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Western Australia


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Hiroyuki Kita, like a flower swaying in the wind, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014. Photo Clyde Yee



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Message from the Hon


Western Australia’s 2014 events calendar


As the Minister for Tourism, it is my pleasure to present Tourism Western Australia’s 2014 events calendar. Western Australia is proud to boast a fantastic and diverse range of worldclass events. We are home to the Perth International, Australia’s richest annual golf tournament; the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, which attracts some of the best chefs and culinary experts from across Australia and around the globe; the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro surfing, which this year features the world’s top 36 male and top 18 female surfers; and the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, which attracts thousands of visitors to celebrate the Kimberley’s unique culture and landscapes. The State Government is able to sponsor additional events, in even further locations than ever before, with the support of the Royalties for Regions program.

In addition to the significant social benefits, events are important drivers of tourism and play an integral role in helping us to achieve our goal of increasing the value of tourism in Western Australia to $12 billion by 2020. Events give people a time-critical reason to visit Western Australia and encourage locals to travel around the State. They also add vibrancy, in particular to regional areas, provide a significant boost to the local economy and attract crucial national and international media coverage for Western Australia, which helps to promote it as a tourist destination. I commend the events of the 2014 calendar to locals and visitors.

Liza Harvey MLA Minister For Police; Tourism; Road Safety; Women’s Interests


HYUNDAI HOPMAN CUP PERTH 28 December to 4 January

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28 DEC

Key Facts The Hyundai Hopman Cup is an international team tennis tournament held each year in Perth. The 2014 event was attended by more than 80,000 fans, the second highest attendance on record. The 2014 event had a total global broadcast of 1990 hours to an audience of over 6 million, across 20 key international broadcast markets.

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Perth The Hyundai Hopman Cup is Perth’s premier annual international tennis championship and the official mixed teams’ competition of the International Tennis Federation. Named in honour of one of Australia’s greatest tennis players and coaches, Harry Hopman, the Cup has been serving up the best in international tennis for more than two decades. Perth is proud to have hosted such a high profile and extraordinary event since the Cup’s inception in 1988. In 2014, the Hopman Cup once again showcased some of the world’s best tennis players as they competed at the state-of-the-art Perth Arena. It is the only stadium in Australia that replicates the conditions of the Rod Laver Arena.

Tennis fans had the opportunity to watch superstars such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sloane Stephens, John Isner and Petra Kvitova, represent their countries in what was a fast paced, exciting week of tennis. France clinched its first Hopman Cup title after an epic 2-1 victory against Poland.



BHP Billiton Aquatic


Key Facts Challenge Stadium hosts the pool swimming and water polo events. Only annual event in Australia featuring the Australian swim and water polo teams. The annual Swim the Swan Open Water Challenge is the richest open water swim in the country.

02 FEB

Perth & Regional Western Australia The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is a festival of water-based sport featuring one of the world’s richest international swimming meets. This year saw the Australian Swim Team take on China, South Africa, Brazil and Japan in the pool, providing exciting swimming action for all spectators. The event also included an international water polo competition featuring Australia, Croatia and China, as well as an elite and mass participation open water swim in the iconic Swan River. Some of Australia’s finest swimmers, including gold medallists Alicia Coutts and Cate Campbell as well as silver medallists James Magnussen and Christian Sprenger, competed this year at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.

It’s the only time that the Australian water polo and swim teams compete on the same stage, with the exception of the World Championships and Olympic Games. The event is complemented by an extensive Regional Community Engagement Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions, and involves some of Australia’s best past and present coaches, swimmers and water polo players participating in a number of events and activities in regional and remote Western Australia.



Perth International


Key Facts Tourism Western Australia will also fund the Perth International Arts Festival opening performance for 2015. It’s the oldest annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 30,000 people attended the 2014 Lotterywest Festival Spectacular.

