Australia’s South West is certainly known for its sun, sand and surf, but as the temperature drops, we can appreciate a new side to the South West… One with majestic forests, tranquil lakes and some of the world’s best eating and drinking.
Here’s some ideas on where to stay on your next trip south, some hidden gems to enjoy while you’re there, and an awesome competition to for a 3-night tiny cabin stay:
Evedon Lakeside Retreat
A winter getaway at Evedon Lakeside Retreat is as magical as they come – and it’s only two hours’ drive from Perth! With cabins perched along the tree-covered shore, grab a wine, rug up and relax on your cabin’s verandah as the sun goes down – or spend days having a tranquil kayak along the water. Each cabin – as well as each lakeside apartment – boasts its own log fire to keep cosy during your winter stay plus if you stay three nights this winter you’ll get $100 off!
Don’t miss: The lush greenery of Wellington National Park makes it a delightful spot for a bit of hiking – especially when you include a visit past the picturesque Honeymoon Pool, or check out the brand new walkway atop the Wellington Dam’s mega mural, Guido van Helten’s Reflections.
Mandalay Holiday Resort
While the weather is cooler, you can still enjoy the breathtaking sight of our spectacular coastline – and the beautiful expanse of Geographe Bay is hard to beat. Mandalay Holiday Resort is mere moments away from Busselton’s crisp white sand and clear water, perfect for salty strolls along the shore. Keeping the kids entertained during the colder weather? Mandalay has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep them occupied – including a heated indoor pool to splash all year round! To sweeten the deal, if you stay between May and September, the resort is offering a nifty Stay 3 Pay 2 Winter Special.
Don’t miss: Enjoy the ocean while staying cosy with a visit to the iconic Busselton Jetty and its stunning Underwater Observatory, or explore some of the region’s best eating and drinking, right on your doorstep.
Relax and unwind to the soothing sounds of the crackle of the fire and the rustling of leaves in your own secluded rammed-earth, solar passive Forest Rise chalet! Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating soak in the chalet’s spa, gazing up through the bathroom’s sky-view window… And why not treat yourself to a relaxing in-chalet massage while you’re at it – or a visit from a private chef to whip you up a gourmet three-course meal?
Don’t miss: Located between Busselton and Margaret River, you’re in the centre of the South West’s splendid offerings. Emerge from the solace of the ancient forests and take in the wooly winter ocean with a visit to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – and hopefully spot a whale or two!
If it’s great food and drink you’re after, Beerfarm is one of the best in the brewing business down that way, while Whicher Ridge Winery runs some great wine tasting and grape picking experiences – and you can bring your four-legged friends!
Get a taste for the finer things in life with a stay at Cape Lodge, nestled in the heart of WA wine country. Whether you’re dining at the Lodge’s restaurant perched atop the lake or exploring some of the world-class wineries nearby, this Yallingup accommodation showcases not just how stunning the South West is in winter, but the region’s amazing produce. Inspired by all the local deliciousness, the team have curated an all-inclusive experience that includes an intimate wine tasting experience with Cape Lodge’s sommelier, daily fireside afternoon tea and three nights of luxurious relaxation.
Don’t miss: Less than 15 minutes’ drive away, Ngilgi Cave is one of Yallingup’s most special gems. Western Australia’s first ever tourist attraction, explore the vast cave’s otherworldly stalactites and stalagmites.
If you’re up for a hike, a short drive and 45-minute walking trail will lead to the spectacular Quinninup Falls. Cascading down 10 metres of granite steps, when the falls are in full flow it’s one of the southwest’s most impressive waterfalls – and a place of huge importance in Wadandi culture.
Summerstar Tourist Parks
While we love indulging in a luxe stay, sometimes you need something a little more easy on the wallet. Summerstar Tourist Parks are conveniently dotted throughout the state, with four stunning locations in the beautiful South West. Take a break and relax at Busselton Lazy Days Caravan Park, or check out Margaret River Tourist Park and Riverview Tourist Park are some of the most conveniently located stays in town, flanking Margaret River’s main drag and its excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. Venture further south through the giant karri and tingle forests to Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park for a stay that’s only $25 per night but has some truly priceless views.
Don’t miss: If you’re staying in Margs, Wooditjup National Park is right on your doorstep – along with plenty of trails to enjoy the lush green surroundings. The Rotary South Bank River Trail is an easy 2.4km trail that loops around the banks of the town’s namesake river, or tackle the more advanced Ten Mile Brook Trail if you’re up for more of a challenge.
RAC Karri Valley Resort
From family getaways to romantic escapes, it’s hard to deny the magical allure of the Karri Valley in winter! So close to the beautiful Lake Beedelup you can practically dip your toes in the cool water straight from your bed, RAC Karri Valley Resort is truly one of WA’s hidden gems. On a budget? Not only do they have an expansive new campground, but a tempting Stay 3 Pay 2 winter special until August 28, 2023.
Don’t miss: Take in the tranquil surrounds or explore the crisp forest air of the surrounding walking trails through Beedelup National Park – making sure to visit the impressive nearby falls, which will be in full flow during winter.
We’ve teamed up with Australia’s South West for an epic giveaway featuring flights to Busselton, a three night tiny cabin stay with Heyscape and more – simply visit winterdownsouth.com to enter now!
Head to Australia’s South West and start planning your winter escape.