Getting high in nature, Australia’s South West
This four-day drive itinerary links four spectacular attractions and family friendly walks which give you a bird’s eye view of your surroundings. Discover the Granite Skywalk, Mount Frankland Wilderness Lookout, Tree Top Walk and The Gap in Torndirrup National Park.
About the Trail
Below is a suggested itinerary for a four day self-drive ‘Getting high in nature’ adventure. Optional tours with local commercial tour operators licensed with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are available for those travellers with more time. There’s nothing like viewing the Southern Ocean crashing beneath your feet, spotting bird-life in a tingle forest-canopy 40m in the air, or having 360-degree views across untouched wilderness to make you feel connected to nature.
DAY 1 Drive Perth to Pemberton.
If you’re setting off from Perth, an early-morning start will maximise your trip. An overnight stay at the WA Wilderness Glamping facility in the magnificent Warren National Park means you’ll arrive with nothing to do but relax and enjoy your day. Everything will be set up for you, including your own family or couples tent, bedding and cooking facilities.There are lots of trails in Pemberton, including the Warren Lookout.
Options: Join Pemberton Discovery Tours to experience dense forests, water cascades and the massive Yeagerup Dunes or hop aboard a Donnelly River Cruise and experience the magnificent D’Entrecasteaux National Park from the water.
Visit Mount Frankland Wilderness Lookout, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, venture through the Swarbrick Art Trail and other attractions in the Walpole Wilderness. Choose from several walks in the area depending on how much time you have and your fitness level - such as the Mount Frankland Summit Trail.
Options: Cruise the waters of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets with WOW Wilderness Cruises or take an Out of Sight Tours (from Denmark) to West Cape Howe National Park.
Drive towards Albany via William Bay National Park and onto Torndirrup National Park. Visit The Gap and Natural Bridge and enjoy the exciting new facilities. Visit the Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock in Porongurup National Park in the afternoon and return to Albany for the night or stay locally in Mount Barker or Porongurups. Note that to reach the Skywalk (which is actually on Castle Rock) it is a A 4.4 kilometre (two hour) relatively steep return walk. Don't let this put you off though - it's well worth it!
Options: If time permits take a detour to Discovery Bay (near Torndirrup National Park) and enjoy a helicopter ride to Breaksea Island with Skyhook Helicopters. In Albany a visit to the National Anzac Centre is a must.
Set off on a leisurely drive home via Albany Highway.
Option: Stop off at Kojonup and visit The Kodja Place a fascinating visitor centre that tells the story about country life that will delight and move you including Noongar (Aboriginal) creation stories.Plan your adventure
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 Coral Coast
The only region in Australia where you can take a sunny beach holiday at pretty much any time of year, the Coral Coast experience begins among the mysterious formations of the Pinnacles formed over millions of years near Cervantes. Beyond lie two of Australia's UNESCO World Heritage listed attractions, spectacular Shark Bay and the largest fringing reef on Earth, Ningaloo Reef - home to some of the most extraordinary marine life you'll encounter anywhere in the world. Follow the Indian Ocean Drive north of Perth and you'll find yourself in Australia's Coral Coast in just over two hours. Its proximity means a variety of leisurely and adventurous day trips or extended itineraries are regularly on offer. And with local airlines regularly flying to Learmonth (servicing Exmouth and Coral Bay), Geraldton, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia and Carnarvon, there are plenty of options to design your own escape. Year round world class snorkelling, diving and fishing are the biggest hooks that lure thousands of visitors to this region. It's where you'll meet the famous dolphins of Monkey Mia and encounter the world's largest population of dugongs. It's also one of the few places on Earth where you can swim with the largest fish in the ocean - the gentle whale shark. There is just as much adventure to be found on land. Let one of the oldest surviving cultures share their stories and insights of the Coral Coast on an authentic Indigenous cultural tour. In the coastal playground of Kalbarri, where 400 million year old river gorges meet the Indian Ocean, over 183,000 hectares of spectacular landscapes are yours to explore. And after the winter rains, the whole region is carpeted in the colours of over 1,100 varieties of Western Australian wildflowers.
Australia’s Golden Outback
Beyond rich gold rush heritage, bountiful treasures lie in Australia's Golden Outback. Prepare to be dazzled by Australia's whitest beach - Lucky Bay in Esperance. View some of the largest collections of spring wildflowers on the planet. Ride one of the nation's biggest waves at Wave Rock and scale the world's largest monolith at Mount Augustus. Or enter the largest outdoor art gallery on Earth, created by world-renowned sculptor Antony Gormley. You can reach the Golden Outback's lively hub of Kalgoorlie by road, air, rail or guided tour from Perth. Follow the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail and hit the Great Eastern Highway for the 600-kilometre road trip from city to outback. Or join one of the many self-drive routes such as the Pioneer Pathways, Leonora Loops and the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail. For a more direct route, catch one of the daily flights or TransWA trains from Perth. Or take time to indulge in the ultimate rail experience - riding the Indian Pacific to Kalgoorlie from Perth and continuing across the Nullarbor Plain to the east coast. It's here, in the vast rust-red landscapes and rugged outback, that you'll find a real Australian outback experience - stepping back in time to the heady gold rush era of the late 1800s and encountering fascinating local characters in the region's historic pubs and authentic farm or station stays. Four wheel drive enthusiasts get to blaze a trail along the longest and most remote stock routes, finding challenge and adventure on the Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Highway, Golden West Discovery Trail, Holland Track, Gascoyne-Murchison Outback Pathways and Australia's most adventurous shortcut from Perth to Cairns along The Outback Way. Driving enthusiasts of the golfing kind should also swing by a hole or two on the world's longest course - the Nullarbor Links - stretching 1,365 kilometres from Kalgoorlie to Ceduna. Australia's Golden Outback is out of this world.
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 and the picturesque Margaret River wine region, to Denmark and Albany on the south coast, the South West 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.
Australind is an aquatic paradise - a place virtually surrounded by water with the Brunswick and Collie Rivers to the east and south and the Leschenault Estuary to the west. It's a great place for boating, sailing, windsurfing and fishing, that puts you within easy reach of an unforgettable encounter with wild dolphins. Just 11 kilometres north of Bunbury, you can reach Australind in one and a half hours along the Forrest Highway south of Perth, making it an ideal day trip or weekend escape. Its waterways are dotted with top spots for boating, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and prawning. Silver bream and whiting regularly make the catch of the day, while the estuary offers the opportunity to scoop blue swimmer crabs (in season) - a fun activity for all the family. Just to the south, Bunbury's Koombana Bay is famous for being the only spot on Australia's coast where close encounters with wild dolphins can be found at the shoreline, or on a dolphin watching or swimming tour, with bonus dolphin insights provided by an award-winning Interpretive Centre. Terrestrial activities for nature lovers aren't lacking either. The Leschenault Peninsula Nature Reserve is a haven for native flora and fauna, such as kangaroos and black swans, with many bushwalking trails showcasing Australind's natural beauty. For history buffs, the Australind Heritage Trail is a must as it passes by historically important cottages, parks, cemeteries and churches, including the St Nicholas Church, believed to be Australia's smallest place of worship. Accommodation options in Australind are budget-friendly and no-frills bed and breakfasts and caravan parks. For a wider range, check out nearby Bunbury.
Baldivis is a leisure mecca for Perth's lovers of water sports, situated just a half hour drive south of the city. Five man-made lakes, a slalom course and jumps draw pros and novices to its wake and water ski parks, and just 15 minutes away, in Rockingham and Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, you'll find some of Perth's top diving, snorkelling and wildlife watching spots. You can get to Baldivis in just 30 minutes, following the Kwinana Freeway south from Perth city centre, and you'll easily spend a full day or weekend enjoying this aquatic playground. If you're looking to try water skiing or wake boarding for the very first time, or work on perfecting your skills, beginner's lessons and regular sessions are available at the lakes. By taking the 15 minute drive west to the pristine islands, white sand beaches, reefs, sea life and shipwrecks of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, you can also choose to add diving, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, kayaking and wildlife cruises to your itinerary. Venture to Penguin Island and you'll come face to feathered face with the largest colony of little penguins on the west coast, more than 1200 of them share their island home with over 50 species of seabirds and rare Australian sea lions. In nearby Rockingham, wildlife lovers will also get the chance to tick the bucket list by joining a cruise or swimming tour to meet the playful wild dolphins of Cockburn Sound. Or, for keen divers and snorkellers, the shallow coastal waters and Point Peron offer great visibility and sea life. Rockingham is a great base for exploring Baldivis and the surrounding coastal region, with ocean-side shopping, dining, entertainment, bars and accommodation options ranging from luxury to budget.
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.
A well kept local secret, Binningup is blessed with a 40 kilometre stretch of white sandy beach, much of which is sheltered by reefs, creating ideal conditions for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, boating and beach fishing. This peaceful seaside spot lies just to the north of Bunbury and can be reached by car from Perth in just one and a half hours, making it a perfect day trip or weekend escape. Its 180 degree vista of Geographe Bay also made it a key lookout point during World War II, when volunteer soldiers scanned the horizon for approaching enemy forces. Today, you can enjoy those ocean panoramas with a stroll along the beach, a family picnic or a spot of beach fishing. Throw in a line and you're likely to find out what makes Binningup a big favourite with the locals, with tailor, yellowfin whiting, herring, flathead and salmon (in season) among the catch of the day. Beside the beach, Binningup Golf Club challenges you to play its nine-hole course against a breathtaking backdrop of Indian Ocean to the west and natural bushland to the east. While this is a semi-private golf course, there is some availability for non-members to play. Just a short drive south, the sheltered aquatic paradise of the Leschenault Inlet invites you to try your hand at crabbing (in season), or test your sailing and windsurfing skills. Nature lovers will also find their nirvana in nearby Leschenault Peninsula Nature Reserve - a great place to spot kangaroos and other native wildlife at dusk. To make Binningup your base, check out the range of accommodation options at the local caravan park.
Nestled on the banks of the picturesque Hotham River and surrounded by undulating hills, Boddington is the ideal location for a day trip or a pleasant overnight stay. The town of Boddington is just under two hours' drive south from Perth, and with half the surrounding shire covered in state forest, it makes an excellent base from which to go hiking, wildflower sighting, bird watching or picnicking. You can even choose to walk your way to Boddington Shire on the legendary Bibbulmun Track - a 1000 kilometre walking trail stretching from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the south coast. Walk a section of the Bibbulmun, hit the Tullis Bridge Walk Trail or take a stroll from Hotham River Foreshore (wheelchair access) to Lions Weir or Ranford Pool - two popular fishing, bird watching and picnic spots. The fishing is particularly good 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 caravan park on the banks of the Hotham River is a good 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. If you're visiting in November, don't miss the chance to meet some real-life cowboys as Boddington hosts Western Australia's largest rodeo event.
Boyanup brings back memories of a bygone era, giving you a taste of fresh seasonal fruits and flavours direct from the farm. Soak up its country charm with a stroll through the markets and art and craft galleries, or a scenic drive through rolling hills and orchards. From Bunbury, Boyanup is an easy 30 minute drive. The journey from Perth takes two hours, travelling south on the Forrest Highway, or you can take your time and savour the flavours and scenery of the Harvest Highway. Starting in Armadale, the trail follows the South West Highway through some of the top producing country towns in the Perth and South West regions. Make it a weekend escape to coincide with the fourth Sunday of the month and you'll also be treated to a feast of farm-fresh produce at the Boyanup and Districts Farmers Market. Enjoy your pick of the local harvest with a picnic beside the Preston River, followed by a stroll along the riverbank to discover its abundant flora and fauna. If you plan to stay a while, or make Boyanup your overnight stop along the Harvest Highway heading south, enjoy some country hospitality at a farmstay, bed and breakfast or resort-style 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.
The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is renowned for its wild but friendly bottlenose dolphins which you can meet at the shoreline or out in the bay aboard a dolphin watching and swimming tour. It's also the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia's South West - one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, where world-class wine, pristine beaches and forests of timber giants can all be enjoyed in a single day. Hitting the Kwinana Freeway and Forrest Highway south of Perth, you'll be beside the blue waters of Koombana Bay in under two hours. Regular charter flights from Perth will get you to Bunbury in the blink of an eye. If the idea of arriving by sea appeals, Bunbury is also included in the summer itineraries of many Australian cruise packages. To meet Bunbury's friendliest locals, make a beeline for the Dolphin Discovery Centre. Here, on the shores of Koombana Bay, a dedicated interpretive centre and interaction zone allows visitors to encounter some of the 100 plus bottlenose dolphins who frequent its calm waters. Stand knee-deep in the shallows and wait for them to come to you, or join a tour for a viewing or swimming experience. At nearby Mangrove Cove in the Leschenault Estuary, nature lovers can get a glimpse of what the coast looked like 20,000 years ago with a walk through Western Australia's southern-most mangroves. Golfers can swing by one of three internationally-renowned courses and young families will find more animal encounters in the region's wildlife parks. In the nearby Ferguson Valley lies a veritable feast of award-winning wines, fresh produce, local crafts, dazzling spring wildflowers, beautiful tuart forests, meandering waterways and captivating historic country towns. Those in search of dawn-to-dusk buzz should head for Bunbury's 'cappuccino strip', waterside restaurants and the bright lights of the Entertainment Centre. Earning its reputation as a cultural hub, Bunbury's event-filled calendar features opera, drama, comedy and the work of renowned Australian contemporary artists. The accommodation options offer just as much choice, from well-appointed beachfront resorts to city motels and budget-friendly chalets, caravan parks and backpackers.
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.
The quaint rural town of Capel invites you to explore the world's only naturally occurring tuart forest, feast on local wines and produce, relax on pristine beaches or fish the Capel River. Situated on the banks of the Capel River, Capel is just two hours and 20 minutes south of Perth by car, with the last remaining natural tall tuart forest in the world on its doorstep. Take a leisurely drive through Ludlow Tuart Forest in Tuart Forest National Park, or hit the bushwalking trails to marvel at the beauty of these timber giants, estimated to be over 300 years old. Enjoy lunch at the picnic facilities against the backdrop of this rare ecosystem, keeping a look out for the abundant native animals and birds. Cool off with a dip in the Indian Ocean at pretty Peppermint Grove Beach, where you can also try your hand at beach fishing - there are lots of opportunities for fishing, prawning and crabbing (in season) along this stretch of coast, as well as boating, sailing and surfing. Alternatively, book an organised tour or take the self-drive option and indulge in the fresh produce that the Capel region is renowned for. With its Mediterranean climate, the area is prime farming country, famed for its cheeses, dairy produce, fruit and wine. The vineyards and cellar doors throughout the Geographe Wine Region proffer an array of grape and wine varieties. While you're exploring, head 30 minutes north to Bunbury where you can watch or swim with the resident dolphins of Koombana Bay, or 25 minutes to the south to Busselton and take a two kilometre walk over the ocean on the longest jetty of its kind in the southern hemisphere. There's much to see and experience nearby, so take your pick from the area's broad range of holiday accommodation - from self-contained units to bed and breakfasts and caravan parks - and explore at your leisure.
Chidlow, in the heart of the Darling Range, is a charming country town, surrounded by beautiful countryside criss-crossed with trails through native flora and fauna rich woodlands. It's the ideal base for bushwalking, cycling and horse riding, as well as swimming and canoeing at nearby Lake Leschenaultia. Just 50 minutes east from Perth by car, Chidlow was originally a busy railway town on the old Eastern Railway, built in the 1880s but decommissioned in 1966. Today, Chidlow is a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike. All that remains of the railway is the Heritage Trail that retraces the 70 kilometre Fremantle to York railway line, and Lake Leschenaultia, which was originally constructed to provide water for the steam trains. On the Railway Heritage Trail, you'll discover the unique history and character of the small settlements that sprang up along the railway line. It's suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding, and is a great way to experience the native forests and bushland. Keep an eye out for the abundant birdlife, kangaroos, echidnas and, if you're visiting in spring, stop to admire the colourful wildflowers that blanket the countryside. If you're looking for somewhere to cool off after exploring the trail, Lake Leschenaultia's inviting waters and sandy beaches await. Take a refreshing dip, hire a canoe and paddle your way around the lake, or take a leisurely water-side stroll around the three kilometre trail circuit. Alternatively, relax on one of the lake's beaches with a picnic or barbecue lunch beneath the shade of the gum trees. For a night under the stars, camp out at Lake Leschenaultia, or opt for some comfort and hospitality at a local bed and breakfast or self-contained cottage.
