Great Southern

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The Great Southern is the largest and most diverse region within Australia’s South West. It varies from unspoilt coastline, and idyllic seaside towns to sprawling agricultural lands and national parks harbouring some of the world’s rarest species. 

Top 10 things to do in the Great Southern

  1. Enjoy a beach day at the beautiful Green's Pool and lose yourself at Elephant Rocks, near Denmark.
  2. Hike one of Western Australia's highest peaks, Bluff Knoll, for spectacular views, located in the Stirling Range National Park.
  3. Marvel at the coastline from the Gap and Natural Bridge lookouts in Torndirrup National Park, Albany.
  4. Attend the weekly Albany Farmers' Market on Saturday morning or the Boatshed Markets on Sunday morning to fill your picnic basket with delicious treats.
  5. Discover the whaling heritage of Albany, plus WA's flora and fauna at Discovery Bay.
  6. Check out the largest sheep sale yards every Wednesday morning in Katanning.
  7. Climb The Granite Skywalk in The Porongorup National Park for awesome 360 degree views of the countryside.
  8. Drive the Scotsdale Road tourist drive, stopping regularly to taste produce and wines, near Denmark.
  9. Spot the endangered Malleefowl which lives in the Mallee trees near Ongerup.
  10. Visit Kodja Place in Kojonup and learn how the stories of settlers, aboriginals and migrants intertwine.
Australia's South West Map

Great Southern Towns

Explore the towns of the Great Southern and the City of Albany.

Albany City
Denmark Western Australia
Peaceful Bay Western Australia
Porongurup Range
Mount Barker Western Australia
Cranbrook and Frankland River
Kojonup Western Australia
Katanning Western Australia
Bremer Bay Western Australia
Accomodation in the Great Southern
Attractions in the Great Southern
Tours in the Great Southern

Along the south coast, the sheer force of the Southern Ocean has sculptured a raw, dramatic coastline, creating some remarkable coastal scenery. The history of the region is equally as impressive, and for many reasons. King George Sound near Albany was the first European settlement in Western Australia, settled before the Swan River Colony in Perth.  In addition, the area has significant ties to World War 1, with Albany being the departure point for the majority of ANZAC troops leaving for Europe. 

National Anzac Centre in Albany

Great Southern Wine Region

The Great Southern is home to the largest wine producing region by area in Australia. The Great Southern is also the coolest growing region in WA, producing 37% of all grapes grown in the state. As with many wine producing regions, fresh produce is also plentiful, with self-guided gourmet tasting trails dotted everywhere. Pictured: Denmark Winery.

Winery in Denmark Western Australia

Travel inland and follow winding rivers and streams, passing picturesque farmland and visiting pioneering farming communities to explore the region's rich rural heritage. Taste delicately flavoured fine wines on a tour of the countryside around Mount Barker, Frankland River, Denmark and Porongurup. This area is rapidly establishing itself as one of Western Australia's premier wine regions and there are also a number of olive groves, berry farms and honey producers here.

Castle Rock Skywalk in Porongurup National Park

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