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    South West of Perth, there is...

    by littlebush Updated Apr 28, 2013

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    South West of Perth, there is plenty to see. In 2001, i took a backpacker bus called 'Easyrider' which is a hop on, hop off bus. i stopped off in Dunsborough which was one of my favourite parts of Oz, i stayed at the YHA there which was one of my best hostels on the whole of my travels. I also stopped in Margaret River and Albany. There are lots of surfing beaches in the area and also alot of wineries.

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    The Southwest: Passing by Granny Smith Town

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Donnybrook

    Me & my mate decided to wing it and went for this one-day tour from Perth to the Southwest of Western Australia via Feature Tours. This was a L...O...N...G day as the tour started around 5.30am and ended close to midnight. The rate was A$115 circa 2001.

    Granny Smith Town aka Donnybrook was one of the stops for the day. No, there wasn't a person known as "Granny Smith" that was a historical figure here - here're 2 hints: Look at the photo below and the Donnybrook region is often referred to as the "fruit bowl" of Western Australia.

    Yeah, it's a fruity answer. A wide range of fruit and vegetables are grown in the area, but the best known export is, without doubt, the apple. Look at the lamp post in the picture - yup, they are the famed green Granny Smith Apples. Donnybrook is also home to the Lady Williams Apple - a chance seedling, found in 1935, resulting in a unique apple variety, thought to be a cross between Rokewood and Granny Smith.

    The town is also fast becoming famous for the many wineries in the area. Vineyards and cellar door sales is one of the fastest growing businesses in the area.

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    The Southwest: Valley of Giants & The Treetop Walk

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Me & my mate decided to wing it and went for this one-day tour from Perth to the Southwest of Western Australia via Feature Tours. This was a L...O...N...G day as the tour started around 5.30am and ended close to midnight. The rate was A$115 circa 2001.

    The Tree Top Walk was already famous before we got here. The Western Australian Tourism Authority had spent plenty amount of money getting supermodel Elle MacPherson to strut her way on the bridge to convince my countrymen to come and experience Perth. It was thus a great pity that she was nowhere to be found when we got there. Shucks.

    We reached the Valley of the Giants about 1.5 hours after a lunch stop @ Bunbury, sandwiched between the townships of Walpole and Denmark, so everyone was eager to stretch their tired body and legs.

    The Valley of the Giants is now part of Walpole-Nornalup National Park and gets its name from the large red tingle trees that are found there.

    The 2 highlights include a Boardwalk through a grove of veteran tingle trees known as the Ancient Empire - an area containing the 'Giants' for which the forest was named. Some of the trees here are up to 16 metres in circumference at the base. The other highlight is the Treetop Walk, a sturdy lightweight steel metal bridge where you can walk along a 420-metre-long steel-truss walkway which leads over a deep, red tingle gully. Because it is built on the side of a natural valley, the walkway rises up above the forest floor on a gentle grade suitable for kids, people in wheelchairs and the elderly. The highest point in the 600-metre loop is about 40 metres.

    Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk are open every day of the year except Christmas Day or during extreme weather (lightning or very windy conditions).
    General opening times - 9am to 5pm with the last tickets sold at 4.15pm.
    Extended hours 26th December to 26th January - 8am to 6pm with the last tickets sold/admission at 5.15pm.

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    The Southwest: The Natural Bridge & The Gap

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Me & my mate decided to wing it and went for this one-day tour from Perth to the Southwest of Western Australia via Feature Tours. This was a L...O...N...G day as the tour started around 5.30am and ended close to midnight. The rate was A$115 circa 2001.

    Part of Torndirrup National Park's rugged coastline, a little ala The Great Ocean Road off Melbourne, the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites and formed The Gap, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity. The Blowholes, a crackline in the granite, 'blows' air and occasionally spray. The noise is quite impressive. Windswept coastal heaths give way to massive granite outcrops, sheer cliffs and steep sandy slopes and dunes.

    The area was one of the first in the State to be gazetted as a national park, in 1918, though it was not named until 1969 and acquired its first resident ranger in 1973. Torndirrup was the name of the Aboriginal clan that lived on the peninsula and to the west of what is now Albany.

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    The Southwest: Mt.Clarence Lookout & Albany

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Me & my mate decided to wing it and went for this one-day tour from Perth to the Southwest of Western Australia via Feature Tours. This was a L...O...N...G day as the tour started around 5.30am and ended close to midnight. The rate was A$115 circa 2001.

