Easter Saturday is an awkward day on the calendar. Everyone is in holiday mode and chilled after Good Friday. Before Easter Sunday rolls around, usually seeing an influx of relatives who it feels like you only saw a few days ago at Christmas, there’s a whole Saturday to enjoy.
Dwellingup is the perfect day trip location from the city to fill the Saturday void. After the drive from Perth, you’re in the country, surrounded by lush forest within a quaint, historic town. And what could be a greater country experience than attending a festival celebrating giant pumpkins?
All Things Pumpkin
The Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival is held at the local primary school on Saturday 15th April, celebrating all things pumpkin. Entry is a gold coin donation.
The festival has become a popular event on the local calendar and with it’s laid-back, country fair vibe, it’s not hard to see why. Giant pumpkins are only the introduction.
The region has jealousy-inducing soil quality and perfect growing conditions for producing vegetables which need to be escorted to and from the venue on a trayback ute. Arrive mid-morning to see the competitors lined up, or watch as some of the heavy-weights are brought in. Weigh-off is at 11am.
It’s not only pumpkins getting all the glory. There are other competitions judging other vegetable size. How big can you grow a zucchini? This year the stakes are high, with a Guinness World Record to be set – most pumpkins smashed in a minute with a hammer (come on, you’ve always wondered).
After ogling the parade of veg, there is still plenty to see and do, with market stalls offering an array of local produce, second hand books and for the littlies, a petting zoo and pony rides. Enjoy some homemade pumpkin soup and a roll from the canteen and don’t forget to visit the cake stall for some sweet treats for the drive home. There are plenty of activities scheduled for young and old so check out the Facebook page for updates on what’s happening this year. Did someone say Segway rides?
It’s a fun day out for the family and worth the drive if you have never visited the beautiful township before.
Beautiful Dwellingup is nestled in the hills east of Pinjarra, surrounded by lush, dense forest with a country pub, excellent cafe and quaint gardens growing beautiful flowering plants we barely have a hope of successfully cultivating in Perth. The town is small enough to park your car on the main street and simply wander. The Dwellingup Visitors Centre is a great place to start.
There is plenty to see and do in the area if you have longer to stay and there are several accommodation options available in the area, although booking early for the Easter period is recommended. Camping, bushwalking, 4wding and kayaking are all great options for those seeking an outdoor adventure.
Campsites at Lane Poole can be booked on the DPAW ParkStay website, with campsite options for caravans, campers and tent camping. Alternatives are also available at the caravan park and free camping at Marrinup, a short drive out of town. Read more in WA Explorer’s Ultimate Guide to Camping at Lane Poole Reserve.