South West (Western Australia)

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South West
Region
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Location of the South West region in Western Australia
Country Australia
State Western Australia
Area 23,970 km2 (9,255 sq mi)
Population 170,000 (2013)

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]

Climate[edit]

The South West has a Mediterranean climate, with dry summers and wet winters.[2] About 900mm of rain falls 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.

Climate data for Bunbury, Western Australia (Coastal)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 40.8
(105.4)
40.0
(104)
39.5
(103.1)
33.4
(92.1)
29.2
(84.6)
23.8
(74.8)
22.4
(72.3)
24.0
(75.2)
30.4
(86.7)
32.9
(91.2)
36.0
(96.8)
39.2
(102.6)
40.8
(105.4)
Average high °C (°F) 29.8
(85.6)
30.1
(86.2)
27.7
(81.9)
24.2
(75.6)
21.0
(69.8)
18.5
(65.3)
17.2
(63)
17.6
(63.7)
18.5
(65.3)
21.1
(70)
24.4
(75.9)
27.3
(81.1)
23.1
(73.6)
Average low °C (°F) 15.5
(59.9)
15.9
(60.6)
14.2
(57.6)
11.8
(53.2)
9.3
(48.7)
8.0
(46.4)
7.0
(44.6)
7.6
(45.7)
8.5
(47.3)
9.5
(49.1)
12.1
(53.8)
13.5
(56.3)
11.1
(52)
Record low °C (°F) 6.0
(42.8)
6.0
(42.8)
2.2
(36)
2.4
(36.3)
−0.1
(31.8)
−3.0
(26.6)
−2.1
(28.2)
0.0
(32)
−0.3
(31.5)
0.2
(32.4)
2.1
(35.8)
3.2
(37.8)
−3.0
(26.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 12.0
(0.472)
7.6
(0.299)
19.4
(0.764)
37.4
(1.472)
99.0
(3.898)
132.2
(5.205)
141.5
(5.571)
118.4
(4.661)
84.3
(3.319)
32.1
(1.264)
23.7
(0.933)
18.2
(0.717)
728.3
(28.673)
Average precipitation days 2.4 2.3 3.9 8.7 13.3 16.9 19.1 18.9 17.1 9.9 6.5 3.8 122.8
Average afternoon relative humidity (%) (at 1500) 44 43 46 55 59 64 65 66 64 58 52 48 55.3
Source: [4]
Climate data for Manjimup, Western Australia (Inland)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 42.7
(108.9)
41.6
(106.9)
41.2
(106.2)
34.4
(93.9)
29.2
(84.6)
22.9
(73.2)
21.6
(70.9)
24.6
(76.3)
30.4
(86.7)
33.3
(91.9)
38.7
(101.7)
41.1
(106)
42.7
(108.9)
Average high °C (°F) 27.2
(81)
27.1
(80.8)
24.2
(75.6)
21.1
(70)
17.7
(63.9)
15.4
(59.7)
14.4
(57.9)
15.1
(59.2)
16.5
(61.7)
18.9
(66)
22.0
(71.6)
24.9
(76.8)
20.4
(68.7)
Average low °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
13.4
(56.1)
12.5
(54.5)
10.8
(51.4)
8.9
(48)
7.5
(45.5)
6.4
(43.5)
6.5
(43.7)
7.2
(45)
8.3
(46.9)
10.1
(50.2)
11.7
(53.1)
9.7
(49.5)
Record low °C (°F) 6.0
(42.8)
5.6
(42.1)
3.3
(37.9)
1.6
(34.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
0.2
(32.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
0.0
(32)
0.6
(33.1)
0.1
(32.2)
2.3
(36.1)
4.4
(39.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.0
(0.787)
18.6
(0.732)
29.9
(1.177)
59.5
(2.343)
129.2
(5.087)
161.6
(6.362)
174.1
(6.854)
145.0
(5.709)
108.9
(4.287)
75.1
(2.957)
46.1
(1.815)
25.3
(0.996)
994.2
(39.142)
Average precipitation days 5.9 5.9 7.6 11.6 17.6 20.1 22.3 21.0 17.7 15.1 10.5 7.3 162.6
Average afternoon relative humidity (%) (at 1500) 43 44 48 58 65 71 71 68 64 57 51 47 57.3
Source: [5]

Economy[edit]

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[edit]

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

Map[edit]

  • 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

Attractions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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.
  4. ^ "Climate statistics for Bunbury". Australian Bureau of Meteorology. 
  5. ^ "Climate Statistics for Australian Locations". Bureau of Meteorology. Australian Government. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°12′S 116°12′E / 34.2°S 116.2°E / -34.2; 116.2