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Ultimate Down South Road Trip

Discover the best of Australia’s South West on a great self-drive journey. Here is a 9/10 day suggested itinerary to get your started. Please note this itinerary can be reversed starting in Bunbury (Geographe region) and around to Albany (Great Southern region)

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1: Perth to Albany

    Pick up your Apollo and head south along Albany Highway towards Albany. About 2 and a half hours south, explore the country towns of Kojonup, Katanning, Cranbrook and Mt Barker. Visit Kodja Place at the Kojonup Visitor Centre and discover the indigenous and cultural past of this town. Take a drive through the magnificent Stirling Range National Park, be adventurous and climb Bluff Knoll or explore the walking trails and witness the beautiful wildflowers (in season). During your visit make sure you stop along the way and taste the variety of wines on offer in the Porongurup Wine Region and visit the Porongurup National Park to check out the new Granite Skywalk with breathtaking panoramic views. The Porongurup Range National Park is located in the heart of the Great Southern and is the home to extraordinary birds, wildlife and wildflowers. The granite formations is over 1,400 million years old and the area offers a fine choice of wineries, restaurants and attractions.

    Stay at: BIG4 Holiday Park Middleton Beach
    Address: 28 Flinders Parade, Albany WA 6330
    Phone: (08) 9841 3593
    Email: holiday@holidayalbany.com.au
    Website:http://www.holidayalbany.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: The Kodja Place
    Address:Albany Hwy, Kojonup WA 6359
    Phone: (08) 9831 0500 or 1300 306 500
    Email: kojonupvisitors@bigpond.com
    Website:http://kodjaplace.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: Porongrup Range National Park

    Visit/Activity: Ironwood Estate Wines
    Address: 2191 Porongurup Road, Porongurup WA 6324
    Phone: (08) 9853 1126
    Website:https://ironwoodestatewines.com.au/

  • Day 2: Albany

    Explore Albany and its rugged coastline. Visit Torndirrup National Park and be amazed by The Gap and Natural Bridge. Make a stop into Whale World and discover the region’s whaling past. Take a walk along the Bibbulmun Track or take a self-guided tour with Albany Walking Holidays. Immerse yourself into the historic past of Albany, the first European Settlement in Western Australia and discover the ANZAC connection as a place of assembly and departure for troops serving in the Great War and Gallipoli in 1914. Take a drive up to Mt Clarence and visit the war memorial where the first ANZAC dawn service tradition began.

    Stay at: BIG4 Holiday Park Middleton Beach
    Address: 28 Flinders Parade, Albany WA 6330
    Phone: (08) 9841 3593
    Email:holiday@holidayalbany.com.au
    Website: http://www.holidayalbany.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: Mt Romance the Sandalwood Factory
    Address: 2 Down Road, Albany WA 6330
    Phone: (08) 9845 6888
    Email: albany@mtromance.com.au
    Website: http://www.mtromance.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Albany Walking Holidays
    Address: Unit 7 Frederick House, 70 – 74 Frederick Street, Albany WA 6330
    Phone: 1300 321 607
    Website: http://www.walkinginalbany.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Whale World
    Address: Whaling Station Road, Albany WA 6330
    Phone: (08) 9844 4021
    Email: reception@whaleworld.org
    Website: http://www.whaleworld.org

  • Day 3: Albany to Denmark

    From Albany drive along the South Coast Hwy to the picturesque town of Denmark. Travel along Scotsdale Tourist Drive or Mount Shadforth Scenic Drive and visit one of Denmark’s highly acclaimed wineries for a tasting followed a gourmet meal made from the local produce. Take a drive through William Bay National Park and take a dip in the calm waters of Greens Pool and be amazed at the Elephant Rocks which are a stand out feature.

    Stay at: Denmark River Mouth Caravan Park
    Address: Inlet Drive, Denmark WA 6333
    Phone: (08) 9848 1262
    Email: admin@denmarkrivermouthcaravanpark.com.au
    Website: http://www.denmarkrivermouthcaravanpark.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Denmark Animal farm and Pentland Alpaca Stud
    Address: 2019 Scotsdale Drive, Denmark WA 6333
    Phone: (08) 9840 9262
    Email: farm@pentlandalpacfarm.com.au
    Website: http://www.pentlandalpacafarm.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Howard Park Wines
    Address:241 Scotsdale Road, Denmark WA 6333
    Phone: (08) 9848 2345
    Website:http://www.burchfamilywines.com.au/cellar-door/great-southern/default.aspx

  • Day 4: Denmark to Manjimup

    From Denmark, drive west along the South Coast Hwy through the Walpole Wilderness area and make a visit to the Mt Frankland National Park. For the adventurous, get your boots and climb Mt Frankland and/or travel to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and meander amongst the tingle tree tops on the suspended bridge 40 metres high. Head to Northcliffe to the D’Entrecasteaux National Park where the scenic route takes you through outstanding forests and to lookouts with views of the spectacular coastline. In Pemberton, tackle one of the gigantic climbing trees such as the Bicentennial Tree, Gloucester Tree and the Diamond Tree. Visit Beedelup National Park with the highlight of the park is the Beedelup Falls. From Pemberton head towards to Manjimup for the night through the town of Quinninup.

