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Events - Western Australia
Want to see what is happening where you are going? Maybe you want to include a destination in your plans, some stopover to coincide with events happening in that town?

Following are some events happening in Western Australia. For more information, check the destination pages of the town or area you are visiting.

Some events happen at the same throughout Australia, such as Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, local markets, agricultural shows etc. Some scheduled events only have approximate dates, with some dates changing or being cancelled.

When planning your travel around events, contact the holder of the event or the local visitor centre where the event is happening to confirm the event timetable.



Find out how to apply for an events listing.

July Events - Western Australia

Location Event

Contact the local visitor centres for more information:

Albany
Exmouth
Geographe Bay
Ningoloo Marine Park
Whale Migration
• June to November
June signals the beginning of the annual whale migration, as the humpback and southern right whales make their way from the Southern Ocean to the breeding grounds in the warm northern waters.

The whales then return south in November to grow and mature. Their route follow the continental shelf that hug the Australian coastline. For more whale information:
General info
Where to see whales

Broome Staircase to the Moon
• Occurs March through to October
A natural phenomenon caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching to the moon.

There is the Staircase Markets held at Town Beach on the nights of the ‘Staircase to the Moon’.

When a full moon occurs twice in the same month it is known as a ‘Blue Moon’.

Good spots along the North West Coast to view the phenomenon are at Hearson Cove, Karratha and Roebuck Bay, Broome.
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August Events - Western Australia

Location Event

  Wildflower Season • Wildflower Events - WA
• August - November
Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers, with some 12,000 species found within its borders and many being unique to the state.

Springtime heralds the official wildflower season in Western Australia, however rain and sunshine greatly influence the timing of the wildflower season, which can see the season span several months, sometimes starting as early as July in some regions, especially in the north where early rains can herald an early flowering season.

Flowering season in the south can be as late as November where the climate produces a totally different collage of flowers.

Balingup Balingup Medieval Carnivale • Medieval Carnival
• August
The Balingup Medieval Carnivale is an annual event of colourful medieval afyre. Come see and participate in the procession of people in costume and animals as they weave their way around the Village Green. There are jugglers, jesters, knights and fair maidens, with re-enactments of medieval life. Join in the variety of activities and entertainment in a frolicing fine food and wine affayre.
Balingup Balingup Tulip Festival
• August
Balingup comes alive with colour in the Tulip Festival that joins with the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival and adds floral backdrop to the Balingup Medieval Carnivale.

Broome Shinju Matsuri Festival
Broomes Festival of the Pearl
• August-September
‘Shinju Matsuri’ is a Japanese term meaning ‘Festival of the Pearl’. It is one of Australia’s longest running annual festivals, running for about ten days, and celebrating Broome’s diverse culture and heritage. Keeping in line with tradition, the festival is held with the lunar calendar and the harvesting of the pearl. There is the opening ball, carnival of nations, float parade, mardi gras, and much more encompassing music, art, dance, literature, history, sport, food and children’s activities.
Broome Staircase to the Moon
• Occurs March through to October
A natural phenomenon caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching to the moon.

There is the Staircase Markets held at Town Beach on the nights of the ‘Staircase to the Moon’.

When a full moon occurs twice in the same month it is known as a ‘Blue Moon’.

Nannup Nannup Flower and Garden Festival
• August
Held over a week in August, this festival celebrates gardens in winter. Each year the ‘garden village’ comes alive with the colours of tulips and daffodils. There are art and photographic exhibition, as well as open gardens.
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September Events - Western Australia

Location Event

  Wildflower Season • Wildflower Events - WA
• August - November
Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers, with some 12,000 species found within its borders and many being unique to the state.

Springtime heralds the official wildflower season in Western Australia, however rain and sunshine greatly influence the timing of the wildflower season, which can see the season span several months, sometimes starting as early as July in some regions, especially in the north where early rains can herald an early flowering season.

Flowering season in the south can be as late as November where the climate produces a totally different collage of flowers.

Blackwood River Valley Blackwood Classic Power Boat Race
• September
Four power dinghy races are held on the Blackwood River annually. They include the Nannup Cup, the Sunnyside Sprint, The River Race and the Blackwood Classic 250. Claims to be the longest power dinghy race in the world, the Blackwood Classic 250 is a three day time trial covering some 250 km of the Blackwood River, commencing at Bridgetown, passing through Nannup and Sues Bridge, and finishing at the river mouth at Augusta. More information at the Power Dinghy Racing Club.

