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OUTBACK FESTIVALS, SHOWS & EVENTS

WESTERN AUSTRALIA


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Western Australia Shows, Festivals & Events

For details and dates of all the Agricultural Shows and Field Days held in Western Australia each year, check out the web site at:

http://www.raswa.org.au/affiliated-ag-societies/regional-shows.aspx

You can also check out these web sites for details of up coming festivals and events throughout Western Australia:

http://www.westernaustralia.com/au/Things_to_See_and_Do/Events/Pages/events.aspx?CID=dgm:seem:whatson1213What's:On:in:WA:-:InterEvents:WA:-:Broad

Community Markets
To find out what community markets are happening, and when, in Western Australia, check out the following web sites:
Markets Online: http://www.marketsonline.com.au/western-australia/
Markets & Fairs: http://marketsandfairs.com.au/index.asp
Australian Farmers’ Markets: http://www.farmersmarkets.org.au/markets

Broome Courthouse Markets: http://www.broomecourthousemarkets.com.au/
Derby CWA Community Markets: http://www.derbytourism.com.au/pages/community-markets/.
Kununurra Markets: http://www.kununurramarkets.com/index.html
Port Hedland Westend Markets: http://www.courthousegallery.com.au/west-end/west-end-markets
Port Hedland Yacht Club Markets: http://www.phyc.com.au

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REGIONAL EVENTS

boyup brook country music festival and ute and truck muster
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, Ute & Truck Muster - February
The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is Western Australia’s premier Country Music Festival. Five big days of music, fun and laughter. This event is the biggest and most successful country music festival and attracts all ages, providing a friendly atmosphere of entertainment and a great weekend away.
For more details and dates check out the Country Music WA web site: http://www.countrymusicwa.com.au/, and the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBoyupBrookUteAndTruckMuster. You could also check out the Boyup Brook Tourism Association web site as well: http://www.boyupbrooktourism.com.au/Boyup-Brook-Events.html
South West Craft Beer Festival - February
South-west breweries hot celebrations with local produce, music and, of course, beer. Sample the regions finest brews from the traditional to the creative while listening to local live music. For more information have a look at their website: http://swbeerfest.com.au
The Festival of the Wind, Esperance - March
The Festival of the Wind is a community celebration involving local and visiting arts, history, cultures & entertainment. Saturday evening sees live music at the shell.
This event is held March Biennially in March - odd years.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thefestivalofthewind
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Perth Caravan and Camping Show - March
The Perth Caravan and camping show is a show that the whole family will enjoy, so come along to the Claremont Showgrounds to plan your next adventure. Whether you are an experienced traveler, looking to get into the outdoor lifestyle or browsing for new products this show has something to offer everyone!
A visit to the Perth Caravan and Camping show gives you the opportunity to find out how best to experience caravan and camping. There are lots of free seminars and demonstrations throughout each day to make your visit an enjoyable and fun day out.
The 2015 Perth Show has a huge focus on entertaining visitors. There is a vehicle recovery using a snatch strap and getting out of a bog with the car or camper trailer demonstrations, reversing lessons, cooking demonstrations and a whole variety of seminars from industry experts.
With free entry for children under 16* and loads of free fun kids activities on Saturday and Sunday, rides and more there’s no way the kids will be bored, even the teenagers!
There will be live entertainment and performances around the showground.
For more details, and dates, check out their web site: http://caravanandcampingshow.com.au/

