Go Off the Beaten Track in Australia's South West
The South West’s vast landscape provides the perfect environment for outdoor adventure. It’s easy to go off the beaten track, with beautiful coastal scenery…
Take the #family on an #adventure that's #OfftheBeatenTrack with #cycling and #mountainbiking trails for all ages. The South West region is becoming a mecca for mountain bike and cycling enthusiasts as many of the towns invest in trails and infrastructure. There’s an outstanding network of trails that take casual riders and serious mountain bikers into the heart of the region's wildflower country and native forests. Find out more on our website.
Tackle the Yeagarup Dunes - offering #adventurers the chance to witness vast mobile #san dunes which are steadily moving inland, swallowing up #forest, #lakes and woodlands as they go. Local #tours will take you on an #adventure amongst the dunes, or experienced #fourwheeldriver's can go unguided. There's plenty of #OfftheBeatenTrack adventure to be had in #AustraliasSouthWest. Find out more #experiences on our website. #traveltips #travelguide. Photo by Jarrod Saw @sailorjay on Instagram.
The South West has some of the world's most popular #walking trails, such as the #BibbulmunTrack and the #CapetoCapeTrack. The #walkingtrails in #AustraliasSouthWest pass through some of the region's most striking landscapes. See old growth forest, pretty farmland, rugged coastal cliffs and remote beaches on your journey. Learn more on our website.
The famed Surfers Point, 10 kilometres from Margaret River town is the perfect vantage point for watching the local #surfers take on this premier wave. ‘Main break’ as the locals call it, is the setting for the annual #MargaretRiverPro, one of surfing’s annual World Championship Tour #events. Try your hand at #surfing at one of the 100 #surfbreaks along the south west coast, with conditions from powerful #reef breaks to #fun #beach breaks for beginners.
Have a penchant for #heights? The Southern Forests #climbingtrees will get you high in #nature. A series of fire lookouts were constructed during the 1930s and 1940s at the top of some very tall Karri trees surrounding #Pemberton and #Manjimup. These lookouts were a way of spotting fires in the tall #Karri #forest. Today you can still #climb two of these #lookout trees and take in 360 degree views from the top. Find out more on our website.
New to the region? With more than 1000km of #coastline in Australia’s South West, adventure tends to start in and/or by the #sea. South West #beaches are among the best in the world, with endless grains of pristine white sand and crystal clear waters luring people to the #shore. Here are the best beaches for #swimming in the South West.
Most towns within the South West have #caravanparks with ample facilities to ensure comfort (read: hot showers!) Caravanning is a great way to experience the #outdoors and see everything the region has to offer. Find a list of #caravan and #holidayparks on our website.
The region’s lengthy coastline makes it an ideal place for #water based activities such as #surfing, #windsurfing, #kitesurfing, #sailing and #SUP (stand up paddle boarding). Water sports in the region are not just limited to the #coast however. There’s many inland lakes and fresh water courses that wind their way through the valleys and provide #playgrounds for #canoeing, #kayaking and #waterskiing.
The South West’s vast landscape provides the perfect environment for #outdoor #adventure. It’s easy to go off the beaten track, with beautiful coastal scenery, ancient mountain ranges and towering old growth forests waiting to be discovered. Team that with a soft adventure #experience such as #caving; or a heart-stopping experience, like throwing yourself out of a plane, and you’ve got a prime destination for all #adventureseekers.
#Walking is a great way to experience the #natural #landscapes of an area and there is no shortage of #walkingtrails in Australia's South West that pass through some of the region's most striking landscapes. Whether you are after a short stroll or a #hiking adventure, there’s a trail to suit your interests and ability. Photo by Elements Margaret River.
With more than 75 #surf breaks located between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the Margaret River region alone, and many more along the southern coastline, anyone from the novice to the experienced #surfer can enjoy the ultimate #surfing #experience in #AustraliasSouthWest. We list a few spots to get you started:
With a total of 24 national parks, a large proportion of Australia's South West’s beautiful #landscapes and #naturalattractions are protected, making them great places to #explore. Get back to #nature when you #adventure off the beaten track at Yeagarup Dunes in #Pemberton and the other national parks and #forests in the region. Learn more on our website.
