We love a good day trip out of Perth, and to be fair we’re spoiled with some ripping little spots well within a couple of hours of the city – which also means we’re always on the hunt for some new underrated spots to get amongst.
And today we’re excited to showcase another little slice of heaven only 90 minutes from Perth – the Harvey Region.
Comprising a host of localities including Harvey, Australind, Myalup, Binningup, Brunswick Junction and more, it features the best of both worlds – beautiful, remote beaches to the west and tumbling valleys, bushwalking and camping to the east.
A real hidden gem when it comes to fun day trips out of Perth, learn more below and head to the Harvey Region Website to start planning your winter down south.
While Harvey is home to some of the State’s biggest suppliers (Harvey Fresh, Harvey Beef) Brownes Dairy), its vineyard-lined valleys are also filled with bespoke, family-owned wineries and breweries, and quirky cafes to start your winter days.
In the morning fuel up at Lemongrass Cafe or Harper Street Bakery, while lunch is sorted at wonderful wineries like Harvey River Estate (make sure you climb the iconic Big Orange and pick up a couple while you’re there – winter is orange season after all), Skipworth Wine Company and Vineyard 28, who offer a tempting ‘Taste Of Italy’ experience.
If you’re looking for a tasty beer or two, Brugan Brewery’s in-house brews using locally produced hops are hard to go past. As is the Old Coast Road Brewery, whose Wonders Of Western Australia mini golf is a must-do, or you can line up a hearty pub feed at The Wokalup Tavern, Treendale Farm Hotel or the Brunswick Tavern.
The above food and drink options go down a little sweeter if you’ve earned them – so why not hit one of the Harvey Region’s tracks, trails or drives before you do? The inland areas are filled with stunning lookouts and challenging hikes within Yalgorup National Park and Korijekup Conservation Park. Wildflower Ridge Walk off Honeymoon Road is stunning when winter rains make the landscape turn lush, or you can marvel at local Noongar artists’ work along the Noongar Kaartdijin Bidee art walk.
Beautiful Beaches & Delightful Drives
As we mentioned above you get a little bit of everything in the Harvey Region, and the coastal areas are just as beautiful to explore. The Leschenault Waterfront Historic Trail is a popular walk or cycle near the Leschenault Estuary, or you can stay in the car and wind through Cathedral Avenue Scenic Drive or Beela Valley Scenic Drive.
If you’re fortunate enough to own a 4WD you can park right up on the beach at Myalup, Belvidere, Buffalo and Binningup Beach – and they truly do take on a different kind of magic on those still winter days (see Binningup below)! And for the thrill-seekers out there, the Harvey Region features a popular section of the magnificent Munda Biddi Trail.
Where To Stay
Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage, a campsite by the fire or a friendly farm stay, you’re spoilt for choice with spots to stay around the Harvey Region (and their website is a great resource to get you started). Places like Bluehills Farmstay, Vista Ridge Estate and Harvey Homestead offer epic views of the Region’s rolling hills, while Honeymoon Hideaway is a great option to truly get away from it all this winter.
If you’re camping or caravanning there are a plethora of options close to the beach like Myalup Beach Caravan Park, Binningup Beach Caravan Park, and Australind Tourist Park, or you can pitch your tent further inland at places like Lake Brockman, Logue Brook Dam or Belvidere Campground.
Start planning your Harvey Region adventure this winter down south via their Website.
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