From the surf to the forest, and from sleepy rural towns to the busy metropolis of Perth, the mighty south-west is brimming with unique natural environments, activities and experiences for you to enjoy this autumn – and what better way to see it all than from behind the wheel?
While you may have heard of the delights of the Margaret River region and its exquisite vineyards, there is more to the south-west than just delicious wine. The unique flora and fauna of this striking landscape sets the south-west apart from anywhere else in Australia, delivering a striking contrast between the unique towering forests of karri eucalypts and the iconic aqua of the Western Australian ocean.
Pemberton to Katanning
As you head north, you’ll travel through the picturesque rural farmland of the south-west. This area has always been the heartland of Western Australia’s sheep farming industry, and the old buildings that remain today are a testament to the early foundation of the area, ‘off the sheep’s back’.
Katanning to Perth
From Katanning, you can either head north and then west through the Mundaring State Forest, or take the coastal scenic route north from Bunbury. You won’t be disappointed by this picturesque drive and its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.
Perth to Ledge Point
Once you’ve decided to leave the big city behind you and get back out onto the open road, the journey from Perth to Ledge Point is sure to impress. About 50 kilometres north of the Perth CBD are the towns of Yanchep and Two Rocks: sleepy coastal towns with plenty of beachside fun, fascinating maritime history, and intriguing coastline to take in. Ledge Point itself is a fantastic place to end your south-west journey; it’s a top spot to do some surf fishing, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take your four-wheel drive for a spin along the sand dunes.