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Bloom Festival

The 2023 Bloom Festival was supported by the below partners and sponsors

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2023 Bloom Festival Events

Blend Your Own Tea

Hosted by Indaroo

If you are a tea lover then this workshop is for you!

Learn about key properties of various ingredients that can be added to tea and have fun creating your own “Signature” Tea Blend.

Of course there is taste testing involved and each participant will take home 100gm of their own creation.

Date: 28 October 

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Indaroo, 2036 Porongurup Road, Porongurup

Cost: $25pp including 100gm tea creation

Get tickets here

Any enquires please contact Ange Willans [email protected] 0417222827

Katanning Agricultural Show

The Wammco International 132nd Katanning Agricultural Show Presented by Katanning Agricultural Society Inc.

With FREE entry, great entertainment, market stalls, rides, delicious food, shearing, and more, the Katanning Show is a must-attend event for the whole family.

Date: 27 – 28 October

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Katanning Leisure Centre, 4 Pemble St, Katanning

Cost: FREE

Get your FREE tickets here


For more information go to www.katanningshow.org.au

Mountain Country Music Muster

Hosted by Mt Trio Bush Camp & Caravan Park

The inaugural Mountain Country Music Muster @ Mt Trio Bush Camp & Caravan Park, Amelup, Stirling Ranges.

The WA country music community will be sure to make this event a success at this idyllic location at the base of the Stirling Range.

Artists include Connie Kis Anderson, The Lansdall Family, Terry Bennetts, Sarah Brooke, Kevin Bennett, Rozzi. In addition, new aspiring artists will have their opportunity to shine on the Sunday.

Date: 3-5 November

Times: Friday 2pm – 10pm | Saturday 10am – 10pm | Sunday 10am

Location: Mt Trio Bush Camp & Caravan Park, Amelup, Stirling Ranges

Cost: $40pp Weekend Muster Music Ticket (No Day passes). 

Unpowered Sites at Mt Trio Bush Camp & Caravan Park – 3 night minimum @ $60 per person.

For all enquiries & Tickets please contact Mt Trio [email protected]

 

Stirling Range Twin Peak Experience

Hosted by Off The Beaten Track.

Explore two of the best mountains in the Stirling Range in the warm glow from the sunrise and sunset with Off The Beaten Track WA!

Join us for an epic fun-filled weekender to the Great Southern Region to experience the breathtaking Bluff Knoll at sunrise and ruggedly scenic Mt Talyuberlup for sunset!

After we travel down to the Great Southern Region, stopping at Quindanning for lunch along the way, we’ll check in to our rammed earth cottages and relax ready for a jam packed day of hiking!

Up early the next day to climb the tallest peak in the Great Southern- Bluff Knoll! At 1098m, Bluff Knoll is truly spectacular! The climb up to the top may feel like a never ending staircase but you will be well rewarded with impeccable views as you walk through the clouds and watch the sunrise from above them.

After a hearty breakfast and a nap, we’ll tackle one of the most ruggedest peaks in the Striling Range – Mt Talyuberlup, which stands proud at 724m! It might not be the tallest, but she is a mighty and rugged peak offering you the chance to peek through a large cave, scramble up over rocks and enjoy 360 degree views from the summit. The steep climb and scramble up the scree will leave you feeling exhilarated and once you lay your eyes on that glorious sunset you will literally be feeling on top of the world!

This truly is a magnificent experience and something you’ll never forget!

Off The Beaten Track WA provides a trained and experienced Guide/Host for our Hiking Experiences & Adventure Tours. We carry two-way communication devices, a personal location beacon when phone signal is not available and we’re a fully licensed, insured and accredited Western Australian tourism business providing hiking and adventure experiences with a twist!

Experience Includes:
2 x guided hike
2 nights accommodation in rammed earth cottage (twin share)*
Transport to/from Perth and to/from trails
All meals (2 x cooked breakfast, 2 x lunches, 2 x dinners)
Hiking poles hire
Head torch hire
National Park fees
Access to all OTBT photographs

Date: 3 November

Location: Ex Perth Tour

Cost: from $795 (*Single supplement available for an additional $180)

Find out more and get tickets here

For more information please contact Off The Beaten Track WA, Tracy Lindsey, [email protected] or 0417128896

Mt Trio Guided Orchid-Wildflower Walks

Hosted by Mt Trio Bush Camp & Caravan Park.

Explore the region’s wildflower hot spot on Mt Trio Guided Wildflower-Orchid Walks

The Stirling Range abounds in stunning seasonal orchids with over 100 different species sighted over the years on our Guided Walks.

You’ll have a wonderful time on our easy 1 1/2 hour walk, lead by our local experienced guide.

Your Guide will lead you to where the orchids and other beautiful wildflowers are blooming that day. We’re here to answer any questions and let you know about our country life and the Stirling Ranges.

Self serve complimentary Tea and coffee available before or after the walk.

Date: Daily from 1 September – 31 October

Time: 8:30am – 10am

Location: Mt Trio Bush Camp & Caravan Park, 4850 Salt River Rd, Stirling Range National Park WA 6338

Cost:  from $35

Get Tickets Here

For all enquiries please contact [email protected] or 0499 714 704.

Wild Things Art Exhibition

Visit the “Wild Things” exhibition at Mitchell House Art Centre in Mt Barker this Bloom Festival.

Paintings in many mediums, pottery, textiles plus more. Pop in to see what the local community create here. Artists will be working on their artworks when the doors are open.

Date: 23 September – 31 October (Closed Mondays)

Time: Tue – Wed 10am – 2pm, Fri – Sun 10am – 4pm

Location: Mitchell House Arts Centre, 1 Ormond Rd Mount Barker, WA, Australia 6324.

Cost: Free Entry

Get your FREE tickets here

Gilberts Bloom Festival Picnic Box

Hosted by Gilberts Wines

Pick up a picnic box from Gilberts Wines & enjoy it at the winery or take with you on your search for wildflower blooms in the region.

