Less than 170km south of Perth and just 11 kilometres north of Bunbury, Australind is a water lover’s dream. With the Brunswick and Collie Rivers to the east and south and the Leschenault Estuary to the west, it provides the perfect place for fun, play and a weekend away.
Iconic for boating and fishing, it is not only water lovers who will enjoy the offerings of this coastal town.
Australind provides something for all ages and interests to explore including:
- Australind Heritage Trail – Visit historical sites along the trail including including cottages, parks, cemeteries and churches including St Nicholas Church which is believed to be Australia’s smallest place of worship.
- Australind Village Shopping Centre and Henton Cottage – Browse a range of local handmade arts, crafts and gifts at the Australind Artisan Collective and variety of retailers at the village shopping centre.
- Ridley Place Foreshore – Enjoy a walk along on the foreshore or pack a picnic lunch and sit and relax. Children can enjoy playing at the refurbished play zone area which includes a balancing rope course, discovery area and mangrove tree maze.
- Crabbing – When the season and weather is right, try your luck at scooping crabs from the estuary or crabbing off the pipeline jetty. Watch the pelicans frolic as you crab or fish or you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a dolphin.
Head south of Perth for 270km and arrive at picture perfect Bridgetown. Surrounded by the Blackwood river, this country town is filled with stunning landscapes and attractions to explore. All ages and interests will enjoy the offerings of this scenic country town.
There are plenty of ways to fill in your time in Bridgetown including:
- Blackwood River – Take in the tranquil surroundings and enjoy a relaxing day swimming, canoeing and kayaking by the largest river in Western Australia’s South West.
- Jigsaw Gallery – Experience the one of a kind, extensive collection of different sized jigsaws which have been being collected for over 80 years including famous landscapes, classic art and 3D jigsaws.
- Art Trail – Explore the collection of street artworks, paintings and sculptures, by local artists, on selected historic and public buildings throughout the town centre.
- Wineries and Cideries – Soak up the peaceful surrounds and enjoy a hearty lunch and real, all-natural apple ciders, wines and handcrafter beers at local wineries and cideries.
At the heart of the Bunbury-Geographe region and 180km south of Perth, wonder awaits in the coastal city of Bunbury. With the waves of the Indian Ocean to the west and the calm waters of Koombana Bay a few kilometres east, Bunbury boasts a diverse range of attractions for tourists and holiday makers of all ages and capabilities.
Well known and loved for its beautiful beaches, wild dolphin swim tours, arts, culture, entertainment and cafés and restaurants, Bunbury is home to:
- Bunbury Regional Art Gallery – Located in the city centre of Bunbury and set in a pink former convent, the gallery exhibits a large range of local artwork.
- Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre – Enjoy a variety of live entertainment in this state-of-the-art entertainment complex including live theatre, music, comedy and dance.
- Dolphin Discovery Centre – The recently refurbished centre has plenty to see, do and learn. From dolphin eco tours to swimming with the dolphins to interactive activities and exhibits.
- Jetty Baths – Enjoy the calm waters of this small beach and park area, just a few minutes from the city centre. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day out with the family.
- Bunbury Farmers Market – Sample and purchase fresh, quality produce with a large selection of fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, preserves, bakery and readymade meals.
At the gateway to the Margaret River wine region and 220km south of Perth, breathtaking Busselton awaits. Located on the southwest tip of Western Australia, Busselton is one of the South West’s favourite tourism towns thanks to its beautiful beaches, the longest piled jetty made of timber in the Southern Hemisphere and a hub of cafes and restaurants.
Bursting with attractions for all ages and enthusiasts to explore, Busselton is home to:
- Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory – Catch the train to the end of the 1.7km famous Busselton jetty to discover the Underwater Observatory. View the 300 plus marine species, that live beneath the jetty, from the viewing windows at various levels.
- Geographe Bay – Enjoy the calm, tranquil waters of this beautiful shoreline. Whether a leisurely stroll, a swim or building sandcastles, the ideal place for a family day by the sea.
