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


Whale Season in Busselton

May to early December is Whale Season and the best time for whale watching and tours in the South West.

There are about 30,000 humpbacks, southern right (and sometimes blue) whales that swim past the south west corner of WA annually. You’ve just got to sit a while and look out to the horizon to spot them.

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Art Exhibition at Brag: The Alternative Archive

Unearth the stories - lost, kept hidden or that need to be told in new voices - from this contemporary archive at Art Exhibition at Brag: The Alternative Archive.

With art works selected from a series of thirteen exhibitions from Albany to Kununnura, The Alternative Archive was shown at the John Curtin Gallery in 2021. Now this survey returns to the regions, sharing stories, memories, and experiences of artists from across the State.

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Art Exhibition at Brag: Lunch Bars by Brett Leigh Dicks

From cream buns and vanilla slices to cheese-filled sausages and salad sandwiches, lunch bars are a staple of local working-class culinary culture at Art Exhibition at Brag: Lunch Bars by Brett Leigh Dicks.

Typically tucked away in the city’s suburban, industrial, and commercial areas, lunch bars have been sustaining the work force with an array of no-frills fast food since the 1950s. For the past two years Brett Leigh Dicks has been tracking down examples of this quirky and vibrant slice of Western Australian working culinary scene.

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Dolphin Season in Bunbury

November to April is the best time of year for spotting this friendly local during Dolphin Season in Bunbury.

Koombana Bay is home to wild bottlenose dolphins who live in the bay year-round. An estimated additional 100 visit throughout the year, making Bunbury a dolphin hotspot! Approximately 20 to 40 of these are considered residents of Koombana Bay and regularly visit the waters outside Australia’s premier wild dolphin centre; Dolphin Discovery Centre

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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.