This region is superb for touring and exploring and so ideal for the family, couples or a road-trip with your friends. It encompasses rugged and serene natural beauty, sleepy coastal villages and up and coming arty towns, rare and unique flora and fauna, a foothold in Australia’s rich history, world-class wine and, above all, a real country welcome. The regions hub, Albany, is a buzzing country city with galleries, cafes, museums and sights with a range of accommodation from guesthouses and B and Bs to five star luxury and pampering. An ideal launch pad to explore the countryside, the outback and the bush.
Popular attractions and diversions range from dense forests and sweeping national parks to untouched coastline and water sports. Whether you explore from a base or hop from town to village there is always something to see or do. There are a number of wine and gourmet food trails that meander through the wine regions, spectacular views in the Stirling Ranges, whale watching, winding tourist drives, aboriginal heritage and huge sheep sale yards out in Katanning. With cool, wet winters and long, mild summers the climate is akin to the Mediterranean making it a target for surfers, fishers and holiday makers. It is a region that, despite a booming tourist industry, boasts enough open roads, deserted tracks and isolated beaches to take that step back and take a breath.