Category Archives: Southwest

Keeping the kids entertained: WA’s South West caravan parks ideal for families

Keeping the kids entertained

Western Australia’s south-west coast is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Australia. Well known for a range tourist attractions, local delicacies and events all year round, it’s a popular family getaway during the school holidays.

If you’re looking for some of the best family caravan parks in the region, with space for a large van, utilities and plenty of budget-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained, here’s five must-visit caravan parks you’ll be glad you found. Continue reading Keeping the kids entertained: WA’s South West caravan parks ideal for families

Ah the serenity – Glenlynn Farm Cottages


As  soon as we veered of Southwest Highway and followed the signs to Glenglynn Cottages I knew that I had found what I was hoping for. Like most of the Blackwood Valley area, Glenlynn is full sweeping vistas of green rolling hills, paddocks with roaming sheep, horses and what must be Bridgetown’s biggest dam.

First though, to get to our cottage, we had to get past the sheep. Lots of sheep and none seemed in a particular hurry to make way for a family sized  sedan from the city. The two resident Alpacas were keeping a watchful eye on their herd from atop of the field. After plenty of curious glances and a few baas, the gravel road was cleared and we were free to continue along the winding path to our home for the next three nights. Continue reading Ah the serenity – Glenlynn Farm Cottages

The Cullen Homestead

Cullen Homestead

A weekend getaway down south is one of the best ways to relax, recharge and inhale a chunky dose of fresh country air. And if you’re going with a large group, there’s no better place to stay than at the Cullen Homestead.

The Homestead, located off Caves Road in the heart of the wine growing region,  is the former family home of the Cullen family. One of the regions oldest and most renowned winegrowers. Continue reading The Cullen Homestead

The Wave House – Margaret River’s Coolest Beach Shack

The Wave House

If you like a house with character and don’t mind foregoing five-star luxury, then The Wave House is the coolest place to stay in the southwest. Perched high up on the hill overlooking Indijup Beach, the Wave House has panoramic views of one of the regions most stunning beach. Continue reading The Wave House – Margaret River’s Coolest Beach Shack

Things to do in Margaret River that don’t involve Wine

Kayaking Margaret RiverImage courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Ask anyone what they think of first when you mention Margaret River and the likely answer is wine and surfing. If you’re a surfer, don’t bother to keep reading. You’ll be kept busy with the world-class surf breaks in the region.  For everyone else, wine lovers included, read on. These activities will let you indulge  guilt-free in wine, cheese and chocolate later on.
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Forest camping in Margaret River

I used to think that the Margaret River region was all about the stunning coastline, pristine beaches  and world-class surf breaks. Just as well that I’ve uncovered the region’s towering Jarrah and Karri forests and lush river banks.

Here are four great campsites where you can pitch your tent or park your caravan amongst the trees and experience  another side to Margaret River.

All sites offer basic facilities including gas BBQs and drop toilets. There are no hot showers, buzzing generators or powered sites. Instead, you’ll get close to nature and wildlife all at the bargain price of $1o per person per night.

The campsites are all slightly off the beaten path, but still close enough to the region’s best attractions. If you explore the local area  you may even find some lesser known gems. Continue reading Forest camping in Margaret River

The Killer Whales at Bremer Canyon

Image courtesy of Keith Lightbody

Updated 20 January 2018

Each year from January to April, an incredible natural wonder takes place, in a tiny speck of ocean 65km off the coast of Bremer Bay in Australia’s remote southwest. This small spot, deep in the southern ocean becomes a hotbed of activity for the ocean’s most magnificent creatures.  Killer whales, sperm whales, masses of sharks, giant squid, huge oceanic sunfish and schools of tuna all converge here to fight for food and supremacy. Continue reading The Killer Whales at Bremer Canyon