Top Trail: Bibbulmun Track, Kalamunda to Albany
The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000 kilometres from Kalamunda,in the Perth hills, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. The Track offers a range of experiences from an epic eight-week adventure staying in the 49 campsites along the way, to day walks staying in comfort in one of the quaint rural towns. Bushwalkers from around the world come to WA to become an end-to-ender on ‘The Bibb’.
About the Trail
The Track passes through 22 national parks and other reserves. The northern half of the Track is home to large jarrah, marri and wandoo forests only found in this part of Western Australia, while the southern half features ancient karri and tingle forests opening onto the Southern Ocean for spectacular coastal walking where whales can be sighted between June and October.
The award-winning Track also links some of the State’s most scenic and popular attractions including Mundaring Weir, the Gloucester Tree, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, and Mandalay Beach.
Walkers can re-supply or base themselves in any of the towns along the way including Kalamunda, Dwellingup, Collie, Balingup, Pemberton, Northcliffe, Walpole, Denmark and Albany. At the half-way mark, the old mill town of Donnelly River Village offers a truly Australian experience with emus, kangaroos and other wildlife in abundance.
The Track is named after the Bibbulmun Nyoongar people, an aboriginal group which journeyed on foot over long distances for ceremonies. The distinctive trails markers depict the Waugal, a symbol of the Rainbow Serpent.
Although the Track is well marked, walkers are advised to use a map and guidebook. The eight water-resistant, full colour maps show car access points, campsites, terrain profiles and distances tables and are available from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation, DPaW offices, equipment stores and some visitor information centres.
Bibbulmun Track campsites
The campsites are in delightful locations and provide a welcome haven at day’s end. Facilities include a three-sided sleeping shelter, tent sites, picnic tables, water tank and toilet. Some campsites also have fireplaces but the use of fuel stoves is encouraged.
Distances between campsites range from 10 kilometres in the north to 20 – 25 kilometres in the south.
The independent way…
It’s important to plan your walk using the maps. There’s lots of useful information under ‘Trip Planning’ on the Bibbulmun Track website, or contact the Foundation for advice. The Foundation also offers:
- equipment for hire
- day walk maps packs (including walk notes for a range of day walks in 8 different areas)
- Bibbulmun Track publications and souvenirs
A touch of comfort…
For those who enjoy bushwalking – and their creature comforts – try a Bibbulmun Walking Break. Enjoy a day on the Track, and return to the comfort of a hot-shower, home cooking and a comfortable bed. Based around the Track towns, each with their own unique flavour, the minimum 2-day/2-night packages include a choice of accommodation (B&B or self-catering), meals, walk transfers, map and walk notes. Packages can be tailor made to cater for a short getaway or a holiday of up to three weeks – and all arranged for you!
A number of tour operators offer guided walks on the Track. Search on the Tourism WA website or the Accommodation and Services page on the Bibbulmun Track website.
Need to Know
The breathtaking beauty of Albany's rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure. The Albany Highway gets you there in just five hours from Perth, while a direct flight from Perth airport will whisk you there in one hour and 15 minutes. Or why not take your time and enjoy one of the world's greatest journeys, walking the Bibbulmun Track that runs from Perth to Albany. This charming city marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia, and much of their legacy remains today with around 50 colonial buildings standing proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants. From convict prisons, whaling ships and taverns to quaint cottages and grand National Trust residences, you can take in almost two centuries of history on a 30-minute self-guided walk, following the Amity Trail. Albany's King George Sound also marks the spot where the first convoy of ANZACs departed for the battlegrounds of the First World War. Today, you can follow their extraordinary stories through the National Anzac Centre's state-of-the-art interactive displays. You'll also find some of the town's biggest tales in the Historic Whaling Station at Discovery Bay, the only museum of its kind to be housed in a former whaling station. The industry met its end in 1978, creating a safe port of call for migrating humpback, southern right and blue whales. Spot them from the shore or join a whale watching cruise for a magical encounter. One of the most scenic areas for whale spotting and cliff-top walks is Torndirrup National Park. Here, the Southern Ocean has sculpted the granite coastline into striking formations known as The Gap and Natural Bridge. For sensational views over King George Sound, head for Middleton Beach boardwalk trail. Or take a drive up to Albany Wind Farm and feel dwarfed by the towering turbines. As well as world-class hiking, you'll also find some top-notch spots for fishing, sailing and diving. A weekend visit also brings the iconic Albany Farmers' Markets. No imports here, just fresh and fabulous, locally-grown flavours.
Armadale brings you nearer to nature and a bygone era, inviting you to explore the natural bushlands of the Darling Range, animal parks, botanical gardens, museums and heritage architecture. The town is situated half an hour to the south east of Perth city and can be reached by car or train, making it a fuss-free and easy family daytrip. Bring along your hiking boots and hit one of the many bushwalking trails that criss-cross the Darling Range, or pack a picnic and drink in panoramic views from bush to coastal plain and city beyond. A keen eye may even spot grey kangaroos, possums and dazzling blue fairy wrens. Closer encounters of the creature kind can be found at the koala park, reptile centre or Armadale's Australiana-themed working farm. Or, for a horticultural slice of heaven, step into the enchanted gardens of Araluen Botanic Park that have dazzled visitors with floral displays since 1929. A walk through the Minnawarra Historic Precinct and Armadale's museums will take you back further still to Perth life in the 1800s. Venture into the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum and marvel at the magnificent collection of 19th and 20th century engines. Stop by the replica Post Office on a Tuesday morning for a Morse code demonstration and the chance to send a telegraphic message anywhere in the world. Or, step into another moment in time in Armadale life at the History House Museum and Minnawarra Chapel. For a souvenir of your daytrip, browse through the antique shops, specialty stores and galleries. Or, to make Armadale your base for a weekender or extended break between city and country, check out the town's bed and breakfasts, motel accommodation and caravan parks. The town also plays host to many events, making it easy to plan your visit or stay to coincide with something a little out of the ordinary.
The charming farming community of Arthur River has ridden on the sheep's back since the mid 1800s. Today, it invites you to discover its country heritage, dazzling wildflower country, pretty picnic spots and thrilling water sports. Following the Albany Highway south east of Perth, you can escape the bustle of modern life to indulge in the simple pleasures of country living in just two and a half hours. Among the town's lovingly restored heritage buildings is the Arthur Wool Shed. Dating back to the 1950s, this community shearing shed was once a hive of activity at shearing time and now offers a fascinating glimpse into its heyday. Another legacy of Arthur River's pioneering farmers is Hillman Dam. Dug by hand and concreted to bring water from Hillman Rock, today it draws nature lovers to this spot to discover the reserve's abundant flora and fauna. Nearby, Boronia Reserve is another floral hotspot. Tended by a local warden who will often conduct guided tours, the reserve is a wonderful introduction to some of the region's unique wildflower species . If you're seeking some adrenalin thrills in the great outdoors, head for Lake Towerinning. Covering a staggering 256 hectares, it's a mecca for water sports enthusiasts, particularly water skiers, and makes a great spot for a spectators' barbecue or picnic. For some refreshment, follow in the footsteps of travellers, shepherds, sandalwood cutters and settlers to the Old Kitchen Mount Pleasant Inn that was built in 1869. Or, if you plan to stay a while longer, book a room at the historical hotel or local backpackers, spend a night or two in the old mill cottages or at a local farmstay, or camp by the lake under a blanket of stars.
Australia’s South West
One of the world's 34 biodiversity hot-spots, Australia's South West is also one of the most varied holiday experiences. It's all here - world-class wine and food, stunning walking trails and beaches, world-famous surf breaks, whale watching, dolphin encounters, ancient caves, forests of timber giants and captivating heritage. You can reach Bunbury, the region's northern gateway, in just under two hours by road from Perth, or hop on a short chartered flight direct to Bunbury, Busselton or Albany. So it's easy to include a down south adventure in your itinerary, and if the idea of arriving by sea appeals, the South West ports of Bunbury and Albany are also included in many Australian cruise packages. From Busselton in the north to Denmark and Albany in the south, the region enjoys a temperate climate. Summer sunshine provides beautiful beach weather and the winter months are pleasantly cool and mild - perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and sampling one of Australia's most exciting wine regions. Nature-lovers will be blown away by a breathtaking array of land and seascapes, where almost 80 percent of the plant species are found nowhere else on Earth. And adventure-seekers will find out-of-this-world challenges, from the 1,000 kilometre Bibbulmun Track and the incredibly diverse Cape to Cape Track, to the Munda Biddi Bike Trail - fast becoming a world-class nature-based off-road cycling experience.
Baldivis and Peel Region
Baldivis and the Peel region have become a leisure mecca for lovers of everything from water sports and fishing to wine tasting. Treat your tastebuds to a leisurely tour sampling local wines and produce, or give the rest of your body a workout indulging in a host of activities at the Waterski Park. You can get to Baldivis and the Waterski Park from Perth city centre in just 30 minutes, heading south on the Kwinana Freeway. Allow a full day if you're exploring the diverse Peel region beyond. Five manmade lakes, complete with slalom course and jump, challenge your skill at the Waterski Park in Baldivis. However, you don't have to be an expert at water skiing and wake boarding to enjoy a day here - there's tuition available for novices if you're looking to make a splash for the first time. The broader Peel region is an area of incredible contrasts, stretching from the Indian Ocean coast and coastal plain, to rolling farmland and the majestic native forests of the Darling Scarp. It means there's a range of activities to choose from. Explore local boutique vineyards and olive farms. Take a stroll or cycle along the coast. Try your luck at fishing from the beach. Or grab a kayak and explore the coastline. With Shoalwater Islands Marine Park close by and an array of pristine islands, reefs and shipwrecks, the Peel district is also a popular destination for diving, snorkelling and wildlife watching. Venture to Penguin Island and you'll come face to feathered face with the largest colony of little penguins on the west coast, who share their island with more than 50 species of seabird and rare Australian sea lions. Take a detour to Rockingham and you'll get the chance to tick your bucket list by joining a swimming tour with the wild dolphins of Cockburn Sound. The range of accommodation and dining options is equally diverse. Take your pick from grand hotels, resorts, marina-side chalets, motels, caravan parks and bed and breakfast accommodation in Rockingham and Mandurah as your base for exploring Baldivis and the Peel region.
