BUS­SEL­TON, WA

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

This is a city blessed with a beau­ti­ful water­front and a lively fore­shore with beach­side cy­cle paths.

Bus­sel­ton is more than the gate­way to the Mar­garet River re­gion and its fa­mous 1.8-kilo­me­tre-long jetty – which, should be noted, has an ex­cel­lent un­der­wa­ter ob­ser­va­tory ac­cessed by a mini train. Not only is this city blessed with a beau­ti­ful water­front; calm, white­sand beaches; su­perb whale watch­ing; and a lively fore­shore with beach­side cy­cle paths (you can ride all the way to Duns­bor­ough), it’s also a buzzing cul­tural hub with a great food and wine scene. Some stand-outs in­clude the Art­geo Cul­tural Com­plex, a mu­seum and gallery based in the 19th­cen­tury court­house; the 1936-built Fire Sta­tion which is now a small bar with or­ganic and nat­u­ral wines and beers from lo­cal pro­duc­ers; and The Shed (Thurs­day to Sun­day), fresh food mar­kets where you’ll find lo­cal cheese­mon­gers, fruit and vegie grow­ers, ar­ti­san bak­ers and the like, as well as a host of food trucks as part of ‘Eat Street’. Bus­sel­ton also has a burst­ing cal­en­dar of events, which has earned it the ti­tle of ‘Events Cap­i­tal of WA’. Here, some hap­pen­ings to keep an eye on.

1–4 JUNE: JAZZ BY THE BAY

A di­verse line-up of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional jazz artists play in a va­ri­ety of venues around the re­gion.

22–26 AU­GUST: CINEFESTOZ FILM FES­TI­VAL

Film screen­ings and im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ences such as red car­pet pre­mieres, short film sets, and ‘in con­ver­sa­tion’ lunches at lo­cal winer­ies and brew­eries.

JAN­UARY 2019: FES­TI­VAL OF BUS­SEL­TON

A fes­ti­val of all things fun for all the fam­ily: an out­door cin­ema, sand­cas­tle com­pe­ti­tion, log chop­ping, a pet pa­rade and more.

9–10 FE­BRU­ARY 2019: BUS­SEL­TON JETTY SWIM

Two days of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing free con­certs, fun runs and food stalls cul­mi­nate in the main event: a 3.6-kilo­me­tre swim around the jetty.

23 FE­BRU­ARY – 3 MARCH 2019: BUS­SEL­TON FRINGE FES­TI­VAL

This vi­brant nine-day event in­cludes a host of tal­ented artists and per­form­ers tak­ing to stages across the city. Com­edy, cabaret, bur­lesque, film and fam­ily shows are among the many acts.

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