What's on in Great Southern Region WA
The Great Southern Region on the south coast of Western Australia extends from the Walpole National Park and the town of Walpole in the west, to Bremer Bay and the Fitzgerald River National Park in the east. It includes Albany, which is the biggest town on the South-West Coast and has a range of wonderful facilities and attractions. The Region is renowned as a Wine Region and visitors will enjoy touring the region and tasting the unique wines at the many cellar doors throughout the area. The Great Southern Region has stunning natural beauty with a rugged scenic coastline dotted with majestic native forests, coves and beaches, steep mountain ranges and stunning wildflowers in Spring. The region is also a boating and angling paradise with its huge array of diverse habitats in streams, rivers,
estuaries, inlets, beaches and offshore in the wild Southern Ocean. Around Albany there are many excellent surfing beaches and the favourites are: Two People`s Bay, Jimmy Newhill`s Harbour, Middleton Beach, Frenchman Bay, and Salmon Holes. There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from in this region and excellent facilities for a wide range of activities. The wine districts include: Borden, Bow Bridge, Bremer Bay, Broomehill, Cape Howe, Denmark, Frankland, Gnowangerup, Katanning, Kojonup, Mount Barker, Nanarup, Narrikup, Nornalup, Peaceful Bay, Porongurup, Walpole. The major towns in the area include: Albany, Denmark, Cranbrook, Walpole, Redmont, Mount Barker. In the Great Southern Region the spectacular forested covered cliffs are pounded by the wild Southern Ocean Gales. The rugged
coastline is dotted with for cosy seclude coves and serene bays and inlets. The Coastal and hinterland villages are steeped in the heritage adornments of early European settlement. Rolling pastoral countryside and majestic hillscapes are home habitats to a wealth of unique flora and fauna. The area is renowned for its fine wines which you can savour at the region's cool climate vineyards and cellar door outlets. The Great Southern district is a nature lover's paradise, featuring many national parks and nature reserves. The farming land and bush are adorned with wildflowers in Spring. The Great Southern coastal area were once home to a flourishing whaling industry which is show cased in the Whale museum at Albany. Travel inland and follow the twisting paths of the rivers and streams, scenic
farms on the hills and explore the region`s rich cultural heritage. Taste some of the delicately flavoured fine wines on winery tours around Mount Barker, Frankland, Denmark and the Porongurups. The annual Taste Great Southern 2011 showcases the rich and diverse flavours of the Great Southern with events in Albany, Mount Barker, Porongurups, Denmark, Broomehill and Kojonup. The festival concludes with the - Taste Great Southern Dinner. The program includes an exciting mix of master classes with celebrity chefs, free wine tastings, long table lunches and dinners, degustations, cook-offs and specially prepared culinary sensations as well as regular favourites such as the fabulous Porongurups Wine Festival, Mt Barker Graze and The Sea of Tastes. Other local events in the area include: Bremer Bay
Classic Fishing Competition, Pingrup Picnic Races and Root Festival, Katanning Multicultural Festival, Ongerup Wildflower Display, Katanning Spring Lamb Festival, Tambellup Agricultural Show, Jerramungup Agricultural Show. Salt bush Youth Festival Katannning.
What's to See and Do - Attractions, Activities