Welcome to the ‘Great Southern’ where Western Australia’s heritage comes to life!
Did you know that Albany (Noongar name Kinjarling), the largest town on the Amazing South Coast, was the first colonial settlement in Western Australia, pre-dating Perth and Fremantle by over 2 years? The wonderful stories of the Great Southern region are the foundations of Western Australia’s colonial heritage and our inspiration for Great Southern Outback Tours & Accommodation.
We are a privately owned, bespoke outback touring company, located in the beautiful Kalgan River valley, near the port city of Albany. We offer small group, off-the-beaten-track 4WD adventures, discovering the glorious rural landscapes of WA’s south east, from the rugged coastal cliffs of the Southern Ocean to the pioneering Goldfields and all points in-between. We like to think that we do things a little differently. It’s extraordinary country out there in WA’s outback with wide open spaces and clear nights offering an outstanding view of the stars. We’ve created tours that combine a little of everything from meeting local farmers to seeing its amazing wildlife and contemplating both colonial and Aboriginal history and culture.
None of the well-trod tourist trail for us! Our tours go off-road and into the heart of rural communities as that’s where the REAL stories are found.
Meet Your Hosts
Wayne Monks – Owner, Guide & History Devotee
A love of country and communities is at the heart of everything that Wayne does. If there’s a great community project and a fantastic story to tell, Wayne will find it! The son of history teachers, it was inevitable that Wayne would eventually find the opportunity to share his passion for outback landscapes and the pioneering past of Western Australia’s Goldfields with like-minded adventurers.
Since moving to Kalgan River in 2015, Wayne has embarked on a wonderful project to explore the outback trails of the Great Southern and follow in the footsteps of pioneers like John Holland, who forged a rugged bush track from Broomehill via the port of Albany through to the Goldfields of Coolgardie in WA’s Goldrush years of the early 1890’s. This outback way is one of the least known tracks in WA, but equal to the great outback routes traversing Australia.
Martin Godden – Guide & Photography Enthusiast
Martin has been a local to the Great Southern since 2001 when he moved down with his family to build on his 52 acre block of land outside Mt Barker and now combines camping with a love of photography and the outback. Over the years he has built up an extensive photo library of nature and in particular birds and local native orchids.
Martin’s keen interest in photography treats our guests to an amazing, learning experience. There is nothing quite like the incredible photography of the night sky in WA’s outback or the massive granite outcrops with the different shades of colour as the sun sets over the skyline.
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FARM STAY ACCOMMODATION
Set in a fresh country setting located just 22kms from the City of Albany.
Offering a range of landscapes, indigenous culture, meeting local people and learning about natural and cultural aesthetics of country.
Providing first class farm stay options and eco tourism products, departing Albany in the Great Southern Outback of Western Australia.