Driving the South West corner
There’s all kinds of scenery, food and wine to sample in the South West but you must make the time if you want to experience it all.
Perth to Bunbury
Drive 190km along the South-Western Highway to Bunbury. Stop off for lunch or drive another 52km to Busselton and check out the white sandy beach along the shoreline of Geographe Bay. The train ride over the Indian Ocean on the historic jetty is a worthwhile activity, too. There’s even an Underwater Observatory at the end of it.
You can spend days exploring the Margaret River’s wineries, there’s 150 of them! Vasse Felix, Windows Estate, Wills Domain, they’re all great. When you’ve enjoyed your share of wine, there’s a huge cave to be explored to the north or you can check out Sugarloaf Rock for a beautiful lookout point. Enjoy a walk along the Cape to Cape Track and have a beer at one of the local brew houses.
Margaret River to Pemberton
A little over 50km away in Cape Leeuwin, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet, visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to spot the whales’ annual migration. 135km away, Pemberton has three Karri trees you can climb for great views over the area.
Pemberton to Denmark
Travel 140km to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. You can move about the 40m high walkway, among the red-barked tingle eucalyptus trees. Navigate your way through the Elephant rocks and turquoise waters of William Bay National Park to the scenic farming region around Denmark.
Denmark to Albany
The Scotsdale Scenic Drive links up to a string of wineries. There’s also the 1000km Bibbulmun track to explore. In Albany, 105 km away, there’s plenty of birdwatching to do. Or visit the National ANZAC Centre to pay tribute to those who served. The Albany Heritage Park is worth exploring, too.
Venture to Discovery Bay to learn about the region’s whaling history and potentially see some whales on the whale watching cruise. You can also visit the nearby Australian Wildlife Park or Regional Wildflower Garden. Another 8km away, The Gap has a thrilling see-through skywalk platform extending 10m over a cliff’s edge. Natural Bridge, a thick horizontal column of rock, is a few steps away. Back in Albany there’s a whiskey distillery to try out, called Limeburners.
Albany to Bremer Bay
Drive 49km inland to Porongurup National Park to the Granite Skywalk, 670m above sea level, for a panoramic view. Stirling Range National Park is worth a look, otherwise continue to Bremer Bay and onto Fitzgerald River National Park. There’s over 60 unique plant species, beaches, hiking trails and wildlife here.
In Bremer Bay, ride a quad bike for a few hours for a guided tour through the sand dunes, beaches and bushland. And spend the rest of the day exploring the winery, museum and beaches.
Bremer Bay to Esperance
It’s a fair distance to travel at 726km, but Esperance is well worth the journey. The pure white shores of Esperance Bay are fringed by more than 100 islands where you can see whales, seals and dolphins. Take a short tour along Great Ocean Drive and lookout for Twilight Bay – you can have a snorkel at Blue Haven Beach and Twilight Cove.
If you’ve got a day to spare, book a cruise to Lake Hillier on Middle Island or travel to Lucky Bay at Cape Le Grand National Park.