We share with you a very unique travel guide to Western Australia. 10 Things you may not have been aware of, about the west coast of Australia.
Western Australia is the largest state (by landmass) in Australia
Western Australia is a sovereign state located to the west of the continental mainland. It is the largest state (by land mass) in Australia and is the 19th largest state in the world, encompassing 5.9 million square kilometers. It is one of the most diverse and exotic of all the Australian states.
With nearly 10,000 islands, it has more islands per square kilometer than anywhere else on earth. It is also home to one of the largest rainforests in the world. The state of Western Australia has many unique animal and plant species, including many unusual plants and animals There are more than 400 native species of snakes in Western Australia. An exceptional and unique flora and fauna including several endemic species.
Western Australia is home to the world’s largest desert
Western Australia is more than twice the size of France and about 60% smaller than the UK. But there are also some remarkable tourist attractions to be seen on the Western Australian coast, such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It has a beautiful coastline and very little water
Most of Western Australia’s landmass is an arid desert which only occasionally sees rainfall and a very little amount of rain. The topography of the coast is quite dramatic, with towering sand dunes and jagged cliff faces. The Great Artesian Basin is the largest underground water reservoir in the Southern Hemisphere
At 4.3 billion years old it is the largest underground water reservoir in the Southern Hemisphere and the equivalent of 180,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.
Western Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth
Western Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth. And the largest, from a topographic point of view. At most, for a few days every month, Australia is placed under water. It is mostly between November and February that WA is dry.
The state has the oldest working gold mine in the world Albion Mine has been operating since 1916. This is the oldest working gold mine in the world. Lake Eyre is a great destination for rafting Surrounded by salt flats and the famous Perdaman desert, Western Australia’s Lake Eyre is a great destination for rafting.
The waters of this massive lake often rise by 30 feet in a matter of hours, and it is still possible to stay afloat in the deep waters.
Western Australia is the birthplace of modern Australia
This little country of ours is full of things that you would never expect. But the land down under is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating places to visit in the world. The country, it’s varied landscape and cultures are as diverse as the population that lives here. We share with you 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Western Australia that will surely bring you on a trip of a lifetime.
1. Western Australia has the largest salt lake in the world! Australia has a total area of 14,208,157 square kilometres, that’s over 17 times larger than the UK. One of the many ways Australia impresses, is its large amount of deserts and tropical islands. One of them is the Lake Eyre salt lake, a dried up body of water, more than 400 kilometres away from the city of Adelaide. 2.
Western Australia has the highest proportion of Indigenous Australians
Over 60% of the population of Western Australia are of Indigenous ancestry. Couple that with the fact that you’ve only been there for a mere two weeks, and you’ll see why this is such a huge deal. Rivers in Western Australia are amongst the bluest on earth The Kimberley region has some of the bluest rivers in the world.
Australia is known for beaches… What other country can claim beaches the size of Europe? If you can make it there before the tide comes in, you’re ahead of the game. The coolest town in WA? Broome Broome is in the south west, which is a stunning part of the state.
The town is very beautiful, and you can experience a lot by going on a bushwalk. Broome is also close to a lot of wildlife, so if you like animals, you’ll love this part of Western Australia.
Western Australia is home to the oldest fossil evidence of human habitation in the world
You may think that the first human footprint you see is the earliest one, but your eyes are playing tricks on you. The earliest human footprint in Western Australia was discovered at Naracoorte and dates back a staggering 39 million years.
We can think of few more exciting spots to visit than the Australian parklands on the world’s oldest footprints. A windy oceanic feel at Margaret River – the “Island of Kratom” On a clear day, you can see from around the world from the beaches of Margaret River. It’s a world apart from the West Coast of the United States and has very limited direct air flights.
The locals refer to it as the “Island of Kratom” because of the abundance of kratom in the area.
Western Australia has the world’s largest monolith
Mount Haywood This huge basalt rock sits over 800 meters above sea level, as well as the longest sea snake, the iconic Geraldton SandWire. The wonder of the rock is how it is formed. There are no basalt rivers or valleys in this part of the world.
So how is the monolith formed? It’s in response to an eruption 150 million years ago The prevailing theory states that the initial lava flow was caused by an eruption from a volcanic crater, through a fault line. A sedimentary layer of volcanic ash and basalt rock was produced as a consequence.
Then further eruptions produced gabbros (intermediate to magmatic rock). The granite grain shape indicates that it was not formed via a volcanic eruption.
Western Australia is the only state with the name Australia
Western Australia was named Australia’s first state, and has been called the eastern most state in the country for many decades. Western Australia is full of diamonds, which you can now buy in Aussie shops
Everyone knows about how diamonds are mined in South Africa but did you know that they are just as common in Western Australia, and you can buy them in real shops. You can drive across the world in four hours There are roads that criss-cross Australia, but they are divided. You can drive the whole way in just under four hours, but we don’t recommend it!
You can also spend time digging for diamonds The Kimberley area of Western Australia, only a two hour flight from the east coast, is the largest known diamond-producing region in the world.
Western Australia is the world’s largest producer of Iron Ore
2,900 million tonnes of iron ore, 33 percent of global production, comes from Western Australia. This massive mineral resource plays a key role in the state’s economy. It also attracts a huge number of tourists to visit the state and there are a number of destinations that have been developed to cater to tourists.
Western Australia features 7 World Heritage Listed places The Department of Conservation and Land Management designated seven world heritage listed places in Western Australia, including spectacular Gondwana Rainforests, which are home to endangered animals and plants, and the country’s oldest known trees.
Gondwana Rainforests is part of a World Heritage site as designated by UNESCO.
Western Australia is the world’s largest producer of Pearls
We all know about the ‘big 5’. But there is a great deal more to Australia’s ‘Big 5’. Take the crown of the ‘big pearler’ from the pearls of Western Australia. Over 70% of Australia’s pearls are produced in the west coast, in the State of Western Australia. Not to mention over 130,000 oysters were collected in the waters around Perth and Fremantle alone.
The marine life is a great natural resource that draws tourists from around the world to sample this tasty delicacy. Western Australia is the largest producer of Cuttlefish Australia is home to some of the largest populations of Cuttlefish around the world.
The state of Western Australia is the largest producer of Cephalopods in the world. The number of Cephalopod catches have reached record numbers in recent years.