We naturally gravitate to the coast, particularly in warmer months but experienced South West adventurers know there's a whole nother world further inland ready to explore at any time of year.
, these places are great for a dip and some even for canoeing and skiing. In Autumn the weather is moderate and ideal for adventuring
the surrounding hiking and cycling trails. In winter, the falls, cascades and rivers rush to put on a show and spring is when wildflowers
send you on a rewarding search for our regions rare and endemic orchids.
Above Image, Black Diamond Lake near Collie
by Stephen Norman photography.
Quinninup Falls by Matt Fieldes
Waterfalls and Waterways
Here's some of the South West's best lakes, rivers, natural pools, falls and inlets, all easily accessible with plenty of other nearby activities, pop into a local visitor centre for more things to see and do in the area.
The variety of falls hiding in the South West are little known. Visiting in winter or early spring will give you the biggest treat as they're in full flow. Quinninup Falls is quite an adventure as you need to hike to the site (2 hour return) from Moses Road Carpark, south of Yallingup. Beedalup Falls is surrounded by many other natural attraction of Pemberton like climbing trees and the Cascades. Fernhook Falls, in the Walpole Wilderness is also in a hotspot for natural attractions, like the Tree Top Walk, Giant Tingle and Mt Frankland. Also worth a visit is Meekadarabee Falls near Cowaramup and Ironstone Gully Falls near Capel. See more south west secret falls by photographer Paul Pichugin.
Beedelup Falls by David Ashley.
Ironstone Gully Falls by @blaisejessica instagram.
We're not sure its possible to beat a dip in a natural pool on warm day. Honeymoon Pool between Ferguson Valley and Collie is also great for canoeing and camping. Circular Pool near Walpole is fondly referred to as "the Cappuccino" in winter as the water darkens to the colour of black coffee and natural foam swirls in the centre of the pool. Barrabup Pool in Nannup often takes on a spectacular jade shade. Pemberton Pool is always beautiful but has a truly amazing atmosphere during local events like Australia Day. Minninup Pool in Collie is a lovely spot for a picnic or to watch horses being walked in the shallows. Fonty's Pool in Manjimup is a long time family favourite with chalets and caravan park onsite.
Pemberton Pool by Wendy Eiby.
Minninup Pool, Collie by Leah Leadbitter.
Barrabup Pool Nannup by @__tiffanyrozman via IG
Circular Pool Walpole.
The South Wets is home to Western Australia's longest continually flowing river, the Blackwood River at over 300km long. Canoeing, camping and events along the banks are very common in each town in the Blackwood River Valley region. Other common activities along the South West's rivers include fishing, skiing and walking trails. Margaret River isn't just the name of an internationally acclaimed wine region. Its also the name of the town and a river than runs through it. The Denmark River is a hive of activity and runs through the townsite of Denmark. Kalgan River near Albany has gentle walking trails and is home to a ski club. Near Pemberton, you can take a cruise tour down the Donnelley River to arrive at the coast which is otherwise quite inaccessible. The Warren River Loop Trail nearby is a popular walk through the forest to a valley lookout.
Blackwood River Canoe by Matt Blakers
Warren River, Pemberton.
Canoeing by Margaret River Discovery Co
There are many harbours and inlets in the south west that are seldom visited compared to the beaches they break into; but are worth their own exploration. The Irwin Inlet at Peaceful Bay is very secluded spot in a very secluded hamlet set between the two quiet coastal towns of Denmark and Walpole (super secluded we're saying). Its a popular location in school holidays but otherwise you'll likely have it all to yourself. The Wilson Inlet breaks out to the famous Ocean Beach in Denmark. In summer the water is toasty and locals often take a pool floaty for a relaxed afternoon. Torbay Inlet is a great place to explore by foot after four wheel driving along Muttonbird Beach (dog friendly) near Albany. Broke Inlet is a popular camping spot and a great base to explore the Walpole Wilderness. The Leschenault Inlet just north of Bunbury is an estuarine lagoon and in parts is bordered by mangroves, here you can learn about Aboriginal culture on a tour.
Irwin Inlet, Peaceful Bay by Andrew Purdam
Wilson Inlet with Black Swans by Vicki Adams.
Christian Howard Photography, Broke Inlet.
Ngalang Wongi Tours, Leschenault Inlet.
Nowhere does lakes like Western Australia. From pink lakes in our neighboring regions of the Coral Coast and Golden Outback, to the surprising variety in the South West. Accessible on an Aboriginal cultural tour in the Stirling Range area near Albany is the Lake of Many Colours. A culturally significant sight and indeed a true sight to behold. Black Diamond Lake and Stockton Lake, both near Collie are renowned for their emerald hue and suitability to water sports. Lake Cave is just one of about 150 caves that can be found in the Margaret River region, of which eight particularly magnificent caves are open to the public. Yeagarup Lake near Pemberton is next to the famous Yeagarup Sand Dunes, accessable by 4WD or on a tour. Lake Seppings in Albany is bordered by a walking trail fit for avid bird watchers. In spring you may even spot the elusive Long Necked Turtles that come out of their hidy-holes for the breeding season.
Lake of Many Colours with Poornarti Aboriginal Tours
Lake Cave in the Margaret River Region
Stockton Lake in Collie by Goya Olecki
Lake Yeagarup by Wendy Eiby.
The Harvey Dam has ample facilities for a family day out. With a lookout, playground and barbeques. In Pemberton; bordered by towering Karri trees, Big Brook Dam leaves a lasting memory of being picture-perfect with the pristine waters, picnic areas and trails. There's plenty to do around Wellington Dam near Collie with water sports and four wheel driving prevalent in the surrounding National Park. Its also a relaxing visit with a lookout as well as meals and mountain bike hire available from the Kiosk.
Harvey Dam by @joshtaylor___ via #AustraliasSW in instagram
Big Brook Dam, Pemberton
Wellington Dam by John Byland
Glen Mervyn Dam by Steve K Photography
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