About Western Australia

Western Australia covers the western third of the continent of Australia and is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west, the Timor Sea to the north, the Southern Ocean to the south, and the Northern Territory and South Australia to the east.

Western Australia has the largest land area (covering an area of more than 2.5 million square kilometres) of any Australian state or territory. Its coastline of over 12,500 kilometres amounts to 36 per cent of Australia’s total mainland coastline length.

The State’s capital, Perth, was founded on 12 August 1829 and the Perth metropolitan area contains approximately 80 per cent of Western Australia’s total population.

Western Australia had an estimated population of 2.621 million in June 2019, accounting for around 10 per cent of Australia’s total population.

People are attracted to the State for its exceptional climate, buoyant economy and relaxed lifestyle.