If you are moving to Western Australia from overseas or from within the continent, you must know the following facts about this incredible state, especially as this information will make your move and visit easier and hassle-free. Read on…
Western Australia, the state that occupies the western region of Australia, is the largest state of the Australian continent. Western Australia is bestowed with astounding natural diversity and presents its residents with an amazing lifestyle and exciting opportunities that have soared due to the significant increase in the investment in several cities and towns of this state. While there are approximately two million inhabitants living in Western Australia, the majority of the population dwells in Perth and the surrounding areas. Broome and Albany are the only two other towns that fall outside of the Perth metropolitan area, but still boast of a population of more than 30,000 each. However, this number is contingent upon seasonal fluctuations of these regions.
Western Australia is surrounded by the Indian Ocean on the north as well as west. Towards its south, the Southern Ocean and Great Australian Bight encircle it. The Northern Territory and South Australia border it on the northeast and southeast respectively. It covers a land area of 2,529,875 sq. km. and is one of the largest country sub-divisions in the world. However, most of Western Australia is meagerly populated, especially as most of the population can be found in Perth, the capital city, and the surrounding cities and towns.
Western Australia consists of Perth, Wheatbelt, Midwest, Gascoyne, Pilbara, Kimberley, Goldfields-Esperance and South West.
The capital of Western Australia, is also the largest city of this region. With a population of approximately 1.83 million, it is one of the most populous cities in Australia. Perth boasts of an indigenous history, especially as Aborigines originally inhabited the southwest region of Western Australia. Not only that, the inhabitant Aborigines considered the marshlands of this region to be mythically significant, spiritual and source of nutriment.
Perth has witnessed extensive growth and development since the mid 1960’s, which has resulted in huge boost in employment, income and standard of living of the people in this region. Suburbs such as Darlington, Kalamunda, Mundaring and York are bestowed with stunning scenery and native bushland, thus making these suburbs amazing places with breathtaking natural sceneries, while still being in close proximity to the city.
Slightly encircles the metropolitan region of Perth and extends from Perth to the Mid West region, as well as to the east of Perth to the Goldfields-Esperance region. The Great Southern Regions and South West surround it on the south and the Indian Ocean, the Peel Region and Perth metro region surround the Wheatbelt on the west. While this region has a decent area of 154,862 square kilometers and a population of more that 72,000. Only about 16,000 people live in the popular towns of Wheatbelt such as Narrogin, Northam, Moora and Merredin.
Is one of the most sparsely populated regions of Western Australia. As the name suggests, it occupies the west coast of Western Australia and extends about 200 km north as well as south of Geraldton, its administrative center. Towards the east, it stretches 800 km inwards to the Gibson Desert and Wiluna. Mid West have a lot of surfing beaches. The temperature, weather and ingenuousness of the people surges as you move closer to the regions that are closer to the Perth metropolitan area.
Gascoyne region of Western Australia has a meager population of 14,500 people, the lowest in the state. This region has a moderate dry tropical climate, hence it is warm throughout the year. The average temperatures being in the range of 22 C to 35 C. Horticulture, fishing and tourism are the primary occupations of the people of this region.
One of the nine regions of Western Australia, is a thinly populated region that is known for its ancient stunning landscapes. IBRA (The Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) has declared it as a Bioregion in the year 1993. It covers a vast stretch of 400,000 square kilometers and is home to a gigantic mining industry. It is also well known among tourists for the picturesque Karijini National Park, alluring white beaches and virgin coral gardens.
One of the world’s last wilderness areas, is sparsely populated. However, unlike most other regions of Western Australia, the population in Kimberley is rather evenly distributed. Broome, Derby and Kununurra are three of the most popular towns in this region.
Though one of the largest regions of this state, is sparingly populated. Esperance and Kalgoorlie being the two chief towns that support decent population. The economy of this region is primarily based on the extraction of metals such as gold and nickel. However, in the southern regions that are closer to Esperance, the economy is based on fishing and agriculture.
One of the nine regions of Western Australia, is one of the most populated regions of Western Australia. Moreover, it is an amazing travel destination, especially with its towering forests and picturesque landscapes. It stretches from Yarloop in the north to Augusta in the south. In the east, it extends till Bremer Bay. The climate in this region is dry in summers and wet in winters.
Western Australia has an incredibly diverse climate. No matter what time of the year, there is no lack of sunshine in this state of the Australian Continent.
All in all, Western Australia is an amazing state to visit and settle in, especially if you like natural diversity, adventure, great food, wine and relaxed outdoor lifestyle.
If you are looking for more on information on moving to Western Australia you can visit http://wikitravel.org/en/Western_Australia, which includes information on the Western Australia regions, cities and other destinations, getting into Western Australia, getting around, what to see, do, eat, drink, getting out and staying safe in Western Australia.
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