Try these great adventures in Western Australia

By Perth / Western Australia /

Western Australia is a year-round destination. No matter what season you travel in, you’ll find a gorgeous place to spend your holiday. WA has everything to offer – such as pristine beaches, forests, rugged outback scenery and more.

If Western Australia is next on your adventure list, then check out DriveNow’s car hire deals. You’ll find a good price for a car rental at Perth Airport

Once you’ve picked up your wheels, visit one of these five destinations for adventures.

Ngilgi Cave

Have an authentic cultural experience by venturing into the famous Ngilgi Cave. It’s one of the gems of Western Australia. Admire the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and other unique formations. With an Indigenous tour guide you’ll also learn some Aboriginal dreamtime stories, including how the legendary cave formed.

Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup, WA

Cape Leveque

Admire the dramatic red cliffs that contrast against the white sand and turquoise waters of Cape Leveque, which is 240 km north of Broome. Cape Leveque offers some of the Dampier Peninsula’s most stunning scenery. While here you can also join a scenic flight to view the incredible Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Cape Leveque, WA

Shark Bay

Australia’s most westerly point is an incredible place to visit. This region of WA is World Heritage Listed and is home to one of the largest and most diverse seagrass beds in the world. Some of the most popular activities here include daily dolphin feeding at Monkey Mia Marine Reserve and simply relaxing on these pristine beaches.

Shark Bay, WA

Hike Australia’s largest rock

When it comes to famous rocks, everyone thinks of Uluru. But it’s actually not the largest. That title belongs to Mount Augustus in Western Australia. It stands 715m high, making it more than twice the height of Uluru. You’ll have to drive 1000 km north of Perth but hiking the 12km-return summit trail is definitely worth the journey to see this stony red rock. Just make sure you leave early to avoid the heat of the day and take water and food.

Mount Augustus, WA



WA: 5 Dreamy Autumn adventures along the west coast

By Perth /


surfer in WA

Escape to wonderful WA for your fix of sun, sea, and surf. Source: Nick Duell on Unsplash

As summer comes to an end, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the holiday period is over. That’s not true. The West Australian coast is home to plenty of autumn adventures, from swimming with whale sharks to discovering the golden, picturesque valleys. In fact, March to May is the best time to see many of Western Australia’s top attractions.

Down south, the trees in the valleys turn gold and orange. While the weather remains warm further north. In this part of Australia there are many great autumn adventures waiting to happen. Hire a 4WD at Perth Airport and drive to one of these experiences.

See Broome’s Cable Beach at sunset

Forget your summer holiday and save it for autumn! Not only does Broome’s sunny, dry season kick in from April, but it’s also the end of the stinger season. Enjoy the long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters at Cable Beach. Between March and October at Roebuck Bay you can also witness one of Australia’s most spectacular natural phenomenon’s, Staircase to the Moon.

Blackwood Valley

Journey an hour and a half inland from Margaret River to discover the majestic Blackwood Valley. This part of the world is spectacular at this time of the year. Wake up inside a cosy B&B in one of the small towns dotted along the countryside. Autumn is perfect weather for bushwalking in Balingup Tree Park. Near the end of autumn the beautiful karri trees shed their grey bark to expose the golden and pink tones beneath. It’s a lovely sight.

Swim with whale sharks

Add swimming with whale sharks to your list of autumn adventures in WA. Escape 1150 km north to the Ningaloo Coast, where there are beautiful beaches and it’s hot all year round. Just off the coast is a marine oasis. Many people come here to see the whale sharks, which arrive in autumn each year and leave in winter. Snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures as they glide effortlessly through the water.

Relax along the Quobba Coast

About 900 km north of Perth is a spectacular stretch of coast, known to for its gorgeous rugged scenery. It’s a great spot to go for a walk by the beach, or to take the family swimming or fishing in these crystal-clear waters. Another popular attraction to explore is the 1988 Korean Star ship wreck, which has been at Cape Cuvier since 1988.

Travel to the Buccaneer Archipelago

This is one of the most spectacular sites in all of Australia, yet so few people make the effort to venture to the state’s north to see this natural gem. The Buccaneer Archipelago is made up of about 1000 rocky, sandstone islands which are up to 2,500 million years ago. This paradise has white sandy beaches, pristine rainforest, gorgeous reefs and Indigenous rock arts. An incredible sight to see it the horizontal reversible waterfall in Talbot Bay.



Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

By Brisbane / Great Ocean Road / Hobart / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Pro surfer Mick Fanning may be contemplating getting back into the ocean, but even his dramatic brush with a hungry Great White can’t put a stop to Australia’s 100-year love affair of combining the board with the breakwater. In a tribute to surfing, here are seven incredible suggestions on where to catch an epic wave around Oz.

1. Sheringa, SA

While only accessible by 4WD or foot, a short hike is well worth it to discover these hidden gems in South Australia. On the southern side of a rocky outcrop, the mellow point break at Sheringa Beach offers up a challenge, but for those who really have a death wish, Sheringa Left to the north produces an unpredictable swell amongst a rocky, reefy, remote part of the Eyre Peninsula. Sharp rocks, dangerous rips, and even sharks make surfing at Sheringa something to write home about – if you survive.

2. Ningaloo Coast, WA

Famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage listed reef which is home to more than 500 species of fish, rays and turtles, many don’t realise that between July and October the fringing coral reef of the Ningaloo Coast serves up some pretty awesome swells. At the north of the cape, The Bommie, Dunes and Wobiri Access offer waves of varying difficulty while at the southern end of the reef, surfers at Gnaraloo can expect three metre waves even on an average day. The perfect combination of endless surf breaks and ecological wonders make the Ningaloo Coast a great getaway destination for those who can’t agree on one or the other. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore all of the Reef’s secrets though, as driving along the length of the 280km reef takes at least eight hours!

3. Bells Beach, VIC

Who can go past the famous Bell’s Beach in Torquay? Home to matted mops of salty, sun-kissed hair, surf brand warehouse sales and of course the world’s longest running professional surfing competition, the Rip Curl Pro, which since has continued to draw massive crowds over the Easter long weekend. I still remember visiting as a little kid in my oversized Rusty cap with ice cream in hand, jostling other spectators for a prime viewing spot atop the golden Torquay dunes. If you’re visiting the area, hire a car at Melbourne airport to get straight on the road towards this exceptional surfing spot.

4. Lord Howe Island, NSW

For those who strive to avoid the crowds, there are few destinations more intimate than the beautiful Lord Howe Island. With a strict cap on the number of visitors to the island at any one time, Lord Howe was once described as ‘paradise on Earth’ and ‘quite possibly the most perfect place in the world’ by globetrotter Lee Abbamonte. If anyone should know it is him, having visited every single country on the planet! There are eight designated surf spots dotted around the island, but it’s rumoured a friendly chat with the locals can sometimes reveal the very best kept secrets.

5. Gold Coast’s Superbank, QLD

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of our resident shark wrangler and other world champs Steph Gilmore and Joel Parkinson, the Superbank is your best bet, where surf breaks Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount combine. If you are lucky, you may manage to catch a wave for 2kms along the coast!

6. Yallingup, WA

Not for the faint hearted, Yallingup Reef, located 300kms south of Perth boasts consistent 10 foot waves along the Margaret River coastline. Brave surfers impress beachside spectators, while others snorkel and paddle in the lagoon, soaking up the brilliant view of the Reef’s aquatic wonderland. Surfers of all ability come from near and far to visit the famous waves of Yallingup. If you haven’t already, it’s one to add to your bucket list.

7. Lighthouse Beach, TAS

Of course, we can’t forget our cousins across the Strait, where surfers brave the chilly waters of Lighthouse Beach, a beautiful stretch of pristine coastline offering a sheltered yet powerful beach break for beginners and accomplished riders alike. Relatively deserted, this unpatrolled, isolated spot serves as the perfect oceanic escape.

And remember folks, if you do happen to be that unfortunate one in 11 million confronted by a shark, contrary to Mick’s action of ‘punching him in the back’, the best advice is to punch and claw at the eyes and gills aggressively.



Where to go with your campervan in Western Australia

By Australia / Western Australia /

Western Australia has plenty to offer travellers with a campervan. Whether you want to soak up some sun on the beach, taste some of the states best drops or go on an outdoor hiking adventure, Western Australia has something for everyone.

You just need to check out DriveNow’s website for the best campervan hire deals at Perth and make your way to one of these amazing destinations nearby.


