blues for the bush
Saturday 24 September 2016
bush heritage
  • Photo : Cineport Media
    Photo : Cineport Media
  • Photo : Cineport Media
    Photo : Cineport Media
  • Photo : Cineport Media
    Photo : Cineport Media
  • Photo : Cineport Media
    Photo : Cineport Media
  • Photo : Cineport Media
    Photo : Cineport Media
  • Photo : Simon Horsburgh
    Photo : Simon Horsburgh

A special celebration in a special part of the bush

Join us for a weekend of wild flower vistas, sweet sounds and sensational flavours… the third Blues for the Bush Festival and Concert will inspire and delight you. 

It is a unique opportunity to enjoy the friendly folk and warm country hospitality of the vibrant community that lives and works in Perenjori as well as meet some visitors to the region. The Open Day is free to attend and offers something for everyone including activities for the young, and young at heart, inspiring talks, guided tours of Charles Darwin Reserve, Workshops and much more.

In 2016 we are offering overnight campers a Friday night prelude and Sunday morning recovery. 


Enjoy a FRIDAY NIGHT of Celestial Delights. Lay, look and listen as Earthside Astronomy guides you in star gazing. An evening of celestial entertainment will be accompanied with Choral Music by the eight piece Giovanni Consort, aerial enchantress Theaker von Ziarno and a ‘not too late night’ with Ricochet Circus!


SATURDAY the free entertainment continues in our carefully themed festival site designed to re-enchant your world with interactive larger than life sculptures. It’s a place where yarns are woven, tales spun, and the oversized furniture and giant nests are real…a Shangri-La of experiences; a showdown of Smiles…


Enchanted fairies, time traveling pirates, circus folk and artists will host a play space jam-packed with free  activities and workshops for both the young and the young at heart. Turn your granddad into a fairy; climb a circus rope; make and spin a hula hoop; ‘up-cycle’ rubbish into cool stuff and become a yarn bomber by learning to knit!  Family entertainment includes performances from international circus acts, regional super stars and home grown rising stars. We even have a prize for the best ‘Fairy-Granddad!’

YOUTH-VILLE will offer hip-hop workshops, a selfie photo booth and  ‘Quick Draw’, a DIY of short Film Making workshops.  Youth will also be able to tour alongside a Bush Heritage ecologist and learn about what their job involves and how to get involved with conservation.

What about the ADULTS you ask? Paying homage to the original hipsters our ‘OUTLAW BAR’  is fully licensed and includes a ‘man-scaping’ saloon-come-Barber Shop with site lines to boot. Other activities include workshops in Bush Flower Arranging, Instructional Canvas Painting, Raw/Vegetarian Food and a knitting nest where aspiring Yarn Bombers conspire! Download more info about our 2016 workshops


Managing Landscapes for the Future.

Thought-provoking, inspiring and at times unconventional views on the challenges involved in managing landscapes for the future from a series of highly credentialed guest speakers.

  • Carbon farming
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem management
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Rangelands reform

Download the Challenge of Change program


Bush Heritage Australia and Mount Gibson Iron present the Big Bush Tea. Imbibeoutback hospitality over a complimentary cuppa and homemade delicacies while enjoying bush poetry, quirky yarns and tall tales delivered courtesy of the WA Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners Association.


Come and witness the raw beauty of the Reserve and get insights into the diverse challenges involved in conservation. Enjoy a close-up view of unique landscapes and biodiversity of the Charles Darwin Reserve on free guided tours of its species-rich country. Tours will be led by ecologists and Bush Heritage staff involved in the conservation programs undertaken at the Reserve. 


Join some of our very talented concert performers for two creative and hands on musical workshops. Whether you are a budding performer or seasoned singer-songwriter, these workshops are accessible, inspiring… and did we say FREE?!


Blues for the Bush Concert! 4pm - 12 midnight!
As usual we’ve lined up some fiendishly talented blues and roots musicians to fill the crisp night air with sweet guitar riffs, warm base tones and their high-octane stage presence.Tickets are essential (as is a picnic rug or blanket) so book early and come prepared for a night to remember…  Read More


STRETCH, RELAX and RECOVER - A perfect start to recover from the night before! Sunday morning offers Yoga for an early morning stretch, a hearty breakfast and great coffee from our cheery picked food vendors while being entertained by more world class classical music, bush poetry and early morning tours of the Reserve. 

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