The South West
From towering forests to whale watching, fine food and wine to world class surfing, the South West region offers some of the most varied travel experiences in Western Australia.
Rolling vineyards set against a backdrop of ocean and forest let you easily hop from one experience to the next. Catch sight of the amazing humpback whale, explore ancient caves and then stroll through forests of timber giants. Or spend the day at one of Margaret River’s great wineries, where you can relax with a glass of the region’s world-renowned wine, matched with local truffles and crayfish.
The South West is one of the world’s 34 biodiversity hot spots and its breathtaking scenery will blow adventurers away. Experience it first hand as you climb over the ancient rocks of the Granite Skywalk or take a postcard-perfect snap of the stunning Greens Pool. As you explore the region, you’ll uncover curious animals and rare plant species found nowhere else on earth.
There are plenty more gems waiting to be unearthed in the South West. Just two and a half hours from Perth by road, it’s so easy to include Margaret River region and the South West in your extraordinary holiday.
The South West is world-famous for its spectacular coastline and magnificent surf and swimming beaches. Popular swimming spots include the calm and protected waters of Geographe Bay, Greens Pool in Denmark and Little Beach near Albany.
Surf conditions are so good in the South West that each year the world’s best surfers travel to the region for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, a world champion surfing event. Underwater, divers can explore a series of ship wrecks which are dotted along the coast, or head to the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory for an amazing view of the colourful world beneath the water.
Spanning six distinct wine regions including the renowned Margaret River Wine Region, which produces more than 25 percent of Australia’s premium wine, the South West is also home to a variety of fresh produce. Enjoy fresh farmed marron and trout, venison, chocolates, cheeses, cherries, boutique beers and crisp ciders as well as Manjimup’s indulgent black truffle, which is exported around the world. The South West celebrates its food and wine offerings with a variety of events including Margaret River Gourmet Escape, Taste Great Southern and Truffle Kerfuffle.
Experience Aboriginal customs, hear Dreamtime stories and learn about the history of the Noongar people – the first inhabitants of WA’s South West – at the Wardan Aboriginal Centre in Yallingup, the Kodja Place in Kojonup and at Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup, one of a series of caves hidden along the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. The South West is also home to a range of exceptional artistic talents – including painters and sculptors, furniture makers, jewellery designers and hand-blown glass works.
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