Western Australia


It's exploration, but on cruise control

Steve Colquhoun A new expedition ship brings greater luxury to travellers to the remote Kimberely Coast.

Striking price

The rich rewards of a rare gem

Fancy Intense Pink diamond.

Pink diamonds can sell for $US1 million-per-carat.

Rare gem

Huge rare pink diamond found in WA


Mining giant Rio Tinto said it has unearthed a 'remarkable' 12.76 carat pink diamond in Australia, the largest of the rare and precious stones ever found in the resources-rich nation.

Wealthy woman

Rinehart fourth-richest person in Asia

Gina Rinehart.

Gina Rinehart, the mining heiress and media investor, is the fourth-richest person in the Asia-Pacific region, with a net worth of $19 billion.

Money watch

Tracing Palmer's wealth - a titanic undertaking

Clive Palmer holding a press conference at Mineralogy House.

Tom Allard, Stuart Washington Clive Palmer's assets, both personal and in financial terms, are the topic of much debate.

Precious pink sparkler lights up museum

The Argyle Pink Jubilee.

''IT'S glamorous and pretentious, and billions of years old,'' says the co-director of jeweller Mondial Pink Diamond Atelier, Michael Neuman. ''Everything you want in a diamond.''

Architecture award winners

Freshwater House.

The winners of the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects state and territory architecture awards.