Only in the Southwest: 6 Outdoor Adventures You Will Never Forget

Life is an adventure and Southwest WA is full of it. We can all vouch for this spectacular part of the world, a place where you can keep coming back and never get bored of it all.

If you’re looking to disconnect from everyday worries, step out of your comfort zone, take on a challenge, and create lasting memories, then a trip down south invites you.

No matter what type of adventure seeker you are, we’ve sorted the ideas out, all you have to do is pick one (or a few) to make your winter getaway unforgettable.

Whales in the wild

Winter is when the spectacular Humpback and Southern Whales take center stage. After nesting in the warmer northern waters, approximately 35,000 humpback whales and their young will return south to the Arctic waters.

Join All Sea Charters or Naturaliste Charters for exciting whale-watching cruises from Augusta (May to early September) and Busselton and Dunsborough (September to November). Besides the main attraction, you may also spot sea eagles soaring above the cliffs, pods of dolphins riding the bow wave, and the local seal colony. You may even spot rare minke whales and blue whales (last year 28 blue whales were sighted cruising south!).

With tours departing daily, you’ll have no trouble making this part of your vacation schedule! Both tour operators guarantee whale watching, or you can return for free.

Planning a trip to Albany? You can also see these graceful creatures relaxing around King George Sound until October.

Where to stay in Albany: Beach House at Bayside

Adventure and wine all in one

Margaret River is rightly famous for its food and wine experiences, but let’s go better and add some outdoor adventures!

WA Guide of the Year, Sean Blocksidge of The Margaret River Discovery Co, will take you away from the masses to discover places you won’t necessarily find on your own. With just you and your friends crammed into Sean’s luxury 4WD, you’ll have a wine and nature lover’s experience with the works.

Your unforgettable day includes canoeing, four-wheel drive, and hiking sections of the Cape to Cape Trail at Wilyabrup Cliffs, with special access to great clifftop views. Then, savor an exclusive oenological lunch of gastronomic proportions and step behind the scenes of a working cellar, where you’ll taste some of the region’s finest wines.

Where to stay with the family: Margaret River Holiday Cottages

Whales, sharks and storms at Busselton Pier

For a unique family underwater adventure, visit one of the only six natural underwater aquariums in the world at Busselton Jetty.

This winter, the underwater observatory is launching a new Whales, Sharks and Storms experience. And it comes just in time, because each winter the Leeuwin Current brings an incredibly diverse array of tropical and subtropical species to Geographer’s Bay.

Where to stay with the family: RAC Busselton Holiday Park

4 x 4 eco-friendly beach and forest adventure

Head to Pemberton for a memorable 4 x 4 outdoor adventure where seascapes meet the forest of Entrecasteaux National Park. Pemberton Discovery Tours will take you on an epic journey of discovery through spectacular scenery on four unique terrains.

Explore the quicksand of the southern hemisphere’s largest inland dune system, 4×4 along secluded beaches, be enchanted by the stunning coastline, and traverse secret forest trails amid towering Karri trees and a curious fauna.

Where to stay: RAC Karri Valley Resort in Pemberton

Bounce, flip and fly at Gravity

If you are traveling with children, of course, they will love this destination more than you. Add a dose of high energy trampoline to your day at Gravity near Bunbury. It’s the perfect way for kids to burn off energy while having a lot of fun. But it’s not just for kids, adults can participate too!

Where to stay with the family: Lake Evedon Retreat in Ferguson Valley

Discover a world of dolphins

For a truly immersive experience, visit the Dolphin Discovery Center in Bunbury. Stop here for a pit stop or spend all day, and you’ll be glad you did. The facility recently underwent a $ 12 million upgrade and features an incredible 360-degree digital dolphinarium.

With so many dolphins living along the coast, the Free Interaction Zone in Koombana Bay provides the perfect opportunity for you to meet and interact. Alternatively, hop aboard an eco-friendly dolphin cruise and get up close to dolphins without having to get your feet wet.

Where to stay with the family: Head to Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages for more wildlife encounters.

Ready for an adventurous trip to the south that will stay with you long after you get home? Head toward South West Australia to plan and book your winter getaway.

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