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Our guide to the South West

January 11, 2022

Beach South West

From crystal blue beaches to towering forests and caves, rolling vineyards and beautiful rivers, the landscape of WA’s South West is surely diverse.

Every year the stunning region attracts thousands of holidaymakers, and many new residents looking to settle into their dream lifestyle. The list of reasons to move south continues to grow every year as new amenities and attractions are established in the region.

It’s perfect for first home buyers, young families, retirees and lovers of all things outdoors. Those with an adventurous spirit are spoilt for choice with everything from surfing, kayaking and the Bibbulmun Track on the doorstep, whilst beach-goers have some of the worlds best beaches at their fingertips.

In our opinion, there’s nowhere better to live in Australia! Our team is local to the area and we don’t build anywhere else, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to create the locals quick guide to the South West. Read on below to find out where you should visit, the best places to live and what you should do around the region.

South West Destinations

Margaret River
Margaret River

The Margaret River region has it all. World-class wineries, amazing beaches, limestone cliffs, caves and a lively foodie scene. For decades it’s been a top must-see destination for visitors to the region and a popular choice for those moving into the area. The small town punches well above its weight in terms of amenities and natural attractions, with tourists and locals enjoying a large selection of cafes, restaurants, retail stores and stunning locations to visit.

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Busselton
Busselton

Once a quiet little hamlet, Busselton is now a busy and bustling town known for its famous jetty and beautiful turquoise bay – a popular swimming spot in the summer. The town has twice been voted WA’s best tourist destination and residents find it to be an excellent place to live. The town offers great employment opportunities and proximity to both Bunbury and Margaret River, as well as a thriving cultural scene and strong investment pipeline.

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Bunbury
Bunbury

The City of Bunbury is just 2 hours away from Perth and is known as the ‘City of Three Waters’, thanks to its position on the peninsula. Both an aquatic playground and a busy urban mecca, it offers great opportunities for those looking to live and work in the region. It’s also an exciting place to visit for tourists as it offers everything from interactions with dolphins, to drinks at trendy wine bars.

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Australind
Australind

Australind is well regarded as a paradise for all things boating and fishing. Just 11kms away from Bunbury, it’s convenient for those who want to work in the city, but enjoy the feel of a small country town. Australind has a number of historically significant landmarks to visit along the Heritage Trail, which lends the town a bit of quaint cultural charm.
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Cowaramup
Cowaramup

Not far from Margaret River and Gracetown, you’ll find the charming town of Cowaramup. Predominantly a farming town, it’s a great place to go to find fresh local produce. Locals love it for the quiet life and country charm it offers, as well as the playful fibreglass cows found all over town. With wineries and the Cowaramup Bay on the doorstep, it offers a little slice of everything that life in the South West has to offer.

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Nannup
Nannup

Located along the banks of the Blackwood River, Nannup is a location filled with character. Weatherboard homes and historical buildings tell the story of its history as a timber town and quaint antique stores and galleries make it an appealing place to visit. Known as a hub for arts and culture as well as great food and wine, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy life. The town is surrounded on all sides by tall trees and stunning natural attractions, making it an incredible picturesque place to spend time.

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Harvey
Harvey

Harvey is known for being at the centre of WA’s dairy industry. The town sits atop rolling hills where dairy farmers produce most of the milk supply for the state. Fertile farm land also makes it a top spot for producing citrus fruit and other farming activities. With Harvey Dam nearby and Bunbury not far away, it’s close enough to work, but far enough to have space to play.

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Must see & do in the South West

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Sugarloaf Rock, Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

Sugarloaf Rock routinely ranks as one of the best attractions to visit in the South West. The large granite rock is an icon of the region and makes for a stunning photo. The waters and skies around the rock teem with life, making it popular for whale watching and bird watching. It’s the namesake of one of our favourite new display homes, now open in Dunsborough.

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Busselton Jetty, Busselton

Busselton Jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere! The old jetty has stood the test of time, weathering many storms over the years. At the far end of the jetty is an Underwater Conservatory, where a range of marine creatures can be seen.

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Hamelin Bay

Hamelin Bay is a quiet sandy bay that is famous for being a stingray habitat. Snorkelers can swim amongst the friendly stingrays and even stop by a number of shipwrecks that have found their final resting place at the bottom of the watery bay!

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Boranup Karri Forest

Just south of Margaret River is the Boranup Karri Forest, where Karri trees can reach up to 60 metres tall! Take a short drive through the forest to Boranup Lookout to enjoy sweeping views over the coast.

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Margaret River wine tour

Margaret River is famous for its many wineries and breweries! A guided or self-guided tour through the many popular venues is a must-do. Most wineries in the area offer wine tastings and delicious gourmet food options.

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