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

17
Sep

Bloom Festival 2022

As the wildflower season is flourishing, the Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival celebrates the renewal of Spring throughout the Great Southern Treasures, focusing on the wildflower tapestries and town cultures that make up this amazingly diverse region.

With a whole month of activities spanning across 26 towns, the Festival encompasses more than 30 events and displays making a trip to the Great Southern Treasures well worth it, to enjoy what nature and our passionate communities have to offer!

Events are to include arts, crafts, displays, exhibitions, fauna & flora-themed activities, food events, guided tours & hikes for those who want more of a challenge, heritage trails, markets, Noongar culture events, open gardens, wine & dine events, and creative workshops.

The Bloom Festival spans across all nine Shires within the Great Southern Treasures region, from Kojonup, Woodanilling & Pingrup down to Bremer Bay on the coast, across to Mt Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River and taking in major centres such as Katanning, the Stirling Range National Park and everything in between.

Plan some time off with your favourite people, take a road trip down south, follow the suggested itineraries or make up your own, just take the road less travelled to experience the incredible landscapes, natural beauty & what our passionate communities have to offer.

Great Southern Treasures 2022 Bloom Festival – the perfect time to discover your Treasures in the Great Southern!

To plan your journey click here.

 

24
Sep

​Good Day Sunshine Festival

Good Day Sunshine Festival returns to the South West in 2022 for one momentous day of good times and great music.

Taking over the Busselton Foreshore on Saturday 24 September, Good Day Sunshine is all about great times by the ocean, music that makes your soul sing, and the finest beverages and tastiest food the South West has to offer. All the superb things in life, best enjoyed with friends and family.

International superstar and Grammy Award winning Leon Bridges (USA) will be joined by a handpicked selection of exceptional Australian artists, both established and emerging. The Teskey Brothers, Thelma Plum and Josh Pyke who have countless ARIA Music Award nominations and wins between them, and crowd favourites Abbe May, Little Quirks and Siobhan Cotchin.

To plan your journey click here.

 

28
Oct

Coastrek Margaret River 2022

WALKING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

This October join Australia’s premier hiking challenge for women and walk 35km along Margaret River's spectacular coastline and the lush forest scenery of the famous Cape to Cape track. From beautiful bays to rugged cliffs, whale-watching and wildflowers, this is our wildest Coastrek yet.

Explore the fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations of Western Australia's Coast and join thousands of wild women (and a few awesome men!) in teams of four as we immerse ourselves in nature for an epic adventure of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising.

Get outdoors and get moving with your mates to boost your mental and physical health, while raising funds for Beyond Blue.

• Friday 28 October 2022
• Hike 35km along magnificent coastline
• Teams of 4
• Margaret River
• Raising funds for Beyond Blue

Coastrek is a life-changing adventure which has inspired more than 42,000 people to get moving out in nature and raised over $37 Million for charity.

To plan your journey click here.

 

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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.