Injidup Beach by Elements Margaret River


When it comes to summer holidays, the coast, lakes and natural pools call us and few places do it better than Australia’s South West.

The South West offers diverse landscapes from plunging cliffs in Albany, secluded bays near Denmark, dense forest surrounding cascades and falls in Pemberton, a swell paradise for surfers in Margaret River, spectacular diving in Bunbury, rolling hills and natural emerald pools in Nannup and Collie, tranquil rivers made for paddle boarding and kayaking in Bridgetown and pristine beaches around the whole south coast, from Bremer Bay to Bunbury - so clean they squeak between your toes.

South West Regions

Seaside in the South West

The South West has over 1000 kilometres of coastline varying from tranquil bays and bright blue lagoons to limestone cliffs and rugged granite headlands. Submerge yourself in that 100% coastal and beachlife holiday you’ve always wanted in the warm summer months of November, December, January and February. Go where the crowds go for real Aussie vibe, surrounded by games of beach cricket, elaborate barbeques and family gatherings melding into one group as their kids play together. Or if you prefer a beach all to yourself, you need only know who to ask... the friendly local crew at any Visitor Centre.

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Paddle boarding in the Margaret River Region

Family Days Out

As far as your most fond memories go, we bet it's of family days or getaways from your childhood that linger the longest. We've put together just a few musts-do's for your family fun.


Busselton Jetty

There are many new things to experience and the internationally renowned Busselton Jetty. The 1.8km long timber piled jetty has always been a hit with families, complete with a red jetty train and underwater observatory. Now, you can make a whole day of it with diving and underwater walking tours available as well as mermaid tours every Sunday in January.


Apple Fun Park Donnybrook

Starting from just an hour and a half from Perth is the Geographe Region. Filled with family friendly activities, you can easily make it a day trip or experience it all including Apple Fun Park, Australia's largest free playground and Gnomesville, a quirky collection of thousands of gnomes plus much more on a long weekend getaway. More about Bunbury and Geographe.


Farmstays in the Southern Forests and Valleys

Taking the family to a farm stay can be as relaxing or as adventure filled as you desire. Find countless farmstays, particularly in the Southern Forests and Blackwood River Valley regions. Help feed animals each morning, learn how to ride a horse and collect eggs from the chickens. There's no better way to learn where milk comes from, like helping to milk a cow!


Bunbury Wildlife Park

Getting up close to nature is easy in the South West with an abundance of animal parks and many other educational attractions. Visit Albany's Historic Whaling Station and Wildlife Park at Discovery Bay, Australia's most comprehensive dolphin experience at the Dolphin Discovery Centre and the Bunbury Wildlife Park.

Killer Whales and Wildlife 

Seeing a Killer Whale, also commonly known as an Ocra is a privilege very few have witnessed. Just half a square kilometre off the coast of the small holiday and fishing town of Bremer Bay is a deep canyon, quite recently discovered. It's home to the largest known pod of Killer Whales in the southern hemisphere with up to 100 killer whales spotted in the area. It's also teaming with life of many kinds. From giant squid and sunfish to seals and seabirds. You can witness this unique phenomenon by joining a research expedition that departs from Bremer Bay daily from late January to April each year. Daily transfers from Albany are also available as a day trip or stay over night to include a Bremer Bay sights tour the following day. Below image by Dave and Fiona Harvey.

Bremer Bay Canyon. Image by Dave and Fiona Harvey.

Cultural Connections in the Great Outdoors

The first inhabitants of Australia's South West were the Aboriginal people; believed to have had a connection with this land for almost 50,000 years. With new immersive tours starting up in this past year; now more than ever before, you can connect with one of the oldest living cultures. Where better to do so than in the great outdoors as you visit a mix of significant sites and landmarks.

Denmark, Porongurup and Stirling Range.

Poornarti at Bluff Knoll Stirling Range

Wander through the creative town of Denmark or truly immerse yourself and see country through the eyes of Aboriginal elder and lawman Joey Williams in the ancient ranges of Porongurup and Stirling on a day tour or overnight camping experience. Visit


Bunbury and the Ferguson Valley.

Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Troy Bennell is a natural storyteller and his passion for the region is woven into Dreaming stories and whimsical yarns about the traditional way of life he experienced growing up in this captivating location. Find a side of Bunbury and the Ferguson Valley that you have never discovered before. Visit



Jack Cox, Kodja Place

Join elder Jack Cox for a yarn over billy tea and damper and be guided through the Kodja Place Interpretive Centre. Continue to explore Kojonups culture in the Australian Rose Maze, with poignant stories of three women Yoondi the Noongar, Elizabeth the English and Maria the Italian. Visit


Cape Leeuwin and the Margaret River Region.

Sugarloaf Rock with Cape Cultural Tours

Visit famous land marks like Sugarloaf Rock, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and more with Cape Cultural Tours, Explore many more highlights in the Margaret River Region including a twilight didgeridoo cave tour with the award winning sister company, Koomal Dreaming,

Surfers Paradise

With over 75 major surfing breaks located in the Margaret River Region between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin alone, and many more along the southern coastline, anyone from the novice to the experienced surfer can enjoy the ultimate surfing experience in Australia's South West. Spectacular coastal lookouts provide vantage points to watch those taking on the ocean.

There's tonnes of other outdoor activities; from the relaxing paddle boarding and canoeing along rivers in the Geographe, Southern Forests and Valley regions to the adventure seekers abseiling, kite surfing and skydiving in the Great Southern and Margaret River region.

Surfing Mick Short by Russel Ord

Eat and Drink

 Australia’s South West is almost as well known for its gourmet food as it is for its world class wine, and the pair go hand in hand. Many wineries and breweries have restaurants on site and you’ll often find the region’s best chefs working behind the pass, creating unforgettable cuisine. Dotted between cellar doors, you’ll find plenty of other tasty delights such as cheeses, olives, marron, chocolate, fudge and so much more. Find a great selection at farmers markets held on the weekend in most towns where you’ll find the region’s delicacies all in one place. Check with any visitor centre for dates and locations.

Denmark, Great Southern Brewery.

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