In our last post, we told you all about May’s festivals in New South Wales. Today, we are featuring the May festivals in Western Australia. If you have been looking for a reason to go west, then one or more of these fun festivals might be just that final decision maker for you. A big plus is that Western Australia is simply spectacular in the fall, between the colours of the Autumn leaves and whale migration season, what’s not to love? No more excuses, hire a car and go west this Autumn, you will thank us later! Here are just some of the festivals we’ve found happening in May.

  1. Festival of Country Gardens:

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The Festival of Country Gardens is a weekend long event that takes place each year in the Blackwood Valley in the southern region of Western Australia. This year, the Festival of Country Gardens will be held on May 6th and 7th. The Blackwood Valley is considered one of the best places to see the fall foliage in all of Australia. It is located near the Margaret River Region, known for its wine vineyards, beautiful beaches on the coast, towering forests and the enormous cave system underneath them. It is definitely one of the most popular holiday vacation spots if you want to see that type of variety in nature. The Festive of Country Gardens is a relaxing weekend in the gardens among the Autumn leaves. Events include a tour of the gardens, a dinner in the Barn at Ford House and morning tea.

  1. Fremantle Heritage Festival:

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This is an annual community event in Fremantle, Western Australia that is put on by the City of Fremantle. For the 25th anniversary of the festival in 2017, the celebrations will include both the recent and classic history of this town. Fremantle has a rich history that will be celebrated over 10 days from 26th May until 5th June. The festival has more than 80 events featuring the arts, culture, food, heritage tours, and entertainment.

  1. Perth International Comedy Festival:

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The Perth Comedy Festival is happening now through 21 May. This fun festival features comedians from all over the world and some from right here in Perth. Since Perth is the capital of Western Australia, it is a metropolitan hub with plenty to do in conjunction with seeing all the great live comedian acts.

  1. Moondyne Festival:

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Moondyne Festival Photo Credit:

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Moondyne is located in the Avon Valley north of Perth. It is the first inland settlement in Western Australia, so it makes the perfect place to celebrate the pioneers and colonial history of the state. The free festival will be held on Sunday 7 May.  Guests are encouraged to attend in pioneer costume. Events include contests, street entertainment, an art exhibition, a colonial village, and artisan & heritage crafts and more.

  1. Ord Valley Muster:

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Ord Valley Muster Photo Credit:

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The Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster first began as just a one night dinner event but it has now grown to a 10 day event celebrating the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. This is the 17th year of the festival. It will take place 19 – 28 May, 2017. There will be over 30 different events across the Kimberley Region that will highlight the businesses, the culture, Aboriginal history, people, and the fantastic landscapes of the one of the most remote places in the world.

  1. Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival:

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The annual Whaleshark Festival takes place each year and coincides with the beginning of the whale sharks arrival during their yearly migration to the waters of Ningaloo Reef. This year, the weekend long festival will take place on May 26 – 28, 2017. The festivities begin with an event on Friday night with the official Gala Festival opening at the Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort. Ningaloo Reef is a large fringing reef located in Western Australia. The goal of the festival is to bring together the government, businesses, industries, and community members to strengthen their relationships while also providing education. Of course, it also celebrates the Whale Shark during their annual visit to the region.

While exploring around Australia in the fall, be sure to check out some of these top Autumn destinations:

Top Destinations for Autumn in Australia Part One

Top Destinations for Autumn in Australia Part Two

Hiring a Car in Perth

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There are plenty of car rental locations in Perth where you can hire a car so you will find a Budget car hire location that is convenient for wherever your travels are taking you. When you hire a car, you can find the best places to visit and the best deals for your holiday. If you are in Perth City, then you can hire a car  there. Other Perth car hire locations include the Perth Airport car rental or the Perth South car hire location near Fremantle  or in Burswood. Then, there is Bunbury, a city in between Perth and the Margaret River Region. If you are coming to Margaret River from the south, you can also hire a car in Albany. When you are hiring a car, be sure to share your travel plans with the car rental agent so that they can give you the guidelines, roadmaps, safety restrictions, and holiday travel tips. This will ensure your best car rental experience in Western Australia. Click on any of the links to get a great rate quote for hiring a car or 4WD vehicle that will be the best one for getting around Western Australia’s rugged terrain. While exploring this region, check out some of our previous blog posts for ideas on what to do here:

Wine, Waves, and Caves of the Margaret River Region

Make it an Amazing Holiday in Awesome Albany, Western Australia

Esperance and the Southern Coast of Western Australia

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

Korung National Park in the Perth Hills

Your Taste Buds will Enjoy the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

National Parks near Perth Part One

National Parks near Perth Part Two

National Parks near Perth Part Three

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Four – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Five – Regional Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Six – Marine Parks

Nature Park Excursions near Perth Part Seven – Nature Reserves

Best Foodie Destinations in Australia

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If you are beginning your journey on The Warlu Way in Exmouth, you have two locations where you can hire a truck or 4WD vehicle. You can hire a car near Ningaloo at Budget Exmouth  or you can hire a vehicle at the Exmouth Airport. You can also  hire a car at the Broome Airport, or rent a car and the Broome Downtown location  if you are starting your trip from Broome and making your way down to Exmouth.  Most of this region can only be accessed with a four wheel drive vehicle, so be sure to have the proper vehicle and emergency supplies when driving through this area. Keep in mind that since this is remote and rugged terrain, safety guidelines must be taken very seriously. Check with your car rental agent to get important guidelines, safety information, and driving maps. Click on any of the links to quickly and easily get a car hire rate quote. Here are some other adventurous ideas in Western Australia from our blog:

The Savannah Way Part One: Daintree Rainforest to Karumba, Queensland

The Savannah Way Part Two: Normanton to Katherine

The Savannah Way Part Three: Katherine to Broome

The Gibb River Road Part One

The Gibb River Road Part Two

Most Picturesque Spots in the Kimberley

8 National Parks in the Kimberley

Mitchell River National Park

Rivers of the Kimberley in Western Australia

Shark Bay

Kalbarri National Park

Broome Western Australia

Swimming Experience of a Lifetime at Ningaloo Reef

Coral Coast Road Trip

Glamping in Western Australia

Karijini National Park

Western Australia’s Warlu Way Part One

Western Australia’s Warlu Way Part Two