What's New in Busselton

What's new and happening in beautiful Busselton?

There are new faces and new places in Busselton to explore and get to know. It's exciting when something new opens in our city: a new bar, restaurant, retail shop, cafe, bakery, supermarket – we love checking out all the new experiences and tastes.

To help you discover what's new in Busselton, keep reading to find out the latest places to visit and what's happening around the region.

Photo: Jennifer Morton

What's new in Busselton this year?

Café d’Amore

This darling café started life in Broome. You’d sip BYO beer and tuck into wood fired pizzas on hot, tropical nights beneath banana palms. Owner Jude moved from balmy Broome to beautiful Busselton this summer, and the new Café d’Amore restaurant is just as lovely. This time it’s set on Queen Street, and you’ll still find quality pizzas, pastas and scrumptious desserts on the menu. Jude's sister in law, the lovely Debbie from The Good Egg (a favourite brekkie/lunch place) was helping out when we visited - small world! Our tip: save room for the best lemon tart you’ll ever taste. BYO.

Where: 61 Queen Street, Busselton

Darleen's Taphouse

New to the boutique bar scene is Darleen's Taphouse, one of the latest hotspots in Busselton. The brew crew from Rocky Ridge Brewing Co opened the small bar last September where The Laundry, a fine dining restaurant used to be. Now, locals are loving Darleen's casual, hip vibe and their selection of thirst-quenching craft beer from Rocky Ridge and international breweries. Don't walk, run here for stupidly good beer.

Where: 43 Prince Street, Busselton

Wild Hop Brewing Company

If beer is your bestie, you won't want to miss a trip to the region's newest brewery, Wild Hop. Let's just say this place is an 11 out of 10 for delicious beer and although that is the best reason to visit a brewery, let's not discount the surrounds. The brand new site is stunningly good-looking with cosy indoor seating and outdoor tables that overlook a large, dreamy pond. Go for the craft beer, stay for the food, and dream about your return before even leaving your table. Kids will go crazy for the excellent playground.

Where: 1301 Wildwood Road, Yallingup

Breached Farm

Many past visitors and locals know the site of Breached Farm as Bushshack Brewery. Well, Bushshack is not there anymore, and Breached Farm is the pop-up venue that took its place – but it's not a brewery. It's an arty bar serving up modern and interactive art exhibitions, sexy cocktails, and tasty eats. But don't wait long – this place will go bye-bye on April 27, 2019. After that, a new brewery will take over the rustic, homestead premise.

Where: 40 Hemsley Road, Yallingup

Saltrock

Formally known as Hodge Podge, this delightful cafe makes the cut as one of Busselton's best breakfast spots. Pop in for a plate of pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and eggs, or Eggs Benny on a bun (deliciously messy).

Where: 1 Caves Road, Abbey

What's happening around the region?

Margaret River Region Open Studios

Art lovers and creative types rejoice as the annual Margaret River Region Open Studios is once again upon us from April 27 – May 12, 2019 when 100 of the region's artists open their private studios to the public. Busselton artist Sally May Mills studied the art of ceramics in Bali and Japan before setting up her studio back home. Now, she welcomes visitors during the much-anticipated art event to connect over a cup of tea in her personal garden, and of course, view her wonderful, nature-inspired hand-crafted pottery.

Where: 11 Melaleuca Drive, Busselton

Click here for more information about the artists of the Margaret River Region Open Studios and where to find them.

Jazz by the Bay

Another yearly favourite is the Jazz by the Bay music festive which takes place over the Western Australia Day long weekend. With more than 30 free and ticketed events on offer at different venues around the region, there's sure to be something exciting for jazz, soul, blues, and funk groovers. Holli Scott Trio plays at Rustico's Euro Jazz Club on June 1 – be quick, this one will sell out.

Where: Different locations and venues around the Margaret River region.

South West Mud Fest

If you've competed in the challenging and dirty, yet addictive South West Mud Fest before, you may expect this event to be in July, but guess what? It's not. In 2019, the filthy fun-fest is scheduled for September 29, during the spring school holidays. Let's face it, the sun shines brighter, and weather is warmer, so who can complain? This family-friendly event added a dog-friendly course last year; the 5km Muddy Paws Challenge. Tickets on sale from April 01, 2019. See you there?

Where: Bootleg Brewery, 37 Wildberry Road, Margaret River

More of what's new in Busselton

  • Western Growers Fresh, a farmers' market-type grocery store

Under new ownership in Busselton

  • BAKED bakery and cafe
  • The Lock-up Coffeeshop

 

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