The South Coast of Western Australia
Perfectly located between Albany and Denmark, Albany Luxury Retreat is the perfect place to explore the South Coast.
Cosy Corner Beach is 5 minutes drive away, walk the beach in peace - you may well be the only people on it! Spectacular Shelley Beach and West Cape Howe are only a couple of minutes more. During January you can watch hang gliders and paragliders launch themselves from ramps on the hill above Shelley Beach and glide to land (hopefully) on the beach.
West Cape Howe is the southern most point of Western Australia, and if you are 4WD equipped the rugged cliffs and beaches there are not to be missed.
Cosy Corner Cafe is 5 minutes from us and a perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or coffee 7 days a week with dinner on Fri and Sat nights.
Heading West: 10 minutes west of us is lovely but wild Lowlands beach. On your way further west is the Bush Tucker Factory and Eden Gate Blueberry Farm - the nicest blueberries you have ever tasted! The drive to Denmark will take you about 20 minutes, but plan to take more time to stop at South Coast Woodworks Gallery and Willoughby Park Winery. In Denmark itself you can enjoy the many lovely shops, Dark Side Chocolates, and numerous cafes with great coffee. The Buddah Bar is a great place for lunch. Denmark has many wineries that are worth visiting; Harewood Estate, the Lakehouse, and Matilda's Estate, to name but a few. Great beaches and wonderful scenery are to be found at Ocean Beach, Lights Beach, in William Bay National Park visit Green's Pool and Elephant Rocks. Elephants Rock Cidery and Bartholomew's Meadery are both well worth stopping at.
About an hours drive from us is the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk - quite a fantastic way to enjoy the forest.
East to Albany; Elleker store and the Wheel restaurant is 10 minutes towards Albany, has a bottle shop and is also open 7 days a week for petrol.
The Wind Farm off Frenchman Bay road is a fascinating place to stop, and runs along the Bibbulman Track. The coastal scenery from there through Torrindurup National Park to the Natural Gap, Bridge and Blow holes really is breathtaking. Along the way you will pass The Distillery - making the only Single Malt whisky in WA as well as vodka, gin and grappe - stop in for a tasting!
In Albany plan to be able to spend the day meander through the many shops down the main street, visit the WA Museum for a more in-depth look at our history and explore the Brig Amity. Enjoy lunch at Middleton Beach cafe, the Vancouver Store, or a coffee in lavish Liberte.
Albany also has great wineries: Oranje Tractor and Bunn Wine are favorites of ours, but there are many more. If you have time walk the pathway between Middleton Beach and Emu Point, or around Marine Drive where between May and October you may be lucky enough to watch Southern Right or Humpback whales frolicking close to shore.
As you can see there is much to do! And we haven't even begun to suggest things to do heading North - like: Mount Romances wonderful Cone, Gong and Bowl meditation tent, Poacher's Ridge and Gallafrey wineries, the Porongurup Ranges and of course the Stirling Range National Park.
And then you could just put your feet up in the chalet and RELAX!