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Albany Visitor Centre

Albany features natural wonders and holds stories of Australia's heritage that are unique to the Great Southern Region. It's a break from routine, so slip back a gear and bring yourself to Albany - you'll love it!

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Australia's South West Visitor Centre

Australia’s South West’s natural beauty combines with a sensational wine and food industry to create a place where unique and memorable experiences are always part of the landscape.

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Chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the world's Top 10 Regions in 2010, Australia's South West offers some of the most varied travel experiences in Western Australia.

Discover towering forests to whale watching, fine food and wine to world class surfing, Australia's South West offers some of the most varied travel experiences in Western Australia.

Margaret River and its surrounds are a popular destination for world-class wineries, top surfing and fun family holidays. Locals head here in winter too, responding to the lure of cosy log-fires, brisk walks along the beach, horse riding through the bush and mountains of delicious local produce.

A huge draw for scuba divers is the HMAS Swan Dive Wreck, also visible to snorkellers from above the ocean surface. The Busselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory provides another amazing view of the colourful world beneath the water. 

Balingup Visitor Centre

The Balingup Visitor Centre provides information on things to do, where to eat, and where to stay when you are in town, and to plan the next leg of your journey. Open daily 10am – 4pm.

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Experience the Magic of Balingup

The historic village of Balingup is situated at the northern entrance to the picturesque Blackwood River Valley in the south west of Western Australia. A premier tourist town, Balingup is well known for its art and crafts, galleries, wineries, festivals and events; and is surrounded by wonderful scenery - forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards and lush orchards.

A leisurely two and a half hours drive from Perth, Balingup offers some of the finest accommodation in Western Australia, and has become known as an alternative destination from which to explore the wine, forest and coastal regions of Australia’s South West.

Events

With a small but vibrant community, Balingup is acknowledged as a leader in staging festivals and events. The major events are the Balingup Small Farm Field Day (April), Telling Tales in Balingup (July), the Balingup Medieval Carnivale (August) and the Jalbrook Concert (November), but you will find there is always something happening and plenty of things to do.

Things to do

On a visit to Balingup you'll find numerous unique specialty shops and galleries, award winning wineries, and a craft centre with the largest range of arts and crafts in Western Australia. There are a number of delightful cafes providing morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, and a restaurant and tavern provide evening meals. Accommodation options include a full range of styles and prices and include secluded cottages, B&Bs and farm stays, so there will be something ideal for either a family holiday or couples seeking a romantic getaway.

The world renowned Bibbulmun Track passes through the town along the gentle Balingup Brook and meanders to the south through the beautiful Balingup Golden Valley Tree Park. The Park is a unique collection of beautiful and interesting trees from around the world, and is Western Australia's largest Arboretum Park. There are many options for interesting walks, ranging from an hour to a couple of days.

To spend time in Balingup is to enjoy the experience of the ever-changing seasons. The winter valley mists, spring blossoms, glowing sunsets and the russet red tinting of the autumn leaves are all part of the magical Balingup experience.

Balingup awaits you any time of year - the hardest thing you will have to do is leave.

Address: South Western Highway, Balingup

Bridgetown - Greenbushes Visitor Centre

Welcome to the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes. Our beautiful region is the jewel in the crown of the South-West.

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Our beautiful region is the jewel in the crown of the South-West. Located literally in the centre of the South-West, you are close to forests and National Parks, wineries, heritage walks and trails, and some of the state’s most stunning heritage buildings. Bridgetown was recognised as a “Heritage Town” in 2000.

Bunbury Visitor Centre

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Busselton Visitors Centre

A two hour drive south of Perth, lies the sheltered shores of Geographe Bay. Voted as one on the top 10 places in the world by Lonely Planet, the region is famed for its breathtaking natural beauty. Busselton Visitor’s Centre is a one stop shop for planning and booking your holiday to this region.

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Busselton Visitors Centre
For accommodation, tours and transport bookings and friendly local advice on the best things to see and do in the region, Busselton Visitors Centre provides a one stop shop.
The Centre offers:

  • An efficient booking service
  • Award winning Visitor Guide and Map
  • An impressive showcase of local products and souvenirs.

