Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s where you’ll find answers to all your frequently asked questions about the Harvey Region including how to get here, what to wear and what to see and do.

  • How do I get to the Harvey Region?

    The Harvey Region is just a short 90-minute drive from Perth or Margaret River. If you’re travelling by car, take the Forest Highway along the coast or the South Western Highway in the east. Get off the highways and weave your way across the Region to uncover unique road-side stalls and other hidden gems.

    The Harvey Region can also be accessed from Perth by train or bus.

  • What is the weather like in the Harvey Region?

    Due to its position in Australia’s South West, the Harvey Region has a largely Mediterranean climate, with mild temperatures in summer, spring and autumn, and cooler wetter winters.

  • When are the wildflowers in bloom?

    If you’re lucky, you can sometime spot blooms coming through as early as August and September. By October and November, wildflower season is in full bloom and a riotous display of colours brightens up the whole Harvey Region.

  • What public transport options are available in the Harvey Region?

    The Harvey Region can also be accessed from Perth by train or bus. Once you’re here, buses are available in Australind (to and from Bunbury) and most of our towns are easily traversed by bike.

  • Do I need to book ahead?

    We recommend booking ahead for accommodation, tours, experiences and events to guarantee availability. For the more spontaneous traveller, many of our experiences (especially nature and outdoor activities) don’t require bookings.

  • I’m visiting parks and reserves. Can I fly my drone there?

    Visitors to WA’s national parks and conservation reserves don’t require approvals from the Parks and Wildlife Service, however, they must abide by the rules outlined here.

  • I’m camping. When are the restricted burning periods?

    Find information on restricted, prohibited and unrestricted burning periods, click here.

  • I’m visiting in an RV. Are there any free Short Stay Rest Areas?

    There are currently three free RV Short Stay Rest Areas in the Harvey Region, including sites at Australind, Brunswick Junction and Yarloop. Visitors travelling in fully self-contained RVs can utilise these sites for a maximum of 48 hours, provided you have made an online booking.

    To view and book a site, visit our Free RV Parking page.

  • How can I book a venue for my event?

    For privately managed venues, it is best to contact the business direct. Booking processes and requirements for Shire-managed venues (such as halls, sports pavilions, amphitheatres and gardens) can be found here.

    To browse event venues in the Harvey Region, visit our Venues page.

  • What should I wear during my visit?

    The summer months (December to February) can be very hot and dry. We recommend loose-fitting, breathable clothing and sun-safe items such as hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

    During autumn (March to May), the weather generally remains warm with some cooler nights and occasional rain. Depending on what month you’re visiting, you may want to pack a light jacket, rain coat or bug repellent.

    Winter (June to August) is the chilliest and wettest time of year, so opt for long sleeves/trousers, layers, and prepare for rain with a coat or umbrella.

    Come spring (September to November), the weather starts to warm up again with sporadic rain. Pack light layers and sun-safe items such as hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

  • Can I milk a cow?

    Currently, due to farm health and safety regulations, there is nowhere in the Harvey Region where you can milk a cow. However, there are plenty of friendly farm animals that you can interact with – and sometimes help feed – at our Farm Stays and Harvey Farm Barn.

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