About Western Australia

Geography of Western Australia

Flanked by the Indian Ocean and Great Southern Ocean, Western Australia is the nation's largest State comprising the entire western portion of Australia. It covers 2,527,633 km2 and has a coastline of over 12,000 km. The state extends across various climatic regions because it is so vast, extending north to south about 2,400km from above the 15th parallel to the 35th parallel.

The Southern and South West regions of the State are fertile, producing a vast range of agricultural produce including wheat and other grains, wool, meat, fruit, wine and timber. In the more arid northern regions there are enormous cattle stations measured in hundreds of square kilometres, as well as specialised agricultural areas of banana farming (Carnarvon), cotton growing (Ord River) and pearl farming (Broome).

The State has large areas of mineral wealth including gold, silver, diamonds, iron, nickel, base metals, mineral sands.

Westaern Australia is home to some of the most remote wilderness on earth, some of the most spectacular and unique geographical features, natural wonders, fauna and flora. Many of these are necessarily reserved for the traveller prepared to venture the long distances to remote areas of the State. Some of the more famous of these features include the Bungle Bungle Ranges at the northern extreme of the State, Wave Rock, the Pinnacles, dolphins at Monkey Mia and the Ningaloo Reef just to name a few.

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is located on the lower portion of the western coastline. Perth's location on the South West coast of this vast State makes it the most remote capital city in the world.

West Australians have a well earned reputation for friendliness and an honest desire to show off their attractions. Tourists are welcome. A lot of time, thought, and effort gone into making a visitor's stay as pleasant as possible.



Created January 2000. Last Revised: 10 November 2001