Set in the picturesque upper reaches of the Blackwood River Valley, Balingup is an inspiration to many artisans, from artists and crafts people to wine makers and providors of gourmet produce. Follow one of Western Australia's top tourist drives, or take to the walking trails to sample the riches this region has to offer. Take the two hour and 40 minute drive south of Perth to reach the forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards and lush orchards of Balingup. Or, enjoy the journey at a slower pace, walking the Bibbulmun Track - one of the world's greatest long distance trails, stretching almost 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany on the south coast. The track meanders through Balingup's Golden Valley Tree Park - a six hectare collection of trees from around the world that forms the largest arboretum in Western Australia. Here, you can find beauty in every season, from moody winter mists, to spring blossoms and the golden glow of autumn leaves. Venturing further afield, the top rated Blackwood River Tourist Drive takes in some of the region's most scenic landscapes, fascinating historical landmarks, top fishing spots and pretty picnic areas. The best of the Blackwood's art, craft, handcrafted pottery, jewellery, sculpture, alpaca knitwear, herbal products, antiques and collectables can all be discovered in and around the village, not to mention a tempting array of cafes, bakeries, restaurants, fresh produce and local wines. You'll be just as spoilt for choice if you decide to make Balingup your base for a country escape, with a wide range of family-friendly accommodation and romantic retreats to choose from.
Marvel at Western Australia's aviation history at the Aeronautical Museum and the magnificent machines of the industrial age at Avondale Discovery Farm in Beverly. One of Western Australia's oldest settlements, this rural heritage town in the wheat-sheep belt sits on the banks of the Avon River, surrounded by tranquil rolling hills, pastures and native bushland. Take a two hour drive east of Perth, through picturesque farmland, paddocks and forests to the country town of Beverly and be transported back in time. Stroll down the main street and admire the variety of heritage architectural styles. Visit the Dead Finish Museum (open from March to November), which chronicles the early settler history of the town. Or stop by the Aeronautical Museum, where you'll be welcomed by a Vampire jet. If exploring Western Australia's aviation history at the museum inspires your inner aviator, you can also book a glider flight from Beverley - a great way to take in the breathtaking landscape. Alternatively, if you'd rather keep your feet on the ground, head for the Station Gallery to view the art collection and meet the artist in residence. Indulge in a coffee, tuck into a hearty country meal, or enjoy a walk and picnic on the banks of the river. Six kilometres west of town, Avondale Discovery Farm invites you to take in one of the largest collections of farm machinery in Western Australia, or drive around the farm to learn about a host of agricultural activities. It's all free, and you might meet the resident kangaroos and emus too. Beverly is also the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and towns, from York to Northam to Avon Valley National Park. Select from a range of accommodation, including bed and breakfasts, hotels and authentic farm stays - the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rural experience.
Boddington is just under two hours drive from Perth, nestled on the banks of the picturesque Hotham River and surrounded by undulating hills. It is the ideal location for a day drive or a pleasant overnight stay. Boddington is a prosperous area with agriculture, bauxite mining, blue gum plantations, viticulture, orchards, fish and marron farms and one of the world's largest producing gold mines providing income and employment. Half the Shire of Boddington comprises state forest. The town is an excellent base from which to go hiking, wildflower sighting, bird watching or picnicking. A two kilometre walk trail along the river provides wheelchair access between the caravan park and Ranford Pool, a favourite fishing, bird watching and picnic place. Another favourite picnic and fishing spot is Lions Weir closer to town. Fishing is great in spring or autumn in the deep pools of the river. Redfin perch and cobbler (catfish), along with marron (freshwater crayfish) are caught in season. The Bibbulmun Track (a world class 1,000 kilometre walking trail) passes through the Boddington Shire. Some of the area's tourist attractions include: Bacchus - Lord of the Grapes statue, Tullis Bridge, Hotham River Foreshore and Long Gully Bridge. The caravan park on the banks of the Hotham River is a lovely place to stay, just two minutes walk to the town centre. In the Boddington area you will also find Farm Stays and Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Peaceful and picturesque, Boyup Brook is a country community that knows how to entertain and make you feel at home. Offering a welcome escape from modern city life and the chance to enjoy some of Western Australia's prettiest scenery, the town also plays host to music festivals, art exhibitions, rodeos and marathons throughout the year. Boyup Brook is nestled in the Blackwood River Valley, between the South West and Albany Highways. From Perth, you're just a three-hour drive away from its serene scenery. There are dozens of ways for you to enjoy the Blackwood River Valley's natural beauty and fresh air. Observe the native flora and fauna at the Roo Gully Wildlife Sanctuary. Go on a wine tasting spree at the local vineyards. Swim, fish or canoe the river in summer. Or hit the bushwalking or mountain biking trails during wildflower season in spring. Art and history lovers should head for the Town Walk and museum to explore Boyup Brook's past, pay a visit to renowned local artist Sandy Chambers, wonder at the Carnaby Beetle and Butterfly collection, or drop into the Harvey Dickson's Country Music Centre. The town's events calendar offers just as many delights, from the annual Country Music Festival (February), the Mayanup Camp Draft (March), and the Harvey Dickson's Country Music Show (September) to the Harvey Dickson Rodeo and the Blackwood Marathon (October). For accommodation, there's something to suit every taste and budget, with bed and breakfasts, hotels, caravan parks, farmstays and luxury self-contained chalets.
One of the most picturesque towns in Western Australia, Bridgetown sits against a backdrop of the beautiful Blackwood River Valley and oozes old world country charm. It also serves a taste of the good life in generous portions, with wineries, delicious fresh produce, arts, crafts and stunningly scenic drives. You can escape the city to this quiet country life in under three hours by road and wake up to valleys filled with morning mist and tranquil forests. The centre of a thriving timber, mining and farming district, Bridgetown is a prolific producer of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and olives, not to mention wine and cider. You can indulge in some of its flavours in the region's cafes, restaurants and cellar doors and cidery. Many artists are drawn to the area, finding their inspiration in the Blackwood River Valley landscapes and exhibiting their work in local galleries. Action and adventure are in abundance too, with a network of canoeing/kayaking, walking, mountain biking and bridle trails to choose from. The town also hosts many events, including the ever-popular Blues at Bridgetown Festival, attracting world-class musicians and large crowds to the region every November. Why not sample more country hospitality while you're here with a stay at one of Bridgetown's luxury retreats, cosy cottages, farm stays, guesthouses, chalets or motel.
The historic Wheatbelt town of Brookton gives you glimpses of what life was like before and after the arrival European settlers, with grand heritage architecture and natural habitats teeming with rare native wildlife. You can make the journey from city to Brookton country charm in less than two hours, hitting the Brookton Highway south east of Perth. This is the quickest route to reach Wave Rock - an awe-inspiring granite cliff shaped over 2,700 years to form a huge wave. Alternatively, why not head southbound at a more serene pace, following one of the world's great long-distance walk trails - the Bibbulmun Track. Stretching nearly 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda in Perth, it passes just to the west of Brookton on its way to Albany on the south west coast. This section of the track is accessible to wheelchairs and prams and makes an ideal day walk and picnic spot. Just 10 kilometres south-west of Brookton lies another idyllic picnic setting at Boyagin Rock Nature Reserve. Walking among the powderbark, jarrah and marri trees, you'll see the bush as it was before its transformation into the Wheatbelt. Widely recognised as a significant remnant of original flora, the reserve is also a habitat for lesser-spotted fauna, including Western Australia's emblem, the numbat. If you're visiting in spring, head up to Nine Acre Rock and take in expansive views of the picturesque countryside carpeted in colourful wildflower blooms stretching to the horizon. Here, the ruins of an old stone house stand in tribute to one of the region's European settlers of the early 1900s, known as the 'Animal Doctor'. Some of Brookton's lovingly restored heritage can be enjoyed at the Old Railway Station and Pioneer Park in the centre of town, where you'll also pick up some authentic country arts and crafts. Whether you're heading to the central west or deep south, Brookton makes for a pleasant stay offering hotel and caravan park accommodation, as well as the opportunity to experience the Wheatbelt way of life at a farmstay.
Known as the 'Cream of the South West', Brunswick invites you to take a scenic drive through the Darling Range and green rolling dairy pastures to discover a rich pioneering history and picturesque picnic spots. In under two hours driving from Perth, or 25 minutes from Bunbury, you'll be welcomed to Brunswick by 'Daisy' the Friesian cow standing proudly in the centre of town as a tribute to the region's dairy farming heritage. Brunswick became 'Brunswick Junction' in the 1890s when a railway line and junction was established to service the Collie Coalfields. Today, much of its yesteryear charm still shines through as you stroll along the main street, passing the old shire hall, railway cottages and the Catholic and Anglican churches which date back to the early 1900s. Many relics of its pioneering days are also presented in local museums, including vintage agricultural machinery and dairy farming equipment. Venture to the northern end of town and join the locals for a refreshing dip in Brunswick Pool or a picnic by the Brunswick River on the shady lawns. Barbecues, toilets, gazebos and a playground make it a perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon. Visit in spring and you'll see the community buzzing with activity when the town plays host to the largest one day agricultural show in rural Western Australia. Your accommodation options at the Brunswick caravan park are budget and family friendly with a choice of park homes, on-site vans, powered sites and camping grounds.
