The Southern Forests & Valleys is filled with opportunities for adventure. Spectacular forests, scenic country drives, pristine beaches, towns filled with arts, culture and heritage, and wonderful local wine and food producers await around every turn. 

Why not road-trip your way through our food bowl and meet some farmers, or wander through a pretty town on an art or history trail? If you’re lucky, you’ll have time your visit with one of the regular food, music, heritage or arts festivals that see our townships explode with life. 

Of course, getting outside and into nature is an essential part of any visit. The mighty Blackwood, Warren and Donnelly rivers carve through the landscape and disperse into streams, waterfalls and lakes. With water activities of plentiful, you can enjoy fishing, swimming or paddling, or simply finding a pretty place to enjoy a picnic.  

With the world-famous Bibbulmun hiking track and Munda Biddi cycling trail traversing through the heart of our region, take a trip on one of our many trails that explore some of the prettiest stretches of bush in the state.  

So explore some off-road wilderness. Head out on a walk. Cycle, paddle or horseride down a secluded trail. Scale a towering karri tree or visit one of our amazing playgrounds. We have an adventure waiting for you.  

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2WD & 4WD Trails

Whether you’re looking for a tranquil scenic drive through forest or an adrenaline-pumping 4WD experience, you’ll find a track to suit in the Southern Forests and Valleys. Blast your way through one of the world’s largest dune systems at Yeagarup or conquer a sandy coastal track to reach a remote beach.  Taste your way around the…

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Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Whether you’re drawn to the art of brewing, distilling, or winemaking, our region offers an array of experiences to delight your senses and indulge your curiosity. Explore the diverse world of craft beverages in the Southern Forests & Valleys region, where passionate artisans push the boundaries of flavour and craftsmanship to create exceptional beverages. From…

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Art, Furniture & Jewellery

Explore the vibrant world of art, furniture, and jewellery in the Southern Forests & Valleys region. Here, a community of talented artisans finds inspiration in our breathtaking landscapes and abundant natural materials, giving rise to a diverse range of exquisite creations. Imagine skilled furniture makers meticulously crafting bespoke timber pieces, harnessing the unique qualities of…

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Boating & Fishing

Our region has an abundant opportunities for fishing enthusiasts in a variety of diverse waterways. Recreational fishing is a favorite pastime in this region, attracting locals and tourists alike. The diverse ecosystems and natural beauty make it an ideal destination for unwinding while enjoying the thrill of catching fish. Whether you’re fishing for a relaxing…

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Attractions

The Southern Forests & Valleys region is a treasure trove of natural attractions that beckon outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. From majestic forests to cascading waterfalls, scenic trails to breathtaking coastlines, our region offers a plethora of captivating destinations to explore. Immerse yourself in the ancient wonders of The Valley of the Giants, where towering…

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Galleries, Museums & Collection

Explore a haven of curated spaces that celebrate the rich tapestry of local art, culture, history, and nature. Delve into a world where private collections, modern art galleries, science museums, and heritage sites intertwine to offer a diverse and captivating experience. Prepare to be enchanted as you explore privately assembled collections, where curios, collectibles, and…

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Function & Events Venues

If you’re looking for a wonderful place to hold an event, our regions function and event venues provide the perfect backdrop for memorable celebrations and gatherings. Whether you’re planning a wedding, corporate event, or special occasion, this region offers a range of stunning venues that will exceed your expectations. Immerse yourself in the charm of…

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Historical sites & heritage locations

Our region is a treasure trove of rich history and cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the past as you explore the region’s historical sites and heritage locations, which offer a glimpse into the fascinating stories and traditions that have shaped our remarkable region. Step back in time as you visit carefully preserved historical sites that…

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Tours & Guided Experiences

Make the most of local knowledge as you explore the Southern Forests & Valleys region on a tour. You can choose from companies with regular tours or discover your own. Tours provide unforgettable experiences and the chance to immerse yourself in a range of breath-taking experiences. Tours give you the opportunity to discover locations that…

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Shopping and Local Services

The towns of the Southern Forests and Valleys region are enduringly popular with both visitors and those seeking a more permanent tree change. Spend a little time here, and you’ll soon see why – our communities are welcoming, full of life, and enjoy access to diverse facilities. Lively shopping precincts are filled with boutiques, including…

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Beaches

The Southern Forests and Valleys boasts a stunning 140-kilometer coastline that extends from Black Point to Walpole, offering a diverse range of beach experiences for visitors to enjoy. Heading north along the coast, adventurers will encounter the rugged beauty of Yeagarup, Malimup and Warren beaches. These stretches of sand and sea are renowned for their…

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Our National Parks

Our region is renowned for its extensive National Parks, offering pristine and diverse natural landscapes with an array of nature, wildlife, and adventure experiences. During the day, you can explore the parks and in the evening return to your accommodation or stay at one of the designated campgrounds for an authentic Australian bush encounter.