01 MAR

Perth & Great Southern Bringing together ground-breaking and energetic performances, the Perth International Arts Festival is one of Western Australia’s most popular arts events. The festival is enjoyed by the young and old, with a range of genres and art forms for everyone. The three-week festival is an indulgence of the world’s finest music, film, theatre, visual arts and free community events held across a range of venues in Perth and the Great Southern region. Originating in 1953, the festival has a strong history, bringing together world-class artists to Western Australia for more than 60 years.

The opening act of the 2014 festival, the Lotterywest Festival Spectacular Veles e vents, was proudly supported by Tourism Western Australia. The performance charted the grand and perilous voyage of a ship on the open sea. Inspired by the work of Valencian poet Ausiàs March, and developed by Spanish public theatre masters Xarxa, the family-friendly performance featured music, movement and a dazzling fireworks display.



Australian Surf


Key Facts In 2014, The Aussies featured beach and ocean events spanning across 2km of Scarborough Beach. The Aussies is the largest event of its kind, and is a family friendly and free event. The event was broadcast nationally on Channel 9. Involves competitors of all ages, including The Masters Championships held in the first two days of the event.

06 APR

Scarborough Beach, Perth The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, known as ‘The Aussies’, is the largest event of its kind, involving 4,500 surf lifesavers representing 311 surf lifesaving clubs taking part in approximately 295 events spanning across seven days. With world-class beaches and more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia , Perth is the ideal location to host the Championships. Hosting an event of this size helps activate the Scarborough beachfront which is a key tourism development priority.

A purpose built amphitheater developed for the event took centre stage for the competition, which included surf boat and ski races, flag races, beach sprints and the famous Ironman and Ironwoman races. Tourism WA in conjunction with Surf Life Saving WA and the City of Stirling was proud to support the return of the Aussies in 2014.



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Key Facts WCT status guarantees the world’s top 36 ranked male and top 18 ranked female surfers compete at Margaret River.

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Margaret River The State Government is a major sponsor of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, the State’s premier surfing event. The Margaret River Pro was granted World Championship Tour (WCT) status by the Association of Surfing Professionals in 2013, guaranteeing the world’s top ranked surfers compete at the event until 2017. As a destination synonymous with surfing and surf culture, as well as world-class wine and food produce, Margaret

WCT status is secured until 2017.

River offers the perfect setting.

The region is famous for its world-class beaches, wineries, caves, food and a relaxed lifestyle.

WCT status guarantees that the top 36 ranked male and top 18 ranked female surfers in the world compete at Margaret River. In 2014, Tahitian Michel Bourez secured his first ASP WCT career win against Australian Josh Kerr.

The event is partly supported through Tourism Western Australia’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions.

13 APR

Margaret River is regarded as being one of the world’s most consistent big wave locations, with the region boasting more than 75 world class surf breaks. The region also boasts premium wine, gourmet local produce, majestic caves and tall-timber forests, offering something for all visitors. 13

V8 SUPERCARS PERTH 400 - PERTH 16 to 18 May

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Key Facts More than 47,000 people attended the V8 Supercars at Barbagallo Raceway across the three days in 2014. The V8 Supercars Perth 400 was the fifth race in the 2014 season. The event was broadcast on the Seven network.

18 MAY

Perth West Australian V8 Supercar fans can satisfy their thirst for fast-paced, action-packed racing at the Perth round of the V8 Supercar Championship the Perth 400, which returns to Barbagallo Raceway each year. 2014 saw Volvo join the grid under the ‘Car of the Future’ regulations. Nissan and Erebus Motorsport were the first to race under the new regulations in 2013, after 20 years of racing from wellestablished duo Holden and Ford.

Barbagallo Raceway underwent significant developments in 2012. The raceway now has an infield pit complex, a three-storey media centre, race control and a new footbridge linking the infield to the outfield.

The Perth 400 was the fifth race in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship calendar and featured a new SuperSprint format of two 100km races on the Saturday and a 200km race on the Sunday. Scott McLaughlin delivered an historic win for Volvo on the Saturday; with Ford’s rising star Chaz Mostert taking out the race on the Sunday.

