The world can seem an overwhelming place right now, so when people escape on holiday, they are seeking out experiences that nurture their soul and bring peace to their hearts.
A trip along The South West Edge can be rejuvenating and meditative – open spaces, incredible natural wonders, heart-warming people, and unforgettable locations all make for a blissed-out road trip. We have complied our favourite cup-filling things to see and do while relaxing along The Edge, which will see you return home happy, relaxed and tranquil.
Try a little nature therapy amid The South West Edge’s many forests, bushlands and national parks. Based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, forest bathing is about taking time to slowly and mindfully appreciate our incredible natural surrounds. Leave your phone behind and take time to meander beneath canopies of trees, the lush greenery at your ankles. Breathe deeply, inhaling the scents of the forest and gaze at nature’s vivid colour palette.
- The Tuart Forest National Park near Busselton is part of the only remaining natural tuart forest in the entire world.
- Boranup Forest in Margaret River is atmospheric, with sun-dappled tree canopies and a lush green forest floor.
- The Karri Forest Explorer in Pemberton is an 86km self-guided drive through some of the region’s most magnificent karri forest.
- Visit the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk in Walpole and explore the walkway 40 metres above the forest floor before taking the boardwalk trail through a grove of veteran tingle trees.
- The Porongurup Range rises from a sea of giant Karri trees, an incredible place to relax and marvel at the scenery.
- Fitzgerald River National Park, a UNESCO recognised international biosphere reserve with more than 1,800 beautiful and unique species of flowering plants as well as lichens, mosses and fungi.
Sleep beneath the stars
There’s no better way to seriously switch off than sleeping under the stars and waking to the cool morning breeze on your skin. There are heaps of amazing camping spots along The Edge; from glamping with a touch of luxury, to back to basics national parks away from the crowds. Be sure to turn your phone off and gaze at the night sky, in some of the remote areas of The South West Edge there is hardly any light pollution, so you’ll be treated to an incredible sky show, and even views of the Milky Way.