dirranbandi show
Dirranbandi Show – April
Every year the Dirranbandi Pastoral & Agricultural Association works hard to bring you a huge range of events that entertain and showcase the vast array of talent from Dirranbandi and the surrounding area. There will be a camp draft, sheep, cattle, rodeo, yard dogs, entertainment, a bar operating, food available, pavilions and much more. The event is all day and night, hosted at the Dirranbandi showgrounds.
For contact details and dates check out : http://www.queenslandshows.com.au/event/dirranbandi-show/. Also check out Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dirranbandi-Show/190028927841435
nullarbor muster rawallina
Nullarbor Muster Rawlinna - April
Local pastoralists and many visitors get together and have an action packed weekend at the Rawlinna Nullarbor Muster, usually held mid April or thereabouts. The program consists of novelty and gymkhana events, barrell racing, bull riding, skeet shoot, children's races and a ute muster.
For more details, ph: (08) 9022 6435; www.nullarbormuster.org.
Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival - May
Celebrate the annual migration of the whale shark with a free family movie night, market stalls, a gala opening and live entertainment, and meet the sharks in the Big Day Out on the reef.
For more details check out their website: http://www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com
Carnarvon TropiCool Festival
Carnarvon TropiCOOL Festival - May
The Carnarvon TropiCOOL Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Gascoyne Region. Carnarvon is a vibrant multicultural hub, the 'food bowl' to the southwest and the regional centre of the Gascoyne. Called the 'TropiCOOL' festival because it boast some of the best winter weather in the world - this two-day smoke-and-alcohol free event offers families a fun-packed weekend of free activities, including the outdoor spectacle Eventide at sunset on the Carnarvon Fascine, Cocktail Party, TropiCOOL Twilight Concert and the TropiCOOL Family Fun Day. All featuring a rich program of the best international circus and music acts, markets, great food and awesome entertainment. Locals and visitors alike – this two-day extravaganza allures people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, come and feast with us and celebrate everything that Carnarvon has to offer!
For more information on the Festival, and dates, check out the following web site: http://www.gascoyneinmay.com.au/festivals/tropicool-festival.html
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Destination Merredin - May
Destination Merredin is an annual weekend festival which brings their heritage to life. Destination Merredin is responsible for sharing Merredin’s unique and interesting history. Many side events will be held during this festival such as live music, stalls, auctions, event dinner, theatre performances and more!
For more details, and dates, check out their web site: http://destinationmerredin.com/

 

Wyndham Starts on the Bastion - July
Enjoy sunset views atop the 'Bastion', ahead of live music and a hearty three-course feast.
For more details, and dates, check out their web site:
http://www.wyndhamstarsonthebastion.org.au

 

 

 

 

Kununurra Agricultural Show - July
Enjoy entertainment, circus workshops, equestrian events and fireworks, plus country show favourites including market stalls, cattle, dog shows, sideshow alley and agricultural displays.
For more details, and dates, check out their web site:
http://www.kas.org.au

 

 

Roebourne Cup Day at Nor West Jockey Club - July
This seven event card is well-supported by the local Pilbara communities and annually attracts more than 4000 racegoers. A popular event, it's sure to be a fun day out.
For more details, and dates, check out their web site: http://www.nwjcroebourne.com.au

 

 

