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Travel guide Margaret River & South West

A break in Balingup
By Kylie Jane Degeling

  There’s an old saying that 'good things come in small packages' and when you look at the humble size of Balingup’s population, you can rest assured it’s all good. This delightful rural town in the southwestern part of Western Australia is a rare gem, filled with friendly people, fun-filled festivals and events, and beautiful scenery.   Situated on the edge of Balingup Brook, close to the Margaret River, the town is a part of the world famous Bibbulmun Track, where you can pack your bags and trek for weeks between Kalamunda and Albany. If you prefer to stay closer to town, there are plenty of festivities, ranging from the annual Small Farm Field Day in April, to a Medieval Carnival in August and the Bibbulmun Track outdoor concert in November. But even if yo... Read more

Pemberton, Margaret River, Western Australia,
By Kylie Jane Degeling

A recent visitor to the area referred to the town as “Pamperton” and for those who enjoy the finer things in life, like wine, art, spas, and gourmet food, a trip to Pemberton is a dream. Yet for those who prefer simple pleasures, like a walk through a forest, throwing a fishing line or swimming in a dam, Pemberton is a relaxing yet exhilarating break. Located in a region of Western Australia known as the South West, Pemberton is a delightful town close to the Margaret River. Like many towns in this region, it has gone through a series of changes, having first been settled as an agricultural town. Later, it became known for its timber, while today tourism and wine are its lifeblood.      Things to do:   Indulge:  Local spas offer relaxing treatments ... Read more

A unique family holiday farm experience
By Rod Morris

Pemberton Farm Chalets has a little bit of everything for the whole family, no matter what the age. First up in the morning (not too early!) is the farm animal feeding frenzy. The kids (and big kids) will love hand feeding the chickens and ducks and collecting the eggs. Next is a little cuddle with the rabbits and guinea pigs and then bottle feeding the calves is fun. Then down to the paddock to feed the horses, sheep and goats. After farm feeding, take a short walk through the national park to the famous Gloucester Tree to challenge the keen climbers and perhaps return to have a refreshing swim in the pool. There is also a children's adventure playground, tennis and a trampoline. There are laundry facilities available, as well as catering for babies with cots and high chairs. We supply ... Read more

Luxury holidays for the discerning pet
By ellen seymour

Karrak Reach has been delighted to host pets of all shapes and sizes. We have had cats, rabbits, and even a family of four joeys. We specialise in providing affordable boutique pet friendly accommodation. Karrak Reach is committed to ensuring dogs and their people have a fantastic time when they stay with us. Dogs are very welcome to sleep inside and have access to a giant karri forest right on the doorstep. The forest has walking trails and is full of interesting smells. Karrak Reach provides a personalised dog-sitting service, free of charge. If guests need to visit a place where dogs are not allowed such as a national park, then dogs have a choice of a comfortable and secure 8x15 metre run with shelter and shade, or they can stay in the bigger yard with the property’s friend... Read more

Beachlands Holiday Park
By Michelle Reiger

As winner of the best holiday park in Western Australia in 04/05/06 and 2009, BIG4 Beachlands is recognised as a leading resort holiday park. Our reputation has been built on providing an experience that is truly memorable - fun, friendly, relaxed and welcoming with the very best standard of accommodation and facilities. Beachlands offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit everyone from shaded campsites and ensuite sites to one and two bedroom self-contained chalets to luxurious Spa Villas and Jacuzzi Bungalows. The family-friendly onsite facilities include a solar-heated pool, giant jumping pillow, water playground, playground, new family bathrooms and camp kitchen. Only 100m from the sheltered waters of Geographe Bay, guests can enjoy their days cycling, walking,... Read more

By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you’ve ever wished you could just dump the stress for a while; put all the pressures of work and life behind you and enjoy the simple life, then consider heading to Bridgetown, Western Australia. This historic gem lying on the banks of the Blackwood River offers the perfect combination of relaxing holiday destination, with enough attractions to keep the place interesting. Whether you want to settle into a cosy cottage with a glass of wine, or take your family to a farm where the kids can frolic with friendly animals, you’ll find something for everyone. Out here, there is fresh air, rolling hills, and welcoming smiles to make everyone feel good. No pressure. No stress. No frantic racing towards tour buses and worrying about the costs of various attractions. Here, you experien... Read more

By Kylie Jane Degeling

Around 175km south of Perth lies a picturesque city with harbours and beaches on three sides. A paradise for anyone who loves swimming, watercraft, fishing, or scenic strolls - Bunbury has grown steadily since its discovery by French explorer Captain de Freycinet in 1803. Today, 56,000 people call Bunbury home – along with more than 100 bottlenose dolphins who jump and play in Koombana Bay. Named after Lieutenant Henry William St. Pierre Bunbury in honour of his explorations in 1836, Bunbury is predominantly a mining town, with a busy deep-water port transporting more than 12 million tonnes of cargo each year.  It is a city that manages to combine the benefits of a large cosmopolitan centre with the ambience of a small town. Shops, services, entertainment, family restaurants an... Read more

Delightful Dunsborough
By Alison Aprhys

© Alison Aprhys 2006 If you are looking for a romantic break, a family holiday or a cool getaw... Read more

BirdWatching in Australia's South West
By Penny Parsons

As one of the world’s premier biodiversity regions, and with over 24,000 square kilometers of forests, farmland, vineyards and orchard the South West of Western Australia is not to be missed. You can explore the area from any one of a number of towns and villages dotted throughout the region. If you’re heading to the South West for a spot of birdwatching and are also looking for a great place to stay that offers peace, serenity, bird and animal life we have found a number of options from which to choose. Stoneridge Cottages, Balingup Balingup is a tributary of the Blackwood River Valley, an area of rolling, fertile timbered country with rich pastures and historic towns. Private, secluded and tranquil, Stoneridge is separated from the winding valley drive by 200m of timber,... Read more

Margaret River
By Penny Parsons

If you're visiting Western Australia, then this is one place not to miss. And there really is no excuse. Just a few hours drive south of Perth the Margaret River region is magical and well worth the trip... Read more

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