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cruises through the marine park
and inlets around Walpole are
great for the whole family, and
wilderness holiday packages
include guided tours of the giant
forests, 4WD adventures, and
wildflower and native flora treks.
For fishing fanatics, charter
services from most coastal towns
can offer a deepwater adventure.
If you like your adventures a
little less strenuous, guided coach
tours explore the Great Southern’s
various wine districts, from
Mount Barker to Porongurup and
Frankland River to Denmark.
The Great Southern is so big, the
danger is spending too much time
in your car. Walking trails abound,
and regardless of fitness levels
there’s one to suit everyone. Even a
stroll around the streets of Albany,
Walpole or Denmark unearths
historical treasures, cafes, unique
shops and art galleries, plus hill
views across ocean and forest.
The more adventurous can don a
pair of comfortable shoes and head
out of town. The beaches, even
in cooler months, are perfect for
exploring by foot. There are craggy
coves and stretches of untouched
sand, and chances are you’ll have
them all to yourself.
Inland, there are walk trails by
the dozen. And of course, there
is the famous Bibbulmun Track
running along the coast. Camp out
along the track or do a daytrip.
Inland there are national parks to
explore. Trails are well-marked and
signposted, leading you through
beautiful, diverse scenery – under
forest canopies, along creeks,
around hilltop vineyards and
orchards, and through wildflowers
and granite moss. In cooler weather
the landscape turns deep green
and lush, and the uphill climbs are
easier to handle.
The Valley of the Giants, east of
Walpole, is a forest of towering
tingle trees that must be seen to
be believed. The famous Tree Top
Walk is a 38m-high platform that
places you up in the canopy as it
meanders through the forest.
The Walpole/Nornalup forests run
south to meet the ocean, where
waves slam into sheer cliff faces.
The forest-meets-coastline is a
common sight as you head east
along the coast, at locations like
William Bay and West Cape Howe.
It’s a year-round experience. Visit
The Great Southern wine region is
the largest, in area, of all the wine
regions in the country. Spanning
more than 3200ha, it accounts
for almost 40 per cent of Western
Australia’s total wine production.
There are five official sub-regions:
Albany, Denmark, Frankland River,
Mount Barker and Porongurup.
Denmark and Albany benefit
from a cool maritime climate
strongly influenced by the ocean.
That coastal influence changes
further inland at Frankland River,
Mount Barker and Porongurup.
There is relatively low rainfall,
and soils include well-drained
gravelly, sandy and red karri
loams. The unique natural terroir
is reflected in the wines of each
sub-region. They encompass a
wide variety of styles, including
outstanding riesling – regarded
as some of Australia’s finest – and
shiraz. There’s also premium
examples of pinot noir, cabernet
sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay and
Wine trail tours include lunch
at first-rate restaurants, cellar
door sales and tours and lectures
at selected vineyards. Visit
Mountain biking in Albany.
You’ll love the forests in the
Porongurup National Park.
Marine Drive Scenic Pass, Albany.
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