From Aboriginal culture to Asian influences and early settler traditions, the North West is a melting pot of cultures and there's no better way to immerse yourself in the local community than to attend the myriad of events that form the festivals.
Australia's North West is a haven for 'culture vultures' with a mixture of bright and colourful festivals, celebrating the rich diversity of the regions amidst beautiful landscapes.
The festival season will kick off this month in the Pilbara with the 'Karijini Experience', followed by the Red Country Music Festival, Cable Beach Polo, the Ord Valley Muster and the Derby Boab Festival, culminating in Broome with the Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl.
In between the major festivals are plenty of awesome community events which can be found on our Events Page, with a search function to show you what's on in which towns during certain dates.
For a road trip to truly remember, follow the North West festival trail which takes you from Karijini through Port Hedland then Broome, hightail it over to Kununurra then take your time coming back through Derby then set up stumps in Broome.
Having experienced all of these wonderful festivals and events, you can be assured that you're having the ultimate North West experience.
Note: Visitors are recommended to book event tickets and accommodation well in advance, as the festival events will often sell out!!
Karijini National Park - 16 to 21 April, 2019
Timed to coincide with the school holidays and the perfect Pilbara weather, the Karijini Experience has lots of opportunities for the whole family to get involved in the outback oasis of the Karijini National Park.
As well as many free, family-friendly activities and workshops focused on art, culture and enrichment, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in culture, music, food and art while immersing yourself in the stunning Karijini landscape.
Broome - 17 to 19 May, 2019
The pristine sands of Broome’s iconic Cable Beach ignite when Australia’s only multi-day beach polo tournament is played in May each year.
The Airnorth Cable Beach Polo tournaments have featured leading polo players from New Zealand, Argentina, Colombia, India and Australia, vying for glory across two days of thrilling beach polo action that culminates in an international clash.
The glamour and vigour of polo heats up on the sand for a unique experience – a polo arena bordering the sparkling azure waters of the Indian ocean, bikini-clad spectators and Broome’s spectacular setting sun signalling the end of each day’s play.
This extraordinary sporting spectacle is free to watch picnic-style from the sand. But for a truly glamorous experience, there is an option to purchase tickets to the VIP Marquee or the Polo Beach Bar, where you can mingle in barefoot elegance with the players and new friends from around the globe.
On Saturday night, the celebration continues with Dinner Under the Stars – a magical night with fine cuisine and a selection of premium beverages.
Kununurra - 17 to 26 May, 2019
Highlighting its extraordinary cultural diversity, stunning primeval landscape, friendly folk and warm country hospitalitall-embracing Diamonds Ord Valley Muster is an all embracing community celebration of the astonishing talent found in the East Kimberley region, while showcasing some of Australia’s most acclaimed musicians and culinary personalities.
Take a trip to Kununurra for ten days of discovery, adventure, fun, music and food!
Port Hedland - 22 June, 2019
The Festival isfamily-friendlydly event that brings the local community together for a weekend of great music and talented Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists.
The festival has been created by Bradley Hall, a local Nyiyaparli man and established musician, who has a vision to bring live music back to the Pilbara. “This event is really about bringing the local Pilbara community together to enjoy awesome music from some of Australia’s best and also giving local artists a platform to showcase their talents. Be it in art, music and/or culture.”
The festival is headlined by Australian Country Music legend, Troy Cassar-Daley, other acts include Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes and a range of National and Local acts. There will be a “Welcome to Country” performance by Traditional Owners plus food stalls and local markets.
Derby - 5 to 21 July, 2019
The Boab Festival is back, bigger, better and brighter in its 58th year. Join us during the July school holidays for a two week celebration of the West Kimberley lifestyle. We kick off on Friday July 5th 2019 with the Make Smoking History Boab Festival Mardi Gras supported by Lotterywest, then stick around for an exciting two weeks of events.
Broome - 7 to 15 September, 2019
Experience some of Broome’s unique culture with Shinju Matsuri, or the Festival of the Pearl, a true Broome institution!
For many years now the Australian South Sea Pearl has been the prize rather than the mother of pearl. September traditionally marks the end of the pearl harvest season, when the fortunes of the pearl farmer are told. What better time to celebrate?
Shinju Matsuri will tempt your senses with an exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and smell as the community shares this beautiful locale with the world and the people who call it home.