Tourism Western Australia event calendar released

Tourism to Western Australia means a year of events and festivals.

Tourism Western Australia event calendar released

Tourism to Western Australia means a year of events and festivals. The Experience Extraordinary is the slogan for the regional tourism authority, and extraordinary is the listing vor visitors to experience this part of down under.

August 1-2, 2015
Northam to Perth, Experience Perth
WA’s own unique sporting event that attracts competitors and spectators from Australia and overseas. Avon Descenters challenge the Avon and Swan Rivers in a variety of paddle and power craft in an exciting two-day time trial across 124 gruelling kilometres. More than 35,000 people have become Avon Descenters and competed in the Avon Descent, from novices and families, to World and Olympic Champions. The Avon Descent passes through some of WA’s most picturesque country including Northam, York, Beverley, Toodyay and New Norcia.

Gascoyne Food Festival
August 13-15, 2015
Carnarvon, Australia’s Coral Coast
Gascoyne Food Festival features networking events for local producers and food industry representatives, incorporating the celebration of seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables and rangeland beef. The event includes a chef’s paddock tour, an industry networking night, beef workshop, live cooking demonstrations, fresh produce for sale, opportunities to meet celebrity chefs and a ticketed sit down lunch for 180 people, Long Table Lunch.

Nannup Flower and Garden Festival 2015
August 13-16, 2015
Nannup, Australia’s South West
Be inspired at the 2015 Nannup Flower and Garden Festival as it celebrates The Night Garden. Events and displays will feature the iconic Nannup winter flowers and explore what happens in the garden at night. Be prepared to be delighted and surprised as you wander the festival.

Onslow Rodeo
August 15, 2015
Onslow, Australia’s North West
A one day event consisting of junior, senior, national and local riders competing for points and trophies. The rodeo also includes children’s novelty events throughout the day and charity fundraising with presentations and entertainment. The event promotes the sport and is nationally affiliated with the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association.

North West Festival
August 21-23, 2015
Port Hedland, Australia’s North West
The North West Festival is set to rock Port Hedland again with some of Australia’s best music artists. The festival runs over three days and helps add greater vibrancy to the Pilbara region and provide a boost to local businesses. This year’s line-up includes Birds of Tokyo, Peking Duk, Angus and Julia Stone, Drapht, Seth Sentry, British India, The Preatures and much more.

CinéfestOZ
August 26-30, 2015
Bunbury and the Margaret River region, Australia’s South West
CinefestOZ will take place over five days in August, showcasing some of the best Australian and French films, as well as filmmaker forums, film premiers, free community screenings and gala events. Cinefest OZ boasts the nation’s richest film prize of $100,000 for an Australian feature film, a major drawcard for the diverse pool of talent.

Shinju Matsuri
August 28 to September 6, 2015
Broome, Australia’s North West
Japanese for Festival of the Pearl, Shinju Matsuri celebrates the unique culture, history and diversity of Broome. A traditional Chinese dragon is the centre-piece of the festival, and people proudly display their ethnic origins, and celebrate a pearling history that has made Broome the envy of the world. The festival will tempt your senses with an exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and smell.

Chevron City to Surf for Activ
August
Karratha, Geraldton, Albany, Busselton, Perth
The largest sporting community event in Western Australia, featuring a 4km walk/run/wheelchair, 12km walk/run, 21.1km half marathon and 42.2km marathon.

SEPTEMBER
Act Belong Commit Dwellingup 100 MTB
September 5, 2015
Dwellingup, Experience Perth
WA’s biggest mountain bike event, which saw more than 800 people participate in 2014. Three distances provide the opportunity for riders of all ages, fitness and levels to enjoy riding in the event; 100km Dwellingup Classic, Dwellingup 40km and the 14km D14 Novice Event and Schools Championship. An event village, located on the oval and set up adjacent to the start/finish area provides exhibitor stalls, food and beverage, athlete recovery area and entertainment.

Wildflower Show and Spring Festival
September 8-19, 2015
Ravensthorpe, Australia’s Golden Outback
Come and share the spring beauty of the Ravensthorpe Range, the magnificent Hopetoun Coast and the Fitzgerald River and Frank Hann National parks. Over the past 30 years the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show has developed into one of the best shows in Western Australia. See one of the biggest displays of different species of named wildflowers in the world.

