Beyond Margaret River
The Geographe region is a rich blend of maritime history, green pastures, fertile orchards, sparkling coastal waters and fascinating marine life. Within easy reach of Perth, the region is perfect for day trips and short getaways, and is the gateway to the Margaret River region and the Blackwood River Valley. Local specialities include dairy, beef and orange juice from Harvey; crabs from Bunbury; and crisp apples from the orchard town of Donnybrook. It’s also home to the Geographe Wine Region and the cosmopolitan city of Bunbury.
Towns within the Geographe region include: Bunbury, Boyanup, Brunswick Junction, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook and Harvey.
Blackwood River Valley
Characterised by lush rolling hills and charming historic towns, the Blackwood River Valley is breathtakingly picturesque and naturally beautiful. It's particularly beautiful in springtime, when the wildflowers and local award-winning gardens put on a dazzling show of colour. At night, clear skies give stargazers an awe-inspiring view of the constellations, and by day, art-lovers will discover outstanding craftsmanship in the local galleries. Food and wine lovers will be delighted by the array of products on offer for tasting throughout the region.
Towns within the Blackwood River Valley region include: Balingup, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup.
Clear, crisp air and a magical landscape of magnificent karri, marri and tingle forests, vine-clad hillsides, fertile orchards, dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches with exhilarating views across the vast Southern Ocean. Wineries, forests, fishing, swimming, wildflowers, and fresh local gourmet delights (the Southern Forests region is often referred to as the “gourmet food bowl” of the South West) – all this and more awaits you on your journey through the Southern Forests.
Towns within the Southern Forests region include: Manjimup, Nornalup, Northcliffe, Pemberton and Walpole.
The Great Southern
In the Great Southern region of Australia's south west, dramatic forested cliffs are pounded by the wild Southern Ocean, providing shelter for cosy coves and calm bays. Coastal and country towns are steeped in the rich history of early European settlement. Rolling pastoral landscapes and majestic mountain ranges are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna and fine wines are carefully crafted in the region’s vineyards. Whale watching, marine life, wine tasting, beautiful beaches, farmland and tasty home-grown produce are amongst the delights you will discover when you visit the Great Southern. Framed by the rugged Porongurup and Stirling Range National Parks, the Great Southern is also home to the port city of Albany - Western Australia's first European settlement.
Towns within the Great Southern region include: Albany, Bremer Bay, Denmark, Frankland, Katanning, Kojonup and Mount Barker.
For all you need to know about Australia's South West, visit www.australiassouthwest.com