Of the 19 glorious white sand beaches that Perth has been blessed with, City Beach is one of the favourites. This beautifully clean and uncrowded beach is popular with surfers, backpackers and families keen to enjoy some of the 3,000 hours of sunshine Perth gets each year. City Beach is located a 20 minute drive west of Perth city, or a short bus ride from the central station. As you approach the beach, you'll pass some of Perth's most extravagant homes capitalising on the expansive Indian Ocean views. Through comparatively small to other Perth beaches, City Beach has a little something for everyone. A boardwalk, leading to neighbouring Floreat Beach, makes a lovely seaside stroll, and in the large grassy area above the beach, there's a kiosk, toilets, showers and a playground, as well as ample space for a picnic. For those who prefer to be waited on, enjoy laidback vibe, live music and great food at the beachside restaurant and drink in the spectacular Indian Ocean sunset. City Beach park and beach are very popular with schools, as well as sporting clubs and private organisations that regularly conduct social events here. Each August, the extremely popular City to Surf marathon finishes at City Beach Oval, making for a scenic end to the fun run. Accommodation options in City Beach are limited to a handful of bed and breakfasts and holiday rentals, so many choose to stay in nearby Scarborough, a mere three minute drive to the north.
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.
Home to one of Western Australia's most iconic beaches, Cottesloe is famous for its swimming, surfing, Indian Ocean sunsets, lively Sunday sessions and world-class annual sculpture park exhibition. From the city, it's a 15 minute drive, or you can catch a train on the Fremantle Line, hop off at Cottesloe station and walk eastward to Cottesloe's retail hub or cross the tracks and head west to the beach. On weekends during summer, the 'Cott Cat' shuttle bus runs regularly between the railway and the water. Swimmers, kite surfers and body boarders adore Cottesloe Beach for its crystal clear water and consistent swell, while its rocks and reefs are ideal for snorkelling. For a lazy afternoon picnic, find the perfect spot under the stands of majestic Norfolk Pines that cast cool shade across the foreshore's terraced lawns. You'll find plenty of stylish eateries along and around Marine Parade, many with sweeping ocean views. Book a table for dinner and enjoy one of the finest sunsets in the world. Or, for more casual fare, grab some fish and chips, pick your spot along the shore and watch the sun dip into the sea. By day, take a stroll into the shopping heart of Cottesloe and treat yourself to a spree in the 'village' taking in the high end and trendy boutiques along Napoleon and Station Streets. Then enjoy lunch at the fresh food market, an intimate café or fine dining restaurant. By night, the Indian Oceanside pubs and bars are abuzz every evening and host some of the best Sunday sessions in Perth, with live music and DJs. If you're staying overnight, Cottesloe offers plenty of hotels, motels, apartments and house stays as well as hostels for budget-conscious travellers. Why not plan your visit to coincide with Sculptures by the Sea, a free event transforming Cottesloe Beach into an open air art gallery for three weeks every autumn. This world-class exhibit, only seen in two other places in the world, is a crowd favourite year after year.
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.
Dardanup and the Ferguson Valley's 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. Bushwalks, cycle trails, nearer to nature experiences and wine and dine indulgences await. Just 15 minutes from the regional hub of Bunbury, or a two hour drive south of Perth, Dardanup is situated in the heart of the Ferguson Valley, making it the perfect base for exploring the undulating countryside, forests and bushland. Take your pick from the many walking trails or pretty picnic spots of Wellington Discovery Forest and Crooked Brook Forest, where you can enjoy peace and tranquillity among the jarrah, marri and karri trees. Or take two wheels for a spin on 40 kilometres of beginner and advanced mountain bike trails at Mount Lennard. Traditionally dairy country, today the Ferguson Valley is increasingly known for its burgeoning wine industry. Take a drive or tour through the rolling hills, hopping from winery to winery to indulge in tastings at cellar doors. If you're a beer lover, you'll also find boutique breweries along the way, as well as art galleries, shops, markets and eateries where you can sample fresh local produce. For a taste of the region's colourful settler history and Irish dairy farming heritage, head to Thomas Little Hall, commemorating Dardanup's earliest settler and beneficiary. Built in the early 1850s, the hall was originally the Church of Immaculate Conception - the first Catholic Church in Western Australia, outside the metropolitan area. For something a little out of the ordinary, stop by Gnomesville - a free and quirky must-see gnome village. The first of the 3,000 plus gnome inhabitants arrived in 1998. Since then, locals and visitors from around the world have added gnomes of all shapes, sizes and characters to the collection. Adding your own gnome is said to bring good luck. If you'd like to stay a while, there's a variety of options available, including bed and breakfasts, farmstay accommodation and luxury lodges.
With its coastal and estuary scenery and abundant wildlife, the popular holiday spot of Dawesville is a boating, fishing and bushwalking playground. You can also test your swing on one of Australia's best golf courses and encounter the rare and curious living fossils known as thrombolites. Nestled between the Indian Ocean and Peel Inlet, this laidback town is just over an hour south of Perth by car, yet a world away from the city and bustling Mandurah 20 minutes to the north. The Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary make the area a mecca for fishing and bird-watching enthusiasts alike. Together with nearby Lake Clifton in Yalgorup National Park, these inland waters are an internationally significant habitat for water birds and one of the few places in the world that supports thrombolites - rock-like formations built over millions of years by some of the oldest known organisms on Earth. With a host of exciting walking trails, picnic facilities and camping sites to choose from, there are lots of opportunities to get nearer to nature and admire the region's rich flora and fauna. Alternatively, you can take a stroll with a set of clubs at Port Bouvard and test your golfing skills on one of Australia's finest courses, overlooking the Indian Ocean. When you're ready for the 19th tee, head to the magnificent five star clubhouse and Mediterranean restaurant. In addition to camping, you'll find a range of accommodation options in Dawesville and the surrounding area, from chalets, caravan parks and holiday villages, to secluded hideaway cabins and spa sanctuaries.
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.
Eaton's relaxed seaside vibe isn't the only thing that keeps holidaymakers coming to this leafy scenic town. Set on the banks of the Collie River, it's a mecca for leisurely waterside activities, including fishing, crabbing, picnics, bushwalking and boating. Less than two hours' drive south of Perth, Eaton is also the coastal gateway to the beautiful Ferguson Valley, where rolling pastures, forests and spring wildflowers form a beautiful backdrop to award-winning wineries, boutique breweries, fine restaurants, country retreats and a lively arts and crafts scene. Spend a day exploring the Collie River and surrounds. A boat ramp provides easy access to the river and estuary - a favourite spot for fishing and crabbing, with mulloway, bream, trout and perch regularly making the catch of the day. Shady lawns and playgrounds offer perfect picnic spots on the river foreshore, with a walking track leading you along the path of the river to take in more of the scenic surrounds. From Eaton, it's a twelve minute drive south to Bunbury and its famous Dolphin Discovery Centre - the only spot on Australia's coast offering interaction at the shoreline, dolphin watching and swimming boat tours, plus an educational Interpretive Centre. A caravan park on the banks of the Collie River has cabins, caravans and tent sites, offering the opportunity to enjoy the best of the region's river and ocean playgrounds.
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.
The vibrant city of Fremantle blends the old with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience. Maritime, convict and colonial history can be explored in one of the best preserved examples of a 19th century port streetscape on Earth, while buzzing markets, lively bars and casual street cafés give you a taste of 21st century life with the locals. As Perth's neighbouring port town, Fremantle (or Freo as it's affectionately known) is just a 30-minute drive or train ride from the city. Or, you can hop on the ferry from Barrack Street for a leisurely cruise down the Swan River. If you're hitting the heritage trail, be sure to include a visit to the Western Australian Maritime Museum, World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison and Western Australia's oldest public building, the Roundhouse. You can even take in some classic colonial architecture as you sip your coffee on the Cappuccino Strip or a cool beer at one of many heritage pubs. And if you venture into the Fremantle Markets, you'll experience the exotic aromas, sights and sounds of an icon that's been bustling for more than 100 years. At its shores, the redeveloped Fishing Boat Harbour that has been in operation since the early 1900s is still the best place to sample fresh local seafood, only today you can wash it down with a locally-brewed ale or premium West Australian wine. For shopaholics, the pickings are just as rich, from high street fashion to local designers, homewares to curios and a range of galleries, including Aboriginal art. And after sundown, you'll see the street cafes, bars and clubs crank up the pace to create a buzzing night scene. If you're making Fremantle your base, you'll find plenty of budget backpacker accommodation, as well as boutique bed and breakfasts, self-catering cottages, apartments and hotels to choose from. Freo is a town that is proud of its authenticity, anything-goes attitude and creativity. Experience it at its best by timing your visit to coincide with one of its many famous cultural festivals.
