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Great in every way, this internationally renowned biodiversity hotspot is the region of soaring mountain ranges, massive seas, stunning beaches, ancient forests and edge-of-the-earth towns. As WA’s oldest port it is steeped in history and has since become the food bowl of the state producing world-class wines, whisky and locally grown and caught produce. Welcome to nature and adventure-lovers paradise. A visit to the Great Southern is not just about the region’s spectacular and unique natural environment, it is also about wine, food, history and indulgence.
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This region is that little bit further away along a slightly less-trodden track, but isolation has given the Great Southern an opportunity to develop its own niche, true to the unique soul of the ancient land. Its inhabitants range from the Noongar people, the mariners and fisherfolk, to the many hundreds of thousands of native animals who live in the forests, and the close-knit farming communities who work the land and spend summer on the shores of the Southern Ocean when the harvest is done, year after year, generation after generation.

There are so many reasons to pounce upon this unsuspecting corner of the world. A love of great food and wine is intrinsic to the culture. With the pristine seas delivering seafood, and the prime agricultural land acting as a food bowl for the state, the region’s chefs are serving up inspired fare. The Great Southern has been doing great wine for a lot longer than most realise, across five sub- regions, each with a distinct terroir. Mt Barker has celebrated 50 years of grape growing, and at the QANTAS.

Wine Show of Western Australia, Mt Barker wines were hot-ticket items. Connoisseur travellers are well rewarded with fantastic scenery and perfectly matched cuisine. The Great Southern’s spectacular coastline, forests and mountain wilderness are some of the most amazing you’ll see. Attractions like the Gap and Natural Bridge in Albany, and the Granite Skywalk in the Porongurup Range join the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk atop any nature lover’s bucket list.

Board a charter from Albany during whale-watching season. Humpbacks and southern right whales gather in sheltered bays along the south coast, visible also from sighting platforms along the cliffs. To the east of Albany in Bremer Bay, an enormous pod of killer whales congregates over a deep- sea hotspot in the early months of the year. A tour is not to be missed!
The Great Southern region is big, so if you can, add a day or two to your travel plans, take a detour from the Albany Highway at Beaufort River and head on a journey through five of the Great Southern region’s Hidden Treasures – hinterland towns that include inland Katanning, and loop you back onto the highway at Cranbrook.

When to go

Locals will tell you their favourite time of year is autumn. The region has a stillness that sets the scene for alfresco winery lunches, mountain biking, bushwalking and coastal treks. Winter is spectacular, as the Southern Ocean unleashes all its fury. Whales are about in large numbers from June to October. Some days are gloriously still and sunny, and yes, others can be cold and wet. If a big front comes in, outdoor activities are delayed in favour of roaring log fires, big reds and hearty meals. Spring is the season for wildflowers, with thousands upon thousands of species blooming. Many birds, including the splendid blue wren, are in full song. Mild southern summers offer a lovely reprieve from the northern heat, and are great for a cool swim after hiking through shady forests, or mountain-biking the pristine trails.

The hidden treasures

Bloom Festival Sep – Oct

If you’re heading through the Great Southern in springtime, don’t miss the fabulous annual Bloom Festival. Comprising more than 40 colourful wildflower- and spring-themed events scattered throughout the Hidden Treasures towns, the festival offers self-drive trails through fields of flowers, and an array of secret wildflower and orchid beds. It’s a great chance to spot rare flowers endemic to the Great Southern region.

Top wildflower locations

  1. Myrtle Benn Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, Kojonup
  2. Farrar Dam Reserve, Kojonup
  3. Stirling Range National Park, Borden
  4. Fitzgerald River National Park, Bremer Bay
  5. Lake Magenta Nature Reserve, Pingrup
  6. Corackerup Nature Reserve, Jerramungup
  7. Chinocup Lake, Pingrup
  8. Banks of the Gordon River, Tambellup
  9. Broomehill Golf Club & Boot Rock Reserve
  10. Cranbrook Wildflower Walk

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Guides


Porongurup Festival

One of the Great Southern's favourite gourmet festival's is coming to the stunning Porongurup Range, a fun day out for the whole family.

