INDULGE YOUR SENSES IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS.
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 wines.
Best time: February and March (to coincide with the region's food and wine festivals)
The Banksia Farm, Mount Barker
Morning: Perth to Mount Barker
Take the Kwinana Freeway from Perth to join the Albany Highway heading south through the Wheatbelt to Mount Barker.
Afternoon: Mount Barker
Make a couple of cellar door stops at this hub of the Great Southern Wine Region. Then, indulge in 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.
Porongurup National Park
Morning: Mount Barker to Porongurup National Park
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 for 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.
Afternoon: Porongurup National Park to Albany
From here, it’s just a 45-minute drive south to reach the historic city of Albany.
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.
Forest Hill Winery, Denmark
Morning: Albany to Denmark
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.
Vasse Felix Winery, Margaret River
Morning: Denmark to Mount Barker
Head north and drop in to a few of Mount Barker's wineries and gourmet produce stores that you may have missed on the way down.
Afternoon: Mount Barker to Perth
Retrace your tracks on the Albany Highway and break the four-hour journey to sample a little Wheatbelt life, history and culture at the Kodja Place in Kojonup or the outback town of Williams.
Important Travel Information
Be aware that drivers are subject to alcohol limits that are strictly enforced. Moderation is always advised.
Be Sun Smart. Always apply sunscreen (at least +15 SPF), wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of water. If you’re visiting in the warmer months (December to March), seek some shade between 11am and 3pm. See Cancer Council WA for more advice.
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