Burswood is a buzzing hub of entertainment on Perth's doorstep, boasting Western Australia's only licenced casino, a hotel complex, world-class events, unique parklands and abundant wildlife. Sitting on the Burswood Peninsula, surrounded by the waters of the Swan River, Burswood is just 10 minutes by car or taxi from the city centre. If you're coming from Perth by train, take a short stroll from Burswood station on the Armadale line, or catch the buses that run regularly along the Great Eastern Highway. Your first stop is the Crown Perth casino and entertainment complex, where you can enjoy a flutter on the gaming tables or try your hand at the old Australian pastime known as 'two-up', before dining and dancing the night away at your pick of nightclubs, restaurants and bars. With top quality theatre and performance venues, Crown Perth attracts a star-studded line up of highly acclaimed musicians, sporting events and theatre productions all year round. Before catching a show, pamper yourself at the day spa and enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the resort style pool. If sport is your greatest passion, you'll be spoilt for choice with golf, tennis and horse racing at your fingertips. Tee off at the Burswood Park Public Golf Course, offering a challenging course with extraordinary views of Perth's cityscape and the Swan River. The skyline is equally spectacular from the nearby State Tennis Centre and Belmont Park Racecourse. For lazy afternoon riverside, pack a picnic and head to Burswood Park. Or hit the foreshore trail to take a stroll, cycle or guided tour to discover the area's rich history, flora and fauna. With two major hotels in the heart of the complex, you can indulge yourself in modern luxury or enjoy stylish but affordable accommodation within easy reach of some of Perth's best entertainment.
Collie is an outdoor adventure playground nestled in a scenic forested valley in the Darling Ranges. All the beauty, challenges and thrills of the South West bushland are right here. Think white water rafting, water skiing, canoeing, bush camping and fishing, plus bushwalking and mountain biking on some of the world's greatest long distance trails. Hitting the freeway south from Perth, you can be here in just over two hours - making it an easy weekend getaway. Or perhaps you'd prefer to start your adventure in Perth and hike the world-class Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda, or take the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail from Mundaring bound for Collie and the South West countryside beyond. The many walking trails and scenic drives that start from Collie lead through large stands of jarrah, marri, sheoak and blackbutt forests to the Collie River, Wellington National Park and Harris Dam. Head for the upper reaches of the Collie River in winter and spring to ride the white water rapids below the wall of Wellington Dam. Or for something more sedate, paddle the tranquil waters of Minninup Pool in a kayak or canoe. You can take a journey into Collie's mining history too, with a visit to the Replica Underground Coal Mine and the Coalfields Museum. Some of the town's heritage architecture also gives you a glimpse of its early settler days, from the Old Collie Goods Sheds and All Saints Anglican Church to the Railway Station. A stay in Collie gives you the chance to experience a true Australian country hotel or farm stay, as well offering motels, bed and breakfasts and a caravan park. Visit in springtime (September to November) and you'll see the valley come alive with the blooms of colourful wildflowers, adding extra drama to your Collie adventure.
Corrigin is a popular stopover when visiting Hyden's Wave Rock and the seasonal wildflowers of the area. Located two and a half hours drive east of Perth; Corrigin is a very attractive, tidy wheat belt town. Tour the surrounding countryside during wildflower season to see vibrant colours stretching to the horizon. The local cafe sells local hand made crafts, coffee, fresh home made food, cakes, biscuits and pizza. The Corrigin Pioneer Museum provides a link with the past in its display of early Australian farm machinery. The Miniature Railway and Steam Train are available for rides. Visit the Corrigin Dog Cemetery, an unusual pet cemetery dedicated to man's best friend. Established in 1974, the Dog Cemetery is a tribute to Mans Best Friend. With over 80 loved ones now buried, the cemetery is unique to Corrigin and worth a visit. Take time to read some of the headstones, which are all made and maintained by a local resident. Kunjin Animal Farm is located 18 kilometres west of Corrigin on the Brookton Highway. Visitors can see and touch animals such as alpacas, emus, deer, ostriches, miniature donkeys, boer goats, sheep, cattle, geese and more. Accommodation includes a motel, hotel and caravan park.
Set against the backdrop of Western Australia's only mountain range, Cranbrook is your gateway to the beautiful biodiversity of Stirling Range National Park and the vineyards of Frankland Wine Region. Three hours south east of Perth, or just over an hour north of Albany, Cranbrook is located in the Great Southern Region, in the heart of a rich agricultural farming area. Just 10 kilometres from the Stirling Range National Park, it's an excellent base for exploring this scenic, which is home to some of Australia's most unique flora and fauna, including over 100 species of birds, more than 1,500 varieties of plants and many dazzling and delicate orchids. Look out for wedge tail eagles, kangaroos, wallabies and, if you're visiting in spring, 350 species of vivid wildflowers, many unique to the area. The jagged peaks of the Stirling Range stretch for 65 kilometres from east to west, with Bluff Knoll the highest peak at 1,095 metres. Challenge yourself to the six kilometre return climb, or choose from the many mountain hiking and bushwalking trails that crisscross the national park. You'll find plenty of picturesque picnic and barbeque spots when you're in need of some refreshment. To the west, the cool-climate grape and olive-growing region of Frankland invites wine lovers to tour the cellar doors, while 45 minutes to the north lies Kojonup and the Kodja Place - a focal point for local Indigenous peoples. Here, you can learn the secrets and stories of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth by the campfire or at the Visitor and Interpretive Centre. From nearby Surkey's Hill lookout, drink in sweeping panoramas of rural farmland, the Stirling Range and the area's lakes. Or head to the lakes for a refreshing dip and lazy picnic, or to test your water-skiing skills. At the end of a day exploring, retreat to Cranbrook where you'll find a range of accommodation options, including historic hotels, caravan and camping accommodation, authentic farmstays and the less-traditional option of a converted railway carriage.
In Cuballing's vast backyard sits Dryandra Woodland - one of the world's flora hotspots and the largest remnant of original woodland in the central western wheatbelt. Take a walk through town and you'll find the locals have devoted just as much love and attention to preserving their heritage architecture. This other world in the Wheatbelt is just a two and a half hour drive from Perth, heading south east along the Great Southern Highway. From here, it's just a short hop to the natural wonders and wildflowers of Dryandra. More than half of the 28,000 hectares that make up Dryandra are located in the Cuballing Shire - home to over 850 varieties of native flowering plants, 100 species of birds and 25 rare and endangered native marsupials, including the bilby, woylie and numbat. The best place to spot these cute but shy creatures is to pay a visit to Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary, where you can enjoy a close encounter in their natural habitat. For a cultural journey into early settler life, explore Cuballing's restored heritage architecture, from the Tavern and Post Office to the old Agricultural Hall. The original galvanised iron tavern was built in 1891, comprising seven rooms and a brick-built kitchen, wash house and cellar. The iron section was destroyed and rebuilt with brick in 1905/06, and a second storey was added in 1912. The old kitchen, wash house and cellars still remain to tell their tale today. Just outside town, the Yornaning Dam invites you to join the locals for a picnic or barbecue. Spend a lazy lunch watching the resident waterbirds, take a refreshing dip, or walk off your indulgencies on the one and a half kilometre nature trail that circles this water playground. To discover all that Dryandra country has to offer, book a night or three at Cuballing's hotel, self-contained units or caravan park. Or surround yourself with sounds of the forest, camping out with the echidnas, woylies, possums, kangaroos and numbats at Dryandra's Congelin campsite.
Denmark marks the spot where forests of towering trees give way to white sandy beaches. Take a drive or walk among ancient karri tree giants, relax by the emerald waters of William Bay, feast on local wine and gourmet produce, or fish one of the largest inlets on the south coast. You can escape to this romantic old timber milling town within a day, taking the five hour drive south from Perth or the 45 minute drive west from Albany. If you're taking it slow, include a stopover in Denmark as you walk one of the world's greatest long distance trails - the Bibbulmun Track. Guided wine and forest tours are available, or you can hit the scenic Scotsdale Tourist Drive. Along the way, get close to nature in the Harewood Forest, stop for a tasting at a cellar door, berry and herb farm, cheese or chocolate and toffee factory, and perhaps allow a little time to indulge the senses at the Sandalwood Factory. At the coast, the picturesque Wilson Inlet beckons you to swim, fish, sail, water ski, surf or windsurf. The gentler waters of the river invite you to hire a canoe, motorboat, paddleboat or aqua bike. While Lights Beach lures you with the promise of hooking herring, salmon and bream. Venture east and you'll find yourself in the stunning seascapes of William Bay National Park. Here, the calm, clear shallows of Greens Pool tempt you to bathe, snorkel, dive and take a walk to the curious Elephant Rocks. Look out for migrating whales along the coast from July to October. Or take the short drive to The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, taking you 40 metres above the forest floor for a bird's eye view of Western Australia's 400 year old tingle tree giants. Back in town, there are reminders of Denmark's humble beginnings at the historic fire station, school, hotel and the Old Butter Factory. Sample some good old fashioned country hospitality at the region's boutique accommodations, lounge in luxury retreats, or keep it simple with a motel, caravan park or hostel.