  • Dates:Feb 28
  • Time(s):11am - 5pm
  • Venue:Jingalla Wines, 49 Porongurup Dam Road, Porongurup WA 6324
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Food & Drink:Festival
  • Ticket Price:$30

Description

Showcasing local wines, spirits and beer, produce, arts and community projects.
The Porongurup Festival is held annually on the long-weekend in February. The festival brings together visitors, locals, community groups, artisan producers and chefs together for a day of indulgence and entertainment.
So come join us for another spectacular Porongurup Festival, where you can taste, experience, enjoy and appreciate all that is Porongurup!

Eat and drink local, support local.

For the latest information, take a look at our Porongurup Festival Facebook page.
Ticket includes entry and access to local wineries, food stalls, live music and entertainment.

MSWA Albany Ride - Powered by Retravision

By popular demand, the MSWA Albany Ride returns for another year on Saturday 13 March 2021.

  • Dates:Mar 13
  • Time(s):From 6am
  • Venue:Emu Point, Albany

Details

  • Hosted By:MSWA
  • Sports:Cycling
  • Type:For Charity / Fundraising,Community

Description

After great success over the past three years, and an overwhelming show of support from the local council and community, the MSWA Albany Ride is set to return for another year, on Saturday, 13 March 2021. This unique, family friendly event now includes four ride distances to cater for people of all ages and capabilities. It follows some of the most beautiful scenery in the Great Southern region, starting and finishing at Emu Point, Albany. The routes will take riders through scenic Albany, and the various courses explore some of its most iconic spots including the National ANZAC Centre, the Historic Whaling Station, the Wind Farm and Middleton Beach – the new 135km Challenge heads all the way to Anvil Beach and back! 10km Family Ride 40km Ride 80km Challenge 135km Challenge The event allows participants to not only experience the stunning region, but also help make a real difference to people living with neurological conditions in the Great Southern region. This includes people living with multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, and acquired Brain Injury, to name a few.

Singlefile Wines 'A Sense Of Place' Tasting Experience And Gourmet Picnic

Experience a wine tasting with a difference, with a behind-the-scenes insight into Singlefile’s history, vineyard and people that showcases the best of the Great Southern wine region.

  • Dates:Mar 18 - 28
  • Time(s):11 am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm
  • Venue:Singlefile Wines, 90 Walter Rd, Denmark WA 6333
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Ticket Price:$59 or $50 (20% off for members)
  • Hosted By:Taste of Great Southern
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Winery Events
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

You will be greeted warmly by your Singlefile host at their award-winning Cellar Door with a glass of sparkling then led on a tour of Singlefile's estate vineyards and stunning grounds. In their Private Tasting Room they will guide you through current vintage varietals and back vintages from their museum, as well as a special barrel tasting.
To finish or begin your time at the vineyard, Singlefile encourage guests to include a gourmet picnic hamper from Wholly Local to enjoy in their Cellar Door. Come early for the 2pm session or stay onwards after the 11am session.  Hampers need to be booked at the time of booking your Sense of Place tickets. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated and hampers will be available to collect from Singlefile on the day of your visit. 
Wholly Local are a small Denmark business, run by sisters Tammy and Michelle, whos passion for cooking, food and beautiful handmade goods have allowed them to support and provide local fare from many of the regions top producers. All the goods provided in their store and your hamper on the day are of locally farmed, produced and crafted fresh, prepared and packaged foods.
You can find their store in the heart of Denmark town on South Coast Highway as you drive into town!
General Ticket includes 1-2 hour guided tour of Singlefile Wines' estate and tasting of 7 wines in our Private Tasting Room on the property.
Hamper Ticket includes as above plus a Wholly Local Hamper for two, containing the below:
Fresh bread (Denmark Bakery)
Handmade crackers (Wholly Local Fresh Foods)
Fresh seasonal dip (Wholly Local Fresh Foods)
Marinated olives (Cherry Boots)
Seasonal chutney or relish (Wholly Local Fresh Foods)
Assorted pickled and grilled vegetables (Wholly Local Fresh Foods)
Free range smoked ham (Plantagenet Meats)
Pork, chicken and quail terrine with black cherries and pistachios  (Wholly Local Fresh Foods)
Brie cheese (Dellendale Creamery)
Semi firm/firm cheese (Dellendale Creamery) (Depending on availability, Somerset Hill Cheddar, Nullakai, Torndirrup Native Herb, Gruyere)
Local crudities

Taste Great Southern 2021

A festival that celebrates award winning wine, delicious fresh produce and amazing flavours of the Great Southern.