All Picnic Boxes include your choice of bottle from our “Bloom Festival” Range: 3 Devils Chardonnay, 3 Devils Shiraz, 3 Devils Riesling, Rosé or Alira .

Ticket includes a picnic box for two with a selection of local cheeses (plus cheese board), home made dips, beetroot relish, hummus, olives with crackers, fresh gourmet garden salad, Mount Barker Bakery sour dough, cold meats, bottled water and a Gilberts sweet treat.

*boxes must be pre-ordered with at least one days notice

Date: Friday – Monday during Bloom Festival

Time: pick up 10am – 4pm

Location: 30138 Albany Hwy, Kendenup WA

Cost: $85

Order your Picnic Box here

For all enquiries please contact [email protected]

Katanning Artisan Shop

Hosted by Katanning Artisan Group

Katanning Artisan store provides a retail outlet for local artisan works. All artists are connected to Katanning through family or residency. Artworks displayed include woodwork, wool fashion and home furnishing, paintings, drawing and prints, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, textiles, baby gifts and much more.
Artists will endeavour to relate their work over the festival period to the theme of ‘Bloom’.

Date & Time: Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm & Sunday 10am – 1pm (volunteer dependent)

Location: Katanning Town Hall, Austral Terrace, Katanning

For all enquiries please contact Sally Crossley [email protected]

Self-Drive Orchid & Wildlife Tours

Hosted by Kodja Place

Drop into Kodja Place Visitor Centre to find out about Kojonup’s latest wildflower sightings and where to spot that particular rare orchid you’ve been searching for.

Chat to the knowledgeable staff, take a selection of brochures which will start you on a self-guided tour of the town’s incredible reserves. The well known Myrtle Benn, fauna & flora Reserve, Farrar Reserve and Birdswood Reserve.

Keep a look out for the Red Leschenaultia which is Kojonup’s floral emblem.

Date: Early September – 31 October

Time: Kodja Place open daily 9am – 4pm

Location: Kodja Place, Kojonup

Cost: Free

For all enquiries please contact Jill Watkin or Kodja Place on 98310500

Super Special Cinnibun Saturdays

Hosted by Emu Lane Cafe

Enjoy an Emu Lane famous Cinnibuns, hot from the oven, or select from our other homemade pastries, every Saturday during the Bloom Festival*, with a delicious coffee from the food cart at 60 Clive Street, Katanning.

* or until sold out.

Date: Every Saturday

Time: from 7am

Location: 60 Clive Street Katanning

For all enquiries please contact Emu Lane Cafe 0472 738 622

The Horsepower Highway

Hosted by The Horsepower Highway Management Group INC and Shire of Gnowangerup

The Horsepower Highway is a dynamic, ever evolving 75 km trail of vintage and quirky tractors from the Broomehill turnoff, through the Gnowangerup township, and the most scenic approach to the iconic Stirling Range National Park.

Get off the beaten track and experience one of Australia’s most beautiful country road trips.

The interactive map found HERE provides information, history & context to your travels.

Date: 23 September – 30 October

Location: Horsepower Highway, Gnowangerup

Cost: Free

Find out more here: https://www.gnowangerup.wa.gov.au/horsepower-highway.aspx

Sound Bath Experience

Hosted by Indaroo.

Immerse yourself with the meditative sounds of Crystal and Tibetan Bowls in the tranquil setting at Indaroo. The sound bath will help you relax, release stress and tension and feel amazingly rejuvenated!

Start your experience in the Porongurup at Indaroo with a herbal tea. After an introduction to your “Soundsters,” , lay on the comfy mats and snuggle under a soft rug to really let yourself embrace the sounds. And… enjoy!

Date: 18 and 22 October

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Location: Indaroo, 2036 Porongurup Road, Porongurup

Cost: $25 Use code “BLOOM” for 50% discount

Get Tickets Here

Any enquires please contact Ange Willans [email protected] or 0417222827

*please note this event needs a minimum of 5 people to go ahead

Bloom Story Time

Bloom Story Time is hosted by the Shire of Katanning.

A fun opportunity for families to introduce their children to reading and language. At our Story Time, children listen to beautiful stories, participate in sensory activities, engaging craft projects, sing songs and interact with other children.

Parent/guardians must remain present during Story Time.

Date: 26 September and 20 October

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Location: Katanning Public Library and Art Gallery, 16 Austral Terrace, Katanning

Get your FREE Tickets here

For all enquiries please contact Corry Why / Katanning Library on 9821 4300 or [email protected]

Walkabout with Ezzard Flowers

Hosted by Walkabout Consultancy

Experience a deeper insight and understanding into 60,000 years of cultural transfer of the Dreaming, Cultural storytelling and Yarning.
Cultural connection to the Stirling Ranges through prominent stories & Songlines within the formation of the Ranges.

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays  – 3 October – 26 October

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: Bluff Knoll car park

Cost: $72pp

 Tickets available here

Please note: National Park entry fee will be required if you do not have a National Parks Pass upon entry to the Stirling Range National Park.  Please bring own water bottle.  This is not a hike, it is an easy stroll on solid ground, suitable for all fitness levels and ages.

For all enquiries please contact [email protected]

*Minimum of 4 people on tour for it to go ahead.

Plantagenet Wine & Wildflowers

This event is part of the 2023 Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival presented by WCP Civil.

Hosted by Wild Florals by Toni

Sip a glass of premium complimentary Plantagenet sparkling wine while creating a stunning wildflower swag with fresh local wildflowers.

No experience or skills required as you will be guided by a professional florist, and all materials are provided. Take home your beautiful creation and watch it dry.

Platters available to pre-order phone 0455422815 (Plantagenet Wines)

Date: 22 October 

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Plantagenet Wines, Lot 45 Albany Highway, Mount Barker 

Cost: $100pp

Tickets available here

Any enquires please contact Toni 0411 787 037 [email protected]

*Please note, this event has a minimum attendance to go ahead

The Bloomin’ Kent Adventure

Hosted by The Shire of Kent

Experience the Shire of Kent on a guided bus tour showcasing Nyabing, a small town bursting with wildflowers and history in the Great Southern Treasures.

