Summertime in Margaret River: What to See and Do in February

Margaret River is a region steeped in ancestral culture, with a landscape blessed by nature. This makes for a natural summertime playground.

Since the turn of the century, the region has become home to an abundance of world-class wineries, a beehive of outstanding nuevo craft breweries, a hotspot for expiring artists, and a true food lover’s cornucopia of international cuisines featuring local ingredients.

Every year sees the introduction of new events, attractions, venues, and local artists being added to this vacation paradise solely for your enjoyment. The organisers and merchants in this wonderland proudly orchestrate monthly special sights and places of interest that puts the spotlight on Margaret River’s regional landscape and special appearances of local and international celebrities.

When you stay with us at Forest Rise, we consider it a privilege to help you make the most of your time in our region. Our friendly, professional staff is available to fulfill your needs, whether that is helping with scheduling transportation or providing driving directions when touring the area.

We know a lot about our tourist attractions and special events and continuously update this information for your holiday entertainment. We are happy to recommend the following list that highlights several of the upcoming popular activities.


What to Do and See During February in Margaret River

1. Busselton Fringe Festival

Beginning on February 5th and continuing throughout the month the Busselton Fringe Festival is the place to be with something different happening every day. The entertainment is as varied as the audience that attends from retro cabarets and street theatres to family-friendly circus act, live music, and an abundance of taste-tempting food vendors. Stroll through an artistically created emporium or sit back and enjoy the performances of local and visiting players.

For a full list of scheduled events happening throughout the Busselton area, please visit the festival website at https://www.busseltonfringe.com.au/.


2. Culinary Delights

When seeking your next favourite meal, wine, craft brew, or dessert, you have come to the right palate-pleasing region in Western Australia. Have a try at one or more of these most delectable venues in Margaret River.

  • Crepes Anyone?

Bistro Breton – Why go to France for award-winning crepes when you can dine on authentic French crepes, freshly made by a French chef, served in a real bistro atmosphere right here in Margaret River? Bistro Breton offers a classic French breakfast and lunch menu with a selection of aromatic, tongue pleasing barista-made coffees.

The Bistro is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 AM to 2 PM. It is located at 49 Queen Street, Busselton WA 6280. For inquiries, please call directly to 08 9754 6217. Bon appetite!

  • Pure Chocolate Indulgence

Gabriel Chocolate – A one of a kind chocolate gallery that artistically transforms raw imported cacao beans into award-winning, smooth as silk, delectable chocolate configurations. In addition to being the area’s first bean to chocolate bar confectioners, it is also a top favourite with both locals and visitors. Enjoy a memorable taste sensation and remember to purchase some of their creations as gifts to please the taste buds of family members and friends.

The gallery is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. It is located at the intersection of Caves Road and Quininup Road, Yallingup WA 6282. For inquiries, please call directly to 08 9756 6689. Yummy for the tummy.

  • Direct From the Farm to You

Margaret River Farmers Market – For two decades, our award-winning farmers market has served the local community every Saturday from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM local farmers and food producers offer their fresh produce, seasonings, meats, seafood, and preserves directly to you, the consumer. The items available for sale change with the seasons, so there is always something new to try and taste.

The best part of shopping and supporting local growers is the opportunity to chat with the farmers and learn the various ways to prepare and serve their food. The market is located at Lot 272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285. For inquiries, please call directly to 0438 905 985. When in Rome, or Margaret River, eat as the locals eat.


3. Geographe Bay Race Week

Geographe Bay Race week is one of the region’s premier yachting regatta.For one entire week, from 6 February through 12 February, you can indulge your love of water competition at the annual Geographe Bay Race Week. This is the one time a year that yacht lovers, both competitors and spectators, come together for the region’s premier yachting regatta. There are different levels of competition dedicated to all levels of sailing skills.

The schedule of attractions produces a festive atmosphere of both on-water and off-water activities set within the picturesque background of pristine waters, stunning scenery, and exquisite coastlines. The daily events begin at 10 AM. For information about the race week, send an inquiry to gbycbsn@westnet.com.au or call directly to the main office at (08) 9752 2522 on Thursdays only during the hours of 9 AM and 12 PM noon. Anchors away!


4. Valentine’s Day

What would February be without Valentine’s Day? And, because this year it comes on a weekend, you now have a wonderful reason to plan a Forest Rise romantic weekend getaway with your loved one.

Here are a few events created especially for lovers:

  • Romance Under the Stars

Lovers Lane at Art Geo Busselton – An evening of world-class music featuring Michael de Grussa and Courtney Murphy as they perform an exciting exhibition of competing on baby grand pianos. This masterful duelling takes place in The Courtyard at Busselton’s Cultural Precinct. A romantic setting with a complimentary glass of wine or beer and canapes from the Get Pickled shop, and an oyster shucking bar available.

This exception event has a ticket price of $40 per person and takes place on Sunday, February 14th from 7 PM to 10 PM. Reservations are encouraged. The location for this affair is at the ArtGeo Cultural Complex, 4 Queen Street, Busselton WA 6280. For tickets and inquiries, call directly to 08 9751 4651, or view their website at http://www.artgeo.com.au.

  • Love in the Afternoon

Valentine’s Day Lunch by The Lake at Bettenays Margaret River – A menu that incorporates local ingredients and spices for a full dining experience of tasteful sensations personally created by Chef Ismail Benlamlih. The meal includes a glass of Bettenays wine and a specially selected Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one. There will be live music performed by Ricky Green to complete the romantic ambience.

The event costs $95 and takes place on Sunday, February 14th with a choice of two sittings. The first sitting is at 12 PM noon and the second sitting is at 2 PM. The dining location is at Bettenay Wines, 24 Tom Cullity Drive, Cowaramup WA 6284. For reservations or inquiries, call directly to 08 9755 5539.

  • Music for the Romantic Soul

Dave Rastrix Trio at Settlers Tavern – This free Valentine’s Day concert features a mix of passionate jazz-reggae and spontaneous soulful tunes performed by three exceptionally talented instrumentalists and songwriters. Tap your feet to the rhythm or dance to the beat. This event takes place on Sunday, February 14th from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. A perfectly romantic afternoon that takes place at the Settlers Tavern, located at 114 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285. For inquiries, call directly at 0447 688 523.

The calendar of events for February is diverse and full of delights. If there is any way that our Forest Rise staff can help you in making the most of your visit with us, just ask. We are more than happy to be your secret assistants to aid in your memorable time in Margaret River. Looking forward to your time with us.