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South-Western Australia - The Magic of Nature

The south-western tip of the state of Western Australia is characterised by diverse nature which fascinates every lover of nature with its thick eucalyptus forests, white sandy beaches, impressive mountains and scenic vineyards.

Nature in South-Western Australia

Geography - South of Perth

South-Western Australia is a geographical region in the south-west of the Australian state of Western Australia. It has an area of over 50,000 km² and extends along the Indian Ocean and the Great Australian Bight with the coastal areas south and south-east of Perth. The territory includes parts of the Western Australian regions of the South-West, Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance. Mediterranean climate with dry summers and humid, cool winters is typical of the region.

White sandy beach in South-Western Australia

Nature - Thick eucalyptus forests and wonderful white sandy beaches

Stunning shorelines with long, white sandy beaches, cliff coasts and small bays as well as thick eucalyptus forests and scenic wine-growing regions - the landscape of Western Australia's south-western tip is incredibly diverse. Australia's south-west offers a great number of natural attractions from the underground caves and vineyards in the region of Margaret River, the idyllic bay and granite rocks of the Cape Le Grand National Park to the beautiful mountains (Buff Knoll) of the Stirling Ranges and the wonderful eucalyptus trees of the Great Southern. Another highlight is the Valley of the Giants with the Tree Top Walk (at an altitude of 30 m) in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Age-old eucalyptus giants like the karri tree string together here. They are up to 90 metres high, which makes them the highest tree species on earth. The eucalyptus tree "red tingle" is equally typical of the region's flora. It is not as high but has an impressive trunk circumference. In addition, the rock formation of the Elephant Rocks in the William Bay National Park and the mysterious limestone caves in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park are part of the local nature.

Eucalyptus forest in South-Western Australia

Culture - Local art handicraft and sites of pioneer history

South-Western Australia has one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the whole of Australia, which does not only have an impressive nature but also a charming cultural scene. The cities of Bunbury, Albany and Denmark fascinate with interesting museums, historical buildings, monuments of the pioneer history and local art handicraft workshops. The art of local aboriginal artists, which is exhibited in several local galleries, is of great interest to many travellers as are the region's history-charged shipwrecks and the elegant lighthouses.

Lighthouse in South-Western Australia

Experience - An excellent culinary adventure

South-Western Australia is of particular interest to wine lovers and connoisseurs. The numerous vineyards (especially in Margaret River), fruit plantations, noble restaurants, cosy cafes, breweries, chocolate and cheese factories and olive farms promise a first-rate taste adventure. The coastal cities of Bunbury, Albany and Denmark are excellent destinations for connoisseurs as they offer a variety of wine and gourmet tours.

Wine-growing region in South-Western Australia

Activities - Water sports in Margaret River and Busselton

South-Western Australia is the ideal travel region for surfers, who get their money's worth in Margaret River at Surfers Point, for example. Other common leisure activities in the region are water sports such as diving, fishing, canoeing, boating and swimming. A great location for going hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding is the fertile hinterland with beautiful mountains like the Stirling Ranges. Another popular activity is swimming with dolphins. In Bunbury, Busselton and Dunsborough, you cannot only see the wonderful sea mammals from afar but also experience them at first hand.

Beach in South-Western Australia

Information

The nearest international airport is located in Perth. Several highways such as the Forrest or Albany Highway take you to the region from the metropolis. In addition, several cities in the region (e.g. Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Albany) have a national airport. Thanks to the relatively mild temperatures throughout the year, you can visit South-Western Australia at any time.

The south-west of the state of Western Australia is a diverse paradise for active holidaymakers and lovers of nature. Its impressive natural treasures are only surpassed by its variety of leisure activities.

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