There’s more than 20 national parks within the south west to explore, harbouring over 8000 species of native flora and fauna.
Almost 80 percent of the plant species in the South West are found nowhere else on earth. The diverse range of wildflowers, forests and native animals found here contribute to the rare and unique nature of the region.
Along the coast, the sandy beaches of Australia’s South West are up there with the squeakiest, whitest in the world and fringed by some of the cleanest water found anywhere. Whether swimming or spotting marine creatures, the South West beaches make up part of any great holiday.
A biodiversity hotspot
Australia’s South West makes up part of Australia’s only biodiversity hotspot – and one of just 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world. A biodiversity hotspot acknowledges some of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth. To qualify as a hotspot, a region must contain at least 1,500 species of endemic vascular plants and it must have lost at least 70 percent of its original habitat. The South West of Australia meets these two criteria. Separated from the rest of the continent by desert, the plants and animals in the hotspot have evolved in isolation for millions of years.