The distinctive blue canopy of the Western Australian sky is there, whether you are looking up through the tingle trees of the South-West or the palm trees of our tropical north.
Whether it is a slot between the modern glass towers of Perth city or merging with the steel-blue of the Southern Ocean.
The massive mantle of the sky crowns this wide, red land.
It is the thing that overseas visitors remark upon most, and it gives us the dominating sense of space. It gives us freedoms.
The pale light of morning gives way to a bleaching deluge through the day. Then the milky softness of sunset before it bursts blood and peach.
We all know those moments, from Ocean Beach to Eighty Mile Beach, Nanga to Nullagine.
It is all remarkable.
Western Australia is the vast third of Australia, on the trailing edge of the continental plate. Travellers can happily fossick around in our 2.5 million square kilometres of landscape and along the 12,889km of WA's coastline.It's about feeling at home in a place so big that, if it was Europe, Perth would be in Spain and the Kimberley'd be in Norway. HA! Imagine that. Our backyard.
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