Standing above the waves and cliffs of the rugged south coast is an exhilarating experience. And on calm days, when the sea is aquamarine and white-sand beaches lie pristine and welcoming, it's a different type of magnificent. Even busy summer holiday periods in the Great Southern are relaxed. It's just that bit too far from Perth for the holiday hordes. Winter months bring pods of migrating whales, while the spectacular tingle trees of Walpole's Valley of the Giants are more super-sized evidence of nature's wonder.
For a change from the great outdoors, Albany – the state's earliest European settlement – has colonial and Anzac history, and Denmark has excellent wine, craft beer and good food. Inland, the peaks and plains of Stirling National Park are enlivened by wildflowers from September to November, while orca visit remote Bremer Bay from February to April.
Further west, Esperance is the gateway to stunning coastal scenery.