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About Great Southern

The Great Southern is a place of incredible diversity, abound with high quality gourmet produce and premium wines. Meander through vineyards or trek through the Porongurup or Stirling Ranges. Along the rugged granite coastline the towns of Albany, Denmark and Walpole are not to be missed. Step back in time and explore Albany’s convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and settlers’ cottages. Get some salty sea air and fantastic photos at the Gap, (boasting a dramatic 24-metre ocean drop), or take a whale-watching cruise to see magnificent Southern Right and Humpback whales close up. The coastline between Albany & Denmark is dotted with coves and bays, dramatic cliffs & gentle swell beaches. Whilst in Denmark your first stop should be the breathtaking William Bay. For water-based nature, head for Walpole and take an eco-cruise around the stunning Nornalup Inlet. This is also home to the world famous Valley Of The Giants Tree Top Walk, suspended 40 metres above the forest floor.

When to Visit Great Southern

The climate of the Great South is temperate with an average daytime temperature in summer of 23 degree's Celsius and an average winter daytime temperature of 15 degree's Celsius. Temperatures inland are generally several degrees hotter and colder. A major factor influencing the regions climate is the sea breeze off the Southern Ocean. Be aware that sudden cold changes can cause the temperature to drop and rain to set in. Most of the rain is received during the winter months but light rainfall in Summer is not uncommon. The driest month is February.

Getting Around Great Southern

By road the most direct route to the Great Southern region from Perth is via the Albany Hwy. The distance between Albany and Perth is approximately 410 km. The Great Southern region is an ideal region to self drive with a good network of roads and signs. There is an impressive variety of scenery throughout the region with facilities available at regular intervals. The option to travel by tour is also available with a variety of tour operators offering a range of different experiences. Scheduled commercial flights operate between Perth and Albany, and coach services connect all major towns.
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