About Western Australia
Western Australia (WA) covers one-third of the Australian continent, four times the size of Texas. Spanning over 2.5 million square kilometres (1 million square miles), WA has many varied climatic regions. When it is warm and dry in the north of the State, it is cool and wet in the south. WA is home to 2,317,100 people (just under 10% of Australia's population). See Australian Bureau of Statistics
Bordered largely by desert to the east, WA is bound by 12,500 kilometres (7,813 miles) of the world's most pristine coastline to the west.
WA is adored for its brilliant blue skies, warm sunny climate and white sandy beaches. It is a land blessed with some of the world's most precious natural phenomena including the dolphins of Monkey Mia, the 350-million-year-old Bungle Bungle range, the towering karri forests of the South West, and the more than 12,000 species of wildflowers, many unique to the state.
Essentially a primary producer, WA has a wealth of natural resources including gold, iron ore, gas and minerals.
Perth, the capital city of the State, is home to 1,696,065 million people (over 70% of the total state population) and enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. Sophisticated yet uncomplicated, the lifestyle in WA is a relaxed one.
Page last updated / reviewed:
27 February, 2012