Be dwarfed by majestic karri tree giants, one of the world's tallest hardwoods, in the pretty historic milling town of Donnelly River. Here, you'll find adventure in epic proportions too, as you tackle one of the world's great long-distance trails - the mighty Bibbulmun Track. Donnelly River lies three and a half hours' drive south of Perth in the forested heart of Western Australia's South West. The Bibbulmun Track passes right through the town centre, offering the opportunity to take in the region's beauty at a slower pace, whether you walk just a small section or over 1,000 kilometres from its starting point in Kalamunda to its finish line in Albany. Originally a timber milling town, Donnelly River was home to the only steam-driven mill in the region in the 1950s. Today, the lovingly preserved mill is heritage listed and the old workers cottages have been converted into quaint holiday accommodation. Nearby, One Tree Bridge also provides a glimpse into the town's past - this enormous felled karri tree that once provided access over the Donnelly River, now makes an interesting photo opportunity. To see one of the most impressive survivors of the milling era, head for The Four Aces, a line of four towering karri tree giants that have stood proudly for over 230 years. From here, and many of the region's attractions, you can follow walking trails through the natural bushland habitats of emus, kangaroos, kookaburras, possums, parrots and other Australian wildlife. During the springtime, Mother Nature presents a spectacular display of Western Australian wildflowers. In fact, nearly 80 percent of the region's plant species are found nowhere else in the world, including many of the brightly coloured members of the Banksia family. For a peaceful picnic and a refreshing dip, Donnelly Lake and Glengoran Pool offer picturesque swimming and picnic spots. Or, to make the forest your home away from home for a few nights, book a stay at one of the town's comfy, cosy, self-contained cottages.
Western Australia's apple capital of Donnybrook invites you to discover an abundance of fresh local produce, Australia's biggest free entry fun park and its lovingly restored heritage architecture. Just two hours and 15 minutes by road south of Perth, this charming south west town offers scenic drives perfect for a daytrip from the city, a stopover on your down south tour, or your base for a blissful country break. Take to the streets around Donnybrook and beyond, where you'll find a dazzling display of apple and cherry blossoms during spring and quaint roadside stalls laden with the freshest of local farm produce. At the heart of the Geographe Wine Region, the Donnybrook area boasts seven cellar doors from which to sample the award-winning signature notes as well as a local cider factory. Built from the ground up by locals, the Donnybrook Apple Fun Park proudly boasts the title of the nation's largest free-entry entertainment park. Fire up a barbecue and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun climbing, swinging and sliding. Soak in the ambience of a time gone by with a collection of colonial buildings dating back to the late 19th century. Stroll along the winding path of the Aboriginal sculpture park and read fascinating tales of one of the world's longest surviving cultures. Walk, cycle or roll out the picnic rug to relax and unwind in the countryside. The local dam, tree park, historic mill and seasonal falls offer idyllic spots to enjoy a glass of wine and some stunning natural beauty. Or take a short drive on the quirky side to nearby Gnomesville, home to over 3,000 gnomes of all shapes and sizes. For an overnight stay in Donnybrook, you can pick from farm stays, self-contained cottages, hotel and backpacker accommodation. Design your visit to Western Australia's home of apple production to coincide with the biennial Easter festival, a decades-old event celebrating the March to May harvest season.
Dryandra Woodland is a nature lover's dream. This wild wandoo wonderland is the largest remnant of original woodland in Australia's Western Wheatbelt and is known to be one of the world's flora and fauna hotspots. It will only take you two and a half hours to drive from the bustle of Perth city to the scenic serenity of Dryandra Woodland. When you get there, be sure to tune your radio to 100FM for fascinating commentary and insights into the forest's history and ecology. In spring, the forest is ablaze with the blooms of more than 850 floral species, making it a popular wildflower day trip from Perth. Year round, you may also encounter some of the reserve's 25 species of mammals on a quiet torch-lit walk through the bush at dusk. Look out for the rare and endangered bilby, woylie and numbat, the common grey kangaroo, echidna and Tammar wallaby and the cutest mini-marsupial, the pygmy possum. For a closer look at these curious furry natives, head for the Barna Mia animal sanctuary where you can join a guided spotlight tour of the animal-viewing enclosure. By day, a drive, stroll, cycle or horse ride along Dryandra's many trails will also reward you with glimpses of native birdlife. The forest is a haven to more than 100 species of birds, including the Carnaby's cockatoo, bush stone curlew and malleefowl. For a true wandoo wilderness experience, set up camp at the Congelin campsite and listen to the sounds of the forest as you gaze up at a star-filled outback sky. If you need your basic creature comforts, book into one of the heritage-listed forestry cottages, or head for the nearby towns and farmstays for more options.
Dumbleyung is a town 267 kilometres southeast of Perth in the Western Australian wheatbelt. The areas main attraction is Lake Dumbleyung, the largest semi-permanent natural stretch of inland water in Western Australia. Approximately 13 kilometres long and six and a half kilometres wide, it covers an area of 5,200 hectares. It is also a sanctuary for birdlife and extremely popular for water sports and picnics. Despite the extreme salinity recorded, the lake continues to provide a habitat for many varieties of water birds. Lake Dumbleyung received world recognition when Donald Campbell broke the world water speed record on 31 December 1964 travelling at 276.3 miles per hour (442.08 kilometres) in his boat ‘Bluebird’. A unique granite memorial to Donald Campbell can be seen at Pussy Cat Hill, a prominent feature and vantage point to view the entire lake area. The Wheatbelt Wildflower Drive begins at the town of Kukerin situated 39 kilometres east of Dumbleyung.
Dwellingup is the perfect country escape just a one and a half hour drive south from Perth. Your day trip or weekend away can be filled with a variety of great outdoor adventures from camping in the jarrah forests, to bushwalking and mountain biking, or canoeing on the Murray River. You can even start your adventure in Perth, hiking the first 96 kilometres of the world-renowned Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda, or cycling the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail from Mundaring and taking in the city-to-country scenery at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the beautiful forested valleys and waterways of Lane Poole Reserve. Covering almost 55000 hectares, and criss-crossed with walking trails, mountain bike and four wheel drive tracks, the reserve is a popular and picturesque adventure playground. Filled with birdlife year round and wildflowers in spring, it's also a great place for taking it slow with a picnic or walking with your dog (yes, the reserve is pet-friendly). For an insightful introduction to the region's natural treasures, visit the Forest Heritage Centre. Climb the three viewing towers for views of the forest canopy, or discover the excellent artisan skills of students from the School of Fine Wood at the gallery. If you time your trip between May and October, you can also enjoy the unique and nostalgic journey through Dwellingup's timber milling history by steam train on the Hotham Valley Railway. There are plenty of places to set up camp under towering trees and a star-filled sky, but if you'd prefer some creature comforts, head for Dwellingup's hotel, chalets, backpackers or caravan park.
All the essential ingredients for an amazing holiday can be found in Perth. Think endless beaches and ocean sunsets, new dining, shopping and cultural precincts and a lively emerging cultural scene, parks, nature reserves and marine adventures, fresh local produce and its very own wine region. Little wonder Perth's up there with the world's most liveable cities. Centring on Australia's sunniest capital city, Perth invites you to relax and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, from city to country and river to sea. Regular flights to Perth depart from overseas, all state capitals and many regional locations. Alternatively, you can make the journey part of the adventure boarding the legendary Indian Pacific rail, taking an epic road trip across the Nullarbor, or joining a summer cruise of the coast. Take your pick of 19 pristine beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf hotspot of Scarborough. Or hit the neighbouring city of Fremantle to soak up a little heritage and culture, strolling through one of the world's best preserved 19th century port streetscapes and sampling the catch of the day at the Fishing Boat Harbour. Make the short hop by ferry from Perth to Rottnest Island, a car-free and carefree Class A nature reserve blessed with some of Australia's most beautiful beaches and secluded bays. Or follow the river 45 minutes inland to taste the fruits of Western Australia's oldest wine region - the Swan Valley - touring the cellar doors, boutique breweries and providores of fine fresh produce. To the south, Rockingham and the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park offer close encounters of the marine kind, from penguins and dolphins to dive wrecks and snorkel trails. While the vibrant seaside town of Mandurah invites you to spend a day on its pretty foreshore or wide open waterways, dining or picnicking, fishing or bird watching, sailing or paddling. To the north east, the rolling hills, orchards, vineyards and pastures of the beautiful Avon Valley make for a scenic daytrip to Western Australia's first inland settlement and the river that inspired the greatest white water race - the Avon Descent.
The Ferguson Valley is Bunbury's very own Garden of Eden, where rolling pastures, forests, spring wildflowers and rivers form a beautiful backdrop to award-winning wineries, boutique breweries, fine restaurants, country retreats and a lively arts and crafts scene. A popular day trip by road, it lies just 15 minutes from Bunbury and two hours from Perth and offers a choice of nearer to nature experiences or wine and dine indulgences. Hit the bushland walking trails or pretty picnic spots of Wellington Discovery Forest and Crooked Brook Forest and enjoy peace and tranquillity among the jarrah, marri and yarri trees. Or take two wheels for a spin on 40 kilometres of beginner and advanced mountain bike trails at Mount Lennard. Spend the day hopping between the cellar doors of more than 10 local wineries, or head deeper into the Ferguson Valley and find yourself in the fairy tale land of Gnomesville - a free and quirky must-see. The first of Ferguson's 3,000 plus gnome inhabitants arrived in 1998, placed on the roadside by a local resident. Since then, locals and visitors from around the world have added gnomes of all shapes, sizes and characters to the collection, creating a gnome village. Residents you're likely to meet include Greg Gnoman, Gnome on the Range, Astrognome, Gnome Alone and Gnome-de-Plume, to name a few. Bringing along your own gnome to add to the collection is said to be good luck, while those who damage or steal the gnomes will only bring bad luck upon themselves. If you'd like to stay a little longer, you have a choice of charming bed and breakfasts, farm stays and luxury lodges.
Against a backdrop of rolling hills, woodlands and spring wildflowers, you can indulge in the nationally renowned flavours of Frankland, from award winning wines to premium olive oils and mouth-watering marron. Sitting between Manjimup and Mount Barker, a little over four hours' drive from Perth, Frankland enjoys cool weather and plenty of sunshine - perfect for growing grapes and enjoying relaxed getaways. Design your day touring one of Australia's fastest growing wine regions by savouring its fresh and local produce. Follow the wine trail from cellar door to cellar door at picturesque wineries famous for their sweet whites and deep reds. Stop to admire the region's breathtaking peaks and valleys, and be sure to sample some gold medal olive oils. Sweeping vineyards and olive groves give way to the banks of the Frankland River, where tranquil pools create the perfect habitat for fresh marron - a favourite seasonal fishing challenge and delicious delicacy. Venture further east and spot some of Australia's most unique flora and fauna or hike Western Australia's only mountain range in Stirling Range National Park. Or, head west and gaze in awe at the karri tree giants of Manjimup - among the tallest hardwood trees in the world. To make Frankland your country escape for a night or more, take your pick from a few local treasures, including caravan park, chalet and farmstay accommodation.
