The Australian South-West
The South-west region of Western Australia accounts for a large piece of the Australian landscape and plays host to a multitude of fantastic sights and activities. Some of the most popular areas with international holiday makers are: Perth City, Margaret River and Rottnest Island, all of which offer amazing range of things to see and do, as well as some superb holiday accommodation options.
Things to See and Do in South West Western Australia
The Australian South-West offers something to suit all tastes and budgets, whether travellers are interested in backpacking down the coast or living it up in a luxury beachside villa. Some of the activities afforded holiday makers in the south-west are: whale watching, surfing, tree top walks, hiking, and the option to explore some great Australian wineries.
Many international travellers begin their Australian Adventure in Perth, Western Australia’s bustling capital city. Holiday makers are spoilt for choice when it comes to holiday rentals in Perth, activities and sights, as the city plays host to numerous museums, zoos, and parks, in addition to other popular tourist attractions. Some of the most commonly visited are: The Aquarium of Western Australia; Kings Park; Perth Zoo; The Perth Mint; and The Western Australia Maritime Museum.
No visit to Perth is complete however, without a trip to Rottnest Island, located approximately 90 minutes off the west Australian coast. This award winning tourist destination is well known for its surfing, which is said to be some of the best in Western Australia however; diving, snorkelling, fishing and swimming are also holiday activity favourites. Visitors to Rottnest Island are able to undertake day trips from Perth, although travellers tend to fall in love with the island, and choose instead to take advantage of some of the great island holiday homes on offer.
Wining and Dining
Travellers looking for a taste of the southern Western Australian landscape are advised to head south to the stunning Margaret River area. Margaret River is one of Australia’s most well known wine regions, boasting over 60 wineries, many of which produce internationally sought after wines. Many of these wineries are also home to prize winning restaurants and luxury accommodation, which means that holiday makers can soak in the vineyard atmosphere from the balcony of their very own holiday villa, whilst enjoying a glass of their favourite wine.
The Margaret River region doesn’t only cater to wine connoisseurs however, with numerous other indulgent treats such homemade chocolate, fudge, ice-cream and freshly brewed beer readily available. Travellers in the region can also check out some of the fantastic surf beaches such as Redgate and Gnarabup or soak in some of the great local art located in the many galleries scattered around the township.
Getting in Touch with Nature
International travellers interested in getting back to nature also have a plethora of options in South-West Western Australia, as the state is home to some of the most amazing natural sights in the country. One of the most amazing natural highlights in the region is the ‘Valley of the Giants’, which is located approximately 400km south-east of Perth. This ‘must see’ comprises a board walk through the canopy of 400 year old ‘Tingle trees’, which at its highest point reaches roughly 40 metres, so a head for heights is a must!
International holiday makers who are after something a little more adventurous, and a little higher, are advised to travel to Pemberton, which is roughly 350km south of Perth. This small settlement is home to three massive fire lookout trees, which stretch as high as 75 meters into the air, and can be climbed via thin protruding metal rods. Travellers undertaking these climbs are guaranteed to have an amazing view of the surrounding forest, as well as some fantastic photos to look through when they head back to their holiday rental.
The Ideal Climate for Visitors
Southern Western Australia experiences warm dry summers and cool wet winters, which makes the region a great year round holiday destination. Many international visitors choose to visit during the spring months, as this generally fits well with onward travel from the tropical northern regions however, travellers can usually find great holiday deals regardless of the season.
Travelling to South West Western Australia from the UK
Travelling to South Western Australia is extremely simple, as numerous airlines such as British Airlines, Lufthansa and Qantas fly directly to Perth. Once international travellers arrive in Perth they can either choose to soak in the city sights, or they can head south and find their own little piece of paradise in their south western holiday home.