From Margaret River and the Kimberley to Broome, Port Hedland, Ningaloo Reef, and the Bungle Bungles, Western Australia is hands down, no questions about it, bloody beautiful.
And the old adage ‘the bigger the better’ certainly applies here. If you didn’t know, or perhaps had just forgotten how huge Australia’s western neighbor is, then let us remind you with cold hard facts:
1. Perth (WA’s capital) is the most isolated city in the world, with its closest city being Adelaide and that’s over 2,200 km away. Like we said, huge.
2. It boasts over 12,500 km of coastline. Which means, you’re never going to be stepping on anyone’s towel at the beach.
3. If WA were to be a country in its own right, it would be in the world’s top 10 for size. TOP 10!
4. Perth is closer to Singapore and Jakarta than it is to Canberra. We repeat, it is closer to a foreign country than it is to it’s national capital.
5. The jetty at Busselton is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hempishere. How big would that be, you ask? 1.8 km of wooden glory.
6. Western Australia is also home to the longest stretch of straight railway in the world.
7. Where can you find the world’s biggest fish? Off the coast of WA of course. Here you can go for a night dive with a 13-metre long whale shark.
8. WA is the second largest state in the world after Russia’s Sakha…and have you seen how big Russia is lately?
9. Perth is the only city in the world where you could fly your own airplane and land it smack dab in the middle of the central business district.
10. The Kalgoorlie mine is the world’s largest producer of gold. Bling.
11. The Argyle mine is the world’s largest producer of diamonds. Extra bling.
12. Broome is the world largest producer of pearls. Triple bling.
13. King’s Park in Perth is the biggest city park in the world. What about New York? Forgeddaboutit.
14. Mount Augustus is massive. So massive it’s the biggest in the whole wide world. 8km long and 3km wide, it makes for a decent morning jog.
15. Need another reason to move to Perth? It’s also home to the highest capita of self-made millionaires. Anywhere.
Inspired to take in the enormity of WA for yourself? Visit Western Australia with Adventure Tours.
Feature image c/o David Gardiner, Flickr