Australia Compared in Size…

How Big is Australia?

Australia is 7,682,300 km2 and accounts for only 5 % of the world’s land area of 149 450 000 square km’s.

Over 85 percent of Australian’s live less than 50 kilometres from the coast, not surprising then that beaches are an integral part of Australian life. 

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.

How Big is Tasmania?

Tasmania is our smallest state, though it’s packed full of natural attractions and can take weeks to explore… It is  just 68,401 km² / 26,409.7 miles square. Every inch of this little island has something awesome to experience.

Australia Versus 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

Is Australia a Continent?

Yes. Australia is a continent, an island, and a country. It is the smallest of the 7 continents.

The continents from largest to smallest: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. There can be conflicting opinions of the definition of continents, decide for yourselves.

Australia compared to Other Countries & Continents

Australia compared to the U.S.A.

Is Australia bigger than 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 they 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 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


Australia compared to the U.K & Europe

How Big is Australia Compared to Europe & the UK?

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 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 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

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

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


Tasmania in size comparison to mainland Australia

Size comparison of Tasmania to the Mainland of Australia

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 gorgeous little island state south of Mainland Australia. It might be pint sized in comparison to the rest of Australia but packs a massive punch when it comes to natural attractions around every corner!

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!


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.