- Art Geo Cultural Complex – The cultural precent of Busselton, ArtGeo features an art gallery, studios, workshop, historic courthouse, theatre and life-size bronze sculptures.
- St Mary’s Anglican Church – Discover the beauty and history of the oldest stone church in the state which is still used as a place of worship today.
- Whale Watching – When the season is right, take to the waters for an exciting day onboard a charter to get up close with whales and other sea life creatures in the oceans of the South West.
Situated half-way between Bunbury and Busselton and 210 kilometres south of Perth, the Capel region is filled with stunning scenery, mouth-watering local produce and natural wonders. A popular destination for tourists and those looking for a weekend escape, Capel provides something for everyone, including those with a sense of adventure.
You are spoilt for choice with ways to fill in your days in the Capel region including:
- Peppermint (Peppie) Beach – Whether a day out swimming and paddling or watching the sun rise, enjoy the beauty of the white sand and clear calm waters of this popular beach.
- Tuart Forest National Park – This strip of tuart forest links Capel and Busselton. Enjoy a picnic at one of the picnic sites or wait to the sun goes down, take your torch and walk the self-guided trail to be up close to the possums.
- Forest Adventures South West – Enjoy the great outdoors and soar to great heights amongst the trees with adrenaline filled fun on high rope courses and flying foxes.
- Wineries, Restaurants and Cafes – From locally baked cakes and desserts to award winning wines, enjoy a range of delicious and decadent food at a variety of local establishments.
Whether you are looking for an adventure or a relaxing time, Collie makes a great place to visit. Situated 220 kilometres south of Perth and 60 kilometres east of Bunbury, there is something for everyone from the beautiful scenery of the Collie River to parks, gardens, recreation, and leisure activities.
Whether a weekend away or tourist stop, Collie is brimming with attractions including:
- Wellington National Park – Explore the stunning scenery of Western Australia’s jarrah, marri and yarri forests and the Collie River Valley. The ideal place for a day of sightseeing and admiring the beauty of the wildflowers and birdlife.
- Honeymoon Pool – The relaxed ambience and tranquil waters make this the ideal place to rest and recharge. Enjoy swimming, bushwalking, canoeing and fishing. Pack a picnic or utilise the BBQ facilities onsite.
- Museums and Galleries – Enjoy exploring work by local artists including paintings, pottery, turned wood and sculptures and discover insights and information on Collie’s history and heritage.
- Tea house, Cafes and Restaurants – From baked goods to tapas to local wines, enjoy a range of delicious and decadent food at a variety of local establishments.
Located 12km north of Margaret River and 265 kilometres south of Perth, is the eccentric small town of Cowaramup or as the locals call it “Cow Town”. Although the town itself is small, there is no shortage of delicious local produce and scenery to explore.
A popular destination for tourists with the heart of Margaret River just 10 minutes away, there are plenty of ways to fill in your time in Cowarumup including:
- Giftware and Galleries – Explore the giftshops and specialty stores showcasing a diverse range of paintings, arts, crafts, produce and handcrafted gifts and treasures.
- Candy Cow – A sweet tooths haven. Taste and treat yourself to fudge, nougat, honeycomb chocolate and lollypops. Watch the candy makers, live in action, as they prepare a variety of sweet treats.
- Rails to Trails Cowaramup – This trail runs approximately 13.5km from Cowaramup to Margaret River (or vise versa depending where you start). This trail can be used for walking or cycling with spots to stop for a picnic along the way.
- Wineries and Cellar Doors – Sample local wines and produce while enjoying delicious cuisine at local wineries and cellar doors.
Fun for the whole family awaits 210 kilometres south of Perth, in the town of Donnybrook. Nestled between English Oak trees, winding rivers and rolling hills, it provides the perfect place for fun and play.
Iconic for its apple and stone fruit orchards, Donnybrook provides an abundance of attractions and fun for singles, couples and families for a tourist stop or weekend away including:
- Apple Fun Park – Relax under a shady tree and watch the children play at this large outdoor fun park. With attractions to entertain children of all ages, a fun filled day can be had on the slides, flying foxes, swings, rock climbing walls and rope bridges.
