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 is so named because it is located in the south-west corner of Western Australia. The South West region has an area of 23,970 km², and a population of about 170,000 people, which is predicted to rise to 217,000 people by 2023. [1] Bunbury is the capital of the region.

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Climate

The South West has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and wet winters. [2] About 900 mm of rain fall per year, with almost all of it falling between May and September. [3] Mean maximum daily temperatures range from 16 °C (60.8 °F) in July to 34 °C (93.2 °F) in February.

Economy

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

Local government divisions

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

Attractions

See also

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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.

Coordinates: 34°12′S116°12′E / 34.2°S 116.2°E / -34.2; 116.2