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Tall Trees Of The South West
south west waThe south west region of Western Australia is one of the most picturesque locations in the southern hemisphere. It is home to countless surfing beaches, diving reefs, limestone caves and ancient trees, all of these being just some of the natural attractions you will find here. It is a fantastic destination for your holiday, because there are plenty of day trips and attractions to keep you coming back time and time again.

The Margaret River Wine Region is the perfect way to begin your sightseeing or the area, as it is central to most of the towns dotting the coast and is known for its superb wineries and world class surfing. The region offers excellent camping facilities making it an ideal base to explore the stunning southern coastline located between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. The scenery along the way is simply spectacular because this truly is a magnificent stretch of coast. There are myriads of bushwalking trails and national parks in the hinterland that also attribute to making this an ideal destination.

Busselton is east of Margaret River and features one of the longest jetty’s in Australia. This is also a stones throw from one of the most incredible artificial reefs in the world. The Underwater Observatory is a well known attraction, and is perfect for those who would rather keep their feet on dry land, while still experiencing the perks of marine life. There are plenty of windows to enjoy the coral and marine underwater world at least eight metres below sea level. You won’t want to leave this captivating seaside town because the manner in which it captures your imagination will stay with you forever.

The coastal towns are not all there is to see in this region, because there is so much natural beauty as soon as you head inland from the coast. A great way to see it up close is by trekking along the famous Bibbulmun Track, which stretches from Perth to Albany. The entire walk spans over 1000 kilometres, which is a lot of walking. You can enjoy different sections of the track up and down the coastline, and there are many campsites along the track giving you more time to enjoy the scenery and walking experience.

If you did attempt the entire walk you would end up in Albany, which is of course famous for its incredible diving expeditions visiting the HMAS Swan wreck. There is also a whale museum, which will give you a closer look at the history of this coastal town. The whale watching trips are also very popular. It is easy to feel like you are the first person to visit this untamed coastline, with miles and miles of pristine water stretching out as far as you can see. It is also a great place to avoid the crowds.

A few hundred kilometres south from Perth, and west of Albany, you will find the quaint town of Walpole. This idyllic village really does need to be experienced for its raw beauty alone. It is the perfect spot for a weekend away in the wilderness with its forests, rivers and national parks creating the ultimate haven for nature lovers. There are also plenty of sporting activities for the more adventurous, such as sailing, white water rafting, canoeing and fishing along the rivers.

Walpole is known mostly for its giant tingle trees, and as the home of the Valley of the Giants Tree Top walk. Some of these trees are over 400 years old, and are so large you could almost park a car inside them. The peace and tranquillity here among the enormous tingle trees will leave you in awe, with a suspended bridge forty metres high taking you to the tree tops for incredible views.

Once again, travel on to Pemberton and you will be blessed with more towering trees which captivate every visitor. The Gloucester Tree is one of the most famous, as it can be climbed up to sixty metres for those not afraid of heights. To top it off, this town has amazing wines, food, lakes and even a steam train to take you on a journey back in time. Big Brook Dam is a popular spot for a picnic with the Beedelup Falls worth the walk for the stunning views they will reward you with. Pemberton is a central town to visit the South West region with many well known attractions within an hours drive.

There is so much to see in this rich and diverse corner of Western Australia that you may never want to leave. The Margaret River attracts thousands with its annual surfing competitions and wineries, and the national parks and forests in this area are so unique and untouched that they can never be forgotten. Time stands still when you are faced with century old icons from the past.

Christine Barton

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