Western Australia has been inhabited for 40,000 years by (primarily) hunter gatherers and settlers from the Malay islands.
The first Europeans to reach Western Australia were the Portuguese, although, the territory was later claimed by the Dutch and French. Neither decided to settle.
The English were the first Europeans to settle and enforce their claims to Western Australia. During the first several decades, many of these settlers died because of a small food supply, and other challenges.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Western Australia saw numerous gold rushes. This helped increase economic activity. In the 1950s, Western Australia's agriculture-based society started to industrialize and this brought about even more economic output.
Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia. It is home to Kings Park, Perth Botanic Garden, Perth Cultural Centre, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Nambung National Park is a fascinating national park located in Western Australia that encompasses a large desert filled with rock formations that look like they are from another planet.
Geraldton is a coastal city when Western Australia located about 400 kilometers from Perth.
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Public transportation in Western Australia is limited. The best way to get around is to drive but the state is also served by some commuter rail lines.