Travel Route: 9 Day Ultimate Down South Road Trip

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9 Day 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

Itinerary

Day 1: Perth to Albany

Visit: Porongrup Range National Park | Travel: 417km

Day 2: Albany

Visit: Mt Romance Sandalwood Factory | Travel: 40km

Day 3: Albany to Denmark

Visit:   William Bay National Park and Denmark Animal Farm | Travel:  54.6km

Day 4: Denmark to Manjimup

Visit: Wow Wilderness Cruises | Travel: 185km

Day 5: Manjimup to Bridgetown

Visit: Manjimup Wine and Truffle Co | Travel: 31.1km

Day 6: Bridgetown to Augusta

Visit: Jewel Cave | Travel: 135km

Day 7: Augusta-Margaret River to Busselton

Visit: Koomal Dreaming Twilight Didgeridoo Tour | Travel: 90.5km

Day 8: Busselton to Bunbury

Visit: Dolphin Discovery Centre | Travel: 53.4km

Day 9: Bunbury to Perth

Visit: Wellington National Park | Travel: 172km

Highlights

Stirling Ranges National Park | TWA and Australia's South West

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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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/

The Gap near Albany | TWA and Australia's South West

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:[email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
Website: http://www.whaleworld.org

Greens Pool, William Bay National Park | TWA and Australia's South West

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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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

Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk | TWA and Australia's South West

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:[email protected]
Website:http://www.fontyspool.com.au/

Visit/Activity: WOW Wilderness EcoCruises
Phone: (08) 9840 1111
Email:[email protected]
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:[email protected]
Website: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/

Heartbreak Trail | TWA and Australia's South West

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:[email protected]
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:[email protected]
Website:http://www.donnellyrivercruises.com.au

Nannup “Garden village” | TWA and Australia's South West

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:[email protected]
Website: http://www.turnerpark.com.au

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

Visit/Activity: Chambray Sheep Cheese
Address: RMB 470 Vasse Highway, Nannup WA 6275
Phone: (08) 9756 2037
Email:[email protected]
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

Hiking on the Cape to Cape Track | TWA and Australia's South West

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:[email protected]
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:[email protected]ry.com.au
Website: http://www.chocolatefactory.com.au

Visit/Activity: Koomal Dreaming Twilight Didgeridoo Tour
Phone: 0413 843 426
Email:[email protected]
Website:http://www.koomaldreaming.com.au/

Busselton Jetty Train | TWA and Australia's South West

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:[email protected]
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:[email protected]
Website:http://www.busseltonjetty.com.au

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

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

Picnic by Collie River, Wellington National Park | TWA and Australia's South West

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: [email protected]
Website: http://www.harveyriverbridgeestate.com.au/

Visit/Activity: The Harvey Fresh “Big Orange”
Address: Third Street, Harvey WA 6220
Email: [email protected]
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.

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