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May 12th, 2016

Perth to Albany and Denmark (return)

Great Southern Weekender

3 Day Itinerary

Day 1 / Friday: Head south along Albany Highway, and head straight to your accommodation. If you have time, drive via the Porongurup Range to sample some of the region’s cool-climate wines, or take on the 3-kilometre round trip walk to the Granite Skywalk; a skywalk set into the side of a giant granite boulder, atop the Porongurup Range. Continue to Albany for the night and drop by the Albany Visitor Centre.

Day 2 / Saturday: Start the morning at the Albany Farmers’ Market, where you can purchase supplies direct from the farmer who grew/made them. Visit the new National Anzac Centre, Australia’s foremost museum for honouring the fallen troops of WWI. Be sure to take a walk to nearby the Desert Corps Memorial and Avenue of Honour. Enjoy lunch at the hilltop restaurant, with views over King George Sound. Drive out to Torndirrup National Park, taking in the newly upgraded scenic lookouts at The Gap and Natural Bridge. Discover the whaling history of WA at Discovery Bay, keeping an eye out for migrating humpback and Southern Right whales playing close to shore (June to September annually).

Day 3 / Sunday: Explore the wineries and gourmet food suppliers along the Scotsdale and Mt Shadforth Tourist Drives near Denmark. Outdoor enthusiasts can take a drive to watch the para-gliders floating over the most southerly point of WA in West Cape Howe National Park, or take a dip or snorkel in the protected waters of Greens Pool. Take the Denmark- Mt Barker Road, joining Albany Hwy again and heading back to Perth.

Places to stay in Albany:

Places to stay in Denmark:

Places to stay in Mt Barker:

Itinerary courtesy of Australia’s South West.