From wandering coastlines to wild hikes: Your guide to winter in the Great Southern

Great Southern Things to do winter
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With wild ocean waters and rugged peninsulas the only thing between you and Antarctica, the Great Southern’s coastline truly makes you feel like you’re at the end of the earth – and winter brings a whole new layer of magic to the region.

Not sure where to start? Get ready for your next Australia’s South West winter getaway with these must-visit spots to discover:

Fitzgerald River National Park

Far from the everyday world and dotted with granite outcrops and limestone cliffs, the Fitzgerald River National Park is the perfect place for a winter getaway. Spot southern right whales frolicking in protected bays or glimpse an early display of striking wildflowers from the dozens of hiking trails.

Bluff Knoll

Have an explorers spirit and a tolerance for early morning chill? Bluff Knoll is a must-conquer for any nature-lover. The highest point in the Stirling Ranges, it’s a spectacular hike made even more grand by the possibility of winter snowfall at its peak – or cloud waterfalls at sunrise – truly rare and magical South West sights!

Great Southern Things to do winter Bluff Knoll

Find some Great Southern Treasures

Understandably, Albany gets the lion’s share of attention in the Great Southern – but the region’s north has plenty of treasures to discover.

A cooperative effort between Noongar and Wadjela communities to tell their stories side-by-side, make sure to stop in at the Kodja Place to discover the interwoven history of Kojonup’s rich indigenous and colonial past. Hear heartfelt, personal tales in the Storyplace, or sit down for yarns, billy-tea and damper in Yoondi’s Mia Mia with a local Noongar Elder. Explore the stunning neighbouring Rose Maze, with its spectacular blooms interlaced with the poignant stories of three women: Yoondi the Noongar, Elizabeth the Englishwoman and Maria the Italian.

Great Southern Things to do winter Great Southern Treasures

The PUBLIC Silo Trail draws visitors from around the globe, eager to see the monumental large-scale artworks for themselves. Stretching from Northam to Albany, two of the trail’s colossal artworks fall within the Great Southern Treasures region: Katanning’s technicolour electrical transformer boxes, and Pingrup’s grain silos with 25-metre-high artworks.

Great Southern Things to do winter SILO

While it doesn’t start until September, winter is the perfect time to get an early glimpse of the Great Southern’s stunning displays before the upcoming Bloom Festival. The annual festival celebrates the spectacular native wildflowers that erupt across the region every spring, with over 40 events and displays across eight Great Southern Treasures shires.

Great Southern Things to do winter wildflowers

Sample wonderful wines and epic food

The Great Southern’s diverse topography and cool climate make it a unique winemaking region – not to mention, one of the world’s largest. Five subregions range from mediterranean to maritime and continental, each with their own distinctive style – from the rich reds of Frankland River to the Riesling produced within the pristine Porongurups.

With lush farmland and bountiful waters, it makes sense that the Great Southern’s eating is just as good as its drinking. The Dam in Denmark boasts exceptionally fresh seasonal produce, unique CBD hemp distilled spirits, and cosy fireplaces to make the most of a warm winter outing. While Pepper & Salt (pictured below) is a must visit to try chef Silas Masih’s unforgettable blend of Australian and Fijian cuisine.

Great Southern Things to do winter Pepper and salt

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station

After spotting the majestic creatures frolicking off the coast, visit Albany’s Historic Whaling Station to discover the region’s whaling past. Open right up until 1978, it was the last operating station in Australia, and provides an incredible insight into the once-booming whaling industry. Check out a magnificent giant blue whale skeleton up close, watch a short film projected within a converted whale oil tank, or climb aboard the Cheynes IV – the world’s only preserved whale chaser ship!

National ANZAC Centre

Journey back through time and discover the stories of Australia’s service men and women at the National ANZAC Centre. Located on the grounds of the historic Princess Royal Fortress, you’ll have the opportunity to step into the shoes of one of 32 real-life ANZACs: with their stories brought to life through interactive exhibitions and preserved artifacts. Follow them from recruitment through training and to their experiences of conflicts at Gallipoli, the Middle East and the Western Front. Incredibly humbling, it’s a profoundly moving experience and one that will stay with you long after you leave.

Want great value for money? Save up to 25% on general ticket admission when you visit both of these, as well as the Valley of the Giants, with the Great Southern Flexi Pass.

Great Southern Things to do winter ANZAC Centre

Chimes Spa Retreat

On a chilly winter’s eve, there’s nothing as relaxing as a long soak in a warm bath – and lucky for us, each of the 10 boutique suites at the luxe, adults-only Chimes Spa Retreat has its own freestanding tub with idyllic garden or sweeping ocean views. Indulge in ultimate relaxation with one of the retreat’s indulgent spa packages, from facials that will have your skin glowing to remedial massage treatments, body scrubs or the invigorating combination of the spa’s sauna and cold plunge pool. 

Plus, if you book during winter, you’ll be treated to 10% off every two-night stay and a complimentary 45-minute Spa Oasis Experience!

Great Southern Things to do winter Chimes Spa

Bremer Bay Beaches Resort Tourist Park

Biodiversity hotspot Bremer Bay is a must-visit destination for adventure-seekers and nature-lovers – and while the ecosystems of the region are otherworldly, the accommodation doesn’t have to be out-of-this-world expensive. 

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Set amongst pristine forest, Bremer Bay Beaches Resort Tourist Park offers a range of accommodation options from powered tent and caravan sites, to spa and family chalets – all within easy reach of spectacular beaches, fishing spots, 4X4 tracks and the incredible wildflowers and magnificent views of the Fitzgerald River National Park. Plus, you can bring your furry family members along, too – with pets welcome in the park’s campsite year-round. 

You’ll be extra tempted to stay during winter with a nifty “Stay 4, Pay 3” deal on campsites for the season, or stay in one of the park’s cabins for 10% off!

Ready to discover more magical winter experiences in Australia’s South West? Head to to plan your next cosy getaway.

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