  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Dates:Mar 18 - 28
  • Venue:Great Southern Region

Details

  • Other:Travel
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Celebrity Chef,Cider,Festival,Food Event,Food Market Events,Restaurant Events,Wine
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern
  • Hosted By:CMS Events

Description

11 days, 30+ culinary experiences, 20+ chefs

A festival that celebrates award winning wine, delicious fresh produce and amazing flavours of the Great Southern. Located along the pristine southern coastline and expanding into the mountains and forest ranges it includes major centres Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup and Katanning.

With 20+ chefs including local stars, Perth talent and River Cottage Australia’s Paul West across 30+ not-to-be-missed culinary experiences, this festival will be home to a music festival, a wine and food festival, long lunches, degustations, premium pairings, community markets and free events.

Great Southern produce is fresh, seasonal and exceptional. Foods like oysters and seafood, chicken, beef and lamb, heirloom vegetables and cheeses all excel on the south coast. You can indulge in all the delicious fresh produce and amazing flavours at many of the events.

The award-winning wine, winemakers and breweries of the Great Southern will also feature across the amazing program. You can expect to sip, taste and savour wine varietals such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling, alongside craft beer made locally in the Great Southern.

Feast on the amazing culinary creations from the very talented local stars as they team up with Perth talent and National favourites while they host a range of smaller intimate gatherings to larger festivals.

Choose from several self-drive adventure packages and include the beautiful natural attractions such as Walpole’s Tree Top Walk and The Gap as well as manmade attractions. With Easter the following weekend, why not stay longer in the Great Southern!

Indulge. Feast. Savour. Adventure

Taste Great Southern is the heart of Western Australian food & wine!

Women Of The Region Dinner Presented By Moss Conveyancing

Come celebrate the amazing women behind this great region in a charity dinner at the Princess Harbour Sailing Club, overlooking the stunning harbour and City of Albany.

  • Dates:Mar 18
  • Time(s):6pm - 10pm
  • Venue:Princess Royal Sailing Club, 57 Chipana Dr, Little Grove WA
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Ticket Price:$145
  • Food & Drink:Festival
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Put on your best outfit, get your friends together and book a table to enjoy canapes on arrival and a four-course banquet by amazing local and Perth chefs.


The wines that you will enjoy on the night are made in the Great Southern and will be presented on by the incredible female winemakers from the region.


The event will help support Albany Community Foundation that support those within the region who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, by offering a helping hand. $10 from each ticket sold will be donated along with all proceeds from the silent auctions!


During the evening hear from our MC, Davynka Moss from Moss Conveyancing, Albany Community Foundation, the talented chefs behind the charity dinner and winemakers as they share their stories on their history and wine.
Help us help support the women of the region and Albany Community Foundation while enjoying great food, wine, live local music and fabulous company!


The event is sponsored by Moss Conveyancing. With over 20 years combined experience in residential settlements Davynka and her team pride themselves on providing an exceptional, friendly and efficient settlement service you can depend on.


Ticket includes canapes on arrival, four-course dinner, wine, silent auction, presentations from talented chefs, winemakers and MC and live music.

Denmark Night Markets

Set in the heart of Denmark, peruse the offerings of Great Southern retailers, wineries, breweries and food producers with cooking demos by celebrity cooks Anna Gare and Ruby Hughes.

  • Dates:Mar 19
  • Time(s):5.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Venue:Strickland Street
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Taste Great Southern
  • Ticket Price:Gold coin donation
  • Food & Drink:Celebrity Chef,Food Market Events
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Join the Denmark Chamber of Commerce as they take over Strickland Street and Plane Tree Court to bring you an evening jammed packed with market stalls, music and cooking demos featuring Denmark’s very own celebrity cooks Anna Gare and Ruby Hughes. It’s a gold coin to enter! It’s family friendly! And it’s in the heart of Denmark! 

