Take a look on a map of Australia and you will discover something startling about the State of Western Australia. A dead straight line running north to south divides it from its neighbors and the State looks like it takes up nearly half the entire land mass of the continent.

Much of that land is uninhabitable outback, but the southern coast of Western Australia is more than just habitable – it is delightful. Anywhere grape vines can grow is surely worth visiting and Western Australia has two wine growing regions, the Great Southern and the Margaret River.

The Great Southern Wine Region

Wine Growing Regions of Western Australia

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The Great Southern wine region is located on the southwest tip of Western Australia and stretches for nearly 125 miles (200km) east to west across the coast and about half that distance inland. It is divided up into 5 subregions, including Albany, Mt Barker, Denmark, Frankland River and Porongurup.

That’s obviously a lot of territory to cover for a wine tasting weekend, so if you’re headed in that direction, you might want to limit your weekend to the two largest centers, Albany and Mount Barker. If you have more time, the other subregions are really not that far apart from each other, so don’t rule them out, either. Click here to read more »