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- QUICK FACTS ABOUT WESTERN AUSTRALIA
- The population of Western Australia is around 2 million. About 1.5 million people live in the capital city of Perth
- Western Australia's climate is varied and ranges from arid tropical in the Kimberley region to cool temperate zones in the south. Perth enjoys a true Mediterranean climate with long hot summers (December - February) and mild cool winters (June - August).
Whatever time of year you visit Western Australia, you are sure to find warm sunshine and blue skies. The incredible variety of landscapes and climates make it a perfect year-round destination.
Perth is famous for its blue skies - it has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city.
Temperatures vary greatly throughout the State. Perth's summer averages are 18ºC (minimum) to 29ºC (maximum) and winter averages are 8ºC (minimum) to 18ºC (maximum).
Perth's summer average rainfall is 11 mm and winter average is 164 mm per month.
- Perth Airport is 20 kilometres east of the city.
There is a free inner city transport system known as the CAT bus service. Bus and train services operate daily and are also free within Perth. Ferries operate regular services between the city and South Perth.
Fremantle is 20 kilometres from Perth or 20 minutes by Motorhome.
Perth's beaches are a 15 minute drive by Motorhome from the city. There are 19 beaches to choose from and range in atmosphere from family, surf, dog exercise and naturaliste.
- The People
- Western Australia has produced some extraordinary acts that have taken the world by storm. From music and models to designers and sculptors, the state is a breeding ground for innovative minds, unique talents and fresh ideas. Find out more about where to spot them in WA.
WA's fashion designers are also an exceptionally talented bunch. Leading local labels include: Aurelio Costarella, Ruth Tarvydas
Perth's booming music scene, known in some circles as the "new Seattle", is thanks to the success of bands such as Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy, Jebediah, the Sleep Jackson, End of Fashion and Gyroscope. Musically, Perth has always had a strong local scene and is connected to some of the most iconic bands in Australian history, like INXS and AC/DC. AC/DC front man Bon Scott – who grew up in WA – is buried in Fremantle Cemetery.
Perth has developed a reputation for producing some of the most beautiful models in the world - leaving some to ponder what's in the water. Uber-model Gemma Ward was spotted in the crowd at a modelling competition at age 14, and has since featured in leading campaigns for Hermes, Valentino, Prada, Burberry and Calvin Klein. Megan Gale is a mega-star in Europe. Nicole Trunfio and Pania Rose are making a name for themselves on the international circuit. David Genat stars in Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Bulgari campaigns.
Oscar nominated Hollywood hunk Heath Ledger was born and bred in Perth. Here, you'll also find renowned acting school WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts), where Hugh Jackman and Dominic Purcell both graduated. Melissa George was born in Perth and left at the age of 16 to join Home and Away before heading to Hollywood. Perth's flame haired Isla Fisher also starred in Home and Away before heading to the UK and Hollywood.
Some of Australia's leading artists have hailed from WA. The work of Robert Juniper, Ron Gomboc and the late Guy Grey-Smith are part of prestigious collections around the world. Best-selling writers from WA include Tim Winton, Elizabeth Jolley and Sally Morgan.
For generations, the warm climate and ideal soil conditions of the Swan Valley and Margaret River areas have drawn winemakers from around the globe. Now, Western Australia's wineries are recognised as some of the best in the world, and extend from the Chapman Valley near Geraldton to the far south coast.
Western Australia's wine regions have a laid back atmosphere with the added sophistication of fresh produce and fine food. Here, whole afternoons can be spent chatting and eating over a bottle of wine and then meandering from restaurant to cellar door and back again for dinner.
Food and wine trails are a delicious way to enjoy both Margaret River and the Swan Valley. Combined with other local produce, from cheese to chocolate, this is nothing short of a gourmet delight.
This region is a must for wine and nature lovers. The superb cool climate wines are fantastic value for money, and the rolling ranges envelope you in total relaxation.
There is also a never-ending supply of succulent seafood in Western Australian waters. From the North West region to Esperance on the south eastern shores, find everything from rock lobsters, prawns and sardines to marron, trout and barramundi. Tantalise your tastebuds at any of the State's fantastic seafood restaurants or buy fresh from the fish markets in Perth or Fremantle.
