Mark your calendars for a creative Margaret River short break

Watch artist Alice Linford Forte at work, photo Paris Hawken

Art-lovers are set to converge on Western Australia’s magnificent Margaret River region for the annual Margaret River Region Open Studios, 7 – 22 September 2024. Already celebrated for its world-class wines, this scenic destination is also home to some of the country’s most exciting artists, with 144 of them welcoming visitors for Australia’s largest open studio event. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a short break!

Here are just five of our favourite reasons to pencil in this art trail adventure.

Dariya Ceramics
Image: Dariya Ceramics

1. We love a good sticky beak. Margaret River Region Open Studios (MRROS) invites you to step inside the usually private creative realm of painters, potters, printmakers, milliners, mosaicists, timber craftspeople, textile creators, illustrators and installation artists. The settings themselves are sure to inspire, from dairy farms and hay sheds to beach shacks and breweries.

Stop by the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

2. It’s spring! And that’s the perfect time to see the Margaret River countryside come to life with carpets of wildflowers (look to local hotspots around Busselton and the Cape Naturaliste area) and a colourful array of flora and fauna. The MRROS trail will take you off the highways to discover new springtime scenes as you visit studios tucked away in forests and on farms and vineyards.

Lauren Wilhelm outside her farm studio in North Jindong for the Margaret River Region Open Studios
Image: Tim Campbell

3. Perfect for wine-lovers too. Speaking of vineyards, it’s no secret the Margaret River is one of Australia’s best wine regions. Stay for a short break and sip your way around a who’s who of Aussie wineries (think Vasse Felix, Voyager, and Leeuwin) in between studio visits.

4. See. Create. Shop. Many MRROS artists are hosting workshops and events so you can try your hand at a new skill. Or why not take home a new art piece (straight from the source!) that will forever remind you of your spring sojourn in the Margaret River?

5. And the best part? It’s free!

This popular calendar spot is growing each year so now is the time to book your Western Australian accommodation.

When: September 7 – 22, 2024
Find out more at mrropenstudios.com.au

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