Western Australia is a big state and the South West covers about 23,970 square kilometres. One of its most famous features is the Bibbulmun Track, a 1000km bushwalk that leads from Kalamunda to Albany. You can explore the South West section from Denmark to Albany with a coastal walk. It’s 85km to go the whole way, but even exploring part of it will lead past dramatic coastal cliff and beach views. Chances are you’ll want to take a break and have a swim too!
As well as the beach, WA’s South West is also well-known for its towering forests. The Walpole Nornalup National Park is home to many red tingle trees, which don’t grow anywhere else in the world, can reach up to 75 metres tall and sometimes live for up to 400 years. Check them out as you explore the forests and wetlands, or for a better view visit the Valley of the Giants, where a steel-truss Treetop Walk allows you to wander the canopy. If you find wildflowers more exciting, visit the Stirling Range National Park. Over 1000 varieties bloom there in spring. You can also rock climb at Ellen Peak or tackle the six-kilometre trail to the top of Bluff Knoll, where you’ll experience 360 views of the surrounding countryside that stretch to the ocean on a clear day. Bluff Knoll is one of the only places in Australia to experience snow, although in the warmer months you’ll probably just come across flowers.
Bunbury is the biggest regional city in WA and a place where you can swim with dolphins at Koombana Bay or check out the shopping or bars in town. The rest of the South West is full of suburbs with historic vibes. Bridgetown has wineries galore, a colonial town centre with cafes and pubs and the state’s longest river: the Blackwood. In Pemberton, you can hike, canoe or take a ride on a vintage tramway, while Collie has the Wellington Dam, a popular swimming spot, as well as historic attractions like the Steam Locomotive Museum.
If you want more wine, it’s hard to go past a visit to the Margaret River Wine Region, which is one of Australia’s largest wine-growing regions. For excellent whale-watching opportunities though, head to Geographe Bay, or to explore the shipwreck of the HMAS Perth, don’t miss Albany. Wherever you go across Western Australia’s South West, you’ll be amazed by the gorgeous sights.
To get started on your adventure, book a flight to Perth and your South West WA accommodation with us. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked on WA and ready to explore the rest of the state.
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