South West
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The South West

Lonely Planet's 2019 must-visit destination.

More than just a destination, the South West of WA is an experience in all that Australia has to offer. From breathtaking scenery, quirky wildlife encounters and some of the country's finest wines, you'll lose your heart to the South West.

More than 23,000 km2 make up the South West region of WA. 1,000 of those kilometres consisting of awe-inspiring coastlines perfect for surfing, snorkelling and whale watching. Inland lies 24 national parks with an abundance of wildlife. Adventure and experience are never far away.


Iconic South West locations

Western Australia's South West is rich in history, culture and stunning natural landscapes. From the ancient cave systems in the Margaret River region to climbing century-old trees in Pemberton. Discover unique flora and fauna that can't be found anywhere else in the world or watch the humpback whales migrate. Sip world-famous wine matched with local truffles after experiencing the history of our ANZACs. There is really is no place more iconic to WA than the South West.


The South West with kids

The South West is the perfect destination to take the whole family. From adventure activities such as caving, surfing, horseback riding and delving into mazes, to learning about the rich Aboriginal culture or discovering local wildlife. For something quirky, check out Gnomesville, the home of over 3,000 gnomes. Indulge in locally made chocolates, fudge and ice cream and wear them out at one of the dozens of national parks and playgrounds–some of which are located at award-winning wineries for your convenience.


Adventure in the South West

With a vast and diverse landscape, the South West offers various exciting opportunities for outdoor adventures. Journey deep into the earth to explore crystal and limestone caves dating back over 350,000 years. For lovers of heights, climb century-old trees or challenge yourself with a high ropes course. Dive along the 1,000km coastline and discover an underwater paradise and the unique species that live there or catch a wave at one of the 100+ surf breaks.


Romance in the South West

A roaring fire, a wooden cabin deep in rich bushland, a hot tub on the deck and a glass of local premium wine served alongside the freshest cheeseboard you've ever eaten. It's not hard to fall in love in the South West. In the summer, the South West's idyllic locations inspire hundreds to pop the question or tie the knot. In the cooler winter months, when the mists roll in through the fairytale forests, many couples visit the region to disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other.


Culture in the South West

From gourmet foodie events, seasonal festivals, races, competitions, art and even a medieval fair, there's always something happening in the South West. The laid-back vibe and creative melting pot of people have lead to a rich artist culture. The area is filled with galleries, street art and reclaimed urban structures. There are even two art trails created in the forests of the South West. Modern culture is very much centred around art, good locally produced food and a little bohemian charm.

For lovers of history, there's much to explore with vibrant cultural treasures and heritage locations still accessible to visitors. Remenants of ancient Aboriginal, military settlement and pioneering days dot towns throughout the region.

What’s on in the South West

11
Sep

Margaret River Region Open Studios

140 artist from Bovell east of Busselton to Witchcliffe south of Margaret River will be showcasing popular artforms including painting, ceramics, sculpting, illustration, photography, jewellery and glass.

2021 is the eighth year of Margaret River Region Open Studios, and this year will feature new and unusual creators, from tattoo artists, a hand-woven rug maker, a milliner and a handcrafted book maker. 

To plan your journey click here.

 

18
Sep

Bloom Festival 2021

With the wildflower season flourishing, the Bloom Festival celebrates the renewal of spring throughout the Great Southern, focusing on the wildflower tapestries and town cultures that make up this diverse region. With a full month of things to do sand see over 19 towns the festival encompasses more than 50 events and displays.  It is well worth taking the time to enjoy what nature and passionate people have to offer!

To plan your journey click here.

 

26
Sep

Great Southern Classic Car Show

Denmark’s annual Great Southern Classic Car Show is on again in the main street, Strickland St with stunning Classic Cars (pre-1988) + Motorbikes (Open Class) on display.

Live entertainment, Rock’n’Roll dancers, Buskers, DJ, Raffles, kids activities and local shops and eateries open on the day. 

To plan your journey click here.

28
Sep

Fine Vines Festival

Fine Vines Festival brings together a selection of more than 30 unique events showcasing the quality and depth of the Margaret River region's wine offering.

For the aficionados and the occasional drinkers alike, Fine Vines invites you to explore all aspects of our wine region through tastings and tours, masterclasses and exlusive museum wines.

Over 10 days this Spring, you'll get insider access to the vines, expdrts and wines that have shaped the Margaret River region over the past 50 years.

Don't forget to plan your journey before you travel.

 

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albany

Albany

bunbury

Bunbury

pemberton

Pemberton

We can take you to over 240 destinations across regional WA, here are just some of our popular stops and stations within the South West. To see more of where we can take you visit our Journey Planner page.