Are you embarking along The South West Edge this Winter? With whale watching season in full swing, the natural landscape at its lush, green best and cosy accommodation options with roaring fires, Winter is an incredible time to jump in the car and embark on this epic adventure. Pack your Ugg boots and your warmest clothes as you rug up and tackle beach walks, hikes, and waterfalls, then head indoors for long lavish lunches paired with local wine and beers. Here’s just a few amazing ways you can experience The Edge this Winter.
Tackle the coastline
While the pristine beaches and bays along The South West Edge are picturesque under a sunny Summer sky, they are just as glorious in the cooler months of the year. Rug up and head down to your favourite beach for a coastal walk on the sand with a coffee in hand and watch the waves roll in. If there’s some bad weather approaching, watching it roll in over the ocean towards the shore is an amazing visual display, just be sure to get back to the car before the rain hits! If it’s a clear, crisp day, then take a picnic and enjoy the sunshine. This is also a great time to spot whales off the coastline, so keep your eyes peeled for these migrating gentle giants. Some of our favourite Winter beaches are Cottesloe Beach, Margaret River Mouth, Middleton Beach and West Beach, each with the turquoise water gleaming under a grey sky.
Museums & art galleries
There’s no shortage of museums, art galleries and other interesting shops throughout the towns you pass through along The Edge. Escape the rain and head inside these incredible buildings to shop, learn, and explore many different forms of art, history, and culture. From your starting point on Rottnest Island to your final destination of Perth and all the places in between, visit the array of museums to learn more about the culture and history of our incredible state. Some of our favourite museums are the WA Maritime Museum, WA Museum Boola Bardip, Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, National Anzac Centre and Museum of the Goldfields.
Following on from local history and culture, visit the art galleries to immerse yourself in artwork and amazing creations from local to international artists. Whether you make a purchase or not, this is a great way to support local artists and creators from around the region, as well as escape the wintery weather outside. The perfect thing to do while strolling around town with a coffee in hand! Be sure to check out the following galleries to see some incredible local pieces: the Fremantle Arts Centre, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Christian Fletcher Gallery, JahRock Galleries and Cindy Poole Glass Art Gallery.