Time in Western Australia (Australia)

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What is the Time in Western Australia

The current local time in Western Australia is running live in the analog clock seen above. The time in Western Australia is its own zone time UTC+8:00 hours which is AWST or Australian Western Standard Time and it is maintained through out the year because there is no DST or Daylight Saving Time followed in Western Australia at this time. However a few small towns and villages like Eucla, Madura, Mundrabilia in the south eastern corner of Western Australia observe a a standard time of UTC+8:45 hours and they too do not observe DST.

About Area And Population at this Time in Western Australia

The total land area of Western Australia is 2,645,615 square kilometers which is really huge and happens to be the largest state of Australia. The total area covered includes 115,740 square kilometers covered by water. The population of Western Australia at this time is estimated at 2,613,700 residents making it the fourth largest populated state of Australia with a population density of just about one person per square kilometer. The population of Western Australia was just about 1000 people in 1829 which has grown to over 2.6 million at this time. The GDP of Western Australia stands at US Dollar 214,120 in 2014-15 which stands at fourth position in Australia with a product per capita of US Dollar 82,140 which is the highest in Australia. The economy of Western Australia is basically driven by its minerals and petroleum product exports and the second largest contributer to the economy is its agricultural exports. The Western Australia also makes 5% of Australia's total wine production too.

More About Western Australia

At this time in the capital of Western Australia is Perth situated at coordinates 26oS 121oE. The Western Australia was inhabited about 40,000 to 60,000 years ago. Over these few thousands of years people spread out throughout the landmass of Western Australia and they were well established when the European explorers arrived in the early 17th century. Dirk Hartog arrived first on 25 Oct 1616 on Cape Inscription which was later named as Dirk Hartog Island. Thereafter, the Dutch and British came in unintentionally thanks to their shipwrecks along the coast of Western Australia at that time because of storms and poor naviations. But it still took them over 200 years to believe that the continent of Australia existed. The highest point in Western Australia is Mount Meharry at 1,249 meters or 4,098 feet heigh. The total coast line at this time of Western Australia is 20,781 kilometers and the state has an eastern border which is almost a straight line of just 1,862 kilometers. The land mass is relatively old and therefore infertile because of less phosphorus and less than half the normal content of nitrogen. Thus farmers have to rely on artificial chemical fertilisers like superphosphate, insecticides and berbicides which in turn has had a toll on the flora and fauna of Western Australia.

Climate at this Time in Western Australia

At this time in Western Australia, the climate is considered to be of Mediterranean climate type. Originally the Western Australia had heavy forests and the world's tallest trees called of Karri was aboundant. The rainfall is limited to 30 cm at the edge of the wheatbelt region and goes up to 140 cm rainfall in the wettest areas especially near Northcliffe. However, the barren landscape has more water evaporating than rainfall in the months between November to March. Often summers do get some torrential rains during storms. The highest recorded temperature max was on 19 February 1998 at 50.5 deg C or 122.9 deg F recorded in Mardie station. The lowest tempeature was recorded at -7.2 deg C or 19 deg F at Eyre Bird Observatory sometime on 17  Ayg 2008.

Tourism at this Time in Western Australia

At this time, Western Australia is growing fast as one of the world's best eco tourism based holiday destination. It is amazing to see plains similar to that in Arizona in United states, grasslands similar to the South Africa, some parts of Western Australia looks like the English countryside and some places look like tropical pacific like the Hawaii or the Great Barrier Reef. Some people say that the Western Australia Capital City of Perth looks like California with a relaxed life style and beautiful beaches. The Western Australia is almost one third of Australia and as big as Europe with just about a couple of million people in it and excellent transportaion and accommodation available all through. Thus exploring the pristine wilderness and natural attractions is the highlight of tourism at this time in Western Australia. And you have the world's largest fringing coral reef called the Ningaloo Coral Reef located just a few meters from the beach which has sugar white sands and aqua blue waters in the southern coastline. The raw nature in Western Australia is the ultimate exhilerating experience any tourist could ever ask for.

Government at this Time in Western Australia

At that time, Western Australia was granted a self government in 1889 with a bicameral Parliament which was located in the capital city of Perth which consisted of the Legislative Assembly or the Lower House with about 59 members and the Legislative Council or the Upper House with 36 members. The Western Australia is divided into 141 local government areas which also includes the christmas Islands and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Languages at this Time in Western Australia

The Official language at this time in Western Australia is English  However a census in Western Australia in the year 2011 found that 15% people spoke a language other than English at home. Italian is spoken by about 31,000 people or 1.4%. Mandarin by 1.3%, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Filipino/Tagalog, Arabic, Africans, Australian Indigenous Languages etc were spoken by at least 1% or less people. 80% of people however speak only English at home.

Why is it named Western Australia?

Western Australia.got its name thanks to its location n the continent of Australia and there was no other way to name it. There are stories as to why other towns and cities of Western Australia got their name. But there does not seem to be any story for Western Australia as such.