Great Western Woodlands

The Great Western Woodlands covers an area of approximately 16 million hectares and has been described as one of the largest and healthiest temperate woodlands left on Earth. The Shire of Yilgarn is located in the north-west of the Great Western Woodlands.

The woodlands are home to a rich tapestry of mallee, shrublands and native vegetation. They also offer refuge for many threatened and unique species found nowhere else on the planet. More than a fifth of Australia’s native plant species (over 3,000 species) are found here, including 20 per cent of Australia’s eucalypt species (more than 160 species).

With Aboriginal occupation dated back at least 22,000 years, the region also has immeasurable cultural significance.