The footbridge provides better viewing of the V8 pit lane experience and access for people with disabilities.



Argyle Diamonds


Key Facts

25 MAY


Over 30 events attract approximately 13,000 visitors across the 10day festival.

One of Western Australia’s spirited regional events, the Argyle Diamonds

Highlight of the muster is the Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience outdoor concert.

The event prides itself on embracing the local community to present an impressive line-up of events including comedy nights, a street party, the Waringarri Corroboree, the Durack Homestead Dinner and the Kimberley Kitchen cooking event which showcases the region’s gourmet produce.

Inducted into the WA Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2011. The event is supported through Tourism Western Australia’s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions.

Ord Valley Muster celebrates the culture and extraordinary natural landscapes of the East Kimberley region.

The Muster’s major drawcard, the Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience, is held on the banks of the Ord River and provides an idyllic setting to enjoy a stellar line-up of national and local

musical acts like Eskimo Joe and The Waifs who performed this year. 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 lightning speed to be firmly established as a pre-eminent event in the WA calendar. 17




Key Facts The Cable Beach Polo is one of only seven beach polo events in the world, and the only one in Australia. Broome is the gateway to the extraordinary Kimberley region, which was recently hailed as one of the world’s top 10 region’s to visit in 2014 by Lonely Planet.

25 MAY

Broome Australia’s only beach polo tournament takes place on the stunning Cable Beach. It’s a sporting spectacular which attracts visitors from around Australia and the world as well as some of the world’s leading polo players. The 2014 event once again featured exciting international polo with top players from New Zealand and Columbia, as well as the Kimberley Challenge II, which aims to introduce the sport to young Indigenous stockman riders in the Kimberley.

guests mingled in barefoot elegance with the players and guests from around the globe. The festival included other events such as a ‘Style on the Sand’ fashion competition and a dinner under the stars on Cable Beach.

This sporting spectacle was free to watch picnic-style from the sand, or from the ticketed VIP marquee where



China vs Australia

29 & 31 MAY

THE SINO-AUSTRALIA CHALLENGE Key Facts Each match is broadcast nationally and internationally into China on free-to-air broadcaster CCTV 5. The Australian leg of the series is owned and managed by Basketball Australia. In China, basketball is considered the number one sport both from a commercial and participation perspective. Basketball recently overtook football as the preferred domestic sport with viewers.

Perth Two of the great international basketball nations go head-to head in a thrilling four game series, which sees the Australian men’s team, the Boomers; play two games in China as well as two games in Western Australia. With the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, the China-Australia International Series provides important preparation for both nations and helps to ensure the selection of the highest quality teams.

The series was tied after China clawed back victory in the final two games in China. More than one million people play basketball in Australia, making basketball the number two team-based participation sport in the country.

The series opener in Perth saw the Boomers win by 2 points after the game was pushed into overtime. 21



24 AUG

CINÉFESTOZ Key Facts Many WA films and documentaries have made their world or WA premiere at CinéfestOZ, including Stone Brothers, Little Sparrows, The Toll and The Tree. The event has attracted high profile guests including Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson and David Wenham. One of Australia’s top film directors, Bruce Beresford, has been confirmed for 2014. More than 80 national and international actors, producers and directors attended CinéfestOZ in 2013.

Busselton Filmmakers, actors and film lovers will head to the South West for the seventh annual CinéfestOZ, which this year boasts the nation’s richest film prize of $100,000 for an Australian feature film. Over five days, the event will showcase some of the best Australian and French films as well as filmmaker forums, film premieres, free community screenings and gala events. A key highlight of the event is the sell-out Directors’ Lunch, which provides an opportunity to meet key people in the film industry. Since its inception, CinéfestOZ has attracted renowned international and national film makers and luminaries including Jerome Paillard, CEO of Cannes Marche de Film; Claire Dobbin, chair of Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF); Mark Woods, CEO of MIFF Premiere Fund; Australian Film Distributors – James Hewison, Michael Wrenn, Nick Batzias and Joel Pearlman; and international film financier Greg Coote.

