Australian Geography Stats


  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Sq. km: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes."
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Surface area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
Area > Comparative slightly smaller than the US contiguous 48 states 2013
Area > Comparative to US places slightly smaller than the US contiguous 48 states 2008
Area > Land 7.62 million sq km 2008 7th out of 235
Area > Land > Per capita 362.63 sq km per 1,000 people 2008 7th out of 224
Area > Total 7.74 million sq km 2013 7th out of 251
Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 534 2008 131st out of 169
Climate generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north 2013
Coastline 25,760 km 2014 7th out of 242
Geographic coordinates 27 00 S, 133 00 E 2013
Land area > Sq. km 7.68 million sq km 2008 6th out of 199
Land area > Square miles 2.9 million square miles 2013 3rd out of 86
Location Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean 2013
Natural resources bauxite, coal, iron ore, copper, tin, gold, silver, uranium, nickel, tungsten, rare earth elements, mineral sands, lead, zinc, diamonds, natural gas, petroleum 2013
Surface area > Sq. km 7.74 million km² 2005 6th out of 204
Terrain mostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in southeast 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Food and Agriculture Organisation, electronic files and web site.; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; World Development Indicators database


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Australia Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 13 Land use 3
Environment 3 Maritime claims 6
Freshwater withdrawal 6 Surface area 3
Land area 3
  • Australia has ranked last for rural population density > rural population per sq. km of arable land since 1961.
  • Australia ranked second for area > total amongst Hot countries in 2013.
  • Australia ranked first for area > land > per capita amongst High income OECD countries in 2008.
  • Australia ranked second for coastline amongst Former British colonies in 2014.
  • Australia ranked #4 for land area > sq. km amongst Christian countries in 2008.


Hi Sally, you could generate a graph from this weather (temperature and rainfall) table.

Posted on 27 Mar 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor