's south-west corner is where the Southern and Indian oceans met. The small township of Augusta
lies in the corner where it is lush, picturesque and peaceful. Augusta
is only a 3½ hour drive from Perth
and bus services
run daily. Popular with tourists and fisherpeople Augusta
is the third eldest European settlement
The nearby Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park offers walking trails along the river, sailing, fishing, scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, windsurfing, cycling and most sports. Within the region is Jewel Cave
, where you can enjoy a spectacular underground caving experience.
Whale watching is the big drawcard in the region from Augusta
from May to September when both Southern Right and Humpback whales gather for an annual rest during their northerly migration. Crafts and heritage
activities are strong throughout the southern coastal and country areas, especially around Pemberton and Denmark
This region is punctuated by giant karri pine and jarrah hardwood eucalypts, which you can enjoy in the many unpopulated bush areas. The D'Entrecasteaux National Park protects a strip of wild coast and coastal heath land scrub marking an area roughly from Augusta
to Pemberton and can only be experienced by 4WD. Massive basalt cliffs rise out of the ocean with the most impressive being Black Point
- a lesser-known, but excellent 4WD camping and fishing area.
The Pemberton region is a great drawcard with travellers, both local and foreign, the giant trees being the region's focus. A high-rise suspension
walkway between the trees near Walpole enables visitors to get closer to the sky, to sense the height of these giants and to see into their foliage that supports an array of bird life. Giant Tingle trees with gaping holes where the natural growth of the trunk separates at its base, creating a triangular cubby-hole are another of the region's natural wonders.
The tops of these huge trees create a dense canopy allowing lush ferns and moist undergrowth to flourish. Walking and nature observation is delightful here. For the more adventurous or the history buffs there are a number of 60-70m trees once used for fire lookouts that are now open for public climbing. Albany
can be reached by following the coastal route from Pemberton, through Walpole and Denmark
although for a short trip from Perth
you can take a direct route via the Albany
Highway making the one way trip just 400km. With a population
of 28,500 Albany
is a thriving city on a magnificent natural harbour. Albany
has long been a favourite breeding and feeding ground for whales and is in fact the location of Australia
's last whaling station
(closed in 1978 but restored into a museum). Albany
also offers fabulous lookouts, shipwrecks, scenic drives and natural rock formations such as the Blowholes
and Natural Bridge
set against the pounding seas of the Southern Ocean.
490km east of Albany
or 725km south-east of Perth
lies one of the most appealing coastal towns that you're likely to find in Australia
is well-known for the dramatic turquoise blue of its water, which together with its temperate climate, rolling plains and magnificent headlands makes it a family favourite for a holiday destination.Esperance
is the only port in the south-east of WA and due to its proximity to Kalgoorlie exports over 3 million tonnes of products annually, including wheat, barley, oats, lupins, peas and minerals. Agriculture is by far the primary industry but tourism and fishing also play important roles.
The average summer temp in this region is 27.4 °C, with a winter average of 17.9 °C. In fact, freedom from scorching summer heat waves that can affect other parts of WA is one of the attractions of the southern coastline making it a popular summer destination for inland and Perth
There are numerous National Park areas such as D'Entrecasteaux, Walpole-Nornalup, Shannon, Mt Frankland, Stirling Range
, Torndirrup, Fitzgerald River, Stokes, Cape Le Grand
and Cape Arid National Parks that all offer unique scenery, superb camping, abundant wildlife, a temperate climate and countless attractions. Cape Le Grand
is probably the most popular of all these and as such can be fully booked out in school holiday and Xmas periods. To avoid disappointment plan your stay and make enquiries early.
March - May is the ideal time to explore Augusta
, Pemberton, Albany
when skies are clear, nights cool and the seas calm.