New Places to Visit Along The South West Edge

The New Year is bringing with it a host of new experiences and attractions along The Edge.

From new accommodation options and restaurants, to tours and shops – there’s so much to discover on your next trip along The South West Edge. Even if you’ve done parts of the road trip before, you can have a totally new experience every time you head off on your adventure with so many attractions to choose from! Here are some of our favourite new experiences to enjoy along The Edge.

Samphire Resort, Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island’s newest and most luxurious accommodation is now open for visitors to stay. Taking prime position next to Thompsons Bay, this architecturally designed 80-room hotel includes a restaurant, beach club, lagoon like pools and native landscaped gardens, all wile embracing the island’s natural beauty. The relaxed coastal vibes of the Samphire Resort rooms will have you feeling ultimate relaxation on your island getaway. The restaurant and beach club are open to the public, so even if you aren’t staying at the resort, you can enjoy these new facilities and indulge in what they have to offer.

Kirrikin, Fremantle

Kirrikin is a uniquely Australian business, creating luxury resort wear featuring artworks of contemporary Aboriginal Australian artists. Using handcrafted silk and cashmere scarves, silk neck ties, bow ties and pocket squares, these exclusive designs revolve around identity through exploring Aboriginal people, traditions, and their land. If you’re wandering around Fremantle, head to Kirrikin to find some amazing items while you shop.

Eat and Drink in Fremantle

When taking a stroll around Fremantle, it’s essential to have a coffee in hand, a bite to eat, or sit down for a casual lunch at one of the many new venues that have opened around Fremantle. Lily’s Dumpling House uses only the freshest and natural ingredients for your midday dine in dumpling lunch, or grab some take away and enjoy them down at the harbour. If you’re wanting to dine at night, let us recommend the new French bistro, Angel House, where the incredible food is paired with an amazing French wine list. The newly refurbished Warders Hotel is a small boutique hotel standing within the old limestone cottages that once were the Fremantle Warders homes. If it’s a coffee you’re after, head to First Rule Café for one of their delicious brews and tasty treats. Staying along the tasty treats theme, Let’s Fika showcases some incredible Scandinavian treats which are all homemade and packed full of flavour.

image of people dining in new venue Shelter Brewing Co to show spacious natural light setting
Shelter Brewing Co., Busselton. Image by Stephen Norman

From new accommodation options and restaurants, to tours and shops – there’s so much to discover on your next trip along The South West Edge. Even if you’ve done parts of the road trip before, you can have a totally new experience every time you head off on your adventure with so many attractions to choose from!

Cuprum Distillery, Bunbury

This brand-new distillery and cellar door is located in the heart of Bunbury. The passionate team at Cuprum create small batch gins, liqueurs, whisky, rum and vodka from locally sourced botanicals from the Margaret River and Geographe regions. Chat to the team whilst you sample some of their spirits, enjoy a cocktail and take a bottle to enjoy when you get home!

Shelter Brewing Co., Busselton

This highly anticipated brewery situated on the iconic Busselton foreshore has arrived! Born and brewed in Busselton, Shelter Brewing Co. is a new kind of brewery; with a relaxed, welcoming, and genuine vibe. Sit back and watch the bay as you indulge in these crisp beers while washing down a woodfired pizza or burger off the carefully curated menu. Your new favourite place to quench your thirst in Busso as you marvel over the Busselton Jetty!

Willie Cruises, the South West

Experience the crystal-clear waters of The South West Edge aboard one of the last operating pearl luggers in Australia. Willie Cruises normally operates in Broome, but for the first time ever are now offering Summer tours in the South West! Willie Cruises offer a morning cruise departing from Busselton Jetty and taking you  around the sheltered Geographe Bay, and an afternoon cruise taking you around the coast to stunning Eagle Bay. Enjoy delicious canapes and a drink as you explore the coastline on this epic vessel.

Woody Island, Esperance

Woody Island is a perfect little getaway and is so unspoilt, you’ll feel like you’ve got this rugged island all to yourself! It’s just a short, half hour boat trip from Esperance and you can explore the walking trails or do some snorkelling in the crystal clear water. To make it really special, stay at the brand new glamping tents on the island. The newly renovated couples’ retreats, safari huts, family tents and standard tents are the perfect place to relax and get back to nature. There is a kiosk and island bar with food and drink available, as well as equipment for hire. Wake up to the sounds of the birds, go for a morning swim or walk, and have coffee while looking out to the bay for dolphins.

Lake Hillier, Esperance

If you really want to impress, treat yourself to an incredible aerial adventure with HeliSpirit. They’re now offering helicopter trips along the Esperance coast, to Cape Le Grand National Park and onto Middle Island so you can see the incredible bright pink Lake Hillier close up!

Esperance Distillery, Esperance

This brand-new distillery right in the heart of Esperance is actually the smallest distillery in Australia! The father-son duo focuses on showcasing the coastal beauty that defines the town, and their first gin has been produced with a native botanical only found within 100km of Ravensthorpe. Stop in and pick up a bottle for yourself, or for the perfect gift when you return home from your South West Edge journey. A great new addition to the coastal town, with so many scenic places to sit and sip your newly purchased gin.

WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth

The incredible WA Museum Boola Bardip features eight new permanent exhibitions focused around three major themes: Being Western Australian: Celebrating the diversity of our people, Discovering Western Australia: A gateway to our incredible State and Exploring the World: Investigating WA and its place in the world. The museum is now open and is free for the first 18 months – so head along and get exploring!

An image of legs and feet dangling over a pink salt lake shows a unique natural monument of the landscape found on the perth to esperance road trip in south western australia
Lake Hillier, Esperance


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