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• Fitzgerald River National Park • Leeuwin-Naturaliste
The South West offers magnificent ancient forests and breathtaking coastline. Where rugged coastal cliffs meet secluded beaches and landlocked dunes encroach on old growth forests. Couple this with undulating hills and mountain ranges, where visitors flock to see the unique wildflower displays, and go on to enjoy the great wines and produce of region that enjoys warm Mediterranean climate.

There are of course aquatic activities including surfing, diving, white water rafting, fishing, whale watching and much more. For those more into land locked activities there is 4 wheel-driving, caving, mountain biking, trail walks, rock climbing and camping to name just a few.

The South West region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia, named due to its location being in the south west corner of Western Australia.

The main towns and cities include Bunbury, Busselton, Collie and Manjimup. The local government areas are the City of Bunbury and the shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Boyup Brook, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Manjimup and Nannup.

Check out our listing for South West accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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South West Attractions

Bibbulmun Track
• This famous track is a popular walking track for both recreational and long distance walkers. The track starts in the hills suburb of Kalamunda, 20 km east of Perth in the Darling Range, winding its way through the South West and ends at Albany, some 1,000 km.
Tree Fire Tower • Tree Towers
• Dotted through the jarrah and karri forests in the South West are the tree towers. One of the great attractions in the South West region, these towers were established by the Forests Department for early detection of forest fires.

In contrast with the northern forest areas, the gentle undulating lands and tall trees of the southern forest offered very few vantage points for fire lookouts. To actually build a tower high enough would cost to much. The alternative was to construct a platform lookout in the taller tress. The first karri fire lookout tower to be built was called ‘Big Tree’, constructed in 1938 just to the west of Manjimup. By 1952 there were eight tree towers lookouts. Just 10 km south of Manjimup is the ‘Diamond Tree’ and at about 51 metres up, offer spectacular views over the top of the trees.
Whale Watching
• The waters off the South West coast is the perfect place for whale watchers, when both Humpback and Southern Right whales can be observed on their annual migration.

June - early December: Starting from early June whales can be spotted having departed the Antarctic waters to mate and breed in the warmer Southern Ocean. Come September, the whales start their migration south again, many with calves in tow, and during this time, they can be seen off the western coast.

There are a number of boat operators along WA coastline that operate cruises during the whale watching season, including the three main towns of Albany, Augusta and Dunsborough.

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July - early November: Of course you can also view them from land, including Point Ann and Trigelow Beach in the Fitzgerald River National Park. Located just 65 km east of Bremer Bay, there is a specially built whale watching platform, where from July to early November, Southern Right whales arrive to calve.

June - September: From Fitzgerald River National Park to Augusta, both Humpback and Southern Right whales can be seen making their way along the southern coastline.

September - December: Whales can be seen near Dunsborough and along the western coastline.

Check out our section on Whales for more information and where to see them


Winery
• There are some great wineries in the South West region. Check out our list or contact the local tourist centre.
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South West Events • Western Australia Events
Festival of Country Gardens
• Ph: 08 9761 4800 • Tollfree: 1800 001 357 • Email
• November
• This festival is held through the hinterland of the South West with gardens Bridgetown, Balingup, Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup. The main festival is held during spring over the first week and third weekend of November.
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South West Indigenous Art, Culture and History

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The Aboriginal Noongar People were the first inhabitants of the South West corner of Western Australia. ‘Noongar Country’ stretches from Geraldton in the north to Esperance in the east and covers the region west and south to the coast. Made up of some 14 tribes, it is a culture that was linked by a common language and close ties with the land. Connect with the culture through the descendents of the original inhabitants, learn about their history, participate in the aboriginal tours and enjoy the works of their artists...
Noongar Aboriginal Art
• Includes information about the original local inhabitants, the Noongar Story, artists and events.
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South West Tours

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South West Wineries

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• There are some great wineries in the South West region. Check out our list or contact the local tourist centre.
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