One of the best things about Fremantle is its amazing coastline. This is the place to go if you want to see Fremantle’s famous sunset! This lively port city has four main beaches along the Indian Ocean, and each are unique and perfect for swimming. Soak up the sun and visit the charming Cappuccino Strip for a coffee and a meal and don’t forget to check out Little Creatures Brewery, another fantastic lunch option or for a casual beer with mates. The great thing about this city is almost everything is within walking distance.

Margaret River

Drive three hours south of Perth and you’ll arrive at one of the most charming places in Western Australia. Margaret River is famous for its premium wines and food with more than 120 world-class wineries to explore. If you want a more active holiday, you can go surfing at some of the best beaches, mountain biking through old forest tracks, or even caving. You can also hire a kayak and spend the day travelling up the beautiful river.

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is another popular wine growing region. In fact, it’s Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region and has now become the first ‘Humane Food Region’ in all of Australia. You’ll find superb gourmet foods, like specialty cheese, marinated olives, dried fruits and handmade chocolates. The breweries and wineries are to die for. Not to mention this food-lovers paradise is less than a half an hour drive north east of Perth.


Who would have known a laidback fishing village could be so nice? Drive two hours north of Perth and you’ll discover the beautiful white, sandy beaches of Cervantes. The turquoise waters are full of marine life, making it an exciting place to head with the family. It’s also Western Australia’s gateway the the magnificent Pinnacles. Explore sand dunes, offshore reefs and islands.


Hire a people mover before they book out at Xmas

By Australia / Queensland / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

Are you thinking about hiring a people mover for your next Christmas holiday? It’s one of the most popular rental vehicles, especially during the Christmas holiday period. Which is why you should get in early to book your people mover!

You’ll be able to transport the whole family and more with one of DriveNow’s great people mover hire deals. Once you’re all set, travel to one of these amazing coastal destinations for an epic summer holiday. All are within three hours of a capital city.


Drive about three hours west of Melbourne and you’ll arrive at a picturesque seaside village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Some of the great places to visit nearby include the famous 12 Apostles or gorgeous Port Fairy. If you want to uncover some amazing history, then visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Here, you can learn all about the hundreds of ships that crashed into the Shipwreck Coast, the survivors and life in the 19th Century.

Port Stephens (pictured)

Just two hours north of Sydney is the perfect place for anyone who wants to spend a trip swimming at the beach. There are incredible surf beaches as well as sheltered bays, which are perfect for young families. You can even go snorkelling or kayaking in your spare time. A popular activity for thrill-seekers is the quad biking sand dune tour at Port Stephens. Ride along the largest coastal moving sand mass as you take in sweeping views of the beach.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow beach is one of Australia’s most stunning and unique coastal locations. Coloured sands mark the dramatic cliffs, making a wonderful landscape for exploring. Rainbow Beach is a great spot not only for swimming, but also fishing, kayaking or even horse riding. The World Heritage listed Fraser Island, with its crystal clear waters running along sand, is just a short trip off the coast. It’s just three hours north of Brisbane.

Freycinet National Park

About two and a half hours north east of Hobart is the entrance to one of Australia’s most beautiful and unspoiled national parks. Freycinet is home to so many iconic natural wonders. Take a hike to the lookout at Wineglass Bay, which without a doubt, should be number one on your list of things to do in Tassie. Definitely don’t miss a trip to Coles Bay. This stunning seaside village boasts crystal clear waters right next to pink granite mountains.


The beautiful seaside city of Albany is surrounded by protected parks. This makes it one of the best destinations in the country for outdoor lovers, particularly those who enjoy hiking only to be spoiled with superb views at the end. West Cape Howe National Park has many great spots that you can enjoy privately. There’s also the gorgeous Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. This diverse coastline is about four and a half hours south east of Perth.


Festivals in WA that you can’t miss

By Australia / Western Australia /

Have you ever considered travelling to Western Australia for festivals? Well, if you haven’t then now is the time to do it.

Different music, art and other cultural festivals run year-round, thanks to Western Australia’s generally sunny weather.

Hire a campervan from Perth Airport with DriveNow and make your way to any of these great events for your next holiday.

Perth International Arts Festival

10 February – 5 March 2017
You won’t have to travel far to be part of one of the state’s most popular events. PIAF is the longest running event of its kind and it has been going every year since 1953. Half a million people attend every year to admire new works and connect with artists from across the world.