Frenchman Bay is one of the few places in the world where you can relax on a white sandy beach, swim, snorkel, enjoy stunning ocean views and witness the awesome spectacle of the annual whale migration. One of Albany's prettiest beaches, Frenchman Bay is a 20 minute drive from the town centre. From Perth, the Albany Highway gets you there in five hours, while a direct flight from Perth airport takes just one hour and 15 minutes. If you're visiting between June and October, it's not unusual to see humpback and southern right whales frolicking in the protected waters of Frenchman Bay. For a closer encounter with these gentle ocean giants, hop aboard one of Albany's many whale watching cruises that operate in season. The shallow turquoise waters of Frenchman Bay are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, while the wreck of HMAS Perth provides an interesting artificial reef for divers to explore. You'll also find a number of top rated spots for fishing and sailing. History buffs will be captivated by the bay's whaling heritage as the site of a former Norwegian Whaling Station. Whaling ceased here in 1978, and today the importance of whale preservation and protection is recognised at Albany's unique and fascinating education centre, Whale World. Venture beyond the beach to neighbouring Torndirrup National Park, where the ocean has shaped the rugged coastline to create The Gap and Natural Bridge. In spring, you'll also find a kaleidoscope of wildflowers, many of which are unique to the South West. There are plenty of accommodation options to be found around Frenchman Bay, from hotels, motels, caravan parks and backpackers, to luxury self-contained beach houses and quaint bed and breakfasts.
Busselton's seaside suburb of Geographe sits on the long curve of beautiful Geographe Bay boasting sweeping Indian Ocean views, white sand beaches and calm turquoise waters. It's also just minutes from the centre of Busselton - twice crowned Western Australia's Top Tourism Town - and a short hop from the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. Getting to Geographe takes just two hours and 40 minutes, following the Kwinana Freeway and Forrest Highway south from Perth. Or you can opt to fly into Busselton on a 50 minute flight from Perth's domestic airport. Along its north-facing shoreline, you can take in the sunrise and sunset with a relaxing stroll or enjoy a fun-filled family day beside the sea, swimming, fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking or sailing. Venture a little further south and you'll see the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere stretching out before you. Here, on Busselton's heritage listed jetty, you can take a 1.8 kilometre stroll or train ride over the Indian Ocean, culminating in a tour of the Underwater Observatory to view the colourful corals and sea life of Australia's best artificial reef. From the jetty, it's a short walk to Busselton's main street, where you can indulge in a little culture at the museum, modern ArtGeo Gallery and Courthouse Arts Complex. Alternatively, browse the shops and boutiques or dine on fresh local flavours. Accommodation options suit a range of tastes and budgets, including a string of beachfront resorts.
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.
Sitting on the Darling Scarp, surrounded by forest, Jarrahdale was Western Australia's very first timber town. Today, its scenic woodlands, parks, rivers, orchards and vineyards offer a tranquil escape from modern city life, while its National Trust listed heritage gives you glimpses of a bygone country life. This very different world lies less than an hour's drive south east of Perth city, along the South Western Highway. You can also enter its forested hinterland, the Darling Ranges, along the Bibbulmun Track - one of the world's best long distance walking trails winding over 1000 kilometres through a vast corridor of green from Kalamunda in Perth, to Albany on the south west coast. Within a day, touring the region's many attractions, you can indulge your passion for nature, history, art, fine food and local wines. Or you can take it at a slower pace and just enjoy a traditional Australian family barbecue and bushwalk in one of many parks and dam reserves. One of Perth's biggest dams, the Serpentine, is a great picnic spot with a playground, toilets and even a casual dining café. Or head into Serpentine National Park to picnic and stroll among the pine trees at Gooralong Park. Nearby, the Pipehead Dam is equally picturesque, and Langford Park takes your outdoor adventure up a pace with mountain bike trails for beginners and advanced riders alike. Exploring Jarrahdale's scenic forests and fertile coastal plains, you'll retrace the steps of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth. The local Noongar people lived a nomadic lifestyle in these landscapes for many thousands of years before being discovered by early European pioneers and settlers. Many restored timber cottages in the town reflect its early life as an agricultural community of the 1830s and thriving timber town of the 1870s. Some house intriguing museum collections, such as the Old Post Office. Others invite you into charming tea gardens, artist studios, antique stores and bed and breakfast accommodation. For something a little out of the ordinary, stay in a restored railway carriage, or go budget-wise with a family-friendly chalet.
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.
Leederville is a culinary and cultural melting pot brimming with cheap eats, cafes, fine dining restaurants and delis, all blended with a lively bar and club scene and a string of hip fashion boutiques. Sitting just three kilometres from Perth's central business district, Leederville's Oxford Street hub has a buzzy inner-city village vibe. A seven-minute ride by train or car from Perth will get you there, and if you're taking the cycle path, it's an easy 15-minute ride away. Some of the icons of Leederville's cafe and bar scene today have been part of local life since the late 19th century, including the fully-revamped Leederville Hotel and the former Post Office building. Cross the street and you can catch a movie at the original 1920s theatre and outdoor picture gardens. Sip coffee at a street-side table and do some people watching, or embark on a culinary tour of world cuisines. Head along to Newcastle Street on a Sunday morning and you'll also get to sample and buy some of the best fresh local produce and gourmet artisan goodies at the Leederville Farmers Market. Accommodation-wise, your options in and around Leederville include backpackers and apartments.
For those who love being on, in or near the water, Mandurah is a dream destination just 50 minutes south of Perth. There, you'll find some of Australia's most spectacular waterways, including the Peel-Harvey estuary, which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and blessed with abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, beautiful blue-green waters and a buzzing foreshore area. Being less than an hour's ride from Perth by car or train, it's little wonder this water-side playground is one of the capital's most popular day trips. You can experience the locals' favourite pastimes by hiring a boat, houseboat, kayak, canoe or jet-ski, or joining one of the many cruises to explore 130 square kilometres of beautiful waterways. It's not uncommon to encounter some of Mandurah's other waterway residents too, including more than 130 different species of birds and one of Australia's healthiest populations of wild dolphins. An abundance of sea life also makes the waterways a great place to fish. Go prawning on the rivers in early summer. Cast a line into the estuary or Peel Inlet to chase herring, sand whiting, bream and tailor. Go crabbing in the shallows to scoop the famous blue swimmer crab. Or join a deep sea fishing charter. Off the water, you'll find four wheel drive adventures on the sands of Whitehills Beach or Tim's Thicket Beach. Located just 15 minutes south of Mandurah, these are the closest beaches south of Perth where it's legal to take your four wheel drive onto the beach. If you have young children, there are many other ways to fill a day with fun, including water parks, a fun fair, adventure playground and mini train, while history buffs will enjoy the free foreshore heritage walking tour or Community Museum. As Western Australia's largest regional city, Mandurah makes the ideal overnight base, with many gourmet restaurants and cafes overlooking waterfront boardwalks, museums, theatres, galleries and seasonal events - including the annual Crab Fest in March. You'll find plenty of accommodation options. Take your pick from four-star resorts and holiday houses overlooking the estuary, or bed and breakfasts and caravan parks.
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.
Mount Lawley is one of Perth's most stylish suburbs and buzzing cultural hotspots. Beaufort Street, the suburb's main thoroughfare, is a long string of unique shops, award-winning restaurants, cool bars and chilled out coffee shops where you can enjoy the village vibe and full calendar of festivals, concerts and entertainment. Mount Lawley is located a mere five minutes' drive north of central Perth, or else a short bus or train ride from Perth's main station. The best way to experience the suburb is by walking the length of Beaufort Street. You'll find big brand shops and boutiques selling everything from fashion and home wares to music, books and memorabilia. Beside several gourmet delicatessens, there's a huge selection of restaurants to cater to any budget or hankering. You can transport your tastebuds to all four corners of the globe while you sit and watch the world go by. Mount Lawley gains even more vibrancy at night. The numerous bars in the area range from relaxed pubs and lively clubs to classy late night bars. Art and art history buffs will also be struck by Mount Lawley's fine examples of architecture from the first half of the twentieth century, including Federation, Colonial, English Vernacular Revival, Art Deco and Californian Bungalow style dwellings. The Astor Theatre - a multi-purpose venue built in 1919 - is well known for its fine art deco designs. For those looking to make Mount Lawley their basecamp for a city break, there are plenty of motels, bed and breakfasts and holiday apartments to choose from.
