Western Australia (abbreviated as WA) is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres (976,790 sq mi), and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority (92 per cent) live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.
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The Wildflower State; The Golden State
Western Australian, West Australian, Sandgroper (colloquial)
2,645,615 km² (1st)
1,021,478 sq mi
976,790 sq mi
115,740 km² (4.37%)
44,687 sq mi
2.7 /sq mi
1,249 m (4,098 ft)
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Red-and-green or Mangles kangaroo paw
Black and gold
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