Set in the State’s South West, the event also highlights the extraordinary landscapes of the region, with events staged in Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough and Bunbury. The 2013 event saw 68 ticketed screenings, 40 ticketed events, seven screen industry workshops and 104 free community screenings.



The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship


Key Facts More than 18,000 people attended the 2013 Test between the Qantas Wallabies and Argentina Pumas. The match is part of a deal between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, and the Australian Rugby Union.


Perth The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship returns to Perth in 2014 when the Qantas Wallabies take on the Springboks at Patersons Stadium this September.

Following the Qantas Wallabies’ enthralling win against Argentina in Perth last year and their recent series win over the French, the Aussies will be looking to gain victory against the Springboks when they head to Perth. Replacing the former Tri Nations in 2012, The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship pits the Qantas Wallabies, All Blacks, Springboks and the Pumas against each other for the right to be crowned the best in the Southern Hemisphere.

Rugby’s popularity continues to grow in Western Australia. Since 1998, 20 international rugby matches have been played in Perth, attracting strong crowds and global television coverage. The introduction of the Western Force to the Super Rugby competition in 2006 has also contributed to the game’s increased profile in Western Australia.





Key Facts Toughest endurance motorsport event in the Asia-Pacific region. The course is approximately 3,000km and will run from Perth to Exmouth. The 2013 event featured 76 competitors. The top motorbike competitor wins entry into the world renowned Dakar rally.


27 SEP

Western Australia’s Outback As Australia’s version of the internationally renowned Dakar Rally, the Australasian Safari is a challenging 3,000km endurance rally throughout Western Australia’s Outback and Coral Coast. As the toughest endurance motorsport event in the Asia-Pacific region, it mentally and physically tests even the most skilled riders and drivers as they tackle the course on a range of machines including four-wheel drives, motorbikes, quad bikes and side-by-sides.

The Australasian Safari will be televised nationally on free-to-air TV, and a highlights program will be shown in approximately 100 countries, showcasing some of Western Australia’s most extraordinary locations. This year will also see the addition of a new Auto class, the Safari Challenge, which will allow the event to be more

accessible to everyday driven 4WDs and increase participation. Over its 28 year history, the event has attracted renowned competitors such as five-time Dakar winner Cyril Despres and V8 Supercar champion Craig Lowndes; as well as participants from Australia, South Africa, USA, Japan, China, Italy, the UK and Venezuela.





26 OCT


Key Facts The Perth International is Australia’s richest annual golfing event. Jason Dufner will return to the Perth International in 2014, along with world number 21 Victor Dubuisson Western Australia has a long history of hosting successful international golf events, including the Heineken Classic, the Johnnie Walker Classic and the Lexus Cup.

Perth The Perth International is the only event in Australia to partner with the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia, with a prize purse of US$2,000,000, is the richest annual tournament in Australia.

Providing one of Australia’s hilliest championship courses, Lake Karrinyup is surrounded by magnificent eucalyptus trees and kangaroos that freely roam the fairways – the perfect setting for hosting the successful Perth International golf tournament.

More than 2,379 hours of international coverage were broadcast into more than 473 million homes around the globe in 2013. Twenty-three year old Korean golfer Jin Jeong took out the 2013 event, in what was a thrilling final play-off against England’s Ross Fisher.

More than 31,000 people attended the Perth International event in 2013. 29


Anzac Centenary

30 OCT

02 NOV


Great Southern

The National Anzac Centre will also be officially opened as part of the Anzac Albany event program.

As the location where the first convoy of Australian and New Zealand

The nation’s Centenary of Anzac, to be commemorated from 2014 to 2018, will be one of the most significant commemorations to take place in the lifetimes of most Australians.

Featuring the Australian Defence Force, the official event program will include the Royal Australian Navy ceremonial sunset commemorative service, symbolic departure of naval ships, troop march and a ship open day.