First stop is amongst native bushland around Nyabing, to search and learn about its native floral beauties! Watch out for Spider Orchids, Fairy Orchids, Cowslips, Hare Orchids, Ballerina Orchids or the rare sighting of the Williams Spider Orchid.

Next, we’ll head back in time to learn about the history of Nyabing, visiting the Nyabing Settlers Hall. This local museum was built in 1915, and has housed the school, church, community hall and even the Kent Road Board Administration Office.

A quick pit stop as we head into the local Community Hub for a yummy afternoon tea! While you enjoy your treats, a representative from the Nyabing Progress Association will provide an information session, of how a passionate and determined community took one little idea, and turned it into a fantastic community project.

Later in the afternoon, join us for a tour of a local family wheat/sheep farm. From seeding to harvest, lambing to shearing, learn everything about a working farm in the Great Southern. As golden hour approaches, its photo time! Be transported to the middle of a tall stunning field of canola, or overlooking the magnificent field of gold, perch yourself upon our unique Bloom Festival giant swing ‘Bing Swing’. Your final treat, a sunset bonfire overlooking the farm with free drinks and nibbles.

Date: 28 September, 5, 12, 19, 26 October 

Time: 1:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Shire of Kent Admin Office, 24 Richmond Street, Nyabing

Cost: $40pp

FREE camping and caravanning at Nyabing and Pingrup Caravan Parks over the Bloom Festival (bookings still required).

Get Tickets Here

*This event requires a minimum of 10 people to go ahead.

 

Open Garden & High Tea with Genevieve Milnes

Hosted by Genevieve Milnes.

Open Garden & High Tea

Genevieve has become a well-known photographer in the district and will have canvases for exhibition and sale.

Explore the stunning gardens, beautiful mountain photography and antiquarian library, with books dated back to 1700 – 1930, on a guided tour.

Ticket includes tour of the above and a high tea.

Date: 14 & 21 October

Time: 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: 15 Hawker Rd, Kendenup WA 6323

Cost: $30

Tickets available here

For all enquires please contact Genevieve Milnes [email protected]

Hike, Wine and Dine

Hike, Wine and Dine hosted by Busy Blue Bus.

Adventure to the Porongurups and experience the spectacular views from the skywalk at Castle Rock. Relax at lunch enjoying views to Stirling Range National Park. Nourished by nature.

Discover the spectacular scenery and bountiful produce of the Porongurups region, just a short drive north of Albany. Castle Rock is a 4.2km return walk that requires moderate fitness. To reach the spectacular views at the summit, requires a final short scramble over rocks and a climb up an enclosed ladder.

Your Busy Blue Bus Tour Guide will entertain you with intriguing stories of the area, from the traditional Noongar owners to the European settlers. You’ll learn about the premium award winning wines of the Great Southern Wine Region and local produce while sampling the best of both during a relaxed lunch at Ironwood Estate winery overlooking the mountains.

Includes

· Busy Blue Bus Tours local expertise and quality service

· Entry to Porongurup National Park and Granite Skywalk

· Guided walk

· Wine tasting

· Lunch from the menu and tea/coffee

Date: 19 & 26 October

Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Departs from Albany Visitor Centre, York Street, Albany, 6330

Cost: from $133

To see all the tour dates and book tickets click here

All enquiries to contact 0418 414 425 or [email protected]

Posy Jar Workshop

Hosted by Premier Mill Hotel.

Enjoy an afternoon of creative learning. Put together your very own fresh flower posy jar with Courtney from Let’s Talk Flowers, using a mix of seasonal flowers.

Each ticket includes a floral workshop, with your creation in a posy jar to take home, a glass of Great Southern sparkling wine on arrival and a delicious light lunch.

Date: 29 October

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Old Power Station @ Premier Mill Hotel

Please contact us for more information.

Bloom ‘n Wine

Follow the trail, find the clues, enter the draw!

Get your Wine and Food Trail Guide and Bloom’n Wine competition entry form from the Mount Barker Visitor Centre, and enjoy tasting your way around the spectacular Great Southern Treasures wine region.

Find which producers have the clues hidden in their blooms, and once you’ve solved the puzzle, enter into the draw to win a ‘Flavours of Plantagenet” hamper!

For 5 additional chances to win, tag #MountainCountryWA and #PlantagenetWA in your social posts.

Date: 23 September to 6 October

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Old Railway Station Building, Unit 6, 622 Albany Highway, Mount Barker

Cost: FREE

Get your Wine and Food Trail Guide from the Mount Barker Visitor Centre. For any questions call (08) 9851 1163

Katanning Miniature Railway

Come to Katanning & enjoy a fun day at the mini railway & the All Ages Playground, Skate park, BBQ’s & covered areas.

A perfect place to meet with all your family & friends. Come and ride the mini trains*

Tearooms will be open with scones jam, cream, cupcakes and blueberry muffins on sale as well as hot & cold drinks & ice cream.
EFTPOS available

*Shoes must be worn while riding on the trains. No bare feet or thongs.
**The trains running is weather dependent, keep an eye on their facebook for updates https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100068628645589

Date: 10 & 24 September, 8 & 22 October

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm approx

Location: Katanning All Ages Playground

Cost: $2pp

Katanning Farmers Markets

Hosted by the Katanning Agricultural Society.

Held at Katanning Agricultural Society’s Shearing Sheds on the third Saturday of each month from 8.00am till 12.00pm (noon), Katanning’s monthly Farmer’s Markets features an array of great range of locally made items, fresh produce and yummy treats. 

Date: 16 September and 21 October

Time: 8am-12pm

Location: Shearing Shed, Katanning Leisure Centre, 4 Pemble Street, Katanning 

Cost: Free

Get your FREE tickets here

 

Frankland River Twilight Markets

Hosted by Frankland River CRC

Come and experience Frankland River’s Twilight Markets in the heart of town. Market stalls from local and visiting artisans, artists and community groups. Wine Tastings, Food Stalls, crafts and activities. You don’t want to miss this gorgeous small town’s twilight atmosphere.

