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Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

South-West Region Continues To Attract And Delight Tourists

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  • South-West visitor numbers up 12.6 % to 3.2 Million between June 2018-June 2019
  • Visitors spend climbed from $1.346 Million to $1.725 Million over the same 12 months
  • Comes on top of opening of Margaret River HEART multi-purpose centre
  • 25 events scheduled for the South-West region between October 2019 and May 2020
  • ‘Margaret River & Southern Western Australia’ named Number 1 destination on Lonely Planet ‘Best in Asia Pacific 2019’ list

State’s South-West continues to attract tourists, with more than 3.2 Million visitors flocking to the region between June 2018-June 2019.

“Like all Western Australians I love visiting our South-West, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach trip, a world-class food and wine experience or a forest get away, the South-West region has it all.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“With 25 events coming to the South-West over the next 9 months, I’m looking forward to introducing more visitors to the region.”

Visitor spend is also growing with total spend up from $1.346 Billion to $1.725 Billion over the same 12-month period.

Premier Mark McGowan took a road trip through the award-winning region today with stops in Busselton and Margaret River, including a visit to the iconic Margaret River Chocolate Company meeting visitors, locals and business operators.

WA Premier Mark McGowan

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Over the next 9 months, 25 events will be hosted in the region to attract more visitors and provide a boost to the local economy. These include the Gourmet Escape, the Margaret River Pro, the Busselton Jetty Swim and Augusta Adventure Fest.

State Government, through Lotterywest, contributed $5 Million towards the $9.74 Million Margaret River HEART which officially opened earlier this month. The transformation of the former cultural centre and squash courts into a multi-purpose centre brings together entertainment, arts and business events in one world-class venue.


Cape to Cape MTBAugusta to DunsboroughOct-19
Australian Men’s Masters Hockey ChampionshipsBusselton and BunburyOct-19
Dardanup Bull and Barrel FestivalDardanupOct-19
The 2019 WA State Road Cycling ChampionshipsBunburyOct-19
Western Australia Gourmet EscapeMargaret River, Swan Valley and PerthNov-19
Tour of Margaret River Pro AmNannup to ManjimupNov-19
Augusta Adventure FestAugustaNov-19
Ironman Western AustraliaBusseltonDec-19
Manjimup Cherry Harmony FestivalManjimupDec-19
Australian Tennis Seniors ChampionshipsBusselton and BunburyJan-20
Boyup Brook Country Music FestivalBoyup BrookFeb-20
Nannup Music FestivalNannupFeb-20
Westrac Bunbury Geographe GiftBunburyFeb-20
Busselton Jetty SwimBusseltonFeb-20
Action Sports Games 2020BunburyFeb-20
South West Craft Beer FestivalBusseltonFeb-20
RAC Karri Valley TriathlonPembertonMar-20
Forest RallyBusselton and NannupApr-20
X-Adventure DunsboroughDunsboroughApr-20
Margaret River Open StudiosSouth-West regionApr-20
Sunsmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon (IRONMAN 70.3)BusseltonMay-20
Margaret River Ultra MarathonMargaret RiverMay-20
Margaret River Readers and Writers FestivalMargaret RiverMay-20
Jazz by the BayDunsborough, Busselton and Margaret RiverMay-20
Margaret River ProMargaret RiverTBC



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