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 (2,532,400 square kilometres) of any Australian state or territory. Its coastline of 12,500 kilometres amounts to 34 per cent of Australia’s total coastline.

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

Western Australia had an estimated population of 2,595,877 in June 2018, accounting for around 10 per cent of Australia’s population.

People are attracted to the State for its exceptional climate, buoyant economy and relaxed lifestyle – making Western Australia one of the fastest growing regions in the country.