The Midwest region sits in the western middle section of Western Australia and is bordered by the Indian Ocean in the west, the Pilbara region in the north, the Wheatbelt to the south and the Goldfields in the south east.
It covers nearly one-fifth of the state’s land area (or more than 600,000 square kilometres), with the majority of its population found along the coast, with more than half of those in Geraldton.
The region is known for its unique natural environment and is one of only five areas in the world with both marine and terrestrial biodiversity hotspots of national or international significance. It is home to the world’s oldest rocks at Jack Hills, dating back four billion years, as well as a range of natural attractions including Kalbarri National Park, Houtman Abrolhos Islands and the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef.
Its coral coastline and stunning wildflowers attract tourists and visitors all year round, with mining, fishing and agriculture also making a significant contribution to the economy of the region.