Mundaring invites you into the heart of the hills to wander through some of Western Australia's oldest conservation areas, marvel at one of the world's great engineering feats, Mundaring Weir, or hit the epic Munda Biddi Bike Trail. An easy daytrip from Perth, just follow the Great Eastern Highway and you'll arrive in Mundaring within 40 minutes. From here, it's a leisurely drive through the forests to reach Mundaring Weir, engineered by C Y O'Connor in the 1890s to feed freshwater to the goldfields 560 kilometres to the east. To continue your historical journey, head for the original steam pumping station or follow the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail into the outback. Other adventures await at the start of the Munda Biddi BikeTrail, one of few places on Earth where you can cycle hundreds of kilometres off road through stunning biodiversity hotspots. There's also the Railway Heritage Trail that retraces the 70 kilometre Fremantle to York railway line, passing through Western Australia's first conservation area, John Forrest National Park, and revealing the unique history and character of the small settlements that sprang up along the railway line. The trail is suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding - a great way to experience the forests and bushland where native wildlife and spring wildflowers abound. An early morning walk in the cooler months can be a magical experience as the mist rises in the treetops. These are the sights that feed the souls of local artists who exhibit their works in the local galleries and Mundaring Community Sculpture Park. Lovers of landscaping can also wander through the creations of Mundaring's most gifted gardeners in spring and autumn, and on star-filled summer evenings the bush plays host to an array of cultural and music events, including the outdoor cinema. Spend the day sampling the Hill's fine wining and dining options, or stay and enjoy more of Mundaring's hospitality at a farmstay, cottage, hotel or bed and breakfast.
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.
Nannup, also known as 'The Garden Village', is nestled on the banks of the Blackwood River amid tall karri and jarrah tree forests. Famous for its dazzling blooms of tulips, daffodils and native spring wildflowers, the town offers an equally impressive display of arts, crafts and heritage architecture. Once you've made the three hour and 15 minute drive south of Perth to Nannup, stretch your legs with a stroll along the Heritage Trail and acquaint yourself with the town's history and yesteryear charms. Be seduced by the cosy tea rooms and the arts, crafts and antique stores lining the main street, as well as the beguiling private and public floral gardens that earn Nannup its title as 'The Garden Village'. Nannup Arboretum is also a must-see for botanical buffs, planted in the 1926 it showcases a collection of trees from around the world. To discover the native flora and forests of Nannup, hit one of the many walking trails meandering through forests of jarrah and one of the world's tallest hardwoods - the karri tree. You'll find a host of plant species that are unique to the South West, including many brightly-coloured Banksias and carpets of wildflowers in spring. Another great way to take in Nannup's natural beauty is to paddle the Blackwood River in a canoe. Here, you can also try your hand at trout fishing (in season), or head to Barrabup Pool and Workers Pool for a dip and a picnic. A scenic drive along the popular Nannup/Balingup Tourist Drive or Blackwood Scenic Drive reveals more of the region's breathtaking natural landscapes, offering plenty of must-stop opportunities to enjoy a stroll or picnic by the river. If you've worked up an appetite, check out the array of eateries in Nannup, ranging from a la carte to cafes and takeaways. You'll also find an inviting range of accommodation, including bed and breakfasts, chalets, cottages, farmstays, bush cabins and camping and caravan options.
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.
Northbridge is a cultural feast for the senses within minutes of Perth's city centre. Showcasing local, national and international art, fashion and history, it's also a multicultural melting pot of flavours blended together with a lively mix of bars and nightclubs. You can walk to Northbridge from Perth Underground Station in just four minutes along William Street. Or, hop on the free Blue CAT bus if you're out and about in Perth's central business district. Make a beeline for the cultural precinct and you can easily spend the day feeding the mind and soul for free with visits to museums, the State library and craft markets. The Art Gallery of Western Australia brings more than 15,000 works by renowned Indigenous, Australian and international artists before your eyes. The contemporary State Theatre Centre, home of the Heath Ledger Theatre, plays host to an array of high profile productions by the Black Swan State Theatre, as well as dance, music and fashion shows. You'll also find original visual, performing and media arts presented at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Western Australian Museum shares a collection of stories and artefacts of the State's social and natural history, from dinosaurs to the Katta Djinoong. From here, you can explore more of the city's history, following heritage walks to some of Perth's oldest architecture. For a little retail therapy, browse the boutiques of William Street for vintage, hip and quirky fashion. Take your pick from a kaleidoscope of cuisines, from Italian, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai to modern Australian. Then wash it down with any beverage imaginable, from coffees to cocktails. The nightlife menu is just as impressive, with a buzzing bar and club scene offering live music, comedy and DJ sessions, plus regular performances, festivals and other cultural activities at the Northbridge Piazza. With a wide variety of backpackers, bed and breakfasts, self-contained accommodation and hotels, it's easy to make Northbridge your base for a city break and catch one of the many annual events, such as the Perth International Arts Festival, Carnival Latino, Perth Food and Wine Festival and the Pride Parade.
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.
History, nature and adventure can all be found in equal measure in the township and tall-tree forests of Pinjarra - one of the oldest towns in Western Australia. Taking the Kwinana Freeway or South Western Highway south from Perth, you'll find yourself in Pinjarra in just one hour. 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, including the Edenvale Heritage Precinct. There, you can browse the Roger May Machinery Museum, Murray Arts and Crafts Centre, Liveringa Art Gallery and Heritage Rose Garden. Another memorable way to take in the region's history 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 timber milling route between Isandra Siding and Dwellingup. Pinjarra is also home to Peel Zoo - a unique boutique zoo offering a 'hands-on' feeding, holding and patting experience. There are more than 100 species of birds and animals to encounter there, including koalas, wombats, dingos, Bengal cats and spotted quolls. After good Winter rains, you can step up the pace with a paddle down the Murray River rapids in a kayak, while year-round thrills can be found by taking the plunge with a skydiving experience. Or join the locals for race day at the historic Pinjarra Race Club, which has played host to an array of thoroughbred and harness racing events since 1891. 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. 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.
Porongurup's striking natural beauty is 1,100 million years in the making. Here, at the heart of one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, this unique granite range of twelve peaks rises above a tall karri tree forest rich in birdlife and a staggering array of spring wildflowers. From Albany, it's just a 45 minute drive north to reach Porongurup and its national park. Or, if you're driving from Perth, you can make the journey in four and a half hours. Pack your camera, binoculars, walking shoes, a picnic and a sense of adventure and take your pick from the national park's rock and peak walks and pretty picnic spots. In 2,401 hectares of diverse bushland habitats you're likely to encounter some of the 78 species of birds and 700 flowering plants that have been recorded here, including many rare and extraordinary orchids and lichen varieties. On the horizon sits the Stirling Range, just 30 kilometres to the north - another haven for some of Australia's most unique flora and fauna featuring short wildflower walks, scenic drives and challenging full-day treks to the mountain summits. Dotted through the surrounding countryside of Porongurup, you'll also find a selection of boutique, family-owned wineries, where you can taste the fruits of this emerging cool climate wine region and drink in views across the vineyards to the Stirling Range beyond. Inspired by unique natural landscapes and materials, local artists showcase an impressive variety of wood craft, wrought iron and other arts and crafts, making a unique souvenir of your stay in the Porongurups. Tranquility, indulgence and country charm can all be found in the choice of accommodation available in and around Porongurup, from welcoming farmstays and bed and breakfasts to quaint holiday cottages and secluded chalets.
In the natural playground of Port Kennedy, the only pressing question is how best to enjoy the great outdoors. This popular coastal community is home to some of Perth's most pristine beaches and one of Western Australia's top golf courses. Even the dolphins make it a regular spot to visit. Located an hour's drive south of the Perth city centre, and only 15 minutes south of Rockingham, visitors to Port Kennedy often take the scenic detour along Rockingham's scenic coastline. Enjoy the natural beauty of its beaches and estuary by swimming, sailing, surfing, water skiing, fishing, strolling through the dunes or watching dolphins frolic off the coast. Swing by The Links Kennedy Bay and challenge yourself to 18 holes of world class golf, taking in sweeping Indian Ocean views between each tee. For more flora and fauna encounters, take a the self-guided walk around Lake Richmond, starting from the observation platform and taking in the Environmental Centre for insights into the native birds, plant life and animals that call the lake home. To the north of Port Kennedy, the unspoilt islands and reefs of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park offer amazing marine adventures. Meet some of the 1,200 fairy penguins, who make up the largest colony on Australia's west coast. Jump aboard the glass-bottom boat for a 45 minute cruise of nearby Seal Island. Spot up to 50 species of seabirds. Explore the snorkel trails, join a diving tour of the local wrecks and reefs, or enjoy a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter with the friendly residents of Rockingham's Cockburn Sound on a dolphin swimming tour. To extend your stay, check out the wide range of accommodation options in the nearby town of Rockingham, from beach side villas to caravan parks, all of which are in close proximity to the city's many cafés and restaurants.