Afterwards join us for a Blooming Great Night

Date: 7 October

Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Frankland River CRC, 8 Wingebellup Road, Frankland River

Cost: FREE

Get your FREE tickets here

Any enquires please contact Teresa [email protected]

Open Studio

Open Studio – Art Exhibition hosted by Bremer Bay Studio

Bremer Bay resident and artist, Jen Solly is particularly drawn to the resilience of the plants in the local area and the way they survive. 

With thick paint and a palette knife, scratching in, layering, and texturing, the artist creates rough and raw marks that reflect the harshness of the environment and the sculptural beauty of the plants.

As well as celebrating the beauty of the Fitzgerald River National Park, Jen aims to inspire love and appreciation for the bush, and to educate people about its value as an amazing, valuable resource.

There is wheelchair access for parking and the studio. No wheelchair accessible toilets available.

Date: Every Wednesday – Sunday between 23 September & 22 October

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: 1 Qualup Court, Bremer Bay

Cost: Free

Get your FREE tickets here

For all enquires please contact Jen Solly [email protected] or 0488663431

Black Cockatoo Crisis Movie

Hosted by Katanning Landcare

Western Australia’s iconic black cockatoos are in crisis. All three species could become extinct in under 20 years unless urgent action is taken to protect their habitats including critical breeding habitat right here in Katanning.

This 75-minute documentary film looks at the plight of our treasured Carnaby’s, Baudin’s and Forest Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos and what we can do to stop them disappearing forever. The clock is ticking on these unique birds. Will we save them in time?

Special Q&A after the show with filmmaker Jane Hammond and Birdlife Australia’s project coordinator for Carnaby’s Cockatoos Dr Sam Rycken.

Date: 8 October

Time: Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

Location: Katanning Town Hall, Austral Terrace, Katanning

Cost: Entry is by gold coin donation.

Register your interest here

For all enquiries please contact Annabel Paulley Tel: 9821 4327 Ext 2. Email: [email protected]

Banjelungup Blooms: Long Table Lunch & Wildflower Walk

Hosted by Bremer Bay Community Resource Centre

Experience the rugged natural beauty of the Great Southern Treasures’ windswept coast and the unique, internationally recognised Fitzgerald Biosphere.

Enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival before an inspiring welcome to country by local elders, followed by a fascinating guest speaker over a delicious long table lunch. Afterwards join local amateur botanist Barbara Miller-Hornsey for a walking tour of Bremer Bay’s flora hotspots, where you’ll be sure to spot an orchid or two.

Thank you to our sponsor Rosenthal Wines.

Date: 13 October

Time: 12pm – 4pm

LocationBremer Bay Community Hall, 7 Mary St, Bremer Bay WA 6338, Australia

Cost: $50

Get Your Tickets Here

For all enquiries please contact Troy Treeby Manager Bremer Bay CRC on 9837 4171 or [email protected]

Frankland River CRC Photography Competition – “Country Life”

Hosted by Frankland River CRC

Show us your vision of “Country Life” From farm animals, to picturesque landscapes, families, friends, and vistas. All will be on display.

Submit your favourite photos before the 22nd September to be in the running to WIN some amazing prizes.

Download your entry form here

Junior Adult and Open Catagories.

Date: Photos and Judging 2 – 7 October

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: Frankland River CRC, 8 Wingebellup Road Frankland River WA 6396

Cost: Free Entry

For all enquiries please contact Teresa Lawson – [email protected]

Pingrup 100

Hosted by Pingrup Centenary Committee & Pingrup Community Resource Centre

In celebration of Pingrup’s 100th year, visitors and past and present residents will be able to view memorabilia from the town’s farming, sports, social groups, and services. Over the past century, these groups have shaped the district. There will be an official opening and cake cutting, as well as history talks, church services, poetry readings, a walking trail, food vans, a bar, a band, and fireworks.

Date & Time: 14 October 10:00am to 15 October 12:00pm

Location: Sanderson Street (Main Street) and Gaby Street (Sports Ground)

Cost: Free

Tickets are essential

Get your FREE ticket here

For all enquiries please contact Donna Skerris [email protected]

Fun with Edible Flowers

Hosted by Indaroo

Ever wondered what flowers can be used in cooking? Discover edible and non-edible flowers in this workshop and gain the confidence to include them in your culinary masterpieces.

Not only will you be able to include flowers to snazzy up your dish, you will discover ways to add some sneaky nutrients and take home some reference materials including delicious recipes.

Date: 10 October 

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Indaroo, 2036 Porongurup Road, Porongurup

Cost: $25 but use the code “BLOOM” on check out for 50% discount.

Tickets available here

Any enquires please contact Ange Willans [email protected] 0417222827

Life on the Land Exhibition

Hosted by The Gillamii Centre

A weeklong exhibition hosted by local land care group Gillamii, showcasing Cranbrook’s unique flora including the Cranbrook Bell (Darwinia meeboldii), and artwork depicting rural life through the mediums of photography, oils and water colours.

Date: 23 – 29 September

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Cranbrook Community Hub, 3 Dunn St, Cranbrook

Cost: FREE

Get your FREE tickets here

Any enquires please contact The Gillamii Centre, [email protected] or 98261234

Family Treasure Trail

Hosted by Frankland River Retreat

For the first time ever, Frankland River Retreat open up their gates & doors for an open house family fun day.

Set on 83 acres the Retreat will have 3 small nature trails to choose from, as well as children’s activities & a photo booth.

~ 1km treasure trail – ideal for families to walk around part of the property solving each clue

~ 1km photo trail – for all types of photographers – walk and capture some amazing shots at our 10 favourite locations

~ Mini treasure hunt- located around the house boundary (fenced area) – ideal for children

~ Children’s dress ups and photo opportunity.

Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead for the safety of other visitors

Toilets available

Date: 24 September & 7 October

Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Location: 786 Frankland-Kojonup Road, Frankland River

Cost: Free

Get your FREE tickets here

For all enquiries please contact Frankland River Retreat on 0430 450 093

Bluff Knoll Hiking Experience

Hosted by Off The Beaten Track.