Greenbushes leads you on insightful and scenic journeys through its pioneering history, forested hillsides, rolling pastures and historic mine sites. You can choose to drive, walk or even tackle the mighty Bibbulmun Track - renowned as one of the greatest long distance trails on Earth. Nestled mid-way between Balingup and Bridgetown on the South Western Highway, Greenbushes is less than three hours' drive south of Perth, or one hour's drive from Bunbury. If you're doing part or the whole stretch of the Bibbulmun Track, from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany on the south coast, you can swing by and make Greenbushes a rest stop, as it passes through Greenbushes State Forest. You'll be following in the footsteps of the early farming pioneers who regularly used the Green Bushes Well as a watering place along the Bunbury to Bridgetown trail. It earned its name from the bright green bushes that grew in the area, but when alluvial deposits of tin were discovered in 1886, it quickly gained fame for its wealth of mining and prospecting opportunities. At the Greenbushes Discovery Centre (part of the South West Ecomuseum) you can join the 'Working Life Industrial Heritage Trail' for an interactive learning experience, exploring Greenbushes' unique natural environment and the evolution of this timber and mining town. The Heritage Amble is another fascinating interactive walk which begins its journey with the region's first inhabitants, the Noongar people, and explores the tin mining and timber industries from the 1880s to the 1940s. You can also choose from a one hour stroll on the Mining Heritage Walk or a five hour hike along Greenbushes Loop. Alternatively, take a drive up to the Mine Lookout to view the open-cut tantalum mine or head out to Greenbushes Pool for a traditional Aussie barbecue in the bush. Stay in town and soak up the yesteryear charm of Greenbushes' historic hotel, or enjoy the serenity of a self-contained cottage in the surrounding countryside.
With its village charm, forested hills, vineyards and breathtaking views from the Darling Scarp, Kalamunda puts country living within easy reach of the city. It's also the starting point for one of the world's great long distance walk trails, the Bibbulmun Track. Driving east from Perth, you'll be transported from the city to the serenity of Kalamunda in just 30 minutes. You can even bus it from Perth in just over one hour and 20 minutes, making it an easy daytrip. Here, where the foothills of the coastal plains meet the Darling Scarp, lookouts offer sweeping vistas that stretch to Perth's city skyline. One of the best spots to snap those views is from Zig Zag Scenic Drive, and you'll find more great drives, picnic spots and bushwalking trails in the state forests, national parks and open spaces that cover more than 70 percent of the region. A short walk from the main street brings you to the start of the Bibbulmun Track, leading into Kalamunda National Park and more than 1,000 kilometres to Albany on the south coast. Or take the five kilometre drive to Lesmurdie Falls to view the cascading falls after winter rains. Time your visit to coincide with the spring wildflower season and you'll also be dazzled by a sea of colourful blooms. For a glimpse of yesteryear, explore the impressive collection of heritage buildings at the Kalamunda History Village, or head for Stirk Cottage and Park - the first house to be built in Kalamunda (circa 1881) which demonstrates the amazing resourcefulness of early pioneers. Lovers of art are invited to view the extensive public art works, including the largest community built stained glass window in Australia. You'll also find a huge variety of galleries and regular craft markets, not to mention a packed events calendar featuring the Perth Hills Wine Show (September), Zig Zag Festival (October), Kalamunda Agricultural Show (April) and the Harvest Festival (May). Dining and shopping options offer just as much variety, as does the range of accommodation, from charming bed and breakfasts and historic hotels to family-friendly caravan parks.
With its vibrant annual festival and art shows, heritage architecture and multicultural community, Katanning is a rural cultural hotspot, while nearby Kojonup invites you to learn the secrets of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth at the Kodja Place. Take the three hour and 20 minute drive south east of Perth to Katanning - a Wheatbelt country town that's home to large Malay, Afghan and Chinese populations and the local Indigenous Noongar people. This diversity has resulted in a wide range of regular community events, including many art exhibitions and the Multicultural Festival held in March each year, celebrating the food, art, music, dance and culture of Katanning's residents. The town also boasts a rich colonial heritage dating back to its birth at the end of the 19th century, when the arrival of the railway line made Katanning a focus for the region's agricultural industry. Wander the streets and admire the Federation architecture and historic buildings built with bricks from the local brick works that helped make the town a regional hub. Head to nearby Kojonup and travel even further back in time at the state of the art Kodja Place Visitor and Interpretive Centre - a significant site for the local Indigenous people. Here, you can discover one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth in stories by the campfire, as well as heartfelt accounts of hardship from some of the area's first European settlers. To really immerse yourself in Katanning's unique blend of cultures, history and country charm, extend your visit with a stay at the hotel, motel or caravan park.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the green heart of the city, covering 400.6 hectares and located adjacent to the Swan River, approximately 1.5 kilometres from the Central Business District of Perth. With its remarkable expanses of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and botanic garden, the Park is the most popular visitor destination in Western Australia. Kings Park and Botanic Garden has extensive city and river views with panorama to the Darling Range. The magnificently sited State War Memorial is also one of several scenic vantage points. Kings Park and Botanic Garden showcases an outstanding collection of Western Australia flora. It is a popular place for picnics, pleasant walks, cultural and ceremonial events. Nearly two thirds of the Park is natural bushland containing 319 species of native plants and around 80 bird species. The balance of the Park is made up of superbly cultivated gardens and open recreational areas. There are picnic and barbecue facilities, public toilets and playgrounds at several locations in Kings Park. The Lotterywest Family Area (accessible from Kings Park Road) is home to the Ivey Watson Playground, an ideal location for families with very young children. Synergy Parkland (accessible from May Drive) is wheelchair accessible and features the popular Zamia Cafe. The playground, including an ornamental lake and island fort is adjacent to the outdoor cinema venue that operates between December and March each year. The Kings Park Kiosk, Botanical Cafe and Fraser's Restaurant are located on Fraser Avenue and all enjoy spectacular views over the city and Swan River. Aspects of Kings Park, also located on Fraser Avenue, is a unique showcase of Australia’s finest arts, craft and design. The Annual Kings Park Festival is held in the month of September, and includes the spectacular blooming wildflowers in the Botanic Garden.
In the heart of Kojonup lies a natural freshwater spring that has drawn people to this spot for many centuries, making it a significant historic place with many enchanting stories to share. From the Noongar people and early settlers to present day locals, they all invite you to hear their story at The Kodja Place. Following Albany Highway from Perth, you'll arrive at Kojonup and the gateway to the Great Southern region within three hours. Or, if you're travelling up from Albany, it's just one hour and 45 minutes by road. The town takes its name from the Noongar word 'Kodja' meaning stone axe. The ancient Noongar nomads used the area for hunting game and crafting axes from the local stone. At the state of the art Kodja Place Visitor and Interpretive Centre, they share the secrets and stories of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth in stories by the campfire. You'll also hear the heartfelt stories of hardship from some of the first European settlers who established the town in 1837, and experience true regional Australia through the farm experience. Some of the original architecture of the town tells its own stories too, including the Old Military Barracks - one of the oldest surviving military buildings in Western Australia. If you happen to be here in spring (September/October), Mother Nature will dazzle you with one of her most amazing wildflower displays - carpeting Kojonup's beautiful countryside in colourful blooms. To immerse yourself in the region, why not stay a few nights. There are plenty of budget to mid-range options, including a caravan park, motels, hotels, cottages, holiday units and bed and breakfast accommodation.
Manjimup lies in the land of the giants, surrounded by karri trees - the tallest species in Western Australia and one of the tallest hardwoods on Earth. That said, it's what lies beneath the ground here that captures the attention and imagination of the world's top chefs and foodies. This is the home of Australia's most successful black truffle industry. In just under three and a half hours, you can drive 295 kilometres south from Perth central business district and arrive in the green serenity of Manjimup. A staggering 80 percent of the entire Manjimup region is dedicated to forest and national parks, so outdoor adventures and nature abound. Just a short drive from town will bring you to the towering timbers of the King Jarrah, Four Aces and Diamond Tree Lookout Tower, or the tranquil swimming and picnic spots of Fonty's Pool, the Donnelly River and Glenoran Pool. Rich soils, fresh water and straight timbers were the big drawcards that lured settlers to this spot in the late 1800s. For a glimpse of the region's early milling days, take a free tour of the local mills (check at the visitor centres for scheduled tour times), drive to the historic town of Deanmill or visit the popular Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park Complex. Many heritage buildings have been relocated and restored to create the historic hamlet, housing a steam museum and blacksmith's forge. A playground, barbecues, cafe and craft shop make it the perfect family day out. In the town, some of the heritage architecture still stands proudly in its original location, including Dingup Church, the Pioneer Cairn and One Tree Bridge. Soak up some of the country town atmosphere by staying in Manjimup or its surrounding villages, choosing from a good selection of caravan parks, hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, chalets, cottages and backpackers. Or seek a peaceful escape at a local farm or forest retreat.
