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Highlights of the South West

Thinking about a road trip to the South West? When you jump into your car, make sure you don't skip these highlights!


We all love a good beach and the South West isn’t short of them! So if you’re looking for a patch of sand to lay your towel on or some aquamarine water to dive into we’ve got you covered.

  • Meelup Beach, Dunsborough
  • Point Picquet, Dunsborough
  • Greens Pool, Denmark
  • Salmon Beach, D’Entrecasteaux National Park, near Pemberton
  • Little Beach, Albany
  • Injidup Natural Spa, Yallingup, between Dunsborough and Margaret River
  • Lucky Bay, Esperance

And if surfing is more your thing, don’t skip these beaches

  • River Mouth Beach, Margaret River
  • Surfer’s Point, Margaret River
  • Yallingup Beach, Yallingup
Meelup Beach_Dunsborough YHAFloat in the crystal clear waters of Meelup Beach


An abundance of karri and tingle trees cover the South West, creating some stunning scenic drives throughout the region. Don’t forget to get that picture of you walking down the empty road surrounded by tall trees for the ‘gram:

  • Boranup Forest near Margaret River
  • Heart Break Trail, Warren National Park near Pemberton
  • Greater Beedelup National Park near Pemberton
  • Walpole-Nornalup National Park, Walpole

If you prefer to get a bit higher and be up in the forest canopy, make sure you don’t skip Pemberton and Walpole:

  • Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, Pemberton
  • Gloucester Tree, Pemberton
  • Diamond Tree, Pemberton
  • Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Walpole
Karri Trees - Pemberton YHAYou know you want a photo like this for the 'gram

Food, wine & beer

Foodies will love the South West. Not only does it play host to the most extravagant food and wine festival – the Margaret River Gourmet Escape – in Australia, but it’s also chock full of delicious food to eat and SO MANY wineries and breweries to visit. There’s a million places to visit, but we recommend:

  • Bartholomew Meadery, Denmark for honey flavoured everything!
  • Eagle Bay Brewery, Dunsborough
  • Jarvis Estate, Margaret River
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Hikes ‘n caves

It’s not just all beaches in the South West – they’re pretty great though – there are some amazing hikes to do and caves to explore. The caves run from Dunsborough all the way down to Augusta with a number clustered around Margaret River:

  • Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup
  • Mammoth Cave, Boranup
  • Lake Cave, Boranup

If your boots were made for walking, then that’s what you should do! There are some really great walks all throughout the area:

  • The Bibbulmun – this track actually starts in Perth and goes all the way to Albany, but you can do sections of the trail throughout the South West
  • Mount Chudalup, D’Entrecasteaux National Park, near Pemberton
  • Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, near Dunsborough 
  • Monkey Rock, near Denmark
  • Granite Skywalk, Porongurup National Park, near Albany
Mount Chudalup - Pemberton YHAMount Chudalup is a lot easier to climb when you stick to the paths

Animal encounters

There are so many opportunities for you to see the wildlife that makes the South West so unique. From dolphins to quokkas and everything in between, if you don’t see some wildlife in the South West, were you really there?

  • Dolphins in Bunbury
  • Sting Rays, Busselton Jetty and Hamelin Bay near Margaret River
  • Quokkas at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk in Walpole
  • Whales at Point Picquet, Dunsborough and in Albany
  • Kangaroos – everywhere. Hopping on the road, in the bush, near your picnic table, just everywhere. More specifically, Lucky Bay in Esperance is a good place to start.
Lucky Bay near Esperance YHAPhoto: Tourism WA

Ready to jump in that car? Well then, make sure you book yourself into one of our 8 YHA's that dot the South West so you can save some cash on your accommodation and put it towards petrol. Coz you're gonna need it. 

Nearby Hostels

    Albany YHA
    From $30 per night
    Albany YHA
    Located in the historical part of Albany, the hostel dates back to the 1800's. Old world charm cheerfully blends with modern amenities to create a relaxed atmosphere. Magnificent views over Princess Royal Harbour from the top story.
    Dunsborough YHA
    From $34 per night
    Dunsborough YHA
    Dunsborough Beachouse YHA is the ideal base to enjoy the attractions of the Margaret River. Close to the vineyards, amazing coastline and unspoiled national parks, you'll love it!
    Margaret River YHA
    From $30 per night
    Margaret River YHA
    Due to the current Covid-19 emergency, and restrictions on travel, Margaret River YHA is currently closed until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
    Pemberton YHA
    From $31.5 per night
    Pemberton YHA
    Pemberton YHA, the only hostel in town, is situated in an original mill house cottage, that has been fully refurbished with modern kitchen and bathroom, wood fire, and a gas barbeque.
    Walpole YHA
    From $30 per night
    Walpole YHA
    Due to the current Covid-19 emergency, and restrictions on travel, Walpole YHA is currently closed until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
    Denmark YHA
    From $31.5 per night
    Denmark YHA
    Due to the current Covid-19 emergency, and restrictions on travel, Denmark YHA is currently closed until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
    Bunbury YHA
    From $29 per night
    Bunbury YHA
    You'll feel at home at the friendly Dolphin Retreat YHA hostel. Walk to the city and beaches. Free daily breakfast, fully-equipped kitchen, common room and travel information.
    Esperance YHA
    From $28 per night
    Esperance YHA
    Unfortunately Esperance YHA is now permanently closed due to the impact of Covid-19 on tourism and visitation to the region which has made it impossible for YHA to continue to operate the hostel. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. YHA shares your passion and love of travel and we hope to welcome you at any of our 70+ hostels across Australia in the future.
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