Bridgetown Blackwood Classic Power Boat Race
• September
Four power dinghy races are held on the Blackwood River annually. They include the Nannup Cup, the Sunnyside Sprint, The River Race and the Blackwood Classic 250. The Blackwood Classic 250 claims to be the longest power dinghy race in the world, the Blackwood Classic 250 is a three day time trial covering some 250 km of the Blackwood River, commencing at Bridgetown, passing through Nannup and Sues Bridge, and finishing at the river mouth at Augusta. More information at the Power dinghy Racing Club.

Broome Shinju Matsuri Festival
Broomes Festival of the Pearl
• August-September
‘Shinju Matsuri’ is a Japanese term meaning ‘Festival of the Pearl’. It is one of Australia’s longest running annual festivals, running for about ten days, and celebrating Broome’s diverse culture and heritage. Keeping in line with tradition, the festival is held with the lunar calendar and the harvesting of the pearl. There is the opening ball, carnival of nations, float parade, mardi gras, and much more encompassing music, art, dance, literature, history, sport, food and children’s activities.
Broome Staircase to the Moon
• Occurs March through to October
A natural phenomenon caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching to the moon.

There is the Staircase Markets held at Town Beach on the nights of the ‘Staircase to the Moon’.

When a full moon occurs twice in the same month it is known as a ‘Blue Moon’.


Dunsborough Whale and Dolphin Watching
• September to December
An ideal location for the annual whale-watching, when Southern Right and Humpback whales move along the coast. They can be seen at play in  Geographe Bay, either viewed from a charter tour boat or along a coastal vantage point. Bottlenose dolphins are also inhabitants of Geographe Bay.

Kojonup Kojonup Festival of Wildflowers
• September/October
Contact the visitor centre for details.

Perth Kings Park & Botanic GardenBotanic Gardens & Parks Authority
• Kings Park, Fraser Ave, WEST PERTH WA 6005 • Ph: +61 8 9480 3600 • Fax: +61 8 9322 5064 • Email
• September
This month long event heralding the start of spring. There are themed and exciting interactive events and spectacular displays of Western Australia wildflowers.
Perth Perth Royal Show
• Claremont Showgrounds, Railway Parade, MOUNT CLAREMONT / PERTH • Ph: 08 6263 3100 • Email
• September - October
Named a State icon in 2004, the unique Perth Royal Show attracts hundreds of thousands of people over eight days. A hugely fun time time for the entire family.

Ravensthorpe Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show
• Morgans St, RAVENSTHORPE WA
• Contact: see website for details • Disabled accessible services.
• Annual event held in September
• 5-19 September 2009 Daily from 9 am - 4 pm
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show has developed into one of the best annual shows in Western Australia. Possibly the largest number in the world of different species of named wildflowers are displayed, collected from one of the world’s richest biodiversity areas.

The spring festival event is jammed pack with activities from The Wildflower Shop, The Ravensthorpe Herbarium, Wildflower Expo and Market Day, spectacular drives and walks.

Devonshire Teas is available and provided by local fund raising organisations. The comfortable surroundings of the 106 year old Ravensthorpe Community Centre will make a refreshing 'tea break' for the weary traveller.

There is easy parking for coaches and wheelchair access. Check the website for details.

Shire of Victoria Plains Victoria Plains Wildflower walk
August / September
Annual wildflower walk. Guided tour through natural bushland, and other activities. Contact shire for more information.
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October Events - Western Australia

Location Event

  Wildflower Season • Wildflower Events - WA
• August - November
Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers, with some 12,000 species found within its borders and many being unique to the state.

Springtime heralds the official wildflower season in Western Australia, however rain and sunshine greatly influence the timing of the wildflower season, which can see the season span several months, sometimes starting as early as July in some regions, especially in the north where early rains can herald an early flowering season.

Flowering season in the south can be as late as November where the climate produces a totally different collage of flowers.

