Explore one of Australia's most exciting emerging wine regions in the south-west corner of Western Australia.
The region is renowned for mild weather and abundant sunshine, world-class family-owned wineries, gourmet food and spectacular forests and woodlands – the perfect setting for a relaxing nature-based getaway.
Accommodation here ranges from luxurious to budget.
Trip length from Perth 4 days Total distance 1005km Road conditions All sealed roads Segment distances: Perth to Albany 420km – 5hrs 20 mins; Albany to Pemberton 240km – 3hrs; Pemberton to Perth 345km – 5hrs; Suggested overnight stops: Albany and Pemberton
This route offers a range of activities: explore forests of giant karri trees and stunning coastal tracks on foot or on horseback, paddle a kayak, swim or surf off pristine sandy beaches and scuba dive reefs and wrecks. Cast a line into the sea for salmon and bream or a river for trout and perch.
Must-see sights along the route, include…
Stroll the amazing Castle Rock Granite Skywalk, a walking gantry mounted high on Castle Rock affording breath-taking views in all directions.
The massive ancient granite domes in Porongurup National Park rise to a height of 670m (2198ft), providing exhilarating views over the landscape below.
Porongurup National Park is one of the best places in the south for wildflowers – visit during spring and early summer for colourful displays of bluebells, wattles, hoveas, banksia, dryandras, hakeas, grevilleas and orchids.
There are more than 750 species of plants in the park and perhaps the most spectacular are the luxuriant forest of giant karri trees.
Along the way, look out for scarlet and yellow robins as well as rufous treecreepers. You might also spot western grey kangaroos, brush wallabies and possums.
Enjoy impressive views from the scenic 23km (14mi) drive around the range via Bolganup Road, Angwin Park Road, Woodlands Road, Millinup Road, Chester Pass Road and Mount Barker-Porongurup Road.
A 5km (3mi) drive along Angwin Park Road between Bolganup Road and Woodlands Road offers outstanding views of granite outcrops and Stirling Range to the north. The are mostly unsealed with steep sections.
Porongurup National Park is located around 40km (24mi) north of Albany.
First settled in 1826, Albany has around 50 well-preserved colonial buildings, many of which now house museums, art and craft galleries and restaurants.
Follow the Amity Trail for a 30-minute self-guided tour past a range of historical buildings: explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships, settlers' cottages and grand National Trust homes in landscaped grounds.
Don't miss the Brig Amity, a replica of the ship that brought Albany its first settler and convict cargo.
Head to the Gap to see a dramatic 24m ocean drop and nearby Natural Bridge, an amazing granite formation in the shape of a bridge.
Drive past quirky granite Dog Rock, Albany's towering wind farm, and stroll or cycle along the Middleton Beach boardwalk trail – a 3km (1.8mi) trail with sensational views of Ellen Cove (photo) and King George Sound.
Watch from the shore as whales breach and frolic only a few hundred metres from the old whaling station, now transformed into a fascinating museum, or take a whale watching cruise to see southern right and humpback whales close up.
Divers and snorkellers should head to the HMAS Perth, an easily accessed wreck just off shore that provides a unique opportunity to explore Albany's azure waters.
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Explore the picture-postcard-perfect township of Denmark, discovering its relaxed village atmosphere, local arts and crafts shops, world-class wineries and scenic coastline.
First settled in 1826 and standing on spectacular Wilson Inlet, the town hosts stunning swimming, surfing and fishing beaches.
Pack a picnic and drive to William Bay National Park: relax and snorkel Greens Pool, a sheltered natural lagoon with glittering emerald water, then stroll along the pretty white sand beach to Elephant Rocks (photo), where huge elephant-like granite boulders stand guard over the stunning sea-green water.
Cast a line for salmon, herring and bream at Lights Beach or just relax and enjoy the sight of waves crashing over rocks at Wilson Head and Lions Lookout.
Denmark is located around 55km (34mi) west of Albany, a 40 minute drive.
Check out the gigantic tingle trees at the Valley of the Giants or spend the afternoon visiting the local herb farm.
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Surround yourselves with 20,000ha of towering trees in Walpole – Nornalup National Park and get a bird’s-eye view of the forest from Tree Top Walk, a spectacular lightweight bridge through the forest canopy.
Walk 40m (130ft) above the forest floor among giant karri trees with awesome views over the Valley of the Giants, a grove of 400-year-old red tingle trees.
Learn more at the interpretive centre and discover how these enormous trees, only found in the forest surrounding the Valley of the Giants, form their cavernous trunks.
Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk is located around 19km (11mi) east of Walpole on Western Australia’s South coast.
Wake up to the tranquil sounds of nature, deep in the heart of Western Australia's giant karri forests.
These awe-inspiring tall trees – one of Pemberton's biggest attractions – stretch skywards as far as the eye can see. The karri can grow up to 90m (295ft) over a period of about 100 years.
Be adventurous and climb an awe-inspiring 60m (196ft) to the top of Gloucester Tree, for a 'top of the world' experience as well as a great view of the forest canopy.
Explore the forest trails on foot or on horseback before heading back for a gourmet meal at one of the region’s many cottage-style restaurants.
Visit some of the local wineries for a tasting of some top wines, then browse the local art galleries, woodcraft studios and shops.
Kayak around Pemberton's river, lake and estuary waters or ride a steam train and tour a timber mill for a step back in time to Pemberton's timber milling days. Or find a quiet riverbank and cast a line for trout, perch and marron.
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Discover the scenic Beedelup Falls that tumble 100m (328ft) over granite rocks – spectacular in winter and spring and pretty all year long.
Take a short walk across the Beedelup Brook on the suspension footbridge where water rushes centimetres below your feet and admire some of the region’s best spring wildflower displays. There is wheelchair access to a viewing platform overlooking the falls.
Greater Beedelup National Park is set in the karri forest, an ecosystem unique to this part of the world. Growing up to 90m (295ft) tall, making it one of the world’s tallest hardwoods, the smooth barked karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) is a majestic tree that dwarfs everything beneath its canopy.
The national park is located on the Karri Forest Explorer Drive, an 85km (52mi) scenic drive which takes in many of the areas attractions, including the Gloucester National Park, Warren National Park and the Big Brook Dam.
Greater Beedelup National Park is located around 29km (18mi) west of Pemberton.
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