Many thousands of people are expected to make the pilgrimage to Albany in November 2014.

troops left for the First World War, Albany will be the curtain raiser for the commemorative event program of activities marking the Anzac Centenary.

A free public concert will feature the West Australian Symphony Orchestra with high-profile special guests and the Stirling Terrace Mess Hall will feed the masses with pop-up restaurants and Great Southern produce.

The National Anzac Centre will also be officially opened as part of the Anzac Albany event program. The innovative centre will allow visitors to follow personal stories of the young men and women from across Australia and New Zealand who left from Albany to fight for their countries. 31


Margaret River


Key Facts The Margaret River Gourmet Escape’s Gourmet Village, satellite and fringe events are set against the stunning backdrop of Western Australia’s remarkable South West region. In 2014 Heston Blumenthal will lead a star cast of celebrity chefs and food and wine critics including Rick Stein, Massimo Bottura, Sat Bains and local stars Aaron Carr and Hadleigh Troy.

23 NOV

Margaret River Wine Region The Margaret River Gourmet Escape brings together the world’s best chefs and wine experts for the ultimate culinary adventure.

Home to a smorgasbord of premium wineries, boutique breweries, high quality primary produce and awardwinning restaurants, the Margaret River Wine Region is truly a food and wine lover’s paradise. The Gourmet Village is your ticket to interact with and learn from the world’s finest and most loved food and wine personalities.

Expect to see and engage with the festival’s stars as they showcase their culinary prowess. Delivering on the extraordinary, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape comprises a series of special events set in unique locations, attracting not only food and wine lovers but all visitors to the region.

The heart of the festival is the Gourmet Village, a spectacular food and wine event held at Leeuwin Estate over the entire weekend. 33

What’s on in

Lancelin Ocean Classic

Hyundai Hopman Cup

It’s the longest running windsurfing event in Australia, attracting worldclass competitors.

Perth’s premier tennis tournament showcases top international talent at the state-of-the-art Perth Arena.

Mount Barker Co-operative Ltd Grapes and Gallops

WA Country Builders Albany Half Triathlon

Features the Great Southern’s richest race, the $90,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint.

JANUARY 28 December-4 January, Perth

3-4 January, Albany

The triathlon features a 1.9 kilometre swim, a 90 kilometre cycle and a 21.1 kilometre run throughout the beautiful Great Southern region.


9-12 January, Lancelin

BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series 31 January-2 February, Perth

One of the world’s richest swimming meets, with international water polo and an elite and mass participation open water swim.

19 January, Mount Barker

Western Australian Circus Festival 25-27 January, Karridale

Features local, national and international contemporary circus performers.

What’s on in

FEBRUARY Perth International Arts Festival

7 February-1 March, Perth and Great Southern

Cutting-edge performances with some of the world’s best theatre, music, film, visual arts, literature and a range of free community events.

SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim

Go for 2&5 Perth Track Classic

8-9 February, Busselton

22 February, Perth

A mass participation open water swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty.

Australia’s elite athletes will go head to head against their international track and field counterparts.

Boyup Brook Country Music Festival 13-16 February, Boyup Brook

Western Australia’s premier country music festival.

Club Marine Geographe Bay Race Week 16-21 February, Busselton

Now in its 13th year, Western Australia’s longest running yachting regatta offers visitors exciting action both on and off the water.

South West Craft Beer Festival 22-23 February, Busselton

Brings together some of the region’s best brewers so locals and visitors alike can experience award-winning brews and ciders, mouthwatering local produce and live music.

Taste Great Southern 22 February-30 March, Great Southern

A celebration of the unique and award-winning food and wine of the Great Southern.

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MARCH Nannup Music Festival

28 February-3 March, Nannup

This long weekend festival showcases and supports the best local, national and international musical talent.

Avon Valley Vintage Festival

1-2 March, Northam

Featuring valuations, auctions and antiques, the festival provides a wealth of all things vintage.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

GAMEX Fishing Tournament

Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest

Cottesloe Beach transforms into a spectacular sculpture park displaying works by more than 70 artists from Australia and around the world.

