Welcome to Western Australia – Australia’s largest state and nearly four times bigger than Texas. Such a large area encompasses virtually everything that this extraordinary continent has to offer, from the sweltering tropics in the Kimberley, to the vast intriguing deserts in the centre, to the Biodiversity Hotspot of the South-west Botanical Province with its highly diverse forests, heaths and woodlands.
Although home to just 2 million people and the most isolated large city in the world, Perth has a wealth of assets. From the arts and Indigenous culture, to wineries and breweries, to iconic parks and marine reserves, there really is something for everyone.
Western Australia is home to a large number of spectacular and iconic flora and fauna, many of which are threatened with extinction. Australia’s record of mammal extinctions is the worst in the world but many threatened species have clung on in the west. The state’s mammal emblem is the Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). This species was reduced to just two populations, but successful conservation management (including translocations) have bolstered these and established new ones. The Numbat, along with other threatened mammals such as Woylies (Bettongia penicillata) and Chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii) may be seen at Dryandra Woodland National Park, 2hrs south of Perth and November is one of the best times to see this unique marsupial. For the less adventurous, many native mammals can be seen at Perth Zoo where there is a highly successful captive breeding program for Numbats and other native species.
Further afield are the World Heritage Areas of Shark Bay and Ningaloo, the majestic Stirling Range and its spectacular endemic flora, and the dazzling blue sea and white beaches of the south coast around Albany and Esperance. The world-famous surf and wineries of Margaret River are also just a few hours’ drive south from Perth.
We encourage conference delegates to plan a trip around our magnificent state and explore the astonishing array of landscapes and indigenous cultures it has to offer. November is a particularly good time to visit the vibrant south-west of the state.
The conference will be held in Fremantle – situated at the mouth of the Swan River on Whadjuk Noongar country, a few kilometres downriver from WA’s capital city, Perth. Known for its café culture and trendy bar scene as much as its maritime history as the state’s main port, Fremantle is the gateway to one of the gems of the west coast: Rottnest Island or Wadjemup, where the WA endemic Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) vies for attention with teeming marine life and abundant shore- and sea-birds.
Recently named as one of the WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES OF 2022 by TIME Magazine, Fremantle is a lively port city 30 minutes south-west of Perth in Western Australia – where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean. “Freo” is truly magical destination!
This pedestrian-friendly city with unique winding streets offers you a glimpse of both a Colonial and a Gold Rush past, perfectly in balance with with a modern and vibrant present. This environmentally friendly city is alive with mystique and charm and is overflowing with creativity.
Conference Venue – Esplanade Hotel
46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle
With a rich history dating back to 1850, the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle is an iconic landmark in Western Australia. Located in the heart of the city, it’s a short walk from shops and restaurants, and right across the road from the beach.