Besides being a top spot for water sports, Albany's coastal suburb of Middleton Beach becomes one of the world's best locations for whale encounters every year between June and October. From Perth, it takes just under five hours by road or one hour and 15 minutes by direct flight to reach Albany. Once there, it's an easy five minute drive, or a half hour walk from the city centre to Middleton Beach. Water sports enthusiasts love Middleton Beach for its swimming, surfing and body boarding. It's also an ideal place for a relaxing picnic on the lawns beneath the Norfolk Pine trees, or a stroll along the Middleton Beach boardwalk. Starting at Ellen Cove, passing Point King and the entrance to Princess Royal Harbour and finishing in the city centre, the walk offers lovely views across the beach and King George Sound - a great opportunity to spot dolphins and coastal spring wildflowers. From June to October each year, you're also likely to see migrating humpback and southern right whales as they come in close to shore for calving. For an even closer encounter, jump aboard one of Albany's numerous whale watching tours. Many of the cafes and restaurants in the area take full advantage of the stunning coastal views, and if you're planning to make Middleton Beach your base in Albany, take your pick from camping grounds and caravan parks, cabins, chalets, apartments and hotel accommodation.
Mount Barker sits at the heart of the Great Southern Wine region and one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. It's the ideal base for a leisurely tour of cellar doors, a spring wildflower drive, or a challenging wilderness hike through Western Australia's only mountain range - the Stirling Range. If you're heading out from Albany, it's only a 30 minute drive north on the Albany Highway, or you can get here in just over four hours driving south from Perth. Once known for its apples, the planting of the first grapevine in 1967 started Mount Barker's transformation into the major wine producing region it is today. Many wineries welcome you in for tastings and a long lazy lunch in some of the region's most stunning country settings. Local arts and crafts galleries also offer a great way to start or finish a day touring the wineries. A short drive to the east lie the Porongurup and Stirling Range national parks, havens to some of Australia's most unique flora and fauna, including more than 100 species of birds, 1,500 varieties of plants and many dazzling and delicate orchids. In the Stirlings, you can choose to take a short wildflower walk and scenic drive or tackle a full day trek to the mountain summits. While the Porongurups offer a choice of two to three hour rock and peak walks with pretty picnic spots. Head south for just 30 minutes and you'll find yourself beside the Southern Ocean in the historic town of Albany, and just a short hop from the coastal country towns of Denmark and Walpole. With a good range of shops, facilities and accommodation options, Mount Barker is an ideal base for a Great Southern holiday. Your options include motels, self-contained cottages and chalets, bed and breakfast, a caravan park or backpackers.
Take a relaxing daytrip to historic Mundijong and the beautiful waterfalls, walking trails and forest hinterland of the Serpentine Jarrahdale district, where you'll find heritage towns nestled amid rolling pastures, orchards, farmland and wineries. From the bustle of Perth, it's just 40 minutes by car to Mundijong in the Darling Range. The town was established more than a century ago to service the needs of nearby timber mills. Today, it's an important centre for the local farming industry and an ideal base for exploring some of the region's breathtaking forest scenery, abundant native wildlife and walking trails, including the mighty Bibbulmun track, which stretches over 1,000 kilometres to Albany on the south coast. Head to nearby Serpentine National Park and Langford Park for a bushwalk, followed by a picnic or barbeque. Or visit Serpentine Dam, one of Perth's largest dams - another picturesque picnic spot, with a playground, toilets and café. Alternatively, explore the area's history and heritage buildings, some of which now operate as museums charting the European settler history. After sustaining the local Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, Mundijong and its surrounds became a popular destination for pioneering farmers, drawn to the region's fertile land and abundant fresh water. You can get a taste of modern country life at the tourist farm. Hunt for treasures in the local antique shops, browse for curios at collectibles stores, peruse the art and craft galleries, or indulge in morning or afternoon tea at a tea garden. If you're looking for a more substantial meal, take your pick from the many restaurants and taverns. Or, to extend your stay, book a night or three at a traditional bed and breakfast, or enjoy a less conventional stay in converted railway carriage accommodation.
Narrogin neighbours one of the world's flora hotspots, Dryandra Woodland, making it a favourite base for nature lovers on a quest to witness some of the greatest wildflower displays on Earth and get a glimpse of Western Australia's mini marsupials. Taking the Albany Highway south west of Perth, you can reach Narrogin in just under two and a half hours. The picturesque route to Dryandra is just a 22 kilometre drive north from here. The wandoo wonderland of Dryandra represents the largest remnant of original woodland in Australia's western Wheatbelt, where spring time brings the blooms of more than 850 floral species and a visit at any time of year is perfect for wildlife spotting. The reserve provides a haven for more than 100 species of birds and 25 species of mammals, from the rare and endangered bilby and numbat to the common grey kangaroo, echidna and possums. A quiet torch-lit walk through the bush at dusk is the best way to see these marsupials in their natural habitat, or head for the Barna Mia animal sanctuary where you can join a guided spotlight tour of the animal-viewing enclosure. Taking a walk around the town of Narrogin will delight history buffs and keen gardeners alike. Narrogin is renowned for its picturesque gardens and pioneer architecture. The town's iconic town hall was officially opened in 1908 and the Old Courthouse now houses the visitor centre, museum and a small arts and crafts gallery. Beyond the town, ruins of early settler cottages still stand as reminders of its heritage, including Brown's House, Burley's Cottage and Trecarne House. Pack a picnic and head up to Yilliminning Rock for panoramic countryside views. To immerse yourself a little deeper in local country life, book into a local farmstay or choose from Narrogin's hotels, motels, guesthouses, bed and breakfast accommodation, self-contained units, caravan and camping sites.
Dwarfed by tall karri and tingle tree forests, the small village of Nornalup is a big drawcard for nature lovers. To the east, the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk takes you above the tingle trees of Walpole-Nornalup National Park, and to the south, the Conspicuous Cliff lookout gives you a view of the great annual whale migration. From Albany, it's a scenic one hour and 20 minute drive west to reach Nornalup. If you're heading down from Perth, you'll need to allow about five hours. Once you hit Walpole, it's another 15 minutes' drive to the east. You're also just 10 minutes' drive away from one of the best treetop views on Earth - the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk. Inspired by the tall tingle tree forest of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, this is the first sky-high walk trail of its kind. Climbing 40 metres into the canopy, the walkway affords magnificent vistas of this ancient forest before descending to the Ancient Empire Walk, where you can gaze up at 400 year old giants. The surrounding Walpole-Nornalup National Park covers 18,116 hectares of the South West with karri and tingle forests stretching to the Southern Ocean. Here, you may encounter some of the 698 native species of flora and fauna that call it home, including kangaroos and quokkas, honey possums and bandicoots, honeyeaters and parrots. Through its heart runs the Frankland River and the famous long distance Bibbulmun Track, each leading you on an incredible wilderness-to-ocean adventure. On the river, you'll enjoy boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming. On the walking trail, you'll get to take in the wilderness one step at a time. Take the drive to Conspicuous Bay in spring and you'll be dazzled by the only known stand of native red-flowering gum trees in Western Australia. From the cliffs, you'll also witness one of the greatest migrations on Earth, as the whales make their journey to their calving grounds. Nornalup caters for those who are looking for refreshments or a bed for the night with tearooms, restaurants, chalets, bed and breakfast accommodation and a caravan park.
Northcliffe is your gateway to some of Western Australia's oldest and most majestic tall-timber forests, where how you choose to explore them is part of the adventure. Take a scenic drive, hit the four wheel drive tracks to the coast, walk among the treetops in the Valley of the Giants, or trek one of the world's greatest long distance trails - the Bibbulmun Track. This quaint rural town lies deep in karri tree country, just over four hours by car from Perth, and 30 minutes south of Pemberton. To take in all the South West's natural beauty one step at a time, you can follow the Bibbulmun Track that stretches almost 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany on the south coast. It passes directly through Northcliffe, making it an ideal place to begin sectional walks. Get behind the wheel and drive 30 kilometres northeast of Northcliffe into Shannon National Park. Here, you can experience the famed Great Forest Trees Drive, leading you through spectacular old growth forests of karri - one of the world's tallest hardwood trees - to a network of short and challenging forest walks. 30 minutes' drive south of Northcliffe lies D'Entrecasteaux National Park. Renowned worldwide for its unusual botanical and geological features, the park is blessed with 131 kilometres of sweeping sandy beaches, perfect for camping, fishing, surfing and four wheel drive adventures. You're also just one and a half hours away from some of the best treetop views in the world. The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, near Walpole, is the first sky-high walkway of its kind that takes you 40 metres above the forest floor into the canopy of 400 year old tingle tree giants. With all that fresh air and tranquillity among the trees, you're guaranteed a good night's sleep in Northcliffe. Take your pick from hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, farm stays, self-contained chalets and caravan parks.
Pemberton is a town of towering timbers. Set in the heart of karri tree country, it's here you'll find and climb the world's tallest fire lookout tree - the famous Gloucester Tree, see a forest filled with the colour of spring wildflowers and taste some of Western Australia's top wines. Hit the freeway south from Perth and you'll be in Pemberton in approximately three hours and 45 minutes. If you're in no hurry, why not swap the bitumen for the Bibbulmun Track - one of the world's great long-distance walk trails. Stretching nearly 1,000 kilometres from Kalamunda in Perth, it passes through Pemberton and finishes in Albany on the south west coast. Those arriving by car can go off-road and explore the forests by hiking, driving or riding the network of bush tracks. Paddle a canoe on the river and lakes. Or take a four wheel drive tour to where the forest meets the largest inland dune system in the southern hemisphere and gaze in awe at the white-sand mountains of Yeagarup Dunes. Closer to town, the best forest vantage points can be found by venturing up Pemberton's climbing trees. Originally used as fire lookouts in the 1940s, the largest (known as the Gloucester Tree) stands at 61 metres - roughly the same height as the Sydney Opera House. You can get up into the canopy with more ease and grace by taking a drive to Walpole, home of The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, elevating you 38 metres above the magnificent tingle forest. If you're heading out for a day in the forest, you'll find plenty to fill your picnic basket at Pemberton's gourmet produce stores and cellar doors. Enjoy a chardonnay beside Beedelup Falls or a barbecue at Big Brook Dam. Or throw a line in from the river bank and catch a feast of local trout. Pemberton's central location and good choice of accommodation makes it a great base to explore the South West, with Margaret River and Busselton less than two hours away.