    This is the last part of the journey. A steep winding road reaches almost to the top of Mount Clarence, from which the views of King George Sound & Albany were breathtaking. Mount Clarence is also the place for the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial - a re-cast of the original statue erected at Suez in 1932. You can't miss the statue (that of a galloping horse).

    Albany has the distinction of being the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia. On Boxing Day 1826, Major Edmund Lockyer and a party of soldiers and convicts from Sydney came ashore in Princess Royal Harbour to establish a penal outpost. Albany was once a whaling town but today, it is now more a whale-sighting city.

    Unfortunately, you would not have much time to explore Albany as you would be arriving there close to 6pm...and you would be more concerned with securing dinner before your long trip back to Perth. Besides, most of the shops would be closed as well. I had a quick 10 minutes walk around after wolfing down my dinner and that was about it. Pity.

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    Bunbury WA

    by Matt0674 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Bunbury Lighthouse motel and coastline

    I needed a break from Perth and wanted to go alittle further than Mandurah, Bunbury was ideal. I was on my own, without much money and in winter. For a country town it has an abundance of scenic places, shops and regional access.

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    Dwellingup WA

    by Matt0674 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Bridge in Dwellingup

    Dwellingup is located 1.5 hours SSE of Perth. It is a small town with one or two places to eat, craft shops and best of all - the forest.

    We went there just for a day to do some quality bushwalking. The scenery is amazing, you can walk along the river, through the bush and scale the hills

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    TREE TOP WALK - Walpole.

    by leanne_pearc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This really is a unique way to see our forests, instead of walking on the floor beneath, you walk 38 metres above the floor amogsnt the forest. It is a boardwalk in tingle forest. the views are unbelievable and so is the walk itself. You can really get close to the life in the trees.

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    Visiting dolphins

    by Gammy1968 Written Jan 17, 2006

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    I took a train to a city south of Perth because someone at the youth hostel told me it was possible to swim with dolphins there and that they came of their own free will as nobody was feeding them to lure them to shore as in so many other places on Australias coast...... and really I went there and I heard them (when I put my head under water) and I saw their back fins. It was amazing and one of the best experiences I have ever had.

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    Geographe Bay

    by leanne_pearc Updated Feb 27, 2004

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    Geographe Bay

    As a Perth girl one of the most unique things of Geographe Bay was that you could go for an afternoon swim or even just as the sunset sets and not have any wind whatsoever.

    Staying in Perth and going to the beach you will notice that the sea breeze comes in the afternoon and can get a bit windy sometimes.

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    Summer Coastline

    by Greatfun45au Written Feb 6, 2004

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    You just can go past the faboulous south west. Whether you like surfing or fine wine to just lazing on the beach...we have the best.

    Places to go are Margaret River, Dunsborough, Busselton to Yallingup.

    Each has its own unique atmosphere and style. From board shorts to fine dining restuarants over a bottle of wine. You can only describe it as awesome.

    Life was always meant to be this easy...we just never took the time to enjoy it:)

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    Longest Jetty in the Southern Hemisphere

    by leanne_pearc Written Aug 1, 2003

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    Busselton Jetty

    Busselton Jetty goes out 2km from Geographe Bay. As you walk to the end the water gets deeper and blue. We walked to the end but for a cost of 7.50 you can take the jetty train either one way or both trips.

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    CAPE NATURALISTE

    by leanne_pearc Updated Apr 25, 2003

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    CAPE NATURALISTE -
    It's also one of the tips of W.A where you have a million dollar view of the ocean and sometimes you will be lucky to see whales
    Naturaliste is one of the untamed beauties of W.A. . There is a trail which takes you along the tip and the coastline and then back to the light house. Daily guides are available. When i went there, there was no official track that lead down to the beach however there were tracks and i recommend you take these they are safe and so is the beach line(i did this in wet weather). it's hard to explain the feeling when you get down to the beach and you are so small. The ocean is way to dangerous to swim in, looking up from where you came from and turning to watch these killer waves, rocks border the beach and climbing on them you get a better view. It's very different coming from a city beach.

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    FISHING

    by leanne_pearc Updated Apr 25, 2003

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    Fishing In Dunsborough

    FISHING - a favourite pastime for us Australian's, there are plenty of places to go and endless information to be found. This is a picture at one of the gorgeous beaches in Dunsbourough. My most vivid memory was the sun on my back ahhhhh...........

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    If you like Scuba Diving go to...

    by ben.gee Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you like Scuba Diving go to Dunsborough. There is a big wreck called 'HMAS Swan' It's an old ship form the navy. Really cool dive spot you can get inside the wreck!
    The YHA there is good and clean, But if you want a quiet time it's not the rigth place for you!

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