Top 10 Destinations in the South West
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Red Dirt 4WD Rentals love helping customers experiencing the best that WA has to offer. This is our Top 10 Destinations in the South West. The South West has some incredible 4WD tracks, so don’t wait any longer and get a quote to hire one of our 200 Series Landcruisers!
Bunbury has a great array of activities to choose from. From bird watching to swimming with dolphins, it’s all there. Over 150 Bottlenose dolphins live in the bay and some of them can regularly be seen in front of the Dolphin Discovery Centre. The centre offers swimming experiences with the dolphins throughout the day. It’s a perfect little break before continuing your journey down south! Not far from Bunbury is the Tuart Forest. This forest is one of the rarest in the world and can be seen while on your way to Busselton.
This is the place to visit if you love jetties! Take a walk or catch the train to explore this 1.8 kilometre long jetty. There is also an Underwater Observatory where you can see amazing marine life.
This town is nestled on a ridge and surrounded by the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park with amazing views over Yallingup Beach and the Indian Ocean. There are many attractions to see in the area including the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Sugarloaf Rock, Ngilgi Cave and many splendid beaches with white sand such as Injidup, Three Bears and Smiths Beach.
4. Margaret River
Just three hours’ drive south of Perth will bring you to one of the most popular destination in the South West: Margaret River. There is so much to do and see that your biggest challenge will be to fit it all in! This is the place to be if you are a food lover, a nature lover or a sport lover! Just a short drive away is the towering Boranup Karri Forest, which is home to the largest tree species in the world. Don’t miss the numerous caves on the way such as Lake and Mammoth Caves. There are also many walking and cycle trails close to town. If you love surfing, then head to the beach. Margaret River is well-known for its spectacular surf.
Augusta is fast becoming a mecca for adventure. Augusta’s attractions include the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Jewel Cave, Hamelin Bay and various water sports such as windsurfing, paddling and snorkelling. Augusta’s whale watching in Flinders Bay is fantastic from June to August. It is the first stopping point for many southern right and humpback whales.
6. Manjimup/ Pemberton
The region features the famous Gloucester, Bicentennial and Diamond fire lookout trees located in beautiful National Parks. All these trees can be climbed during your visit. The best way to experience Pemberton’s natural attractions is to drive the Karri Forest Explorer Drive, which is mostly on unsealed roads.
Walpole is home to the last giant tingle trees. The best way to experience this forest is to walk the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. You can also wander into the hollowed trunk of a tingle tree by walking the Ancient Empire Walk. Walpole is also home to splendid beaches including Mandalay and Conspicuous Beach. There are also many nature based adventure activities such as kayaking and four wheel driving in the National Parks.
There is a lot to see in Denmark including the very popular Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove. To entertain the children, Denmark has its own dinosaur world with a world-class exhibition as well as an animal farm. For the food lovers, try the chocolate and toffee factories.
Torndirrup National Park is well-known for its spectacular wave-carved rock formations including Natural Bridge, the Gap and the Blowholes. For the adventure lovers, head to Mount Frankland National Parks, Stirling Range National Park and Porongurup National Parks. All of them offer a great variety of walks. Porongurup is also home to the Granite Skywalk, a suspended walkway which spirals around a huge granite outcrop.
Esperance with its white sandy beaches never disappoints. The most popular beach is Lucky Bay with kangaroos often seen lazing nearby. Further east is Cape Arid National Park which presents a more rugged experience for those wanting to get in touch with remote nature. A 4WD is necessary for this national park.
Image courtesy: Tourism Western Australia