Bluff Knoll (Bular Mial) is the highest peak in the South West, standing proud and tall at 1099m above sea level. The 3km hike to the summit is challenging but incredibly rewarding!

Experience the mystery and intrigue of Bluff Knoll. Hike on the walking trails to the summit taking in the expansive views of the Stirling Range as you go. This hiking trail is steep in parts and there are lots of steps to conquer. This experience will however, have you feeling empowered and on top of the world as you reach the summit.

Enjoy a delicious morning tea with local sweet treats from Mt Barker Bakery. Be enveloped by the magic of the Stirling Range National Park.

Koi Kyenunu-ruff, means ‘mist moving around the mountains’ – a frequently seen occurrence in the Stirling Range. If you’re lucky, you will be able to witness this event first hand at the summit.

Tick Bluff Knoll off that ‘bucket list’, and join us as we go ‘off the beaten track’! Hike to the top of not just the highest peak of the Stirling Ranges but also in Australia’s South West!

Off The Beaten Track WA provides a trained and experienced Guide for our Hiking Experiences & Adventure Tours.

We are a fully licensed, insured and accredited Western Australian tourism business. To ensure our safety, we carry two-way communication devices. Additionally, we carry a personal location beacon when phone signal is not available.

Experience Includes:

6km guided hike
Morning tea
National Park pass
Access to all OTBT photographs

Experience Includes: Guided hike, morning tea & national park pass.

Date:  7 and 8 October

Time: 8:00am start for half day tour

Location: Bluff Knoll Car Park, Stirling Range

Cost: from $79 for kids and $99 for adults

Find out more and get tickets here

For more information please contact Off The Beaten Track WA, Tracy Lindsey, [email protected] or 0417128896

Frankland River Blooming Great Night

Hosted by Frankland River Community Resource Centre & Frankland River District Country Club

Let your hair down for a fun night in Frankland River! Following the Twilight Markets, kick on to taste some of our premium local, award-winning wines, great food and event better live music by popular Great Southern band, Dig the Dust!

This is one night you won’t want to miss taking the roads less travelled! Frankland River will be the place to be!

Date: 7 October

Time: 6:00pm till late

Location: Frankland River District Country Club, 20 Wingebellup Road, Frankland River

Cost: FREE

Get Your FREE Tickets here

Any enquires please contact Teresa [email protected]

Breathing Life Into Boodja – Nowanup Open Day

Hosted by Nowanup Enterprises Ltd

An authentic cultural experience guided by Traditional Custodians. A unique experience encourages participation in traditional dance, music, tool making, art, weaving and cooking. The opportunity to witness some of these ancient traditions first hand, provides an unparalleled insight into some of the oldest cultures on Earth.

Have you heard the story of Nowanup? The place of the Mallee Fowl, the place with a 16 year history of Healing Country and Healing People?

This is an invitation to come for a day and meet Goreng Noongar Custodians of Nowanup, the Eades family, along with a community of Friends and kin that have grown around this mooditj place and story of environmental and cultural restoration.

Arrive at 11am for a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.

Options for exploring Nowanup, either on foot or via your own transport will be available with guides at meeting points.

Return to camp to share in a community lunch and yarning circle.

Get your groove on to live music from the Mixed Mob and more TBC.

Numbers are limited and bookings must be made by Monday the 25th September.

Clothing, Footwear: All participating individuals are responsible for ensuring the appropriate clothing and footwear is considered for the tour or activity being undertaken.
Outdoor walking tours and activities may require warm or protective clothing, comfortable, enclosed footwear and a hat. Sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled water and a camera is also highly recommended.

Please note this is a drug and alcohol free event.

Date: 30 September

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: 284 Normans Rd, Gairdner, WA 6337

Cost: $15 for Adults. FREE for children.

Tickets here

 

Katanning Family Festival & Eco Fair

This year’s Bloom Festival kicks off in Katanning with a not to be missed FREE Family Festival & Eco Fair!

Expect an array of entertainment including a visit from Circus WA, an eco-fair, bush basket making, flower arranging and informational workshops, giant kite display, delectable food stalls showcasing local flavours, and an abundance of engaging activities to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike.

2023 Bloom Festival Opening event is presented by Ausgold Limited and Lotterywest and supported by the Shire of Katanning.

Date: 23 September

Time: 12 – 4pm

Location: Piesse Park Katanning

Cost: FREE

Get your free tickets HERE to go in the draw to win some great prizes from around the region!

“Circus WA will deliver an exciting Pick up and Play workshop, featuring talented circus trainers demonstrating various skills. Attendees are welcome to join in the fun with unicycles, juggling balls, flower sticks and plate spinning. RnB Soul Train will provide smooth tunes in the amphitheatre, and Kite Kinetics will grace the sky with their colourful kite display while kids learn to make their own flower spinners.”

This event is hosted by Great Southern Treasures and the Shire of Katanning

Feast in the Fitz with Fervor

Hosted by Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show.

Internationally renowned chef Paul Iskov and the Fervor team deliver a culinary experience like no other using sustainable native food products. Fervor is a Pop up Restaurant serving bush foods with a focus on local produce.

Guests will enjoy the sunset over the Eyre Range whilst sipping on Gin cocktails; and the Carnaby Cockatoos may come in and put on a display.

After sunset guests will be ushered down to the rustic courtyard to enjoy the fire pit, top up the cocktails and settle in for dinner and wine by Monty’s Leap.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

  • This is an 18+ event
  • You will need to rug up for this event.
  • Dietary requirements and seating requests can be met, so please ensure to enter these when booking.
  • The menu is given on the evening

Date: 15 and 16 September

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Location: To be announced

Cost:  $205

Tickets available here

Photo Credit: Mick Sippe Photography

Comedy Gold 2023 Tour

One of the funniest touring comedy shows in Australia is back this year and performing at the Katanning Town Hall.

