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Each month over winter, there’s an event taking place somewhere in the south west that will help you put down that crossword and celebrate everything that is uniquely winter down south. From the best in Australian cinema to uncovering black gold during a truffle hunt, you’ll be able to make the most of your winter days while you holiday. We’ve rounded up the biggest winter events for your perusal.

Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival
June 1 – 3, Margaret River
The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2018. What began as a modest local project in 2009 has grown to be Western Australia’s largest regional literary festival. Each year, the festival brings an array of thought-provoking writers to the region including novelists, journalists, academics and established and emerging storytellers from WA, interstate and overseas. Learn more…
Denmark Festival of Voice
June 1 – 4, Denmark
Now in its 15th year, the Denmark Festival of Voice will light up the South Coast in a celebration of the power and beauty of the human voice. This grass-roots festival is born out of a thriving creative community who open the doors each year to a medley of visiting artists from near and far in the spirit of joy and meaning. A diverse array of artists enliven the town with spoken word, song and story, from choral to contemporary, blues to beatbox, sacred to secular. Learn more…
Bridgetown in the Winter
June – August, Bridgetown
A three month celebration, each weekend in winter is filled with activities, entertainment and fun for the whole family. Known for its cool, crisp misty mornings, rolling green hills and the warmth of country hospitality, Bridgetown is an ideal location to rest, relax and take in some of the winter activities on offer. The festival seeks to celebrate the town’s people, businesses, history and lifestyle through art, culture, music, food, exhibits and events. Find out more..
South West MudFest
July 7, Wilyabrup
The South West Mudfest is returning to Bootleg Brewery in the Margaret River region. There’s no chance of getting out clean, with the event packed full of many new obstacles alongside South West themed favourites. This muddier than ever challenge is suitable for all fitness levels, plus this year they’re introducing a new Kids Course to keep those mud cubs entertained these winter school holidays! Get a crew together and register today. Image by Elements Margaret River.
Getting down and dirty never felt so good! Find out more…
Nannup Flower and Garden Festival
August 16 –19, Nannup
A town-wide floral display of tulips and colourful plants with markets, workshops, vintage cars and more. The Nannup Flower & Garden Festival brings the community together to ensure the ‘olden day’ traditions are kept alive and well. Bursting with colour and creative ideas, the Festival will showcase over a hundred garden and craft stalls, landscape trends, new plant releases and stunning open garden displays. With plenty to do for the whole family from a dedicated children’s area, garden talks, demonstrations and floral displays in the Great Hall of Flowers. Find out more…
Balingup Medieval Festival
August 25 – 26, Balingup
Step back in time for the 21st Balingup Medieval Carnivale. Considered by many as Western Australia’s quirkiest event. It’s an epic display of all things medieval with over 100 Market stalls of handcrafted goods and clothing, gourmet food to fill your belly, tastings and sales of locally produced wines, ciders and mead. There’s plenty of entertainment with camel rides and colonial clydesdales wagon rides. A Grand Parade daily at 1pm, main stage music, dance and interactive children’s entertainment. There’s even a combat arena of armoured knights and kids boffer fun. Find out more..
Truffle Kerfuffle
June 22 – 24, Manjimup
A weekend-long celebration of black truffle season in the heart of truffle country. Truffle Kerfuffle is a hands-on and adventurous festival, guests can join truffle hunters to search out prized truffles, eat and drink their way through the marketplace or get their truffle fix at exclusive dining events.  With a host of local and national culinary talent attending the festival, guests can kick up their boots at Feast and Fire Opening Night, indulge in fireside cooking sessions, or catch free demonstrations and entertainment on the festival grounds. Find out more..
Telling Tales in Balingup
July 7 – 8, Balingup
Telling Tales in Balingup brings together published Authors and Illustrators from Western Australia for Children’s Story Telling and workshops during the middle weekend of the July school holidays. Multiple sessions allow you to select a time which best suits you and your children. Children can also learn the art of book binding and decorating, taking home their very own book. The parade is a real hit as they dress up as their favourite story character. Find out more…
Cabin Fever Festival
July 13 – 22, Margaret River Region
This winter, put a hold on hibernation and head to the Margaret River Region for as much quality wine, seam-splitting comfort food, fireside brews and general good times as your body can handle. Visitors and locals alike can experience chocolate, cheese and coffee appreciation, secret speakeasies, wine dinners, degustation menus, wine-fueled crafts, bonfires, brews, live music and more. Find out more..
Cinefest Oz
August 22 – 26, Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River and surrounds
Your chance to rub shoulders with the stars, CinefestOZ is Australia’s premier destination film festival. It attracts filmmakers, stars and visitors to Australia’s South West, with a massive program of film related events and industry forums. Visitors can plan their itineraries to include red carpet film premieres, cosy sidebar short film selections, film related lunches, free community screenings and industry soirees. Combine this with the spectacular natural beauty of the region, its wineries, restaurants, galleries and famed hospitality and you have a superb getaway. Find out more..

For a full lineup of winter events in Australia’s South West, visit

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