Issue #38 of Australian Traveller features a traveller’s guide to WA’s wine and waves capital. Here is an annual events listing to show why this coastal escape pulls holidaymakers year round.

MARGARET RIVER 2011-2012 EVENTS
April 
4-10: Margaret River Drug Aware Pro and Mass Music Festival.
15-17: Quit Forest Rally. WA round of the Australian Rally Championship, attracting Australia’s best rally drivers over a weekend.
May
7: Ironman, Busselton.
13-17: Arts Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Margaret River Cultural Centre. Both adult and children programs.
15: Vintage Stomp at Voyager Estate. Celebrates the end of the local grape harvest. Wine tastings, markets, food stalls, dance and entertainment. www.voyagerestate.com.au
June
June to September: Whale-watching season. Visit Augusta as the Southern Right and Humpback whales whales take part in their yearly migration. Click here for more info.
July
31: Capes Long Lunch. A seven-hour feast. Board a bus at a nominated Visitor Centre for a progressive Sunday lunch across 4 venues. Tickets $115 pp.
August
24-28: Cinefest OZ – Film festival showcasing work by French and Australian film makers. Ace Cinemas, Busselton
September
September to November: Wildflower Tours Margaret River. View 2,500 wildflowers and 150 orchid species in the region. Join a guided walking tour from Lake or Mammoth Cave. Click here for more info.
October
20-23: Cape to Cape MTB, a four-day mountain bike race through the region. Click here for more info.
December
Dates TBC SunSmart Ironman competition, Busselton. Click here for more info.
January 2012 
Dates TBC: Southbound, Busselton: music festival for the younger crowds. Click here for more info.
Dates TBC: Movies in the Vineyard: variety of art house, family and mainstream films. Relax on the lawn of Cape Mentelle. margaretriverguide.com.au
February 2012
Dates TBC: Annual Leeuwin Concert at Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River. www.leeuwinestate.com.au
4-5: Busselton Jetty Swim: a 3.6 km ocean swim around the jetty with over 1,000 competitors. www.busseltonjettyswim.org.au
March 2012
Margaret River Wine Region Festival: celebrate vintage at numerous venues throughout the region. Street fiestas, grape stomps, cricket match, music & luncheons. www.margaretriverfestival.com

Read more about Margaret River is issue #38 of Australian Traveller magazine. Buy the back issue here.

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