South West Australia offers a whole world of excitement and adventure, whether you're part of a couple on honeymoon, a large group of friends on a reunion or a family on your annual holiday. You'll find cave formations and hiking trails to explore, beaches to enjoy, museums and historic locations to experience and the very best in wine, culture and art. Whatever your goal for your holiday travel, you'll find it in this region. It all begins just a few steps away from South West, WA, accommodation.
Find family excitement and fun near South West accommodation in WA
Families enjoying a holiday trip will find all the family fun and excitement they can handle on a trip to South West holiday rentals, including educational experiences, outdoor adventure, games, rides, food and fun. At the Dolphin Discovery Centre, you can have an up-close-and-personal encounter with these magnificent creatures while learning about conservation efforts. At Meelup Beach, you can enjoy swimming, paddleboarding, picnic areas with barbecues and kayak rentals for an afternoon of water sports and adventure. Among the most popular attractions for families is Busselton Jetty.
Visit Busselton Jetty for museums, a train and more
It's estimated that around 500,000 people visit Busselton Jetty every year. This pier is famed for its length of 1.8 kilometres into Geographe Bay. Until the early 1970s it was a port, but today it is an attraction that offers an underwater observatory where you can see a living coral reef and the sea life that inhabits it. You'll also find a museum and interpretive centre and even a train ride. Whether you're looking for fun and adventure or just want to take a walk out over the bay under the striking Australian sunset, Busselton Jetty is a great option.
Walk the capes for outdoor adventure and culture
The capes of Australia offer their own world of outdoor adventure and cultural attractions, and each carries its own unique flavour and cultural atmosphere. With well over 100 kilometres of cape just in the South West region alone, it's hard to see them all in a single trip, but you can still experience historic lighthouses, stunning and romantic sunrises and sunsets along the beaches, quiet beachside cafes and wine tastings and many other opportunities to create lifelong memories as you travel across the beaches and bays near your South West accommodation.
Travel the Cape to Cape Walk Track
The Cape to Cape Walk Track is a challenge for hikers that offers unparalleled views of the ocean waters, beaches and culture of the South West region. It travels the entire length of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge that serves as the backbone of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. It connects the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, both important historical attractions. As you walk the track, you'll pass over pristine beaches, through sheltered forests and by famed cave locations in the region.
Climb to the top of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Your trip along the walking track will likely begin or end at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. This lighthouse rises 39 metres and sits at the most southwesterly point of continental Australia. It features a visitor centre, and tours are available. The lighthouse was built in 1895 and today serves not only as a navigational aid but as an important automatic weather station for the region. From here, you can see stunning panoramic views of the blue waters and surrounding cape and learn interesting stories about the history of the region.
Explore colourful caves in the South West region
If you're excited by natural rock formations, there is a wealth of breathtaking caving opportunities near your apartment, condo, rental home, cottage or villa holiday accommodation. Ngilgi Cave is a colourful underground cave complex with stalactites, stalagmites and helictites, which you can see through a 1-hour guided tour. Mammoth Cave is an ancient and expansive limestone cave with striking rock formations and audio tours. Lake Cave offers guided tours through a cave with an underground lake, and Jewel Cave offers several chambers to explore, each featuring its own unique stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Visit local wineries, restaurants and art galleries
Australia has a thriving wine culture that's among the best in the world, and holiday accommodation in the South West region offers close access to a variety of outstanding wineries, many of which also offer features like restaurants and art galleries. At Leeuwin Estate, you'll enjoy wine tastings and tours through a vast estate with a contemporary gallery and upscale dining. Hamelin Bay combines upscale wineries, camping, lighthouses and beaches along the Cape to Cape trail. Voyager Estate is along the Margaret River wine region and offers tastings and tours, while the Cape Mentelle Vineyards are a landmark winery with a tasting room and pétanque court.