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Interesting facts about Western Australia

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1. AREA OF STATE:
    Mainland 2,526,786 square km
    Islands 3,089 square km
    Total 2,529,875 square km (33% of Australia)

2. COASTLINE
    Mainland 12,889 km
    Islands 7,892 km
    Total 20,781 km

3. EXTREMITIES
    Most northerly point : Cape Londonderry - Latitude 13 44' 36"; Longitude 126 47' 43"
    Most southerly point : Torbay Head - Latitude 35 8'10"; Longitude 117 38' 13"
    Most westerly point : Steep Point - Latitude 26 08' 40"; Longitude 113 09' 27"
    Most easterly point : Western Australian border - Longitude 129

    Most northerly town : Wyndham
    Latitude 15 29' 16"; Longitude 128 07' 08" - 3216 km by road and 2205 km by air from Perth.

    Most southerly town : Albany
    Latitude 35 01' 07"; Longitude 117 52' 56" - 409 km by road and 389 km by air from Perth.

    Most westerly town : Denham
    Latitude 25 55' 41"; Longitude 113 31' 58" - 834 km by road and 708 km by air from Perth.

    Most easterly town : Eucla
    Latitude 31 40' 35"; Longitude 128 52' 54" - 1429 km by road and 1215 km by air from Perth.

    Highest town in state : Tom Price - 750 metres above sea level.

    Most isolated town : Telfer

    Oldest settlement : Albany 1826 located 409 kilometres from Perth, on the southern coast.

    Oldest inland settlement : York 1830 being situated approximately 97 kilometres by road east of Perth in the Avon Valley.

    Highest building : in the state is the transmitter hut on Mount Nameless, near Tom Price - 1126 metres above sea level.

    Tallest building or tower : Tower Zero at Exmouth - 387 metres tall.

4. LARGEST LAKES, TALLEST MOUNTAINS ETC
    Islands
    Largest: Dirk Hartog Island, 613 square km
    2nd Largest: Barrow Island, 222 square km

    There are approximately 3,747 islands off the coast of Western Australia

    Lakes
    Largest: Lake Mackay, 3494 square km ( on WA/NT border, 80% in WA)
    2nd Largest: Lake Barlee, 1980 square km.

    Rivers
    Longest: Gascoyne River, 865 km
    2nd Longest: Murchison River, 820 km

    Longest in Kimberley: Fitzroy/Hann, 733 km
    Longest in South West: Swan/Avon, 365 km

    Mountains
    Highest: Mount Meharry, 1253 metres (Hamersley Range - the 20 highest peaks in WA are in the Hamersley Range)
    Highest in Kimberley: Mount Wells, 983 metres
    Highest in desert region: Mount Hinckley, 1,013 metres
    Highest in south west: Bluff Knoll, 1,073 metres
    Highest in Darling Range: Mount Saddleback, 593 metres

    Deserts
    Largest: Great Victoria Desert, 348,750 square km (WA/SA)
    2nd Largest: Great Sandy Desert, 267,250 square km
    Tanami Desert, 184,500 square km (WA/NT)
    Gibson Desert, 156,000 square km
    Little Sandy Desert, 111,500 square km

    Waterfalls
    Highest: King George Falls, twin falls of approx 80 metres
    2nd Highest: Mitchell Falls - 3 tiered falls approx 60-80 metres drop

5. MISCELLANEOUS
    Cliffs
    The cliffs of the Great Australian Bight, Wylie Scarp, Baxter Cliffs, Hampton Tableland and Bunda Cliffs (in South Australia) are the longest in Australia - 790 km (205 km in SA)

    Caves
    Pannikin Plain Cave on the Nullarbor Plain is one of the world's deepest and longest underwater caves.

    Tallest Building
    The Central Park building at 261.7 metres (51 floors) is Perth's tallest.

    Border
    The length of the WA border with NT and SA is 1862 km.

    Zero Mile Peg
    The Zero kilometre peg for Western Australia is a plaque on the wall of the Central Government Building (originally the General Post Office) at the corner of Cathedral Avenue and St Georges Terrace.

    Longest Feature Name
    Murrawong Gnulling Gnulling Pool (25 letters), on Yalgamine Creek, a small tributary of the Murchison River.
    The longest name near Perth is Ngangaguringguring Hill (18 letters)

    Most common feature names
    Number 1 Well 71
    White Well 68
    6 Mile Well 46
    Red Hill 34
    Sandy Creek 16
    Gum Creek 11
    Round Hill 11
    Bald Hill 11
    Black Rock 11
    Rocky Pool 10
    Long Pool 7
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