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Western Australia is a huge, fascinating state, with a wide variety of things to see and do, but it doesn't seem to get as much attention overseas as the eastern states. This very brief introduction mainly mentions the names of some places that you might like to find out more about and provides links to more information. We'll explore many of these places in more detail in future issues of our newsletter. (We're planning a trip there for later this year, so I'm collecting information sources. During and after the trip we'll report on what we thought about the places we went and things we did.)

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia; Fremantle is Perth's port city. The Swan River connects them. Offshore is Rottnest Island.

South and east of Perth along the coast are Bunbury, Margaret River (wine country!), Albany and Esperance. East and inland are Wave Rock, Norseman, and the mining towns of Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.

Going north you'll find the Pinnacles (in Nambung National Park), Monkey Mia (famous for dolphins), the Pilbara, Kalbarri National Park, Broome (famous for pearls and Aboriginal rock music festivals), and the Kimberley Ranges. Across the north of the state you'll find Fitzroy Crossing (and the nearby Geike Gorge), Halls Creek, the Bungle Bungles, Kununurra and Lake Argyle (an inland sea created by damming the Ord River).

These are just some of the places that you can visit on your own or on a tour. Most of those we've mentioned can be reached in a conventional car.



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