The South West is a very popular holiday destination for visitor from other states & countries, but is also very popular with inhabitants of Western Australia. Because cities and towns in WA are geographically so remote, local holiday destinations are busy tourist stopovers. It is also the main a favourite place for school leavers to shake off school at the end of each year.
There are many varied activities to participate in. Wine tours are a favourite in this fertile area, with many World famous wines coming from here. In addition to wine, the South West is also home to commercial & boutique dairies that provide a huge variety of cheeses, milk & flavoured milk. There are also gourmet small goods on farmlets scattered throughout the countryside, specialising in continental delights. You'll also find olive farms that sell fabulous cosmetics made from olive oil, and various varieties of olive oil infused products. There are fruit orchards where a wide variety of fruits are grown, and market gardens with the same wide variety of vegetables and salads. Having some of the cleanest ocean in the World, there is a smorgasbord of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and seaweeds for those that prefer ocean fare. The local produce in the South West is truly a delight to the palate.
Whales migrate from the southern waters to northern waters and back again, taking advantage of sheltered bays close to shore to rest in, often with their new born calves. Even though there are great whale watching sites from the mainland, there are also many whale & dolphin watching boat operators along the coast. There is also the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury.
The South West is also know for its great swimming & surfing beaches, excellent fishing spots, a wide rang of water sports such as jet skiing, yachting, kite surfing, canoeing, water skiing, you name it! If the beach isn't your thing, there are a wide range of lakes, rivers, estuaries and dams where you can swim & partake in these activities.
The landscape of the South West of Western Australia is generally flat and sandy with several major features, in particular the Stirling Range near Albany, which reach 1096 metres at their highest point, and the Darling Scarp. You can't leave the South West without visiting the Valley of the Giants, forests of ancient Karri, Jarrah, Red Gum, and many other varieties of trees famous for their timber qualities. Take time out and do the treetop walk to really appreciate their grandeur.
The climate is temperate Mediterranean. Summers are warm to hot and dry, winters are cool and wet. Away from the coast, however, precipitation drops rapidly.