South West Craft Beer Festival

11 February 2017
Think live music, amazing food and even better craft beer. This year will see the biggest line-up of breweries take part in this unique event. It’s held in the perfect location of Busselton, with the South West becoming one of the fastest growing micro-brewery region. Choose from more than 100 refreshing local brews, including light or dark ales, chilli beer and fruity sensations.

Castaway Festival

12 February, 2017
For one day Rottnest Island turns into the perfect outdoor setting for a party. The stage backdrop is the beautiful, postcard perfect Thompson’s Bay. The latest electronic music pumps all day as partigoers enjoy the beach vibes. This year’s line-up includes Rüfüs, Rüfüs Du Sol, the Kite String Tangle, Yuma X and Pilerats DJs.

Blues at Bridgetown

10-12 November 2017
About 270km south of Perth on the Blackwood River is the pretty country town of Bridgetown. Blues at Bridgetown has become an iconic event in this part of the world, where volunteers keep the event alive. It’s one of the first blues festivals in Australia, and it definitely earns its reputation as one of the best. Bridgetown showcases some amazing international acts as well as up-and-coming local talent.

Perth International Jazz Festival

26-28 May 2017
Perth’s premier jazz event returns for only a weekend every year, but it’s sure to be a weekend unlike any other. The thrilling jazz performances showcase the best local, national and international talent. There’s something for everyone too, with many free community events to promote the amazing world of jazz.

Also try Top Perth Food Experiences



5 of the best Perth food experiences

By Australia / Perth /

You may not realise it, but Perth boasts some of Australia’s most exciting food experiences. Whether you want to visit a fresh farmers’ market, dine in elegance or join in an educational foodie tour, Perth is the ultimate destination for food lovers.

Hire a car from Perth Airport and add these Perth food experiences to the top of your to do list!

Friends Restaurant (pictured)

This CBD venue is a multi award winning restaurant. It has also been voted number 1 on Tripadvisor. Head chef Frederic Verschoore serves up Modern Australian cuisine. He combines the world’s finest culinary techniques with Australia’s wide variety of fresh produce. Friends Restaurant also offers stunning views of Perth’s skyline and the Swan River.

Subi Farmers Market

The Subi Farmers Market has been operating every Saturday since 2009. Organisers say they aim to encourage a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Here, you’ll find everything you need to make that possible. Shop around for fresh produce, gourmet foods, breads, and organic foods. You’ll also enjoy live entertainment. All of the market’s profits go to the Subiaco Primary School.

High tea at COMO The Treasury

Indulge with high tea at this iconic Perth venue. Set among the beautiful surrounds of the Treasury Lounge, this venue is fit for a king! Think freshly baked cakes, scones along with tea, coffee or champagne. Scrumptious afternoon tea is served every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5pm. Make sure you book to avoid the disappointment of being turned away!

Food Night Safari

Discover the famous flavours of Perth with an educational tour. This experience takes you to several locations, where you can explore Perth’s rich food culture. Dress comfortably so you can walk around the city and sample a variety of foods at each restaurant or café. Your guide gives you a local perspective and shares each venue’s story with you to boost your appreciation for these creations.

Sandalford Wines

Travel just outside Perth to the Swan Valley, where you’ll find the world-famous Sandalford Wines. The establishment of this winery in the beautiful valley in 1840 coincides with European settlement in Perth. It’s also synonymous with the birth of Western Australia’s wine industry. A visit to the winery will be the highlight of your trip. You won’t want to stop yourself from sampling several award winning drops.



Perth and 4 awesome road trips north and south

By Australia / Perth /

Aussies are increasingly choosing Perth as their next holiday destination. Is it any wonder why? It has everything you want including gorgeous surf beaches, wineries, eateries and national parks right on the city’s doorstep.

Hire a vehicle from Perth airport and choose one of these four awesome road trips.

Perth to Exmouth

This 13-hour drive north of Pert takes you past Western Australia’s most stunning beaches.. If you’re driving up this way during wildflower season you’ll also witness the landscape come alive with wildflowers. It’s a scenic drive and you can stop at several locations along the way. When you finally arrive at your destination, you won’t want to leave. Located on the tip of the North West Cape, Exmouth is the perfect place to explore the colourful coral and fish at Ningaloo Marine Park.

Monkey Mia

About 9 hours north of Perth is Monkey Mia. Bottlenose dolphins have been visiting this beach for more than 40 years. Fishermen returning from the seas used to share their catch with the local dolphins, and ever since then their trust of humans grew. It’s led to one of Australia’s most unique wildlife encounters. If you want to view these beautiful animals up close, make sure you visit the beach between 7.45am and midday, but it’s best to arrive early.