Staff
The Centre is staffed by professionally trained staff who provide local, on ground support for planning holidays. Staff provide tailored assistance and have up to date product knowledge. A visit to Busselton Visitors Centre takes the hassle out of travel planning. All aspects of a holiday are catered for from booking accommodation and tours to recommending new restaurants or attractions.

Free Travel Guide and Map
A free travel guide and map is available from the Visitor Centre. This publication won gold at the 2010 Tourism Awards and is important in assisting visitors to navigate their way around the region and to make the most of their holiday to the region.

Group Bookings
The Visitor Centre staff can also assist with group bookings, particularly for weddings, conferences and other events where there are a range of logistical factors that need to be considered.

Website www.geographebay.com
For those who can’t get to the Visitor Centre, the website offers services including an itinerary planner, interactive mapping, instantly confirmed accommodation and tour bookings (with some great last minute specials and hot deals on offer) as well as a comprehensive business directory of local businesses.

The Facilities
The Visitors Centre offers modern and comfortable facilities including free local newspapers, and other community information via a public noticeboard, free internet access to geographebay.com and an enticing retail section promoting local products and artworks. In addition, the Visitor Centres offers public toilets and telephones and has disabled access.
 

Collie River Valley Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre can provide extensive information on the region with maps, brochures, and a photographic display. We also have videos on local history, mining and power generation.

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We provide:

* Free accommodation booking service and advice.
* Rail, coach and accommodation bookings Australia wide.
* Tour bookings.
* Collie tee shirts and souvenirs.
* Craft gallery.
* Large range of maps and guides.
* Complimentary storage of packs and parcels for Mundabiddi Cycle Trail users and * A register and notice board for those using the Mundabiddi Cycle Trail or walking the Bibbulmun Track.

Map:

To download a copy of the regional tourist map, please go to www.collie.wa.gov.au/visit/discovery_drives and download the Discover Collie Map.

We are open seven days a week.

Our opening times are:

Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Weekends and public holidays 10 a.m.- 3pm.

Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.

Denmark Visitor Centre

Denmark is a charming town, located on the banks of the beautiful Denmark River.

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Denmark is a charming town, located on the banks of the beautiful Denmark River. With its rugged coastline and towering forests, Denmark offers visitors unforgettable scenery, quality wineries and plenty of activities. The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in the tingle forest near Denmark is a must. The picturesque and serene beauty of Denmark is a draw-card and inspiration for many artists who reside in the area. Browse through galleries of furniture, pottery, glass, sculptures, paintings and even jigsaws. The standard of fresh gourmet food and quality wine offered here is exceptional, with the surrounding wineries producing superb semillon sauvignon blanc and bold shiraz. Denmark's highly acclaimed wines have distinct characteristics and most can be tasted at the cellar door. The natural sweeping vistas and remote landscapes around Denmark make it a favourite getaway for those seeking a romantic interlude or a chance to appreciate nature. There are so many options when it comes to finding a place to stay in Denmark, with everything from luxurious retreats to budget style accommodation.
Denmark, Western Australia...so much more than just a weekend.
 

Donnybrook Visitor And Information Centre

Known as the Apple Capital of the South West, Donnybrook now sheds its former peel, to reveal its hidden depths of taste, texture & visual splendours.

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Known as the Apple Capital of the South West, Donnybrook now sheds its former peel, to reveal its hidden depths of taste, texture & visual splendours.

From humble beginnings as a small goldfield, to the colossal growth of the apple & fruit industry, Donnybrook shows its magnificent aptitude to retain its harmonious community yet demonstrates great diversity in its growth & development.

Set in a backdrop of seasonal displays such as spring blossoms that promise hidden depths, splendid displays of wildflowers, lush native forests & extraordinary autumn overtures, Donnybrook hosts a smorgasbord of flavours & offers them all on a silver platter.

A sneak preview at the culinary delights offered would include farm fresh marron, organic beef, rich olive oil, local fruit & vegetable produce, nuts and the sweet taste of sun dried fruits, be they coated in chocolate or au naturel. Liquid refreshments would range from wines that tantalise even the most discerning wine connoisseurs to crisp, refreshing ciders & cool, revitalising apple juice.

