Experience the spectacular wine and breathtaking natural landscapes of Western Australia’s South West region.
Approximately two hours from Perth is the Ferguson Valley. With a stunning backdrop of rolling, green hills, serene farmland and native bushland, the Ferguson Valley provides an atmosphere that doesn’t overwhelm. Home to more than a dozen vineyards, the Ferguson Valley also boasts two craft breweries that should definitely be on your radar.
Western Australia’s most iconic wine region, Margaret River produces more than 20 per cent of Australia’s premium wine, and is home to more than 90 wineries, of which over 65 are rated Halliday five-star wineries. With great expanses of farmland and greenery, the wineries of Margaret River will also provide many picture-perfect views to enjoy with a glass of wine at the ready!
Once a logging town, Pemberton is located in the Southern Forests region, approximately 1.5 hours from the Margaret River. Surrounded by towering karri forests, this region offers great views of green, natural life. The karri tree, also known as eucalyptus diversicolor, towers above the ground with a smooth, cream-coloured trunk and lance-shaped leaves. In Pemberton, there are three karri trees that that were once used as fire lookouts.
From Pemberton, Albany is approximately a 2.5-hour drive with plenty of options to stop along the way. What makes Albany special is its historical importance; it was the first site of European settlement in the state in 1826. Much of its history remains in the city today, with remnants seen in Albany’s colonial buildings, restaurants and more. Take a 20-minute drive to Discovery Bay and experience more of the region’s heritage at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, or the National Anzac Centre.
Esperance is a lengthier drive from Bremer Bay (a little over four hours), but the town is overflowing with fun, natural sights for visitors to see. From Esperance Bay, you will be able to see more than 100 islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago – known by the locals as the Bay of Isles. These crystal-clear waters are home to sea life, including seals, dolphins and (if you’re lucky) whales!
To read more about the South West, read the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: Cape Le Grand National Park (C) Tourism Western Australia.