Last Updated on September 7, 2020
How big is Australia?
- The land area of Australia is 7,682,300 km2 and accounts for only 5 % of the world’s land area of 149 450 000 square km.
- Over 85 percent of Australian’s live less than 50 kilometers from the coast, not surprising then that beaches are an integral part of Australian life, the East Coast being one of the most popular areas. Australia is the planet’s sixth-largest country after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil.
The drive around Australia is epic, it is a long way with huge distances between major cities. That said, it is a drive that will reward travellers with such a variety of landscapes and experiences.
Of course, size is not the main criteria for being an awesome place to visit, so many of our neighbours in the South Pacific offer life-changing experiences and unique destinations that beg to be explored.
Australia Vs U.S.A. in Size
|Kilometres Sq.||Miles Sq.||Population 2017|
|Australia||7,682,300 km sq||2,966,152 miles sq||24.16 million|
|U.S.A.||9,147,593 km sq||3,531,905 miles sq||323.1 million|
Countries by size – Compared to Australia
We have made comparisons of the landmass of Australia compared to other continents of the world. A map of Australia is overlaid to illustrate the size differences.
How Big is the United States compared to Australia?
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ U.S.A: 9,147,593 km sq / 3,531,905 miles sq
Exclude Alaska and Hawaii, then the two countries are roughly the same size with some similarities in that they both have desert regions as well as mountains. Each country is unique with its own spectacular natural attractions.
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~ U.S.A. – 323.1 million
Australia – Size Compared to Canada
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ Canada: 9,093,507 km sq / 3,511,022 miles sq
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~ Canada – 36.29 million
How Big is Australia Compared to Europe & the UK?
Australia – Compared to Central America
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ Central America 507,966 km sq /196,127 miles sq
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~ Central America – 44.5 million
Australia – Landmass Compared to China
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ China: 9,596,960 km sq / 3,705,410 miles sq
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~ 1.379 billion
Australia – Size Compared to Asia
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ Asia 44, 579,000 km sq /17,212,000 miles sq
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~ Asia – 4.436 billion
Australia – Compared to India
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ India 3,287,263 kilometres sq /1,269,219 miles sq
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~India – 1.324 billion
Australia – Compared to South America in landmass
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ South America: 17,840,000 sq / 6,890,000 miles sq
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~ South America – 422.5 million
Australia – Compared to Africa Landmass
Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq ~ Africa: 30,065,000 km sq / 11,608,000 miles sq
Population (2017): Australia – 24.16 million ~ Africa – 1.216 billion
How Big is Australia compared to New Zealand?
Well, it would seem a bit mean to compare Oz to New Zealand in size as our neighbours can boast the most incredible scenery and attractions that rival anywhere else in the world.
Read this great article on planning a trip to New Zealand to see for yourselves…
How Big is Tasmania?
Tasmania: 68,401 km sq / 26,4100 miles sq ~ Mainland Australia: 7,682,300 km sq /2,966,152 miles sq
Population (2017): Tasmania – 515,000
Tasmania is the beautiful island state south of mainland Australia, from Melbourne it is an overnight boat journey or just over 1-hour flight time. It might be tiny in comparison to the rest of Australia but Tasmania has natural attractions to rival any other part of Australia.
To travel around and hope to see and enjoy the scenery, history, and towns of Tasmania – it would be ideal to have at least 4 weeks!
Is Australia a Continent?
Yes. Australia is a continent, an island, and a country. It is the smallest of the 7 continents and is one of the largest countries by area.
The continents from largest to smallest: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. There can be conflicting opinions on the definition of continents, decide for yourselves.
It is a huge continent with so much to see and experience. A road trip around Australia is an adventure that thousands of travellers do every year.
Where is the World’s Longest Fence?
Australian’s like to build big things for a big country… We can lay claim to the World’s Longest Fence, actually, we have two rather long fences:
- The Dingo Fence
5,614 km (3,488 miles) also referred to as the Dog Fence, was built during the 1880s and finished in 1885, to keep dingoes out and protect the sheep in Southern Queensland.
- The Rabbit-Proof Fence
Western Australia, 3,253 km (2,021 mi), completed in 1907. The rabbit-proof fence was built to protect crops and pasture lands from being destroyed by the humble rabbit. Brought to Victoria in the 1850s, rabbits quickly spread across the country.
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