Doing over 2000km all around Western Australia and completing 10 shows is no mean feat and this year’s line-up includes Simone Springer, Emo Majek, Kel Balnaves and Kat Davidson who are ready to deliver a knockout show.

Tables available in seating arrangement, so BYO and enjoy some of MoHana Catering’s delicious servings and gather round with your people for a great night!

Date: Friday 25 August 2023

Time: 6pm

Location: Katanning Town Hall, 22 Austral Terrace, Katanning

Cost: $25pp

Get your tickets here

Roller Disco

This event is part of the 2023 Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival presented by WCP Civil.

Hosted by The Shire of Katanning

Enjoy a fun filled night of rollerblading and dancing away. All ages welcome! Dress up in your florals and spring-themed outfits (including baby animals).

Prizes to be won.

We have a limited number of rollerblades available for hire, so we encourage participants to bring their own to avoid disappointment.

Date: 27 September

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Katanning Leisure Centre, 4 Pemble St, Katanning

Cost:  $7 for Juniors and $8.10 for over 18 entry fee paid at the door

RSVP here

For all enquiries please contact Shire of Katanning Steph Green on 9821 4399 or [email protected]

A Unique & Eclectic Open Garden

Hosted by Mary & Kodja Place

Responding to a drying climate this inspirational Kojonup garden drums to its own beat.

This garden reveals the creativity and ingenuity of its owner who has stitched together an eclectic mix of plants and is full of colour, texture and form. Many of these unusual plants are housed in repurposed vessels crafted from what others have discarded, all nestled in a setting of richly coloured mosaics.

A combination of plants, art and garden layout gives this unusual, visually stunning and constantly evolving garden heart and soul. A celebration of Mary’s love and dedication to her garden over many years.

This is a garden for today, tomorrow and the future and is absolutely unmissable.

Date: 23 & 24 September

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: address will be sent via email once ticket has been purchased

Cost: $10pp

Tickets available here

Any enquires please contact Jill Watkin 98310500

Woodanilling Art Exhibition – Opening Night

Hosted by The Shire of Woodanilling

Visit Woodanilling this Bloom Festival for a chance to view a unique exhibition of landscape and botanical paintings by Pauline Edgecumbe and Collette Annise, metal sculptures by local Blacksmith Morris Trimming as well as other local and regional talents.

Join us for opening night 22 September 6.30pm-8.30pm and browse the exhibition while enjoying some of our region’s delicious wine and some nibbles.

Thank you to our sponsors Southern Ports & Rosenthal Wines.

Dates: 22 September

Times: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Shire of Woodanilling Town Hall, 3316 Robinson Road

Cost: Free

RSVP for Catering by booking a ticket here.

For all enquiries please contact Sue Dowson – Email – [email protected] or call 9823 1506

Southern Wheatbelt Wander

Hosted by Forrest Explorers

Join experienced guide and wildflower enthusiast Alison from Forest Explorers & Sherryl from Hinterland Escapes for this multi-day nature-based meander through the Wheatbelt.

Discover Western Australian heritage, culture, stunning wildflowers, landscapes and glorious sunsets for two nights and three days.

 

Ongerup Wildflower Display

The Ongerup Wildflower Display is hosted by Ongerup & Needilup District Museum.

A beautiful display of locally found orchids and other wildflowers.

Date: 18 September to 1 October

Times: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Ongerup & Needilup District Museum, 260 Jaekel Street, Ongerup

Cost: Free

For any questions please contact Elisa on 0898282325. 

Family Movie Night

Movie Night is hosted by the Shire of Katanning.

Come to Katanning Leisure Centre for a family movie night. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a cinematic adventure with Super Mario Bros! Gold coin donations appreciated.

Date: 6 October

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Katanning Leisure Centre, 4 Pemble Street, Katanning

RSVP by getting your tickets below…

Book your spot here.

For all enquiries please contact the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999 or [email protected]

Albany Fun Flights

Hosted by Fly Esperance

Albany School Holiday Flights

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly in a light aeroplane? Jump aboard an Albany Fun Flight this School Holidays and enjoy the exhilarating feeling of flight for only $99.

Check out the town, beaches and wind farms from the air and keep an eye out for whales on the way.

Limited availability this September School Holidays only. Book now to secure your spot.

The plane can seat up to 5 passengers per flight and infants under 3 are free.

Bookings are essential.

Date: 24 and 25 September

Time: Multiple times- 20 min flights (check availability on link below)

Location: Albany Airport

Cost: $99

Book Tickets Here

Any questions please contact Fly Esperance on 1800 951 251

Ngowanjerindji – Gnowangerup Stories & Songlines

This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to earthquake damage at the Museum.

Ngowanjerindji is the local Noongar word for Gnowangerup, home of the mallee fowl.

The Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation and Cultural Heritage Centre showcases the history of the indigenous people associated with the local Mission and Stirling Range, who used the plains as hunting grounds for thousands of years.

They share their stories with community, to help tell the history of their people, their connection to Country and their values.

Understanding that there are many ways to tell a story, you are invited to spend the day to hear them.

Date: 6 October

For all enquiries please contact [email protected] or 0400216026

Tambellup Wildflower Orienteering Adventure

Hosted by Tambellup Community Resource Centre.

Who loves an adventure? Come on a fun outdoor, navigation-based adventure suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

An adventurous orienteering challenge to search and find various wildflowers along the trail which will also challenge your fitness. This is a fun orienteering adventure with once off access to the Tambellup Water Reserve to experience unique native wildflowers in a fun and interactive way.

The Tambellup Water Reserve, usually closed to the public, to experience unique native wildflowers in a fun and interactive way.

Please bring along appropriate clothing & shoes, water bottle, sun screen & hat. Please remember no littering permitted, no animals allowed and no toilets onsite.

Date: 8 October

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Guided Tours at 11am and 1pm

Location: Tambellup Water Reserve, Tambellup West Road, Tambellup WA 6320

Cost: Adults $15 – map and guided tour. Family $30 (2 adults & 2 children) – map and guided tour.

