South of Perth, the landscape greens and grows, and the wines and beaches of beautiful Margaret River are exceptional. As well as its wineries, Margaret River offers activities from surfing and watersports to walking beneath the towering karri forests and hiking along the Cape to Cape Track from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturalist. The region is also home to more than 150 stunning caves and you can explore three of them – the Lake, Mammoth and Jewel caves – on a guided tour.
Albany sits at the southern tip of Western Australia and is the region’s oldest European settlement. This port city has a wonderful coastline where you can spot humpback, southern right and blue whales between May and October. Get an introduction to the area's rich heritage with a walk along the Amity Trail and visit the Anzac Centre to learn about the last of the home soil Australian soldiers saw before they went to war.
On the other end of the South West, Busselton is another great spot for whale watching. Take a cruise to see humpback whales looking after their newly born calves from September to early December and take a stroll along the Australia’s longest wooden pier.
Pemberton & Valley of the Giants
Be awed by Australia’s nature as you walk among giant huge karri trees that can grow up to 90 metres high. Once used as fire lookouts, you can visit the most famous one, Gloucester Tree, in timber town Pemberton before tucking into home-grown produce and local wines in the town’s cafés and restaurants. To experience the karri trees close to the treetops, the Valley of the Giants sky walkway is just an hour and a half’s drive from Pemberton.
Further east, highlights around Esperance include Cape Le Grand National Park – home to the whitest beach in Australia at Lucky Bay, where you can even spot kangaroos sunbathing on the beach.