Western Australia (also referred to as WA) covers one third of the Australian continent. It spans more than 2.5 million square kilometres (roughly one million square miles), with a number of different climate zones.
The landscape and scenery is incredibly diverse with towering forests, an ocean teeming with marine life and coral reefs, mysterious land formations and ancient gorges, superb food and wine, and lush fields of wildflowers.
A dynamic economy
Western Australia exports expertise in traded services, information and communication technologies, tourism, resource and infrastructure engineering, education, health care, building and construction, defence systems, environmental systems, mining equipment and services, chemicals, food and wine.
The key to much of Western Australia's economic success has been the development or adoption of advanced technologies. Coupled with this is an advanced, world-class education system that has borne a wealth of research and innovation. The awarding of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology to Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren highlighted the quality of scientific research at UWA.