    Stay at: Fontys Pool and Caravan Park
    Address: Seven Day Road, Manjimup WA 6258
    Phone: (08) 9771 2105
    Email:office@fontyspool.com.au
    Website:http://www.fontyspool.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: WOW Wilderness EcoCruises
    Phone: (08) 9840 1111
    Email:ecocruises@wowwilderness.com.au
    Website: http://www.wowwilderness.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
    Address: Valley of the Giants Road, Denmark WA 6333
    Phone: (08) 9840 8200
    Email:ttw@dec.wa.gov.au
    Website: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/

  • Day 5: Manjimup to Bridgetown

    Take a 4WD tour and discover the forest trails lined with giant karri trees and go off road and visit the huge Yeagerup Dunes. In Manjimup, take a tour to hunt for the highly sort after rare black truffle with the Manjimup Wine and Truffle Co, followed by a delectable lunch. Travel on from Manjimup to the “music capital “of WA, Bridgetown. The town has a delightful rustic charm and serenity. Every November the town comes alive with the famous “Blues at Bridgetown festival” that attracts thousands of music fans. Browse the boutique shops find yourself a bargain then join the locals at the local pub for a hearty meal.

    Stay at: Bridgetown Caravan Park
    Address: South Western Hwy
    Phone: (08) 9761 1900
    Website:http://bridgetowncaravanpark.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: The Wine and Truffle Co
    Address: 490 Seven Day Road, Manjimup WA 6258
    Phone: (08) 9777 2474
    Email:info@wineandtruffle.com.au
    Website: http://wineandtruffle.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: The Cidery
    Address: 43 Gifford Road, Bridgetown WA 6255
    Phone: (08) 9761 2204
    Website: http://thecidery.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Donnelly River Cruises
    Phone: (08) 9777 1018
    Email:peter@donnellyrivercruises.com.au
    Website:http://www.donnellyrivercruises.com.au

  • Day 6: Bridgetown to Augusta

    Take some of the most scenic drives in the region through rolling hills and valleys. Enjoy a picnic or canoe along the Blackwood River in Bridgetown. Visit Boyup Brook the ‘Country Music’ capital of WA and check out the mysterious street art. Enjoy Balingup’s colourful shops where you can browse for handcrafted pottery, herbal products, arts and crafts. Visit the Golden Valley Tree Park which covers 60 hectares of parkland and features heritage listed trees. Drive inland to Nannup, known as the “Garden Village”, and it feels like you have stepped back into history. Head south west down the Brockman Highway towards Augusta. Enjoy fish and chips on the Blackwood River. Visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest on mainland Australia. Enjoy scenic drives through the amazing Boranup Forest – don’t forget your camera!

    Stay at: Turner Caravan Park
    Address: 1 Blackwood Ave, Augusta WA 6290
    Phone: (08) 9758 1593
    Email:turnerpark@amrshire.wa.gov.au
    Website: http://www.turnerpark.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Golden Valley Tree Park
    Address: Old Padbury Roadm, Balingup WA 6253
    Email:info@goldenvalleytreepark.org.au
    Website: http://www.goldenvalleytreepark.org.au/

    Visit/Activity: Chambray Sheep Cheese
    Address: RMB 470 Vasse Highway, Nannup WA 6275
    Phone: (08) 9756 2037
    Email:cambrayfarm@bigpond.com
    Website:http://www.cambraysheepcheese.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Jewel Cave
    Address: Caves Road, Augusta WA 6290
    Phone: (08) 9757 7411
    Website:http://www.margaretriver.com

  • Day 7: Augusta - Margaret River to Busselton

    Travel north along Bussell Hwy to the Township of Margaret River. An alternative scenic route is along Caves road, through the Boranup Forest. Browse through the boutique shops before you begin your day exploring the Margaret River Wine Region. Enjoy Margaret River’s world famous wines, wonderful cheeses, chocolates, olive oil, fudge, boutique beers, natural soaps, art galleries and boutique shopping. Drive yourself or hop on board one of the many tour companies who will do the driving for you. Get lost in one of the mazes. Visit Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and walk part of the Cape to Cape track. Enjoy a swim, snorkel or kayak in the crystal waters of Geographe Bay. In the evening discover the region’s indigenous past through music, dance and food on a Twilight Didgeridoo Tour.

