Winter is a stunning time to visit our beautiful region. Everything is green and lush and you don’t have to worry about the heat and flies. It’s a great time for some outdoor adventures for the whole family.

Here are our top 5 recommendations and we can’t tell you how hard it was to select only 5

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Dunsborough

The Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse has one of the best views in Dunsborough and is rich in local history. The view from the top is spectacular and well worth the trip. You can see the Indian Ocean meet Leeuwin National Park, Sugar Loaf Rock and from September to December you might even see a few migrating whales.

Walk part of the Cape to Cape track from Sugarloaf Rock to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

Sugarloaf is a staggering sea sculptured granite rock emerging from the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It has a presence that invokes awe and I now can see why it’s one of the most photographed coastal landforms in the South West. This 3.5 km length of the Cape to Cape track is wheelchair accessible and provides stunning coastal views between Cape Naturaliste and Sugarloaf rock.

Whale Watching, Augusta

The Southern Right and Humpback Whales are only in Augusta for a few months of the year, Between June and August. They migrate from Antarctica for the winter to give birth in the warm sheltered waters of Flinders Bay. The second point of call is Geographe Bay in Busselton. You can watch the action unfold on the horizon from the shore, along the Cape to Cape Track or from the top of a lighthouse, or get up close on a whale watching cruise departing from Augusta, Dunsborough and Busselton throughout the season.

Boranup Karri Forest, Boranup

The sight of these enormous trees won’t be the only thing to amaze you. Boranup Drive is a fantastic tourist drive. With its hard limestone base it is suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles. The drive winds its way through stunning forest and loops back to Caves Road. Along the drive you’ll find the Boranup Lookout which takes in views across the picturesque forest and the stunning turquoise waters of nearby Hamelin Bay. The lookout also marks the start of some lovely bushwalks and has a great picnic spot.

Ellensbrook Homestead & Meekadarabee Falls, Cowaramup

One of the best family friendly hidden gems in the South West is the historic Ellensbrook Homestead & beautiful Meekadarabee Falls on the coast of Cowaramup. The picnic grounds at Ellensbrook are just beautiful. There is lots of green grass and space to run around, trees, picnic tables, a stream, ocean views and public toilets. The journey to and from Meekadarabee Falls is enjoyable and physically easy with well cared for paths suitable for prams. Walking along in nature amongst the wild gooseberry trees listening to the stream and falls flowing and birds singing is so relaxing and rejuvenating.