Here: Groovin the Moo in Bunbury

Meelup Beach, Dunsborough

The gorgeous Meelup Beach

We Perth people love a trip ‘down south’. In fact, don’t even try driving down the Kwinana Freeway at the start of a long weekend unless you want to be caught in stand still traffic for hours as (what feels like) the entire city migrates south.

And who can blame us, the South West of Western Australia boasts wineries, breweries, cheese factories, chocolate factories, ice creameries, stunning beaches, surf breaks and too many gourmet restaurants to poke a stick at. A typical weekend is spent meandering through the countryside, stopping to buy locally made produce and then enjoying a boozy lunch at one of the wineries or breweries. Lush!

Last weekend my friends and I had something a little different in mind as we headed to Bunbury for the annual Groovin the Moo music festival.

Bunbury is WA’s second biggest city and is found at the gateway to the southwest, about 2 hours south of Perth.

Groovin the Moo tours Australia every May and this year ended in Bunbury where a sellout crowd of 15000 people were waiting at the Hay Park venue.

There are no camping options and accommodation is found in Bunbury and the surrounding towns. Due to a fortunate turn of events and a very kind friend we managed to get a house in nearby Dunsborough. There are some handy dandy shuttle busses running from most major towns in the south west to the festival gates.

Fortunately the weather managed to hold out and the clouds that had looked threatening in the morning thankfully floated away!

The drawcard of this years festival was undoubtedly the line up which didn’t disappoint.

The line up for Groovin the Moo

The line up for Groovin the Moo. Courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/groovinthemoofestival

Highlights included:

The Hungry Kids of Hungary who played a very early 1pm set.

I have been jogging to Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim’s album Lightning for months and I was expecting a high energy show. I could not have predicted just how much energy as they get the crowd pumped up.

Seth Sentry was a crowd favorite when he told a shirtless guy in the crowd to put a shirt on because no body paid to see his nipples.

Frightened Rabbits played a chilled show and nattered away with their cute Scottish accents.

The overall winner on the day was Flume who packed out the entire big top tent with an amazing light and sound show. The energy from the crowd was incredible.

The Kooks, as always, put on a great show – solidly playing their classics even when something weird happened to the sound mid-performance.

Alpine at the main stage

Alpine at the main stage

After a huge day at the festival and feeling a little worse for wear we still managed a trip to the stunning Meelup Beach for a beach side amble the next day. Meelup is one of my favorite beaches as the bay protects the beach and is perfect and calm for a little dip. You can access the beach from Dunsborough via Cape Naturaliste Road and follow the signs to Meelup Beach.

On the way home we visited some of the regions favorites for some local produce (and to get my mum a mothers day present). We stopped at Providore, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, and the newish Cheeky Monkey Brewery before having at lunch at the Bootleg Brewery.

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