The south west of Western Australia is a region full of contrast: from limestone cliffs, to stunning Karri forests to pristine beaches to fine wine and food. There is literally something for everyone in this spectacular part of WA.
Here are some of my favourite things to do and places to go in the south west and great southern:
If you're looking for a place to escape to the bush to find some peace and quiet, unwind and reconnect with nature, Forest Rise in the Margaret River region is the perfect place to do it. We loved our getaway, and were surprised to get a little more nature than we bargained for!
It’s the epic 135 kilometre trail in south west WA which runs from Cape Naturaliste in the north to Cape Leeuwin in the south. But instead of walking the whole Cape to Cape track, we decided to do it in style and signed up for a guided hike with Walk into Luxury.
It was an unforgettable experience over four amazing days. Here are some of the highlights:
Even though the Vines is only half an hour from Perth city, when you arrive, you’ll feel like you’re miles from anywhere. The resort is immersed in an abundance of green, from the golf course to the surrounding bushland.
But perhaps its biggest drawcard is that it's also situated in the heart of one of Australia's oldest wine regions. Here's my review:
For us West Australians, towns like Margaret River are almost like a second home, and we all have our favourite places. But, if you only ever go to the same places, you could be missing out on the excitement of making a new discovery.
During a recent visit, we decided to step outside our comfort zone and find out what’s new in Margaret River.
About a 4 and a half hour drive south of Perth, Denmark is one of the oldest and most stunning towns in WA. On the banks of the Denmark River and surrounded by forest, it's a favourite with those seeking a tree change.
We recently spent a weekend there with the kids and this is what we got up to...
Located on WA's Coral Coast, Kalbarri is a pretty little town about 600 k's north of Perth. It's a mix of laid back, tropical vibes, adventure sports and water activities galore. It's a great place to take the kids, and there's heaps for adults to do too.
Here’s some ideas on how to spend a weekend in Kalbarri.
In the past, the south west town of Busselton hasn’t had the same allure for me as Dunsborough or Margaret River. But recently, we decided to make Busselton our destination for a weekend away with the kids, and we were surprised to find ourselves charmed by this unassuming town.
A local WA company is the first in Australia to offer a unique way for people to explore the marine environment under the iconic Busselton Jetty, by giving them the chance to take a walk on the sea floor.
For me, it was an experience that reignited my passion for diving. And I didn't even get my hair wet!
Margaret River is a beautiful little town nestled among the forest near the WA coast, about three hours drive south of Perth. The region is known for its stunning wineries, but if you don't feel like dragging the kids around while you go wine tasting, there's plenty of other things for families to do.
After years of having no interest in cruising, I finally decided I'd like to try it, but didn't want to be stuck on a boat for days on end. The Cruise to Nowhere seemed to be the perfect solution…an introduction to cruising for three nights only.
It's kind of like the try-before-you-buy of cruises.
WA's South West (or 'Down South', as West Australians like to call it) is a place where the forest meets the sea, where you can explore limestone caves and rock pools, swim at pristine beaches and sample excellent wines matched with gourmet food.
Western Australia is blessed with thousands of kilometres of coastline, billions of grains of white sand and an infinite ocean. There’s only one thing that our beaches don’t have a lot of: people. And that’s what makes them so awesome.