Mt Barker Grape Escape Day Tour

Enjoy a full day tour including tastings, morning coffee and lunch on a journey through the backroads.

  • Dates:Mar 19 and Mar 26
  • Time(s):9:30am - 4pm
  • Venue:Albany Visitor Centre, 221 York St, Albany WA 6330
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Ticket Price:$180
  • Hosted By:Taste Great Southern
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Wine,Winery Events
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Tasting the wines of Mt Barker including Gilbert Wines, Plantagenet Wines, Galafrey Wines and West Cape Howe.

Tour starts at Albany Visitor Centre, or courtesy pick up is included if you are located within 10km of the CBD.

Ticket includes a guided full day tour, morning coffee, lunch and tastings at four wineries.

Albany Farmers Market

Come along down to the Albany Farmers Market and encounter the wide range of the freshest seasonally available produce.

  • Dates:Mar 20
  • Time(s):8am - 12pm
  • Venue:Collie Street, Albany
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Food Market Events
  • Other:Markets
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Real farmers will be coming down to sell fresh produce they have grown or reared themselves from their farms down the road.

On offer is a huge range of fresh seasonally available fruits, vegetables, farmed meat, dairy, cheese, fish, seafood and much more all from the Great Southern Region.

Frankland River Cellar Door Experience

Encounter one of Western Australia's best kept secrets with a tasting experience at the Frankland Estate, the WA Good Food Guide Wine of the Year 2020 winners.

  • Dates:Mar 20
  • Time(s):1:30pm - 7pm
  • Venue:Frankland Estate
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Ticket Price:$85
  • Hosted By:Taste Great Southern
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Wine,Winery Events
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Frankland River, a wine subregion of the Great Southern, is fast becoming one of the State’s most successful wine regions. With a diverse range of grape varieties grown, the region is most noted for its Riesling and Shiraz, with further acclaimed success for a diverse range of emerging grape varieties from this understated part of the world.
Take the bus to Frankland Estate, one of the successful wineries from the region, and enjoy a tasting alongside amazing food, while overlooking the rolling hills.


Start off with a sit-down masterclass hosted by Foni Pollitt, WA Good Food Guide 2018 Sommelier of the Year, as she takes you through a tasting.


After the class, make your way outside to enjoy canapes and wine tastings of your choice at different winery stations. Top it all off with a cellar door tour of Frankland Estate.


You can buy a bottle of your favourite to enjoy later or order a case to be delivered after the event!


Ticket includes return transport from Albany or Demark, wine tasting from Frankland River wineries, presentation by Foni Pollitt, canapes and cellar door tour of Frankland Estate.

Shop Local | Eat Local With Scott Brannigan & Chris Eales

Roam with Scott Brannigan and Chris Eales through the Albany Farmers Market as they experience the freshest seasonally available produce.

  • Dates:Mar 20
  • Time(s):9am - 10am
  • Venue:Albany Farmers Market, Collie Street, Albany
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Hosted By:Taste Great Southern
  • Type:Free
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Food Market Events
  • Other:Markets
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Experience the freshest seasonally available fruits, vegetables, farmed meat, dairy, cheese, fish, seafood and much more all from the Great Southern Region. Then watch as they prepare something spontaneous and tasty for visitors on the day from the produce brought on the day. It is bound to be something special!

Southern Sets Music Festival

Experience live contemporary music headlined by Vikki Thorn and The Red Tails with wine, beer and food options available for purchase at the event.

