“Here the sunsets over the ocean are spectacular. And you’re spoilt with remote deserted beaches and boutique wineries. There’s nowhere quite like it.”
This is how Alexandra Theyer describes Southwest Australia. She has worked at Flight Centre for five years and is a bit of an Expert when it comes to the Land Down Under. Before joining us, she spent two years travelling in Australia and New Zealand, and last year was lucky enough to travel on the iconic Ghan railway. Here, she shares her top tips and need to know information when it comes to exploring Southwest Australia:
…is the gateway to Western Australia, with both domestic and international flights.
Hire a car or a campervan
This enables you to visit the quieter, more hidden beauty spots. Southwest Australia can be remote, so relying on transfers and public transport can be costly.
Get the best food and service
You can do just that when you dine at one of the many vineyards, like the lakeside restaurant at Cape Lodge. This modern diner serves garden-to-kitchen produce, paired with the best wine from the vineyard.
Visit the Busselton Jetty
Best done when you drive to or from Perth. At 1,841m, it’s the longest wooden structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and has an underwater observatory at the end.
Take the Bushtucker Winery & Brewery tour
You can’t go wrong with tastings at wineries and working breweries, plus treats from Margaret River Chocolate Company and an award-winning cheese factory. Seashells Yallingup is a relaxed surfers’ paradise with one- or two-bedroom apartments, ideal for families and groups.
Drive in the day
If possible, plan your itinerary to avoid driving in the dark. A lot of Australian wildlife likes to roam around at night – especially kangaroos.
Give the wet weather a miss
Southwestern Australia is a year-round destination, but I prefer to go between November and May when the sun is out and there is less rainfall.
Head Down Under and explore Australia’s beautiful southwestern corner on our Southwest Highlights itinerary. Tick off the highlights as you travel to the vibrant cities of Perth and Fremantle, sample wines in Margaret River and soak up the sun on the glorious beaches. This Journey includes international flights and airport transfers; 8 nights in 4-5* hotels and hand-picked local gems; 6 days’ car hire; and two day tours. Enjoy 11 days from £1,549pp.