45 Facts About Western Australia

1. Unlike the majority of Australian states, Western Australia was not settled as a penal colony.

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2. Western Australia is an expansive country with plenty of iconic destinations to visit.

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3. Western Australia is home to the largest Greek population in the world besides Athens in Greece.

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4. Western Australia is a state of Australia and it is 1,643,908 square miles.

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5. In 1975, Western Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.

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6. Western Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.

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7. Western Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index.

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8. Western Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.

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9. Western Australia is home to the longest fence in the world.

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10. Western Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote.

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11. Western Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.

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12. Western Australia continued moving away from Antarctica owing to seafloor spreading of the southeast Indian Ocean.

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13. Western Australia ultimately became isolated from its Gondwanaland neighbours India and Antarctica by seafloor spreading.

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14. Western Australia is the last of lands only in the sense that it was the last continent, apart from Antarctica, to be explored by Europeans.

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15. Western Australia has been called "the Oldest Continent", "the Last of Lands", and "the Last Frontier.

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16. Western Australia has more venomous animals than any other place in the world.

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17. Western Australia has had one of the most outstanding, the largest capitalist economies of the world in recent years with a GDP of US$1.57 trillion.

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18. Western Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands.

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19. Western Australia is a powerhouse in water-based sports, such as swimming and surfing.

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20. Western Australia is unique in that it has professional leagues for four football codes.

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21. Western Australia is known for its cafe and coffee culture in urban centres, which has influenced coffee culture abroad, including New York City.

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22. Western Australia has one of the lowest levels of religious adherence in the world.

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23. Western Australia is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, in which the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings provide the main forum for co-operation.

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24. Until the early 19th century, Western Australia was best known as "New Holland", a name first applied by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1644 and subsequently anglicised.

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25. Western Australia is a highly developed country, with the world's 13th-largest economy.

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26. Western Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, USA, China and Brazil.

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27. Western Australia is an island continent surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

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28. Western Australia is a country in the Southern hemisphere and belongs to Oceania.

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29. Western Australia is one of the six states of Australia.

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30. In the 1880s, people flocked to Western Australia hoping to strike it rich in the gold rush.

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31. Western Australia continued to grow on the back of its farming and cattle industry.

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32. Western Australia was not settled officially until Albany was settled as a military outpost in 1826.

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33. Western Australia is home to the longest stretch of straight railway in the world.

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34. Western Australia were eventually dismissed for 387 in 47 overs with Marcus Stoinis' 27 the next highest score for the team.

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35. Western Australia joins Western envoys seeking meeting on Uighur human rights abuse.

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36. Western Australia needs to triple its small stock of social housing Aunty Mae Robinson, a descendant of the Yuin and Kamilaroi people and long-time resident of Western Sydney, was honoured with the naming ceremony of the 'Aunty Mae Foyer' at Western.

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37. Western Australia has two daily newspapers: the independent tabloid The West Australian and The Kalgoorlie Miner.

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38. Western Australia was the most reluctant participant in the Commonwealth of Australia.

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39. Western Australia was granted self-government in 1890 with a bicameral Parliament located in Perth, consisting of the Legislative Assembly, which has 59 members; and the Legislative Council (or upper house), which has 36 members.

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40. Western Australia is home to around 540 species of birds.

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41. Western Australia is bounded to the east by longitude 129°E, the meridian 129 degrees east of Greenwich, which defines the border with South Australia and the Northern Territory, and bounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north.

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42. Western Australia is the second-largest iron ore producer in the world.

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43. Western Australia achieved responsible government in 1890, and federated with the other British colonies in Australia in 1901.

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44. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic.

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45. Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia.

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