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Bird watching

The Southern Forests and Valleys is a twitcher’s paradise. The huge tracts of forest, bush and wetlands are home to more than 800 species, many of which are rare and endangered – keep your eyes peeled and you may spot everything from peregrine falcons and fairy wrens to black cockatoos, honeyeaters, bitterns and pipits.

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Cafes & Restaurants

You’ll find plenty of culinary talent in the Southern Forests and Valleys, from homegrown cooks and chefs to leading industry names that have moved to the region, lured by its reputation as ‘WA’s food bowl’. Pop into a bolthole cafe for a hearty breakfast, tasty lunch or cup of locally roasted coffee, travel out to…

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Spas & Retreats

While spending some time amongst our tranquil natural landscapes will soon have your daily stresses melting away, there are a host of wellness providers to help expedite and deepen that process. Whether it’s a relaxing massage or rejuvenating salon treatment you’re after, or a luxurious spa retreat set amongst the forest, prepare to be pampered.  

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Agriculture, Mining & Industry

The early settlers began to arrive in the Southern Forests and Valleys in the 1850s, drawn by the potential for farming, timber-milling and prospecting. While there was plenty of water and fertile land, the heavily forested landscape offered many challenges too. The hardscrabble legacy of the pioneers can be explored in a number of ways,…

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Local Produce, Farm Gates & Markets

Ask any local and they’ll tell you one of the best things about life here is the access to local produce. Browse stalls filled with wonderfully fresh produce at a farmers market, amble down winding roads to find farmgate stalls laden with fruit, vegetables, condiments and gourmet goods, tour a working farm to meet the…

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Wildflowers

As part of one of the world’s 34 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots, the South-West of Western Australia is home to thousands of plants that are found nowhere else. The Southern Forests region is home to more than 2500 species of plants, including more than 100 terrestrial orchid species. Visit between August and November and you’ll…

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Camping

Whether you’re looking for an off-grid campsite tucked away in nature or a conveniently located caravan park that offers all the trimmings, there’s a site to suit in the Southern Forests and Valleys. There’s also a network of facilities and amenities to ensure you enjoy your stay, from public barbecues and bathrooms to water refill…

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Pubs, Bars & Taverns

The pub is the traditional cornerstone of any country town; the place where locals gather to unwind, socialise and share stories, so no visit would be complete without spending a little time in one. There’s a wide range to choose from, from verandah-clad heritage icons to trendy microbreweries and whisky bars. Lucky for us food…

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4WD

The rugged coastline of the Southern Forests and Valleys, stretching from north of Pemberton to Walpole in the south, offers 4WDers plenty of opportunities to spin their wheels. Pick from a number of gentle trails leading to remote sandy stretches, perfect for a swim or fish (especially when the salmon are running). Those looking for…

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Wildlife

Prepare to be captivated by the remarkable wildlife thriving in the Southern Forests and Valleys, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. With over 8000 species of flora and fauna, more than half of which are found nowhere else on the planet, this area stands as one of the most biodiverse in the…

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River Cruises

Exploring the arterial system of rivers and waterways that run through the Southern Forests and Valleys is a wonderful way to see the region from another perspective. Pick your own trail to paddle yourself or hop on board a tour with a knowledgeable local operator.  

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Scenic Spots

There’s no shortage of places to take a break while soaking up some incredible scenery. Whether you’re looking for an elevated lookout for a panoramic photo, a quiet seat in the forest, or a riverside picnic location, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the Southern Forests and Valleys. Here are some of our favourite scenic…

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Star Gazing

With its open spaces and low light pollution, the Southern Forests and Valleys region is forging a reputation amongst star gazers as one of the best places to turn your eyes to the skies. From late winter to early spring, the heart of the Milky Way is high in the southern sky, although every month…

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Sport & Recreation

There are so many ways to break a sweat in the Southern Forests and Valleys. Swing a racquet at a pretty heritage tennis club, play a round on a country golf course, swim laps at a crowd-free swimming pool or get some downhill thrills at a world-class mountain bike park. With skate parks, pump tracks,…

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Parks & Gardens

Discover the natural wonders and endless adventures of the Parks and Gardens in the enchanting Southern Forest & Valleys region. Immerse yourself in the beauty of play parks, where laughter echoes through the air, and children’s imaginations run wild. Explore serene arboretums, where ancient trees stand tall, and the symphony of nature’s whispers surround you.…

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