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A visit to the Great Southern
is not just about the region’s
spectacular and unique natural
environment, it is also about wine,
food, history and indulgence.
This region is that little bit further
away along a slightly less-trodden
track, but isolation has given the Great
Southern an opportunity to develop
its own niche, true to the unique soul
of the ancient land. Its inhabitants
range from the Noongar people, the
mariners and fisherfolk, to the many
hundreds of thousands of native
animals who live in the forests, and
the close-knit farming communities
who work the land and spend summer
on the shores of the Southern Ocean
when the harvest is done, year after
year, generation after generation.
There are so many reasons to
pounce upon this unsuspecting
corner of the world. A love of
great food and wine is intrinsic to
the culture. With the pristine seas
delivering seafood, and the prime
agricultural land acting as a food bowl
for the state, the region’s chefs are
serving up inspired fare.
The Great Southern has been
doing great wine for a lot longer
than most realise, across five sub-
regions, each with a distinct terroir.
Mt Barker has celebrated 50 years of
grape growing, and at the QANTAS
Wine Show of Western Australia,
Mt Barker wines were hot-ticket
items. Connoisseur travellers are well
rewarded with fantastic scenery and
perfectly matched cuisine.
The Great Southern’s spectacular
coastline, forests and mountain
wilderness are some of the most
amazing you’ll see. Attractions like
the Gap and Natural Bridge in
Albany, and the Granite Skywalk in
the Porongurup Range join the Valley
of the Giants Tree Top Walk atop any
nature lover’s bucket list.
Board a charter from Albany during
whale-watching season. Humpbacks
and southern right whales gather in
sheltered bays along the south coast,
visible also from sighting platforms
along the cliffs. To the east of Albany
in Bremer Bay, an enormous pod of
killer whales congregates over a deep-
sea hotspot in the early months of the
year. A tour is not to be missed!
The Great Southern region is
two to your travel plans, take
a detour from the Albany Highway
at Beaufort River and head on
a journey through five of the Great
Southern region’s Hidden Treasures –
hinterland towns that include inland
Katanning, and loop you back onto
the highway at Cranbrook.
GREAT IN EVERY WAY, THIS IS THE REGION
OF MASSIVE SEAS, ANCIENT FORESTS AND
EDGE-OF-THE-EARTH TOWNS. BUT WHEN
NATURE GIVES WAY IT CAN BE STILL, SERENE
AND WELCOMING – A LAND TAMED BY ALMOST
200 YEARS OF FARMING.
Z Straight out of
a Doctor Who
or Get Smart
phone box in
used by the locals
as a landmark. It
also signifies the
start of the scenic
Z The Albany
once a Noongar
tribes, and used
as a trade route
Z Cloud formations
on the Stirling
surreal in winter,
and sometimes it
can even snow!
Z The Great
37 per cent of
all grapes grown
Z Albany was the
point for the
the First World War.
For the ultimate
travel guide &
When to go
Locals will tell you their favourite time of year
is autumn. The region has a stillness that sets
the scene for alfresco winery lunches, mountain
biking, bushwalking and coastal treks.
Winter is spectacular, as the Southern Ocean
unleashes all its fury. Whales are about in large
numbers from June to October. Some days are
gloriously still and sunny, and yes, others can be
cold and wet. If a big front comes in, outdoor
activities are delayed in favour of roaring log
fires, big reds and hearty meals.
Spring is the season for wildflowers,
with thousands upon thousands of species
blooming. Many birds, including the splendid
blue wren, are in full song.
Mild southern summers offer a lovely
reprieve from the northern heat, and are great
for a cool swim after hiking through shady
forests, or mountain-biking the pristine trails.
Elephant Rocks, Denmark.
Great Southern Region
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