|Western Australia, which occupies a third of the continent, has vast areas of desert as well as breathtaking wilderness. The southern half of the state is known as Australia's Golden Outback.
Perth, its capital, a city of close to two million, has been designated as one of the most livable in the world.
The Edwardian His Majesty's Theatre presents operas by the West Australian Opera as well as comedy, drama and dance. The Perth Symphony Orchestra is Australia's newest.
As shown in the map below, the state is divided into a number of regions. The Coral Coast is actually part Gascoyne and part Wheatbelt. However, on this page, we have designated it as a separate tourist region.
The Coral Coast is a 650 mile long stretch of gorgeous beaches along the west coast from Cervantes to Exmouth. Geraldton is a top surfing site. In Monkey Mia you may hand-feed the dolphins. Shark Bay is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Because of its great variety of offerings, the South West region is the prime tourist destination of Western Australia. Food, wine and music festivals, top restaurants and wineries and seeside adventures abound. Margaret River, Pemberton, Manjimup, Bridgetown, and Bunbury are the centers of five world-class wine-growing areas and truffles from Manjimup are an important local specialty.
Whale-watching tours from Albany, Augusta and Dunsborough provide unforgettable experiences.
Pilbara and Kimberley feature spectacular wilderness and delightful white sand beaches.
The town of Broome, the gateway to the region, started out as a center of the pearl industry. Nearby Cable Beach, 14 miles of perfect white sand, offers four-wheel drive vehicles, camel rides, nudist beach areas and occasional jellyfish.
The north of the Goldfields-Esperance region is desert, green farmland in the south. The Goldfields area is interesting because of its numerous reminders of the gold rush. The Esperence area includes the Cape Le Grand National Park with its magnificent coastal scenery.