Author: Rebekah Sheedy
It may be winter here in WA but that doesn’t mean you have to spend the next few months in hibernation. Whilst it might be tempting to migrate north towards warmth, the grass is – literally – greener down south! The South West is a region of diverse and vibrant beauty, rich with picturesque natural treasures. From gigantic ancient forests to tranquil inland waterfalls, there is plenty for you to discover and enjoy this winter. Check out our top picks below and be lured from your sofa!
Tucked away on the Cape to Cape hiking trail, the Quinninup Falls in Wilyabrup is a jewel in the crown of the Margaret River Region. The 10m waterfall is a breathtaking sanctuary, encompassed by granite cliffs and greenery. While it may not be the weather to frolic in the water, the hour-long scenic hike is sure to get your blood pumping. Starting at Moses Rock Road, it winds through majestic sand dunes and forest trails.
Towering over 60m, the imposing and grand Karri trees of the Boranup Karri Forest are truly a sight to behold! Bring a picnic and explore the forest’s lush ground cover, or spread your adventure further afield with a road-trip along the Boranup Forest Drive. Be sure to head over to the Boranup Lookout for a panoramic view of the forest canopy and the Cape Leeuwin area.
Brimming with crystal formations thousands of years old, Jewel Cave in Augusta is a spectacular display of graceful ageing. The biggest of its kind in WA, the cave boasts the longest stalactite straw of any tourist cave in the country. Guided tours run daily showcasing the cave’s three staggering chambers, as well as a detailed account of its long natural history.
Elephant Rocks & Cove
Nestled in the William Bay National Park, Elephant Cove is a stunning oasis famous for its elephant-shaped boulders that gaze out upon the Southern Ocean. The rocks offer a partial shelter from the ocean’s swell to form a beautiful natural swimming area – that’s if you dare remove an article of clothing in this weather. The lookout provides an excellent vantage point for absorbing the stunning views, and as an added bonus, the gorgeous Greens Pool is just a short walk away.
Valley of the Giants
Overlooking the Walpole-Nornalup National Park, the iconic Valley of the Giants is home to a towering forest of majestic red tingle trees. Immerse yourself in the verdant canopy through the Tree Top Walk – a lightweight (but secure!) suspension bridge which rises 40m over the ground. Below the boardwalk, a grove of imposing 400-year-old giant tingle trees dominates the landscape, providing the perfect environment to ponder the meaning of life.
Fitzgerald River National Park
Located on the southern coast near Bremer Bay, the Fitzgerald River National Park is a botanical wonderland known for its rugged coastal scenery. This national treasure is home to over 20% of WA native flora species and has the mark of untarnished biodiversity. Here, you can adventure through the park’s water bays and inlets or watch as the southern right whales arrive into Point Ann during July and November each year.