Plan Your Next Winter Escape in Western Australia

Need inspiration for your next winter escape in Western Australia?

As the cooler weather sweeps across Western Australia, the winter season unveils a unique charm, perfect for an upcoming road trip escapade in the state. Explore the lush forests of the Southwest, interesting museums of the Golden Outback, and uncover quirky museums and hidden gems that make this time of year truly enchanting. Whether you crave outdoor adventures, historical discoveries, or serene moments in nature, Western Australia assures an unforgettable winter getaway unlike any other.

Australia’s South West

Bunbury Regional Arts Gallery

First on the list, is the picturesque Bunbury Regional Art Galley. Easy to spot with its vibrant pink architecture, this heritage-listed building is a must-visit destination for any art enthusiast. Once a Sisters of Mercy Convent and Chapel dating back to 1897, this iconic structure now houses a treasure trove of artistic marvels. Wander through the former nun's bedrooms upstairs, steeped in history, before venturing into the Chapel Gallery. As sunlight filters through stained glass windows in the late afternoon, a serene aura envelops the space, enhancing the beauty of the displayed artworks. 

With multiple gallery spaces showcasing a diverse range of exhibitions, from emerging talents to established artists, there's always something new to discover. Notably, the City of Bunbury Art Collection features these walls, thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Claude Hotchin, marking a significant contribution to the local arts scene since 1948.

Want more must-see art spots in Western Australia? Discover our top 11 regional collections to check out in the state in our blog

Exterior of a pink two story building

Balingup Heritage Display

Explore the Balingup Heritage Display for an immersive journey into the rich history of this quaint town. Housed within an old apple packing shed and now home to a café, fruit winery, and pharmacy, this display offers a unique blend of past and present. Marvel at the cleverly repurposed wooden packing boxes, serving as display cabinets, which pay homage to Balingup's extensive apple-growing legacy. Delve into the area's major families, including influential Jacob Hawter, who played a pivotal role in establishing the orchard industry. Step back in time as you wander through a domestic setting of a kitchen and bedroom, transitioning seamlessly into a poignant display on World War I, complete with photographs and a mock-up trench. With rotating exhibitions every six months, curated from both the collection and local residents' contributions, there's always something new to discover. 

Room with mannequins wearing historical costumes

The Kodja Place

Discover the transformative power of community collaboration at The Kodja Place — a testament to unity in preserving and sharing the area's diverse history. Unravelling the multicultural tapestry of Kojonup, this centre delves into the varied perspectives on land, life, and heritage. Step into the outdoor rose maze, where three compelling stories unfold: Yoondi, Elizabeth, and Maria, representing the narratives of Noongar, English, and Italian women. Inside, immerse yourself in the lives of Kojonup's citizens, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, through captivating exhibits and personal accounts.  Complete your visit with a browse through the gift shop, a bite at the café, and a stop at the visitor centre—an enriching experience to deepen your understanding of Kojonup's heritage.

A room with multiple wooden tree trunks running from the floor to the roof and with artwork on the walls

Wagin Historical Village

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of settler life at Wagin Historical Village. Transporting visitors to the late 1800s through to the mid-1900s, this meticulously curated village offers an authentic glimpse into the past. From a bustling bakery and quaint post office to a bustling blacksmith and traditional tearooms, every corner exudes the charm of yesteryears. Founded in 1978 by dedicated locals with a passion for preserving history, the village stands as a testament to their vision and commitment. Whether you're drawn to the nostalgia of simpler times or seeking to connect with the roots of a community, a visit to Wagin Historical Village promises an enriching journey through time.

Bench and shelves containing vintage items


Australia’s Golden Outback

Dead Finish Museum

Would you visit a former pub and morgue? At the Dead Finish Museum, prepare to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Beverley’s past. Nestled within the historic walls of the old hotel that once served as the town's heartbeat.  Locals fondly dubbed the hotel 'dead finish' since it marked the final stretch of their journey back to Beverley, where workers often found themselves depleted of funds. Explore the meticulously curated displays that unfold the town's narrative, from its glory days to the intimate stories of early settlers and notable figures like Annie Lucy Robins, the schoolteacher who resided in a small room off the veranda in the 1870s. 

Don’t forget to delve into the intriguing past of the hotel, once doubling as a morgue, where the cellar served as a chilling resting place for the deceased until the coroner's arrival. With its compelling exhibits and nostalgic ambience, the Dead Finish Museum beckons visitors to embark on a captivating journey through Beverley's bygone days.

Exterior of a building with a hanging museum sign

York Motor Museum

Immerse yourself in a world of automotive marvels at the York Motor Museum, a haven for enthusiasts of all things vehicular. Housing an impressive collection of over 70 cars and 15 motorbikes across three main galleries, this museum promises an exhilarating journey through automotive history. Marvel at the rotating displays featuring classic cars, motorbikes, and memorabilia, including a captivating 'matchbox' car exhibit adjacent to the Peter Briggs Room. From iconic vehicles like the 'Elvis mobile' Cadillac and the 1958 Eldorado Biarritz convertible to quirky gems like the 1950 Messerschmitt car with a roof-door and a rocket-powered drag kart, there's something to ignite every car lover's passion. 

Exterior of an old building with cars parked out the front

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Golden Outback
South West