Western Australia (WA)
At more than 2.5 million square kilometres, Western Australia (the West) is the largest Australian State by area and half the size of Europe!
However much of the West is sparsely populated, with the total population a little more than 2.5 million people (yes, that's one person per square kilometre!)
Western Australia borders the Indian Ocean in the north and west, the Antarctic Ocean in the south and South Australia and the Northern Territory in the east. The capital city of Western Australia is Perth, located on the Swan River, with a population of around 2 million people.
The West spans the Australian continent from north to south and as you might expect, the climate varies considerably. The climate in the south west corner of the State is temperate with lush forests and relatively high rainfall, while much of the inland areas are semi-arid and hot. In the north, towns like Broome have tropical climate with a wet and dry season similar to Darwin in the Northern Territory.
The West has vast mineral resources and mining is a major industry. Western Australia is also known as the Wildflower State because of the almost 12,000 species of wildflowers, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet.
Things to see and do in Western Australia:
- The Kimberly
- Rottnest Island
- Swim with Whale Sharks
- Ride a Camel on Cable Beach