It’s not until you decide to drive Western Australia from top to bottom that you realise how really large it is. It takes days to drive across the Pilbara region. From the coast at Exmouth to the town of Tom Price took us two days and we didn’t sight a town only the gates of cattle stations.
According to Wikipedia statistics, if the state of Western Australia was a country it would be the tenth largest in the world. The road distance from Augusta in the south to Kununurra in the north is 3512kms. Which is a lot further than Los Angeles to New York 2789kms or Paris to Moscow 2834kms.
Western Australia has a population of 2.6 million, 11% of the national population*. *Wikipedia
Mainland Australia is 7,659,861 square kilometres
WA 2,526,786 (33%) (includes Pilbara 502,000 (6.53%), Kimberley 423,517 (5.51%))
Queensland, QLD 1,723,936 (22.5%)
Northern Territory, NT 1,335,742 (17.5%)
South Australia, SA 978,810 (12.7%)
New South Wales, NSW 800,628 (10.4%)
Victoria, Vic 227,010 (3%)
Tasmania, Tas 64,519 (.9%)
Australian Capital Territory, ACT 2,430 (<1)
Source: http://www.ga.gov.au/scientific-topics/geographic-information/dimensions/area-of- australia-states-and-territories