Great Southern landscapes include features unique to the region such as the Stirling Range and the Fitzgerald River National Park. Bluff Knoll in the Stirlings is the highest peak in southern Western Australia. Peaks and ridges in the Stirlings provide distinctive and dramatic settings for outdoor activities such as bushwalking and rock-climbing.
The Stirling Range, Fitzgerald River National Park, the Porongurup National Park and other areas host rare endemic flora. Abundant displays of native flora can occur in grand settings of layered ranges or stark granite features. Filming in these areas may be subject to conditions set by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, aimed at minimising the spread of the plant disease Phytophthora dieback.
A unique formation of hills in the Stirling Range, known as the Sleeping Lady, is an evocative backdrop in search of a suitable film.
Pioneer heritage buildings in the region include the first farm established in Western Australia, at Albany’s Old Farm Strawberry Hill. The Rocks is a grand mansion in Albany that was formerly the summer residence of the Governor of Western Australia.
The Forts at Albany is a former military site that dates back to 1893. It has tunnels and bunkers that featured in the Lockie Leonard TV series. The former quarantine station Quaranup, built in 1875, has a morgue with a dissection slab that also featured in Lockie Leonard.
Relatively recent heritage in the Great Southern includes the fabled Snake Run skateboard track in Albany, which opened in 1976 and is now heritage-listed. It is acknowledged as the oldest purpose-built skate track in the southern hemisphere and is a unique attraction for skateboarders from around the world.
Unusual features of the region also include the rusting hulk of the Cheynes II whale-chaser, grounded in the south-east corner of Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour. Underwater settings include the wreck of HMAS Perth and the older dive wreck of the whale-chaser Cheynes III.
The Cheynes IV is a whale-chaser tourist attraction that has been slipped at Discovery Bay, potentially a setting for ship-based scenes.
Breaksea Island, in Albany’s King George Sound, has two restored lighthouse keepers’ cottages in a rugged granite setting. Breaksea features in Lighthouse Girl, by children’s author and novelist Dianne Wolfer.
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