The picturesque seaside haven of Preston Beach is popular among nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. It's an ideal base from which to explore Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park, one of the few places in the world where you can see thrombolites - one of the oldest organisms on Earth. Take the one hour and 25 minute drive south of Perth to the laidback beachside community of Preston Beach. It's only 45 minutes south of bustling Mandurah, but is a quiet sanctuary for native flora, fauna and holidaymakers alike. In addition to being one of the only places on the planet where you can view thrombolites - 'living rocks' formed by microbial life forms over millions of years - the salt-water lakes and wetlands of Yalgorup National Park are teeming with wildlife. It's the temporary home for hundreds of migrating birds, as well as a host of water birds, such as the endangered hooded plover. Stroll along walk trails to observe the native flora and fauna, including blankets of vibrant wildflowers in spring. Take the Heathlands Walk for sweeping views over Lake Preston to Myalup, or the Lake Pollard Trail which leads to a bird hide on the water's edge. Alternatively, grab your clubs and take to the challenging nine hole golf course adjacent to Yalgorup National Park. Here, you can negotiate undulating terrain under the critical eyes of the resident kangaroos and emus. On the beach, the crystal clear water beckons you to take a swim or throw in a line to catch skippy, herring, tailor, whiting, or salmon (in season). Four wheel drives are permitted on the beach, but there is a strict no camping policy, so head to nearby Martins Tank Campsite or book a stay at one of the area's holiday homes or bed and breakfasts.
Rockingham's catch-cry is 'where the coast comes alive', and it certainly lives up to this claim. The pristine islands and reefs of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park offer an incredible array of marine encounters, from penguins and dolphins to dive wrecks and snorkel trails. And beyond, the beautiful beaches and clear blue sea are playgrounds for fishing, surfing and sailing. An easy 40-minute drive or train-and-bus ride south of Perth brings you to the seaside town of Rockingham, where you'll find opportunities for adventure and relaxation in equal measure. With pods of dolphins regularly visiting these coastal waters, it's a great opportunity to tick your wish-list and swim with wild dolphins. If you'd prefer to stay dry, you can watch these playful creatures from the comfort of the viewing platform as they ride the bow beneath your feet. Their neighbours on Penguin Island are just as cute, and just a short ferry ride away. Here, you'll get to meet some of the island's 1,200 fairy penguins, who make up the largest colony on Australia's west coast. At the interpretive centre, penguin feeding and expert commentary are conducted daily, at regular intervals, and the Penguin Express will get you there from the mainland between 9.00am and 3.00pm. The penguins share their home with 50 species of seabirds, including the largest colony of pelicans in Western Australia. It's an important nesting, feeding and roosting site for many of these birds, and you can learn more about their island-hopping life at the interpretive centre. You can also jump aboard the glass-bottom boat for a 45-minute cruise of nearby Seal Island to view the rare Australian sea lions. Back on the mainland coast, keen divers should make a bee-line for Point Peron, a shallow shore dive with great visibility, while bathers in search of blissful relaxation will find it in the sheltered waters of Cockburn Sound. To shop, dine and stay ocean-side, head for Rockingham town and choose from a good selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and accommodation options ranging from luxury to budget.
Perth's idyllic island playground, Rottnest is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life. For such a tiny island, this car-free and carefree Class A reserve packs a lot of pleasure into a day. Getting to 'Rotto', as the locals affectionately call it, is a breeze. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, ferries depart regularly from Fremantle, Perth's Barrack Street Jetty and Hillarys Marina. You can opt to arrive in style by helicopter or air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat. On its shores, 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and wrecks invite you to enjoy some of Australia's finest swimming spots, snorkel trails and surf breaks. And on dry land, you'll meet the cutest mini marsupial, found only in Western Australia, the world famous quokka, as well as many unique plant and animal species. With no cars on the roads, riding is the best way to get around, with bicycle hire available at the ferry terminals and on the island. If that's too much effort, you can hop on and off the Bayseeker Bus which regularly runs around the island, dropping you off at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks. More family fun in the form of golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours can be found in Thomson Bay, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options. Tours on land and sea offer insightful experiences, from wildlife encounters with quokkas, seals, ospreys and whales, to history and cultural tours bringing Rottnest's colourful maritime, convict, colonial and World War II heritage vividly to life. A stroll through the main settlement is a journey back in time as you pass by some of the early colonial cottages, including the Salt Store and Lomas Cottage, dating back to the mid-1800s. Many of the grand buildings and quaint holiday cottages commissioned by Perth's Governor in the nineteenth century are still a favourite among holiday-makers today, including the restored Hotel Rottnest and beachside villas. Alternatively, the old barracks are a good budget option for camping and backpacking.
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 south-east 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 1000 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 and follow the Falls Walk Trail to Serpentine Falls for a picnic or a refreshing dip. Stroll among the pine trees at Gooralong Park and enjoy a barbecue with the resident kangaroos. Or, head to Serpentine Dam - it's one of Perth's largest dams and a great picnic spot, with a playground, free barbecues, toilets and a 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 there 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.
Subiaco is a suburb renowned for its eclectic architecture, quaint and leafy residential streets, premier shopping and multicultural dining scene. By day, it's one of Perth's most vibrant districts with a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere. By night, Subiaco becomes a hub of activity with locals and visitors flocking to its restaurants, pubs and clubs and theatres. Located just five kilometres to the northwest of Perth's city centre, Subiaco can be reached via the Perth to Fremantle train line. The train station is at the heart of Subiaco's bustling town centre, making it a perfect starting point to explore all that the suburb has to offer. Subi, as the locals call it, has a rich history with humble origins. Settled in 1851 by Benedictine monks from Subiaco, Italy, the area soon developed into a distinct town centre resembling a European village. Today, these origins are still evident. The quiet residential streets of Subiaco are home to some of the city's most beautifully maintained heritage homes. The quaint Subiaco Museum contains memorabilia originating from the 19th century Benedictine monks, as well as relics of local Aboriginal culture. Running through the centre of Subiaco is Rokeby Road, a leafy street offering some of Western Australia's finest shopping and dining - from chic boutiques and art galleries, to bustling European cafés and award-winning restaurants. On weekends, Subi is abuzz by day and night. The Subiaco Station Markets offer a variety of arts, crafts, food and entertainment. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco Arts Centre, bars and clubs create a lively night scene, and Patersons Stadium plays host to football, soccer and rugby games. Not far from Subiaco are the picturesque grounds of the University of Western Australia, perched on the curve of the Swan River at Matilda Bay. It's little wonder that many visitors choose to stay in Subiaco while visiting Perth. Select from several hotels and guesthouses and make it your base for a memorable city break.
The vibrant inner city precinct of Victoria Park is a south of the Swan River gem. Affectionately known as 'Vic Park' by locals, the area is a cultural melting pot, well reflected in its lively dining and entertainment. You can reach Victoria Park by train, bus or on foot from Perth city. It lies just three kilometres east of the Perth city, bordered by the Swan River to its northwest and comprises the suburbs of Victoria Park, East Victoria Park, St James, Carlisle, Lathlain, Burswood, and parts of Bentley and Welshpool. Running through its centre is the precinct's high street, the Albany Highway, which boasts a variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues. Diners are spoilt for choice with Indian, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Chinese and Italian all featuring on the menu. While there are many well-known heritage style pubs, the heart of Victoria Park's nightlife is centred at the Crown Perth, one of the capital's key entertainment hubs. This riverside venue is home to Western Australia's only licenced casino, Crown Theatre Perth and a number of award-winning restaurants. Vic Park is also an ideal place to enjoy the spectacular eastern views of the city skyline from across the Swan River. There are a number of local community parks and reserves ideal for picnics and outdoor activities. McCallum Park, for instance, has its own skatebowl, along with leisure centres providing activities for children, teens and adults. Accommodation wise, your options range from the five star luxury hotel rooms to affordable motels. That's the beauty of Vic Park, there's something for everyone.
