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Western Australia is Australia's largest state covering an area of 2,525,500 square kilometers. The terrain ranges from desert through verdant pasture land through to tropical rainforests and unique land form areas like the Kimberly and Pilbara regions. Despite its size it is sparsely populated, with approximately 1.4 of its 1.8 million population living in the capital city, Perth.
Perth is located in the south of the state on the banks of the Swan River and with many fabulous beaches facing onto the Indian Ocean. Perth has a warm, sunny temperate climate and enjoys more sunny days per annum than any other Australian capital city. Just south of Perth lies the city of Fremantle and the beautiful Margaret River region. This region is renowned as being one of Australia's finest wine growing regions and is well worth a visit. The tourist should continue south to the south-western tip of the state and visit the wonderful forest areas with their magnificent stands of Jarra trees and should also visit historic Albany which is rich in history and the local scenery is unforgettable. The seafood here is also second to none due to its well established fishing industry which includes one of Australia's leading crayfish fisheries.
North from Perth the traveler will find some of Australia's most visited tourist destinations. The Central West features the Avon Valley with its fabulous displays of spring wildflowers. Further along the coast you will find Geralton, Kalbarri, and Carnarvon where you will find the Pinnacles Desert. The town of Monkey Mia is also located here and tourists can hand feed the local dolphins from the beach. Further north along the coastline is the wonderful Coral Coast region and areas such as Ningaloo Marine Park can be visited and at times it is possible to swim with the giant whale sharks at Ningaloo reef. The towns of Exmouth and Port Headland are situated in the Pilbara region.
Traveling further north the traveler will find the Kimberly region. This is one of Western Australia's icon tourist destinations. The towns of Broome and Derby are full of history and interest and the scenery is spectacular. The tourist must visit the Bungle Bungle ranges and cruise the coastline through the Buccaneer Archipeligo and see the crocodile infested rivers and waterfalls in the region. The Ord River region is also a must see destination with its huge dam and irrigation area.
The balance of Western Australia is the vast outback. The area is dotted with a wide array of mining towns such as the gold mining towns of Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie in the south, Iron ore mining at Mt Tom Price, the Kimberly diamond mines plus numerous others. In this website you will find information on Western Australian accommodation, tours, holiday packages and specials. There is also information on campervan and motorhome rentals and car and 4x4 rentals as well. www.watravel.com.au is your one stop shop for all your Western Australian holiday or vacation requirements.