Recognised as Western Australia’s premier game fishing tournament, GAMEX offers anglers a chance to compete in a variety of categories over six full days.

A community extravaganza that celebrates Mandurah’s vibrant coastal lifestyle.

Valley View Summer Concert and Air Display

Action Sports Games Mandurah

7-24 March, Perth

8 March, Geraldton

Features the Royal Australian Navy Band along with an aircraft sky display.

Country Cups – XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup 13 March, Bunbury

The biggest horse racing event in the South West region with live music and activities throughout the day.

14-22 March, Exmouth

15-16 March, Mandurah

The event features a round of the International Wakeboard and Waterski Federation’s World Cup as well as freestyle motocross, skateboarding and BMX riding.

15-16 March, Mandurah

Velofest: Woodside Tour de Perth 26-30 March, Perth

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

31 March-6 April, Perth

Around 4,500 surf lifesavers representing 311 surf lifesaving clubs compete at Scarborough Beach in 295 events over seven actionpacked days.

Offers spectators a unique opportunity to see worldclass international cyclists compete in the heart of Perth.

SunSmart Karri Valley Triathlon 29 March, Pemberton

Competitive triathlon throughout the picturesque South West region of Western Australia.



What’s on in


Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

2-13 April, Margaret River

The world’s top 36 male and top 18 female surfers compete in this World Championship Tour surfing event.

Quit Forest Rally

4-6 April, Nannup to Busselton

Western Australia’s round of the national East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship.

World Vintage Rugby Carnival 6-12 April, Perth

Veteran rugby players of all fitness levels from around the world will partake in friendly matches right here in Perth.

York Motorcycle Festival 13 April, York

Motorbike display combined with fun family activities, stunt shows and live music.

Kalgoorlie 400 18-20 April, Kalgoorlie

Round one of the fiveround Australian Off Road Championship.


Fremantle Street Arts Festival

Toodyay Moondyne Festival

V8 Supercars Perth 400

19-21 April, Fremantle

4 May, Toodyay

16-18 May, Perth

Australia’s largest street festival with busking, street theatre, comedy, circus and cabaret.

This colonial heritage festival celebrates the 1800s pioneer bushranger Moondyne Joe.

The Perth round of the V8 Supercars Championship held at Barbagallo Raceway.

What’s on in

The Barramundi Dreaming


SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon 1-4 May, Busselton

A three-day festival incorporating the Busselton IronMan 70.3 triathlon which provides a challenging course for competitors.

5-10 May, Kununurra

The event showcases Indigenous local talent in a variety of genres such as music, dance, art and culture.

Dryandra Country Art, Food and Wine Trail 10-11 May, Narrogin & surrounding towns

A self-drive trail showcasing the region’s best art, food and wine across 23 different venues.

Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster 16-25 May, East Kimberley

A celebration of all that is unique about the East Kimberley region, including its cultural diversity, incredible landscapes and local charm.

Larger than Life: An Arts Event by the Sea 17-18 May, Esperance

A celebration of the art projects and collaborations influenced by the new Esperance Waterfront Development.

Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival 22-25 May, Exmouth

The festival marks the beginning of the whale shark season, welcoming these gentle giants to Exmouth’s pristine waters.

Jazz by the Bay 30 May-1 June, Dunsborough

A celebration of jazz featuring entertainers fresh from the Perth International Jazz Festival.

A Taste of Broome Pinctada Cable Beach Polo

30 May-12 September, Broome

24-25 May, Broome

A monthly festival that celebrates the Indigenous soul of Broome’s multicultural community.

The pristine sands of Broome’s iconic Cable Beach play host to Australia’s only beach polo tournament.

Red Dog Festival 30 May-1 June, Various Pilbara

A two-day, multi-sport event held in the Pilbara over the WA Day June long weekend.

Goldfields Cyclassic 31 May-1 June, Leonora

‘Australia’s richest handicap cycle race’ which encourages participation from both professional and competitive amateur cyclists.