As Donnybrook is the "Heart of the South West" this makes it the perfect base from where the intrepid explorer can centralise their travels. From secretive & secluded retreats to cosy, B & B's infused with cottage charm; Donnybrook has a large range of accommodation to welcome many a weary traveller.

With thanks to the "Anonymous" community benefactor & the great hearts of numerous volunteers, Donnybrook can now also boast about having the "Biggest Free Entry Fun Park" in all of Australia. This fun park caters to the young & young at heart; from the smallest feet to those whose boots we all strive to fit one day.

Experience the opportunity to pick your own tree ripen fruit in season, delve into the history & tales of the goldfields, meander along the picturesque path of the Preston River.

Escape into serenity. Explore. Taste. Enjoy. Spoil yourself. Exploit your senses & feel very much invited.
 

Dunsborough Visitors Centre

A two hour drive south of Perth, lies the sheltered shores of Geographe Bay. Voted as one on the top 10 places in the world by Lonely Planet, the region is famed for its breathtaking natural beauty. Dunsborough Visitor’s Centre is a one stop shop for planning and booking your holiday to this region.

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Dunsborough Visitors Centre
For accommodation, tours and transport bookings and friendly local advice on the best things to see and do in the region, Dunsborough Visitors Centre provides a one stop shop. The Centre offers:

  • An efficient booking service
  • Award winning Visitor Guide and Map
  • An impressive showcase of local products and souvenirs.

Staff
The Centre is staffed by professionally trained staff who provide local, on ground support for planning holidays. Staff provide tailored assistance and have up to date product knowledge. A visit to Dunsborough Visitors Centre takes the hassle out of travel planning. All aspects of a holiday are catered for from booking accommodation and tours to recommending new restaurants or attractions.

Free Travel Guide and Map
A free travel guide and map is available from the Visitor Centre. This publication won gold at the 2010 Tourism Awards and is important in assisting visitors to navigate their way around the region and to make the most of their holiday to the region.

Group Bookings
The Visitor Centre staff can assist with group bookings, particularly for weddings, conferences and other events where there are a range of logistical factors that need to be considered.

Website www.geographebay.com
For those who can’t get to the Visitor Centre, the website offers services including an itinerary planner, interactive mapping, instantly confirmed accommodation and tour bookings (with some great last minute specials and hot deals on offer) as well as a comprehensive business directory of local businesses.

The Facilities
The Visitors Centre offers modern and comfortable facilities including free local newspapers, and other community information via a public noticeboard, free internet access to geographebay.com and an enticing retail section promoting local products and artworks. In addition, the Visitor Centres offers public toilets and telephones and has disabled access.

Ferguson Valley Visitor Centre

Discover the Ferguson Valley, just 90 minutes from Perth. Discover award winning wines, micro-breweries, gourmet foods, local arts and our heritage, and go bush walking and mountain biking.

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Here are the top experiences in the Ferguson Valley and the Shire of Dardanup:

Visit Gnomesville:

In a leafy glade, among rolling, green hills in the upper Ferguson Valley is the quirkiest free attraction in Australia—Gnomesville. From humble beginnings 14 years ago with just a single gnome placed by the roadside by a local resident to watch over new roadworks has developed a whole village of some 3000 garden gnomes of all shapes, sizes and characters. Placed there by locals and visitors from all over the world, the gnomes are said to bring good luck to those who leave one there; while those who damage or hurt them are liable to have bad luck follow them. The resident gnomes have some wry names, too— Greg Gnoman, Gnome on the Range, Astrognome, Gnome Alone, Gnome-de-Plume, Gnoman Empire Soldier and so on. Gnomesville is an ‘open’ attraction, no admission fees.

Taste Wine, Beer and Food

Ferguson Valley — part of the Geographe Wine Region — is an emerging wine producing area with a number of cellar door tastings on offer. Virtually all the producers are small, family affairs, making small quantities of hand-crafted wines. Two micro-breweries add variety to the experience, offering boutique beers brewed on site as well as light meals. Local gourmet produce also includes cheeses from local cows, home baked cakes and lavender products. Several country-style restaurants and cafes are dotted through the area.

