Gascoyne in May is five festivals, over fifteen events in four weeks across a journey of 2700km. This audacity reflects the scale and spirit of this secret region!
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 2016 our festivals include:
Burringurrah Festival of Fire staged in the remote aboriginal community of Burringurrah Sunday 1 May
Barefoot Black Tie in Denham, Shark Bay Friday 6 May
Gascoyne River Music Festival, Gascoyne Junction Friday 13 - Sunday morning 15 May
Festival of the Reef in Coral Bay Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 May
Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival in Exmouth Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 May
TropiCOOL Festival in Carnarvon Thursday 9 -12 June
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.