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Vacation - Western Australia

Updated on December 3, 2009

Vacation Western Australia.

Western Australia is 5 times larger than Texas and stretches from top to bottom of the Australian West coast.Other Australians sometimes refer to West Australians as sand gropers, they do have one heck of a lot of sand!

Western Australia is more than a million square miles. It has a coastline 12,500 kilometers long, spanning 2,400 km from north to south.

Four fifths of the state is arid desert with very poor soil in most places, and yet has one of the worlds most beautiful landscapes, even though it looks like another planet..

From the air this state is so colorful and beautiful to look at, but on the ground the going is as hard as you will find anywhere on earth, with water very scarce.

The Kimberley in the tropical region is the exception with 20 to 60 inches of rain annually and plenty of growth.

Perth a night view
Perth a night view

Perth

The capital city of Western Australia Perth is a thriving city of 1.6 Million people.

Situated on the lovely Swan river Perth is a bustling International city,

Founded in 1829 Perth has an amazing history as the Swan River Settlement and before white settlers the Whadjuk Noongar aboriginal people lived where Perth is now situated for 40,000 years.The climate in and around Perth is moderate, trending warm for a lot of the year.

For more information on Perth please visit our Hub on Perth.

Wildflowers in Western Australia
Wildflowers in Western Australia

The outback

Between August and September north of Perth there are spectacular wildflower in the outback .

You can take a 3 daily trip from Perth to see them. There are 12,000 species in bloom.

The outback of Western Australia has the clearest skies you can imagine, and you can watch falling stars by the dozen on the mostly clear nights.

There are many animals and small creatures that live in this environment that through adaptation to the desert have evolved with some very strange appearance and behavior.

Fremantle a large port in Western Australia
Fremantle a large port in Western Australia

Fremantle

Fremantle is another large city in Western Australia  20 klms out of Perth.

It boasts a large port and is the first landfall for many tourists and migrants after travelling by ship to Australia.

It has among other attractions the Western Australian Marine museum.

The Super Pit Gold mine in Kalgoolie
The Super Pit Gold mine in Kalgoolie

Kalgoorlie

Kalgoorlie is the gold center of Australia and home of the Super Pit.

The Super Pit is and open-cut gold mine approximately 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mile) long, 1.6 kilometres (1.0 mile) wide and 512 metres (1,680 ft) deep.

Kalgoolie is the Karlkurla aboriginal name for silky pears and Australian native. It is also known as the bush banana.

The "bush banana" is still eaten today by the native people.

Quokka on Rottnest Island
Quokka on Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is located 18 km off the coast of Western Australia near Fremantle.

Rottnest is one of the few areas in the world where the Quokka can be found

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