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Social Facts.

  • The average life expectancy of people born in W.A. is 77.78 years.

  • The town with the highest median age is Denham at 50 years. The town with the lowest median age is Ngaanyatjarraku with a median age of 25.

  • Australians produce the greatest level of greenhouse gasses (per capita) in the industrialised world. This is not something to be proud of.

  • Australia was the third country in the world (after Russia and America) to launch a satellite into space.

  • Australia was the second country in the world (after New Zealand) to give women the vote.

  • There were approx. 2,497,500 people in W.A. as of March 2013. The total population of Australia at that time was 23,032,700.

  • There are slightly more males than females living in W.A.

  • The birth rate in W.A. is more than double the death rate.

  • Each year there are around 12,000 marriages and 4,000 divorces.

  • About 65% of the people living in W.A. were born in Australia.

  • The largest religion in W.A. is Catholicism. The next largest group are people who are not affiliated with any religion.

  • The largest number of overseas students studying in W.A. are from Malaysia. Previously the largest group were from Singapore.

Natural Facts

  • The phrase "flat out like a lizard drinking" generally means working hard at something but it actually comes from the ability of some lizards (especially the Thorny Devil) to lie in a puddle of water and through capillary action to absorb the water which is passed up to its mouth.

  • While on the subject of lizards, the largest member of the Australian lizard family is the Perentie which grows up to 2.5 metres and can weigh in at 15 kilograms.

  • On the related subject of snakes, the longest recorded snake is an Amethyst Python which measured 8.5 metres.

  • The Laughing Kookaburra which seems so much a part of the south west of W.A. is in fact an introduced species.

Geographic Facts

  • The mainland land mass of W.A. covers 2,526,786 square kilometres, add the coastal islands to this and you get a total of 2,529,875 square kilometres.

  • Mainland W.A. has a coastline that stretches for 12,889 kilometres.

  • W.A. has the largest number (3747) of coastal islands of any of the states.

  • Perth is the world's most sunny capital city.

  • The furthest point north in W.A. is Cape Londonderry. Latitude 13 44' 36"; Longitude 126 47' 43"

  • The furthest point south is Torbay Head. Latitude 35 8'10"; Longitude 117 38' 13"

  • The furthest point west is Steep Point. Latitude 26 08' 40"; Longitude 113 09' 27"

  • Albany is the furthest town south.

  • Wyndham is the furthest town north.

  • Denham is the furthest town west.

  • Eucla is the furthest town east.

  • The largest lake in W.A. is Lake Mackay at 3494 square kilometres.

  • Mainland Australia is the only continent with no active volcanos.

  • The highest town in the state is Tom Price (750 metres).

  • The most isolated town in W.A. is Telfer.

  • The oldest town in W.A. is Albany. (1827)

  • The oldest inland town is York. (1830)

  • The longest river in W.A. is the Gascoyne. (865 Km) (The second longest is the Murchison).

  • The highest mountain is Mt. Meharry. (1253 metres) Several other figures are also quoted but this is the official height.

  • The largest island is Dirk Hartog. (613 Sq. Km.)

  • The largest desert in W.A. is the Great Victoria Desert. (348,750 Sq. Km.)

  • The highest waterfall is King George Falls (80 metres).

  • The longest series of cliffs in Australia are along the Great Australian Bight. (790km.)

  • The Nullarbor Plain contains the longest and deepest cave in Australian and one of the largest in the world. (Pannikin Plain Cave).

  • Murrawong Gnulling Gnulling Pool is the longest name given to any natural feature in W.A.

  • WA represents 32.85% of the total land mass that is Australia but has only 10% of the total population.

  • W.A. is the second largest state in the world after Sakha in Russia.

  • If W.A. was a country in its own right it would be one of the top 10 in size.

  • W.A. has the richest mineral wealth in the world.

The Economy

  • Our biggest export dollar earner is iron ore. In 2008-9 this brought in $33,529 million AUD. This was followed by gold at $16,848 million.

  • In the same period China was our largest trading partner and we exported $26,140 million. Japan was next largest at $17,352 million.

  • W.A. exports about twice what we import in dollar value.

  • Most overseas visitors to W.A. come from the U.K. and Singapore.

  • Twice as many West Australians go overseas as overseas visitors come here.

  • The two most popular overseas tourist destinations for W.A. residents are Indonesia (Bali) and Thailand.

Other stuff

  • The most comfortable town to stay in during summer in W.A. is Albany.

  • Western Australia has the greatest concentration of aboriginal art in the world.

  • Perth is the only city in the world where aircraft can land in the central business district.

  • The tallest man made object in W.A. is 387 metres tall - tower zero at Exmouth.

Time zones

 

Australia has three time zones most of the time, depending on daylight saving. The times given here are without daylight saving.

  • Western Australia GMT + 8

  • Northern Territory and South Australia GMT + 9:30

  • Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania GMT + 10

Public Holidays

 

The problem with listing these holidays is that the actual day off varies according to whether the holiday falls on a weekend or not. Easter varies so much - anywhere from March 22 to April 25) it is almost not worth listing it.

  • New Years Day - 1st January

  • Australia Day - 26th January

  • Labour Day - 1st March

  • Good Friday - March / April

  • Easter Monday - March / April

  • ANZAC Day - 25th April

  • Foundation Day - 7th June

  • Queen's Birthday - 27 September

  • Christmas Day - 25 December

  • Boxing Day - 26 December

See our new Holidays page for more information.

 

 

 

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