There are so many amazing destinations in WA’s South West and Great Southern, it was hard to choose a few to list! This area of West Australia is very different to the northern half. Beautiful forests, swimming holes, mountain ranges and pristine beaches. There is something for everyone. Unlike the Northern half, travel times are a lot lower in this region!
Here is a list of my TOP destinations in WA’s South West and Great Southern. Make sure you add these to your bucket list!
Stirling Range National Park
If you love mountains and hiking, this is the spot for you! The Stirling ranges are located 337 km from Perth, or a 4.5-5hr drive. With multiple hikes to choose from, it’s a nature lovers paradise. Bluff knoll is the most famous in the park which reaches 1099 km above sea level. It is the largest mountain in the Great Southern region of West Australia. There are plenty of scenic drives and photo opportunities in the National Park. Park fees Apply.
For a more in depth guide to the Stirling Ranges, you can check out my guide here.
Albany is a small town rich in history, located at the southern tip of West Australia. There are plenty of things to do in and around Albany. If you love history, check out the National Anzac Centre, the Heritage Park or the Brig Amity (replica or the 19th century merchant ship). If you love beach hopping or hiking, check out the Torndirrup National Park and Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. Both of these offer some amazing beaches and coastline!
Little Beach, which is located near Albany in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, made it onto my list of the 8 Best Beaches in WA! You can check them out here.
Porongurup National Park
Located 40 mins or roughly 50 km from Albany, lies the Porongurups. Here lies massive ancient granite domes, that rise 670 metres. Giving incredible views over the surrounding landscapes. The Granite Skywalk is a must do! A 4.7km return, Grade 5 hike. This hike up to the granite rock is steep, but fairly easy (complete to your own pace). Once you get to the top you will be required to scramble over multiple rocks and climb up a steep ladder way to get to the sky walk. This is not recommended for people with a fear of heights or limited fitness.
Bremer Bay is a small coastal town located in the Great Southern region of West Australia. It is 515 km from Perth, and 180 km east of Albany. Bremer Bay is surrounded by stunning beaches and provide restings spots for calving southern right whales. Further offshore, killer whales have been spotted in the Bremer Canyon! There are heaps of beaches and snorkelling spots to explore, be sure to spend a few days here to see everything!
This is also a great spot to base yourself if you wish to visit the Fitzgerald River National Park, which is also on this list.
Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants are located near Walpole, in the Southwest region of Western Australia. This is an iconic landmark as the area is filled with ancient tingle trees. Here you can walk along the famous Tree Top Walk suspended 40 metres high into the canopy and visit the Giant Tingle Tree. Learn about the history of this forest and how it dates back approximately 50 million years ago. These trees only grow in this region, so make sure you add it to your WA bucket list! Entry fees apply for the Tree Top Walk.
For more information visit the Tree Top Walk website here.
The most impressive waterfall in West Australia’s South West! Located near Pemberton and consists of a series of rocky waterfalls set in the forest. This waterfall is reached by a trail, with great views from a suspension bridge , located below the falls. Beedelup Falls only runs after the area has experienced heavy rainfall.
Fitzgerald River National Park
The national park lies between Bremer Bay and Hopetoun. A pristine wilderness filled with bushwalking, camping, canoeing, fishing and whale-watching. Great for nature lovers! This one is forgotten or missed in most WA itineraries, but I believe it’s worth a visit. Spend a few days camping at Four Mile beach (fees apply), take a short hike up East Mount Barren or snorkel at Barrons Beach.
A small town located on the Wilson Inlet in the Great Southern region of WA. What’s there to do? Visit the famous and instagram worthy, Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. Take a hike up Monkey Rock, for some impressive views. Visit Ocean Beach or Lights beach to cool off in the turquoise waters.
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