It is a clean, pollution free city, with parks, rivers, beaches and other recreational facilities providing the opportunity for outdoor activities. Excellent educational institutions have already attracted more than 7,000 overseas students to Western Australia. Western Australia is vast. Because of its size it is a land of enormous contrasts, from the temperate forests of the south, through to the arid goldfields of the centre to the tropical grandeur of the north. Not only is it big, but it is old, perhaps the oldest land on Earth. Isolation from the rest of the world has left Western Australia with unique plants and animals, some species surviving from prehistoric times. There is immense variety in this big state. There are more species of wildflowers in Western Australia than in all of the rest of the world. Animals range from cuddly koalas to giant man eating salt water crocodiles, not forgetting the ever popular kangaroos and emus. The beautiful Indian Ocean coastline runs from the jagged rocks of the southern capes past world renowned surf beaches and fishing grounds, glittering sandy beaches, marinas and pleasure harbours to the mangroves of the tropical north. You can choose from boisterous surf or mirror calm water while the harvest from beneath the waters provides the state's restaurants with a superabundance of seafood including the world famous crayfish and prawns.
Perth, the capital city, straddles the Swan River a few kilometres from the ocean beaches. With no heavy industry it is virtually pollution free and enjoys an idyllic Mediterranean climate. A major commercial centre for the region, it has a colorful night life, an abundance of first class restaurants, a variety of theatres and concert halls, a world class casino and an entertainment centre which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the world's largest purpose built theatre. It is the natural centre for tourism in Western Australia, with excellent communications, frequent air links to international and domestic destinations, numerous international standard hotels and a satellite port, Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan River.
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