Everything you need to know about #cycling and #mountainbiking in #AustraliasSouthWest. The South West region is becoming a mecca for mountain #bike and cycling enthusiasts as many of the towns invest in trails and infrastructure. There’s an outstanding network of trails that take casual #riders and serious #mountain #bikers into the heart of the region's #wildflower country and #nativeforests. Find out more on our website.
With over 150 limestone #caves dotted along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge in the Margaret River region, it sure is an ancient #underworld. Here you can find the best caves in the Margaret River region that are open to the public. Go #caving and #experience #adventure underground.
#Walking is a great way to experience the natural #landscapes of an area and there is no shortage of #walkingtrails in Australia's South West that pass through some of the region's most striking landscapes. Whether you are after a short stroll or a #hiking #adventure, there’s a trail to suit your interests and ability. Find our more #traveltips on our website.
Love the idea of #camping, minus the 'roughing it' part? #Glamping, or #glamorous camping is one way to get the best of both worlds. Think #bell tents decked out with #cosy beds, fluffy cushions backdrop. There are plenty of glamping options in the South West.
The marine environment around the region is a unique one. Both warm and cool currents mix together as the Indian and Southern #oceans collide at Cape Leeuwin. The Leeuwin Current is a warm water current system that travels down the west coast and wraps around Cape Leeuwin, bringing with it a host of sub-tropical marine life not normally found so far south. This mixes with the cooler currents from the Southern Ocean, creating a mix of #marine species rarely found anywhere else in the world.
A series of fire lookouts were constructed during the 1930s and 1940s at the top of some very tall Karri trees surrounding #Pemberton and #Manjimup. These lookouts were a way of spotting fires in the tall Karri forest. Today you can still #climb two of these lookout trees and take in 360 degree views from the top. Find out more about the trees and #adventure on our website.
Accessible by 4WD or on tour, Yeagarup Dunes is the world's largest moving #sanddune system and is truly #OffTheBeatenTrack. Found in the depths of Pemberton, this incredible landscape is a must-see when visiting #AustraliasSouthWest, especially for #adventureseekers. More #traveltips on our website.
Winter is the best time of year for adventure #canoeing or #whitewaterrafting, when the rivers are full and #rapids are in action. The South West has many ideal #paddle trails along the region’s main arterial #waterways. With world-class waves and consistent winds, Western Australia is an ideal spot for #windsurfing or #kiteboarding, if you come prepared. The South West typically is windiest in summer, when the sea breeze turns onshore around mid-morning and blows until just before sunset.
#Camping overnight in the great outdoors is one of the best ways to experience the untouched #wilderness of #AustraliasSouthWest. Secluded #campsites are on offer in most national parks, and for a very small fee. Sites with stunning views of the coast or lovely spots nestled under the peppermint trees are well cared for by the local rangers. Most national park campsites have limited facilities, so you’ll need to be well-prepared.
The #coastline in the South West offers up world-class surf, and as a result features heavily on surf forums and websites. The region has been a surfing Mecca for nearly 50 years when surfers started migrating to the Margaret River region. A #surfing lifestyle has been well ingrained in local culture since. There are over 100 surf breaks and conditions range from powerful reef breaks, to fun beach surf. Here's where to go for the best #surf spots. Photo by Elements Margaret River.
The Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge in the #MargaretRiver Region is dotted with over 150 limestone #caves. Explore caves open to the public, including Ngilgi, Lake, Mammoth and Jewel cave. There are guided or self-guided #tours, which take you along the boardwalks into the beautiful #undergroundcaves. For the more adventurous, you can take a journey by torchlight to explore deeper, hidden pathways.
Did you know there’s an outstanding network of #mountainbiking and #cycling trails in the South West? There’s options for casual riders to serious mountain #bikers, with paths that lead into the heart of the region’s #wildflower country, native #forests and #coastline. Here are some of our favourite trails.
The region’s lengthy coastline makes it an ideal place for #watersports activities such as #surfing, #windsurfing, kite surfing, and #sailing. Water sports in the region are not just limited to the coast, with many inland lakes and fresh water courses that wind their way through the valleys and provide playgrounds for #canoeing, #kayaking and #waterskiing. Here are our #traveltips for #beach #surf and fun!