There’s always something going on in South West Australia and so there really is no reason to sit at home watching TV in your dressing gown during these winter weekends although you could be forgiven for snuggling up at CinefestOz in Bunbury perhaps.

Your coming-up activities could start in Nannup, or further north in Dwellingup, or how about Perth for the fashion shows?

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The weather has been chilly, but not that chilly, and to tell you the truth temperature-wise it’s been about the same as a UK summer (I should know) without as much rain. We do need rain – those farmers in the wheat belt are crying out for it.

So without further ado, here are a few events which I’ve cherry picked from a huge array. You might also like to check out the Margaret River Busselton website which has a whole heap of ideas of things to do in the south west especially.

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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. Tulips. Winter flowers. Find out what happens in the garden at night.Be prepared to be delighted and surprised as you wander the festival.


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.

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Chevron City to Surf for Activ


Karratha, Geraldton, Albany, Busselton, Perth

Perth City to Surf: 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.

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Act Belong Commit Dwellingup 100 MTB

September 5, 2015

WA’s biggest mountain bike event in Dwellingup 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.

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Thanks to Jill at Life Images by Jill for these wildflower photos

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.

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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival

September 15-20, 2015

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.

I sometimes write about fashion on my lifestyle blog, Lifestyle Fifty, so I’ll be going to the Fashion Festial for sure.

Have you got any tips or advice about exciting happenings in your neck of the woods over the next couple of months? It would be great if you’d give them a shout out in the comments section below.

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  1. I love winter for the simple reason that it is not so dam hot to get around. You can do all those activities like hiking, cycling and even just walking without getting too hot and bothered. I would love to be involved in some of these activities in the South West.

  2. It is a great time of year to be active here in this lovely region, Kathy!

  3. SO many things to see and do … I live in hope that we’ll be able to get over to this awesome part of WA, but it’s not turning into one of those years! But that doesn’t mean I’m not keeping tabs on what we’ll miss out on – there’s always NEXT year, right?!?!?!

  4. We have only been to Queensland in Australia. There is so much more to see and do that we can hardly wait to get back!

  5. There’s something for everyone on this list and as always Jo, you introduce me to something I don’t already know. Love the Dwellingup Mountain Bike challenge.

  6. Great Nina! So glad to be able to spring something from the hat to keep you interested!

  7. Hello GypsyNesters! So glad you are planning on coming back, and very glad that I’m flying the flag for the West Coast to get you over this way too!

  8. Always next year Red! Our meet-up will be just more awesome when it finally happens!

  9. You are so right Lyn! The roads aren’t too busy (once out of Perth) the sights are wonderful and there’s so much to do. Hope to catch up with you maybe?

  10. Certainly a lot going on in our little corner of the world. I think I will have to check out the Bloom Festival – sounds like my kind of thing. And the Nannup Garden Festival is always beautiful.
    Thanks for the great run down of what is going on Jo. There is something for everyone.

  11. Yes the Bloom festival looks like a lot of fun hey Jill. Will def make a plan to get there too.

  12. I’d love to head south to see the wildflowers this year. To find that elusive spider orchid is always a challenge but it’s alway fun looking for them.

  13. Yes, true Jenny, but as you say the fun is in the journey and the challenge looking for them and discovering other beauties along the way 🙂

  14. Thanks Jo. What a well balanced selection of recommended activities. Sounds like the City to Surf has something for most people. It’s always uplifting to see flowers as shot by Jill. Thanks again.

  15. Thanks Wanda, so much on offer, and being selective was the hardest part.

  16. Carol McDowall

    CinefestOZ is going to be amazing this year. We have Shane Jacobson and Hugo Weaving walking the red carpet in Bunbury. Woot woot!


  17. Sounds like a fabulous line-up and so much going on, Carol. You, by the way, are doing a fabulous job!

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