- Fruit Picking – Take in the stunning scenery and breathtaking backdrop while picking, in season, fruit from the orchards. Take home what you pick and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
- Policeman’s Way Museum – Explore the extensive collection of police memorabilia from all over the world. Learn the interesting stories behind the collection of clothing, patches, badges, hats and figurines.
- Wineries and Vineyards – Experience the delight of delicious food and wines set amongst stunning scenery at the various local wineries and restaurants.
Nestled in the curving coastline and turquoise shores of Geographe Bay is the world-renowned coastal town of Dunsborough. Situated 255 kilometres south of Perth in the South West region of WA, Dunsborough is brimming with spectacular coastlines, decadent cafes and restaurants and picturesque beachfront cycle ways and walking paths.
Dunsborough offers an abundance of attractions for singles, couples and families of all ages including:
- Meelup Beach – Crystal clear, pristine waters provide the ideal place for a day of swimming, snorkelling or building sandcastles in the white sand.
- Cape Naturalist Lighthouse – Enjoy the superb ocean views from the observation platform or climb the stairs to the top for breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Take a guided tour to learn the fascinating history of this working lighthouse.
- Cape to Cape Walking Track – Stop into the visitor centre for a map and choose one of the easily accessible short walks along this famous track. Take in the stunning views, picturesque landscape, birdlife and flora.
- Country Life Farm – From patting and hand feeding the animals to fun on the bouncy castle and inflatable slide there is fun for the whole family. With BBQ facilities and an onsite café, enjoy lunch under the shady trees.
- Wineries and Cellar Doors – Sample local wines and experience magical views of vineyards while enjoying mouth-watering cuisine at the many award-winning wineries and restaurants.
With a backdrop of forests and national parks, Manjimup is located 295km south of Perth. This popular country town provides a diverse range of attractions for tourists and holiday makers of all ages and capabilities.
Well known and loved for its quality produce, serene nature and heritage, adventure for the whole family awaits in Manjimup including:
- Truffles – Manjimup is the epicentre of truffles, with more truffles being found here that anywhere in the South Hemisphere. Enjoy the tastes of delicious truffle inspired dishes at one of the local restaurants.
- Manjimup Heritage Park – Enjoy a fun filled family outing to this interactive playground with a giant slippery slide, climbing ropes and flying fox. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at the café.
- Four Aces – Experience the beauty of the karri forest ad view the four huge karri trees growing in a perfectly straight line. Take a leisurely stroll through one of the walk trails while watching the birdlife amongst the trees.
- Museums and Galleries – View collections of unique artworks by local artists and learn interesting facts about the area’s history and heritage at various galleries and museums in the area.
One of the most iconic and popular towns in the South West of Western Australia is the world-renowned Margaret River. Located 270km south of Perth, it exceeds every food lovers’ dreams with award-winning wineries, restaurants and breweries. Beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast making it a popular destination for those who love sea, sand and surf.
Tourists and holiday makers to Margaret River can choose from an abundance of attractions, for all ages and interests including:
- Hamelin Bay – Enjoy the stunning, calm waters of this bay which is well known to be brimming with stingrays. Snorkel or swim around the bay or pack the reel and rod and fish off the beach.
- Galleries – Immerse yourself in the history of artists in the region at various studios, galleries and museums. With many located amongst stunning scenery enjoy admiring various types of art plus watercolour paintings, candles and ceramics.
- Margaret River Chocolate Factory – Taste and treat yourself to a range of award-winning gourmet chocolate products including truffles, sea salted caramel, rocky road, honeycomb and fruit and nut.
- Wineries and Vineyards – Visit a diverse range of wineries and cellar doors in the region for a delicious and decadent feast of local produce and palette pleasing tastings of local wines.
- Craft Beer Breweries – Enjoy an interesting range of beers and ciders at different breweries in the area. Tease the taste buds with tastings of varying and eccentric flavours.