Western Australia

 

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Western Australia: -27.672817, 121.628310

Western Australia (abbreviated as WA) is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Great Australian Bight and Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north east and South Australia to the south east. Western Australia is Australia’s largest state with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres (976,790 square miles), and the second largest country subdivision in the world. However, a significant part of it is sparsely populated. The state has approximately 2.4 million inhabitants (around 11% of the national total), and 92% of the state’s population lives in the south west corner of the state.

The first European to visit Western Australia was the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog, who visited the Western Australian coast in 1616. The British established a military outpost at King George Sound, near present-day Albany, in 1826, which was followed by the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, including the site of the present-day capital, Perth. York was the first inland settlement in Western Australia. Situated 97 kilometres east of Perth, it was settled on 16 September 1831.

Western Australia achieved self-government in 1890 and later federated with the other British colonies in Australia in 1901. Today Western Australia’s economy mainly relies on mining, agriculture, and tourism, with the state supplying 46% of Australia’s exports. Western Australia is the second largest iron ore producer in the world.

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