I met Chris Jackson on the Indian Pacific train, which runs across Australia, from Sydney to Perth. Chris was on his way home from a three-month motorcycle trip around the country. I stayed with his family in Perth for my last few days in Australia, and I was grateful for their hospitality. For this podcast, Chris and I discussed his trip in detail. He never ceased to impress me with his vast knowledge of the terrain in his native country.
Finally, Texas (27 million people) indeed does have a larger population than Australia (23 million). The state of Western Australia is about 2.65 million square KM and has a population of 2.5 million. Texas is 696,241 square KM.