Hidden Treasures Great Southern Bloom Festival
September 11 – October 12, 2015
Great Southern region, Australia’s South West
The Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern will be hosting its fifth Bloom Festival this year. The Great Southern blooms at this time of year with a huge array of treasures hiding in the bush and reserves such as rare spider orchids, cowslips and donkey orchids. Grab a festival program from your local visitors centre or online and choose from over 40 events happening during September and October, and plan your trip through the Great Southern discovering treasures at every bend in the road.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival
September 15-20, 2015
Perth, Experience Perth
Perth is fast becoming a fashion hot spot and with iconic events like Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, there’s little wonder why. Now in its 17th year, the Festival sees fashionistas experiencing high fashion events at a range of unique venues. With world-class runway shows, free public events and fashion lunches, the Festival’s line-up keeps getting better.

Zest Fest
September 19-20, 2015
Kalbarri, Australia’s Coral Coast
The Zest Festival explores Kalbarri’s cultural connections to the Netherlands, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, China and Japan via the voyages of the Dutch East India Company. The event features Indigenous culture, modern Australia culture, multicultural performances, art, food, short films and community workshops. This year’s event will focus on the cultures of India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Red Earth Arts Festival
September 18-27, 2015
Karratha, Australia’s North West
The Red Earth Arts Festival (REAF) is one of Australia’s largest regional arts festivals. Taking place in the City of Karratha, REAF will host a range of events for everyone. There will be activities for kids, a live music night with Bluejuice and Miami Horror, dance performances, a huge film festival, a street festival launch and an adults only Vaudeville Village night.

Meekatharra Outback Festival
September 25-28, 2015
Meekathara, Australia’s North West
The Meekatharra Outback Festival showcases the regional town through a range of activities. The event opens on Friday evening with family entertainment including a travelling side show, rides, market stalls and show bags. Saturday includes a community float parade, horse racing at the Meekatharra Race Club, fashion parade and live entertainment. The last day of the event features more horse racing, a rodeo and closes with the Meekatharra Outback Ball.

Bendigo Bank Southern Art and Craft Trail
September 26 to October 11, 2015
Great Southern region, Australia’s South West
Over two weeks, visitors will be able to enjoy art exhibitions, open studios, workshops, demonstrations, artist talks and public art displays at 65 venues in the Great Southern region.

More than 250 artists will take part in the annual event which takes place in several of the region’s towns including Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Kojonup, Franklin River, Walpole and Porongurup.

Toodyay Picnic Race Day
September 27, 2015
Toodyay, Experience Perth
Held since 1865, the Toodyay Picnic Race Day is known as one of the biggest events held in the Avon Valley. The event is a traditional ‘picnic race’ meeting that attracts people to enjoy the family- friendly atmosphere. 2015 celebrates the event’s 150th anniversary.

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XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup
September 27, 2015
Kalgoorlie, Australia’s Golden Outback
The Kalgoorlie Race Round features the Boulder Cup, Hannans Handicup and culminates in one of the Goldfield’s most iconic events, the XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup, where professional jockeys battle it out on the 2,300m track for a handicap of $160,000 plus trophies valued at $3,135 for the owner, $1,780 for the trainer and $1,780 for the rider.

OCTOBER
Big Skies Festival
October 2-11, 2015
Geraldton, Australia’s Coral Coast
Big Skies Festival is an exciting and unique regional festival featuring cutting edge contemporary arts performances of a national standard, within an inclusive community event that showcases quality local produce and products, celebrates cultural diversity and promotes experienced and emerging local artists and performers.

2015 Beverley Heroic
October 4, 2015
Beverley, Experience Perth
The event is a recreational bicycle event consisting of two parts. The Beverley Heroic Town Ride is a map-based treasure hunt around Beverley where riders find clues, complete the puzzle and explore Beverley’s historic landmarks. The Beverley Heroic is a long distance bike ride which celebrates the heritage of the area, with checkpoints at York and Northam. The Gran Fondo challenge rewards ‘spirit not speed’ and riders are asked to bring their vintage bikes to participate.

Yalgoo Emu Cup & Goo Fest
October 10, 2015
Yalgoo, Australia’s Golden Outback
The Yalgoo Emu Cup & Goo Fest features emu-themed races, activities and competitions. The program incorporates novelty emu costume races, small sculpture competitions and a Goo Fest concert. There will also be various live music, art activities and fireworks to conclude the evening.

LiveLighter Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival

October 10, 2015
Dardanup, Australia’s South West
The Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival features Ferguson Valley wine and beer, food, music, evening entertainment and the finale, the lighting of the fire sculpture. Day time events include an art exhibition, street theatre, a street procession, event-themed displays in the main hall, cooking demonstrations using local produce, vintage machinery, engines and cars, animal displays, children’s activities and market stalls.