Albany Classic Motor Event

The Sino-Australia Challenge

What’s on in

29 & 31 May, Perth


Features various motoring events including hillclimbs, sprints, parades, demonstrations and car displays.

Two of the great international basketball nations go head-to-head in Western Australia.

Revelation Perth International Film Festival

What’s on in

The Revelation Perth International Film Festival introduces new, groundbreaking national and international films, live music and powerful performances to audiences of all ages.

31 May-1 June, Albany

Leonora Golden Gift 31 May-2 June, Leonora

The small outback town of Leonora will host Australia’s richest 1,600 metre foot race, the ‘Elite Mile,’ which attracts local, national and international competitors.


Truffle KerfuffleSouthern Forest Food Festival

27-29 June, Manjimup

3-13 July, Perth

A celebration of Manjimup’s famous black truffles and local produce.



Goldfields Kidsfest

5-6 July, Kalgoorlie Includes 13 different zones where children can participate in interactive and educational workshops.

Wyndham Stars on the Bastion 5 July, Wyndham

A night of fine dining and entertainment by some of Australia’s top country music singers, set on top of the spectacular Bastion Range.

Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture Mowanjum Festival 10 July, Derby

A concert that features more than 200 Indigenous performers from across The Kimberley, celebrating the Indigenous culture and people of this unique region. 38

What’s on in

AUGUST Avon Descent

2-3 August, Northam to Perth

Competitors from across Australia and the world tackle the white water rapids of the Avon and Swan rivers.

Cable Sounds Concert 10 August, Broome

Arguably one of the greatest Australian singers, songwriters and performers of all time, Paul Kelly is heading to Cable Beach Amphitheatre for what promises to be one of the shows of the year, Cable Sounds.

Gascoyne Food Festival

14-16 August, Carnarvon

Includes a chef’s paddock tour, an industry networking night, beef workshop, live cooking demonstrations, fresh produce and the opportunity to meet celebrity chefs.

Nannup Flower & Garden Festival

14-17 August, Nannup

For the green thumb and gardening enthusiast, this event includes open gardens, art workshops, quilt displays, garden talks and market stalls.


20-24 August, Busselton

The festival showcases the best of Australian and French films over five days, drawing a diverse audience and attracting filmmakers and actors from around Australia.

North West Festival

22-24 August, Port Hedland

A music concert full of great Australian and international music acts.

Chevron City to Surf for Activ 31 August, Perth

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.

What’s on in

SEPTEMBER Shinju Matsuri 5-14 September, Broome

Japanese for Festival of the Pearl, the event celebrates the unique culture, history and diversity of Broome.

The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship – Qantas Wallabies v South Africa Springboks 6 September, Perth

The Qantas Wallabies tackle the South African Springboks at Patersons Stadium.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off: Australia v Uzbekistan 12-14 September, Perth

The best of Australian men’s tennis.

Hidden Treasures Great Southern Bloom Festival

13 September - 19 October, Various Great Southern locations

Celebrating all that blooms in the Great Southern, as well as the unique culture, art and food and wine of the area.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 17-22 September, Perth

Western Australia’s largest annual premier fashion event.

Carnarvon Space Festival 19-20 September, Carnarvon

Carnarvon Space Festival will showcase the history of space exploration with special guest, Andy Thomas - Australia’s first and only astronaut.

Australasian Safari

19-27 September, Western Australia’s Outback

One of Australia’s toughest off-road adventures, often referred to as Australia’s answer to the world famous Dakar Rally.

Red Earth Arts Festival

19-28 September, Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson

Showcases local arts and cultural groups alongside nationally recognised artists.

Country Cups - XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup 20 September, Kalgoorlie

One of the Goldfields’ most iconic horse-racing events.

Zest Festival

20-21 September, Kalbarri

Exploring Western Australia’s multicultural connections, Zest Fest features performances, art, food, short films and community workshops.

Rally by the Seaside

21-27 September, Busselton

Rally by the Seaside is the national and overseas meet of the “Model A Car Club”, and includes a car parade and display.

