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Australia’s South West

 

Visit Australia's South West Region

The cool southern region of our state offers the visitor a spectacular range of holiday experiences.

You’ll see magnificent beaches, lush farmland and mighty forests.

Quiet, well maintained roads are coupled with a blend of busy rural towns, ports and quiet hamlets.

And Australia’s South West hosts some of the world’s finest wineries who welcome visitors with premium wines and fine dining.

Take a look at some of our self-drive and bed and breakfast accommodation options and see why Western Australia’s Southern Wonderland is one of Australia’s most popular self-drive and coach tour destinations.

Places of Interest …

Albany

Albany
403km south of Perth Albany is the main administration centre and port of the States Great Southern Region. Site of Western Australia’s first settlement Albany is now a major tourist destination offering a wide variety of accommodation, fine dining and some of the most spectacular scenery on the south coast... More Info More info on Albany

Augusta

Augusta
Augusta is a popular holiday town 320km from Perth on the state’s southwest tip and just 9km from the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse where the Indian Ocean and the southern ocean meet. Famous for its limestone caves and diverse fauna and flora. .. More Info More info on Augusta

Balingup

Balingup
Balingup is 241km south of Perth. Often described as Western Australia’s prettiest town. Surrounded by rolling hills and valleys, narrow country roads wind their way through picturesque river and farming country... More Info More info on Balingup

Blackwood River Valley

Blackwood River Valley
The Blackwood River is the longest river in Western Australia’s southwest and nestling in the fertile Blackwood Valley are some of the states most picturesque towns – places like Donnybrook, Mullalyup, Bridgetown, Balingup, Boyup Brook and Nannup... More Info More info on Blackwood River Valley

Boyup Brook

Boyup Brook
Only 269km south of Perth and between the region’s major highways, Boyup Brook is ideal for a quiet stopover away from the hustle and bustle. This peaceful little town owes its name to an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of big stones’ or ‘place of big smoke’ given to Boyup Pool, a few kilometres from the town... More Info More info on Boyup Brook

Bridgetown

Bridgetown
Situated 267km and a 3 hour drive southwest of Perth, Bridgetown is located literally in the centre of the southwest amidst rolling farmlands and orchards, close to forests and National Parks, wineries, heritage walks and trails, and some of the state’s most stunning heritage buildings... More Info More info on Bridgetown

Bunbury

Bunbury
Bunbury, 180km south of Perth, known as Western Australia’s “City in the South” is the cultural and administrative centre of the South West Region of the State. Well known for its pristine beaches Bunbury is a popular holiday spot for Western Australians and offers the visitor a wide range of local tours, cruises and special events... More Info More info on Bunbury

Burekup

Burekup
Burekup is the northern gateway to the beautiful Ferguson Valley. It is a peaceful township still just a 20 minute drive to the city of Bunbury. There are many drive options to take in the pretty country and natural bushland... More Info More info on Burekup

Busselton

Busselton
The northernmost town in the south west Cape Region, and just 230km south of Perth, Busselton is steeped in local history and makes the ideal base from which to visit the attractions of the Cape Region, in particular, Margaret River. .. More Info More info on Busselton

Cowaramup

Cowaramup
A small hamlet 10km north of Margaret River on the Bussell Highway, Cowaramup is well known for being a producer of quality wines and cheeses, and is situated in the centre of the northern wine district. .. More Info More info on Cowaramup

Denmark

Denmark
Situated on the banks of the Denmark River where the forest meets the sea Denmark is without question one of Western Australia’s most beautiful towns... More Info More info on Denmark

Donnybrook

Donnybrook
Along the South Western Highway, the Donnybrook region is often referred to as the “fruit bowl” of Western Australia. A wide range of fruit and vegetables are grown in the area, but the best known export is, without doubt, the apple. .. More Info More info on Donnybrook

Donnelly River

Donnelly River
The award winning Donnelly River holiday village 326km south of Perth is 26km equidistant from the towns of Manjimup, Bridgetown or Nannup. This old timber town has been lovingly preserved in its entirety and includes the original old timber mill, workers cottages now refurbished to accommodate visitors, the school and the General Store... More Info More info on Donnelly River

Dunsborough

Dunsborough
A popular holiday resort 255km south of Perth Dunsborough is located on a sheltered north facing bay and is the ideal place to relax and from where to explore the Cape region. .. More Info More info on Dunsborough

Fitzgerald River National Park

Fitzgerald River National Park
Surrounding the inlets of the Gairdner, Fitzgerald and Hamersley Rivers, between Bremer Bay and Hopetoun on the South Coast of Western Australia, lies one of the most diverse botanical regions in the world. .. More Info More info on Fitzgerald River National Park

Gloucester National Park

Gloucester National Park
Right on Pemberton’s door step is the Gloucester National Park, home to the most famous karri of all, the Gloucester Tree. At 60 metres tall the Gloucester Tree towers above Pemberton and used to serve as a fire lookout, now it’s a scenic spot for visitors to enjoy... More Info More info on Gloucester National Park

Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay
What if you could find a place where stingrays are so friendly and tame that they will casually swim along side you, and on some occasions even feed out of your hand? What if you could do this at a local south west beach, with no cost, no huge crowds, and no appointment needed?.. More Info More info on Hamelin Bay

Jerramungup

Jerramungup
Located 429 km south east of Perth and 179 km north east of Albany, Jerramungup is a small wheat and sheep town and western gateway to the Fitzgerald River National Park. .. More Info More info on Jerramungup

Kirup

Kirup
Kirup and the small neighbouring town of Mullalyup are 230km south of Perth on the South Western Highway at the entrance of the Blackwood River valley... More Info More info on Kirup

Kojonup

Kojonup
Kojonup is located on the Albany Highway two hours’ drive from Perth and 160 kilometres from Albany. Historic Kojonup is more than just a gateway to the beautiful southern areas of Western Australia. In the heart of Kojonup is the freshwater spring which first attracted European settlers to the town in 1837. .. More Info More info on Kojonup

Mandurah

Mandurah
The city of Mandurah just 70 km. south of Perth is the marine playground of Western Australia and administrative centre of the Peel District. With its vast waterways and quiet rivers the region attracts many visitors who enjoy the opportunity to hire a houseboat or power craft and explore this aquatic wonderland... More Info More info on Mandurah

Manjimup

Manjimup
304km south of Perth the town of Manjimup is known as the gateway to the tall timber country. An imposing timber archway across the South West Highway welcomes visitors. The Manjimup Timber Park at the northern entrance to town houses the tourist bureau, the age of steam museum and the historic timber hamlet... More Info More info on Manjimup

Margaret River

Margaret River
Margaret River used to be a chilled out surfing town…well the surf is still up and the beach still beckons. But these days you’ll find a change in style…more sophistication and class. You can enjoy world-class restaurants, sample award-winning wines and indulge in heavenly beauty and spa treatments... More Info More info on Margaret River

Mornington

Mornington
Close to the regional center on Bunbury, Mornington is an area of beautiful scenery and intense dairy and beef cattle farming. A quiet rural town that offer lots of bush walks around the countryside and rolling hills. Bordered by the Darling Ranges, there is abundant wildflowers during the season... More Info More info on Mornington

Mt Barker

Mt Barker
Mt Barker is located astride the Albany highway 360 south of Perth and is the administrative centre of the Plantagenet shire. Well known as an important agricultural region the area is now emerging as the states fastest growing viticulture district with famous name wineries located within the district. .. More Info More info on Mt Barker

Mullalyup

Mullalyup
Located just three hours drive south of Perth on the South West Highway between Kirup and Balingup, Mullalyup is the northern gateway to the beautiful Blackwood River region. It is positioned in an area which farms fruit, vegetables, beef, cattle and sheep... More Info More info on Mullalyup

Nannup

Nannup
285km south of Perth is the small timber town of Nannup now a popular spot for visitors who enjoy all things natural. At the rear of the town’s tourist bureau is the Blackwood Billabong Bird Hide where visitors can see the colourful forest parrots being fed each morning at 9am... More Info More info on Nannup

Pemberton

Pemberton
Nestled in the valley surrounded by the karri forests of the Gloucester National Park and the Pemberton Forest Park, Pemberton enjoys a cool climate with crystal clear streams, rich soils and friendly locals. .. More Info More info on Pemberton

Pinjarra

Pinjarra
86km south of Perth Pinjarra and the nearby forest town of Dwellingup is part of a popular self drive day tour circuit which takes in Mandurah with its aquatic playgrounds and the forest regions of the Darling Escarpment. One of the oldest towns in Western Australia Pinjarra has many well restored historic homes and public buildings... More Info More info on Pinjarra

Porongurup National Park

Porongurup National Park
Porongurup National Park is situated 40 km north of Albany and covers 2,511 hectares. The name of the range is derived from the Aboriginal name Purringorep, which was recorded by Captain Wakefield, who led the first expedition to the range. .. More Info More info on Porongurup National Park

Stirling Ranges

Stirling Ranges
The brooding beauty of the mountain landscape, its stunning and unique wildflowers and the challenge of climbing Bluff Knoll have long drawn bushwalkers and climbers to the Stirling Range National Park, an area of 115 920 hectares... More Info More info on Stirling Ranges

Torndirrup National Park

Torndirrup National Park
Torndirrup National Park is a coastal reserve located 10 km south of Albany across Princess Royal Harbour. Torndirrup National Park is well known for the unique features that have been created by the sea on the natural rock formations. .. More Info More info on Torndirrup National Park

Walpole

Walpole
Walpole and Nornalup are two small coastal towns located on the Walpole inlet and the Frankland River some 420km south of Perth where the mighty Karri and Tingle forests meet the Southern Ocean... More Info More info on Walpole

Yallingup

Yallingup
“Escape to the Cape” is a popular expression used by young and the not so young surfers from around the world who flock to Yallingup for the international surfing competitions held in the spectacular waves that roll in from the Indian Ocean... More Info More info on Yallingup