WESTERN AUSTRALIA

POP: 2,656,000 people

AREA: 2,646,000 km²

GPS: -31° 57' 8.06" S 115° 51' 41.04" E (Capital of Perth)

CUR: Australian Dollar

Western Australia, covers the entire western third of the country, and is made up mostly of the arid Outback. Its population is concentrated in its fertile southwest corner, home to the Margaret River wine region and the riverside capital, Perth. Travel north about 1,370km and you'll discover the magnificence of Karijini National Park, which is a world class national park with gorges and pools (checkout the Northwest Wester Australia article below) and even further north, the Kimberley region which was one of the earliest settled parts of Australia, with the first humans landing about 41,000 years ago (yes that's right, it's about the oldest on this planet. They created a complex culture that developed over thousands of years. I t's also home to the Bungle Bungle sandstone domes and Broome, with Cable Beach camels and a pearling industry.

nationalgeographic.com says "

Burrup Peninsula, Australia

Murujuga, also known by the modern name Burrup Peninsula, in northwestern Australia, is home to potentially the world’s oldest and most endangered petroglyphs. Some of the more than one million images are more than 40,000 years old." 

Perth, the capital of WA, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. The suburbs spread north and south more so along the coast as there are hills to the east (geographically much like Adelaide).  The Perth Cultural Centre houses the state ballet and opera companies, and occupies its own central precinct, including a theatre, library and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.