Your Guide to The Great Southern Region
Located down the road from Perth, about 4-5 hours to be exact, you will find yourself in the breathtaking Great Southern Region. This is one of the most diverse regions in the south west of Australia, here you can explore ancient forests and archaic mountain ranges one day and find yourself in the rolling hills of wine country or humble farming towns the next. We have compiled a list for you of some of the most spectacular things this region has to offer.
Explore the Ancient Landscapes
Get a birds eye view of some of the tallest timber giants on earth, the majestic western Australian tingle trees at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk. Towering up in the sky you can have a chance to walk amongst the tree top canopy of these beauties. You can also explore the Stirling Ranges and the Progrunup National Park. These stunning mountain ranges have been over one million years in the making. Explore large granite outcrops that look down over the farmlands below. Hike the tallest peak in the region, Bluff Knoll, and if you catch it during the right time you may even be able to see the only spot where snow falls in all of western Australia.
Head Down the Coast
There are some unforgettable coastal destinations in this region. From breathtaking coastal cliffs that showcase the vast powerful ocean in all of its glory at spots such as the Gap in Albany to the calm crystal clear waters of Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks in Denmark. From surfing to skateboarding to simply enjoying a relaxing beach day you will find the perfect spot in this region. Some of our other personal favorites include Peaceful Bay between Denmark and Walpole and Little Beach near Albany in Two Peoples Bay National Park.
Wine and Dine
Look out Margaret River because there is a new wine and food hot spot in Western Australia and it is right here in the Great Southern Region. With 5 different wine regions and a unique variety of wines which include some cool climate wines you will be spoilt for choice. Head to the small town of Denmark and drive along the 32 kilometer Scottsdale Tourist Drive, you will pass more wineries than you can even count. And if it is a good meal you are after head to Albany which has an ever growing food scene, be sure to check our personal favorite Liberte, a French speakeasy with great Asian fusion food and even better cocktails.
Marine Wildlife Encounters
One of the most unique experiences you can have in this region would undoubtedly be going out on an Orca tour in Bremer Bay. Between the months of January to April you can book a day trip on a boat that will take you out to see these magical creatures as they hunt, play, and show off. This is a truly once in a lifetime bucket list sort of experience so if you have the time you must add it to the itinerary!
Drive Along Western Australia’s largest Public Art Trail
The 200 kilometer long PUBLIC Silo trail is one of the country’s biggest outdoor galleries that features massive grain silos painted by internationally renowned artists. This trail will take you through some quaint, historic and amazing rural towns along the way. So if you are looking to mix things up a bit and take a break from the coast then this trail is for you.
We hope you are ready to be enchanted and inspired by this region's unforgettable landscapes, amazing wine and food, and breathtaking experiences.