Western Australia may not be everyone’s first choice to visit in Australia, but we’re here to convince you otherwise! Western Australia is full of hidden gems that will surely keep you coming back for more!
If you want to learn 10 interesting facts about Western Australia, then please keep on reading!
1). Perth Is One Of The Most Isolated Cities In The World
Perth City, the capital of Western Australia, is one of the most isolated cities in the world. In fact, the closest Australian city is 2,200 kilometres away, and if you were in Perth, you’d be closer to Singapore than to Canberra, Australia’s capital!
In Perth, you’ll find the Australian outback on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. Perth makes the perfect holiday getaway, and there’s no doubt why!
2). Western Australia Is The World’s Second Largest State
Western Australia is the second-largest country subdivision, next only to Russia’s Sakha Republic. In fact, if Western Australia was its own country, it would be the 10th largest country in the world! Sounds pretty cool, right?
3). Western Australia Has A Pink Lake
Yes, you read that right! Western Australia has a pink lake, and its name is Lake Hillier. It is located on Middle Island, which is off the coast of Esperance.
You can only visit the lake by boat or helicopter, and you must be accompanied by a licensed operator. These precautions are put in place in order to protect and secure the area.
There are also other pink lakes aside from Lake Hillier, which include Lake Warde, Hutt Lagoon, Lake Grace, Quairading, and Pingrup, all of which you can easily visit.
4). Western Australia Is The Only Place Where You Can Find Quokkas
Quokkas are known as the happiest animal on Earth, and you can visit them in Western Australia! They are furry little marsupials endemic only to Western Australia, and there are plenty of ways that you can see them in person!
Fun fact: quokkas do not have any natural predators! After all, who would want to harm such happy creatures?
5). Western Australia Has The Largest Number Of Purebred Camels In The World
Did you know that there are camels in Western Australia? Or, better yet, did you know that Western Australia has the largest number of purebred camels in the world?
There are so many purebred camels in Western Australia that the state even exports some camels to the Middle East.
The first camels made their way to Australia in the 1840s, when settlers from the Canary Islands had first introduced them. Since they also do not have any natural predators, their populations have thrived ever since.
6). The Busselton Jetty Is Long. Very Long
The Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. It spans over 1,800 meters long, upon which you can walk almost two kilometres into the waters of Geographe Bay. This can take about 25 minutes each way.
You can visit the jetty’s Underwater Observatory, where you can descend 8 meters below sea level to explore some fantastic marine life. There are also several cafes and restaurants around the area!
7). Western Australia Has The World’s Largest Rock Formation
Mount Augustus, the world’s largest rock formation, is located in Western Australia. It is so large that it is twice the size of the iconic Uluru, also located in Australia, spanning eight kilometres long and three kilometres wide.
Mount Augustus is also unique because it is classified as a monocline, which means that it has step-like folds.
8). Perth Is Known As The City Of Lights
Another fun fact about Perth! Did you know it is known as the ‘city of lights?’ That’s because back in 1962, astronaut John Glenn said that he could see the lights of Perth from space. Pretty cool nickname, right?
9). The Great Emu War Took Place In Western Australia
The Great Emu War was a war between the Australian government and, well… The emus! The Australian government was trying to find land for employment and housing for returning veterans right after World War I. They intended to do this by purchasing land in Western Australia.
However, the land was heavily overrun by emus, who always ate the crops in the areas. This produced a war between the veterans (turned farmers) and the emus, who actually won the war.
10). Western Australia Has Many Other World Titles!
Western Australia also has the country’s largest gold mine, is the world’s largest producer of pearls, the world’s largest diamond producer by volume, the country’s oldest operating gold bullion mint, and Perth has the highest number of self-made millionaires per capita. Isn’t Western Australia amazing?
So, do we still need to convince you to visit Western Australia? Visit Western Australia now!
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