Nothing says summer holidays in Western Australia like a trip to our state’s glorious South West region, but with so much to experience, where do you begin?
Enter Australia’s South West’s 2024 Holiday Planner – a free e-magazine packed full of information to help you plan your trip and get the most out of your sun-drenched days down south.
You’ll find epic road trip itineraries, Insta-worthy locales, bucket list experiences, accommodation, and tour options, as well as loads more to help you get the most out of your precious time away.
To celebrate the launch of the planner, they’ve kicked off the #SummerintheSouthWest competition – giving you the chance to submit your best photos from anywhere between Harvey to Bremer Bay to go in the running to win a huge prize pack, including:
- Two-night stay at the award-winning Pullman Bunker Bay Resort;
- 20-minute flight for two with Scenic Helicopters;
- Coasteering adventure experience with Margaret River Adventure Co;
- Family pass for a twilight didgeridoo experience with Koomal Dreaming;
- Mouth-watering tasting experience for two at Beerfarm.
As always, we’re here to help, so here’s a few hints on where you might capture the most epic photos in Australia’s South West:
The South West region’s unofficial capital also just happens to be home to an ever-increasing number of tourist activities. From discovering playful dolphins and bustling breweries to some of WA’s best mountain biking trails, it deserves ample time for exploration. For something a little more meaningful, why not jump on a Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tour and learn about our oldest living culture while snapping a photo of the stunning lands on which they’ve lived for tens of thousands of years.
Southern Forest & Valleys
As we recently highlighted, a road trip through the Villages in the Valley part of WA is a must-do. Along the way you’ll find quirky country towns lining the magnificent Blackwood River, with misty mornings in spots like Nannup or Bridgetown just begging for a magical photo. Likewise, Pemberton Pool and Barrabup Pool offer the opportunity for a secluded picture by the water.
While we wouldn’t blame you for allocating plenty of time to indulge in the world class winery part of this region, if it’s exciting photos you’re after, holding up a wine glass just ain’t gonna cut it. With whale season coming to an end, wildlife photos can be tricky, so why not try for some action shots of the surfers instead! For the purpose of photographic glory, we also recommend heading underground to explore this region’s curious caves – Jewel, Lake, Mammoth and Ngilgi.
Where to even begin when it comes to spectacular photo moments in the Great Southern Region. You could hop out on the edge with iconic locations like the Gap and Natural Bridge or challenge yourself with a hike along the Bald Head Walk Trail or climb up the Granite Skywalk at Castle Rock. A trip to Denmark’s Elephant Rocks or Greens Pool is a must, but why not take the road less travelled and tackle the Albany Wind Farm or Sand Patch steps.
Submit your photos on socials with #SummerintheSouthWest to go in the running (winners announced February 1st), and download your free copy of the 2024 Australia’s South West Holiday Planner here.
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