Gascoyne in May will in 2017 roll into June with our sunny winter weather. SIX festivals, over seventeen events in six weeks across a journey of 2700km.


Gascoyne in May is a coordinated circuit of festivals held on consecutive weekends across the region. Mostly free to attend, each festival is themed to reflect its diverse and individual locations, each celebrating and sharing local culture in their own Gascoyne style. In 2017 our festivals include:

TropiCOOL Festival in Carnarvon Friday 5 - Sunday 7 May

Barefoot Black Tie in  Denham, Shark Bay Friday 12 May - Saturday 12 May

Burringurrah Festival of Fire staged in the remote aboriginal community of Burringurrah Saturday 20 May

Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival in Exmouth Friday 26 - Sunday 28 May

Festival of the Reef in Coral Bay Friday 9  - Sunday 11 June

Gascoyne River Music Festival, Gascoyne Junction Saturday 3 JUNE - Monday 5 June (10AM)


The Gascoyne is the most sparsely populated region in the state. It is a major tourism destination, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year. The coastal area incorporates internationally recognised features such as the Ningaloo Reef and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, while the hinterland includes the outstanding features of the Kennedy Range and Mt Augustus.