Just how big is Western Australia?

Do you know how big this state really is? No idea how much time you will need to tour it? You must read this if planning to visit Western Australia!

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For those of you who didn't already know, Australia is big, really big. It is hard to appreciate just how big WA is from the map on this page, and you could be forgiven for thinking that it is not such a big place. But that would be a terrible mistake!

So the important questions are: just how big is the state, and how long will it take to tour it?

Just how big is it?

It is the largest state or territory in Australia and covers a massive 2,645,615 km², which is big... really big! This should help to put things in perspective for you.

If it was its own independent country, it would be ranked the 10th biggest in the world! That's right, it is smaller only to Russia, Canada, China, United States, Brazil, India, Argentina and Kazakhstan. In fact, France would easily fit inside WA 4 times, Germany over 7 times, and the entire United Kingdom almost fits a staggering 11 times and England over 20 times!

A popular drive with back packers and adventure seekers alike, is from the capital city, Perth, through Broome (a small tropical city in the north of the state) and on to the border of the Northern Territory, before finally ending up at Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. This drive, from Perth to the border, is gigantic 3,200 kms (and it is 4,150 kms all the way to Darwin). Let me put this into perspective for you again:

From London to Moscow is 2,900 kms... From Perth to the NT border is 3,200 kms...

That's like driving right across Europe... and then some more!


How long will it take to tour Western Australia?

I am currently updating this information and hope to have it back online shortly. I apologise in advance for any incontinence this may cause my readers.

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