South West (Western Australia)

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South West (Western Australia)
Location of South West region in Western Australia.

The South West region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It has an area of 23,970 km2, and a population of about 170,000 people. [1] Bunbury is the main city in the region.

Climate

The South West has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and wet winters. [2] There is about 900 mm of precipitation per year, with most between May and September. [3] Mean maximum daily temperatures range from 16 °C in July to 34 °C in February.

Economy

The economy of the South West is very diverse. It is a major world producer of aluminium oxide and mineral sands, and also has substantial agriculture, timber, and viticulture industries. It is Western Australia's second-most popular tourist destination after Perth.

Local government divisions

The South West region consists of the following local government areas: [1]

Attractions

Some well-known attractions include Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Discovery Centre, Ngilgi Cave, Augusta Jewel Cave, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Mammoth Cave, Easter Cave, Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre, Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, Diamond Tree, and Gloucester Tree.

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References

  1. 1 2 "South West". Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. Nottie, Trevor (2004). Plants for Mediterranean Climate Gardens. Rosenberg. p. 9.
  3. Bunbury Geography and Weather. Bunburyonline.