How Big is Australia Compared to the U.S.A & Other Countries

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
Australia7,682,300 km sq2,966,152 miles sq24.16 million
U.S.A.9,147,593 km sq3,531,905 miles sq323.1 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 compared to the U.S.A.

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 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 the U.K & Europe

Australia – Compared to Central America

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 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 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 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 compared to South America

 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 compared to Africa

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!

Tasmania in size comparison to mainland Australia
Size comparison of Tasmania to the Mainland of Australia

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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7 thoughts on “How Big is Australia Compared to the U.S.A & Other Countries”

  1. Very interesting perspective, very cool. I don’t know why Australia gives the impression that it is smaller than it is, maybe it is it’s shape that gives it an optical illusion or something 🙂

    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Might be the smaller population too, Frank. It’s a jolly good size, but then it does not have the network of roads that so many other countries have. When are you two coming to visit… winter in Melbourne is quieter than the northern hemisphere in summer!

    • It is indeed, mind you, smaller countries involve so much more at times. I think of the UK and, even though it is not a massive country, it takes forever to see the country as it is so packed full of incredible history. I love the open roads of Australia…

  2. Ha ha…yes, you all do have a big country to travel in! Love it… about to embark on a road trip around Oz next month!! Thanks for the size info!


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