Meekatharra Outback Festival 26-28 September, Meekatharra

Includes a travelling side show, rides and show bags, float parade, fashion parade and live entertainment.

The Bendigo Bank Southern Art & Craft Trail

27 September – 12 October, Various Great Southern locations

Around 65 venues present art exhibitions, open studios, workshops, demonstrations, artist talks and public art displays over a two-week period.

Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100

6 September, Dwellingup

Throughout the picturesque town of Dwellingup, bike riders push themselves to the limit in challenging 100km and 40km races.



What’s on in

OCTOBER Yalgoo Emu Cup & Goo Fest 11 October, Yalgoo

Features emu-themed races, activities and competitions.

Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival 11 October, Dardanup

With the 2014 theme “Celebrating the World”, this event will bring the colours, culture, sounds and flavours of places from around the globe to Western Australia.


Arts & Edges Public Festival

Cape to Cape MTB

Arts and Edges Public Festival is a celebration of regional arts and culture featuring a range of artists from around the State.

A fast-paced four-day mountain bike race from Augusta to Dunsborough. The event is suitable for riders of all levels and provides a great way to explore the South West region.

16-19 October, Kalgoorlie

Perth International 23-26 October, Perth

Some of the best players on the European, Australasian, Asian and American PGA tours descend on Lake Karrinyup Country Club for Australia’s richest annual golf tournament.

23-26 October, Augusta to Dunsborough

West End Markets: Pilbara Food Edition 25-26 October, Port Hedland

A food festival that focuses on agriculture and seafood from the region with master classes, produce tours and hawker style food markets.

WA Goldfields PGA Championships

30 October-2 November, Kalgoorlie

Set in Western Australia’s iconic gold mining town, the event provides an opportunity for the winner to gain entry into the PGA of Australasia’s biggest events - such as the Perth International.

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NOVEMBER ANZAC Centenary Commemoration

30 October-2 November, Albany

Four days of events marking the 100th anniversary of the first convoy of ships carrying the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to the First World War.

Act-Belong-Commit Augusta Adventure Fest 1-2 November, Augusta

Geographe Crush Food & Wine Festival

7-9 November, Geographe region

Recognised as the world’s biggest adventure race a multi-race, multiadventure weekend with something for everyone, taking place amidst the rugged landscapes of the South West.

Showcases the local food and wine of the region, the exhibition includes wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, food and wine matching sessions and entertainment.

Blues at Bridgetown

8 November, Jurien Bay

7-9 November, Bridgetown

A great day out for the whole family with dance and music performances, capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.

For lovers of blues music, this event features some fantastic artists as well as market stalls, buskers and entertainment for all ages.

Indian Ocean Festival

SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah – Australian Pro Championship 9 November, Mandurah

Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series 29-30 November, Margaret River

This event sees competitors take on a demanding 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run throughout Mandurah’s beautiful waterways, foreshore and city centre.

Australia’s top Surf Life Saving athletes will battle it out for the top title in Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series this Summer.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape


21-23 November, Margaret River

With a five-star line up of international and local chefs, foodies and wine critics, the festival offers an extensive program of world-class food events showcasing Western Australia’s best wine and produce.

What’s on in

Saint Barbara’s Festival

SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia 7 December, Busselton

Competitors undertake a challenging 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run throughout the beautiful town of Busselton.

Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival 13 December, Manjimup

Presents a range of activities and events focusing around the locally grown cherries.

4-7 December, Kalgoorlie

A celebration of Australia’s largest regional city and the contribution the mining sector makes to the local community.




AUSTRALASIAN SAFARI Western Australia’s Outback


Ayad Alqaragholli, habibi, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2013. Photo Clyde Yee.


© Joli


Alejandro Propato, permanent sunset, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014. Photo Clyde Yee





All information is correct at the time of printing. Printed August 2014.

2014 Western Australia Events Calendar - Tourism WA  

Western Australia is proud to boast a fantastic and diverse range of world-class events.

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