Discovering the Arts
The south west corner of WA has a thriving arts community. Visit any of the weekend markets and you’ll discover a group of passionate local artisans selling their wares. There’s anything from pottery and painting to local film and music to discover. The number of cultural events scheduled each year are a testament to the diverse interests and talents of the locals and visitors.
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries
Housed in a distinctive pink, historic building, the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery is the largest and only ‘A’ class regional gallery in Western Australia. It houses international and local exhibitions of sculpture, painting, woodwork and blown glass along with a wide range of arts and craft. There is also an extensive public art collection scattered throughout the City of Bunbury, and a growing collection of street art murals painted by renowned graffiti artists.
Forest Art Trails
Making the most of the beautifully scenery, two art trails have been created in the forests of the south west. Understory – Art in Nature is a nationally unique art in nature experience located at the Northcliffe Visitor Centre. Artworks created by local, Australian and international artists are located along a 1.2km walk trail through pristine native forest. Sculptures, stories, poetry and music explore our relationship with nature and the 'spirit of place'. The Swarbrick Art Trail, near Walpole is located among some of the oldest trees in Australia, specifically old growth karri trees. There’s an impressive 39-metre long ‘Wilderness Wall of Perceptions’ which encourages you to explore perspectives of the forest and wilderness.
The Country Music Capital of WA
Boyup Brook is considered WA’s country music capital. The town hosts an annual country music festival, rodeo and is home to the Harvey Dickson Country Music Centre, full of country music and Elvis memorabilia. It’s jam packed with records, posters, books, badges and more and has been in the Dickson family for over 100 years. Boyup Brook’s first country music show was held in the old barn on site in 1969.