three springs wildflowers
Three Springs Wildflower Show & Art Exhibition – late Aug / early Sept.
Venue: Community Hall, Railway Road, Three Springs, Western Australia – Coral Coast
There is something for everyone at the Three Springs Wildflower Show and Art Exhibition - with a gorgeous display of local flora including wild orchids and locally produced items, local artistic forms of paintings, pottery works, a real life diorama bush setting in the hall with junkart emu plus kids colouring and little train.
Homemade scones, jam, cream, tea and coffee will also be available for your consuming pleasure while you feast your eyes on the beautiful paintings and photographs and vote for your favourite work of art!
For more details check out the Shire of Three Springs web site: http://www.threesprings.wa.gov.au/index.php/our-community/community-calendar
meekatharra outback festival
Meekatharra Festival - Queen's Birthday Weekend September
The festival launches Friday evening with stalls, food vendors, clowns and children's rides. Saturday morning opens at 9am with the float parade at 10am and "ColourMe" Paint Run at 11am. Sunday is the rodeo and outback ball. Rodeo Events include: Bull riding, Steer wrestling, Saddlebronc riding, Bareback bronc riding, Barrel racing, Steer undecorating, Team roping, Rope & Tie and Breakaway roping.
For all the details on the Festival and dates, check out their web site: http://meekafestival.com.au/
zest fest kalbarri
Zest Festival Kalbarri – September
The Zest Festival in Kalbarri is bringing culture, community and history together to create an extraordinary experience in the Mid-West of Western Australia. It is a five year event that will be the cultural pulse that will take Kalbarri and nearby communities up to the 400th anniversary of the landing by Dirk Hartog in 2016. After the success of the inaugural festival in 2012, which commemorated the 300 year anniversary of the Zuytdorp shipwreck, this year's festival will cast its eye over the ocean to Cape Town in South Africa - a critical place for sailors to rest, restock and re-man their vessels. Kalbarri will be exploring its cultural connections to the Cape and celebrating these through dance, movement, art, music, performance, food and adventure. Enjoy a South African inspired dish prepared by Voyager Estates Executive Chef Nigel Harvey, listen to the songs of the sea by international Opera Singer Michael Halliwell or get yourself ready to compete in the Great Race where you'll search for clues, find messages, play challenges to win an amazing Kalbarri Safari package. For more information check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KalbarriZestFestival/
perth 4wd and adventure show
Perth 4WD & Adventure Show - November
All the latest 4WD products on show in one location, McCallum Park, Perth. Runs Fri/Sat/Sun.
Contact: (08) 9386 9666, web: http://perth.4wdshow.com.au.
Boddington Bush Dance - November
The bush dance is held at the Boddington Rodeo Grounds, Hakea Terrace, Boddington WA. It is hosted by the Armadale 4WD club with invitation extended to WA 4WD Association member clubs. Gates will open Saturday 12pm with camping within the Rodeo Grounds.
For all the details, dates and costs, check out the web site of 4WD Western Australia: http://www.wa4wda.com.au/4WD%20News.htm

 

 

Northwest & Pilbara Region

Northwest Events
The fantastic Northwest region of WA (including the Pilbara& Kimberley regions) has a range of terrific events happening during the year. For all the information on dates and events, check out the excellent web site of 'Australia's Northwest' and look up the events links: www.australiasnorthwest.com.
shark bay fishing fiesta Shark Bay Fishing Fiesta - May
Held in May, and while there’s a fishing competition every day for adults and kids there’s a whole lot more going on including a beer can regatta, a wide variety of music each night, a short film festival and a lot more. All within the delights of the World Heritage Area of Shark Bay; Check out: www.sharkbayfishingfiesta.webs.com.
ningaloo whale shark festival exmouth The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival (Exmouth) - May
The Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival highlights the community’s relationship with the yearly visitation of the whale shark.
The Whaleshark Festival is for all ages and is possibly the only event in honour of that unique, spectacular creature, the whale shark which is recognised both nationally and internationally. The Covering three days, the festival is full-on entertainment for people of all ages – this event has something for everyone, children, youths and adults, it is a festival of education, and enjoyment. Entertainment includes: Float Parade, Fun Run, Live Music and performances, Market Stalls, Corporate Displays, Show Bags, Rides and Great Food.
For all the details check out the Festival's web site at: http://www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com/
marble bar races Marble Bar Cup Races & Ball - July
This famous event has been held annually in July since 1893, it attracts an ever increasing crowd of between 2000-3000 thousand people. With a track surrounded by spinifex, red hills and a dusty two up ring the Pilbara comes together with miners, town folk, families, travellers from across the world and all the crew from Pilbara Stations near and far. The early days of racing were supported by district bred horses and a two day meeting was held until the early 70's when professional jockeys and registered race horses came into being.
The Marble Bar Races Ball is held on the Friday night as a warm up for a great day of racing. It is a formal event, and dressing to the theme strongly recommended.
For more details, and dates, check out their web site: http://www.marblebarraces.com/
newman campdraft and rodeo Newman Campdraft & Rodeo - August
Newman Campdraft and Rodeo Association, also known to locals as NCDARA, was established in 1996 and held its first rodeo in 1998. Today NCDARA is one of Newman's most passionate and supported sporting clubs. The clubs members have been building up the profile of the 2 events in the remote mining town, some 1200kms from Perth. All rodeo events are catered for all at the Newman rodeo. Open bullride, Open saddle ride, bullock ride, rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping, novice horse barrel race, ladies barrel race, ladies steer undercoating, ladies breakaway roping, junior barrel race, juvenile barrel race, junior steer ride, juvenile steer race, juvenile bull ride, junior breakaway roping, junior bareback ride, juvenile bareback ride. The Rodeo weekend brings Newman alive and ensures a great day out for young, old and families. Web: http://www.newmanrodeo.com.au/
port hedland north west festival North West Festival Port Hedland - August
Some of Australia’s best music artists will grace the stage at the Pilbara's biggest music festival.
For all the festival details, and dates, check out the web page: http://www.northwestfestival.com.au/
robe river rodeo pannawonica Robe River Pannawonica Rodeo - September
The Robe River Rodeo Inc. prides itself on producing year after year a great event for families, and for the cowboys and cowgirls of the Pilbara and beyond – a spectacular event with an emphasis on competition and fun. The Committee’s affiliation with the ABCRA puts a further emphasis on the sportsmanship and competition of its Rodeo events, whilst maintaining its family appeal for spectators and competitors. And now a 'points rodeo' - the new status means that competitors will earn ‘points’ for winning a place in an event, which will go towards a National Points Scoring System.
At the rodeo grounds with your admission fee (which is very reasonable) you get free non-powered camping area, hot showers and toilets on site, breakfast available on the weekend, hot and cold food stalls and Licensed bar facilities – NO BYO alcohol. There are also various stalls and amusements for kids and live entertainment at night.
For all the details check out: http://www.pannawonicarodeo.com.au/

