Ocean drama meets sublime red wine.
The Southern Ocean puts on a spectacular display in winter as it crashes against the rugged cliffs and historic rock formations of Western Australia’s dramatic south coast. There’s coastal lookouts and walk trails aplenty where the force of the ocean swell puts on a theatrical show of crashing into land after its long journey. Pods of whales, dolphins and seals can often be seen frolicking just off the coast. Albany, Western Australia’s oldest town, offers a stellar lineup of dining and drinking options from Parisian cocktail bars and pastry shops to award-winning whisky and top notch pub food.
The scenery dramatically transforms as you move inland to swollen rivers, vast mountain ranges, charming country towns and lush green farmers fields. There’s five wine regions to explore inland too, not to mention a host of Hidden Treaures like pioneering towns bursting with antiques, country pubs and good rural hospitality.
Top Winter Activities in the Great Southern
Southern Ocean Views
Experience the sheer force of the Southern Ocean from the newly redeveloped Gap and Natural Bridge lookouts in Torndirrup National Park.
Take a whale watching cruise to get up close to migrating humpback and southern right whales.
Visit Point Ann within Fitzgerald River National Park; one of just two southern right whale nurseries in Australia where you can experience baby whales within a few hundred metres of shore.
Enjoy a long lunch indoors at one of Denmark’s wineries. The views over vineyards, karri forests and green rolling pastures are not to be missed in winter!
Take a drive through the Porongurup Range, stopping for hearty meal at a winery or Devonshire Tea after a hike up to the Granite Skywalk.
For everything cool, visit Winter Down South.
Winter Deals in the Great Southern
Other places to explore this winter