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Published February 1st 2013
Great places for a day trip or a short break
The picturesque Georgraphe Wine Region is less than a two hour drive away from Perth and is a very popular place for short getaways and day trips.
Home to some of the most exciting wineries and boutique breweries in Western Australia, The Geographe Wine Region is also well know for its natural beauty - green pastures, rich orchards and white sandy beaches. The relaxed, friendly, carefree atmosphere of the region is a big drawcard for visitors, but there is also an abundance of things to see and do.
1. Visit Stirling's Cottage. Visit the replica home of writer, May Gibbs in Harvey. May Gibbs wrote the fantastic 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' and 'Gumnut Babies' stories, she spent some of her childhood in a house known as 'Stirling's Cottage'. A replica homestead was built on the original site and features landscaped heritage gardens, orchards and tearooms.
2. Picnic. Head into the hills and have a picnic at Harvey Dam or Wellington Dam. These are lovely, peaceful, scenic picnic spots with barbecue facilities, walking trails and children's playgrounds to enjoy.
3. Meet the Dolphins. Paddle or swim with the friendly dolphins at Koombana Bay in Bunbury. About ninety dolphins live in the calm waters of Koombana Bay and the bay offers a unique opportunity to interact with them. All interaction with the dolphins is supervised to ensure their welfare.
4. Leschenault Inlet. Go Kayaking and explore the Leschenault Inlet at Australind. This inlet is a paradise full of bird life and native animals. It's also a great spot for fishing, crabbing or picnicing.
5. Visit Gnomesville. Take the children to visit Gnomesville in Dardanup. Situated in the Ferguson Valley, Gnomesville is home to over three thousand gnomes and the community is still growing. Bring along your own gnome to add to the collection.
6. Wine Tasting. Explore the growing number of wineries and boutique breweries in the region. Stop at the cellar doors of one, or all, of the many different vineyards and wineries. Taste some of Western Australia's finest premium wines and purchase a bottle or two to take home with you.
7. Feed the Birds. Visit the Wildlife Park and the Big Swamp Reserve in Bunbury. This area is home to a variety of Australian birds and mammals, you can get up close to most of them and feed the parrots in the flight aviaries. Lots of things to see and do - there are free barbecue facilities on site, plus a children's playground, a Cafe and a Souvenir Shop.
8. Go Bush Walking or Cycling. Go bush walking on the Bibbulmun Track or cycling on the Munda Biddi Track. The Bibbulmun Track is a world class long distance walking trail and the Munda Biddi Trail is a nature-based, off-road cycling track. These tracks a quite long, so you might only want to tackle part of them.
9. Dive. For a unique experience, dive the sunken Lena Dive Wreck. W.A's most accessible dive wreck is located just three nautical miles off the coast of Bunbury.
10. Water Activities. If you like water sports try Water Skiing on Lake Stockton or maybe have a go at Kite Surfing or White Water Rafting. For keen fishermen there are many great fishing spots in the rivers, pools and oceans of the area. If you fancy a dip or a relaxing day on the beach there are plenty of great swimming areas and gorgeous beaches for you to enjoy.
The Geographe Wine Region stretches along the southern coastline of Western Australia from Harvey to Busselton and also includes the towns of Collie, Bunbury, Boyanup, Capel, Donneybrook, Dardanup, Myalup, and Geographe Bay.
These are just some of the fantastic things to do when you visit the Geographe Wine Region and there are many, many more. For details about tours, accommodation and other things to do and see, visit the Geographe Wine Region website.