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…
Take in the panoramic views from the granite domes of the park that rise over the plain 40km north of Albany. Stroll through the luxuriant forest of giant karri trees and look out for wild animals such as the western grey kangaroo, brush wallabies and possums.
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 along the Middleton Beach boardwalk trail – a 3km trail with sensational views of 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, 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.
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 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.
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 over a period of about 100 years.
Be adventurous and climb an awe-inspiring 60m 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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Enjoy a picnic of local fresh gourmet produce at scenic Beedelup Falls – spectacular in winter and spring and pretty all year long.
Take a short walk across the Beedelup Brook on the suspension footbridge and admire some of the region’s best spring wildflower displays.
Latest update: Top attractions in Albany & Pemberton: 18 November, 2018
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