Perth is Australia's only capital city where you can enjoy the beach lifestyle, relax in natural bushland, sample world-class local wines and watch an ocean sunset within just 30 minutes of the city. It's also the sunniest state capital, averaging 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and boasting a string of 19 beautifully clean and uncrowded beaches, from iconic Cottesloe to the surf hotspot of Scarborough. Regular flights to Perth depart from overseas, all state capitals and many regional locations, landing you just 20 minutes from the central business district. For more exciting ways to get there, how about a ride on the legendary Indian Pacific rail, an epic road trip across the Nullarbor, or a summer cruise of the coast? Situated beside the Swan River, Perth is a living picture postcard, with the best views of all from Kings Park and Botanic Garden - one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Larger than New York's Central Park, there are so many ways to enjoy its 400-plus hectares of sculpted gardens and natural bushland. Stroll the treetop walk, take an Indigenous cultural tour, picnic among the gum trees and in Spring, see the wildflowers in bloom. Another city icon is the Swan Bells, which fills the air with sounds from one of the largest musical instruments on Earth. From there, you can hop on the free bus to museums, art galleries and the Perth Mint - home to the world's greatest collection of gold bars. There's also plenty of retail therapy on offer. The high-end fashion boutiques of King Street make it the place to be seen. The Murray and Hay Street malls are where you'll find the big brands, or for some eclectic vibes, head to Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Leederville, Subiaco or Victoria Park. Take a lazy lunch by the river or beachside and enjoy the fresh fusion flavours of Perth's many cafes, restaurants and new small bars. Jump on a ferry to South Perth to take in that sensational skyline. It's spectacular at night, when the glittering lights are reflected on the river.
Pingelly reveals rich architectural heritage dating back to its humble beginnings as a sheep farming and sandalwood cutting community. It's also the north-east gateway to one of the world's flora and fauna hotspots - Dryandra, the largest remnant of original woodland in Australia's Western Wheatbelt. Taking the Tonkin and Brookton highways, heading south-east of Perth, you'll reach Pingelly in just over two hours - a popular springtime daytrip for wildflower seekers. After good winter rains, the wandoo wonderland of Dryandra is ablaze with the blooms of more than 850 floral species. Just north of Pingelly, Boyagin Rock and Tutanning nature reserves are also renowned for their wildflower displays. Year round, at dawn or dusk, you may also encounter some 25 species of mammals that inhabit the Dryandra Woodland, including grey kangaroos, echidnas, Tammar wallabies and the endangered bilby, woylie and numbat. If you're on the hunt for history, hit the Mourambine Heritage Trail, starting in the year 1871 at St Patrick's Church and passing many fine relics of the region's pioneering years. In Pingelly, the old Courthouse now houses a museum displaying memorabilia, photographs and a swinging weather rock. Surrounded by the beautiful gardens and lawns of the Memorial Park, this is also a good spot for a family picnic. For uninterrupted views of the Milky Way, wander up to Pingelly Heights Observatory. Here, far away from the glare of city lights, you can take a tour of the clear night sky with the Observatory's astronomers. To stay a night or three, take your pick from Pingelly's farmstay, caravan park, hotel and motel accommodation.
One of the oldest towns in Western Australia, Pinjarra sits at the heart of the Peel Region between the picturesque farmland of the Darling Scarp and the tall-tree country of Marrinup State Forest. Here, history, nature and sporting action can all be found in equal measure. Taking the Kwinana Freeway or South Western Highway south from Perth, you'll find yourself in the Murray Shire hub of Pinjarra in just one hour, and from Mandurah, it's just a 20 minute drive to the south east. Settled in the early 1830s, Pinjarra has retained much of its scenic countryside and timber milling heritage for your enjoyment today. One memorable way to take it all in is by hopping aboard the lovingly preserved steam engines of the Hotham Valley Railway (running from May until October) for a nostalgic ride along the old timer milling route between Isandra Siding and Dwellingup. Step up the pace with a paddle down the Murray River rapids in a kayak, play a round of golf, or take the plunge with a skydiving experience. More thrills can be found at the historic Pinjarra Race Club, which has played host to an array of thoroughbred and harness racing events since 1891. Visit in November, and you'll also be treated to some country-style fun at the annual rodeo. Or plan your trip for June to coincide with the popular Pinjarra Festival. Catering to all who stop to enjoy Pinjarra's hospitality, many of the town's beautifully restored historic buildings now house cafes, tearooms, restaurants and charming accommodation. You'll also find budget friendly options at the caravan park, motel and chalets.
Surrounded by forests and steeped in European settler history, the pretty country town of Serpentine is at the heart of a vibrant rural district. Escape the city and enjoy the area's unique blend of popular parks, galleries, farming towns, bushwalks, wineries and stunning scenery. Just under an hour southeast of Perth by car, there's a timeless quality to Serpentine and the neighbouring towns of Mundijong and Jarrahdale on the Darling Scarp, bordering Serpentine National Park and Mundlinup State Forest. There are many bushwalks through the forested hinterland of the Darling Range, including the world-famous Bibbulmun Track - more than 1,000 kilometres of scenic walking trail that stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. Venture into the Serpentine National Park to stroll among the pine trees at Gooralong Park, stopping for a picnic or barbeque with the resident kangaroos. Alternatively, head to Serpentine Dam - it's one of Perth's largest dams and a great picnic spot, with a playground, toilets and café. As you explore the scenic forests and plains, it's easy to see how the area sustained one of the world's oldest surviving cultures for thousands of years before European pioneers settled here in the 1840s. Today, the fertile landscape is dotted with farms, orchards and heritage country towns where you can search for collectibles and handcrafted curios in antique stores. Or admire the historic buildings, many of which now operate as museums, arts and crafts galleries, and tea gardens. If you're looking for more than morning or afternoon tea, you'll find a number of restaurants and taverns in the area serving hearty country fare. A range of accommodation is also available, from traditional bed and breakfasts through to the more unusual option of converted railway carriages.
One of the top spots to take in Perth's stunning city skyline and sweeping Swan River views, South Perth is beloved for its buzzing cafés, sophisticated restaurants and scenic river foreshore that hosts concerts, local fairs and markets. From the city, South Perth is a short drive or bus ride over Narrows Bridge. Or, for a more scenic and leisurely route, there's the public ferry that runs from Barrack Street on the city side of the river to the Mends Street and Coode Street jetties, which depart (approximately) every 30 minutes. Against the magnificent city and river backdrop, you can cycle the foreshore footpaths, hire a surf cat, walk through the parklands, or enjoy a picnic or barbecue using the free facilities that dot the riverside. Mends Street tempts you with a variety of cafes and restaurants, while bustling Angelo Street provides the perfect shopping pit stop, with its boutiques selling everything from homewares to fashion to gardening accessories, interspersed with a growing number of bakeries and cafés. Within easy walking distance from the jetty and Mends Street, the award winning Perth Zoo brings you face-to-face with more than 1,300 native and exotic animals, many set in their natural habitats. For other family friendly activities, check out the local calendar of events, featuring the annual City of South Perth Fiesta (usually in March) - a two-week long festival of live music, art, craft markets, food and sporting activities. It's also a great spot to watch the Australia Day (26 January) fireworks display. Many visitors choose to stay in South Perth for its proximity to the city, panoramic views and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation options range from four star hotels to budget motels and self-serviced apartments.
Albany Regional Airport
Albany Highway, Albany Western Australia 6330, Australia
Phone: (08) 9841 7372 | www.albanyairport.com.au
The Albany Regional Airport is the gateway for air travel to the South West of the Western Australia, and effectively serves the needs of the business community, local residents, tourists and a vibrant general aviation sector. The Airport handles some 60,000 regular public transport (RPT) passengers and 1,000 RPT aircraft movements each year. Since July 2012 Albany Airport has operated as a security controlled airport.
Albany Visitor Centre
Old Railway Station 55 Proudlove Parade, Albany Western Australia 6330, Australia
Phone: (08) 9841 9290 | www.amazingalbany.com.au
The Albany Visitor Centre is positioned on the edge of the stunning Princess Royal Harbour on Proudlove Parade. This award winning information and booking service, staffed by friendly and helpful locals, can provide knowledgeable information about the Amazing Albany region as well as assisting you with booking your chosen tours and accommodation. The team at Albany Visitor Centre can provide you with the perfect accommodation options to suit your needs. The experts on local attractions, they will help you to make the most of your time in their beautiful city. Let them advise you on the best beaches, fishing, diving and surfing locations, how to find the best wineries or perhaps a cruise on the Southern Ocean during the whale migration season. For advice that only the locals know, visit the centre and grab your free Amazing Albany Holiday Planner, or one of their many brochures to help you plan your journey in their region. Don't miss out on the local produce - grab a copy of the Amazing Albany Dining Out Guide to make the most of your time in Amazing Albany. Albany Visitor Centre is open every day from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day.
Armadale Visitor Centre
40 Jull Street, Armadale Western Australia 6112, Australia
Phone: (08) 9399 0410 | www.visitarmadale.com.au
The Armadale Visitor Centre is 40 minutes south east of Perth central business district. Surrounded by undulating hills and beautiful scenery, there is plenty to experience including the natural beauty of Araluen Botanic Park, amazing scenic walk trails, local dams and wildflowers. Visit our historic sites; wander in pathways of the past, check out our museums including the Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum at the Visitor Centre. Cuddle a koala at Cohunu Koala Park, taste delicious fresh fruit from our orchards in the hills of Roleystone and experience the reptiles of Australia at our Reptile Centre. Our city is the home of events: Australia Day celebrations and firework, the Highland Gathering, Kelmscott Show, the Hills Heartbeat Festival and many more. Please call into the Visitor Centre where we offer: a free accommodation and tour booking service, Ticketmaster agency, extensive range of free local and intrastate information and brochures, good quality customer service and knowledge and excellent locally made products and unique gift lines. We are open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday and closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Friday.
Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Information Centre
154 Hampton Street, Bridgetown Western Australia 6255, Australia
Phone: (08) 9761 1740 | www.bridgetown.com.au
The Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Information Centre is just three hours drive south of Perth, in the only heritage listed town in the South West. Nestled in the heart of the Blackwood River Valley, it is the perfect place from which to explore this beautiful region. Come in and browse the locally made products, and also visit the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery, the only gallery of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The information centre can also offer advice on tours and attractions, things to do and see or help you to find accommodation. Bridgetown is a unique destination for those who cherish the less hectic side of life. The Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Centre is open 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm Saturday, and 10.00am to 1.00pm Sunday and Public Holidays. It is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Collie River Valley Visitor Centre
156 Throssell Street, Collie Western Australia 6225, Australia
Phone: (08) 9734 2051 | www.collierivervalley.org.au
Situated at the western gateway to Collie, the comfortable and modern Collie River Valley Visitor Centre is the terminus for coach lines, offers long bay car parking for caravans and is within walking distance of the town centre. They stock a wide range of regional guides and maps to help you plan your visit to the area. Located within the Collie River Valley Visitor Centre is a replica tourist mine which provides an insight into the early days of underground coal mining in Collie. Their friendly local experts are keen to assist visitors to make the most of their time in the beautiful Collie River Valley region of the South West. The Collie River Valley Visitor Centre is open 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
Denmark Visitor Centre
73 South Coast Highway, Denmark Western Australia 6333, Australia
Phone: (08) 9848 2055 | www.denmark.com.au
The Denmark Visitor Centre is located in the picturesque town of Denmark, renowned for its natural wonders, beautiful beaches and scenic drives. Denmark offers an exciting mix of holiday options and the Denmark Visitor Centre provides a diverse range of information and assistance travelling throughout the region. The Denmark Visitor Centre is fully accredited and offers holiday accommodation, attractions, activities and tours for you to enjoy amid the natural wonders and scenery of forests, inlets and the Southern Ocean. Stock up on maps, get some ideas on the best things to see and do, or book your tours or accommodation with their helpful and friendly staff. The world’s largest barometer is located within the Denmark Visitor Centre. It was donated by Bert and Ethne Bolle to the community of Denmark WA and erected in the Denmark Visitor Centre tower. Access is free. The Denmark Visitor Centre is open 9.00am to 5.00pm daily, except Christmas Day when the centre is closed.
Dryandra Country Visitor Centre
Corner of Park Street and Fairway Street, Narrogin Western Australia 6312, Australia
Phone: (08) 9881 2064 | www.dryandratourism.org.au
The Dryandra Country Visitor Centre is located in Narrogin, the regional centre of Dryandra Country which contains the largest remaining woodland in the Wheatbelt, and is home to some of Western Australia's most unique wildlife. Visit the Dryandra Country Visitor Centre where their friendly staff can give you handy tips on the best local bushwalks and wildflower areas, provide local maps and arrange overnight accommodation, as well as providing information on all the unique attractions in the area. Conference room facilities are available for hire. The Dryandra Country Visitor Centre is open seven days a week, 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday; 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday; 11.00am to 3.00pm Sunday and 11.00am to 3.00pm Public Holidays.
Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre
Marrinup Street, Dwellingup Western Australia 6213, Australia
Phone: (08) 9538 1108 | www.murraytourism.com.au
The historic town of Dwellingup is located within the beautiful state forest of the Darling Range and nestled between the South Dandalup and Murray Rivers. Adjacent to the Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi, as well as the natural beauty of Lane Poole Reserve, Dwellingup offers wonderful opportunities to relax, unwind and explore. Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre is also home to a fascinating local history museum. Discover the stories of the early pioneers, the history of the early mill towns, the military connections to the former POW camp at Marrinup and the extraordinary courage of a town that survived the 1961 bush fire. A fully restored vintage Mack fire truck is also on display. The visitor centre staff will be happy to offer assistance during your visit to Dwellingup providing information on and directions for a range of things to keep you busy. This includes accommodation, trails (walking, mountain biking, four wheel driving, Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun Tracks), natural areas to explore, wineries, places to eat and drink, local attractions, maps, books, souvenirs and gifts. Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre is open daily from 9:00am to 3:30pm (closed Christmas Day).
Harvey Visitor Centre
Corner of South Western Highway and James Stirling Place, Harvey Western Australia 6220, Australia
Phone: (08) 9729 1122 | www.southwestattractions.com.au
The Harvey Visitor Centre is located in the town of Harvey, where fresh water, forest, lush pastures, rolling green hills, pristine beaches and produce are in abundance. Harvey is a vibrant place to visit, with an oasis of calm amongst green pastures from the majestic Darling Ranges to 50 kilometres of coastline offering excellent swimming, fishing and surfing. It’s also home to award winning wineries, a brewery and award winning Harvey Cheese. At the Harvey Visitor Centre you can stock up on maps and brochures and get some ideas on the best things to see and do, or book your tours or accommodation with their helpful and friendly staff. You can also browse the delightful Moo Shoppe, Memorial Camp Shrine and the interpretative displays. The Harvey Visitor Centre is open 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. They are closed on Anzac Day, Easter and Christmas Day.
Kojonup Visitor Centre - The Kodja Place
143 Albany Highway, Kojonup Western Australia 6395, Australia
Phone: (08) 9831 0500 | www.kojonupvisitors.com
The Kojonup Visitor Centre - The Kodja Place is located in Australia's South West Region. As an accredited Visitor Centre they offer a one stop shop of information provided by local experts. Stock up on maps, get some ideas on the best things to see and do or book your tours or accommodation. The Kojonup Visitor Centre is open seven days a week, 9.00am to 5.00pm, except Christmas Day.
Northcliffe Visitor Centre
Muirillup Road, Northcliffe Western Australia 6262, Australia
Phone: (08) 9776 7203 | www.northcliffevisitorcentre.com.au
Welcome to the Northcliffe Visitor Centre. They are situated on Muirillup Road, the home of Understory 'Art in Nature' walk trail, and the gateway to D'Entrecasteaux National Park. The visitor centre staff can provide you with a free map of the Southern Forests. As agents for TransWA they can assist with bus bookings, as well as local accommodation and tour bookings. Northcliffe is located in the south west corner of Western Australia, centrally situated to get the most out of your holiday. They are surrounded by magnificent national parks and are only 20 minutes from the coast - along the only sealed road access for 130 kilometres. Northcliffe is a year round destination. If you love bush walking, Northcliffe has some of the best natural and environmental walks in the State. If food is your thing, Southern Forests boasts a delicious crustacean called Marron. This fresh water crayfish is best eaten fresh, washed down with a magnificent cool climate wine from one of many wineries. The Northcliffe Visitor Centre is open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm. They are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
Pemberton Visitor Centre
Brockman Street, Pemberton Western Australia 6260, Australia
Phone: (08) 9776 1133 | www.pembertonvisitor.com.au
Situated in the main street of the historic timber town, let the Pemberton Visitor Centre be your first port of call. Their helpful staff can provide you with a free map of the area and guide through the large number of attractions of natural beauty that exists in the town and its surroundings. They are also agents for TransWA bus bookings and well as being able to make your local accommodation and tour bookings. Pemberton is a year round destination. If you love bush walking Pemberton has some of the best natural and environmental walks in the State. If food is your thing, Pemberton boasts the home of the delicious crustacean called Marron. This fresh water crayfish is best eaten fresh washed down with a magnificent cool climate wine from one of Pemberton's many wineries. The Pemberton Visitor Centre is open daily 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day when they are closed.
Perth Hills Visitor Centre
50 Railway Road, Perth Western Australia 6076, Australia
Phone: (08) 9257 9998
The friendly staff at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre will provide you with a range of information on local attractions to help you enjoy your visit to the Shire of Kalamunda and Perth Hills, a premier tourism destination within Western Australia. Situated in the Zig Zag Cultural Centre, the Visitor Centre offers up-to-date information on where to go, where to stay and what to do within the Shire of Kalamunda, including local maps, bushwalking guides and a comprehensive range of brochures on local attractions. The Visitor Centre also offers a diverse selection of quality locally-made merchandise including pottery, woodwork, bags, books, cards, arts and crafts, maps and information on local wineries and tasting tours, and is the entry to the Kalamunda History Village. The visitors Centre prides itself on customer service, the promotion of the region, supporting local arts and craft groups, promoting local tourism operators. Space is available for hire to local and regional tourism operators and associated businesses to promote their product or service. This service includes promotion on the LCD screen in the centre and can be booked for month long blocks. Fees apply. Open 9.00am to 4.00pm weekdays, 10.00am to 4.00pm weekends and public holidays.
Pinjarra Visitor Centre
Corner George Street and Henry Street, Pinjarra Western Australia 6208, Australia
Phone: (08) 9531 1438 | www.murraytourism.com.au
The heritage town of Pinjarra is the centre of the Peel Region, where the Murray River peacefully flows under the suspension bridge and that is where you will find the friendly staff and volunteers of the Pinjarra Visitor Centre. The Pinjarra Visitor Centre is located in a new setting at the Heritage Train Station in Fimmel Lane, within easy access to the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway. You can purchase souvenirs, refreshments, local produce and craft and the staff can assist you with local and regional information to help plan your trips. Train enthusiasts will find a collection of relevant books, including the one produced by the Visitor Centre called ‘Rails to Pinjarra’. Why not plan your trip around our annual three day Pinjarra Festival in June. The Pinjarra Visitor Centre is open 9:30am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00am to 3.00pm Sunday and Pubic Holidays.