Facts and figures The Mid West region spans approximately 470 000 square kilometres (292 004 miles), taking up one fifth of the total land mass of WA and linking its north to the south from Greenhead to Kalbarri on the coast to Wiluna in the Gibson Desert. Significant employment and population growth is expected for the Mid West region due to the commencement of several major industrial projects. Distance from Geraldton to Perth: 417 km (260 miles) Higher education: Geraldton Universities Centre; Central Regional TAFE (Geraldton) Median house price in Geraldton: $327 500 (June 2016) Other main town: Meekatharra The Mid West region is widely recognised for its unique natural environment, comprising a coastline dominated by limestone cliffs. If you head east for 800 km, you’ll enter a mineral rich hinterland that borders the Pilbara and Goldfields–Esperance regions. Add a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters and you find a great location for starting off your new life in Western Australia. The Mid West has a diverse economy built around tourism, fishing, agriculture and mining. There is also a fairly significant manufacturing sector catering to the needs of the mining, fishing and agricultural industries both within and outside the region. The city of Geraldton on the magnificent Batavia coast is home to around 70% of this region’s population. Strong, supportive social infrastructure and relatively cheap housing add to this region’s attractions. It is the perfect playground for you if you like to indulge in water sports.