Cape to Cape MTB
October 22-25, 2015
Augusta, Australia’s South West
Cape to Cape MTB is a four day mountain bike race through the Margaret River region, set to an iconic backdrop of world famous surf beaches, private farmlands, wineries, rocky outcrops and national forest. Each year a large number of national and international elite mountain bike riders descend on WA’s South West specifically for the Cape to Cape MTB. The mix of riding trails from world famous beaches to rock paths through the pines forest make the Cape to Cape one of the most popular and well recognised endurance stage races in Australia.

Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash
October 23-25, 2015
Carnarvon, Australia’s Coral Coast
Featuring extreme off-road racing machines such as buggies, 4WDs, bikes and quads, the 520km event provides a challenge for even the toughest competitors. The event continues to grow every year and in 2012 it won the Gold Award in the Festivals and Events category at the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. The Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash received the award for bringing economic benefits to the local community, attracting visitors to the region, generating media exposure and promoting the destination.

Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia – National Rally, Albany
October 26 to November 1, 2015
Albany, Australia’s South West
Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) will host the National Rally in Albany where all RV’s will remain parked on site for eight days. The program includes daily local tours to major regional visitor attractions, social activities and themed evening nights.

NOVEMBER
Geographe Crush Food and Wine Festival
November 6-8, 2015
Bunbury and Geographe Region, Australia’s South West
The festival celebrates the wine, food and attractions of the South West wine region of Geographe, extending from Harvey in the north; Collie, Dardanup and Donnybrook in the east; and Capel and Busselton in the south; centering on the main city of Bunbury. Staged over three days, the event celebrates local wine and food with cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and restaurant and cellar door experiences.

Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest
November 7, 2015
Augusta, Australia’s South West
There’s something on offer for everyone at Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest. Competitors can choose from three different events for adventurers of all ages, and four different off-road disciplines including ocean swimming and kayaking, trail running and mountain biking. Recognised as the world’s biggest adventure race – a multi-race, multi-adventure weekend with something for everyone, taking place amidst the rugged landscapes of the South West.

SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah – Australian Pro Championships
November 8, 2015
Mandurah, Experience Perth
Debuting in October 2012, SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah arrives as the Australian Professional Championship, giving enhanced prize money and qualifying opportunities to some of the best professional triathletes in Australia and from around the world. With a swim course incorporating the sheltered harbour of Mandurah, competitors look set for fast times from start to finish on the two lap bike course, and a run course showcasing the best Mandurah has to offer.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape
November 20-22, 2015
Margaret River, Australia’s South West
The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is WA’s annual premier food and wine event. Each year, the event features an unparalleled line up of international and local food and wine celebrities, iconic and breathtaking host locations, money can’t buy culinary experiences and a premium focus on ‘the world’s best’. The acclaimed food and wine festival has welcomed a lauded line up of food and wine personalities in the past, including Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Sat Bains, Massimo Bottura, Dan Hong, Matt Preston and many more.

Kambarang – South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience
November 20, 2015
Margaret River, Australia’s South West
Kambarang is a long table lunch showcasing the produce of the South West, including wine and the native bush food available. The event is ticketed and will be promoted as a fringe event as part of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. The event celebrates Aboriginal culture, with known chef Mark Olive alongside local tour operator Josh Whiteland, being the main attractions. Prior to the long table lunch, masterclasses with students, chefs and mentors within the hospitality sector will be conducted.

ANZAC Commemoration of First Fleet
November 23 to December 3, 2015
Albany, Australia’s South West
Four days of events marking the 100th anniversary of the first convoy of ships carrying the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to the First World War.

DECEMBER
Redbull Lighthouse to Leighton
December 5, 2015
Rottnest and Leighton, Experience Perth
The Redbull Lighthouse to Leighton is the kite surfing event of the year. Starting a Phillip Point Rottnest, off the coast of Perth, the longest race of its kind in Australia has competitors racing across the Indian Ocean and the Gage Roads channel and finishing at Leighton Beach, North Fremantle. The event is a unique opportunity for amateur and professional kiters alike to compete against one another for the race title, trophy and prize money.

SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia Triathlon
December 6, 2015
Busselton, Australia’s South West
Competitors undertake a challenging 3.8 kilometre swim, 180 kilometre bike ride and a 42.2 kilometre run throughout the beautiful town of Busselton.

Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival
December 12, 2015
Manjimup, Australia’s South West
The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity of Manjimup, highlighting and promoting the horticultural products that are grown (particularly cherries) and the value they add to the region. The festival attracts visitors from around the State and is held during the optimum cherry season in December.

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