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would be far more difficult in this
region. Happily, Cape Mentelle has
embraced the cinematic spirit to
present a full season of films for the
first time. The winery has teamed
with Luna Palace Cinemas for
Movies in the Vineyard, a season of
arthouse and commercial releases
screening every night in summer.
Five WA premieres are on the
program, as well as live music
prior to the screenings. BYO picnic
rug but the drinks, naturally,
are the house wines. Program
details are at lunapalace.com .au/
Short film fans can get amongst
more outdoor action at Mad Fish
Wine for the TropFest event –
screening around the country – or
the Margaret River Shorts seasons
at the Colonial Brewery.
Boaties will be chasing the prized
dhufish over summer. They’re
tricky to land but according to local
fishing expert Dean Jensen, they’ll
be hanging out on the flatter fishing
grounds until March before moving
to heavier ground for winter. Pink
snapper, breaksea cod and queen
snapper are also about.
The west coast is great for
summer mornings but check the
swell, say the experts. And the sea
breeze can come in hard and fast.
The more docile Geographe Bay,
between Dunsborough and Bunker
Bay, is the place to head if the sea
breeze comes in early.
Beach and dinghy fishermen
can expect to find squid, whiting
and herring, particularly in the
more sheltered bays. From April
to June, the salmon arrive. On
summer evenings, says Dean, a
walk with a torch and scoop net
can yield a decent haul of crabs,
from Dunsborough right through to
the east of Busselton. The Busselton
Jetty is a good place to catch a
variety of fish (herring, skippy,
gardies and bonito) particularly
at dawn and dusk. It’s also a great
place for children to learn to fish.
Scuba and snorkelling
Jetty divers have been holding
out for the lifting of the exclusion
zone around the Busselton Jetty,
expected around February.
While the restoration project has
been happening, the bountiful fish
and coral – especially favoured by
night divers – has been off limits,
leaving the HMAS Swan wreck as
the main dive attraction at
the northern end of the region.
Luckily that’s not being restored –
it’s been sunk off Meelup Beach for
13 years and the older it gets, the
better it looks.
Two dive charter operators
can get you there, and it’s a
comfortable dive for all levels of
experience. Flat seas from January
Fish at Busselton Jetty from the
beach or (right) the jetty itself.
Amazing marine life
under Busselton Jetty.
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