Western Australia is the nation's largest state and it covers an area of some 2,500,000. square kilometers. It has a population of 1.8 million of which 1.4 million live in the capital city of Perth, consequently the balance of the state is only thinly populated. Western Australia has an enormous range of land forms and this makes many of the regions unique in the world creating areas of special significance to the tourist industry. The terrain varies from desert to magnificent forests and pasture land and includes areas famous for their wildflowers. The Kimberley and The Pilbara both show unique characteristics that will interest the both the local and international traveler.
The city of Perth is located at the mouth of the Swan River in the south of the state. The city is famous for its many fabulous beaches and is one of the most modern cities fronting onto the Indian Ocean. Perth enjoys a warm and sunny temperate climate and has more sunny days per year than any other Australian state capital. The city of Fremantle lies just south of Perth and is the major port for the region. Just a little further south lies the Margaret River region and here you will find one of Australia's finest wine growing regions. Again the beaches are legendary and there is a host of restaurants and cafés in which you can sample the local seafood, wines and produce. Continuing south you will find some of Western Australia's most magnificent scenery. Windswept coastlines, forests of giant Karri and Jarrah trees, magnificent coastal bays, beaches and headlands interspersed with some interesting towns and villages. The towns of Bunbury, Albany and Esperence should all be on the visitors list. The seafood throughout the South West is reputedly the best in the country and the Cray fishing industry exports its magnificent products world wide.
Traveling north from Perth you will find some of Australia's most visited tourist destinations. The Avon Valley in the central west is world famous for its wildflower displays which burst into life every spring. A little further north and on the coast you will find the towns of Geralton, Kalbarri, and Carnarvon. Here you will find the pinnacles in the desert and a detour to Monky Mia will enable you to visit with the wild dolphins which visit the onlookers in the beach shallows every day. A little further north and you can visit the Ningaloo reef on the coral coast and if you are lucky, swim with the huge Whale Sharks that feed on plankton in the area. The Pilbara is the next area worth visiting and the major towns are Exmouth and Port Headland. This is an extremely important mining region and there are companies in the area mining diamonds, gold, iron ore and many other minerals.
The Kimberley region lies just to the north of the Pilbara. This region is one of Australia's major tourist icons and it features an array of spectacular scenery. The towns of Broome and Derby are the major commercial centres and are both steeped in the history of the pearling industry. The tourist will want to see the magnificent coastal bays and estuarys, islands and beaches. The Buccaneer Archipelago is just offshore and the escarpment running along the coast forms many magnificent waterfalls and rivers. The region is also famous for its crocodiles which inhabit almost every river and waterhole. You should also visit the magnificent Bungle Bungle ranges with their unique beehive like sandstone formations. The Ord river district with its huge dam and irrigation areas should also be on your visiting list.
The vast outback makes up the balance of the state. There are huge cattle stations, mining towns, deserts and canyons. Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie are gold mining towns in the south and there is a gigantic iron ore mine at Mount Tom Price and there are many, many others. In this website you will find all the information you need to plan and book your Western Australian holiday. There is information on accommodation, pricing, holiday rentals, campervan and motor home hire, airlines, coaches and rail. Our specialist Western Australian website at www.watravel.com.au is a one stop shop for your Western Australian holiday needs. We also have a specials website at www.holiday-deals.com.au which will display holiday specials and packages when available.