Birak Season


December brings the season of Birak to the southwest region. Known as The Season of the Young by the local Wadandi people, it graces us with warm winds, hot days, and calm waters. It also brings spectacular summer nights!

One of the best things about the warm nights is movies under the stars. There is something super special about outdoor cinemas, being immersed in nature, being outdoors at night, it is magical and nostalgic all at once. Lucky for me there are at least three different places to head to in my region for some outdoor cinema action. Being a big fan of summer nights, I have tried all three! 

It is on most peoples must do list, to visit Cape Mentelle in Margaret River for their outdoor movie experience. The wineries beautiful vines provide the perfect backdrop to watch the sun go down and the stars come out before that night’s movie kicks off. I love going on Monday nights to catch some live music before the movie starts. We usually pack a picnic but there is a food truck on site and Cape Mentelle’s delicious wines are available for purchase. Local tip – Cape Menetelle is super popular so book ahead to avoid disappointment!


If you find yourself in the South-West during Birak and want some outdoor movie action on a budget, check out the Festival of Busselton’s cinema nights. We set out for the Playing Fields in Dunsborough on Thursday nights to check out what’s showing. All movies are family friendly and the cost of a gold coin donation. You can bring your own delicious picnic but once again food trucks are on site. Apparently, they also show movies at the foreshore in Busselton on Tuesday nights as part of the festival. I haven’t been yet, but I know it is a magic location, right next to the water and under the pine trees. The perfect place to watch the sunset!

And lastly, another favourite of mine in Lentendal winery. They run an outdoor cinema every Saturday night. This laid-back rustic venue has an onsite café with wood fired pizzas and delicious wine. Tickets are only $10 so it makes a pretty affordable group night out. It has never rained while I’ve been there but apparently they head  to the cellar door if the weather looks like it’s going to take a turn. 

I just love the magic of summer nights, watching the sunset over the vineyards, trying to spot a possum in the nearby gum trees and making a wish on the first star out. What’s not to love about December in the South-West!