Margaret River

Travel three hours south of Perth and you’ll encounter the famous Margaret River. There are many reasons to fall in love with this region. Not only is it close to pristine surf beaches and home to many outdoor activities, but the region is most famous for its breweries and wineries. This is the place you come to sit back, relax and sample some of the best Australian products on offer. Take a winery tour – you can either drive or walk through scenic vineyards to each winery.


Albany has one of Australia’s most breathtaking coastlines. You can get there by travelling five hours along the Albany Highway from Perth. If you’re feeling adventurous, try walking part of the famous Bibbulmun Track that runs from Perth to Albany. In the city, you can also learn about the area’s convict history. After all, it’s the first place that European settlers set foot in Western Australia. Much of their legacy remains, with dozens of colonial buildings throughout the city. It’s also worth going on a whale watching cruise while you’re here.



Five of Perth’s finest foodie haunts for road trippers

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

With fresh caught seafood straight from the ocean, abundant world- class wineries and a climate fit for growing the freshest produce throughout the year, it is no wonder Perth is known as a foodie mecca, with more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in the country. Here are five of our favourites.

The Old Crow
Located in the heart of the city, Perth’s answer to southern style American soul food serves up a mouthwatering menu including slow cooked pork shoulder, chipotle braised lamb shoulder, pumpkin pie with honey cream and buttermilk pannacotta. Pair them all with the Old Crow’s range of cocktail pitchers, beers, ciders and wines and you have the perfect ingredients for one incredibly satisfying food coma. A crowd favourite for locals and tourists alike.
Check out for more info.

Bread in Common

To Fremantle’s Esplanade, where rising star Bread in Common has made a name for itself in an old warehouse space designed with communal dining in mind. The kitchen philosophy is focused on fresh, locally sourced produce and handmade food that is in season. The ever-changing lunch and dinner menu showcases amongst other things a large selection of local and international cheeses, and an extensive wine list also complements the menu. Combine both with the freshly baked ranges of breads and you have a foodie match made in heaven.
To get your fill, check out

Carilley Estate
Located in the historic Swan Valley wine region just 20 minutes from the CBD, at Carilley Estate visitors are treated to a seasonal menu whilst taking in sweeping views of the enchanting gardens, picturesque vineyards and the garden-party style manicured lawn. Amongst the ancient gums, diners feast al-freso on a range of locally sourced produce, supporting nearby small businesses such as the local butcher, family owned seafood market and local cheese and honey producers. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
To book a table check out

The Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore (pictured)
Just a ten minute drive from Carilley, why not skip dessert and head to the Margaret River Chocolate Company to enjoy some free tastings of their chocolate treats? A spot on the covered sun-deck overlooking the gardens and vines is the perfect place to indulge in their range of cakes and desserts for afternoon tea. The adjoining Providore store provides a huge range of take-home preserves, chutneys and olive oils as well as their award winning wines and famous chocolate liqueur.
To get your mouth watering visit

Il Lido Italian canteen
In true Perth style, why not end the day with dinner by the sea? The view of Cottesloe Beach and the expansive Indian Ocean combined with the old Italian charm inside the restaurant walls make for a great lazy afternoon grazing session. Il Lido offers an extensive menu including an antipasti selection of house-cured meats and freshly shucked oysters to munch on throughout the day. From noon, the full menu of house made pastas and desserts as well as fish of the day and specially cut meats are available and to end the meal, quality Italian farm house cheeses are available in share platters. Top this off with one of the wines from the floor to ceiling wall and Il Lido becomes the perfect dining experience.
For more details see


no image added yet.

Five reasons to fall in love with Margaret River

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

From acclaimed wineries to breathtaking beaches and even a giant hedge maze, Margaret River has plenty to offer every type of traveller. For those on a budget there are hundreds of free natural attractions such as hiking the Cape to Cape walking track, wildflower spotting in Boranup Forest and plenty of surfing spots on the west coast. Those enjoying a romantic weekend away might like to instead head to one of the many markets before an afternoon of whale watching and later a degustation dinner at one of the area’s many fine dining restaurants.

