The Great Southern region has one of the largest wine regions in Australia. When touring this region be sure to sample the quality wines and gourmet food offered; browse through the locally produced wood, art and craft products; watch for the calving whales and enjoy the spectacular wildflowers during the later half of the year. All of this and more is nestled amidst some of Western Australia's most beautiful harbours and national parks.
It is here, amongst granite ranges over 1,000 million years old, that you will find some of Western Australia's most beautiful wildflowers. Where you will see the greens of the karri forests merging with the white sands of a magnificent coastline. Where natural formations such as the Natural Bridge, the Gap, Castle Rock and Tree in the Rock cause you to stare in bewilderment. Where over 30 different wineries await you.
The Esperance region is a paradise for lovers of the water and sun. Its beaches are considered among the best in the world and while they provide ideal conditions for fishing, surfing, sailing and sandboarding, they are just as popular with nature lovers and sunbathers seeking relaxation.
The surrounding Recherche Archipelago, consisting of some 200 coastal islands, has a myriad of marine life in crystal clear water for divers and snorkelers to enjoy. One of the most popular water activities in the region is that of the Bay of Isles cruise. Get close to the region's wildlife as you make your way across to Woody Island by boat, where there is simple but comfortable accommodation and excellent walking trails.
When touring the region, be sure to visit highlights such as the Pink Lake - a natural phenomenon true to its name; explore the Cape Le Grand or Fitzgerald River National Parks; sample a home-made treat from the very popular Merivale Farm Caf?; enjoy the unique four wheel driving tours along the coast; wander amongst the spectacular wildflowers during season; or purchase a unique leather souvenir made from local shark and fish skin
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- Wildflower - Photo courtesy of Western Australia Tourism Commission
The Great South has a Mediterranean-type climate with generally warm summers and cool, wet winters. Average maximum temperatures peak in January and February, with monthly means of almost 23°C. Winter daily maximum temperatures average approximately 16°C.