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The KIMBERLEY REGION

mud crab races derby Mud Crab Races - June
Here's a good Aussie event. You may consider an afternoon well spent in your best thongs on the sprawling lawns at the Mary Island Fishing Club in Derby. Then again you may take it seriously and have the finest racing mud crab around. Head to Derby in May. Crabs to be in the Club by 2.30pm; racing starts at 4.00.
For more information contact the Derby Visitor Centre, ph: (08) 9191 1426, or check out their web site at: http://www.derbytourism.com.au/tours-and-activities/events
Ord Valley Muster



Argyle Diamonds ORD VALLEY MUSTER - May/June

The ‘Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster’ is an all embracing community celebration of the prodigious talent to be found in the East Kimberley region.

From humble beginnings in 2001 the Ord Valley Muster came to life quietly as a simple one night affair; – a pleasant dinner in the outback for local businesses. Since then it has grown at light-speed to be firmly established as a pre-eminent event in the national festival calendar with investment provided by the entire community. Featuring well over 30 varied and brilliant events across an exciting fun filled 10 day festival, culminating in the Muster’s major draw-card outdoor concert’.

Held in the East Kimberley, the muster features a jam packed program of outdoor adventure, lifestyle, art, industry, historical, sporting and competitive activities. Web: http://www.ordvalleymuster.com.au/

derby boab festival Derby Boab Festival - July
Western Australia’s longest running town festival celebrates the West Kimberley lifestyle. Starting with a Mardi Gras, the two week events finished with a closing concert on Sunday. Festivities include the Kimberley art prize, a country music tribute concert, the Fitzroy Crossing rodeo, the AFL Boab Cup and Mud football!
For all the details and events occurring through the Festival, and dates, check out their web site: http://www.derbyboabfestival.org.au/ , and you can also follow their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyBoabFestival
wyndham stars on the Bastion Wyndham Stars on the Bastion - July
Start this amazing experience off by taking in the magnificent sunset on top of the ‘Bastion’ at the Five Rivers Lookout. Great live music, delicious cap fire dinner.
For more information on this great night, check out the web site: http://www.wyndhamstarsonthebastion.org.au/Stars/Welcome.html
fitzroy crossing rodeo and campdraft

