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One of the best things about Perth is how easy it is to get away from the city for a weekend and experience a whole other world. From forests and valleys to secluded beaches and rugged coastlines – from red dirt roads and historic buildings to artwork and amazing food and drink – some of Western Australia’s finest destinations are a short drive or train ride away. Grab your friends, queue up your favourite playlists, and hit the road – it’s time to go on an adventure.
The Blackwood River winds through WA’s lush southwestern hinterland, through shady jarrah forests, orchards, lavender farms, wineries and quaint towns like Bridgetown, Balingup and Nannup. About three hours south of Perth, the Blackwood Valley region is the perfect place to spend a weekend forest bathing, relaxing and soaking up the heritage buildings, art galleries and wineries of this picturesque region.
Four and a half hours south of Perth, the historic city of Albany was the first colonial settlement in WA, although it’s now better known for its thriving foodie scene, beaches, national parks and marine life. From whale-watching to exploring Torndirrup National Park and admiring the coastline – from checking out the Public Silo Art Trail to hiking up to Castle Rock in nearby Porongurup – Albany is full of hidden treasures.