South West (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 123,000 people.
The South West has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and wet winters. About 900mm of rain falls per year, with almost all of it falling between May and September. Mean maximum daily temperatures range from 16 °C (60.8 °F) in July to 34 °C (93.2 °F) in February.
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:
- Augusta-Margaret River
- Boyup Brook
- Western Australia. Dept. of Land Administration. Cartographic Services Branch. (2004) South West Corner/Western Australia Perth, W.A.. Scale 1:150 000 ; (E 114°58'--E 115°40'/S 033°27'--S 034°25') Also known as StreetSmart Touring Map - with localities Augusta, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River on title ISBN 0-7309-2907-8
- Some well known attractions include Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Discovery Centre, Ngilgi Cave, Jewel Cave, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Mammoth Cave, Caveworks, Easter Cave, the Kodja Place, Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, Diamond Tree and Gloucester Tree
- Augusta, Western Australia
- Karridale, Western Australia
- Margaret River (wine region)
- Margaret River, Western Australia
- Great Southern (wine region)
- Nottie, Trevor (2004). Plants for Mediterranean Climate Gardens. Rosenberg. p. 9.
- Bunbury Geography and Weather. Bunburyonline.