This state covers roughly one third of the Australian continent. We aim to give you a glimpse of the varied and magnificent scenery which this vast state offers.
Western Australia is divided into 9 distinct geographical regions:
This region stretches along the coastline north from Kalbarri National Park to just north of Exmouth. The main towns include Carnarvon, Coral Bay, Denham, Exmouth, Monkey Mia and Shark Bay.
This is the largest region with an area of about 770 000 square kilometres. It is situated in the south east of the state and includes the shires of Dundas, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Leonora.
This region is bounded by Woodanilling in the north, Bremer Bay in the east, Albany in the south and Denmark in the west. Towns include Albany, Mount Barker, Walpole, Bremer Bay and Denmark. It is also home to the Stirling Range.
This region is located in the northern part of WA stretching from Broome to Kununurra and Lake Argyle in the east. The attractions of the Kimberley include Broome, Rowley Shoals, Dampier Peninsula, Derby, Kalumburu, Mitchell Plateau, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Wyndham.
This region stretches along the coast from Green Head to Kalbarri and inland to Wiluna in the Gibson Desert. The biggest town in this region is Geraldton, worth mentioning is Kalbarri, Meekatharra and Mount Magnet.
You enter the Peel region just 45minute’s drive south east of Perth. This region covers an area of 5 600 square kilometres and stretches down to 145km south of Perth. Towns include Rockingham, Mandurah, Boddington, Waroona, Pinjarra, Serpentine and Jarrahdale.
The Pilbara is situated in the North West of Western Australia. It is a mineral rich region with spectacular scenery. The main centre for this region is Karratha. The hottest place in Western Australia is also in this region: Marble Bar.
Just as the name suggest this region is located in the south west corner of Western Australia. Included in this region are Augusta, Margaret River, Bunbury, Busselton, Harvey, Manjimup and Nannup.
This region is an area of wide open spaces with the main industries being mining and agriculture. The main towns include Northam, Narrogin, Merredin and Moora.
If you have read through all of the above information, you will no doubt agree that it is kind of difficult trying to remember in which region a town or national park is (especially without a map!) The tourism industry came up with the perfect solution! For tourism purposes we divide Western Australia into only 5 regions.
This region revolves around Western Australia’s capital, Perth with the Swan River flowing through the heart of it. It offers quite a variety of experiences like pristine beaches, bustling nightlife, interesting markets, top quality wines and vineyards, beautiful parks and great marine experiences.
What come to mind when you think about this region is wide open spaces, unspoilt beaches and an amazing variety of marine experiences. It is also home to the spectacular Pinnacles of Nambung National Park. An absolute “must do” in this region is the Ningaloo Reef.
What a vast region with an equally vast amount of things to experience! For a historical view on the outback gold rush, head out to Kalgoorlie. The Wheatbelt offers typical country hospitality and fields of wildflowers. If you are after a real outback experience in the heart of the red centre there are plenty of stations in the Gascoyne-Murchison area that welcome tourists. Just to round off this region, you can walk on the squeaky clean beaches of Esperance.
The North West consists of a million square kilometres of absolutely unique landscape. It is home to The Kimberley and Pilbara. This region is mostly 4x4 country and an explorer’s dream. You can experience some of the best fishing spots WA has to offer, marvel at the staircase to the moon while in Broome or be inspired by the incredible landscape of the Karinjini.
The natural beauty of this region is showcased by the various National Parks, breathtaking forests and abundance of wild fauna and flora. One of the most famous attractions of this area must be the Treetop Walk at Walpole where you get to experience nature from a totally new perspective.