One of the world's hotspots for biodiversity and indulging all the senses.
Extraordinary biodiversity and a mild Mediterranean climate make the Great Southern Wine Region of Mount Barker, Albany and Denmark a veritable feast of wines, produce, wildflowers and forests.
It’s the coolest of WA’s viticulture regions, renowned for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Malbec.
Duration: 3 to 4 days
Distance: 925 kilometres
- Great Southern Wine Region
- Porongurup National Park
Best time: September to December
Perth to Mount Barker
Total distance: 367 kilometres
Take the Kwinana Freeway from Perth to join the Albany Highway heading south through the Wheatbelt to Mount Barker, your first cellar door stop at the hub of the Great Southern Wine Region.
An early start will get you here in time for a long lazy lunch overlooking the vineyards and stunning country panoramas.
Your overnight options include motels, self-contained cottages and chalets, bed and breakfast, a caravan park or backpackers.
Mount Barker to Albany (via Porongurup)
Total distance: 75 kilometres
If you’re touring in spring or early summer (September to December) it’s well worth taking the short detour east to stroll through one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots at Porongurup National Park.
It’s a haven to some of Australia's most unique flora and fauna, including more than 100 species of birds and 750 varieties of plants that fill the park with a kaleidoscope of wildflower blooms.
Choose from many trails in the park, including the breathtaking Granite Skywalk.
From here, it’s just a 45-minute drive south to reach the historic city of Albany.
In and among its charming heritage buildings and surrounding wineries, you’ll find refreshment at restaurants and taverns, and a wide range of accommodation options, from heritage hotels to camping and caravan parks.
A weekend visit will bring a bonus treat from the iconic Albany Farmers' Markets, offering a taste of the region’s fresh and fabulous local flavours.
Albany to Denmark
Total distance: 54 kilometres
Follow the scenic southern coastline west to Denmark, where the tall timber southern forests meet the sea.
From the centre of town, Scotsdale Tourist Drive leads into the rolling hills for a feast of local wines, arts and delicious produce, from cheeses and chocolate to marron and preserves.
An overnight stay in this romantic old timber milling town will also give you a taste of some country hospitality at the region's boutique accommodations, luxury forest retreats, camping grounds and caravan parks.
Denmark to Perth
Total distance: 420 kilometres
The journey back to Perth via Mount Barker, takes approximately five hours, giving you plenty of time to drop in to the wineries you missed on the way down.
If you have more than three days to spare, why not extend your winery wander to Pemberton, Manjimup and the Margaret River wine regions, driving west from Denmark and stopping at the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk for a unique view of WA’s towering tingle trees.