Tickets available here

For more event information, please contact Tambellup Community Resource Centre on [email protected] or 9825 1177.

Airing of the Quilts

Hosted by Nunijup Patchwork and Craft Group

Airing of the Quilts is a biennial event showcasing quilts, wall hangings, cross stitched work and smaller items.
A special display of items made by the Nunijup Patchwork and Craft Group, with the theme “Taking Tea” on which visitors can vote for their favourite item in the “People’s Choice” competition.

Devonshire teas and a variety of soups with homemade bread rolls will be available to purchase, along with other items such as plants, produce and raffles. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the amazing work by the Nunijup Group, whilst having fun and enjoying each other’s company.

Dates/Times:

Saturday 23rd September 10am – 4pm

Sunday 24th September 10am – 4pm

Monday 25th September 10am – 1pm

Location: Tenterden Hall, Crn Brooking & Trimmer Street, Tenterden

Cost: FREE

Register your interest here

Any enquires please contact Deb Coole – 0427 240 556

Guided Tour of Malleefowl and Wildflower Trail

Hosted by the Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre.

To celebrate the upcoming Wildflower season Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre will have a guided tour of the aviaries and nearby wildflower trail on Thursday at 2pm – for 3 weeks . The tour is all by foot, and will go for about 45mins. It will be run by our Sarah and will be complementary to our standard entry fee.

For booking details please go here: https://yongergnow.com.au/centre/visitorsinfo/ 

Date/s: 14, 21 and 28 September 

Times: 2pm

Location: Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre, Lot 260 Jaekel St, Ongerup WA 6336

Cost: Tour is free with the standard entry fee

To find out more or for any questions please contact on Phone (08) 9828 2325 or Email: [email protected] 

 

Yongergnow Preserved Wildflower Workshop

Hosted by Yongergnow-Ongerup CRC & Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre

Have some floral fun with Courtney, design your own preserved floral arrangement & enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Get creative making an arrangement for any occasion. Your preserved flower creation will last for many years and is a great keepsake or gift.

Date: 7 September

Time: 11am

Location: Yongergnow Australian Malleefowl Centre Lot 260 Jaekel Street Ongerup 6336

Cost: $110

Tickets available by calling the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre on 9828-2325 or emailing [email protected]

Bloom Exhibition 2023

Hosted by The Shire of Katanning

This exhibition offers a chance to enjoy the beauty of floral art (and the amazing scent) and see some of the art owned by the Shire of Katanning and local residents. Among the world’s most famous paintings are the Carrolup paintings. Each group will choose a piece of art to depict and create a floral art design based on, and incorporating that selection into any chosen plant material they choose.

Date: 5 – 7 October

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location: 16 Austral Terrace, Katanning

Cost: Free

Get your FREE tickets here

For all enquiries please contact James Wood – 9821 4310

Noongar Art, Craft & Food Market

Hosted by Kodja Place

Discover a fantastic selection of WA First Nations art, crafts, goods and food on Keneang Noongar Boodja at the Kodja Place Cultural Centre. Meet the artists, makers and producers and learn about their work.

Have a yarn with Billy Riley around the camp fire in the Mia Mia’s or join him on a tour to explore the Linear Gallery and hear stories of life on the reserve in the Story Place from inside an original ‘Humpy’.

Award winning Kodja Place celebrates its 21st birthday this year and is unique in Australia for telling stories of our First Nations people alongside those of settlers and rural life today. Discover how Kodja Place’s ‘One Story, Many Voices’ approach was ahead of its time in Truth Telling and Reconciliation.

This is a fantastic opportunity to buy directly and ethically from the makers.

Date: 23 September

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Kodja Place, Kojonup

Cost: Free

Get your free tickets here

For all enquiries please contact Jill Watkin 98310500

Plantagenet Art Prize

The Plantagenet Art Prize exhibition hosted by Mitchell House Arts Centre

Winners of this non-acquisitive judged competition will be awarded across seven categories at the opening on Friday 22nd September.

The artworks will be on display from 10am to 4pm during the long weekend of 23-25 September, for a gold coin donation.
Categories include painting, sculptures, textiles, works on paper and a separate Youth award for artists aged 16 – 25.

Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favourite piece for the “People’s Choice” award to be announced once exhibition has closed.

Date & Time: 22 September 6:00pm – 8:30pm, 23 – 25 September 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Frost Park Pavillion, McDonald Ave Mt Barker (Frost Park Pavilion is part of the racecourse complex on McDonald Avenue in Mt Barker.)

Cost: Gold Coin Donation at the door

Register your interest here

Any enquires please contact Marie O’Dea 0407 795 813.

Picnic, Wine Tasting & Music in the Australian Rose Maze

Hosted by Kodja Place.

Celebrate the Kodja Place Cultural Centre’s 21st birthday with a picnic, and live music in the heart of the Australian Rose Maze.

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy some local Alkoomi Wine (available for purchase) listen to local musicians while the kids run, play and explore the centre and maze.

The setting is family friendly with safe spaces for children to run, play and explore.

This multi-award winning Gallery and Maze is unique in Australia, telling First Nation and settler stories side by side. It’s ‘One Story, Many Voices’ ethos can be followed from the gallery out into the Rose Maze where you’ll trace the stories of 3 Women: Yoondi, Elizabeth and Maria.

Explore the Linear Gallery and Story Space, take a tour with Billy Riley; renowned Noongar Tour Guide to learn about Kojonup’s fascinating history.

 

 

Woodanilling Art Exhibition

Hosted by The Shire of Woodanilling

Visit Woodanilling this Bloom Festival for a chance to view a unique exhibition of landscape and botanical paintings by Pauline Edgecumbe and Collette Annise., metal sculptures by local Blacksmith Morris Trimming as well as other local and regional talents.

Dates & Times:

Exhibition & Sale of work:

23 and 24 September 10am – 4:00pm

Exhibition:

26 to 27 September 9am – 4.30pm

28 September 9am – 2pm

Location: Shire of Woodanilling Town Hall, 3316 Robinson Road

Cost: Free

Get your FREE tickets here

For all enquiries please contact Sue Dowson – Email – [email protected] or call 9823 1506

Preserved Flower Wreath Workshop

Hosted by Let’s Talk Flowers

Have some floral fun with Courtney, design your own wreath & enjoy the company of like-minded people while using local flora to a beautiful creation.

