Saturday, 5 May 2018

States of Australia – Western Australia

Here is the last instalment of my monthly feature going through the States of Australia in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest. 

Location – Western Australia is huge.  It takes up the entire left hand third of mainland Australia.  It is almost a million square miles.  That's quite a lot bigger than Texas.


Capital – Perth (also the state's largest city). Perth is named after Perth in Scotland. Perth is closer to Singapore than to Australia's capital, Canberra.

State Bird – Black swan (for a long time people believed there were no such things as black swans)

State Animal - Numbat

Signature foods – wines from Margaret River, Seafood, Mangoes

Famous places to visit – The Pinnacles, Nature's Window's (Kalbarri National Park), Horizontal Waterfalls, Rottnest Island, King's Park in Perth (larger than New York's Central Park)

Famous people from Western Australia – Heath Ledger, Alan Bond, Rod Marsh (wicketkeeper)


  1. I have had Australia on my bucket list for years, not sure I will ever make it , but sure hope I do.

  2. Cool! I never remember that Australia is that big -- so surprising that Perth is closer to Singapore than Canberra.

  3. My aunt and uncle plus 10 kids emigrated to Perth 40 years ago. Now I have over 100 relations there, most of whom I shall never meet. Hoping to see my cousin when she comes to England next year though (auntie was 93 last week)


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