The Gap Albany, by SKYPRINTS

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. Explore the the City of Albany and towns of the Great Southern. Image above, The Gap in Torndirrup National Park by SKYPRINTS.

Here our absolute must do's for a visit to the Great Southern.

Map of the Great Southern region

1. Enjoy breathtaking scenery at the Granite Skywalk lookout in the Porongurup Range.

The Granite Skywalk is a challenging and very rewarding hike. After ascending up hill for about 1 hour at a leisurely pace, you're greeting by a final challenge of scrambling up rocks aided by grips and a safety ladder. Make sure you set aside a couple of hours for the whole trip to enjoy some extra time on top of the world on the skywalk. The views reward you like no other.

There's also much more to explore in the Porongurup Range with several walking trails and hikes to choose from, reserves abundant in wildflowers and over 10 wineries tucked along the scenic hillsides; some offering meals, art galleries and other activities. Here the wineries are boutique, family owned and operated, so you're very likely to be served by the owner and greeted by their friendly pooch. Image by Philip Schubert Photography on the Granite Skywalk overlooking ancient ranges and agricultural lands.

Image by Philip Schubert Photography

2. Marvel at the coastline from the Gap and Natural Bridge lookouts near Albany

The newly developed lookouts at the Gap and Natural bridge are ready! The Natural Bridge lookout takes in the stunning rock formation and towering coastal hillside. The much anticipated lookout at the Gap takes you to a new perspective of crashing waves like never before. The lookout is cantelevered several metres over the edge, allowing you to look right into the heart of the crashing waves up to 40 metres directly below in safety.

You can also spend a day exploring just the immediate area of Torndirrup National Park encompasing other popular lookouts - Albany Wind Farm, Sharp Point, Stoney Hill and the challenging coastal ridge walk of Bald Hald. Also not to be missed is Frenchmans Bay, a spectacularly white beach with excellent barbeque facilities.

The Gap lookout. Image by WA Parks and Wildlife

3. Rise up to the canopy of Tingle Trees at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk near Denmark

Have you been to the Tree Top Walk in spring before? The Walpole Nornalup National Park comes alive with wildflowers. You'll even find orchid displays onsite, particularly from late Spetember to mid october. At the same time there will also be a timber art exhibition as part of the Art and Craft Trail.

Tree Top Walk by Nic Duncan and WA Parks and Wildlife

4. Find an abundance of wildflowers with the Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival from 16 September to 16 October

Scarlet Banksia, Fitzgerald River National Park, Bremer Bay

5. Discover Albany’s whaling heritage or get up close and personal to a whale on a cruise. Image by Nigel Hardy with Albany Whale Tours.

Image by Nigel Hardy with Albany Whale Tours

6. Hike one of Western Australia’s highest peaks, Bluff Knoll, for spectacular views in Stirling Range National Park. Image by Bosso Photography.

Bluff Knoll Bosso Photography

7. Spot whales and dolphins as you enjoy many of the walking and cycling trails along the coast in Denmark and Albany. Image by Matt Blakers.

Whale in Albany by Matt Blakers

8. Experience a cultural connection with the land on an Aboriginal tour

Kodja Place Kojonup, Jack Cox

9. Join a tour or self drive to explore magnificent inland and coastal landscapes

Point Ann near Bremer Bay

10. Experience the legend of the Anzacs in Albany and immerse yourself in the many regional museums

National Anzac Centre

Get the most out of your holiday and make a local visitor centre your first port of call as you arrive in a new town.

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