What's on South West WA


The South West Region of Western Australia, located south of Perth, has a huge range of tourist attractions, facilities and activities, a host of fantastic surfing locations, fabulous wilderness areas and world famous forests, and the world renowned Margaret River Wine region. The South West Region has it all really! The region extends Augusta in the south, to Cape Naturaliste, Vasse, and Dunsborough in the north. It includes a wonderful stretch of coastline and the inland forest and wilderness areas in the south west corner. The Margaret River area is a renowned and very popular tourist destination for its wonderful karri forests (with amongst the highest growing tree in the world), spectacular surfing destinations that are well known throughout the world, and stunning wineries. Take a guided tour to really appreciate the fine food and wine on offer, the towering forests, whale watching, fabulous snorkeling and scuba diving, stunning wreck diving, excellent fishing and world class beaches. The South West Region can honestly live up to the claim that its plethora of attractions, activities facilities and things to do and see caters for every taste (except for snow and ice!). There is a huge range of places to stay on beachfront in the many coastal resort towns and also in amongst the towering forests away from the coast. The major towns in the Region that provide a range of entertainment options and facilities include: Augusta, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Bunker Bay, Cape Naturaliste, Collie, Cowaramup, Dunsborough, Eagle Bay, Gnarabup Beach, Gracetown, Greenbushes, Hamelin Bay, Karridale, Manjimup, Margaret River, Nannup, Pemberton, Prevelly, Vasse and Yallingup. Things to do and see in the South West Corner include: # The Bibbulmun Bushwalking Track - hike along of the most famous and most loved walking pathways in all of Australia past gigantic trees, charming stream full of marron crayfish, waterfalls,wildflowers and lots of native fauna. # Whale and Dolphin Watching (in the migration and breeding season from June to December) from cruise vessels and beaches and headlands along the seashore # Climb the Diamond Tree a monster karri tree with a viewing platform over 50 m above the forest floor - climb it if you dare! # Go to the Beach - there is a huge variety to select from including Surfer's Point where the world's best board riders contend each year, to the calm and serene waters of Bunker Bay for swimming and families, there is a host of attractive sandy coastlines for everyone. # See the magnificent native Wildflowers (August to November) - there are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in Western Australia and there is a magnificent display every year that attracts visitors from interstate and all over the world. # Food Tasting - Hit the food products trail and savour the sumptuous localized fare encompassing olives, dairy, cheese, venison, beef. chocolate and fudge as well as the magnificent local seafood. # Browse through the Farmers Markets # Go Spot-Lighting for Native Animals see possums, frogs, kangaroos, numbats and echidnas up close and personal. With more than 90 % of Australia's exclusive fauna living nocturnal lifestyles, there is many ways to be startled and intrigued you after-dark in the local timber plantations and nature reserves # Wine Tasting - There are a gigantic number of cellar doors outlets to select from, offering panoramic views of the vineyards, wetlands, towering timber plantations and surf breaks, as well as free tastings of award winning local wines, often with cafes and restaurants. Get a localized wine trail map from the numerous tourist hubs in the area. # Browse through the local Art Galleries - With such stunning view for inspiration, many gifted artisans have established themselves in the magical South West. # Enjoy local plays and live theatre performances, concerts and musical events throughout the region at the various entertainment centres, pubs, clubs. The wineries offer many musical events throughout the year. Annual events include: # April: Mass Music Festival, Quit Forest Rally # May: Ironman, Busselton, Arts Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Vintage Stomp at Voyager Estate # June to September: Whale-watching season. # July: Capes Long Lunch # August: Cinefest OZ # September to November: Wildflower Tours Margaret River # October: Cape to Cape MTB, a four-day mountain bike race through the region # December: SunSmart Ironman competition, Busselton # January: Southbound, Busselton: music festival for the younger crowds, Movies in the Vineyard: # February: Annual Leeuwin Concert at Leeuwin Estate , Busselton Jetty Swim a 3.6 km ocean swim around the jetty with over 1,000 competitors # March: Margaret River Wine Region Festival


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