  • Dates:Mar 20
  • Time(s):6pm to 9:30pm
  • Venue:Albany Agricultural Society Exhibition Pavilion
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Albany Agricultural Society
  • Ticket Price:Adult $55, Child (12-17) $25, Child (under 12) Free, Adult and Denmark Bus $70, Child (12-17) and Denmark Bus $40, Child (under 12) and Denmark Bus $15
  • Music:Music Festival
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Wine
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Celebrating contemporary music, with Great Southern wine, beer and delicious food at the Agriculture Society Exhibition Pavilion in the heart of Albany. Headlining the festival is Vikki Thorn (from the Waifs) & The Red Tails, a new vocal trio with big soul harmonies that are deeply rooted in WA history and stories. Starting off the afternoon will be Kris Nelson Band, a local Albany indie/folkie group and Mama Kin bringing her howl and soul to stage. Sit around a table with friends and family, or dance away to great tunes from the amazing acts from the main stage with a Great Southern beverage in one hand and delicious local food in the other. General Ticket includes entry, Plumm stemless acrylic glass (for adults) and access to live music from Vikki Thorn & The Red Tails, Mama Kin and Kris Nelson Band. Children are welcome. Wine, beer and food are available for purchase

Galafrey Long Table Lunch (SOLD OUT)

The Long Table Lunch set among the verandahs of Galafrey Wines cellar door boasting views of the undulating country, has quickly become a favourite event of the Taste Great Southern Festival.

  • Dates:Mar 21
  • Time(s):12.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Venue:Galafrey Wines
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Taste Great Southern
  • Ticket Price:$120
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Food Event,Restaurant Events,Wine,Winery Events
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Sandalwood Nut High Tea

Meet the producer of The Sandalwood Nuts and a local Indigenous Elder to learn more about their story whilst tasting an array of samples with wine, take-home nuts and recipes.

  • Dates:Mar 21
  • Time(s):2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Venue:The Sandalwood Shop
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:The Sandalwood Shop
  • Ticket Price:$45
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Wine
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

Come and enjoy a decadent array of bite sized sweet & savoury treats showcasing the Sandalwood nuts during an afternoon tea to remember. West Cape Howe will be showcasing a selection of beautiful local wines to taste during the feast. Meet the producer of The Sandalwood Nuts and a local Indigenous Elder to learn more about their story. No doubt inspiration will be flowing, so you will have some Sandalwood nuts to take home and get cooking. Ticket includes a selection of wine from West Cape Howe paired with bite sized sweet and savoury Sandalwood nut morsels. All guests will take home free recipes and roasted Sandalwood nuts.

Sandalwood Nut High Tea

Come and enjoy a decadent array of bite sized sweet & savoury treats showcasing the Sandalwood nuts during an afternoon tea to remember.

  • Dates:Mar 21
  • Time(s):2.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Venue:Mount Romance Albany Sandalwood Factory

Details

  • Hosted By:Taste Great Southern
  • Ticket Price:$45
  • Food & Drink:Festival,Food Event
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

West Cape Howe will be showcasing a selection of beautiful local wines to taste during the feast. Meet the producer of The Sandalwood Nuts and a local Indigenous Elder to learn more about their story. No doubt inspiration will be flowing, so you will have some Sandalwood nuts to take home and get cooking.

Ticket includes a selection of wine from West Cape Howe paired with bite sized sweet and savoury Sandalwood nut morsels. All guests will take home free recipes and roasted Sandalwood nuts.

Vendemmia Brunch

Celebrate this season's grape harvest in style with Castelli Estate

  • Dates:Mar 21
  • Time(s):10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Venue:Castelli Estate
  • Festivals:Taste Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Taste Great Southern
  • Ticket Price:$130
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Restaurant Events,Wine,Winery Events
  • Produced By:Taste Great Southern

Description

In Italy the "vendemmia" – the grape harvest – is much more than a mere agricultural event: it is a celebration revolving around the grapes and the people that dedicate their lives into making wine.

Honouring the Castelli heritage, the winery will be open in an immersive experience of the winemaking and grape growing process with this unique somewhat hands on behind the scenes tour.

Taste Castelli wine range straight from the barrel and understand the critical changes taking place in the vineyard as the grapes mature and in the winery as the wines develop.
Then enjoy a long table brunch in the vineyard with live entertainment and prizes.  Attendees must oblige to the safety rules of Castelli Estate as they will be in the middle of vintage in a working winery. Attendees must also wear enclosed shoes and be fit to walk 300 metres and climb stairs. 

Ticket includes behind the scenes tour, barrel tasting & long table brunch.