Heading to WA, otherwise known
as the state of Western Australia? Perth is the capital and biggest city, but you can also drive around the
southwest of the state, see Margaret River, visit the national park of the Karijini, drink wines
from the Swan Valley,or go scuba diving on Rottnest Island
State/Whole Lotta Nothing But Minerals State
"If you like driving vast
distances and seeing nobody and nothing and eating foul fried
cholesterol-packed snacks, then you'll have a party (with only yourself
attending) in Western Australia."
Western Australia is Australia's largest state by far. In
fact, Western Australia so large, it's slightly larger than Sudan, the
world's tenth largest country by area. But here's the difference.
Sudan has over 42m residents. Western Australia only has 2.2m, a
population density of not even 1 person per square kilometer.
Again, stats can be deceiving. 1.6m or 70% of the state's
population resides in Perth, the capital, packed to around 300 people
per square kilometer. Subtract out Perth's area and population
from the state totals, and the rest of the state contains only about a
quarter person per square kilometer. Actually, even that figure is
on the high side. Most of the rest of the state's population
outside Perth is concentrated in the southwestern part of the state near
Perth. Travel several hundred kilometers north of Perth or into
the interior, and the state is bare.
Well, bare except for wild flowers and minerals. The gross state product per capita
is the highest -- about 30% higher than the next contender. A
third of Australia's exports come from Western Australia.
These exports aren't software development, RAM memory, airplanes, or
television entertainment. Think more along the lines of
liquefied natural gas, iron-ore, gold, nickel, alumina, sheep, cattle,
wheat, wool. Western Australia is like a microcosmic extreme of
the entire country: a small population targeted in capital cities
mainly dependent on raw materials which are found in abundance.
Western Australia is another one of Australia's uncreative
state names, and its moniker shows the British weren't being
consistent with their own lack of creativity. To
be consistent, Western Australia's next door neighbor should
be called Southern Australia, not South Australia. Or
Western Australia should be referred to as West Australia.
There's actually a Western Australian newspaper called
The West Australian. Why the state's not
called West Australia can probably be attributed to
something as simple as a bureaucrat getting drunk and
forgetting to leave the 'ern' off Western.
The populated parts of Western Australia contain some of
Australia's gems. Perth is a cowtown noted for
its pleasant beaches, all within easy train-riding distance.
Those in the nightlife know stick to the suburbs.
One of Australia's prime wine growing areas, Margaret River,
is here, in the southwest. The hippie center of
Denmark is here, too, and one of the world's most well known
beaches, Cable Beach, is found in Broome, in the far
northwest of the state. There are plenty of
near-deserted beaches all over the state.
In a survey conducted among over 12,000 Australians, Western
Australia ranked third as favorite state, after Queensland
and Victoria. Among foreign arrivals, Western
Australia's isolation doesn't cater to the skint backpacker
crowd. As most foreigners arrive via Sydney,
Queensland and New South Wales remain the perennial traveler
favorites. The tourist literature boats that
relatively few (foreign) tourists visiting Western
Australia, and while that's true, the reduced number of
attractions here and places to stop for rest & relaxation,
means that all these visitors tend to congregate in a
limited number of spots, making Western Australia seem, at
times, very touristed.
WA or Western Australia is a sparsely populated state.
Perth has a large population. Not many people drive up the coast to see the lovely Pinnacles. Karijini National Park is must see. Want to try grapes from Margaret River or
the Swan Valley. The Bungle Bungles is a world renowned park.