Bunbury is abuzz with great things to do this week in the lead up to the Australia Day long weekend. Check out our top 10 ...
1. Australia Day
So much to do and so little time to do it. Australia Day celebrations in Bunbury will go off, with live entertainment, sideshow, kids and teen activities and, of course, the hugely-anticipated fireworks spectacular at 8.30pm. This alcohol, glass and smokefree event promises to be fun for the whole family. For more information, visit the www.visitbunbury.com.au events page.
2. Fun Run
Stretch those legs and get pumped for the activities happening later in the day by taking part in the Australia Day Fun Run. The run will be held by the Bunbury Runners Club, starting opposite Bicentennial Square on Blair Street at 7.30am. There are 5km and 10km runs or a 5km walk to choose from. Register at www.bunburyrunnersclub. mysouthwest.com.au or call Allan or Michelle on 9721 6610 or 0419 925 840.
3. Rail Open Day
An open day will be held at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre on Turner Road, Boyanup, on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. See the displays of railway locomotives, including the iconic Leschenault Lady, farm machinery and old stationary engines. Entry is by donation and there will be a sausage sizzle, cakes, tea and coffee available from the picnic van. For more information, contact Norm on 0459 712 552.
4. Rock ‘n’ Roll
A Rock ‘n’ Roll Super Sunday session featuring GT and the Falcons’ four-piece band will be held on Sunday from 6pm to 9pm at World Kitchen. Entry is $15 per person, which includes a tasty Blue Suede burger and salad. People are encouraged to make use of the dance floor by dancing the night away. For information and bookings, contact Bill on 0419 914 980.
5. Turf Club
Bunbury Turf Club will have races on the Australia Day public holiday next Monday, so people will have an entertaining way to wind up an action-packed weekend before returning to work on Tuesday. Gates open at 11am and the first race will be run between 12.30pm and 1pm. Food and drinks will be available and entry will be adults $10, concession $8 and under 18s free. Call the club on 9721 3444 for more information.
6. Proud Mary
The Prince of Wales Hotel will host Proud Mary on Friday, with doors open from 8pm. Proud Mary is a Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute band, featuring former members of Baby Animals. It will be the first time Proud Mary has played at the Prince. Tickets are $19 pre-sale, contact the Prince of Wales Hotel on 9721 2016 for more information.
7. Film Festival
The Summer Film Festival finishes on Australia Day at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, with nine films from around the world. The final film viewing will be at 5.30pm on January 26, showing Lore. Lore is a German film following the troubles of youth after World War II. For more information about the movies showing between today and Saturday, visit www.bunburyentertainment.com or call 1300 661 272.
8. The Guilt Trip
Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand team up in comedy film in The Guilt Trip, about a mother and son going on a business trip. Rogen plays Andy Brewster, who is an inventor trying to sell his organic cleaner. He decides to drive across the country to promote his invention and takes his mother (Streisand), who has been alone since the death of her husband, to San Francisco to meet one of her exboyfriends. The Guilt Trip opens at Grand Cinemas on Thursday, visit www.grandcinemas.com.au for more information.
9. The Impossible
Based on a true story, The Impossible follows the story of one family trying to survive in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. Featuring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in the lead roles, the audience watches captivated as their characters battle to keep their family safe among the thousands of others trying to escape the destruction of the giant wave. The Impossible opens at Grand Cinemas on Thursday, visit www.grandcinemas.com.au for more information.
10. Django Unchained
Set two years after the Civil War, Django Unchained takes place in the deep south of America, where slave Django (Jamie Foxx) is rescued by Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a man working as an undercover bounty hunter. They team up to rescue Django’s wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the control of a cruel plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Django Unchained opens at Grand Cinemas on Thursday, visit www.grandcinemas.com.au for more information.