Cave ‘n’ Canoe Bushtucker Tour (pictured)
Combining an active day of swimming, canoeing and caving while learning the history of our first native inhabitants, the Bushtucker tour also includes a special lunch of exotic tastes from all over Western Australia, as well as locally made pestos, chutneys, dips and baked breads. For a truly Australian experience, it also includes bushtucker meats like emu, kangaroo, crocodile and wild turkey, however if these don’t get your mouthwatering there is a well catered vegetarian menu. All up, the lunch includes 20 unique tastings.
Visit to book.

Amaze’n Hedge Maze
Lose yourself inside the winding challenge that is Amaze’n. As well as the giant ½ hectare hedge maze, the grounds also boast an 18 hole mini golf course and a café set in the botanical gardens. Having just undergone an impressive makeover, the gardens offer the perfect place to rest for an afternoon picnic and BBQs are also available to use on site.

Margaret River Cellar Door and Tasting Room at Berry Farm
Not just a berry farm, the gorgeous venue offers a kids playground and a cottage café serving many delicious treats including the classic Devonshire tea. The cellar door is brimming with mouthwatering seasonal preserves, with jams, sauces, syrups and vinegars all produced on the farm and tastings of the 40 gourmet products are held every day. The restaurant also serves finely crafted wines to complement all of the meals on their menu, and what better way to wait for the food settle than by relaxing amongst the lavenders and roses in the cottage garden. More info at

Busselton Jetty
About a 40 minute drive north of Margaret River center is the longest timer-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Stretching 1.8kms, construction started in 1865 and it has since survived fires, cyclones, storms and demolition plans. A ‘jetty train’ takes you on the journey across Geographe Bay, where you can visit the eight metre deep underwater observatory, rated No.1 top aquarium in the South Pacific on Trip Advisor. There you can view over 300 individual marine species. You may even get lucky and glimpse a pod of dolphins playing in the bay.
Tour bookings are essential.

Wardan Aboriginal Culture Centre
About half an hour north of the centre of Margaret River, visitors can experience a range of cultural tours at the Wardan Aboriginal Culture Centre. Boomerang and spear throwing classes, bush story trails, stone toolmaking workshops, artefacts and the Six Season interactive display all offer visitors a greater understanding of the historical, social and environmental issues affecting Indigenous Australians. Bookings are essential and visitors are urged to call in advance.
Visit for more info.




Five great things to do in Perth and surrounds this summer

By Australia / Perth /

If you’re heading out west this spring/summer, then there are many exciting festivals and events waiting for you.

Here are five great events in Perth and surrounds to add to your calendar.

Kings Park Festival

For the month of September

This beautiful inner city park is home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which has more than 3000 species of the state’s unique flora. For the first month of spring each year, Kings Park hosts an annual festival, which is ideal for wildflower lovers and gardening enthusiasts. For the entire month, you can sign up to guided walks and tours, visit outdoor exhibitions and enjoy live entertainment in the park.

Rottofest Music and Comedy Festival

September 19

Get ready for a jam-packed weekend of comedy and music on Rottnest Island. Since 2009, the annual festival has attracted comedy legends, such as Fiona O’Loughlin, and music talent from across Australia, including electronic dance trio Art vs Science and rock band Tame Impala. If that’s not enough to draw you to Rottnest Island, then surely its gorgeous, white, sandy beaches and relaxed atmosphere will be.

Cape to Cape MTB

22-25 October

This four-day mountain bike race through the beautiful Margaret Rive region, draws elite mountain bike riders from across the world. The riding trail takes you past iconic surf beaches, wineries, beautiful forest and farmlands. Set yourself up in the location of your choice and relax, as you watch the race take place!

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

20-22 November

With an incredible line up of Australian and international food and wine experts and personalities, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is an amazing event that foodies definitely won’t want to miss! The festival is set in one of Western Australia’s most beautiful regions, and it offers a good excuse to dine on some of the best food and wine in Western Australia.

Perth International Arts Festival

February 2016 – March 2016

The Perth International Arts Festival is the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the southern hemisphere. The three-week long event attracts more than 700,000 patrons to the city. The festival showcases some of the best theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts and literature in the world.


no image added yet.

Six Australian food festivals you simply cannot miss

By Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

Food, fabulous food. Everyone loves it – that’s why we celebrate it with food festivals.

As we gladly wave goodbye to winter and welcome springtime with open arms, both seasons offer the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the incredible fresh produce and diversity in food that Australia is gifted with.