Snap a photo with the Giant Ram of Wagin on your way to Western Australia's largest agricultural show, or immerse yourself in early pioneer life at the Historical Village. Just under three hours' drive south east of Perth and two and a half hours west of Bunbury, Wagin is a Goldfields farming hub, with a thriving Merino stud industry and rich early-settler heritage. At Wagin's Historical Village, you'll discover relocated and restored buildings depicting a real settler village as it would have looked over 100 years ago. Visit the bank, the one room school, a stone kiosk, newspaper office, settler's cottage, blacksmiths, general store and the Wool Museum to get a tangible sense of what life was like for pioneering farmers. If you time your visit to coincide with Woolorama in early March, you'll also get an insight into modern sheep, cattle and goat farming. The two day Woolorama extravaganza is Western Australia's biggest Autumn Show, showcasing local produce, gourmet food, art and mammoth-sized agricultural technology. Family friendly entertainment includes shearing and shedhand competitions, state sheepdog trials, inventor competitions, a fashion show and fairground fun at Sideshow Alley. All year round, you can visit Marroblie Bird Place to admire native birdlife and other fauna. Or hit the 10.5 kilometre Wait-Jen Trail that meanders past four lakes on the Coblinine River, with interpretive signs providing a window into local Noongar culture, flora and fauna. If you're extending your stay in Wagin, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, including hotels, motels and a caravan park.
Walpole opens up a world of enchanted forest experiences. Here, you can ascend 40 metres into the forest canopy for a bird's eye view of the tallest timber giants on Earth. But the real beauty of it is you only need to take a gentle 600 metre stroll along The Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk to take in the spectacular views. This charming south coast town lies just one and a half hours west of Albany and under five hours south of Perth. It's a must-see of the Great Southern region and an easy day trip from many South West towns. Perhaps the most scenic way to get here is on foot. Walpole sits beside one of the world's greatest long distance walk trails - the Bibbulmun Track. Running nearly 1,000 kilometres from Perth, the trail meets the Southern Ocean at Walpole and follows the coast to its finishing point in Albany. For lovers of the great outdoors, Walpole is an adventure playground of national parks, state forests, wide sandy beaches, pretty picnic spots, tranquil rivers and inlets. It's the perfect place to indulge your passion for bushwalking, bird watching, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, power boating, sailing and beach four wheel driving. Take the 10-minute drive to the Valley of the Giants in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and walk among the 400 year old tingle trees at the Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire Grove. Head up to Hilltop Road and gaze in awe at the 70 metre Giant Red Tingle Tree. Stop to snap the dramatic whirlpool at Circular Pool on the Frankland River. Take in 360 degree views from the summit of Mount Frankland. Find a quiet spot to watch for wrens, sea eagles, pelicans and scarlet western rosellas. Hop on a cruise of the inlet. Or discover the story of the Norwegian crew who survived the ship wreck at Mandalay Beach. There's more than a day's worth of things to see and do and plenty of accommodation options, from luxury chalet and retreats, to a bed and breakfast, motel and campsite.
Find your own idea of escape in the diverse landscapes of Waroona - white water canoeing, water skiing, power boating and fishing, bushwalking, wildlife spotting and searching for living fossils, or enjoying local arts and dining. Just one hour and 20 minutes south of Perth by car, the country town of Waroona is nestled on the slopes of the Darling Range, in a region that stretches to the Indian Ocean coast. Choose from a host of nearer-to-nature experiences. Go bushwalking or horse riding in the hills, exploring forests rich in native fauna. Drink in the expansive views over rolling farmland to the coast, with brilliant wildflowers carpeting the countryside in spring. For some water-based adventure, head to Waroona Dam, Lane Poole Reserve or Drakesbrook Weir. Waroona Dam covers 145 hectares and is a popular camping, picnic and barbecue spot, with a range of activities on offer, including water skiing, power boating and fresh water fishing for trout, perch and marron (in season). At Lane Poole Reserve, the still pools and contrasting rapids of the Murray River offer canoeists a challenge, while at Drakesbrook Weir you can also canoe, swim, fish or stroll through the bush where thousands of monarch butterflies mass on the blossoms of native trees (December to April). The inland waters of Lake Clifton, in Yalgorup National Park, are an internationally significant habitat for water birds and one of the few places in the world that support thrombolites - living fossils built by some of the oldest known organisms on Earth. Here, you're just a short drive from the golden sands of Preston Beach - a top spot for beach fishing and four-wheel driving. Back in Waroona, you'll find galleries, antique shops, boutiques and myriad eateries, along with a range of accommodation options, including a motel, guesthouse, caravan park, campsite and forest retreat. If you're a motoring enthusiast, time your stay to coincide with Australian Car Day (April) or the British Auto Classic (October). Alternatively, come along to the Waroona Agricultural Show in October and join the locals in celebrating the area's agricultural roots.
Visit the charming Wheatbelt town of Wickepin and be dazzled by spring wildflowers, enthralled by colonial history and captivated by the story of renowned Australian author and resident Albert Facey. Driving south east from Perth, you can reach the township of Wickepin in under three hours and indulge your passion for nature and history. Time your visit to coincide with the spring wildflower season and marvel at the rich variety of colourful native flora that carpets the Wheatbelt landscape. Stop by the Shire office for a copy of the wildflower brochure and explore the wildflower trails to appreciate the district's unique ecology and natural heritage. Take a walk around Yarling Brook to admire the town's man-made history. The walk features a number of old buildings, including the Arts and Crafts Centre, Old Police Station and Railway Station precinct. Don't miss the historic photographic collection at the general store. The Albert Facey Trail also provides a fascinating insight into Wickepin's past and the town's most famous resident, the Australian author Albert Facey. Many of his stories are set in his hometown and the half day trail brings to life the story of his famous book 'A Fortunate Life'. Be sure to visit his house, which was built in 1924 and has now been fully restored and moved to the centre of the town. To the north of Wickepin lies the small town of Yealering, on the banks of the beautiful Lake Yealering, which supports an abundance of waterfowl and is a popular summer recreation spot with locals and tourists alike. To the south, you'll find Toolibin Lake - one of the last remaining freshwater wetlands in the south west of Australia. Enjoy the walk trails, barbecue facilities and huge variety of birdlife at this unique site, then head east to Harrismith for another wonderful wildflower walk trail. If you'd like to soak up the Wheatbelt country ambience at your leisure, book a stay at Wickepin's hotel or caravan park.
The rose-filled country town of Williams sits a short drive from one of the world's flora and fauna hotspots, the Dryandra Woodland. Here, within a huge remnant of original native bush, more than 850 species of wildflowers bloom in their billions and some of the state's rarest marsupials have found a safe haven. A two hour drive along Albany Highway, from Perth city to picturesque farmland will bring you to Williams and the northern reaches of the Great Southern region. It's long been a favourite rest stop for travellers, offering the ideal opportunity to stretch your legs along the one kilometre heritage walk around the town. Alternatively, take a scenic detour to Quindanning on the heritage drive trail or refresh yourself with a picnic by the river. This is a town that's proud to say it was built on the sheep's back and shares its fascinating 'Wool Story' in the Williams Woolshed interactive and interpretive centre. As well as live sheep shearing demonstrations, educational programs and woolly souvenirs, this is also a good spot to sample the region's wines, fine local produce, art and entertainment. To see how the place looked before the first sheep were grazed on the land, head north for 25 kilometres and explore the 22,000 hectare native forest known as Dryandra Woodland. Carpeted in a kaleidoscope of wildflowers in spring, it's also a sanctuary to the state's endangered emblem, the numbat, as well as the bilby, woylie, red-tailed phascogale, Tammar wallaby and more than 100 bird species, including Carnaby's cockatoos, bush stone curlews, malleefowl and Rufous tree creepers. Stay and experience some country hospitality with a night or two at a farm stay, motel or hotel. Before leaving town, be sure to stop and smell the roses. There are 500 of them along 400 metres of the main street, bringing colour throughout the summer and into the cooler months.
Time travel to the late 1800s and the charming National Trust heritage town of Yarloop, where lovingly restored old timber mills and steam machinery create the illusion that time has stood still. Your journey back in time takes just two hours driving from Perth on the South Western Highway, or you can jump aboard the Australind train that departs daily from Perth and Bunbury. The town's steam workshops house some of the machinery used in the early 1900's, including the locomotives put to work in the timber milling industry at its peak. Take a guided tour to learn more about these marvels of engineering and hear the legendary tales of the millers. To immerse yourself a little deeper in local history, hit the Yarloop Heritage Trail and spend an hour or more strolling by many impressive examples of early 20th century architecture while reading the stories of local characters who built this old milling town from the ground up. To sample some of the region's natural beauty and flavours, pick up some local wine and gourmet produce. Head for Logue Brooke Dam in the Darling Range and enjoy a picnic surrounded by towering jarrah forest. Adventurists can hit the water in a canoe, or even try water skiing. Set up your camp or get cosy in a cabin beside the dam and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush as the sun sets and stars fill the night sky. Or opt to enjoy the country charm and hospitality of Yarloop in a traditional bed and breakfast or hotel.