Discover Ferguson Valley art:

The Ferguson Valley is well known for the creative and industrious people who make beautiful artworks for display and sale at galleries, shops and markets scattered throughout the area. The annual Dardanup Art Spectacular every May is both a competitive art show for local people as well as a multi-venue exhibition.

Enjoy a country event:

Spend a day in the valley with wines, local produce, delicacies and live music. There are several free and ticketed events happening throughout the year. Best known is the annual one-day Bull and Barrel Festival each October in Dardanup, celebrating the area’s dairying and wine-making industries, which attracts more than 10,000 people. The 2011 festival theme will be “It’s a Small World”. A highlight of the festival is the night-time “burning of the bull” fire sculpture.

Acquaint yourself with nature:

Experience the best of nature in the Ferguson Valley’s national parks, forests and riversides. Mt Lennard Mountain Bike area has about 40 kilometres of trails of varying difficulties for mountain bikers of all abilities. Wellington Discovery Forest offers an educational experience in the jarrah forest  with self-guided walks along forest trails. Crooked Brook Forest has four designated walk trails and the opportunity to see western brush wallaby, Gould’s monitor, grey fantails and the rare red-tailed black cockatoo. One of the trails is suitable for wheelchairs. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle along with the birdlife lining the Collie River, or go whitewater rafting (in season) on the lower Collie River valley. Wellington Dam has picnic sites and is popular in late winter when the dam overflows.

A peaceful rest

Nestled amongst vineyards, overlooking rivers, creeks and lakes, perched on hilltops, are an array of cabins, chalets, bed-and-breakfasts, resorts, cottages and caravan parks. Set in harmonious surroundings, they offer privacy in peaceful locations. From budget to unforgettable, you'll find the perfect combination of country hospitality and service to suit your expectations.

Canoe the Collie River

With great access to a wide variety of water activities, Eaton is the waterside gateway to the Ferguson Valley. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle along with the birdlife lining the Collie River in the salt marsh vegetation. Pelicans, kingfishers and ducks frequent the area as well as bottlenose dolphins. Boating and fishing is also popular along the Collie River on Eaton Foreshore.

Picturesque picnics

Head outdoors with your picnic basket to areas in the scenic Wellington Dam area. BBQ and picnic facilities can be found at the dam, Honeymoon Pool and Potters Gorge. Other picnic areas include Crooked Brook Forest, along the Eaton Foreshore, Gnomesville, and some of the local wineries.

Roam the food trail

Explore the local gourmet produce such as cheeses, home baked cakes and delicacies, or enjoy a light lunch at one of the wonderful venues set among the rolling green pastures. Pick up farm-fresh produce and other food goodies at the weekly Sunday morning farmers’ market at Eaton.

Step back in time:

Follow the heritage trail around Dardanup to unveil a collection of historic buildings that relate the history of Dardanup and surrounds.

Shopping aplenty:

For all your shopping needs and business requirements, head to the Eaton shopping area and adjacent business park.

Kojonup Visitors Centre

Explore the Australian rural way of life, from authentic Aboriginal bush tucker to world-renowned wines, from the early history of WA to state-of-the-art farm production methods.

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Nestling in the rural heartland of the Australia’s South West, historic Kojonup is more than just a gateway to the beautiful South. Spend an idyllic, indulgent getaway exploring the countryside, bushwalking discover the rich diversity of orchids and wildflowers in season. Kojonup is also ideal location for an activity holiday with facilities to cater for just about every sport.

Whatever you choose to do during your visit you will never be far away from the town’s long and proud history, stretching back centuries to when nomadic Aborigines were first attracted to the area by fresh water spring and abundance of game. Europeans first settled and in 1837 as a military outpost with its own Military Barracks, built in 1845. Even the name Kojonup has a historic significance, referring to the “Kodja’ or stone axe made by the Aborigines from the local stone of the area

Kojonup Visitors centr provides visitors with a unique and total visitor experience, challenging them to let their senses work overtime as they experience the story of the people of Kojonup today their relationship and care of the land over time. The district’s evolution from ancient times is captured in multi media elements and fully interactive displays. Displays include an actual school bus and farm ute, a shearing shed, Noongar Story circle, kitchen and a replica reserve house, where, under government policy, local aborigines lived from the mid 1930s to 1970.

