South West

Diverse, Dramatic and Delicious

A wellspring of diversity, Western Australia's South West region has a surprise around every corner. With towering forests, verdant vineyards, plunging cliffs, wild surf and awesome fishing, this is a special corner of the world in more ways than one.

The Margaret River Wine Region is every bit as good as it promises. Here you'll find local winemakers more than happy to share their secrets and show you how they transform humble grapes into award-winning world-renowned wines. You can also surf (or at least watch others do it) some of the nation's most exciting waves. But the entire coast is breathtaking and the delightful towns that line it, like Mandurah and Augusta, embrace a permanent holiday atmosphere. Walk the 143-year-old, two-kilometre-long Busselton Jetty, revaged over time by both fire and cyclone. Or be enchanted by the dramatic convict history and beautiful heritage buildings of Albany, a wildly beautiful place back dropped by a rugged granite coastline and sparking green seas.

There are also some amazing national parks in this region. The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, a walk trail 38 metres above the forest floor, will give you an appreciation of the size of these towering trees.

Insider's Tips

  1. Discover an Underground World: The series or caves throughout Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park won't fail to amaze.
  2. Marine Life Viewing at its Best: From June to December in various areas of the region you may witness humpback, southern right and even the rare blue whales passing by.
  3. Indulge at Margaret River: This is the original 'gourmand and wine lovers' paradise, don't miss the Chocolate Company!

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the South West chapter in our online Western Australia brochure. Click here.

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