Australia is the sixth largest country in the world (geographically) and Western Australia is its largest state.
Despite its size, the population density is amongst the lowest in the world. Approximately 23 million* people live in Australia and 2.5 million* in Western Australia.
Within Western Australia over 35%* of people were born overseas creating a multicultural environment.
Australia’s cultural diversity is a strength which makes for a dynamic society. Within the framework of Australia’s laws, all people are able to express their culture and beliefs. Other Australian principles and values include:
Perth has the largest inner city park in the world, Kings Park, 'yes' bigger even than New Yorks Central Park!
The south west corner of Western Australia enjoys a mediterranean climate with Perth having more days of sunshine than any major Australian city.
Australia has a diverse range of climate zones, varying from tropical in the north to temperate in the south. Being the largest state, Western Australia enjoys both of these climate zones.
See the Bureau of Meteorology website for seasonal weather statistics and forecasts across Australia.
Throughout Western Australia you can find a wide range of native animals.
Dolphins, whales and sea life
There are numerous protected marine parks and reefs across the State; the most popular being Ningaloo Marine Park, home to some of the world’s best diving spots. This is also where you can swim with whale sharks.
Monkey Mia offers a one-on-one experience of feeding and swimming with bottle nose dolphins and is also home to dugongs. The Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre offers a similar experience.
The Southern Right Whales and Humpbacks migrate during winter with their calves. Whale watching charters operate in Perth and regional areas with the best viewing in the South West region.
Part of the national emblem, the kangaroo, is a familiar sight around most parts of regional Western Australia.
Take care when driving outside of the metropolitan area on country roads, as these large marsupials can jump out from bushland areas without warning.
Crocodiles and snakes
Crocodiles are generally found in the remote north west of the State. If you want to view a crocodile in its natural habitat it is best to take a guided tour with an experienced guide to view them safely.
Western Australia has its share of snakes, although it is rare to see them as they shy away from humans.
Pets are common in Western Australia, with the most popular being a dog or a cat.
Pets are regulated by Shires (local councils) who often limit the number of pets per household and enforce the annual registration of certain pets.