Get creative making a wreath for any occasion. Your preserved flower wreath will last for many years and is a great keepsake or gift.

Date: 27 September

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Let’s Talk Flowers, Shop 5/100 Clive Street Katanning WA 6317

Cost: $165pp, refreshments and snacks provided

Get your tickets here

Any enquires please contact Courtney Boxall [email protected] or 0447563969

Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show & Spring Festival

The Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show has over 700 specimens collated in family groups creating a plethora of colour, form, and perfume. An energetic band of volunteers goes forth into the bush to seek elusive specimens for the Show. Largest rural Herbarium open for visitors upon request.

Wildflower Tea Cosy exhibition. Events happening every day. Country Carnival, guided walks, bus tours, Devonshire teas and soup lunches, craft stall, art exhibitions, Feast in the Fitz, Songlines & the Fitz. Workshops Natural Ink mating and Linocut.

For the interest and enjoyment of visitors a programme of events with activities throughout the festival is available, offering visitors an action packed time in Ravensthorpe & Hopetoun with its welcoming and vibrant community.

This year’s programme events and activities available throughout the Shire;

Over 700 specimens on display
4WD Tagalong tours
guided walks
Walk with the ranges Fitzgerald River National Park
Soup lunches and Devonshire teas daily
Bus tours including Wildflower Hot Spots Monday Wednesday Friday
Local Geology Tour
Feast in the Fitz with Fervor
art exhibitions Ravensthorpe & Hopetoun
photographic display

 

Dates: 11 -23 September

Online program and bookings here

 

Herbarium & Wildflower Display

Hosted by Kodja Place

The Kodja Place is home to a specialist Herbarium showcasing Kojonup’s local wildflowers.

Kojonup is an ideal wildflower hotspot with an extensive collection of orchids which can be found within the town’s 3 reserves, roadsides and undisturbed sites.

Thanks to dedicated local volunteer and Shire Treasurer, Chris Lewis, who holds a rarely granted licence to collect wildflowers, the Herbarium will be on display together with a beautiful display of other local wildflowers to coincide with the height of wildflower season and the Bloom Festival.

Date: 14 September – 9 October

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: Kodja Place, Kojonup

Cost: Free

Get your free tickets here

For all enquiries please contact Jill Watkin 98310500

Download your program of events book here

Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival

Annual Spring Festival

As the Great Southern Treasures’ signature annual event, the Bloom Festival provides an opportunity for communities to work together and celebrate ‘everything that blooms’ in the region.  Highlighting the character of rural WA, the Festival delivers vibrant experiences for a mix of visitors from around the nation enjoying what our passionate communities have to offer.

Each year, passionate people from rural and regional townships across nine shires collaborate on a festival like no other, ensuring a trip to the Great Southern takes pride of place on the Australian travel calendar each spring.  Events and activities include arts, crafts, displays, exhibitions, fauna and flora-themed activities, creative workshops, food events, markets, Noongar cultural events, open gardens, wine and dine events, family fun days, movie nights, live music, heritage trails, guided flower walks, tours and hikes including through the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges.

The Festival spans the entire Great Southern Treasures region, from Kojonup, out to Pingrup, down to Bremer Bay on the coast, across to the Porongurup and Frankland River, taking in major centres such as Katanning, the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Parks and everything in between.

Make sure you put this wildflower wonder on your itinerary for next year and explore all the blooming best of the Great Southern Treasures in Western Australia!

The 2023 Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival was presented by WCP Civil and supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia, Royalties for Regions & the below partners.

For information about how you can become a sponsor of the Bloom Festival, or to advertise your business or community group in the event program book, see here or contact Great Southern Treasures via email.

Who can hold an event in the Bloom Festival

Venues, individuals, community groups, businesses, organisations and individuals throughout the Great Southern region are invited to be part of the festival by hosting events to be held within the Great Southern. 

What type of events can be included?

Events include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts & crafts
  • displays & exhibitions
  • music
  • dance
  • fauna & floral themed activities
  • food & wine events
  • guided tours
  • heritage and cultural events
  • land care
  • markets
  • Noongar culture
  • open gardens
  • organics
  • trails
  • workshops

Events can be held over an hour, day, weekend, week, or the full duration of the Festival.

How much does it cost to have an event included in the Festival?

In the Great Southern Treasures

Single Free Event: $50

Multiple Free Events: $100 (total fee)

Single Paid Event: $100

Multiple Paid Events: $150 (total fee)

Public Liability Insurance: $125 (if required)

Outside Great Southern Treasures

Single Free Event: $100

Multiple Free Events: $150 (total fee)

Single Paid Event: $150

Multiple Paid Events: $200 (total fee)

What does the fee include?

Fee contributes to marketing & advertising campaigns and resources for each event such as: 

  • Access to ticketing platform, created for you
  • Basic event planning guideline documents, including budget template
  • Option of one-on-one meetings with the Event Coordinator as agreed upon 
  • Cooperative marketing where applicable 
  • Event support via phone/email
  • Extensive marketing of your event as part of the festival, which will include a printed program (4000 copies printed) distributed across Western Australia, radio advertising, digital marketing,
  • Your event listed on the Great Southern Treasures website, plus many more local sites. (exposure and promotion for your business)
  • Inclusion in media stories as the outlet chooses
  • TV advertising as part of the festival as appropriate
  • EDM’s sent out by GST and Australia’s South West (ASW)
  • Paid and organic Facebook and Instagram posts by GST & ASW (combined total of over 140k followers)

My event is outside of the Great Southern Treasures, can it still be included in the Bloom event program? 

Neighbouring shires of the Great Southern Treasures may participate in the Bloom Festival if a few requirements are met.

There are also advertising options available for both the website and program booklet. To find out more, visit this link.