Is there anything more indulgent than sitting by an open fire, sharing a charcuterie board or an aged bottle of deep, woody Shiraz? To celebrate the country’s love affair with all things delicious, here are six upcoming food and wine festivals from around Australia.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend, SA, 14-16 August

Shed the winter blues with a weekend getaway to the world renowned Barossa Valley in South Australia, just over an hour’s drive north from Adelaide Airport. The weekend showcases everything delicious that the picturesque wine-producing region is famous for, as visitors are treated to a packed program of winery tours, masterclasses and long lunches, all accompanied by live music and entertainment. Shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, but accommodation is limited so get in quick to book your Barossa Gourmet getaway. Visit for more information.

Newcastle Food and Wine Expo, NSW, 28-30 August

Visitors to the harbour side city of Newcastle will be able to kiss the cold goodbye in serious foodie style, with the three day exhibition of non-stop feasting, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, culinary presentations and free samples of food and wine. About 150 gourmet exhibitors from all over the state will be tempting foodies with their incredible produce. Just some of the mouth-watering products include those from the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory, Byron Bay Chocolate Co and Coastal Garden Preserves, so make sure you head there on an empty stomach! Also on the event program are free appreciation classes to give you a better understanding of gourmet food and drink. The varied classes cover cheese, wine, beer and liqueur, so there is definitely something for everyone to indulge in. For more information, check out

Rockhampton Capricorn Food and Wine Festival, QLD, 18-20 September

Set against the backdrop of the Fitzroy River, the location of the 2015 Capricorn Food and Wine Festival couldn’t be more ideal for a weekend of grazing and wine tasting. In the springtime, the perfect view is rivalled only by the ideal weather that Queensland is famous for, and 8000 people are expected to flock to the riverbank and surrounding areas to indulge in exquisite wine and cuisine in the gorgeous sunshine state. The festival isn’t just restricted to the hub of the riverbank though, as all of Rockhampton’s finest dining establishments will have the chance to get involved in the event. Abundant regional food will be showcased, with emphasis placed on the importance of sustainable and healthy paddock-to-plate practices, and supporting Australian farmers as the country’s love affair with good food continues to evolve. For more information go to

Heathcote Wine & Food Festival, VIC, 10-11 October

City slickers need head north just 90 minutes to reach the Heathcote area, a location rich in history and nestled smack-bang in the middle of Victoria. Once a bustling mining and logging town, the owners of over 70 vineyards in the region can thank the Germans and Italians for introducing grape growing to the area as the gold rush began to stall. It goes without saying then that this year’s theme, ‘Shiraz Heaven’ couldn’t be more fitting and visitors are invited on a delicious journey discovering the region’s famous full-bodied shiraz and alternative varieties of reds, whites and sparkling. The endless wine list will be complemented by perfectly matched regional food and accompanied by and live music and entertainment. The Heathcote festival’s promise of knockout wines, specialty masterclasses and tasting sessions enjoyed in the great country atmosphere are sure to have punters welcoming spring with open arms. Visit to plan your weekend getaway.

Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival, VIC, 30 October – 2 November

Run annually the weekend prior to Melbourne Cup, this established festival celebrates its 35th year combining traditional jazz, contemporary sounds and locally produced gourmet food and wine. The ambience of the festival is impossible to beat and the Murray River provides the perfect backdrop as paddle steamers chug by the riverside wineries, clubs and pubs as visitors are treated to an incredible auditory, gustatory and visual feast. Lunches and dinners aboard the paddle steamers, picnics in the parks, jazz by the river and even a Saturday night street party will no doubt ensure that visitors are treated to one heck of a party over four exciting days. For more info, check out

Geographe Crush Food and Wine Festival, WA, 7-9 November

The Geographe Crush celebrates the wine, food and attractions of the south west wine region of Geographe in Western Australia. The huge area extends from Harvey in the north, Collie, Dardanup and Donnybrook in the east and Capel and Busselton in the south, centering on the main city of Bunbury. Run over three days, an opening night function welcomes visitors on the Friday and Saturday sees the Crush Wine Exhibition showcasing the wines of the region and includes wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. On the Sunday, visitors are treated to tours of wineries and the restaurants and cellar doors provide visitors the chance to enjoy local produce and dishes before stocking up on their favourite reds, whites and sparkling. Stay tuned to as more info is released.