South West, Western Australia © Tourism Western Australia
Guide to South West Western Australia
- Getting to the South West
- When to visit
With its Mediterranean climate, long stretches of quiet beaches and world-class wine, Western Australia’s South West is a region worth tucking in to.
There’s an air of easy-going luxury in the South West, from the tangible opulence of world-class accommodation and fine dining in Margaret River to the luxury of secluded beaches and vast skylines as you head further east. It’s a region where you can indulge tonight and make up for it tomorrow with a hike, surf or yoga session – or not. Its biodiversity and unique collection of spectacular natural attractions will pique your imagination (regardless of your age) and its quirky animal encounters will leave you with long-lasting memories. Whether you embark on an epic road trip, explore on foot or on a guided tour, the only requisite is to ensure you give this remarkable place the time it deserves.
Australia's South West starts just a two-hour drive south of Perth and extends as far as Bremer Bay to the east. It's best explored by car, but you can fly into Busselton regional airport if you're short on time.
- Perth Airport (PER) is a three-hour drive north of Margaret River; services domestic and international arrivals.
- Busselton Margaret River Airport (BQB) is a 45-minute drive to Margaret River; services domestic flights.
With a temperate climate and four distinct seasons, you can enjoy a visit to the South West at anytime. Summer is great for a beach getaway, but it's a popular time to visit and accommodation should be booked well in advance. Winter is ideal for whale watching, while spring and autumn bring mild days perfect for bushwalking.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: The Western Australia Gourmet Escape