The Murchison region covers almost 470,000 square kilometres or
nearly one fifth the area of Western Australia. The region extendsfrom
the coast, from Greenhead in the south to beyond Kalbarri in the north,
and more than 800 kilometres east into the mineral rich hinterland.
With an area twice the size of the United Kingdom, the Murchison
embraces a wide diversity of landscapes and land uses.
These range from the rich fishing and agricultural areas along and
near the coast to the valuable pastoral and mining areas further
inland. The Murchison region includes the City of Geraldton which is
the region's major commercial, administrative and service centre.
The Central Agricultural Area of Western Australia, which includes
the Western Australian Wheatbelt, covers a vast area that extends from
west to east from the Indian Ocean in the west to the western edge of
the Goldfields. The area encompasses some of the most productive
agricultural areas of the state and the wheat fields in Australia, in
an area more three times the size of Tasmania.
The region's economy has historically been based on agriculture,
particularly cropping, which remains the most dominant industry in the
region but it is also supported by mining, commerce, manufacturing,
fishing and tourism.
Western Australian Wildflowers are spectacular, exotic and in some
cases rare and the central agricultural district boasts some of the
finest arrays of Western Australia's best wildflowers. Thoughout the
region, between August to November, wildflowers are often seen as a
vivid carpet of colour beside the roads and highways.