The Kimberley is located in the northern most region of Western Australia and is home to almost 40,000 people. Covering an area of over 420,000 square kilometres, the region is almost twice the size of Victoria and is home to some of WA’s most renowned natural landmarks such as Purnululu and the Ord and Fitzroy Rivers.
The Kimberley region’s diverse economy is comprised of mining, agricultural, construction, tourism and retail industries.
Unlike the other mining regions which depend largely on the production of metals, mineral sands and petroleum, the Kimberley region’s most profitable export is diamonds. The Kimberley produces around one third of the world’s annual diamond production.
The Pilbara region is the second largest region in Western Australia, bounded by the Indian Ocean in the West and the Northern Territory state border to the East. The Pilbara region covers a land mass of approximately 500,000 square kilometres and is home to the Karjini, Karlamilyi, Murujuga and Millstream National Parks. Visitors to the Pilbara can explore secluded gorges and waterfalls, and bask in the rich Aboriginal culture and heritage.
The Pilbara region is the largest contributor to the Western Australian economy and is often referred to as Australia’s ‘engine room’. While the Pilbara boasts a diverse economy, with construction, retail and tourism making significant contributions to the region’s wealth, the mining sector is central to the Pilbara economy and is valued at over $73 billion.
The Gascoyne region is located in the centre of Western Australia’s coastline and is renowned for the Kennedy Range National Park and seasonal wildflower displays. Although the Gascoyne region is large, covering 137,000 square kilometres, it is the most sparsely populated region in Western Australia and is home to fewer than 10,000 people.
While tourism is a vital industry in the region, the Gascoyne is also a significant contributor to the mining and agricultural sectors.
The Mid West region covers nearly one-fifth of Western Australia, spanning around 478,000 square kilometres and is bounded by the Indian Ocean, Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Wheatbelt and Goldfield-Esperance regions.
The mining industry is the most valuable contributor to the region’s economy. The Mid West regional economy has vibrant fishing, agricultural, tourism and retail industries.
The Goldfields-Esperance region is the largest in Western Australia, covering over 770,000 square kilometres from the Pilbara to the state’s south coast.
The region’s economy is heavily reliant on the mining industry, worth over $9 billion to the region. Mining accounts for a significant share of the nation’s production of mineral sands and metals and 60% of Australia’s total gold production. The region’s economy also relies on agriculture, tourism and fishing.
The Wheatbelt region is located in the South West corner of Western Australia and spans almost 150,000 square kilometres. Renowned for its wildlife displays, hiking destinations and natural attractions, the Wheatbelt also boasts a thriving tourism industry.
The agricultural sector is the most valuable industry to the region. More recently, the Wheatbelt’s economy has extended to include mineral processing facilities, with the discovery of substantial deposits of gold, nickel and iron ore.
The Perth Metropolitan Region encompasses the area surrounding WA’s Capital City. Stretching from the coastal towns of Two Rocks in the North, to Singleton in the South, and 60km inland to The Lakes, the Perth Metropolitan region covers over 132km of coastline and over 6,000 square kilometres.
The Perth Metropolitan region boasts the most diverse economy of any region across the State. Perth accounts for over 60% of the State’s economic activity and its CBD alone generates over $40.7billion worth of economic activity.
The Peel region is the smallest of all the state regions, covering a land area of less than 7,000 square kilometres. Peel is located south of the Perth metropolitan area and is a popular destination for visitors. The region offers some of Western Australia’s most beautiful natural spectacles from the pristine coastline to Serpentine Falls.
Mining and mineral processing dominates the Peel region’s economy. The region also hosts Australia’s most productive gold mine and the two alumina refineries at Pinjarra and Wagerup each contribute over $3 billion to the region’s wealth.
Located in the south-western corner of Australia, the South West covers an area of approximately 24,000 square kilometres. The South West is widely recognised for its natural beauty and has become a popular tourist destination, boasting some of the most pristine beaches in world. The South West region is one of the fastest growing areas of our state and boasts over one third of our state’s population.
The Great Southern region covers an area of over 39,000 square kilometres along WA’s southern coastline. The region has developed a reputation for its cultural and agricultural events, and boasts a booming tourism sector.
Agriculture is the second largest industry in the Great Southern, while the fabrication and manufacturing industries also make significant contributions to the wealth of the region and are primarily driven by the requirements of the region’s agricultural sector.