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The South West occupies a patch of Earth so special it is part of a recognised international biodiversity hotspot.

Here, you will find a unique reservoir of plant and animal life.


There are 36 international biodiversity hotspots around the world – and the South West is part of one of them. It is a biologically rich place that is home to unique natural ecosystems supporting a variety of plants, animals and micro-organisms.

Specifically, the Busselton-Augusta area is one of Australia’s national 15 biodiversity hotspots. Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, the chuditch (or western quoll) and brush-tailed phascogale are just some of the animals that call this region home. A playground for nature, dolphins and whales are often sighted in local waters.

The region boasts stunningly diverse landscapes including coastal plains and mountain ranges along the Darling Scarp. It is well-known for its magnificent karri, jarrah and tuart forests, unique underground cave systems, rivers and wetlands and its spectacular coastlines and estuaries.



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