Catch your breath on a South Coast Forest Explorer road trip. Witness the soul-stirring history of Albany, walk amid ancient treetops and savour the Great Southern region’s luxury wine tasting and gourmet delicacies on an enchanting 4 day, 1,026 kilometre journey from Perth to the state’s southwest and back. An adventure filled road trip awaits, with its non-stop stream of eye-popping scenery – especially from September to November when wildflowers bloom in abundant glory.
Cruise down to Albany, a port city brimming with the stories of the Anzacs and a bustling food and wine hub. Visit from June to August for the awe-inspiring sight of Humpback, Southern Right and Blue whales migrating offshore, which the locals refer to as the “Humpback highway”. Get even closer to these magnificent creatures on one of Albany’s many whale watching tours.
Venture to Denmark along the untamed coastline of Torndirrup National Park, catching a glimpse of whales splashing in the ocean from the towering cliffs above. Denmark’s laidback charm and forest-meets-the-sea backdrop insists you slip into relaxation mode. Swim and snorkel in inviting pools and beaches, kick back at one of the boutique wineries or simply soak up the ambience with a mouth-watering dinner of the region’s finest local produce.
Walpole-Nornalup National Park, a 45 minute drive from Denmark, is the entry point to some must do experiences. Stroll 40 metres above the ground on the world-famous Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk as it weaves through the unique tingle forest canopy, taking a moment to ponder the 400-year-old existence of these timber goliaths.
Head back to Perth, with stops at the Gloucester Tree lookout at Pemberton, lunch at the truffle hub of Manjimup to sample rare black Perigord truffles and a break at the vibrant port town of Bunbury.