Bridgetown Blackwood Marathon Relay
• Held on the last Saturday in October
Organised by the Rotary Club of Bridgetown, this annual event dates back to 1979, linking Boyup Brook and Bridgetown. This event made up of teams include canoeing, swimming, running, cycling and horse riding as part of the relay.

The increase in the numbers from the original 56 team entries in 1979, to a peak of 377 entries in 1991, sees the continual rise in popularity of this event. Today, the event attracts all levels of competitors from the elite champions such as Robert De Castella, Steele Bishop, Shane Gould Innes and Sue Malaxos, to others who just compete for fun.

Broome Staircase to the Moon
• Occurs March through to October
A natural phenomenon caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, creating a beautiful optical illusion of a staircase reaching to the moon.

There is the Staircase Markets held at Town Beach on the nights of the ‘Staircase to the Moon’.

When a full moon occurs twice in the same month it is known as a ‘Blue Moon’.

Brunswick Junction Brunswick Show Web Site
• October
The Brunswick show is the biggest one day show held in Australia with approximately 15 thousand people attending. Brunswick is situated 160 km from Perth on the South Western Highway. The show includes a range of activities from sheep shearing, horse whisperer, fashion parades, trade exhibits, arts and craft, fireworks etc.

Cunderdin Cunderdin-Meckering Bulgin Bush Races
• 3rd weekend in October
The Cunderdin and Meckering communities invite you to come and experience a weekend packed full of activities and events for the whole family. Located only about 150 km east of Perth (approx one and a half hours), Bulgin is a great place to camp out, with functional amenities and hot showers on site. Pack up your swag, caravan, ute, tent or campervan. Round up your friends and family and bring them along for a great weekend away. The event is NO BYO! NO DOGS! NO GLASS!

Ceduna, SA
to
Kalgoorlie, WA
Chasing the Sun Golf Festival - Nullarbor Links
• From Sat 29th September 2012 to Sat 6th October 2012
A week of fun, golf, culture - Davric Australia's "Chasing the Sun Golf Festival 2012". Commencing in Ceduna on Sunday 30th September and concluding in Kalgoorlie Saturday 6th October.

Perth Perth Royal Show
• Claremont Showgrounds, Railway Parade, MOUNT CLAREMONT / PERTH • Ph: 08 6263 3100 • Email
• September - October
Named a State icon in 2004, the unique Perth Royal Show attracts hundreds of thousands of people over eight days. A hugely fun time time for the entire family.

Swan Valley Spring in the Valley Festival
• October
Swan Valley's annual celebration of its people and produce in a festival of wine, food, art, music and community spirit.
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November Events - Western Australia

Location Event

  Wildflower Season • Wildflower Events - WA
• August - November
Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers, with some 12,000 species found within its borders and many being unique to the state.

Springtime heralds the official wildflower season in Western Australia, however rain and sunshine greatly influence the timing of the wildflower season, which can see the season span several months, sometimes starting as early as July in some regions, especially in the north where early rains can herald an early flowering season.

Flowering season in the south can be as late as November where the climate produces a totally different collage of flowers.

Bridgetown Blues at Bridgetown
• Always the 2nd weekend in November
The Blues Festival originally started as a small event to give something back to the community, celebrating Bridgetown. It has now grown to over 15,000 attending as each year it is bigger and better. See the website www.bluesatbridgetown.com for more information.

Nannup Nannup Regional Rose Festival
• November
Held over a weekend in November, this festival celebrates the rose with exhibitions, garden talk and craft displays.

Perth Red Bull Air Race and Festival
• early November
The Red Bull Air Race World Series concludes in Perth over the Swan River. Some of the worlds most talented pilots will compete against each other in a race based on speed, precision and skill. The Perth leg of the Air Race is the last of twelve races that have been held in various international destinations. Information about the international race calendar can be found at: www.redbullairrace.com

South West Festival of Country Gardens
• November
This festival is held through the hinterland of the South West with gardens Bridgetown, Balingup, Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup. The main festival is held during spring over the first week and third weekend of November.
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December Events - Western Australia

Location Event

Manjimup The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival
• Early December
Annual celebration of the wonderful cherries with the main festivities in the town centre. There are a variety of stalls and activities, a wine tasting tent and the all important cherry pip spitting contest. There are also guided tours of a working cherry orchard.
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