Explore Australia’s wonderful heritage of rose growing. While seeking shade under one of the rustic pergolas, share the poignant stories of the three women, Yoondi the Noongar, Elizabeth the English and Maria the Italian, set into the paths and furnishings of the maze.

Margaret River Visitor Centre

The internationally renowned town of Margaret River is the perfect blend of country charm, rural vibes and city living.

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The internationally renowned town of Margaret River is the perfect blend of country charm, rural vibes and city living. Offering top-notch wining and dining, boutique shopping and artisan experiences galore, creature comforts don’t have to be left behind to enjoy the stunning south west. Set amongst majestic forests and with the Margaret River meandering through the heart of the town, the cosmopolitan lifestyle will please even the most discerning visitors.

With the town centrally located in the middle of the Margaret River region it is a place for all seasons: be it autumn dawn walks in wooded valleys veiled in mist; cosy winter nights spent with good friends around a roaring fire; spring picnics amid towering karri forests ablaze with wildflowers or summer days lazing on your very own beach by a sparkling sea. There are so many things to do! Prevelly is the closest beach to Margaret River – just 7km west of the township.

Here sophistication and country charm are perfect partners. Escape from it all and visit Margaret River - a very special place.
 

Pemberton Visitor Centre

The Pemberton region is an all year destination. Pemberton has magnificent tall Karri trees and pristine forests including wild waters, exquisite landscapes which blend togther the gently contoured, vine-clad hillsides, fruitful orchards and majestic forests.

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Stirling Cottage Gardens - Harvey Visitor Centre

Harvey Heritage Gardens - Cnr South Western Highway & James Stirling Place Harvey. Toilets, park benches, walkway, miniature orchard, many varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers, Secret Garden, grassed areas, shady trees.

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Stirling Cottage - History.
THE OLD In the mid 1800’s, the first Governor of Western Australia, Governor Stirling, selected 12,800 acres of fertile land in Harvey called it the ‘Harvey River Settlement'.
The only improvement he made to the land was to build a cottage, known as “The Hut”. This convict built cottage, on the banks of the tranquil Harvey River, featured a shingled roof and ‘pit-sawn’ jarrah walls with hexoganal-shaped paving blocks fitted together to form firm flooring. One of the original paving blocks can be seen in the Cottage history room today.

As the ‘Harvey Estate’ was sold quite a few times over the years, the ‘cottage’ was home to many pioneering farming families. In 1885 and 1886, May Gibbs, (creator of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie), lived in the cottage with her family. It is believed that May Gibbs drew much of her inspiration for her stories and illustrations from her experiences in Harvey. The original cottage was surrounded by gardens and fruit trees, and had a cellar which was often flooded in winter. A blacksmiths workshop and stables were added. Over the years, the cottage fell into disrepair, and by the end of the 1960’s only a few bricks and stones remained. A lone pine tree marked the site of the Cottage, but this was blown down during a storm in 1985.

THE NEW On Sunday 9th October 1994, the replica 'Stirling Cottage' was open to the public. Modelled on the original ‘Stirling Cottage', this building features the shingled roof, jarrah walls and hexoganal paving blocks of the original.

A balcony has been added overlooking the tranquil Harvey River. The 1994 version of the cottage is located 500 metres downstream from the original site and features extensive landscaped Heritage Gardens, a 19th century style fountain, a mini orchard, enchanting secret garden and a gift shop, a room on local history and 'Stirling Cottage Kitchen’ tearooms.

Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea on the balcony overlooking the peaceful River, or in winter sit by the cosy log fire and enjoy hearty homemade soup. Public toilets are in a separate building called 'The Stables’. Disabled facilities are located in the Tourist Bureau (next to the Cottage).

Please feel free to wander around and enjoy your visit to 'Stirling Cottage’ before viewing the May Gibbs Display at the Visitor Centre.

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