. Set to an iconic backdrop of world famous surf beaches, private farmlands, rocky outcrops and national forests, the event is fun and challenging for riders of all levels, from recreational to competitive.The 2014 Cape to Cape MTB will be held from Thursday October 23 to Sunday October 26.

Stage 1: Thursday 23 October, 2014 Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to Hamelin Bay (Approx 40km).

Stage 2: Friday 24 October, 2014 Hamelin Bay to Xanadu Winery (Approx 60km).

Stage 3: Saturday 25 October, 2014 Xanadu Winery to Colonial Brewery (Approx 50km).

Stage 4: Sunday 26 October, 2014 Colonial Brewery to Dunsborough Country Club (Approx 60km).

Busselton Wildflower Exhibition

1 – 2 October 2015

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Phone: 9752 3304

Email: [email protected]

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Enjoy the colour and delicate beauty of our South West Wildflowers at the 90th Busselton Wildflower Exhibition. Set up for two days only in the centre of Busselton you will find a beautiful display of flowers as well as tea, coffee and cakes available for purchase. Entry fees apply.

November

Augusta Adventure Fest

7 – 8 November 2015

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AUGUSTA – SYNONYMOUS WITH ‘ADVENTURE’ *

Already recognised as the World’s largest adventure race with over 3,300 competitors across the weekend, this year it’s only going to get bigger and better! *Formally known as the Anaconda Adventure Series.

AUGUSTA’S WILD WILDERNESS

Competitors will take in the wilderness and untouched landscapes in and around Augusta in the south west of Western Australia. There’s rocky headlands, tranquil ocean reefs alive with (friendly) fish; Paddlers explore Hardy Inlet and out into the (protected parts) of the Southern Ocean; Mountain Bike sections sweeping through inland forests along single tracks that could be certified as a fun park.

There really is nothing like it. It’s the Wild West in every adventurous sense.

THE RACES

Augusta is a special place. The races are special. There’s something on offer for everyone; with four off-road disciplines including ocean swimming and kyaking, trail running & mountain biking. All that’s missing from this adventure is you!

Gourmet Escape

20 – 22 November 2015

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Create your own gourmet experience at any one of the amazing events on offer throughout the Margaret River region between the 22-24 November. Explore the heart of the festival, the Gourmet Village, at the beautiful Leeuwin Estate or take part in one of the many Satellite Events, such as indulgent long lunches, exclusive world class dinners and the specially designed pop up beach BBQ restaurant. In addition, there are many more Fringe Events put on offer over the weekend to explore throughout the region by local restaurants and wineries.

For more information regarding ticketing terms & conditions, please contact Ticketek on 132849.

There are a range of ticket types available for the Gourmet Village and they are all available through Ticketek.

December

Ironman Busselton

6 December 2015

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Ironman Western Australia takes in the pristine beauty of Busselton and Geographe Bay, South West, Western Australia. A challenging event, definitely not for the faint hearted with a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, followed by a gruelling 42.2 km marathon.

Mandalay Holiday Resort has found itself to be the base for many race competitors with the run leg along Georgraphe Bay road at our front door step, providing a fantastic base for support crews and spectators to cheer those athletic bodies home.

We have an extensive range of accommodation to suite the well seasoned competitor or the novice first time competitor, from two storey spa villas, two and three bedroom chalets, beach cottages and ensuite cabins. Whilst not forgetting campers, caravanning and motor homes – something for everyone. For further details on each of our accommodation styles, check out our accommodation page.

Carols at Mandalay

20 December 2015

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Phone: 08 9752 1328

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.mandalayresort.com.au

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Bring along your singing voices and all your picnic goodies to join in the festivities of Carols at Mandalay.

Busselton Brass will play all the Christmas favourites for everyone to sing and dance along with. There will also be special performances by the South West Opera Company.

Local events happening every weekend throughout the year local to Mandalay Resort, Busselton.