Fitzroy Crossing Rodeo and Campdraft - July
This rodeo & campdraft is held at the Fitzroy Crossing Rodeo Grounds in July.
You can follow their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/341515709307076/?ref=22

Or check out the web site of the Australian Campdraft Association for this even, and all campdraft events throughout WA and Australia: http://www.campdraft.com.au/Page/197/home?returnurl=%2FPage%2F1%2FHome

Or the APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association):
http://www.prorodeo.com.au/

Shinju Matsuri Broome Festival

Shinju Matsuri – Broome's 'Festival of the Pearl' (August / September)

From the high spirited and colourful waking of Sammy the Dragon, the festivals Chinese Dragon, after his yearlong slumber; across ten days of festivity, Broome’s Shinju Matsuri is an experience like no other. Shinju Matsuri, which translates from Japanese as ‘Festival of the Pearl’ began in 1970 when local community leaders wanted to best mark several of the town’s celebrations that occurred close together, including the Japanese Obon, Malaysian Merdeka the Chinese Hang Seng at the end of Broome's pearl harvest. For well over 40 years the festival is held every year around August or September's full moon and spring tides to coincide with the beautiful natural phenomenon know as ‘Staircase to the Moon’. Broome comes to life through festivities that showcase traditional and contemporary talents that celebrate its unique culture, history and diversity.
Web site: http://www.shinjumatsuri.com.au/index.html

derby rodeo and campdraft

Derby Outback Rodeo, Gymkhana and Campdraft - August
Held at the Derby Rodeo Grounds in August. Campdraft events are conducted on Friday and the Gymkhana on Saturday morning. Rodeo events are held on Saturday afternoon and evening. Rodeo events and Station events are on Sunday all day. There's also food available, stalls and entertainment.
For more information contact the Derby Visitor Centre, ph: (08) 9191 1426, or check out their web site at: http://derbytourism.com.au.

Or check out the web site of the Australian Campdraft Association for this even, and all campdraft events throughout WA and Australia: http://www.campdraft.com.au/Page/197/home?returnurl=%2FPage%2F1%2FHome

Or the APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association):
http://www.prorodeo.com.au/

Lake Argyle Adventure Race - September
Swim, run, mountain bike, paddle and run again. If this is your idea for fun then the Lake Argyle Adventure Race might just be what you are looking for. This year's event will run between Friday 2nd Sep to Sunday the 4th. There's stunning scenery, cool water and an awesome atmosphere ... and don't worry about the crocodiles - they're just freshies! For more details visit: www.lakeargyleadventurerace.com.au.

garnduwa festival fitzroy crossing Garnduwa Festival (Fitzroy Crossing) - October
The Garnduwa Festival, in Fitzroy Crossing, has become the pre-eminent Indigenous festival of its type in WA. Upwards of 5000 people attend over the five days, held in the middle of October each year. As part of the festival, the remote communities football and athletics championship attracts up to 20 teams from remote communities throughout the Kimberley, Pilbara and NT. In conjunction with football there will be a wide ranging athletics competition.
For more details check out: www.laarrigallery.com, or ph: (08) 9191 7195, or the web site: http://www.garnduwa.com.au
broome mango festival Broome Mango Festival - November
As the clouds build up and the mango trees droop with fruit, the fruit bats gorge themselves and residents get set to show off their best mango recipes and cocktails in a 4 day event, run by the Lions club of Broome. Broome’s annual Mango Festival starts with the Mango Quiz Night at the Broome RSL, so brush up on your mango knowledge for a fun night with great prizes with all proceeds going towards community services. The Great Bartenders of Broome at the Mangrove is not to be missed and Mango Tasting at Matsos, Mango Jams, cakes and chutneys at the Boulevard and The Great Chefs of Broome mango cookup at the Cable Beach Club.
For more information on th Festival, and dates, check out the web site: http://www.broomeandthekimberley.com.au/2014/08/15/broome-mango-festival-2014/, you can also follow their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BroomeMangoFestival

 

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