    Stay at: BIG4 Peppermint Park Eco Village
    Address: 7 Caves Road, Abbey, Busselton WA 6280
    Phone: (08) 9755 4241
    Email:pepipark@iinet.net.au
    Website:http://www.peppermintpark.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Vasse Virgin
    Address: 135 Puzey Road, Wilyabraup WA 6280
    Phone: (08) 9755 6111
    Website:http://vassevirgin.com.au

    Visit/Activity: The Margaret River Chocolate Company
    Address: Crn Harman’s Mill Rd and Tom Cullity Drive, Metricup WA 6820
    Phone: (08) 9755 6555
    Email:mriver@chocolatefactory.com.au
    Website: http://www.chocolatefactory.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Koomal Dreaming Twilight Didgeridoo Tour
    Phone: 0413 843 426
    Email:josh@koomaldreamimg.com.au
    Website:http://www.koomaldreaming.com.au/

  • Day 8: Busselton to Bunbury

    Visit the famous Busselton Jetty, catch the train or walk to the end and see the amazing marine life from the underwater observatory. A short drive north of Busselton is Wonnerup House, one of the earliest homesteads surrounded by tuart forests and working farm lands. Travel east from Busselton into Donnybrook. Have fun picking fruit (in season). Travel north to experience the friendly wild dolphins of Bunbury and Dolphin Discovery Centre and enjoy shopping, followed by a beer or cappuccino in this cosmopolitan city.

    Stay at: Discovery Holiday Parks Koombana Bay
    Address: Koombana Drive, Bunbury WA 6230
    Phone: (08) 9791 3900
    Email:koombana@discoveryparks.com.au
    Website:http://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/wa/bunbury/koombana_bay

    Visit/Activity: Busselton Jetty
    Address: Busselton Beachfront/Geographe Bay Road, Busselton WA 6820
    Phone: (08) 9754 0900
    Email:bookings@busseltonjetty.com.au
    Website:http://www.busseltonjetty.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Barton Jones Wines
    Address: 39 Upper Capel Road, Donnybrook WA 6239
    Phone: (08) 9731 2233
    Email:info@bartonjoneswines.com.au
    Website: www.bartonjoneswines.com.au

    Visit/Activity: Dolphin Discovery Centre
    Address: Lot 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury WA 6230
    Phone: (08) 9791 3420
    Email:info@dolphindiscovery.com.au
    Website:http://www.dolphindiscovery.com.au/

  • Day 9: Bunbury to Perth

    Enjoy a walk through the magnificent jarrah and marri forests in Collie’s Wellington National Park and explore the cellar doors and boutiques breweries of the Ferguson Valley, Dardanup. Head north along the South Western Highway and visit the quaint country town of Harvey before venturing back to Perth.

    Visit/Activity: Wellington Dam National Park

    Visit/Activity: Willow Bridge Estate (Ferguson Valley)
    Address: 178 Gardincourt Drive, Hently WA 6236
    Phone: (08) 9728 0055
    Website: http://www.willowbridge.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: Harvey River Bridge Estate
    Address: Third Street, Harvey WA 6220
    Phone: (08) 9729 2085
    Email: cellardoor@harveyriverbridgeestate.com.au
    Website: http://www.harveyriverbridgeestate.com.au/

    Visit/Activity: The Harvey Fresh “Big Orange”
    Address: Third Street, Harvey WA 6220
    Email: info@harveyfresh.com.au
    Website: http://www.harveyfresh.com.au/

*Bremer Bay and Fitzgerald River National Park

Extend your journey east with a trip to Bremer Bay and Fitzgerald River National Park. This route will also take you further east to Esperance in Australia’s Golden Outback.

Bremer Bay

Spectacular beaches and a variety of activities including swimming, surfing, sand boarding, snorkelling, diving and four wheel driving will keep visitors occupied in this fishing holiday town. Whales rest in the calm waters from July to November with dolphins frequently spotted.

Fitzgerald River National Park

Recognised as an international biosphere reserve, this park has more than 1,800 beautiful and bizarre species of flowering plants as well as myriads of lichens, mosses and fungi. Explore the wilderness or journey to Point Ann where southern right whales arrive each year from July to November to calve. This whale nursery is 65km east of Bremer Bay and it is not unusual to see up to 40 whales at a time.