Travel a little further and you'll find a region that goes further to impress! Not only is the region known for its extraordinary biodiversity, the scenery is just spectacular.
Hiking enthusiasts already know just how remarkable this region is, and as the secret gets out, the place is becoming more and more popular.
The ancient mountain ranges, with breathtaking views are worth the challenging hike and climb. Reach unspoilt summits and rugged peaks across ever-changing mountains and experience the wildly unique cloud waterfall, the immersive sunrises or the spectacular colour of wildflower blooms of Bluff Knoll. Or further South in Porongurup National Park you'll encounter the impressive summit and structure that is the Castle Rock Granite Skywalk.
The region is often known as the place where the forest meets the sea - and this certainly holds true out Walpole way where you’ll find karri, jarrah and tingle trees that are hundreds of years old, towering above the forest floor. Or just a stone's throw away join in on one of the most scenic coastal sections of the Bibbulmun Track, where you can traverse a trail of uninterrupted nature past calm turquoise waters such as Greens Pool and along the rugged clifftops of the Southern Ocean near Albany.
The Great Southern region is rich in heritage, with Albany known to be the first European settlement in WA, settled before the Swan River Colony in Perth.
The Great Southern Treasures area - which includes townships such as Mt Barker, Cranbrook, Kojonup and Katanning offer drive tours of public art which demonstrate the region’s rich rural heritage.
Not to be forgotten is the plethora of food and wine in this rich agricultural region. Albany Picnic Provisions Trail, Denmark Farmgate Trail and Mt Barker Food & Wine Trail are a great way to taste this region's abundant provisions.
Further afield you'll uncover an off-the-beaten track experience away from any crowds at Fitzgerald River & East Fitzgerald National Park between Hopetoun and Bremer Bay - offering unique jagged rock formations, ever-changing beach zawns and some of the broadest array of flora in the world.
- Hike: Bald Head Walk Trail (currently closed May 2022)- Torndirrup National Park, Porongurup National Park and Castle Rock Granite Skywalk, Stirling Range National Park - Bluff Knoll and Mt Toolbronup, Hakea Walk Trail - East Fitzgerald National Park
- Walk: Valley of the Giant Tree Top Walk
- Paddle: Denmark River Paddle Trail
- Art Trails: Public Silo Art Trail - Katanning to Ravensthorpe and Albany
- Food and wine: Mt Barker Food & Wine Trail, Albany Picnic Provisions Trail, Denmark Farmgate Trail