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The Australian state of Western Australia, abbreviated WA, covers the western third portion of the continent and consists of mainly the arid Outback. The Northern Territory borders the state to its north-east, the Indian Ocean to its northern and western boundaries, with South Australia to its south-east.
With a total land area of 975,685 sq mi, Western Australia is the largest state in the country. It is also the world's second-largest country subdivision, after the Sakha Republic in Russia.
As of September 2020, the state recorded a total population of 2,667,130 inhabitants, out of which around 92% reside in the southwest corner. And 79% of Western Australia's total population lives in and around Perth, which leaves the rest of the state sparsely populated.
Among the first Europeans to set foot on WA were members of the Dutch Dirk Hartog expedition. After Major Edmund Lockyer landed in Western Australia on 26 December 1826, the first permanent settlement of the Englishmen occurred in the state.
The Indigenous Australian Aboriginals were well-established for a long time across the state before the European settlement began in the early 17th century.
Western Australia was officially declared a state on 1 January 1901 after the residents voted for federation after a campaign led by John Forrest.
Western Australia is home to five universities, including the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University, and the University of Notre Dame.
Perth is probably the only capital city in Australia that has undergone rapid evolution and development in recent decades. Being the fourth-largest city on the continent, visitors can admire the spectacular skyscrapers, enjoy buzzing entertainment and adventurous venues, relish at the gourmet restaurants, and so on. Perth is also an excellent place for water sport enthusiasts, as one can take part in surfing, sailing, and swimming while catching the sight of the city's incredible beaches.
It is a popular holiday resort and a hotspot for surfers. Visitors can also find many exciting gourmet restaurants and galleries here.
Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest fringing reef globally, home to a stunning range of marine life diversity and is easily accessible from the shore. Marine life species include humpback whales, whale sharks, turtles, manta rays, dugongs, over 500 fish species, and 300 coral species.