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 Amazing South Coast and towns of the Great Southern. 

Image above: The Gap in Torndirrup National Park by SKYPRINTS.

Here are our absolute must-do’s during a visit to the Amazing South Coast.

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 a one-hour uphill ascent, scramble up rocks aided by grips and a safety ladder. Make sure you set aside a couple of hours for the whole trip so ensure you get some extra time on top of the world.

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

Check out the state-of-the-art lookouts at the Gap and Natural Bridge. The Natural Bridge lookout takes in the stunning rock formation and towering coastal hillside, while the Gap gives you a new perspective of the Southern Ocean. 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 before? The Walpole Nornalup National Park is home to this 40-metre tree top walk, which has a universal access ramp that caters for wheelchairs and prams. Don't forget to walk the Ancient Empire boardwalk on the forest floor, where you'll come face to face with 400-year-old tingle trees.

Tree Top Walk by Nic Duncan and WA Parks and Wildlife

4. Discover an abundance of wildflowers blooming across the region. For tips on where to find wildflower hot spots, visit your closest visitor centre.

Scarlet Banksia, Fitzgerald River National Park, Bremer Bay

5. Discover Albany’s whaling heritage and explore the Cheynes IV ship

 Learn about Albany’s whaling history at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, which features a giant Blue whale skeleton and the world’s only preserved Whalechaser ship. The station was the last operating station in Australia and provides a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past. Recognised as a heritage site, it is an engaging and educational tourism attraction for all ages to enjoy. Right next door you’ll also find Albany’s Regional Wildflower Garden, home to more than 100,000 species of native plants; and Albany’s Wildlife Park, featuring a friendly collection of native animals. 

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

Meander through beautiful skyscraping forests, bushland and coastline, either on a tour at your own leisure. Visit the magnificent Porongurup Range and explore the sights, food and wine on offer with the help of Busy Blue Bus, or go on a self-drive gourmet journey of Denmark with Trails WA's Food & Wine Trail.

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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