The first of December is not only the first day of our summer season, but it also marks the start of the Noongar season of Birak in the South West of Australia.
The Aboriginal people are conservationists by nature, they were semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers who followed a six-season calendar, still used by Aboriginal people today. The Birak season is December and January and is known as the season of fire and the young. It is characterised by hot and dry conditions and breathtaking pink and orange sunsets.
Take a journey along The Edge to enjoy the wonders of Birak, including the incredible South West beaches, the inland experiences of the towering forests, incredible seasonal produce – all washed down with a crisp craft beer made right here on The Edge!
Catch some rays and take a dip at our incredible beaches
As you traverse The Edge, you’ll be treated to some of the most incredible coastline in Australia. No matter where you are along the journey, you’re never far from an array of pristine beaches! Pick a spot to perch for the day, enjoy a gourmet picnic and feel the summer breeze rolling in. There are Insta-worthy beaches dotted along The Edge, with some of our favourite spots being The Basin and Little Parakeet Bay on Rottnest Island, Injidup Natural Spa in Yallingup, Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks in Denmark, and the iconic Lucky Bay in Esperance.
If you’re keen to don your snorkel and fins, there are also incredible snorkelling experiences on offer along The Edge, including the coral reef underwater dive trail at Rottnest, underneath the Busselton Jetty and around the rocky coves in Yallingup. If water sports are more your more thing, be sure to stop at Margaret River to explore the surfer’s playground and visit the home of the Margaret River Pro, which sees top ranked surfers compete to win the World Surf League’s World Championship Tour. There are heaps of activities to try along The Edge from wind surfing and SUPing to kayaking and water skiing!
One of the best ways to enjoy the beaches of the South West is by staying for a sunset. The late afternoon sky-shows we see over our beaches are incredible year-round, but the Birak season brings with it incredible fairy floss coloured skies and balmy sea air.