Stay safe and take it slow to fully enjoy The Great Southern Region
The Great Southern region on the southern coast of Western Australia is known for its white sandy beaches, lush forests, wineries, and annual festivals. If you are looking to escape the concrete jungle, head south for a quick getaway, but make sure to stay on the safe side to fully enjoy your trip. Here are a few tips from the management team here at Cornwall House Accommodation on how to travel safely in The Great Southern Region:
- Plan ahead
- Pack the essentials
- Bring the right clothes
- Prepare indoor activities in case of bad weather
- Be adventurous but smart
- Stay at a safe distance
- Be respectful
- Leave no trace
- Travel in smaller groups
- Take it slow
- Support local businesses.
Before packing your bags, take the time to research and plan your itinerary in advance. With so many changes to travel protocols, you want to be sure you meet post-pandemic requirements before you hit the road.
The majestic open terrain of the Great Southern Region appeals to the outdoorsy and curious traveller. You can enjoy hiking, climbing, or casually exploring nature’s gifts as long as you come prepared. Remember to research the trail before you head off.
Check out the visitor centre or talk to the locals who know the area exceptionally well. They can help you reach your destination and even tell you what exciting events you can expect.
Finally, before heading out, check the weather conditions and always let somebody know your itinerary.
Pack the essentials
If you are going camping or hiking, stock up on food, toiletries, and other outdoor essentials. In addition, your carry-on kit should include a hand sanitiser, flashlight, power bank, gloves, and toilet paper!
Ensure you have a photocopy of all your details such as passport, insurance, driver’s license, tickets, car rental, accommodation reservations and any other documents you may need.
Bring the right clothes
The southern coast of Western Australia is wet, cold, and exhilarating. If you are travelling during winter, expect daytime temperatures of 13-20 degrees Celsius. It will definitely feel chilly so come prepared with warm coats, gumboots, and rain jackets.
Prepare indoor activities in case of bad weather
If your hiking plans are rained in, you can still enjoy the company of family and friends in warm WA accommodation. Play cards or enjoy a bottle of wine to lighten the mood. Maybe bring your Bluetooth speaker, travel chess, some books or your e-reader, a Rubik’s cube, Uno, the list goes on!
Stay at a safe distance
Even when you’re on vacation, protecting one another is a priority during this time. So, observe social distancing while enjoying the breathtaking scenery and follow the recommendations on safety measures from the Western Australian Government. You can also ask your tour operator what steps they are taking to keep you and your group safe.
Whether in town for a weekend getaway or weeklong backpacking, you’ll find your happy place in the Great Southern Region. Respecting the guidelines and protocols in place ensures an enriching experience for everyone.
As Western Australia welcomes back wine enthusiasts and curious wanderers, the streets may be a little busier than usual. Expect attractions, restaurants, and tours to be fully booked, and have a Plan B in case your first choice is not available. Be calm, patient, and kind, and remember, this vacation is the time to slow down and not stress out!
Leave no trace
The Great Southern Region is blessed with an abundance of nature’s wonders. When exploring hills, lakes, waterfalls, vineyards, and wildlife, always observe the ‘Leave No Trace’ principles:
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Minimise campfire impact.
- Respect wildlife.
- Pack out what you pack in.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
- Leave the area in a better state than when you arrived.
Travel in smaller groups
Travelling in small groups makes it easier to practise social distancing. Fewer people also have less of an impact on the region. Another benefit of travelling in smaller groups: It’s easier to book accommodations, attractions, restaurants, and tours.
Take it slow
With its vast landscape and diverse community, the Great Southern Region offers weary travellers a quiet place to escape. This is the perfect time to take it slow. Rather than hopping from one attraction to another, take your time to explore the sights of each destination and experience the local lifestyle.
Phone and internet
Some rural areas have limited mobile signal, so plan your route beforehand and pack a map in case you lose access to your GPS navigator.
Also, wildlife is most active at dawn and dusk, so be on the lookout for animals crossing if you are driving during these times.
Support local businesses
With many borders closed during the pandemic, the local community relies on you to help the economy get back on its feet. You have a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture, take in the breathtaking natural wonders, and explore award-winning wineries, so make the most of your vacation. You can also support local businesses from your hotel with several establishments offering online delivery options.
Safety tips for driving around the Great Southern Region
- Be aware that vehicles in Australia drive on the left-hand side of the road. Please wear your seatbelt at all times when inside a moving vehicle.
- Always carry an international driving permit if your documents are not in English.
- If you plan to drink alcohol when you go out, please appoint a designated driver. In Australia, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs carries a hefty penalty.
- Driving while texting or calling is illegal. Enjoy the view instead.
- When two lanes merge into one, give way to the vehicle in front of you.
- When approaching a roundabout, give way to the vehicle on your right and any vehicle already in the roundabout.
- You should not cross solid road lines unless you need to avoid an obstruction.
- Always give way to cyclists.
- When overtaking, allow a distance of 1.5m between your vehicle and the bicycle.
- When making a U-turn, turn your signal on and give way to all other road users.
- When driving in bad weather, turn your headlights on so other drivers can see you whether day or night.
Tips for driving on gravel roads:
- Slow down when approaching bends.
- Don’t break to hard or quickly.
- Beware of dust and debris from passing vehicles.
Book accommodation that prioritises your safety
Ready for your next Great Southern getaway? Cornwall House Accommodation invites you to experience the best of Western Australia – flora and fauna reserves, white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, wine tasting, and the Annual Wildflower Festival await you!