Picture a place where there are no wars. A place without famine or major disease. A multicultural society with a democratic government. A place where children are taught to dream and not despair. All among some of the world's most spectacular scenery. Welcome to Western Australia...
The state covers almost one third of the Australian continent and is the country's largest, yet least populated state. The total population of W.A. is almost 2 million with 70% living in Perth. The climate of the state varies from north to south and east to west. The southern parts have a Mediterranean climate whereas the north experiences a much more tropical climate. Inland areas receive much less rainfall and so is sparsely populated. Scenery in the state is spectacular and the economy is booming. Indeed this place is a very special part of the world.
Originally discovered by the Dutch in 1616, the first serious settlements by Europeans were made by the British in the 1820's. Then, on the 1st of June, 1829, Captain James Stirling founded the Swan River Colony, which was later to become the state's capital city of Perth. The colony originally adopted a policy of no convicts, but a lack of population growth overturned the decision. Eventually convicts were sent to the state to help build infrastructure and buildings. The name of Perth was bestowed upon the colony as a tribute to Sir George Murray who, at the time was the secretary of state for the colonies, and who sat in the House Of Commons as member for the old Scottish capital of Perthshire. To the right is all that remains of the old Pensioner Guard Barracks, now known as "Barracks Arch", located at the west end of St Georges Terrace in the city center.
Western Australia's economy is based largely on unprocessed primary products - Agriculture / Horticulture, mining, forestry and fishing. Minerals including oil and natural gas have gained increased importance, with WA looking set to be the major natural gas provider to much of Asia. The tourism industry has taken off in the past decade, with the world waking up to the fact that WA is one of the last frontiers of exploration left on the planet. As of 4th December 2000, the International rating agency Stanford and Poors affirmed the state's credit rating as AAA - confirming that W.A. is a great place to do business.
Being the fastest growing state in Australia, the unemployment level is also the lowest at around 7%. There is plenty of work in the hospitality and construction industries with high paying salaries. Due to the weaker Australian dollar, overseas visitors have the opportunity to earn quite a lot of money on a working holiday.
Largest amount of mineral deposits in the world.
Mt Augustus is the largest rock in the world, 8 kilometres long, 3 kilometres across and .377 kilometres high.
The northern waters are home to the largest fish in the world - The Whale Shark at up to 13 meters long.
Some of the best and largest surfing waves in the world can be found near Margaret River.
The highest standard of housing in the world - 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom homes with swimming pools are very common.
Has more cars and road space per capita than any place in the world.
Broome is the pearling capital of the world.
The Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Ningaloo Reef is the largest coral reef stretching 260 km in length, where you can walk to from the beach.
McDonalds has a burger called "McOz" which is distinctly Australian - similar to a "Quarter Pounder" burger, it also has a slice of Beetroot, Lettuce, Tomato and Grilled Onions!
Burger King is known as "Hungry Jack's" with the same logo's and style with one exception, the "Aussie Burger" which features, Beetroot, Egg, Bacon, Onions, Tomato and Lettuce. It's a really big burger...
Telethon, held once a year on Channel 7, is the most successful in the world, raising more money per capita than any other similar event, anywhere in the world.