Albany Regional Airport
Albany Highway, Albany Western Australia 6330, Australia
Phone: (08) 98 417 372 | 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) 98 419 377 | 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) 93 990 410 | 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: () 1800 777 140 | 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.
Bunbury Visitor Centre
Old Railway Station Carmody Place, Bunbury Western Australia 6230, Australia
Phone: () 1800 286 287 | www.visitbunbury.com.au
The Bunbury Visitor Centre is situated in the Old Railway Station Complex on Haly Street and opening out onto Bicentennial Square, in the vibrant city of Bunbury. For all the information you need to plan your trip, drop into the Bunbury Visitor Centre where their friendly staff can supply everything you need to help you find the perfect accommodation or that special tour. Take advantage of their free accommodation and tour booking service and browse the displays or gift shop. Linger a little longer and try your hand at the giant chess game or take in the view of Leschenault Inlet from the deck chairs. Free guided walking tours are offered by the Visitor Centre on Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting. Wednesday tour is for one hour and takes in historical and iconic buildings in the central business district. Friday tours take approximately two hours, these tours take in historical and iconic buildings and also offer gourmet tastings at several establishments. The Bunbury Visitor Centre is open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm Saturday and 10.00am to 2.00pm Sunday and Public Holidays. They are closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Busselton Regional Airport
Neville Hyder Drive, Busselton Western Australia 6280, Australia
Phone: (08) 97 542 333 | www.busselton.wa.gov.au
Busselton Regional Airport is a Security Controlled Certified aerodrome located 6.5 kilometres from the city centre off Vasse Highway. The airport was opened in 1997 with the modern terminal of rammed earth construction servicing Regular Passenger Transports flights operated by Virgin Airlines. The airport also services 'Fly-In-Fly-Out' operations, corporate charters, general aviation, Busselton Aero Club and Southern Skydivers. The aerodrome has one sealed runway 1,800 metres by 30 metres, and a 150 metre graded runway strip. Runway 03/21 is connected to a centrally located taxiway and apron suitable for code 3C aircraft, all paved surfaces have a pavement rating of PCN 18. The aerodrome has the following navigational aids: NDB 386 RWY221, PAPI, AWIS 128.05 and RNAV and GNSS, CTAF 127.0, and PAALC 119.6. Other facilities available are passenger security screening services, secure car parking , ground handling services and Avgas.
Collie River Valley Visitor Centre
156 Throssell Street, Collie Western Australia 6225, Australia
Phone: (08) 97 342 051 | 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 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Public Holidays and 10am to 2pm Sunday.
Denmark Visitor Centre
73 South Coast Highway, Denmark Western Australia 6333, Australia
Phone: (08) 98 482 055 | 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) 98 812 064 | 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) 95 381 108 | www.murraytourism.com.au
Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre is located at the heart of the historic town of Dwellingup. Set within the beautiful state forest of the Darling Range and nestled between the South Dandalup and Murray Rivers, Dwellingup is adjacent to the Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi, as well as the natural beauty of Lane Poole Reserve. Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre houses 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 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. The visitor centre offers a free WIFI service, is disabled accessible and benefits from ample car and coach parking and public toilet facilities. Open daily 9:00am to 3:30pm (closed Christmas Day).
Fremantle Visitor Centre
Kings Square High Street, Fremantle Western Australia 6160, Australia
Phone: (08) 94 317 878 | www.visitfremantle.com.au
The award-winning and fully accredited Fremantle Visitor Centre is located right in the heart of Fremantle. The centre offers a no fee booking service for tours and accommodation in and around Fremantle, Perth and Western Australia including self-contained apartments, hotels, and bed and breakfasts. Fremantle is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway and is the most visited place in Western Australia. Located only 20 kilometres from Perth, on the mouth of the Swan River, it is easily accessed by road, rail and river. There is a frequent, inexpensive train service that takes only 30 minutes from Perth central business district. Nestled among funky cafes, restaurants and bars you will find stunning historic buildings and landmarks including the world heritage listed Fremantle Prison and the oldest public building in Western Australia, the Round House. 'Freo' as the locals call it, is a perfect blend of the old with the new. Visit their website to book your stay in Fremantle or speak with one of the local experts to plan your perfect visit. Follow Visit Fremantle on Facebook. Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday, and 10am to 4pm Sunday and public holidays.
Harvey Visitor Centre
Corner of South Western Highway and James Stirling Place, Harvey Western Australia 6220, Australia
Phone: (08) 97 291 122 | 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) 98 310 500 | 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.
Mandurah Visitor Centre
75 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah Western Australia 6210, Australia
Phone: (08) 95 503 999 | www.visitmandurah.com
The Mandurah Visitor Centre is conveniently located on the eastern foreshore Boardwalk precinct. The setting for childhood memories, Mandurah still retains that magical holiday feeling. However, in almost every other way, it has been transformed. What was once a small fishing village is now an exciting city; a city glittering with sunlit waterways everywhere you go. The heart of the city, arranged around an estuary crisscrossed by pleasure boats and pontoon barges, is alive with cafes and restaurants dotted along the boardwalks. Family-friendly activities mix with sophisticated cultural venues to create a smorgasbord of experiences to satisfy any taste. Along the coast, the beaches are still sensational, as is the surfing, windsurfing, sailing and anything else you enjoy on the water. The new marina precinct has taken the Mandurah boating culture to greater heights, and added an array of leisure and shopping a short distance from the city centre. Follow the waterways out into the Peel Region, and restaurants, wineries, historical sites and other attractions bring more variety and surprises to a Mandurah visit. The welcoming coastal community of the past is now a vibrant, contemporary city. It’s been refreshed – and it can do the same thing for you.
Northcliffe Visitor Centre
Muirillup Road, Northcliffe Western Australia 6262, Australia
Phone: (08) 97 767 203 | 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.
Rockingham Visitor Centre
19 Kent Street, Rockingham Western Australia 6168, Australia
Phone: (08) 95 923 464 | www.rockinghamvisitorcentre.com.au
The Rockingham Visitor Centre can provide all your booking and information requirements. Whether it's a visit to the penguin viewing facility at Penguin Island, a dive off one of the many neighbouring islands, sailing a yacht within the protected bays, fishing or just enjoying the vast stretches of white sandy beaches, they have all the information and local knowledge to help you explore Rockingham. Conveniently located, with ample parking, the Rockingham Visitor Centre is your obvious first point of call to gather important information and local knowledge. The Rockingham Visitor Centre is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
Rottnest Island Visitor Centre
Located at the end of the main jetty, Rottnest Island Western Australia 6161, Australia
Phone: (08) 93 729 730 | www.rottnestisland.com
The Rottnest Island Visitor Centre is located at the end of the jetty and is the first building seen when you arrive at picturesque Rottnest Island. The Visitor Centre is the check-in point for Rottnest Island cottages, villas, units, bungalows, cabins, camping and Kingstown Barracks, Youth Hostel and Governors Circle. The Rottnest Island Visitor Centre also allows convenient access for boat owners to pay daily or annual admission fees or to book and pay for rental moorings and jetty pens. They provide a one stop shop offering all the information you need to spend an inspired and enjoyable time on Rottnest Island. A range of maps and brochures detailing the island’s environment, history, services, tours, and attractions are available, while helpful staff can take bookings for bus, train and walking tours on the island. The Rottnest Island Visitor Centre is open 8.00am to 5.00pm every day.
Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre
Pioneer Park South Coast Highway, Walpole Western Australia 6398, Australia
Phone: (08) 98 401 111 | www.walpole.com.au
The Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre 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 Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre is open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 4.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. They are closed Christmas Day.
Western Australian Visitor Centre
55 William Street (corner of Hay Street), Perth Western Australia 6000, Australia
Phone: () 1800 812 808 | www.wavisitorcentre.com.au
The Western Australian Visitor Centre is located in the centre of Perth. It is a one stop shop for travel information, souvenirs and offers a free tours and accommodation booking service. The Centre is open 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday and 11.00am to 4.30pm Sunday.