8 Reasons Why Australia’s South West Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List


Syahirah Mazlan •  Apr 28, 2023

When it comes to Muslim-friendly travel destinations, Australia may be one of the first places that comes to mind. It’s no secret that Australia’s South West region offers a unique experience! ? This region boasts stunning beaches, breathtaking natural scenery, and an abundance of halal food options. Here are 8 reasons why you should add Australia’s South West to your travel bucket list!

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1. Beautiful Beaches and Coastline

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Australia’s South West region is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in the world! From Busselton Jetty to Margaret River, you'll find an array of beaches with crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches. Whether you want to swim, go on a picnic, or simply take a stroll along the shore, the beaches in this region are the perfect spot. Some of the popular beaches in the region include Surfers Point, Prevelly Beach, and Gnarabup Beach.

2. Unique Accommodation

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Here’s something that’ll take you away from the stress of the hustle and bustle of the city! If you're looking for unique accommodation, the Australia’s South West region won't disappoint. From eco-lodges to glamping tents at Olio Bello, there's something for every kind of traveller. You can even stay in a treehouse at Tree House Denmark! Not only will you have a comfortable place to rest, but you'll also have a memorable experience that you'll never forget. ?

3. Chocolate Souvenirs

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If you have a sweet tooth, the Margaret River Chocolate Company in Margaret River is a must-visit! ?? Here, you can sample some of the best chocolates in the region, watch chocolate being made, and even make your own chocolate to take home as a little souvenir. You won't have to worry as their couverture chocolate (without any additional ingredients) are Muslim-friendly - we’ve checked!

4. Local Produce Shopping

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The Australia’s South West region is also known for its local produce. If you love fresh produce, you'll be spoilt for choice with markets like the Origin Market, Bunbury Farmers Market and Olio Bello where you'll find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to artisanal bread and cheese. Plus, you can find produce that are halal and Muslim-friendly from poultry to eggs and much more!

If you're interested in artisanal products, you can find handmade pottery, jewellery, and other crafts that are both unique and beautiful! You may also be able to find Islamic art and calligraphy, such as wall hangings and decorative items, which can be a great addition to your home or a thoughtful gift for a loved one.

5. Halal Food Options

As a Muslim traveller, finding halal food can sometimes be a challenge. However, Australia’s South West region has plenty of halal food options! ? From Indian to Middle Eastern cuisine, you'll find a variety of halal restaurants like Equinox Restaurant in Busselton and cafes. Plus, many of the local markets (like Bunbury Market) also offer halal food options as well as poultry that you can cook yourself, so you can indulge in some delicious local cuisine while you explore the region.

6. Nature and Wildlife

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If you love nature and wildlife, the Australia South West region has plenty to offer! You can go whale watching off the coast of Augusta, take a tour of the stunning Ngilgi Cave, or explore the wildlife at the Yanchep National Park (see Kangaroos and various species of birds native to the region!). It’s truly an explorer’s dream come true! There's no shortage of natural wonders to explore in this region especially if you’re trying to get away from the crowd.

Fun fact: Did you know that the whale watching season in Australia's South West is one of the longest in the world, spanning from May to early December annually? ? ?

7. Walking Trails

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Australia’s South West region also has an abundance of walking trails. It’s the perfect way to enjoy all that fresh air! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced hiker, there's a trail for every level of fitness! From the Bibbulmun Track to the Cape to Cape Track, you can explore the natural beauty of the South West on foot.

8. Cultural Diversity

Everyone knows that Australia's South West region is a melting pot of different cultures. ? From Indigenous Australian history to the vibrant multicultural community, there's a lot to explore and learn. You can visit multicultural festivals, garden festivals in May, Balingup Medieval Carnivale (which kids will love!), Nannup Flower & Garden Festival and much more! Or you could simply chat with the locals to learn more about the region's cultural diversity.

Australia's South West region offers a wealth of experiences for Muslim travellers whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or an adventurous exploration. From beautiful beaches to unique accommodations, there's something for everyone. So, why not add this beautiful region to your bucket list? See more of what Australia has to offer off the beaten track!

This article was brought to you by Tourism Western Australia.