Dawn and dusk is when kangaroos become most active and may jump across roads and highways. If possible, try and avoid driving at these times. Remember to drive according to the road and weather conditions and take plenty of breaks. When travelling through National Parks check with the ranger for any road closures or risks.
Scenic drives are signposted throughout the region. When driving through our old growth forests or on gravel roads, pay attention to the road.
Australia’s South West has some of Australia’s finest wineries and cellar door experiences. When planning a self-drive winery tour, always appoint a driver that won’t be consuming alcohol, locally referred to as a ‘skipper’.
Note: Wine tastings add to your blood alcohol concentration.
As a guide, within any one hour period, five standard 20ml tastes of wine will put you dangerously close to the legal limit (0.05%). So either buy a bottle for home, nominate a skipper or catch a bus tour.
Australia’s South West boasts a rugged and beautiful coastline which can pose hidden dangers. Stick to designated paths and heed warning signs. Take care on rocks which may be slippery and beware of ‘king’ waves which can rise up suddenly even on calm days and wash the unwary into the sea. Many areas have strong currents and swells and may not be suitable for swimming.
Bushwalking is a rewarding pastime in Australia’s South West with trails passing through some of the states most spectacular landscapes. Consider your safety - check the weather conditions before setting out and let someone know where you are going and what time you will return. Wear suitable clothing, carry plenty of water, select walks that suit your level of fitness and stay on the trail.
Take your time and have a safe and enjoyable holiday in Australia’s South West.