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Overview of Western Australia

Western Australians are fortunate to live in a State where the outdoors and active pursuits have always been part of the lifestyle.

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Map of Western Australia divided into regions of the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid West, Goldfields, Wheatbelt, Great Southern, South West, Peel and Perth Metropolitan area. Kimberley Pilbara Gascoyne Mid West Goldfields Wheatbelt Great Southern South West Peel The State's climate and environs mean we can enjoy being physically active most of the year, with our distinctive seasons provide the excellent backdrop for a wide variety of sport and recreation persuits.

High performance

As the first Australian State to establish an institute of sport, Western Australia continues to lead the way in our ongoing development of high-performance athletes while always keeping an eye on the future through well run and managed community sport and recreation.

There are 48 WA athletes competing in the Beijing Olympics. Fifty four Western Australian athletes competed 2004 Athens Olympics, supported by 20 team staff. Our athletes won four gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Quality facilities

Through funding programs like the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, Western Australians have access to a large number of quality sport and recreation facilities - a key feature of our successful sport and recreation industry and a vital part of the way we live.

Active recreation

Our wonderful lifestyle and environment means we have access to a vast range of active recreation opportunities.

With more than 5000km of walking, biking and riding trails, Western Australians can enjoy our wonderful environment and keep fit.

International sporting links

The Department of Sport and Recreation, through its Sport International WA unit, promotes Western Australian sport and recreation expertise throughout the world, as well as arranging for international athletes to train here.

These links provide valuable opportunities and help put WA at the forefront of sporting exchange programs.


Visit www.westernaustralia.com – the official travel and tourism website for Western Australia where you'll find everything you need to know about planning your holiday in WA.

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