How to Get to the South West
The Australia’s South West region is in the south west corner of Western Australia, just two hours’ drive south of the State’s capital city, Perth.
One of the best ways to explore the South West is to drive, but you can also reach us by public rail, coach transport, flights and a variety of day and extended tours from Perth. You can even cruise here!
The relatively compact region has short (by Australian standards!), scenic drives between towns, making it easy to navigate by car.
We’ve put together a collection of road trip itineraries to help you plan your visit, depending on how much time you have, and what sort of holiday experiences you’re after.
You can hire a car (or camper) or arrange for an airport transfer or chauffeur service if you’d prefer someone else to do the driving.
Flying to Australia’s South West is easy with flights from Western Australia’s capital city Perth, to Albany and Busselton. You can also get here direct from Australia’s east coast, with flights from Melbourne to the Busselton-Margaret River airport.
You can access the region by public rail with TransWA from Perth to Bunbury – the gateway to the South West.
Australia’s South West has a range of bus and coach transport (including with TransWA), travelling to many destinations within Australia’s South West. There are also a variety of day and extended tours from Perth.
Natural beauty, a sensational wine and food industry and endless outdoor activities makes Busselton in the Margaret River Region a destination that promises new discoveries and rewarding holiday experiences. See the Busselton Cruise Ship schedule.
Bunbury’s resident dolphin population and long white beaches are only a short drive from the acclaimed Margaret River Wine Region. Closer to Bunbury the hinterland is a patchwork of jarrah forest, rivers, farms, wineries and orchards.
Albany’s beautiful natural harbour shelters the town and only hints at the rugged coastline that can be found nearby. Within easy reach of wineries, the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and pristine secluded beaches there is something for everyone. Whales and prolific wildflowers can be found in season.
All South West ports can offer passengers a variety of experiences in the stunning settings that make Australia’s South West so special.
For information about customs, port services and more visit the Australian Cruise Association website.
Australia's South West is a region easily accessible to self-drive holiday makers. But even the most experienced drivers should be aware of local tips before setting off.
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