South West Western Australia Holidays
This is a region that encompasses the state capital of Perth and its surrounds and extends across the inland wheat lands to the start of the goldfields region. It's an area of several unusual rock formations, renowned wildflower displays and home to many historical sites and townships. Approximately 85% of the Western Australia population live in this region.
Places Of Interest - South West
Perth - the capital city of Western Australia which has it's own page here.
North Coast - north of Perth the countryside quickly turns into the dry semi-desert typical of much of the state. The Yanchep National Park includes some excellent limestone caves and an Aboriginal Heritage trail. Further north is Cervantes, better known for the nearby Nambung National Park which is home to Pinnacle Rocks. These are limestone pillars ranging up to 5 metres high.
Wildflower Country - take route 95 north from Perth to New Norcia and you are in the spring wildflower region. The town hosts a still functioning Benedictine mission and the architecture is classic Spanish. Tours and visits are available. Further north is the farming centre of Moora, the nearby Berkshire Valley with its restored flour mill and Watheroo on the Midlands Highway.
The wildflower region extends much further north taking in the townships of Dalwallinu, Morawa and Mullewa although the latter two are closer to Geraldton than to Perth.
South Coast - a little over an hour south of Perth is Mandurah, a popular beach and holiday resort where dolphins are often seen in the estuary. This is a good fishing and prawning area. Just down the road on the Murray River is the historic township of Pinjarra where steam engine buffs can ride the Hotham Valley Railway which passes through the town.
Margaret River - the south west has established a strong reputation for producing fine wines, and that reputation is mostly due to the reputation of the wines produced in the Margaret River area. The Margaret River area also has some of the best surfing conditions in Australia. This area is a popular day tour destination from Perth.
Northam - the major centre of the Avon Valley situated north east of Perth and an area that attracted many early settlers. Many historic buildings are still in existence in Northam and the valley is a popular wildflower destination. The Avon River is a popular canoe site. The town has several historic buildings such as the old railway station which is listed by the National Trust. Nearby Buckland House is said to be the finest grand home in the state and is open for inspection.
Toodyay - hosts several convict-built historic buildings including O'Connors Mill which still operates. To the south the town of York has preserved its English inspired origins and is one of the region's highlights with the entire town being classified by the National Trust. Many of the state festivals are held here and an excellent vintage car museum is said to be Australia's finest.
Wheatlands - generally stretching along the Great Eastern Highway to the east and south towards the coastal fringes at Albany is the area commonly referred to as the Wheatlands (or wheatbelt). Most of the region supports winter and spring wildflowers as is the case with much of the south west area of the state. The major centre of the area is Merredin which houses its museum in a renovated period railway station. There are some interesting rock formations nearby.
The township of Hyden to the south is a couple of kilometres from the famous Wave Rock which stands 15 metres high. There are several lesser known rock formations and caves in the area some of which are sites of Aboriginal rock art. Further to the south is Narrogin, another of the major centres of the wheatlands. It hosts a railway heritage museum and the nearby Dryandra Forest which is the only remaining section of eucalypt forest that once covered the region.