Where the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean join off Cape Leeuwin.

South West

The South West is a very popular holiday destination for visitors from overseas, other states, and locals.

South West Western Australia is one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in the world. From spectacular coastline to ancient forests, this region is an adventure lover’s paradise! Whether you’re looking for a family trip or a romantic escape, South West Western Australia has something to offer everyone. Let's explore some of the highlights this amazing place has to offer.

From the Coastline to the Forest

The South West region of Western Australia is home to some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the world. The coast here features stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and crystal-clear waters where visitors can explore marine life up close. Inland, lush forests abound with towering trees that provide a cool respite from the hot sun. A visit to these ancient forests will give you a chance to spot rare wildlife and appreciate nature in all its glory.

Things to Do

  • Wine tours are a favourite in this fertile area, with many World famous wines coming from here.
  • Commercial & boutique dairies that provide a huge variety of cheeses, milk & flavoured milk.
  • Gourmet small goods on farmlets scattered throughout the countryside, specialising in continental delights.
  • Olive farms that sell fabulous cosmetics made from olive oil, and various varieties of olive oil infused products.
  • Fruit orchards where a wide variety of fruits are grown, and market gardens with the same wide variety of vegetables and salads.
  • A smorgasbord of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and seaweeds for those that prefer ocean fare.

The Landscape

The landscape of the South West of Western Australia is generally flat and sandy with several major features, in particular the Stirling Ranges 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.

Local Cuisine

No visit to any destination would be complete without sampling local cuisine! When it comes to food, South West Western Australia offers plenty of traditional dishes that showcase local ingredients such as fresh seafood and produce from nearby farms. Some popular dishes include fish & chips (a classic!), grilled kangaroo (for adventurous eaters!) and crayfish risotto (for seafood lovers!). With so many delicious options available, visitors are sure to find something they like!

For Adventure Seekers

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush during your stay in this region, then look no further than South West Western Australia! There are plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, surfing, kayaking and more. For those who prefer more leisurely pursuits, there are also guided tours through wine country or along some of the area's more scenic routes. No matter what kind of adventure you're looking for, you'll find it here!

Whale Watching

Time your visit to watch the 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. There are great whale watching sites from the mainland & many whale & dolphin watching boat operators along the coast. There is also the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury.

South West Western Australia is an incredible place full of awe-inspiring scenery and exciting activities for all ages and interests. From its stunning coastline to its ancient forests and delicious local cuisine, this region truly has something for everyone - whether you’re looking for a family vacation or just want a romantic getaway! So pack your bags and head over now – adventure awaits!



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    Albany
    Albany is a coastal Great Southern town nestled between Mount Clarence & Mount Melville.
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    About Kalgoorlie
    Kalgoorlie is one of those towns in Australia that is well known around the world, for a variety of reasons.
  • Augusta
    Augusta
    Augusta offers the perfect family holiday and is on the south-west coast of Western Australia.
  • Busselton
    Busselton
    Busselton is a coastal city & the gateway to the South West. It is one WA's earliest settlements and has repeatedly been voted WA's top tourist town.
  • Things to See in Kalgoorlie
    Things to See in Kalgoorlie
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  • Wildlife of Rottnest Island
    Wildlife of Rottnest Island
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  • Dardanup
    Dardanup
    Dardanup is a small town in the South West region of Western Australia and was settled in 1852.
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    Coolgardie
    Coolgardie is located 550km east of Perth and the birthplace of the great gold rush of 1892.
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    Monkey Mia / Denham
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  • Ningaloo / Coral Bay
    Ningaloo / Coral Bay
    Ningaloo Reef is a barrier reef 260km's long & protects a pure white shallow sandy lagoon of clear tropical waters.
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    Border Village - Nullarbor
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  • Cocklebiddy on the Nullarbor
    Cocklebiddy on the Nullarbor
    Cocklebiddy is situated 64 kilometres east of Caiguna and and 83 kilometres west of Madura, and inland from the Great Australian Bight.
  • Mundrabilla on the Nullarbor
    Mundrabilla on the Nullarbor
    Mundrabilla is located 62 kilometres west of Eucla and 115 kilometres east of Madura.
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    Eucla on the Nullarbor
    Eucla is located approximately 13 kilometres west of the South Australian border.
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    Caiguna on the Nullarbor
    Caiguna, aboriginal for 'spear track' is located 182 kilometres east of Balladonia and 64 kilometres west of Cocklebiddy.
The Pilbara
The Pilbara

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History of The Goldfields
History of The Goldfields

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Albany
Albany

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Top 25 Things to do in Perth
Top 25 Things to do in Perth

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Kambalda
Kambalda

Kambalda is located 55km south of Kalgoorlie and was Australia’s first nickel town, built by Western Mining in the 1960s.

Surfing in Western Australia
Surfing in Western Australia

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Getting To & Around Mandurah
To & Around Mandurah

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 Caiguna on the Nullabor
Caiguna on the Nullarbor

Caiguna, aboriginal for 'spear track' is located 182 kilometres east of Balladonia and 64 kilometres west of Cocklebiddy.

Unveiling the Mysteries of Old York Hospital
Unveiling the Mysteries of Old York Hospital

Whether you're passionate about history, fascinated by the paranormal, or an admirer of architectural splendor, the Old York Hospital captivates.

Ghostly Tales of Fremantle Prison
Ghostly Tales of Fremantle Prison

For over 100 years Fremantle Prison has been home to stories of strange and unexplained occurrences.


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