Spring is a beautiful time in Australia's South West, when the sun comes out and wildflowers spring to life. It's also an incredible time to attend one of the many budding festivals taking place across the region.
Here's a guide to the top events to attend in the South West this spring.
CinefestOZ Film Festival, Bunbury and the Margaret River Region
August 28 to September 1
Film fanatics, this one's for you! Set in the seaside centres of Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough and the Margaret River wine region from August 28 to September 1, CinefestOZ premieres feature films and star-studded events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, small bars and galleries, making it a feast for the senses and an unforgettable five-day getaway.
Bloom Festival, Great Southern
September 21 - October 20
A host of events in the Great Southern that celebrate all things that bloom. With an interesting and varied array of events through most of the 19 towns in the region during September and October, you are sure to find something interesting to do at Bloom Festival!
Southern MTB, Albany
September 21 - 23
If you’re a hardcore rider, committed mountain biker, daredevil, or just like to ride, the Southern MTB Albany is for you. Dedicated to bringing Albany to the world stage of mountain biking competitions, Southern MTB showcases Albany and its scenic surrounds as an irresistible destination for mountain bikers from all over the world.
Blooming Wild Festival, Southern Forests and Valleys
September 14 - November 17
Blooming Wild Festival in the Southern Forest & Valleys promotes tourism experiences and wildflowers in the South West during Spring. It celebrates the diversity and magnificent natural gardens of this region.
Southern Art and Craft Trail, Great Southern
September 21 - October 13
The Southern Art and Craft Trail is a free event held annually and promotes local galleries and artists. There are 93 venues and open studios to view, so head to the Great Southern to scout out some gorgeous unique pieces.
Festival of Country Gardens, Bridgetown and surrounds
October - November
This annual festival is a showcase of spring bulbs, blossoming trees and other blooms across the Southern Forests and Valleys. Taking place over the first weekend of November enables you to see all the spring flowers in full bloom, while roses should be at their peak. There will be morning walks to explore for interesting spring flowering trees and for wildflowers in the local jarrah forests near Bridgetown.
Western Australia Gourmet Escape
November 8 - 17
Gourmet Escape features ten days of extraordinary events showcasing Western Australia's premium produce and wine, along with celebrated international and Australian culinary talent. Head to Margaret River to celebrate this festival's closing weekend, where there will be an abundance of magical dining experiences to choose from set in breathtaking and world-renowned locations.
Blues at Bridgetown
November 8 - 10
Set in the magnificent surrounds of the Blackwood River Valley, The fourth annual Blues At Bridgetown festival will once again live up to the boast of “Fine Blues … Breathtaking Views.” W.A.’s original blues festival this year turns the spotlight on acoustic and traditional blues.