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Western Australia is famous for its long days of sunshine, spotless blue skies and brilliant beaches - making it a perfect year-round Australian holiday destination.

ISunset over beacht is a land blessed with spectacular diversity where the deep reds of ancient interior rock formations contrast with the sparkling blue of the Indian and Southern Oceans and the lush greenery of the stunning southern regions.

The big variety of landscapes and climates in Western Australia -  from the tropical north to the temperate south – provides equally diverse holiday experiences.

Northern Tropics

The northern winter, or 'dry' season (April-September), has long days of sunshine and blue skies. Temperatures range from 24 degrees Celsius overnight to around 34 degrees Celsius during the day, and could be called 'perfect Western Australian weather'.

Coastal temperatures vary little throughout the day, while the interior may top 40 degrees by day and dramatically drop towards zero in the cool of the night.

The northern summer, or 'wet' season (October-March), has temperatures in the mid to high 30s and high humidity. Visitors from cooler climates may find this challenging, however many Europeans love the balmy combination of heat, humidity and long days of sunshine.

Changing weather patternsA tropical rainstorm is an awesome natural wonder - billowing clouds rise up to 40,000 feet before releasing tonnes of water in a thundering torrent. It's not unusual for some northern coastal areas to record more than 1.5 metres of rain during this season.

There can also be electrical storms - witness the sky come alive as sheets of lightning flash and illuminate the night for hundreds of kilometres. Locals will often turn off the television and retire to the balcony to watch these spectacular episodes.

Southern Sunshine

South of the Tropic of Capricorn the weather is less dramatic.

The southern coastal areas of the South West region average a maximum of around 32 degrees in summer and 14 degrees in the winter.

Perth boasts more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city so sunshine is usually the standard order.

The warm sun and temperate Western Australian climate has helped the State cement its reputation as a world-renowned food and wine region, and is also conducive to the relaxed outdoor lifestyle.

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