Take a trip to Experience Perth's Swan Valley and Margaret River in the South West region for delicious Western Australian-made chocolate, cheese and icecream - impossible to resist.
And if crusty bread and flavoursome olive oil appeal, visit Margaret River or the monastic town of New Norcia - or just head for the nearest continental deli, which is sure to stock these popular locally made products.
The Margaret River region is home to spectacular surf, lush forest and an unforgettable array of gastronomic delights. The most famous, of course, is its world-class wine. But be sure to take in some other taste sensations including homemade cheese, ice cream, silky-smooth fudge, olive oil, velvety chocolate, tender venison, sweet honey and refreshing boutique beer.
WA has many beautiful location to walk either by yourself and take in the beauty and tranquillity. Western Australia's national parks overflow with local flora and fauna, indigenous to each region. They also give visitors the chance to interact with the environment and truly experience the great outdoors.
There are more than 1,500 species of plants and more than a hundred types of birds found in the Stirling Range National Park near Albany. In season wildflowers bring abundant colour to walk trails and picnic areas. The nearby Porongurup Range National Park is also a great place for birdwatchers.
Here are a just a few walks you may wish to experience whilst travelling through this spectacular State:
Narrows and Causeway Bridges, Perth - this walk includes a loop between the Narrows Bridge and the Causeway. Enjoy a riverside stroll or brisk walk at dusk with the city lights forming a spectacular reflection.
Burswood Park Walk, 3km east of Perth along Great Eastern Highway - the landscaped parks and gardens of Burswood Park which surround the Burswood Resort complex and adjoin the Swan River foreshore, are the features of this walk. The park also features 11 lakes which attract many species of waterfowl.
Scented Garden Trail, Kings Park, 3km from city centre via St George’s Terrace - passing through Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens, this walk begins at the display glasshouses and the rare endangered garden, where plants from remote and sometimes inaccessible areas of Western Australia can be seen.
World class courses, superb weather, and breathtaking scenery make Western Australia the perfect destination for an unforgettable golfing holiday. WA serves up a colourful palette of golf courses, with over 200 located within this vast, rugged and beautiful state. It's no wonder that Western Australia is fast becoming one of the world's foremost golfing destinations.
Golfers will be spellbound by the superb golf available, ranging from world-renowned resort courses to lush public layouts. A round on an Australian golf course is almost always accentuated by deep blue skies and excellent weather, which is sublimely mild especially in the south west:
Rockingham Golf Club, Perth - located in a magnificent bush land setting, offers a golf course as natural as can be achieved in the metropolitan area, with open bush lands, generous fairways lined by Grass Trees, towering old Tuart Trees and prolific , the course can be challenging. A true benefit of the course is that other players are often out of view, enhancing the sensation that you are alone in the wilderness.
Point Walter Golf Course, Perth - is highly regarded for its quality fairways, greens and its picturesque landscape located right alongside the Swan River. The course design provides a challenge for the average golfer producing an enjoyable game of golf for all players.
Kalgoorlie Golf Course - the first nine holes of the new opened in July 2010 with the full 18 hole course scheduled for completion by September. The course is tipped to be one of the top ten desert golf courses in the world. Designed by Graham Marsh, the Kalgoorlie Golf Course provides a challenging course against the stunning backdrop of Australia's Golden Outback. The 18 hole course features championship tees, pro-shop and course professional, restaurant, and hosts two holes of the Nullabor Links course. Be one of the first to play this much anticipated course, and be part of a truly unique outback golfing experience. Proudly owned and operated by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The Sanctuary, Bunbury - is situated on 37 hectares of gorgeous rolling green lawns and tranquil lakes awaiting your arrival. As a Gateway to the South West the Sanctuary Golf Resort provides the perfect starting point to a journey of unlimited indulgent pleasures. The Premier Resort Course of the south west, this Michael Coate designed championship course boasts 64 strategically placed bunkers and an abundance of manmade lakes that come into play on 12 of the 18 challenging holes.