Whats Hot in Margaret River December 2013

What’s Hot in Margaret River?

December is lurking around the corner with Christmas just a few weeks away. November has been a busy and exciting month in Margaret River with Gourmet Escape happening in a couple of days and other major sporting events having taken place like The Augusta Adventure Fest (The Anaconda Race). Now it’s time to think about gifts, getting to the beach for the Christmas break, and other things related to this holiday time of year.

Last month, we gave away 1 handplane courtesy of Deckhand Bodysurfing Co. We are delighted to announce the winner of the Deckhand electronic raffle.

Also, we would like to congratulate Darby Park for winning Silver in the recent Western Australia Tourism Award!

So what’s hot and sizzling for the month of December in Margaret River? Here are a few good ones that I am sure will be making news in the coming month.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra ACO2 at Vasse Felix

This year, ACO2 performs three concerts under the direction of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Dale Barltrop at the Vasse Felix Art Gallery, each with beautiful dining packages. Read more…

SunSmart Ironman at Busselton Jetty

Incorporating the iconic Busselton Jetty, the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia triathlon is renowned worldwide for being the place to go for a personal best, with the bike and run courses amongst the flattest on the global circuit.

Popular with international athletes from all corners of the planet – including the United States, Germany, Great Britain and Singapore, SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia has seen massive growth, selling out in record time and competitors arriving earlier than ever to take in the best Western Australia’s south-west region has to offer: from vineyards to snorkeling. Read more…

Latest Deal of the Month!

Yelverton Brook has recently launched their new website Holiday with Wildlife. Check out their amazing rates for longer stays and updated rates and packages HERE.

To know more about their specials, call Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat & Conservation Sanctuary at 08 9755 7579

Spring/Summer Breaks

  • Breakfast package include – Aussie bacon, local free range eggs & milk, juice, butter & freshly baked organic bread for min stays of 2 x nights or more….. Weekends $275 p/nt for 2
  • Midweek (Sun – Thurs)3 nights @ $190 p/nt for 2
  • 5 nights (Sun – Thurs) @ $175 p/nt for 2

Yelverton specials are only bookable by telephone 97557579 or email yelbrook@bigpond.com & mention “Aussie Breakfast Package“.

New Business of the Month

This month’s new business is Margaret River Winemakers run by Greg Garnish. Here’s a short overview from Margaret River Winemakers:

Our Winery is located in Willyabrup in the most south western corner of Australia. Willyabrup is often referred to as the “Golden Triangle” of wines in the prestigious Margaret River Wine Region. The early pioneers of wine decided Willyabrup would produce the finest wines, and over 40 years later we agree. To know more about Margaret River Winemakers visit their website –> Click Here

Our Wine Pantry has a new friend.   The Cape Farm Shop – you’ve had it in all the best food stores in town, had it in the best restaurants in town, now you can get it at the same place you get your favourite wine.  John Thew is crazy about food, and I’m crazy about HIS food – Cape Farm do it the old school way – always fresh, always seasonal.  Come and see us at the Margaret River Wine Pantry to meet John and taste his fine produce!

Recipe of the Month

December is a time where we plan out our Christmas feast. This month Jenny of Wulura shared her secret in making a great marinade that is perfect for chicken or lamb meat. Enjoy this recipe.

Chicken or Lamb Marinade


1 small bunch of coriander

½ cup of Wulura extra virgin olive oil

1 dessert spoon of rock salt

1/3 cup of Sweet chilli sauce

1 tablespoon of castor sugar


Blend the marinade ingredients all together and then marinade the meat overnight. Drain and grill the meat on the barbeque.


Brown Hill’s 2013 Golden Horseshoe Chardonnay

This keenly awaited 2013 vintage displays lovely zesty melon and peach bouquet. The palate has weight and excellent balance, showing a nice tight silky structure and is filled with intense sweet lemon flavours that are well supported by oak and acid. Read more…

Upcoming Events for the Month of December

1 – Yallingup Malibu Classic – 30th November to 1st December 2013

1 to 2 – Shaun Atkinson @ Jahroc Gallery – 2nd November to 2nd December 2013

1 to 31 – Christmas Exhibition Art and Decorations @ Art Geo Cultural Complex

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Town Square Markets

4, 11, 18, 25 – Backpacker Wednesdays @ The Knights Inn

5 – Gnarabar’s Wine Night!

5, 12, 19, 26 – Karaoke Thursdays @ The Knights Inn!

6 – The Australian Chamber Orchestra ACO2 @ Vasse Felix – 6th December 2013

6, 13, 20, 27 – Fish Pub Fridays @ Clancy’s Fish Pub

6, 13, 20, 27- Friday Night Supper Club @ Colonial Brewery

7, 8 10, 12 – Busselton Pottery Group Christmas Display @ Old Butter Factory

7 to 8 – SunSmart Ironman @ Busselton Jetty – 7th to 8th December 2013

7 to 8 – The Hillview Challenge Clay Simulated Field Shoot @ Augusta Clay Target Club – 7th to 8th December 2013

7 – Undalup Birak Beach, Art and Craft Festival @ Busselton Beach & Foreshore – 7th December 2013

7, 21 – Vasse Markets

7 – The Cowaramup Hall Market

7, 14, 21, 28 – Margaret River Farmers Markets

8, 22 – Busselton Rotary Club Market @ Signal Park

8 – Capes Art Market @ Happs

8 – 2013 Skate Art Music Festival @ Zone Room and Skate Park – 8th December 2013

13 – Christmas Carols in the Park @ Reuther Park – 13th December 2013

13 – Carols by Candlelight @ Rotary Park – 13th December 2013

14, 28 – Busselton Community Garden Market

14 to 15 – Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival – 14th to 15th December 2013

14, 28 – Lions Club Garage Sale!

15 – The Spirit of Christmas Fair @ Reuther Park – 15th December 2013

21 – Lions Club Special Christmas Garage Sale! @ Lions Shed – 21st December 2013

26 – Sea Gardens Book Club

Upcoming Events for the Month of Mid-January

7 to 26 – Festival of Busselton – 7th to 26th January 2014

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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